Our Staff

The staff at Mardan is committed to our mission of helping students find success at school. Click on each photo to read a brief bio.


Teaching & Resource Staff


Becca Lew

Primary Teacher

Anie Cooper

Elementary Teacher

Jordan Rudolph

Elementary Teacher

Katie Crayne

Elementary Teacher

Zach Stein

Elementary Teaching Assistant

Nicholas Martin

Elementary Teaching Assistant

Carlene Dietz

Middle School Teacher

Katie Ogden

Middle School Teaching Assistant

Jon Farmer

Middle School Teacher

Anne Anderson

Middle School Teaching Assistant

Danis Flores

Middle/High School Teacher

Morgan Herr

Middle School Teaching Assistant

Matt Monahan

High School Teaching Assistant

Robert Nguyen

High School Teacher

Eric Martiny

Physical Education Teacher

Sayuri Amaya

Physical Education Assistant

Fatima Smith

Floating Teacher

Sheila Tseng

Testing Coordinator

Dana Stein

Art Coordinator

Bonnie Erick

Librarian

Carolyn Delavan

Physical Education Assistant

Clinical Staff


Elizabeth McCreary

Speech & Language Pathologist

Shakara Darden

Speech & Language Pathology Assistant

Peter Candela

Marriage & Family Therapist

Administrative & Support Staff


David Eisenman

Executive Director

Erin Rosenthal

Supervisor of Educational Services

Terrie Gero-Smead

Director of Finance & HR

Eunice Lee

Administrative Coordinator

Terry Green

Program Coordinator


Front Desk Receptionist

Sunnye Salway

Front Desk Volunteer

Amy Trenchuk

Accountant

Daniel Ramirez

Maintenance

Richard Schnetzer

Coordinator of Business Services

Jordan Rudolph
Jordan graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Special Education. She currently attends Chapman University, studying to obtain her M.A. in Special Education. She began working at Mardan in 2013 and her passion is working with children with special needs. She feels very lucky to do what she loves every day!

Becca Lew
Becca graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Special Education. This is Becca’s second year teaching at Mardan. She feels lucky to be a part of the tight-knit and supportive community at Mardan. In her spare time Becca enjoys spending time at the beach, getting out of town, and reading a good book.

Danis Flores
Danis attended CSU Fullerton and majored in Liberal Studies. She holds an Educational Specialist credential and is currently studying to obtain a Masters in Special Education. She loves the wonderful students and staff at Mardan. She believes that every staff member is extremely supportive and tries their best to provide an environment that is positive while catering to each student’s needs. Her outside interests include hiking, exercising, and spending time with her family, friends, and husband.

Anie Cooper
Anie graduated from CSU Fullerton with a B.S. degree in Child and Adolescent Studies/Development and a Masters in the Art of Education. She holds Multiple Subject and Special Education credentials. She has worked at Mardan since 2005. Anie began working as a teaching assistant while she was going to school to earn her teaching credentials. Anie’s favorite thing about teaching at Mardan is the ability to teach children with different needs and figuring out the best and most effective ways to help them learn. She feels that the support that she receives from the staff and her students’ families is amazing. She is a wife and the mother of two energetic and loving little girls. Her family spends a lot of time doing things outdoors.

Katie Crayne
Katie graduated from Chapman University with a Special Education Master’s Degree. She is currently enrolled in a Board Certified Behavior Analyst program through Brandman University. Throughout previous experiences in a variety of settings, Katie has found her true passion working with students with special needs. She is excited to join the Mardan team and is looking forward to working with the students and families.

Jon Farmer
Jon loves teaching middle school students and feels that he is custom built for the job. As a younger man, he faced many personal challenges and hurdles in his educational experiences, and these have helped to deepen his compassion and commitment to his students. He has earned degrees in a variety of fields (A.A. in Horticulture, B.A. in Sociology, M.S. & Clear Credential in Special Education), and tries to impart his love of learning and life, and his curiosity to all of his students.

Anne Anderson
Anne graduated from Chapman University in 2016 with a B.A. in Integrated Educational Studies. After spending two summers working at a center for children with special needs in Eastern Africa, she truly realized her passion for aiding students who may need a little extra help. She plans to continue her schooling to become a school psychologist. Anne feels very lucky to be working at Mardan because she learns something new every day from the other staff and amazing students. She really loves what she does!

Matt Monahan
Matt has a B.A. in History from California State University, Long Beach, and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science also from CSULB. Matt feels one of the most enjoyable aspects of teaching is the rewarding feeling it produces. Matt likes to spend his free time watching sports. His favorite teams are the Lakers and USC Trojans.

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Robert Nguyen
Robert spent most of his youth in Vietnam. He obtained a B.A. in Special Education from the University of Nebraska. He has worked at Mardan since 1987 and besides enjoying the dedication and wonderful team work of all the staff, Robert loves the satisfaction of working with students who need extra attention because of their disabilities. Robert has a wife and two grown sons. Outside of Mardan, he enjoys playing tennis, playing the keyboard and singing, and practicing martial arts.

