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Leigh Connell, M.A.

Lead Program Coordinator
(909) 537-7417

Leigh Connell is responsible for planning and implementing employment services, including employment preparation, job development and job placement services for California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) students with disabilities who are clients of the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) and enrolled in the Workability IV (WA-IV) program. Leigh also coordinates WA-IV's schedule of workshops and events.

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Tyler Lynne Swanson, B.A.

PDC Employment and Job Development Coordinator
(909) 537-8146

Tyler Swanson provides WA-IV students at the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus career counseling in employment preparation and job development, placement, and retention services.  Tyler’s goal is to develop a disability-friendly network of employers in the Coachella Valley by obtaining individual interviews, professional/entry-level employment, and internship opportunities that are relevant to the students’ area of study.


Connie Nicolay Rivas

Administrative Support Specialist 

(909) 537-3804                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Connie Nicolay Rivas provides direct services to students with disabilities and related staff/faculty in supporting the WAIV program to include clerical and administrative support such as scheduling appointments, handling confidential and routine correspondence, maintaining calendars, preparing basic reports and assist in data collection, maintaining files, performing routine maintenance of files, prepare meeting agendas, and other clerical duties as assigned.