COUNSELOR CORNER

Anthony Russomanno

Hometown: San Clemente, CA (originally born and raised in New Jersey)

Education:

  • BA, Psychology, UC Irvine
  • MA, Clinical Psychology, Family & Child Counseling, Pepperdine University
  •  MBA, Marketing, Keller Graduate School of Management
  • Certificate, College Counseling, UC San Diego

Interests: basketball, soccer, positive psychology, card tricks, board games, coaching/training athletes at the HS, club, college and youth sports levels

Favorite Quote: “Do Well By Doing Good”

Fun Fact: Performed in a musical (and had no experience) and won 3rd place

Email: ajrussomanno@capousd.org

Bio:

Anthony is an expert in the field of college admissions, career exploration, test preparation, athletic recruiting, and family counseling. He currently is the College and Career Counseling Coordinator for CUSD. Anthony is a frequent national presenter at high schools, colleges and conferences and has helped thousands of students and families with college and career planning over his 22 years of counseling and teaching. He worked for the top admissions and test prep company for 15+ years in curriculum, student services, marketing, and partnerships, ran his own admissions and test prep consulting firm, and was a high school teacher. When he was a family therapist for individuals and families in crisis, his main focus was helping children and adolescents through psychological and emotional transitions including building purpose with academic and career opportunities. Anthony was a 3 sport star in high school in NJ and received a Division I soccer scholarship at UC Irvine where he earned Captain and MVP Honors twice. He coached high school soccer (Fountain Valley and Cypress) and club soccer (Wolfpack). He is married to his wife Corinne and enjoys time with his two children, Anthony Jr. and Benjamin. He continues to teach students how to ace the SAT, ACT, and GRE exams and is extremely proud of some of his more recent highlights: 5 students with perfect SAT scores; students with college acceptances to MIT, Brown, USC, and UCSD; and student-athletes earning over $200,000 in athletic scholarships to schools such as UPenn, Vanguard, UCSB, UC Irvine, and UCLA.


Jennifer Manzanares

Hometown: Anaheim, CA

Education: 

  • B.A. Chicana and Chicano Studies, Minor in Labor and Workplace Studies, UCLA
  • M.S. School Counseling, CSULB

Interests: Avid Runner, soccer, hiking, social justice

Favorite Quote: “Tired is a state of mind”

Fun Fact: I ran a marathon and came in 9th place!

Email: jecervantesmanzanare@capousd.org

I am glad to be one of the College and Career Counselors with Capistrano Unified School District. Although I am new to the district I have extensive experience working with students from K-12 throughout Orange County. I have also worked with the Orange County Department of Education. Additionally, I have worked with undergraduate students during my time at the UCLA Career Center.  I am a first generation college student therefore I am aware of the challenges that one faces when navigating post-secondary options. My personal experience has not only provided insight but also instilled a sense of urgency to help other students who are experiencing similar situations. I look forward to every day of work because I am doing what I love. Besides being a superhero, I mean counselor, I also enjoy spending time with my family. 


Naomi Tran

Hometown: Aliso Viejo, CA

Education: 

  • B.A. Child Development
  • B.A. Family Life Education, CSULB
  • M.A. School Counseling, Chapman University

Interests: Cooking, Animal lover & Puzzle Nerd

Favorite Quote: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou

Fun Fact: I have been part of the CUSD family since I was 5!

Email: nptran@capousd.org

Bio:

It has always been my passion to help others explore careers and prepare them for their dream job(s) so I’m excited to be a part of CUSD  as one of the college and career counselors. Before this position, I was at San Clemente High School as an Academic Advisor and I worked in other schools districts, where I helped many students find internships, part-time jobs as well as assist families with college application and financial aid process.  Outside of work, I love spending time with my four sisters and discovering best eateries all over Orange County!


Tegan Thacker

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Education: 

  • B.A. Music, Hope International University
  • M.S. School Counseling, CSU, Bakersfield

Interests: Music, all things College and Career, Child and Adolescent Development, Yoga

Favorite Quote: 

Fun Fact: I love to have dance parties with my 2 sons in our living room

Email: tdthacker@capousd.org

Bio:

I was the first in my family to go to college and I chose to attend Hope International University, where I earned a B.A. in Music and I held a steady leadership position as Resident Assistant in the dorms.  That is where I learned of my passion for building relationships and helping people.  After graduating from college, I gained some valuable experience as a College Recruiter where it was my job to represent the company at local CSU’s and UC’s as a Corporate Sponsor, working with the University Career Centers at each campus, giving workshops on resume writing and interviewing skills and recruiting students at career fairs. I absolutely loved working with college students and I went on to earn an M.S. in Counseling for School Counseling and College Student Affairs in 2009 and began working as a Career Counselor.  Then I worked with college Student Leaders in the residence halls, and in the Associate Student Government, mentoring them in their development as leaders and providing career help.  In the several years leading up to coming to Capo, I was an Academic Advisor for undergraduate students at a local, private university in Orange County.   All of these experiences and my education have cultivated my passion for guiding students through the college and career exploration processes.  My favorite part of working with students is meeting one-on-one.  It is very fulfilling to walk with students through a process from confusion and stress to having a plan and knowing what they can do to get where they want to go.