Nicholas Martin
Nick graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. degree in Kinesiology Physical Therapy. He has been at Mardan since summer 2012 and worked at various times as a P.E., high school and elementary assistant. Nick enjoys the family and team atmosphere within the Mardan community. In his spare time, Nick enjoys the beach, paddleboarding, and hiking. He plans to pursue his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy and work for a professional sports team.

Eric Martiny
Eric has a B.S. in Physical Education, Health Education, and Coaching as well as an M.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Curriculum Development and Adapted Physical Education. He has been a part of the Mardan family since 1995. He enjoys participating in a variety of physical activities and strives to maintain a healthy lifestyle. His favorite Vince Lombardi quote is: “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”

Sayuri Amaya
Sayuri graduated from CSU Long Beach in 2014 with a B.A. in Physical Education. A year later, she obtained a teaching credential in Physical Education from the same college. Through volunteer work and school assignments, she finds she enjoys observing psychomotor learning in children and teens. At the same time, she has learned from them and loves encouraging physical activity in children. She is excited to be at Mardan, and feels it will be a great learning and professional experience.

Fatima Smith
Fatima obtained her Masters Degree in Special Education (K-12) at New York University. She holds Mild/Moderate and Multiple Subject credentials for the state of California. Fatima also taught social skills for over 2 years and is UCLA PEERS certified (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills.) When not working, Fatima enjoys traveling, theatre, gardening and spending time with her husband.

Sheila Tseng
Sheila obtained her M.S. in Special Education at Indiana University – Bloomington and has worked at Mardan since 2001. She believes that working with students is very meaningful and rewarding as she sees them grow and improve! Her favorite hobbies include biking and going to bookstores on weekends with her family.

Dana Stein
Dana earned her B.F.A. in Graphic Design from San Diego State University in 1985 and began working at Mardan in 1987. She enjoys helping her students channel their inner artist! In her free time, she likes to take long walks and spend time with her family.

Bonnie Erick
Bonnie majored in English Literature at a small, liberal-arts college in the Los Angeles area. She and her husband are both second-generation native Californians: he bleeds Dodger blue, and she wishes she could spend more time at the beach. Mardan became an integral part of their lives in 1991 when they enrolled their son. A few years later, after Bonnie volunteered some hours in the library, David hired her! She feels it’s a joy to work with Mardan’s fabulous students, and if she were a speed-reader, she would devour all the books THEY recommend to HER!

Elizabeth McCreary
M.S. CCC – SLP #12043. Elizabeth attended Baylor University and received both a B.S. and M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has worked at Mardan since 2007 and loves it because she has the opportunity to provide services to amazing students from Kindergarten through high school. She also feels that the staff at Mardan is wonderful and a joy to work with. She is married and the mother of three energetic young children. Her family loves playing sports and going to the beach.

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David Eisenman
David is a native of Southern California and begins his 54th year at Mardan. He received his Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from USC and is a member of the University Cardinal and Gold. He holds a Lifetime Teaching Credential from the state of California. He looks forward to challenges and opportunities ahead. Fight on!

Erin Rosenthal
Erin obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education as well as a Master’s degree in Special Education from Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island and received her Autism Authorization from Cal Poly Pomona. She joined the Mardan family as an elementary teacher in 2004. Erin loves working with the students and staff at Mardan who make every day an adventure and really keep her on her toes! When she is not at Mardan, Erin enjoys spending time with her family.

Terrie Gero-Smead
Terrie attended UC Santa Barbara and has a B.A. in Business Economics. She is a certified public accountant and, since 1991, has loved working with the staff at Mardan to make a difference in the lives of students and their families. She has a husband, and three adult children; a daughter and two sons. She also has two loveable rescue dogs and three cuddly rescue cats. When not working, she loves spending time with her family and friends, gardening, reading, playing with the animals, and spending time at the beach. She is also involved in special needs sports.

Eunice Lee
Eunice is an Orange County native who graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in English Literature (GO BRUINS!). Mardan was intended to be a temporary first post-college job but she loved the people and mission so much she ended up staying. She feels grateful to be able to work with such a wonderful community of students, families, and fellow staff. When not at Mardan, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, trying out new restaurants, and researching her next travel destination.

Terry Green
Terry has a B.A. degree in Psychology, an M.S. degree in Behavioral Sciences, and an M.A. in Counseling from CSU Chico. In the past, he has worked as a therapist in hospitals, private practice, and as a vocational counselor for the County of Sonoma. He has also served in the U.S. Army. He has worked at Mardan for over 15 years as the Program Coordinator. His work at Mardan allows him to help children solve emotional problems, find ways to help them deal with frustrations and anger, and become better at exploring solutions.

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Amy Trenchuk
Amy has a B.S. degree in Finance from Miami U. of Ohio. She started out with a career in branch banking before retiring to be a full-time Mom. Her daughter just graduated from college and her son will be starting college this year. She has two rescue cats. She and her husband enjoy going to the gym, hiking, reading and going on vacation.