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Meet the Staff

UC Berkeley's Employee Assistance consultants are a diverse group of licensed mental health professionals trained and experienced in dealing with a wide variety of work-related and behavioral health issues. They are knowledgeable about community resources, including agencies, support groups, health plans, and individual providers.

Craig Mielcarski

Craig Mielcarski, LCSW, CEAP

Be Well at Work - Faculty/Staff Health Programs Director

Craig Mielcarski returned to the Employee Assistance team in 2018 as the Be Well at Work - Faculty/Staff Health Programs Director, which also includes our Elder Care, Wellness, and Work/Life programs. He previously worked as the Director for Employee Assistance for 8 years.  Craig received his BA in Psychology from Amherst College and his MSW from Boston University.  Craig is a licensed clinical social worker and certified employee assistance professional with over 20 years of clinical and organizational experience in business, government, and academic settings. He has additional expertise in threat assessment, intimate partner violence, critical incident response, and trauma support.  Passionate about individual and organizational health and wellness, he also has extensive experience providing coaching and consultation to individuals at all levels of a work organization.  

Leslie Bell

Leslie Bell PhD, LCSW, CEAP 

Counselor

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Leslie Bell joined the Employee Assistance team in 2010. She received her MSW from the Smith College School for Social Work and her PhD in Sociology from UC Berkeley. Leslie is a licensed clinical social worker and certified employee assistance professional with over 15 years of clinical experience working with individuals, couples, and adolescents in a variety of settings.

The author of Hard to Get: Twentysomething Women and the Paradox of Sexual Freedom (University of California Press, 2013), Leslie has taught and lectured widely on women’s development, gender inequality, and sexuality. In addition to her work at UC Berkeley, she maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Berkeley.

Additional Languages: Spanish

 

Maureen Kelly, EdD, LCSW

Elder Care Counselor 

Maureen Kelly has worked with elders and their families in a professional capacity since 1983 and has been the Elder Care Counselor at UHS since 2005. She received her MSW from the National Catholic School of Social Service and earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco after completing research on the emotional burden experienced by adult daughters caring for their elderly mothers. In addition to teaching graduate students, Maureen has worked at non-profits that serve low-income seniors in San Francisco’s Tenderloin and hospitals that treat clinically depressed elders. She has facilitated caregiver support groups and counseled individuals in her private psychotherapy practice since 1988.

Karen Patchell

Karen Patchell, MA

Administrative Officer and Elder Care Coordinator

After earning her double honors BA in Spanish and Anthropology from the National University of Ireland, Karen Patchell received her MA in Social Anthropology with distinction from Queens University, Belfast. Karen began her career at UC Berkeley in 2014, bringing with her a vast array of experience in cross-border identity, cross-cultural communications, addiction, and youth development services. Karen is a certified RAD women's self-defense instructor. She is also an avid dragon boat paddler and enjoys watching rugby when she’s not taking advantage of the fantastic California weather.

Additional Languages: Spanish and Gaeilge

Sally Nho

Sally Nho

Administrative Assistant

Sally Nho graduated from Sacred Heart University in Seoul, Korea with a BS in Nutrition (1980). She has worked for over 24 years providing administrative support -- first in the Fairfax, VA school district and now for the past 17 years at UC Berkeley. Sally has been an integral part of the Employee Assistance team, capably managing the front office. In addition, Sally is fluent in Korean and provides Korean language translation as needed for UHS. In her free time, Sally is a skilled crafter and cook.

Additional Languages: Korean

Meet the Staff: Employee Assistance | Elder Care