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Meet the Counseling & Guidance Team

Ms. Alyssa Skipper, Lead Counselor

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Ms. Alyssa Skipper completed her BA degree in Sociology, with a minor in Education and Applied Psychology, at UC Santa Barbara in 2010. Upon graduating, she entered into graduate school, completing her MA degree in Education: Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential at CSU Dominguez Hills in 2012. She began her career in Bellflower Unified School District, working as a middle school Guidance Intern, and then serving as the counselor at the district's community day school. During that time, she also served as the district Wellness Mentor, conducting classes and workshops to prevent the use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco for middle and high school students. Ms. Skipper then became the college/career counselor at South High School in Torrance Unified School District, where she worked for three years, specializing in helping students find the right fit for their post-secondary endeavors, and creating a district-wide curriculum for the use of the Naviance program. From there, she spent one year in ABC Unified School District, working with students in all areas of college prep, and overseeing social/emotional wellness. Since 2018, in her current role as Lead Counselor at Bosco, she has made it her goal to ensure that all students have a plan for their future, and understand their individual worth. As a counselor, Ms. Skipper specializes in social/emotional counseling, having worked with many students who are experiencing anxiety, depression, anger, and various issues in their personal relationships. Much of her expertise falls in college admissions counseling, including guiding students in the necessary steps to reach their college goals, working with student-athletes, and guiding students through the application process.

 

Mr. Omar Delgado (Last Names Ge-Pa)

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Mr. Omar Delgado is in his 27th year at St. John Bosco as a Counselor, Teacher and former Head wrestling coach. In his 27 years as an educator Mr. Delgado’s proudest moments have come from watching his students graduate from college and become successful adults. Mr. Delgado brought the first CIF team wrestling championship to St. John Bosco in 1999. Mr. Delgado is always asked about how to attain success in sport and life, his answer is always the same “Outwork the competition, hard work is the only secret to success!” 

 

Mr. Basil Totah (Last Names Pe-Z)

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Mr. Basil Totah was born and raised in Southern California. He attended St. Maria Goretti Parish School in Long Beach for eight years and is a proud graduate of St. John Bosco High School, Class of 1985. Mr. Totah then went on to get a Bachelor's degree and Master's degree in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach. He continued his education and earned a Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of La Verne in 2002. He also holds a Pupil Personnel Service Credential in Counseling from the University of La Verne. Mr. Totahl started his career in Catholic education at Saint Joseph High School in Lakewood in 1994 and then returned to his alma mater as a teacher and a counselor in 1999.  He has over 26 years of experience in Catholic education and nineteen years as a Counselor. Mr. Totah specializes in college and academic counseling. His greatest reward seeing his students move on to achieve their academic and professional goals.

 

Ms. Yesenia Moreno, Academic Counselor

Yesenia Moreno attended Resurrection School and graduated from Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School. She then attended the University of San Diego where she majored in Psychology and double minored in Spanish and Theatre Arts. While at USD, Yesenia studied abroad on Semester at Sea where she visited 12 countries. After completing her undergraduate degree, Yesenia worked at USD while also working on her masters in Counseling with a specialization in School Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services credential. She interned at St. Augustine High School where she was introduced to counseling at an all-boys, Catholic high school. Yesenia then returned to the Los Angeles area and worked for Children’s Institute Inc. where she supported their Neighborhoods School initiative before joining St. John Bosco as an Academic Counselor. 

Yesenia takes a person-centered approach to counseling and believes that everyone is capable of finding solutions to problems. She enjoys giving students the opportunity to create space for reflection in order to guide their goals and is eager to be a support every step of the way to achieving those goals. She values having a support system and taking a team approach to overcome challenges.

 

CPLA Counselors 

Ken Nebo, Counselor

Hello! My name is Ken Nebo. I will be starting as a counselor at St. John Bosco this year. I was born and raised in East Los Angeles, CA. I grew up playing sports my entire life. Sports has always been the perfect getaway from the everyday routine of life. After graduating from high school, I was accepted to California State University, Long Beach where I received my bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology. There, I took up Shotokan karate as well as becoming an active member of Delta Sigma Chi Fraternity. Through my fraternity, I became more involved in the mental wellness of members as well as those coming into the fraternity in my position of Sergeant at Arms. On my days off from school and work, I played slow-pitch softball and actively played in Brea, Long Beach, and Downey with the occasional Crossfit training to stay active. Upon graduating from Long Beach State, I pursued my master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Argosy University in Orange County. My passion to combine sports with psychology motivated me to continue my education at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology to earn my doctorate in Applied Clinical Psychology to gain a strong foundation to explore every aspect of psychology with a main focus in sports, primarily with youth athletes. Currently, I am a clinical case manager for an Applied Behavior Analysis company that works with families who have children who have been diagnosed with autism. I look forward to a unique year as a counselor in the new world we live in. 

 

Manoush Castañeda, Counselor

My name is Manoush Castañeda and I was born in Seattle, Washington but have lived in Los Angeles for about 7 years. I have a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature with a double minor in Education and Latin American Studies from Occidental College (Go Tigers!). Currently, I am pursuing my Master's in Counseling Psychology (Marriage and Family Therapy Track) at Mount Saint Mary's University. I have a range of experience in the field of education and have often found opportunities to work with students. I am extremely excited to begin my experience in the field of therapy working with the wonderful students of St. John Bosco High and am hopeful for the upcoming school year!