STAFF MEMBERS

Brent Boyer

Brent Boyer, M.A. - Director
Contact: (707) 664-2677 or brent.boyer@sonoma.edu

Brent Boyer

Brent received his M.A. in Psychology from the University of the Pacific and B.S. in Psychology from Willamette University. Over Brent's career, he has worked with a diverse population of individuals to provide career planning, job placement, academic advising, and coordination of vocational and academic accommodation services.

Prior to coming to SSU in 2001, Brent worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor where he was the liaison to school districts in Seattle providing academic and career counseling for high school students with disabilities, and helped facilitate academic accommodation services for the students at local post-secondary institutions.

Brent also served as a Habilitation Plan Administrator /Behavioral Specialist at Fircrest School in Seattle for four years where he directed the activities of an interdisciplinary team at the Residential Habilitation Center (RHC); monitored treatment plans and other standards to assure compliance with Federal and State policies, procedures, regulations, and laws. Brent is a transplant from Seattle and native of Portland, Oregon. He enjoys family activities, running, weight training, kayaking, hiking, and gardening.


Christy Giambastiani

Christy Giambastiani, B.S.
Senior Disability Management Advisor

Contact: (707) 664-2677 or christy.giambastiani@sonoma.edu

Christy Giambastiani

Christy Giambastiani has been at Sonoma State University serving as Senior Disability Management Advisor in Disability Services for Students since August 2007. She received a B.S. in Biology from UCLA.

Prior to coming to SSU, Christy had over 12 years of experience working as a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor and Orientation and Mobility Specialist in California, Canada, and most recently, Australia. She received a Diploma of Guide Dog Instruction from Guide Dogs Victoria, (Australia) and a Certificate IV in Orientation and Mobility, (Vision Impairment Support) from the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind. Christy completed further studies in brain function and neurological vision impairment with Guide Dogs Victoria.

As a mobility specialist, Christy worked in multidisciplinary rehabilitation teams providing mobility services and training, counseling, disability access and advocacy support to adults and children with blindness and other disabilities. She also assessed and trained dogs to become guide dogs and coordinated the Pets as Therapy program.

Christy is originally from California, but has lived in Vancouver, Canada and most recently, Melbourne, Australia, for six years before she returned to the USA in 2006. She enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening, scrap-booking, and spending time with animals, particularly dogs, horses, and her two transplanted Aussie cats.


JoAnne Jaggars

JoAnne Jaggars
Administrative Support Coordinator

Contact: (707) 664-2677 or joanne.jaggars@sonoma.edu


JoAnne Jaggars

JoAnne Jaggars has been serving as the Administrative Coordinator in DSS since January 2011.

After being a stay-at-home mom for 15 years, JoAnne re-entered the workforce as an Instructional 1:1 Assistant for disabled students in the high school setting. This eventually lead her to an opportunity to work for the disabled community in a larger population, serving as an Administrative Assistant to both the Clinical and Executive Directors of Sonoma Developmental Center for 2 ½ years. Just prior to joining the DSS team at Sonoma State University, JoAnne worked as the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Human Resources at Centra Healthcare in Lynchburg Virginia. In all capacities, JoAnne has provided direct support to executives and consumers alike, and in particular, has been dedicated to enriching the lives of people living with disabilities.

JoAnne is a California native, raised in Northern California, and living in Sonoma County for most of her adult life. She enjoys cooking, singing, reading, and most of all spending time with her family.


Maggie Simms

Maggie Simms, M.S., CRC
Disability Management Advisor

Contact: (707) 664-2677 or maggie.simms@sonoma.edu


Maggie Simms

Maggie received her Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2012 and became certified as a Rehabilitation Counselor in 2013.

She worked in Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) and the Psychology Department at Fresno State. During her time in SSD Maggie helped design a peer mentor program that focuses on transition, organization, and student involvement on campus for students on the spectrum.

Maggie spearheads Disability Awareness Month that occurs every year in April. Maggie helps coordinate on-campus events with on and off-campus organizations to bring awareness of people with disabilities to the SSU campus community.

