Counselor Profiles

Daryl Crowley / Counselor
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Mrs. Crowley started in the Counseling Department at Loyola High School in 2013.  She brings years of experience in education as an advisor/college counselor, an educational therapist, learning consultant, and a classroom teacher.  She earned a B.S. from Santa Clara University, teaching credential from Loyola Marymount University, and a Master's and administrative credential from Cal State Northridge.  She holds a Post Master's Certificate in Educational Therapy from UCLA.  Mrs. Crowley enjoyed reading and evaluating undergraduate applications for UCLA this past year.  She and her husband (Class of ’78) have four children:  Sam (Class of ’11), Mary, Joe (Class of ’15), and Danny (Class of '18).  She feels very fortunate to be part of the Loyola community.

Michael Denison, MS / Counselor
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Mr. Denison joined the Loyola Counseling Department in 1986. He worked as a counselor, teacher and coach at two other Catholic high schools before he began employment at Loyola. Mr. Denison has coached both basketball and tennis at Loyola High School for nearly twenty years.  He is currently very active in the Kairos Retreat Program in conjunction with Campus Ministry.   Mr. Denison earned his B.A.  at the University of California at Santa Barbara and his M.S. in Counseling from California State University, Los Angeles. He resides in Pasadena with his wife and two teenage daughters.

 

Kelly Farland, M.Ed. / Counselor
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Mr. Farland earned his Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and a Master’s in Counseling from the University of San Diego.  Mr. Farland has spent more than 20 years working with successful college bound students.  He’s represented, recruited, read and evaluated admission applications for USD, Mount St. Mary’s College, Marymount College and Loyola Marymount University.  Mr. Farland has also worked with NCAA and NAIA recruited student athletes. 

Mr. Farland is married with two teenaged children.  Prior to joining the LHS Counseling staff he worked for nine years at St. Mary’s Academy in Inglewood.  He enjoys watching Loyola athletics and theater productions.

 

Thomas Gallagher MA, MFT / Counselor
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Mr. Gallagher has been a member of the Counseling Department since 1983. He is a graduate of the University of San Diego and the California Family Study Center. He has received recognition for his work with the College Board, and from Tufts University and the University of California, San Diego. He has also worked as an application reader for UCLA’s Office of Admissions. Mr. Gallagher divides his time with the Loyola Admissions Office, where he is the Associate Director of Admissions.

Mr. Gallagher is married and is the father of twin daughters and a son, a recent Loyola High School graduate.

 

Mr. Tim Haley / Counselor
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Mr. Haley has been a counselor at Loyola High School for 23 years. He graduated from Loyola Marymount University. He has been in Catholic secondary education for 41 years. Mr. Haley was the Dean of Students at Bishop Montgomery High School and Director of Counseling at John Bosco High School before coming to Loyola. He is responsible for coordinating all college representative visits to LHS.  He coached high school basketball for 22 years as head coach at both schools and was an assistant basketball coach at Loyola. His two sons are Loyola High School graduates.

 

Yoojin Han, M.A. & PPS / Counselor
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Ms. Han started at Loyola High School in 2013, after serving at Bishop Alemany High School where she began her career as a school counselor. She received her B.S. in Psychology and minor in Communication from UC San Diego and a M.A. in Counseling with Pupil Personnel Services Credential from Loyola Marymount University. She is currently enrolled in the College Counseling Certificate Program at UCLA. Ms. Han has been a volunteer reader of freshmen application at UC San Diego and has also been a reader for a local scholarship foundation.

A native of Korea, Ms. Han spent her childhood in the U.K and Korea, before her family settled down in Cerritos, California. When she’s not at school, she now spends all her free time with her husband and her baby girl. You can also find her posting photos of her newborn on Facebook or shopping online for more baby stuff! She enjoys Mexican food and French fries, but not the calories. 

 

Paul Jordan '88 / Assistant Principal for Student Life, Counseling Department Chair
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Mr. Jordan ’88 began his work at Loyola in 1992 after earning his B.S. in Business from the University of Southern California.  He continued his studies and earned two Masters’ degrees in Education and School Administration accompanied by teaching and administrative credentials from Loyola Marymount University.  He received his Certificate in College Counseling from the University of California Los Angeles.  He is currently a Doctoral student at Creighton University studying leadership. 

 

Geoffrey M. Joy, MS '72 / Counselor
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Mr. Joy is a graduate of Loyola's class of '72.  He attended Santa Clara University as an undergraduate and earned his Masters Degree in School Counseling from Cal St. Los Angeles.  Geoff has been a counselor at Loyola since the fall of 1981 when the Department was first formed.  He served as Department Chair for seven years and has coached baseball and rugby at Loyola.  Geoff also holds a Pupil Personnel Services Credential and a Certification in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counseling from UCLA.  Mr. Joy is committed to providing excellent service to his counselees and their families during their passage though Loyola. 

 

Gina Liberotti, MSW, LCSW / Counselor
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Ms. Liberotti started at Loyola High School in 2012 after 15 years of college counseling helping teens and their families navigate the college discernment and application process. She earned her BA in Developmental Psychology, graduated with honors from UCSB and co-authored a published study on child abuse. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from UCLA, graduating with honors and publishing her Master’s Thesis. She has worked in several venues: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Consultant for the Pasadena Unified School District, family service agencies, Department of Children and Family Services-Child Abuse Unit and private practice- all serving teens and their families. She has earned several certificates including: Adolescent group treatment, College Counseling UCLA, and Crisis Intervention. For the last three years she has enjoyed reading and evaluating freshman applications for UC Berkeley, and looks forward to returning this fall as well.

 

 

Angela Reno Valvardi / Counselor
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Mrs. Reno Valvardi relocated to the Los Angeles area in January 2016 from Philadelphia, PA. She is a graduate of both the University of Pittsburgh and Widener University. She is a certified school counselor and holds a master's degree in education. Her professional experience also includes work as the Assistant Director of Admissions for two universities in Pennsylvania.

A strong advocate of education and proud alumnae, Mrs. Reno Valvardi is active with her alma mater, serving on a regional board of directors for the Pitt Alumni Association and an alumni scholarship committee. When not working, she can be found at the beach with her husband, Matt, and dog, Gracie.

 

Jesse Rueter / Counselor
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Mr. Rueter grew up in Pasadena, CA and graduated from St. Francis High School. He took a non-traditional path to college including gap years working for a non-profit organization and traveling. He came back to attend Pasadena City College and from there transferred to USC to study Public Policy. During his time at USC, he found a passion for higher education. This led him to a career in college admissions. Mr. Rueter has spent the last 6 years evaluating thousands and thousands of applications for USC, but more importantly helping students and families navigate the college admissions process. He is excited to bring his experience to the counseling team at Loyola.