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Hours: 8am-12pm, 1pm-4pm, closed from 12pm-1pm
Phone: (805) 893-3285
Location: 1205-K Girvetz Hall


Caroline Adams

Caroline Adams
Campus Ombuds

Caroline earned her B.A. in Psychology at Pomona College and her Juris Doctor at the University of Montana's School of Law, as well as a Master of Fine Arts at Montana State University. She is a certified mediator and experienced group facilitator. Caroline worked in Employee and Labor Relations from 2011-13, before being hired as the Associate Ombuds. Prior to coming to UCSB, Caroline was an attorney with the Crowley Fleck law firm in Bozeman, Montana, and served on the Dispute Resolution Committee of the State Bar of Montana.

David Rasch

David Rasch
Associate Ombuds

David received his BA in Philosophy from Colgate University, and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He recently retired from Stanford University where he served as University Ombuds for 14 years, and now lives in Ojai. Prior to his work as ombuds, he was Director of Stanford’s Faculty/Staff Counseling Center. David is on the Board of Directors for CO-OP, which oversees the testing and certification process for the organizational ombuds profession. In addition to his ombuds work, David also consults and teaches on topics related to writing productivity.

Michael O'Connell

Michael O'Connell
Faculty Ombuds

Having received his PhD at Yale University, Michael O’Connell came to UCSB in 1970 and taught in the English department for 40 years. His field is Renaissance/Early Modern, but he has also taught and written on biblical literature and medieval theater. Since his retirement in 2010 he has offered classes in Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton in the College of Creative Studies. He was study center director of the UC Education Abroad Program in London for two years and headed up the campus office of EAP for five years. He recently received his private pilot’s license and flies a Cessna 172.

Megan DeBrito

Megan DeBrito
Assistant Ombuds

Having grown up in Northern California, Megan attended Mills College in Oakland, California, where she earned her BA in Political, Legal and Economic Analysis with a minor in Hispanic Studies. After graduating from Antioch University Midwest in 2008 with her Master’s in Conflict Resolution, Megan worked as a Community and Court Mediator, Facilitator, Case Manager and Long Term Care Ombudsman in the non-profit sectors. In addition to being a graduate of Ombudsman 101 with the International Ombudsman Association, she holds a Mediation Certificate from both Loyola Law School and Community Service Programs. She is also trained in Restorative Justice, Crisis Intervention and Civil Harassment. Megan studied abroad in Seville, Spain and speaks Spanish.

Please do not e-mail the ombuds.

To ensure confidentiality, the ombuds do not use e-mail for case-related correspondence.