Counselors

Vanessa Musso

Vanessa Musso

714.560.0900, ext. 6202

vanessa.musso@ocsarts.net

Middle School Counselor (Grades 7-8)

Ms. Vanessa Musso joined the Orange County School of the Arts in 2003 as an Academic Counselor and Crisis Counselor and currently serves as the Middle School Counselor.

Prior to joining OCSA, Ms. Musso was director of the Teacher Preparation Program and taught psychology at Cypress College. Her career in counseling and education began with Orange County Social Services in 1992 as a child abuse counselor and advocate.

 

Ms. Musso holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Chapman University and a master’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine University. She also serves on the Selective Service for the United States of America and has been a local board member for the past 14 years.

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Ashley Talbert

Ashley Talbert

714.560.0900, ext. 6602

ashley.talbert@ocsarts.net

High School Counselor for students with last names A-Do.

Ms. Ashley Talbert joined the Student Services Department at the Orange County School of the Arts in 2014.

Prior to joining OCSA, Ms.Talbert worked in the Capistrano Unified School District counseling both middle and high school aged students.

As a professional school counselor, Ms.Talbert provides support to students in the areas of college/career guidance, academic advisement, and personal/social counseling. Ms.Talbert is a credentialed school counselor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from California State University, Long Beach and a Masters of Arts degree in applied psychology from New York University. 

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Kara McCann

Kara McCann

714.560.0900, ext. 6130

kara.mccann@ocsarts.net

High School Counselor for students with last names Dr-Kh.

Ms. Kara McCann joined the Student Services Department in 2011 and serves as a Professional School Counselor providing support to students in the areas of college/career guidance, academic advisement, and personal/social counseling. She also served as the Director of the Special Services Department from 2014 to 2016. Prior to joining OCSA, Ms. McCann worked with special needs students in the Newport Mesa Unified School District (middle school and high school) and with college students in the South Orange County Community College District.

Ms. McCann is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Credentialed School Counselor and an Associate Faculty Member/Instructor at Saddleback Community College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of British Columbia, Canada, a Master of Science degree in counseling from California State University, Fullerton, and a PPS Credential in educational counseling from National University.

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Paige Acuña

Paige Acuña

714.560.0900, ext. 3233

paige.acuna@ocsarts.net

High School Counselor for students with last names Ki-Me. 

As an Orange County native, Ms. Paige Acuña is very excited to join the OCSA community! Before joining OCSA, Ms. Acuña served as a high school counselor in the Orange Unified School District and worked in special education at Irvine Unified SChool District. She also has experience working in various programs within the community college system and non-profit organizations. Ms. Acuña received a bachelor's degree in sociology from California State University, Fullerton in 2015 and a master's degree in educational counseling from the University of La Verne in 2019. When Ms. Acuña is not on campus, you can find her enjoying her favorite hobbies including yoga, camping, running, craft making & interior design. She is a proud student advocate and a true lover of the arts!

Sarah Kause

Sarah Kause

714.560.0900, ext. 6129

sarah.kause@ocsarts.net

High School Counselor for students with last names Mi-Sh.

Ms. Sarah Kause comes to OCSA with a wealth of experience. She has held positions as admissions coordinator at Chapman University within Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, high school counselor at a private school, and most recently as school counselor at Encore Jr./Sr. High School for the Arts in the High Desert and Inland Empire. 

Ms. Kause received her bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly Pomona and her master’s degree in educational counseling from National University. Additionally, she holds a California Clear Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in school counseling. Ms. Kause is also part of a nonprofit that helps provide foster youth with post-secondary scholarships. She is excited to join the counseling team at OCSA and looks forward to working with students and parents.

  

Becky Vance-Freeland

Becky Vance-Freeland

714.560.0900, ext. 6601

rebecca.vance-freeland@ocsarts.net

High School Counselor for students with last names Si-Z.

