Staff

Brenda Lapinid, LCSW
Brenda Lapinid, LCSW
Director, Office of the Campus Social Worker

Brenda Lapinid received her bachelor's degree in Criminology, Law & Society from UC Irvine and completed her Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Fullerton. Prior to coming to the main campus, Brenda worked as a medical social worker at UCI Medical Center. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the Higher Education Case Managers Association (HECMA), Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP), and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA). Brenda is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and a Certified Case Manager through the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC).

Brenda is committed to helping clients who are facing multiple stressors, which impact their overall well-being. Brenda’s work is guided by professional social work values: service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity and competence.

Iliana Arias, LCSW
Campus Social Worker

Iliana Arias received her bachelor’s degree in Human Services from California State University, Fullerton and completed her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Iliana previously worked as a clinical social worker in community outpatient mental health settings, community medical hospitals in their emergency rooms and the UCI Student Health Center. She is a member of the Higher Education Case Managers Association (HECMA). 

Iliana is passionate about supporting our students during their time at UCI through advocacy, support and linkages to campus and community resources. 

Sheena Danesh-Tellez
Sheena Danesh-Tellez, LCSW
Campus Social Worker

Sheena Danesh-Tellez received her bachelor's degree in Human Services from California State University, Fullerton and completed her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California. She has previously worked in child protective services, adoption services and community mental health. Sheena is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Higher Education Case Managers Association (HECMA) and Postpartum Support International (PSI).

Sheena is invested in assisting clients to meet their goals. Reaching out for assistance is not always easy; Sheena believes clients have many strengths and she looks forward to working with them.

Kara Feldman, LCSW
Kara Feldman, LCSW
Campus Social Worker, Respondent Services

Kara Feldman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Behavior from UC Irvine and received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has previously worked as a psychiatric social worker. Kara is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA).

In addition to providing social work support to the general student population, Kara provides Respondent support services to both students and employees involved in the University's sexual harassment or sex offense investigation and adjudication process.

Peter Thach, LCSW
Peter Thach, LCSW
Campus Social Worker, Basic Needs

Peter is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. He received his bachelor's degrees in International Studies, Economics, and Spanish from UC Irvine and completed his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California. Peter has previously worked as a therapist and clinical social worker in school-based mental health settings and at UCI Health Pediatric Services. He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Higher Education Case Managers Association (HECMA). 

Peter’s role focuses on basic needs issues (food insecurity, housing insecurity, homelessness, financial concerns), and supports and supplements work being done at the FRESH Basic Needs Hub.

Vacant
Campus Social Worker, Rapid Rehousing