​The School of Human Development exists to promote individual growth. The program learning experiences prepare students to be responsible and effective child and family/human service professionals and thought leaders, whose practice and understanding are informed by Pacific Oaks’ mission to promote and address the principles of social justice, advocacy, respect for diversity and the uniqueness of each person. ​

Meet the Team  


Jonathan Capogrossi 

Program Manager 


Jonathan Capogrossi, MA, has worked in higher education since 2002. Hailing from San Jose, CA, Jonathan started in higher education as a staff member of National University, San Jose. After moving into the position of Credential Analyst with National, Jonathan relocated to Southern California. This led to an 11 year position at Azusa Pacific University in the School of Education assisting with many aspects of the Credential program with students, as a Records Coordinator, Placement Coordinator and department manager, and as Assistant to the Chair as Program Director. In 2005, Jonathan began an MA program in Educational Multimedia & Design at Cal Poly Pomona, and shortly after joined the Human Development program of Pacific Oaks College as Program Manager. Having received his MA in 2020, Jonathan looks forward to serving the students and faculty of Pacific Oaks in the next chapter of his work in Higher Education. 



Dionne Clabaugh 

Core Faculty 


Dionne Clabaugh, Ed.D. has worked in education since 1982 and in higher education since 1999. In parent participation P-5th grade schools she was a teacher, director, volunteer, and school board member. In teacher education departments at Universities and Community Colleges she was a faculty member, department chair, grant coordinator, program reviewer, faculty adviser, and mentor to faculty and students. 

Dr. Clabaugh develops capable people in education and human services using reflective practice and interactive interventions to develop self awareness, effective communication, and personal joy. Her teaching style and research focus on designing highly engaging learning experiences using constructivist and dialogue-based strategies in an autonomy-supportive learning environment, for deep learning and far transfer. Dionne loves most to collaborate on programs for students' and program success. 

When not working, Dr. Clabaugh enjoys her family, organic gardening, yoga, cycling, and playing clarinet. She has been happily married for 25+ years and has two young adult children who share her passion for living musical and creative lives. 



Veronica Estrada 

Administrative Faculty 


Veronica came to work at Pacific Oaks with the intention assisting our amazing faculty in continuing to create new and innovative programs that will provide our students with the support and resources necessary to be cultural agents of change. The progressive and inclusive education Veronica's daughter received at Pacific Oaks Children's School has always held a spot in our new Administrative Faculty member's heart. 

Veronica shared, "I've always been attracted to Pacific Oaks and its mission statement. My daughter attended Pacific Oaks Children's School so to come back as a faculty member is the perfect opportunity for me to give back to Pacific Oaks what it gave my daughter and me years back." She is confident that she will be able to inspire the students to achieve their dreams and goals and offer guidance for them to reach their maximum potential. 



Carlene Fider 

Core Faculty 


Originally from the diverse and beautiful island of Jamaica, Dr. Carlene Fider developed a passion for working with individuals in clinical and academic context. In addition to being a published scholar, a prolific writer, a diligent teacher, and a powerful leader, Dr. Fider is also a Certified Family Life Educator (CFL​E) who enjoys teaching and seminar presentation. Although her primary research focuses on dual professional families, she has interests in child and adolescent development, immigrant marriages, work-family issues and parent education. She has found that the marriage of her clinical and research/academic backgrounds are useful for her students as well as those with whom she works. Dr. Fider has had the opportunity to travel to various parts of the world for pleasure, business, and service/mission, and appreciates experiencing new cultures and new foods. Of most significance are personal and professional relationships that she has formed due to those adventures, and the positive impact they have had on her life. In conjunction with teaching and engaging in Family Life Education endeavors, she sits on the Board of Directors for a number of group homes in Southern California. 



Cheryl Greer-Jarman 

Core Faculty 


Cheryl Greer Jarman is a member of the Human Development Core Faculty at Pacific Oaks College and Children's School. She holds the distinction of being the senior faculty member: having recently commemorated over 35 years at Pacific Oaks and Children's School (As well as the "oldest" Pacific Oaks employee). In addition to teaching, advising, mentoring, troubleshooting and Thesis work, currently, Cheryl is the Chair of the Faculty Senate and The Faculty Coordinating Committee, as well as serving on several Institutional Committees. 

