Meet Our Team

Who are we?  Meet our team!



Megan Gallagher 
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Director of The CARE Center 

Megan provides confidential support, crisis response, and advocacy for students affected by sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking. She collaborates with staff, faculty and community based organizations to provide education and outreach to the campus community. She currently participates in training of university staff, public safety officers, and resident advisors on trauma-informed responses to sexual assault and dating violence. Additionally, she coordinates the 24 hour CARE hotline and mentors the Student Coalition Against Abuse and Rape (SCAAR) group and coordinates the campus bystander intervention program, Green Dot.

Megan's experience includes over 10 years of demonstrated wellness leadership at the University of San Francisco (USF).  She led a coalition of faculty, staff and students to implement a sexual assault prevention grant focused primarily on first-year students and assisted in the development of an innovative online sexual assault and high-risk drinking prevention program. Megan has had extensive experience serving as a confidential resource to students who have been impacted by sexual assault, intimate partner violence and/or stalking.

Megan earned her master's degree in mental health counseling from the University of Massachusetts and earned her undergraduate degree in Communication from Villanova University.

You can contact Megan by email at or by calling 925-631-4193



Margaux Schindler
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Wellness Graduate Intern

Greetings from the Wellness Team! My name is Margaux, I am currently a graduate student here in the Counseling program at SMC focusing on Higher Education and Student Affairs. I am originally from Southern California but have lived abroad in Canada and Australia for several years. I graduated in 2014 from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Psychology. My background includes working in student programming around Social Justice and Community and International Perspectives as well as extensive nonprofit development and marketing work. Here at SMC, my passion for advocacy for the holistic person has grown, and I am proud to be the Advisor for the Peer Advocates of Wellness who incorporate all areas of wellness. Professionally, I am interested in working around topics that affect LGBTQIA+ identifying students, sexual education, consent training, and developing leadership skills! My passions outside of higher education include hiking, camping, running, spending time with my sweet cat, and embroidery! For all things crafty, mindful, and outdoor-oriented, I’m your person! 


STUDENT SUPPORT SPECIALISTS (shared with the Center for Women and Gender Equity)


Giselle Espinola-Jimenez
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Student Support Specialist 

Hi, I’m Gigi! I am a philosophy major with a minor in Law & Society. I am from Monterey, CA where my family and my puppy Stoney (pictured) live! I love documenting my amazing experiences through pictures and videos. I have a YouTube channel where I post about makeup/beauty, vlogs, and my daily college lifestyle. I am excited to learn new skills and meet new people through my various activities this year. Aside from being social media manager at the CWGE, I work as a student assistant in the Facilities office, as a peer mentor for the High Potential program, and I intern at a local law firm. I look forward to sharing my passions with everyone through my work and involvement at the CWGE and CARE Centers!


Maya Patel
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Student Support Specialist

Hello. My name is Maya and I am a sophomore at SMC. I grew up in Oakland, reside in South San Francisco and attended El Camino High School. My intended majors are Business Administration and Political Science. Aside from woking at the Center for Women and Gender Equity and the CARE Center, I am the Vice Chair for the Class of 2022, IC Street Team, a part of the High Potential Program Advisory Board, and Co-Founder of the Youth Advisory Board for the City of South San Francisco. I enjoy learning from new experiences and look forward to meeting and interacting with people through my various activities. I hope to make the Saint Mary's Community a more inclusive one and a community in which everyone is proud to be a part of.


Mayson Lord
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Student Support Specialist and SCAAR Member

Hello! My name's Mayson, and I'm from Orangevale, CA. I'm a junior here at SMC and an English major, with a minor in Creative Writing. This is my third year working with the CWGE and the CARE center, and I'm super excited to help out with my work again! While being a poster designer and the coordinator for our weekly Coffee, Creativity, and Community events, I am also a member of SCAAR and the publicity exec of PRIDE.


Sam Newman
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Student Support Specialist, One Love Facilitator, and SCAAR Leader

Hi! My name is Sam Newman and I am a sophomore at SMC. I am from Southern California, so I am excited to be part of the Bay Area and explore more of Northern California. I am an activist and always interested in social justice, but working in the Center for Women and Gender Equity and The CARE Center is my first formal opportunity to work in that area. I am excited to learn about and help foster a greater community of love and support at SMC!


Michelle Wong
Pronouns: she/her hers
Student Support Specialist, Social Media Coordinator 


Hello! My name is Michelle, and I’m from Alameda, CA. I’m a third-year student at SMC majoring in Business Administration with a marketing concentration. This is my first year working at the CWGE and CARE Centers and I love the work that I provide for the Centers. As a social media coordinator, I update the campus with our latest events by designing promotional flyers and posting on social media pages. On my own time, I love to take photographs and sketch clothes. In the future, I hope to own a fashion line with all my designs! I look forward to meeting new people, experiencing new events, and making a positive impact on the community of Saint Mary’s.