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Meet the Staff

Kara Kornher, Ombuds

Kara Kornher obtained her B.A. in Psychology from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University in Ohio. She has been a licensed psychologist since 1996, completing internships at UCSD and Central State University in Ohio, prior to taking a counselor faculty position at CSUSM in November, 1996. She is the Psychologist and Learning Disabilities Specialist with Disabled Student Services and serves as Student Health and Counseling Services’ primary testing supervisor in addition to providing clinical supervision for interns. She has served as the SSP-AR representative for the academic senate and participated in numerous search committees and peer review committees for other counselor-faculty members and also a member of the LGBTQA Faculty Staff Association. Her diverse professional experience prior to coming to Cal State San Marcos includes working in a correctional facility, a community mental health clinic, a crisis center, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and Scripps Hospital’s psychiatric evaluation and triage team.

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Office: Craven 6204


Michelle Hunt, Ombuds Advisor

Michelle Hunt is honored to serve as the Ombuds Advisor. Michelle spent her career in law prior to joining CSUSM. She is experienced in mediation, negotiation, conflict management and alternative dispute resolution. Michelle received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Michelle is an Affiliate member of the International Ombudsman Association, member of the California Bar, and is the former Chair of the American Bar Association's Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution.

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Office: Craven 6204


Marilyn McWilliams, Confidential Administrative Assistant

Marilyn McWilliams helped establish the Office of University Ombuds and brings a wealth of CSUSM experience to her confidential role. Marilyn has been with CSUSM since 1998 and is intimately familiar with our University’s history, mission and culture.

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Office: Craven 6206