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Meet the Employee Assistance 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.

Julia Anable

Julia Anable, PhD


Julia Anable joined the Employee Assistance Program in 2019. Prior to joining UHS, Julia was working as a psychologist at Stanford Counseling and Psychological Services. She’s also operated a private psychotherapy practice in the Rockridge area for the past 15 years. 

Julia received her BA in Psychology and the Humanities from Seattle University followed by a clinical internship at the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Chicago and completed postdoctoral work at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Counseling Services. Julia has a special clinical interest in depression, anxiety, trauma recovery, first-generation and/or low-income concerns, postpartum transition, parenting issues, resilience, and mindfulness.

Leslie Bell

Leslie Bell PhD, LCSW, CEAP 


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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

Elliot DiTusa

Elliott DiTusa, LPCC


Elliott DiTusa joined the Employee Assistance team in 2019. He received his BS in Secondary Education from Indiana University and his MA in Counseling (with a specialization in Sport and Health Psychology) from Adler University. Elliott is a licensed professional clinical counselor with over 6 years experience in the employee assistance field. His work experience also includes providing individual and couples counseling at a group psychotherapy practice. He has a special clinical interest in anxiety, grief and loss, gambling addiction, and sport psychology. 


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.

Craig Mielcarski

Craig Mielcarski, LCSW, CEAP

Be Well at Work - Faculty/Staff Health Programs Director

Craig Mielcarski has been the Director for Be Well at Work - Faculty/Staff Health Programs (which includes Disability Management Services, Elder Care, Employee Assistance, Ergonomics, Wellness, and Work/Life programs) since 2018. He previously worked as the Director for Employee Assistance starting in 2008. Craig received his BA in Psychology from Amherst College and his MSW from Boston University. He is a licensed clinical social worker and certified employee assistance professional with over 20 years of clinical, organizational, and leadership experience in business, government, and academic settings. Craig has additional expertise in threat assessment, intimate partner violence, critical incident response, organizational change, and management consultation. Passionate about individual and organizational health and wellness, Craig also has extensive experience providing coaching and consultation to individuals at all levels of a work organization.   

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

Karen Patchell, MA

Be Well at Work - Faculty/Staff Health Programs Manager

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

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