Meet the Staff

  • Heather McClure

    Heather McClure has a Master of Arts in Special Education from California State University, Northridge, and two California teaching credentials. She has been advocating for individuals with and without disabilities for more than 20 years. As a former mentor teacher, job coach, ASL interpreter, and adjunct professor, she has a passion for identifying needs and delivering tailor-made solutions. Heather sees the higher education setting as a place to awaken the deepest potential in students.

  • Mary Mercurio Santos
    Tutoring Coordinator
    Phone: (626) 815-3849

    Mary Mercurio Santos holds an A.S. in Biological and Physical Sciences and Mathematics from Citrus College and a B.M. in Classical Vocal Performance from APU, and is completing an M.Ed. in Learning Design and Technology. She started her career in education as a Supplemental Instruction (SI) leader and tutor for music and the sciences. In her role as APU’s Tutoring Coordinator, she oversees undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral tutoring programs, and APU’s highly popular SI program. She believes that every student has the right to a fulfilling academic life, and she specializes in helping students of all abilities learn the tools they need to reach their goals and dreams. She is fascinated by the connection between the construction of the brain and its affect on learning styles and abilities, and has focused her graduate studies on the correlation between neurology and the multimodal learning styles of musicians. Mary is also a musician who has performed throughout the continental U.S. and Hawaiʻi, and her album work has been nominated for several awards through the Hawaiian Academy of Recording Artists. In addition to her professional endeavors and hobbies, she has four amazing children and two lovely dogs.

  • Kim Nguyen, LCSW
    Disability Services Coordinator

    Kim Nguyen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with years of experience providing counseling and case management services to students with disabilities. Kim utilizes a strengths-based approach to help students identify their positive attributes and skills in order to promote independence and self-advocacy. She tries to understand each student’s unique needs, and believes that if given proper resources and support, students can thrive in any environment. Kim earned a bachelor’s degree in cognitive psychology from the University of California, Irvine, and a master’s in social work from California State University, Fullerton. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking with new recipes, and doing arts and crafts projects.

  • Patricia Larson
    Program Coordinator

    Patricia Larson joined the Learning Enrichment Center as program coordinator in October 2016. Before coming to APU, she worked for a nonprofit organization that focused on student volunteer travel, and has also spent time living in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, doing missionary work as a volunteer coordinator. Patricia earned a B.A in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing from California State University, Fullerton. In her free time, she loves reading, hiking, playing board games, and spending time with her family.