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College Counselor


Education: Master of Arts in Education (emphasis in Counseling) | California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA. Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration | California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA

Bio: Ms. Hervey brings more than 10 years of comprehensive counseling and leadership experience that spans from middle school through college. As a proud alumnus of the Compton Unified School District, Ms. Hervey started her counseling career as an intern in the district that richly shaped and anchored her life both academically and professionally. As an Intervention Counseling Intern, Ms. Hervey was responsible for counseling diverse student populations to assist them in understanding and overcoming personal, social, and behavioral troubles that affect their academic and vocational advancement and success. She later transitioned to the role of College Counseling Intern, where she educated students and parents on how to successfully navigate through the college search, admissions and matriculation processes. After fulfilling her internship opportunities in the Compton Unified School District, Ms. Hervey shifted her counseling experience to higher education where she became employed at Long Beach City College as a Student Achievement Coach in the Promise Pathways program and later at Vanguard University where she held the positions of Student Success Counselor, Director of Student Success and Director of Program Operations. As a college counseling professional, Ms. Hervey is experienced in implementing and overseeing student success, retention and intervention strategies to help remove barriers to learning, promote academic achievement, and create a foundation for academic and professional success for diverse student populations. Ms. Hervey has a passion for championing positive outcomes for all students she serves and supporting them to achieve their heart’s desire. Ms. Hervey believes every student, if given the proper guidance, resources and opportunity, can discover the path that leads to their educational and professional success. In her spare time, Ms. Hervey finds pleasure in fulfilling community service as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., going to the beach, baking, and traveling with family.


rebecca gross

Middle School Counselor

Education: Mrs. Gross is a proud product of LAUSD and California public schools. Bachelor of Arts, Sociology Major/Cultural Anthropology Minor, University of California, Los AngelesMaster of Arts, Educational Psychology, California State University, Northridge

Bio: Mrs. Gross has worked as a school counselor with LAUSD since 2006. She started at Fulton College Prep, working with students from grades 6-10. She then went to work at Hamilton High School Academy of Music and Performing Arts working with students in grades 9-12. After moving with her husband to Tel Aviv, Israel and having 2 children, Mrs. Gross moved back to Los Angeles and began working with the wonderful students and faculty at Palms Middle School. She then took a brief leave of absence to tackle being a stay at home mom, her best and toughest job to date. Mrs. Gross loves working with students to set personal and academic goals as well as guiding them to achieve their best self. Outside of school, she loves to travel, hike, practice yoga and spend time with her family and friends. 

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tara hallinan

High School Counselor




Bachelor of Science in Child & Family Development, San Diego State University

Master of Science in Counseling (Marriage and Family Therapy emphasis), California State University, Northridge

PPS Credential in School Counseling, California State University, Northridge


Bio: Mrs. Hallinan was born and raised in Los Angeles and is a proud K-12 alumnus of LAUSD. She is very excited to work with the young ladies at GALA. In addition to holding a school counseling credential, Mrs. Hallinan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She previously worked with school districts as a mental health school-based therapist for middle and high school students. Mrs. Hallinan holds the following American School Counselor Association specialist certifications: Trauma & Crisis Management, Grief & Loss, Career Development, and Students with Special Needs. Mrs. Hallinan is a firm believer that all students are capable of learning and succeeding, all students should have access to a high-quality education, and effective school counseling is a collaborative process that involves all education stakeholders. Her favorite part of being a school counselor is building relationships with students and helping them to grow and achieve their goals. Mrs. Hallinan is a Lakers fanatic and great supporter of the Dodgers and Rams. She enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends and is a proud dog mom to her miniature pinscher Mamba. During breaks from school, Mrs. Hallinan loves exploring the best restaurants while traveling.

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School Psychologist





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Kacie magoski

Psychiatric Social Worker 


Education: Master of Social Welfare (MSW), specializing in child and family wellbeing, Pupil Personnel Services Credentials (PPSC) and Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) authorization completed at UCLA. Credentialed with Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW). Bachelor of Arts- humanities and social science disciplines - dual major in English and Gender Studies, minor in Public Affairs at UCLA. GOOO Bruins!! 


Bio: Miss Kacie is a MSW graduate from UCLA. She has extensive training and experience in crisis intervention and prevention, facilitating classroom and parent workshops, as well as providing individual and group therapy to students, ages 8-18. She also has experience in conducting parent, caregiver, and family consultations and therapy sessions. She has engaged in comprehensive trainings and is knowledgeable in various evidence-based practices, such as: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP), and Motivational Interviewing, that she believes will provide students with an array of interventions and coping skills to enhance social emotional healing and development, as well as promote academic success for students. A fun Fact about Miss Kacie is that her middle name is Gem. She enjoys practicing hot yoga, going on sunrise/sunset hikes, dabbling on the guitar and ukulele, and caring for her non-furry Sphynx baby, Vino Blanco. She is very excited to be GALA’s PSW and encourages students, staff, and caretakers to reach out when needing support. 

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elizabeth huff

Black Student Achievement Plan


Education: Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Religion, Oberlin College, Masters of Science in
Counseling, California State University Los Angeles

BioMs. Huff was born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles. After brief stints in Ohio and
Atlanta, GA, she has returned to be close to her family and help raise her nieces and nephew.
After graduating from Oberlin College, she realized she loved working one on one with students
and got her Masters in Counseling from Cal State University, Los Angeles. She has worked in
both public and private schools, doing everything from helping with college applications to
leading mindfulness and conflict resolution to building healthy habits. As a counselor she
enjoys seeing the growth her students make over the years as she helps them learn to make
sense of the world they live in. Ms. Huff supports women’s sports and alternative modes of
transportation. In her spare time, she enjoys playing board games, tending to her plants, and
finding new strategies to save the planet and save money at the same time.

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