When not focusing on supporting students with disabilities, Maggie enjoys everything pop culture, board games, farmers markets, and video games. She also enjoys gardening, raising chickens, and camping with her family, including their dog, Oliver.


Stephanie Graham

Stephanie Graham
Accessibility Specialist

Contact: (707) 664-2677 or stephanie.graham@sonoma.edu

Stephanie Graham

Stephanie Graham has been with Sonoma State University since March 2003. Stephanie started her career in the Human Resources Department where she managed student assistants and focused on employee-related needs and activities.

In September 2008, Stephanie accepted a position in Information Technology. There she helped create the Video Production Department, managed and trained students in video production, and began to close-caption videos. Additionally, Stephanie has the ability to troubleshoot tier-1 computer and software issues in easy-to-understand terms. She works well with the campus community and embraces diversity.

Stephanie moved to Disability Services for Students in March 2017 where she is able to focus her time on creating accessible media and captioning videos for various departments and organizations on campus. Stephanie works closely with faculty and staff in many departments ensuring videos are accessible for all users.

Stephanie has many hobbies and loves animals. She has three dogs and one cat, and wishes she could have more. Stephanie spends most of her free time crafting, baking, playing board games, exploring Sonoma County, and enjoying time with her dogs and husband.


Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris, J.D.
Disability Management Advisor

Contact: (707) 664-2677 or joanne.harris@sonoma.edu

Joanne Harris

Joanne has spent most of her professional career as an advocate for adults with disabilities. For over 20 years, Joanne worked as an attorney representing workers injured on the job to navigate through the complex and challenging system of workers’ compensation entitlements.

While her legal career has been rewarding, Joanne has been interested in transitioning her work in disability services to higher education to further her commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. To achieve this, she recently completed a graduate program at UC Berkeley in student affairs and higher education administration. Joanne is eager to be part of Disability Services for Students and of the Sonoma State University community. Participating in community activities for youth also speaks to Joanne. Raising her three children in Santa Rosa provided the opportunity to be involved in a multitude of athletic and educational activities. Most recently, Joanne served on the Board of Directors for Chop’s Teen Club for many years.

Originally from San Diego, Joanne studied political science at UCLA and law at UC Davis. Since law school, she has made Northern California and Sonoma County her home.


Michael Eynon

Michael Eynon, M.A.
Disability Management Advisor

Contact: (707) 664-2677 or michael.eynon@sonoma.edu

Michael Eynon

Michael Eynon joined the DSS team during summer of 2018 and has been involved at SSU in some capacity since fall of 2005. He is a Sonoma County local and SSU alumni, graduating with a B.A. in Psychology and Theatre Arts in 2010. Michael received his Master’s degree in December 2014 in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

While at SSU, Michael has worked as a summer mentor, student assistant, and outreach advisor for the pre-college TRIO program Academic Talent Search (ATS) from 2007-2016. Michael worked for the TRIO Student Support Services program United for Success for the 2017-2018 academic year as a College Support Coach assisting first-generation, income eligible, and disability students with time management, stress management, and other non-cognitive academic needs. As a student, he was president of the comedy improvisation club, an officer in the PSI CHI honors society, and was involved both onstage and backstage on many SSU theatre productions. 

Recently, Michael completed 3000 hours of supervised therapy practice from 2013-2017 to gain his Marriage and Family Therapy License in June of 2018. Michael completed all of his hours working primarily with middle and high school students and their families in the Novato area of Marin County. Michael is passionate about mental health and supporting students with time management and presentation skills. He enjoys advocating for educational access for students with disabilities and first generation students. 

When not at the office, Michael can be found on nearby tennis courts playing recreation and United States Tennis Association tournaments and leagues. Michael also spends his time viewing theatre performances with his significant other, gaming, reading (everything from neuroscience to YA novels), and planning how to travel to all four grand slam tennis tournaments during his lifetime. Michael is looking forward to this chapter at SSU with the DSS office!


Senior Accessibility Coordinator

Currently Vacant
Senior Accessibility Coordinator

Contact: (707) 664-2677


Currently Vacant