Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Lara Hilton

Lara Hilton

Director

Credentials: Ph.D. in research psychology (Claremont), Master of Public Health (UCLA)

Professional Affiliations: Employee Assistance Professionals Association, American Public Health Association, American Evaluation Association, International Coaching Federation

Expertise: Behavioral science, program evaluation, mind/body medicine research, clinical administration, strategic initiatives, executive coaching, meditation, work-life balance

Interests: Family, foodie, meditation, reading, sailing

Angela Diblasi

Angela DiBlasi

Health Sciences Campus (HSC) Program Manager

Credentials: Master of Social Work: industrial social work specialty (USC)licensed clinical social worker (California Board of Behavioral Sciences), professional certified coach (International Coaching Federation), basic and advanced critical incident stress management (Psychological First Aid)

Professional Affiliations: International Employee Assistance Professionals Association, National Association of Social Workers, Society of Clinical Social Work, International Coaching Federation

Expertise: Academic medical center climate and culture. Leader consultation: Employee mental health, performance improvement, communication, emotional intelligence, critical and traumatic incidents in the workplace, threat assessment, substance abuse issues. Solution-focused brief counseling: human behavior in the workplace, workplace relationships, work-life balance, change and transition, grief and loss, eldercare, HeartMath stress management evidenced-based breathing techniques. Executive coaching: Strength-based coaching, helping leaders succeed in their leadership roles

Interests: Family, friends, Pilates, hiking, walking, reading, outdoor concerts

Cynthia M Ryan

Cynthia (Cindy) Ryan

University Park Campus (UPC) Program Manager

Credentials: Ph.D. in clinical psychology with emphasis in organization development, licensed marriage and family therapist, certified employee assistance professional, certified professional coach

Professional Affiliations: Employee Assistance Professionals Association, International Coaching Federation

Expertise: Clinical assessment and the use of cognitive behavioral therapeutic approaches, crisis intervention assessment and response, executive coaching, training in stress management, self-care, civility in the workplace, mindful well-being, work-life balance

Interests: Family time, art, writing

Eduardo J. Escobar

WorkWell Counselor

Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Masters in Counseling Psychology, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation Inc. Certification in Critical Incident Response: Psychological First Aid; Certified Coach and Trainer in the Transformation of Stress; American Assoc. Marriage and Family Therapy Accredited Supervisor; Advanced Team-Building Training from AON Consulting Worldwide

Expertise: Work-Life, Focused Time-Effective Therapy, Clinical Consultation, Leadership Consultation, Team Building, Executive Coaching, Native Spanish-speaker: culturally and linguistically focused treatment, impulse control disorders

Interests: Ethical issues in behavioral health, continuing education for behavioral health professionals, mindfulness practices, Afro-Caribbean drumming, dancing

James Nicholas

James Nicholas

Associate Clinical Social Worker

Credentials: Master of Social Work (USC), J.D. in law (Northwestern)

Professional Affiliations: American Bar Association, National Association of Social Workers, United States Association of Body Psychotherapists, Association of Bodynamic Psychology

Expertise: Psychodynamic therapy, emotional regulation, conflict resolution

Languages: English, Greek, Spanish

Interests: Family, baseball, tango

Jessica Ayala

Jessica Ayala

Employee Assistance Professional

Credentials: Master of Social Work (USC), licensed clinical social worker

Professional Affiliations: Employee Assistance Professionals Association, National Association of Social Workers

Expertise: Mindfulness and energy psychology, maternal/child issues (PPD), meditation and work-life balance, case management, crisis intervention

Interests: Neuroscience, meditation, hot yoga, HITT workouts

Julie Chobdee

Julie Chobdee

Health & Well-being Program Manager

Credentials: Master of Public Health (UCLA), Bachelor of Science (UCLA), Professional Designation in human resources (UCLA)

Professional Affiliations: University Health & Wellness Summit Planning Committee, Building Healthy Academic Communities, University of California Healthy Campus Network Advisory Team, American College Health Association

Expertise: Healthy campus strategies, worksite wellness, health promotion and education, faculty/staff health and well-being in higher education

Interests: Exercise, live music

Linda Snouffer

Linda Snouffer

Employee Assistance Professional

Credentials: Master of Social Work (USC), licensed clinical social worker, certified employee assistance professional, professional certified coach, coach supervisor

Professional Affiliations: Employee Assistance Professionals Association (Los Angeles and National), International Association of Employee Assistance Professionals, Employee Assistance Roundtable, Certified Employee Assistance Professionals Association, National and Local Association of Social Workers, International Coach Federation (Global, Los Angeles, and South Florida Chapters), European Mentoring and Coaching Council, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, Certified Employee Assistance Professionals Association, USC Women in Management

Expertise: Executive coaching, supervision of coaches, counseling, management consultations, critical incidents and crisis management, trauma, grief and loss, mindfulness, work-life balance, attachment, civility

Interests: Family, yoga, Pilates, travel, cooking, flower arranging, lifelong learning

Susan L Huddleston

Susan L. Ritchey

Office Manager

Credentials: Bachelor of Science in business administration (CSLB)

