Our Staff

Family Nurse Practitioner

Nina Lavorini, NP-C, Director 

Nina received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster University and Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University. She has been a part of the SHAC team since January 2015. Nina has a strong passion for health promotion and teaching, with a focus on birth control planning and STI prevention. She also serves as a clinical preceptor for SMU’s online FNP students. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, skiing, and spending time with her family. 

Student Health Coordinator
We are in the process of filling this position. Please direct all info and questions to Daniel Chai during this transition at: dchai@samuelmerritt.edu

Medical Assistant
Daniel Chai 

Daniel has recently transitioned into the healthcare field after working for over a decade in the private sector. He has a BA in Cinema Production from San Francisco State University and completed his Medical Assistant Certificate program at Merritt College. He grew up in Oakland and enjoys biking, snowboarding, travelling, and watching his hometown teams the A’s and Warriors.


Staff Psychologist

Dr. Anglyn Sasser, Psy.D.

Dr. Anglyn Sasser has been working as a staff psychologist in Student Health and Counseling since April 2011.  Dr. Sasser is licensed by the California Board of Psychology, PSY 20940.  She has worked in a variety of different mental health settings, including the San Diego LGBT Community Center's Counseling Services and Stanford University's Counseling and Psychological Services, and has often worked as part of a larger patient/client health treatment team.  Dr. Sasser’s areas of expertise include personal growth, anxiety, depression, women’s issues, first generation college/graduate students, working with the LGBTQIA community, healthy sexuality, and relationship issues.  She works from an eclectic perspective with great attention paid to empowering and helping her clients identify healthier ways to cope with their problems and make lasting positive changes in their lives.


Staff Psychologist 

Dr. Jeanne M. Zeamba, Psy.D.

Dr. Jeanne Zeamba joined the SMU community in January 2008 as the Director of Counseling and Student Wellness.  She built the first counseling center on campus and was instrumental in the integration of the health and counseling services into our current unified Student Health and Counseling Center (SHAC).  Dr. Zeamba is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in college mental health and young adult development. She has worked in multiple University Counseling Centers in CA and NY for over 17 years and practices from an integrative, insight and growth-oriented perspective utilizing a variety of Interpersonal, Psychodynamic, Mindfulness, Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) based treatments. Dr. Zeamba emphasizes a collaborative therapeutic relationship and encourages her clients to take a very active role in their treatment, working to increase self-awareness and an understanding of their internal processes to better understand how past behaviors, experiences and relationships affect their current lives.   Dr. Zeamba's professional areas of expertise and specialization include: Anxiety & Panic Disorders, Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families, Depression, Codependency, Eating Disorders, FamilyIssues, Parenting, Personality Disorders, Relationship Concerns, Self-Esteem, Sexual Abuse, DV & Sexual Assault Survivors, and Women's Issues.


Student Assistants:

Swe Tun

Swe Tun is a 2nd year student for the ELMSN-Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program.  She received her Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley. She is currently licensed as a Registered Nurse.  When she finishes her program, she hopes to provide primary care services to underserved population. During her free time, she enjoys watching movies, traveling, and eating.

Milissa Buriel 

Milissa is a 3rd year student for the ELMSN-Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program. She received her Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from the University of California, Merced. As a lifetime resident of the Central Valley, she is passionate in helping underserved communities. in the future, she hopes to improve healthcare in the valley as a provider. Milissa enjoys cooking, spending time with family, watching sports, eating and traveling.








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