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Carol Sutherland
Accommodations and Operations Manager

Hello and welcome! I’m Carol Sutherland (she/her), Accommodations and Operations Manager at the Office of Accessible Education. I manage the Front Desk staff and Accommodation Coordinators. I have been at Stanford since 2005.

My role at the OAE is to open the line of communication between student and Disability Adviser. One aspect of my job is to review documentation and match students with the Disability Adviser who will be providing their accommodation(s). I feel it is important to find the best fit for each student whenever possible. Honoring differences, embracing change, and creating actionable accountability drives my work here at Stanford. When I am not working, I am enjoying the great outdoors. Every summer I spend a week up north camping, hiking, and fishing.

Liz Ergun
Accommodations Coordinator

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Hello! I’m Liz (she/her), an Accommodations Coordinator at the Office of Accessible Education. I am coordinating services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. I look forward to working within the OAE and supporting our students!

I am from Central New Jersey, and never imagined I would end up in California. I have a B.A. in Anthropology from Eastern University in Pennsylvania and a M.Div. (Masters of Divinity) from San Francisco Theological Seminary (PCUSA). I like to spend my free time reading mystery books, and relaxing with my husband (Davin) and dog (Einstein). We spend our evenings playing board games and watching popular SciFi franchises that often begin with “Star” (-Trek, -Wars, -gate).

Marlen Gutierrez
Student Services Specialist

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Hi my name is Marlen (she/her/ella). I am the Student Services Specialist for the Office of Accessible Education. My role is to help guide students through registering with our office and answer any questions they may have. I graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Community and Regional Development with an emphasis in community health. I’m very excited to work with the Office of Accessible Education and Student Affairs in their mission to create a supportive environment for students. I am passionate about mental health and hope to become a licensed mental health counselor in the future.

In my free time I enjoy being outdoors and hanging out with my family. I am a foodie, so I love trying new food and restaurants with my friends! I love exploring new music, books, movies/tv shows. I’m always open to any recommendations!

Sandy Herring
Accommodations Coordinator

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Hi! I’m Sandy Herring (she/her), and I’m an Accommodations Coordinator at the Office of Accessible Education. I coordinate academic accommodations, specializing in recruiting notetakers. I also recruit academic assistants such as visual descriptionists, lab assistants, and other assistants as determined by your Disability Adviser. I’ve worked at Stanford for almost fifteen years at several departments, and recently celebrated my sixth anniversary with the Office of Accessible Education.

I earned my B.A. in Theater at Wichita State University. My first career was theatrical carpentry, and I worked at theaters ranging from the Goodman Theater in Chicago, South Coast Repertory in Orange County, and all over the Bay Area, including San Francisco Opera, Berkeley Repertory Theater, and TheatreWorks (where I met my husband, Bill!). Bill and I live in Sunnyvale and enjoy classic movies, gardening, our cat Calvin and his socially distanced cat friend Hobbes, and bicycling.

Deb Leong
Administrative Assistant

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Hi and Welcome to the Office of Accessible Education. I am Debra Leong (she/her) and I am the Administrative Assistant for the office.  I am, generally,  the first person you meet when you contact our office.  If you have any concerns or questions, you can just reach out to me and I will do my best to get you an answer and/or guide you through our registration process.

I graduated from Michigan State University with a double major in Education and Child Development. I taught in Detroit until I moved out to California. I started working in the computer industry where I worked for many years managing groups of software engineers.  Seeking a different type of career,  I started working at Stanford about 6 years ago, all in the OAE. I love working with our students and our Advisers. 

I live in Mountain View with my husband and have two adult daughters. I love to bake and travel, collecting cookbooks wherever I visit.