Expertise: Business administration and management, human resources, finance

Languages: English, Spanish

Interests: Family, writing poetry, dance, cooking, traveling

Suzanne Huynh

Suzzane Huynh

Health & Well-being Program Coordinator

Credentials: Bachelor of Science in health sciences, health promotion, and disease prevention (CSUF)

Expertise: Health promotion and strategy, project coordination, clinical administration

Interests: Baking, reading, journaling, family 

Lara Hilton

Lara Hilton

Director

Credentials: Ph.D. in research psychology (Claremont), Master of Public Health (UCLA)

Professional Affiliations: Employee Assistance Professionals Association, American Public Health Association, American Evaluation Association, International Coaching Federation

Expertise: Behavioral science, program evaluation, mind/body medicine research, clinical administration, strategic initiatives, executive coaching, meditation, work-life balance

Interests: Family, foodie, meditation, reading, sailing

Susan L Huddleston

Susan L. Ritchey

Office Manager

Credentials: Bachelor of Science in business administration (CSLB)

Expertise: Business administration and management, human resources, finance

Languages: English, Spanish

Interests: Family, writing poetry, dance, cooking, traveling

Cynthia M Ryan

Cynthia (Cindy) Ryan

University Park Campus (UPC) Program Manager

Credentials: Ph.D. in clinical psychology with emphasis in organization development, licensed marriage and family therapist, certified employee assistance professional, certified professional coach

Professional Affiliations: Employee Assistance Professionals Association, International Coaching Federation

Expertise: Clinical assessment and the use of cognitive behavioral therapeutic approaches, crisis intervention assessment and response, executive coaching, training in stress management, self-care, civility in the workplace, mindful well-being, work-life balance

Interests: Family time, art, writing

Angela Diblasi

Angela DiBlasi

Health Sciences Campus (HSC) Program Manager

Credentials: Master of Social Work: industrial social work specialty (USC)licensed clinical social worker (California Board of Behavioral Sciences), professional certified coach (International Coaching Federation), basic and advanced critical incident stress management (Psychological First Aid)

Professional Affiliations: International Employee Assistance Professionals Association, National Association of Social Workers, Society of Clinical Social Work, International Coaching Federation

Expertise: Solution-focused brief counseling: human behavior in the workplace, workplace relationships, work-life balance, change and transition, grief and loss, eldercare. Leader consultation: threat assessment, performance improvement, communication, critical and traumatic incidents in the workplace, employee mental health, substance abuse issues. Executive coaching: Strength based coaching, helping leaders succeed in their leadership roles

Interests: Family, friends, Pilates, hiking, walking, reading, outdoor concerts

Linda Snouffer

Linda Snouffer

Employee Assistance Professional

Credentials: Master of Social Work (USC), licensed clinical social worker, certified employee assistance professional, professional certified coach, coach supervisor

Professional Affiliations: Employee Assistance Professionals Association (Los Angeles and National), International Association of Employee Assistance Professionals, Employee Assistance Roundtable, Certified Employee Assistance Professionals Association, National and Local Association of Social Workers, International Coach Federation (Global, Los Angeles, and South Florida Chapters), European Mentoring and Coaching Council, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, Certified Employee Assistance Professionals Association, USC Women in Management

Expertise: Executive coaching, supervision of coaches, counseling, management consultations, critical incidents and crisis management, trauma, grief and loss, mindfulness, work-life balance, attachment, civility

Interests: Family, yoga, Pilates, travel, cooking, flower arranging, lifelong learning

Jessica Ayala

Jessica Ayala

Employee Assistance Professional

Credentials: Master of Social Work (USC), licensed clinical social worker

Professional Affiliations: Employee Assistance Professionals Association, National Association of Social Workers

Expertise: Mindfulness and energy psychology, maternal/child issues (PPD), meditation and work-life balance, case management, crisis intervention

Interests: Neuroscience, meditation, hot yoga, HITT workouts

James Nicholas

James Nicholas

Associate Clinical Social Worker

Credentials: Master of Social Work (USC), J.D. in law (Northwestern)

Professional Affiliations: American Bar Association, National Association of Social Workers, United States Association of Body Psychotherapists, Association of Bodynamic Psychology

Expertise: Psychodynamic therapy, emotional regulation, conflict resolution

Languages: English, Greek, Spanish

Interests: Family, baseball, tango

Julie Chobdee

Julie Chobdee

Health & Well-being Program Manager

Credentials: Master of Public Health (UCLA), Bachelor of Science (UCLA), Professional Designation in human resources (UCLA)

Professional Affiliations: University Health & Wellness Summit Planning Committee, Building Healthy Academic Communities, University of California Healthy Campus Network Advisory Team, American College Health Association

Expertise: Healthy campus strategies, worksite wellness, health promotion and education, faculty/staff health and well-being in higher education

Interests: Exercise, live music

Suzanne Huynh

Suzzane Huynh

Health & Well-being Program Coordinator

Credentials: Bachelor of Science in health sciences, health promotion, and disease prevention (CSUF)

Expertise: Health promotion and strategy, project coordination, clinical administration

Interests: Baking, reading, journaling, family