Prior to Pacific Oaks, Cheryl worked in public schools in Kindergarten, First grade and Third Grade. Cheryl is well seasoned in the mission, values, philosophy and pedagogy that Pacific Oaks embraces and has taught, trained and supervised teachers in the Preschool, Kindergarten and Primary programs at Pacific Oaks Children School. Cheryl has been a trainer/consultant, mentor, Commencement speaker and a Keynote speaker at local, National and International levels. Cheryl's professional highlights include inclusion in Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in Collegiate Faculty, several publications in Child Care Information Exchange Magazine, Early Childhood Today Magazine, The Japanese American National Museum and she is a contributing author to the Anti-Bias Curriculum Guide, published by the National Association for The Education of Young Children. (NAEYC) She has been featured in 2 television programs: "Focus," hosted by Victor Nawrocki and "Story of a People", hosted by Louis Gossett, as well as various radio productions. She is affiliated with several civic, spiritual and educational organizations and she is one of two Pacific Oaks professors who have presented at the prestigious, invitational Oxford Round Table Discussion, in Oxford, England. 

In her spare time, Cheryl is an accomplished Musician and Choral director and loves to grow flower gardens. 



Judy Magee 

Core Faculty 


Judy Magee serves as Core Faculty in the School of Human Development and is the Faculty Advisor for all BA and MA students in Human Development Online programs. She has been teaching for Pacific Oaks since 1993 and was an integral member of the team that developed the original Pacific Oaks model of online education from 1996-2010, known for its groundbreaking work in transformative student engagement and its innovative approach to online orientation and support. Her interest in the development and delivery of online courses continues to focus on interactive learning, reflective practice and addressing the psychological barriers of the digital divide.Judy's background prior to joining the Pacific Oaks faculty included Primary and Early Childhood Education, program administration, prenatal and parent education and family support. Her long-term scholarship interest centers around holistic curriculum development for adult learners and liberatory teaching. 

She is currently completing Post-Graduate Certification in Interpersonal Neurobiology with a specialty in Educational Neuroscience. Judy wears several hats at Pacific Oaks, including chair of the Assessment Committee, however connecting with students is her favorite part of the day. Whether she's helping students find their voices in the classroom, unpack complex concepts, brainstorm thesis topics or just find the right button to click online, she finds sharing the Pacific Oaks journey with students the most rewarding hat of all. 



Shey Quinton 

Administrative Faculty 


Dr. Shey Quinton is Administrative Faculty for the School of Human Development at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena. Shey has spent the past 10 years in the field of education, and has also served as a Mental Health Clinician for school districts across greater Los Angeles. Prior to accepting the position of Administrative faculty, he was an Adjunct Faculty for Pacific Oaks College. Shey has launched two non-profit organizations as solution-focused entities that provide intervention and create community-based platforms to enrich the lives of others. He previously served on the Board of Directors for a local charter school specializing in Mental Health/Emotional Intelligence, and support in generated anti-bias curriculum/anti-bias learning environments. Shey is incredibly passionate about sharing valuable information across multiple platforms to invest in a socially progressive world, serving as a Consultant for Mental Health within the athletic population initiatives and local Mental Health support within the church community. He is an active lecturer, contributor to published written-work, and lends himself to facilitate and engage in round-table discussions within school districts and community platforms. 

Growing up Nigerian-American in Los Angeles, Shey has lived as well as studied the diversity of multi-cultural dynamics relating to Human Development. He continues to serve as a constant contributor to continued research, scholarship, and the creative process of generating new ideas, beliefs, and progressive institutional platforms that lead to a sustainable future and inclusive communities for all. 



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Professional Organizations 

•    American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences: Student (Collegiate/Postsecondary) $50* 

https://nafsce.org/page/Join: Full-time students with a valid Student ID are eligible for a discounted membership fee of $25.  

•    American Psychological Association (APA)  

•    American Society on Aging (ASA) 

•    Educators for Peaceful Classrooms and Communities (EPCC) 

•    Gerontological Society on Aging (GSA) 

•    National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 

•    National Council on Family Relations: 

Student 2    All 3 journals    $95 

Student 1    2 journals: Choice of JMF or FR, plus JFTR    $75 

•    National Head Start Association  

Individual: NHSA provides a way for every individual to participate in shaping Head Start’s future. Individual categories include Friend of Head Start, Student, Alumnus, and Academic members.  Cost $5 - $85  

•    Society for Research in Child Development  

Graduate Student Member    One-Year Membership: $75 

Two-Year Membership $140 (5% discount)