Ms. Rebecca Vance-Freeland joined the Orange County School of the Arts in 2014. Prior to joining OCSA, she worked for the City of Long Beach serving as an Academy Specialist and Youth Opportunity Center Coordinator. During her time in Long Beach, Ms. Vance-Freeland played an active role on the Long Beach GRIP Advisory Board, CSULB's CalSOAP Governing Board as well as LA Harbor College's CalWORKS Advisory Board. Ms. Vance-Freeland also previously served as a counselor for the Westminster School District.

 

Ms. Vance-Freeland holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology with an emphasis in group relations and minored in women’s studies from California State University, Long Beach. She also earned her Master of Science degree in education (counseling psychology) from the University of Southern California. Ms. Vance-Freeland holds her Pupil Personnel Services credential.

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Registrar

Laura Ely

Laura Ely

714.560.0900, ext. 6174

laura.ely@ocsarts.net

Ms. Laura Ely manages grades, alumni transcripts, student enrollment, student withdrawals, student records, Aeries database, and School Loop. In addition, she handles Cal Grants for the senior class, and reviews/approves Entertainment Work Permits and other student/school required documentation. Ms. Ely is the school's CALPADS Administrator. 

Student Services Support

Michelle Rios

Michelle Rios

Administrative Assistant

714.560.0900, ext. 6160

michelle.rios@ocsarts.net

Before joining OCSA in 2021, Ms. Michelle Rios spent six years working for Irvine Unified School District, serving in various roles including counseling and career. She received her certificate in Human Resources Management from California State University, Long Beach in 2017 while she found her calling in education. 

In her current role, Ms. Rios supports Student Services with transcripts, the annual College Fair, senior awards, graduation, and Naviance.

Anita Sanchez

Anita Sanchez

Administrative Assistant

714.560.0900, ext. 6162

anita.sanchez@ocsarts.net

Ms. Anita Sanchez helps coordinate "Art Attack", PSAT/PLAN tests, student and staff ID cards, Senior Awards Night, graduation, and scholarships.

Administration Support

Berene Lindbeck

Berene Lindbeck

Office Manager

714.560.0900, ext. 6140

berene.lindbeck@ocsarts.net

Ms. Berene Lindbeck is the administrative assistant to the assistant principals. She is in charge of the Academic Office.

Hui-Shurn Yong

Hui-Shurn Yong

Conservatory Arts Associate

hui-shurn.yong@ocsarts.net

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Reception

Stori Chapman

Stori Chapman

Receptionist - Mornings

714.560.0900, ext. 0003 or 6171

stori.chapman@ocsarts.net

Ms. Stori Chapman handles student messages and deliveries, security and custodial requests, emergencies and lockers.

Becky Hall

Becky Hall

Receptionist - Afternoon

714.560.0900, ext. 0003 or 6171

becky.hall@ocsarts.net

Ms. Becky Hall handles student messages and deliveries, security and custodial requests, emergencies and lockers.

Attendance

Jeanna Pfieffer

Jeanna Pfieffer

Attendance Office

714.560.0900, ext. 6852

jeanna.pfieffer@ocsarts.net

Ms. Jeanna Pfieffer handles all attendance for the school. Any inquiries about absences, tardiness, and early release due to scheduled appointments should be directed to her.

Jerry Kiyokawa

Jerry Kiyokawa

Attendance Office

714.560.0900, ext. 6170

jerry.kiyokawa@ocsarts.net

Mr. Jerry Kiyokawa handles all attendance for the school. Any inquiries about absences, tardiness, and early release due to scheduled appointments should be directed to her.

Health Office

Tatum Hornidge

Tatum Hornidge

Licensed Vocational Nurse

714.560.0900 ext. 4101

tatum.hornidge@ocsarts.net

Ms. Tatum Hornidge oversees day-to-day health office tasks, tending to sick and injured students, handles medical records and elevator passes.

Laura Lopez

Laura Lopez

Licensed Vocational Nurse

714.560.0900 ext. 4101

laura.lopez@ocsarts.net

Ms. Laura Lopez oversees day-to-day health office tasks, tending to sick and injured students, handles medical records and elevator passes.