WorkAbility III Staff
Jamila DeCarli, M.S.
Jamila grew up in the Salinas Valley (Northern California) and attended Hartnell College before transferring to San Diego
State University, where she received her B.S. in Communicative Disorders. Intrigued after taking a class on Deaf Culture for
her undergraduate studies, she continued in the Rehabilitation Counseling program at SDSU with an emphasis in working with Deaf,
Late-Deafened, and Hard of Hearing Adults. Shortly before graduating with her Master's degree, she became employed as a
Vocational Specialist with the San Diego Community College District's WorkAbility III program. After four years with
WorkAbility III, she took the opportunity to work as a counselor for Disability Support Programs & Services (DSPS) within
San Diego Continuing Education, along the way earning a tenured position as a DSPS Counselor/Associate Professor. She also
worked for Southwestern College for six years as a counselor for Disability Support Services, specializing in providing services
to their Deaf/Hard of Hearing students. In 2013, Jamila became the coordinator for the WorkAbility III program, returning to
her roots within SDCCD.
Shawn Fiala, M.S., CRC
Shawn Fiala is a native of San Diego, CA and attended San Diego State University where he received a B.A. in Public Administration
and an M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling. He also received professional certificates from San Diego State University in the area of
cognitive disabilities and in grant writing and is recognized with the designation of a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) by the
Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. In graduate school, Shawn worked as a graduate assistant for an instructor and as
a graduate assistant to DSPS Solutions for the San Diego State University Research Foundation as well. Shawn first began working in the
San Diego Community College District for the College to Career (C2C) program where he worked as an educational coach and as a graduate
intern. Prior to working for the San Diego Community College District, Shawn worked for a national nonprofit on grant funded programs
and projects focused on transition age youth with disabilities. Shawn's main interest area is in competitive and integrated employment
outcomes for persons with disabilities and as exemplified by the WorkAbility III program in the San Diego Community College District.
Wendy Hanna, M.S.
Wendy Hanna holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, as well as a professional certificate in Assistive Technology from San Diego State University. While pursuing her Master's degree, she completed an internship with WorkAbility III. She worked with and taught students with disabilities for the San Diego Community College District in Continuing Education for over 8 years. Prior to her current position, she worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf for the Department of Rehabilitation in Kern County and Riverside County.
Rusty Krumm, M.S.
Rusty Krumm completed his B.A. in Business Administration from Husson University, in Bangor, Maine and graduated with a M.S.
in Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University. He worked four years with the San Diego Housing Commission developing
career assessments for housing residents and has worked with the San Diego Community College District as a Vocational
Specialist for over ten years. Mr. Krumm also worked at Access to Independence, a State independent living agency specializing in disability
issues. Mr. Krumm has experience as a presenter at San Diego State University, San Diego Community College District and the
state conference for California Association for Postsecondary Education and Disabilities. In addition, Mr. Krumm served as
member on the City Heights Town Council and was a committee member on the Disability Day Committee and San Diego Justice
Center Steering Committee. Rusty also brings over 40 years of personal experience as an individual with a disability who has
successfully transitioned from Social Security Disability benefits to self-sufficiency, adding to practical work experience
as a career counselor in the field of disability.
Stephanie Baldueza, M.A.
Stephanie Leuer completed her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Davis and her Master of Arts in
Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Student Affairs from San Diego State University. Stephanie has worked as both an
Employment Training Specialist at Goodwill Industries and an Employment Specialist at the Dayle McIntosh Center assisting individuals
with disabilities prepare for and obtain employment within the San Diego community. In addition, Stephanie has worked as an Advising
Assistant for the Career Services Center at the University of California, San Diego assisting students with their graduate and
professional school aspirations as well as their career goals. As a Graduate Assistant in the Center for Student Involvement at
San Diego State University, Stephanie acted as a community partner liaison and planned campus-wide outreach to the community.
Stephanie first started at the San Diego Community College District as an Educational Coach assisting individuals with disabilities
within the College 2 Career Program.
Rachel Martinez, B.A.
Rachel Martinez completed a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology at San Diego State University and quickly transitioned to graduate
school life, where she is currently working on her Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Certificate.
Through working with WorkAbility III, Rachel has been working closely with staff and students in the collective goal to help students in
reaching their vocational goals.