Administration and Support Staff
|John Brentar, Ph.D., Executive Director
Dr. Brentar is a licensed psychologist who received his undergraduate degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Ohio University. He completed his predoctoral internship at the Albany Medical College in New York. Following his internship, Dr. Brentar was a postdoctoral fellow at the Children's Health Council. He remained at the Children's Health Council for 13 years, serving as a staff psychologist, Clinical Director, and Clinical Training Director. In 1991, he joined the staff of Morrissey-Compton Educational Center on a part-time basis, and in 2006, Morrissey-Compton was excited to welcome him as its Executive Director. In addition to his role as Director, Dr. Brentar continues to conduct evaluations and provide therapy to children and adults. He also consults with the Behavioral Pediatrics Department at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. In addition, he is an Adjunct Clinical Instructor at the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences where he teaches seminars of psychological assessments of children and adolescents. Dr. Brentar's professional interests focus on learning disabilities, executive functioning, Attention/Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Asperger's Disorder, and other developmental disorders.
|Paulette Giovannoni, Administrative Assistant
Paulette studied Early Childhood Education at the College of San Mateo and San Jose State University. She began her career as a pre-kindergarten teacher. She worked at the Children's Health Council as the Administrative Services Manager and Director of Operations for 13 years before joining Morrissey-Compton Educational Center as a Senior Administrative Assistant.
|Suzy Music, Administrative Assistant
Suzy joined Morrissey-Compton in 2008 to serve as a homework coach and research assistant. Suzy grew up in Ohio and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from John Carroll University. During her undergraduate years, she spent a year in Italy, where she learned to speak Italian fluently and immersed herself in Italian culture. As a homework coach for Morrissey-Compton, she helps students organize their schoolwork and tutors them in specific subjects. She is also starting a homework club that will provide small groups of students with general academic support.
|Kathy Kinkaid, Business Manager
Kathy grew up outside of Buffalo, New York. She attended SUNY at Buffalo where she studied Business Administration. Kathy served as the Director of Sales and Service Administration at Telesensory for 18 years. In 2000, she joined our staff on a part-time basis. She also works at the Midpeninsula Speech and Language Clinic in Palo Alto.
|Fiona McVicar, Receptionist
Fiona joined Morrissey-Compton in April of 2016. She graduated from Notre Dame de Namur in 2015, with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She has worked and volunteered for various schools in the San Jose and Santa Clara area. Fiona has always been interested and involved in the educational field, and hopes to continue to work in this area.