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About Our Staff

CWFL Professinal Staff are selected for their excellence in the field of workplace behavioral health.

All Professional Staff are licensed by the State of California as mental health therapists, and combine those clinical skills with training as experts in human behavior in the workplace. Several staff have also trained as executive coaches, and many are certified by their professional association as Certified Employee Assistance Professionals (CEAP).

The Professional Staff actively seek continuing education on trends and skills to maintain relevance for the benefit of faculty and staff.

Our office is supported by our two administrative staff who provide excellent customer service and conduct resource searches for our clientele.

  CWFL Staff

John Gaspari

John Gaspari,
LCSW, CEAP, BCD

Executive Director

gaspari@usc.edu

John Gaspari received his Masters in Industrial Social Work from USC in 1988 and since that time, has made the workplace the sole focus of his professional practice. John has over 20 years of experience as an employee assistance professional, mental health practitioner, organizational and management consultant, workplace behavioral health educator and program administrator.

He currently serves as the Executive Director of the USC Center for Work and Family Life, which is the University’s employee assistance, work-life and wellness program. In this role, he also provides field instruction and clinical training for graduate students and post-graduate practitioners.

Mr. Gaspari is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Employee Assistance Professional, and a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. He is a member of the USC School of Social Work’s administrative leadership team and serves on several standing committees at USC including the Provost’s Advisory Committee for Work and Family Life, the Personnel Council, and the Employee Benefits Advisory Committee.

Most recently, John created and leads the USC Disaster Mental Health Response Team, a multidisciplinary group of mental health professionals, emergency response specialists, academics and clergy from across the University community.

Mr. Gaspari was the recipient of the 2011 Jules Levine Distinguished Field Education Award. The annual award is issued by the USC School of Social Work for excellence in field education. John was previously recognized in May 2008 with the Distinguished Service Award in Field Education, also from the School of Social Work.

 

Linda Snouffer

Linda Snouffer,
LCSW, CEAP

Assistant Director

snouffer@usc.edu

Linda Snouffer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional with over ten years of counseling and consultation experience. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California with a concentration in Industrial Social Work. She received a Bachelor of Science from the University of San Francisco.

Linda has extensive experience working with university faculty, staff and their families on a variety of mental health and workplace issues. In addition she provides management and executive coaching, teaches graduate level social work classes, conducts training seminars on such issues as balancing work and family life, office politics, menopause, forgiveness, and civility, and leads a CWFL book club. Linda comes from a strengths-based perspective emphasizing strong communication and relationship building skills.

Ms. Snouffer has completed training as a Certified Grief Counselor.

Jeff Harris

Jeffrey Harris,
MFT, CPC, CEAP

HSC Program Manager

harrisjr@usc.edu

Jeff Harris is a Licensed Marriage, Family & Child Counselor, Certified Professional Coach and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional. Mr. Harris received his Master of Arts from Chapman University, and a Bachelor of Science from California State University at Fullerton.

Jeff brings to USC nineteen years of experience providing employee assistance consulting to such organizations as the Los Angeles Fire Department, US Postal Service, City of Long Beach, and Wells Fargo Bank. He previously served as Clinical Director of the Federal Occupational Health EAP, as well as EAP Manager for PacifiCare Behavioral Health.

Jeff is an experienced executive coach for physicians and university faculty seeking performance excellence, and an effective consultant to managers and supervisors interested in leading high performance teams. He draws from his own management experience in healthcare and corporate settings for twelve years, and his service as an adjunct faculty member at four colleges over eleven years.

Jason Sackett

Jason Sackett,
LCSW

Senior Employee Assistance Professional

jsackett@usc.edu

Jason Sackett is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Employee Assistance Professional with over 20 years of counseling and consultation experience. He holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California with a concentration in Industrial Social Work, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jason has extensive experience working with university faculty and staff and their families, as well as consultation with educational, health care, management-level, and legal professionals. In addition, he has trained educators and mental health professionals in behavioral assessment and management; facilitated focus groups for USC faculty; taught graduate-level social work courses; provided specialized consultation to therapists working with high-risk clients; facilitated over 150 educational workshops; written numerous articles promoting balance between work and family life, including a parenting handbook; and directed a psychiatric residential treatment facility. He consults fluently in Spanish.

Jason Sackett's specialties include enhancing workplace communication and relationships, conflict resolution, stress reduction, and managing disorganization through strengths-based strategies.

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Andrea Bardack

Andrea Bardack,
LCSW, CEAP

Employee Assistance Professional

bardack@usc.edu

Andrea Bardack is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Employee Assistance Professional with over ten years of counseling and consultation experience. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from USC with a concentration in mental health, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Andrea has significant counseling experience in work settings, and regularly helps USC faculty and staff with issues such as workplace conflict reduction, stress management, communication skills development, relationship enhancement, personal growth, coping with depression and anxiety, and health/ wellness concerns. She has also led workshops and seminars on stress reduction, managing personal energy, and parenting.

Rachel Plasencia

Rachel Plasencia, LCSW

Employee Assistance Professional

rlplasen@usc.edu

Rachel Plasencia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds a Master of Social Work degree with an emphasis in Work and Life from the University of Southern California. She attended Loyola Marymount University and received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Theology and Sociology.

Rachel's clinical experience focuses on the workplace, conducting workshops on stress, civility in the workplace, work life balance and psychological first aid. She has worked in multiple clinical settings including assisting survivors of domestic violence, individuals, couples and adolescents. She emphasizes a strengths-based approach with special attention to mindfulness.

Susan Ritchey

Susan Ritchey

Administrative
Assistant II

ritchey@usc.edu

Susan Ritchey is the Administrative Assistant for the Center for Work and Family Life (CWFL). She has an Associate Degree in Business Administration and is currently working on a Bachelors of Science in Sociology.

As the Administrative Assistant for the Center for Work and Family Life, Susan provides administrative and clerical support to CWFL and interacts with University offices and outside vendors to facilitate communications and information exchange.

For the past four years she has provided information on a variety of work / life concerns to university faculty and staff and their families.

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