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Services > For Students > CalWORKs
California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids

Meet our dedicated staff:





Ellie Rabani, Director

Email:  rabanie@lavc.edu
Phone: (818) 947-2976


Your dreams and goals are important to us. We’re here to assist you in reaching them.


Ellie has worked with the Los Angeles Valley College CalWORKs program since 1989.  She received her M.S. in College Counseling and Guidance from California Lutheran University (CLU) and her M.A. in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. Now working as a CalWORKs' Director, Ellie is responsible for CalWORKs State, City, and County grants. She works closely with students who have educational, career, and/or domestic violence issues. Ellie is a part-time instructor for Los Angeles Valley College and taught career counseling courses at CLU as well.

Ellie is fluent in Farsi. 




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Alicen Vera, SFP Technician/CalWORKs Coordinator 

Email:  veraa@lavc.edu
Phone: (818) 947-2976


  It’s never too late to start a career, to obtain your dream,

to be what you’ve always wanted to be,

or to set a firm foundation for education.

A strong foundation in education will set you for life.


Alicen is the CalWORKs Coordinator since 2002, and has been with the CalWORKs program since 1998. 

She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from CSU Northridge and

has completed coursework in Graduate studies for a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology.  

As an LAVC Alumni, she believes that education is the most valuable gift that anyone can achieve.  

Alicen speaks fluent Thai.   





Cynthia Castillo, SFP Technician/Special Grants Coordinator

Email:  castilca@lavc.edu 

  Phone: (818) 947-2976


“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and

   convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge  and controversy.” Martin Luther King Jr.


Cynthia has been working at Valley College since 1998.

Currently, she is a CalWORKs Case Manager and Coordinator for the Valley Assessment Center.  

Cynthia is on her way to CSU Northridge to pursue her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. 

Cynthia is fluent in Spanish


 Margie Thomas

Margie Thomas, GED Coordinator

Email:  thomasmo@lavc.edu

Phone: (818) 947-2976


Margie Thomas is the coordinator of the GED Testing Center. 

The center provides official GED testing and practice testing.  




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Kristine Aslanyan, Counselor

Email:  aslanyanyk@lavc.edu 

Phone: (818) 947-2976 



Kristine is a GAIN/CalWORKs Program Counsleor and Vocation/Career Assessor.

She received her B.S. degree in Rehabilitation Services and

M.S. in Counseling from California State University, Los Angeles.

She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and is fluent in Armenian and Russian.




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Paz Neri, Program Assistant

Email:  nerip@lavc.edu

Phone: (818) 947-2976


“Every road leads you somewhere.

Where you end up isn’t the most important thing.

It’s the road you take to get there.

The road you take is what you’ll look back on and call your life.”    ~Tim Wiley


Paz Neri has been employed at Los Angeles Valley College CalWORKs/GAIN program since 2004.

She received her Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences.  

Paz is the first person to greet students and visitors to the CalWORKs office. 



 Anna G.

 Anna Gevorgian, Program Assistant

Email:  gevorgiana@lavc.edu

Phone:  (818) 947-2976


Anna is our student worker. She currently attends LAVC and plans to transfer to UCLA and major in Psychology.

Anna speaks fluent Armenian and is able to assist students and visitors to our office.



Tamara Thomas

Tamara Thomas, Program Assistant

Phone:  (818) 947-2976


Tamara is our student worker.  She currently attends LAVC and UC Santa Barbara majoring in Sociology.

 She assists staff with special projects.









CalWORKs Staff

Ellie Rabani, Director

Alicen Vera, SFP Technician

Kristine Aslanyan, Counselor 

Margie Thomas, Specialized Testing Coord.  

Paz Neri, Case Manager

Anna Gevorgian, CGCA

Additional Staff