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LAP Team

The LAP Team is here to help you find your way through AHC and support you in completing your educational goals. 

Director, Learning Assistance Program/Student Health Services/Veteran Success Center

Oversees the LAP Department

Dr. Genevieve Siwabessy, VPSS
(805) 922-6966 ext. 3650


Counselors are here to help you get on the right path to reach your academic and career goals. An LAP Counselor will develop an individualized academic accommodations plan (AAP) through an interactive process during an intake meeting. LAP Counselors can also assist with developing a Student Education Plan (SEP), Transfer Planning, Career Planning, Campus and Community Referrals, Academic Standing Counseling, and Student Success Strategies. 

Santa Maria Campus
Kerry Runkle
805-922-6966 ext. 3504 


Monday       10-4:00 PM, 3-4:00 Drop in
Tuesday       10-4:00 PM, 10-11:00 & 2-3:00 Drop in
Wednesday 10-4:00 PM, 2-3:00 Drop in
Thursday      9-4:00 PM, 12-1:00 Drop in


Lompoc Valley Center
Linda Kelly
805-922-6966 ext 5214


Monday  9-11:00, 2-4:00 PM
Drop in  1-2:00PM
Tuesday 9-1:00 PM 2-3:00PM
Drop in  1-2:00PM
Wednesday 9-11:00 AM, 2-3:00 PM
Drop in: 1-2:00 PM
Thursday  9-3:00 PM,1-2:00 PM Drop in

10-1:00 PM
Drop in: 1-2:00 PM


Learning Disability Specialists

Learning Disability Specialists develop individualized academic accommodations plans (AAP) through an interactive process. Learning Disabilities (LD) Specialists administer Learning Disabilities (LD) Assessments to determine eligiblity for services. LD Specialists also provide other on-campus and community referrals. 

Santa Maria  Campus
Lala Karapetian
805-922-6966 ext 3503


Monday        11-1:00 PM, Zoom/Phone
Tuesday        9-3:00 PM
Wednesday  9-3:00 PM
Thursday      9-3:00 PM
Friday            9-2:00 PM

Santa Maria  Campus and LVC (By Appointment)
Lisa Marsalek
805-922-6966 ext 3506 


Monday         9-4:00 PM
Tuesday         10-4:00 PM
Wednesday   9-3:00 PM, 11-1:00 Zoom available
Thursday       10-4:00 PM
Friday             10:00-3:00 PM 

Assistive Technology 

Assessment of students’ assistive technology needs, identifying assistive technology tools, and providing training and support for apps and programs in the areas of text-to-speech, voice recognition, note-taking and organizational that can assist students with reading, writing, notetaking, and studying.

Sarah Easton
805-922-6966 ext 3670


Monday        9-3:00 PM
Tuesday        9-2:00 PM, 11-12:00 Zoom/Phone
Wednesday  9-2:00 PM, 12:30-1:30 Zoom/Phone
Thursday      10-2:00 PM (LVC)
Friday           9-2:00 PM, 10-11:00 Zoom/Phone


LAP Staff 

Odette Pinheiro
Administrative Assistant
805-922-6966 ext 3274

Coordinator of Interpreter and Communication Services
Coordinates communication services for students who are Deaf or hard or hearing. 

Julia Townsend
805-922-6966 ext 3396

Alternative Media Specialist
Creates alternative formats of textbooks, course materials, and other learning materials, including electronic versions of textbooks (e-text), Braille, and large-print formats.

Nancy Hernandez
805-922-6966 ext 3788

DSPS Specialist
Provides accommodated testing for students in the LAP testing center. 
Jacqueline Widle
805-922-6966 ext 3289

Instructional Assistant
Provides accommodated testing for students, assistance with scheduling appointments, and strategy training. 
Weston Guerra
805-922-6966 ext 5274

Outreach and Retention Specialist
Providing support to Hancock students with the admission and class registration process, provide general financial aid information, process concurrent enrollment and College Now paperwork from the local high schools, connect high schoolers with the LAP applicaton and office, and assist with outreach activities. 
Alan Diaz-Ramirez
(805) 922-6966 ext. 3413