CSC Welcomes Alison Wong as Incoming Program Director

As Cancer Support Community Greater San Gabriel Valley (CSC) prepares for the return of in-person programming, the organization is welcoming a new Program Director, Alison Wong, Ph.D., LMFT. CSC’s current Program Director, Rachel Koonse, LMFT, who has served in a remote capacity as she resides in the Bay Area, will continue with the organization, transitioning to its Virtual Program Manager.

Wong served as a post-graduate intern at CSC in 2014 and has emerged as an exemplary successor to Koonse. Wong has a strong background and passion for working in psycho-oncology. Having earned her Ph.D. from University of Connecticut in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Alison went on to become an Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Theological Seminary and the Director of Research at Fuller Psychological and Family Services. Highly regarded within the field, Alison has written and contributed to numerous publications and maintains her own mental health private practice.

Alison says that “It has been a dream of mine to return to CSC. I hope to serve members through meaningful connection and provide programming that addresses the needs of the whole person. I’m particularly excited to work alongside the CSC team to broaden our reach to underserved communities to ensure that no one faces cancer alone. “

 “Working at CSC in various capacities since 2014 has been an absolute privilege,” says Rachel. “I look forward to continuing my work in increasing the presence and accessibility of virtual programming on our calendar. Interestingly, I was a clinical intern at CSC with Alison in 2014, and it feels as though we have come full circle with her assuming the role of Program Director. I look forward to all the ways we can work together to bring CSC to new heights.”

“Going forward, ​these exciting shifts will enhance program delivery, ultimately reaching more members of the community who are in need of support. I feel like we have a ‘dream team’ in Ali and Rachel. They will ensure stellar virtual and in-person program delivery,” remarks Patricia Ostiller, CSC’s Executive Director.