Meet Our Staff:

Alissa Asch

Counseling Department Head

Phone: (520) 545-5312


Classes Taught: Alpha A-D, 9th-12th grade, Scholarship coordinator, AVID and GEAR UP coordinator, drop out prevention committee, curriculum council committee, and online course selection coordinator.

I have been a counselor in the SUSD since 2001.  I love working with high school students.  While there is not enough room to describe all of my responsibilities, the one thing I want Sunnyside families to know is that I am here for the kids.  I see each child as having the capability of doing whatever he/she dreams.  There is always a way to succeed.  The journey starts with a desire and often times leads to asking for help.  Counselors are here to help students begin that journey.  Please do not hesitate to contact us via phone or email.

I started my journey at Pima Community College.  I completed the AGEC program (two years at PCC and two years at the university) and transferred to the University of Arizona.  There I completed a double major in psychology and sociology.  Then, I attended the University of Phoenix where I completed a masters degree in education with a specialization of school guidance counseling.  Now after many years of counseling, I have returned to the University of Arizona where I am currently working on an additional graduate degree in Educational Leadership.  This has been a treasured journey.

Personal Quote: Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined.
                                                                                                                                                         ~Henry David Thoreau

Kelly Domitrz

Freshman Academy Counselor

Phone: (520) 545-5314


Classes Taught:  Career Related Counseling and Education and Career Action Plan lessons with all students

Clubs & Activities: Along with running the College and Career Center, I work with Career and Technical Education Programs and am the Tech Prep Coordinator.


I grew up in Vista, California, a small town in north county, San Diego.   I graduated from The University of California at Santa Cruz in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Latin American Politics.  Upon graduation, I traveled and lived in Southern Mexico for a year before returning to San Diego, where I worked as a case manager in a Juvenile Intervention Program.  My husband’s job brought us to Tucson in 2006 and I immediately applied to the University of Arizona to continue my education.    I received my Master of Education in School Counseling from the University of Arizona in the fall of 2007 and began working at Sunnyside that same year.  I love working with our students to help them see the many possibilities that lie ahead and assisting them in developing and reaching their goals.  Everything seems to have fallen into place now, as I am very proud to be part of the Sunnyside Familia. 

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Sylvia Loustaunau

Phone: (520) 545-5310Email:


Classes Taught: ELD Counselor/Personal Social Counselor

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Rita Ornelas

Freshman Academy Counselor

Phone: (520) 545-5311

Classes Taught: Academic, Career, and Personal Social lessons.

Clubs & Activities: Personal/Social Counselor, M&M Coordinator, and Freshman Transition Coordinator.

Personal Quote: I am happy to share that I am Sunnyside High School Alumni. After high school graduation, I attended our very own University of Arizona and earned a bachelor degree in “Public Business Administration in Criminal Justice”. I have many years of experience working within the social work field.  I also earned my first Master’s Degree in “Educational Leadership” from Northern Arizona University and then earned a second Master’s Degree in “School Counseling and Guidance” from the University of Arizona.  Lastly, I am also very proud to say that I am the first to attend and graduate from college within my family! You can do it

Message to SHS Students: “Find a Passion and feed it” Start your career plans now and don’t be afraid to ask questions! You are not alone~

Message to SHS Families: Hablando se entiende la gente” ~I invite all parents/guardians/extended family to come and visit Sunnyside High School and get to know your child’s counselor and teachers. I look forward to being a part of your son or daughters supportive team. Padres de Familia~”Todos estan bienvenidos siempre”, especialmente para consultar sobre la educación de su hijo/hija~ Gracias & Thank you for your support in advance~

Belinda Stevens


Phone: (520) 545-5313

Classes Taught: AVID classes/Career

Clubs & Activities: AVID Club Sponsor and MESA Sponsor

Personal Note: I am a Tucson native who graduated from Tucson High School is 1993. I then graduated from University of Arizona with my bachelors degree and later completed my master degree at the University of Arizona. Education is extremely important to me and that is why I decided to return to school three years ago to work on my doctorate. I am happy to now be a part of the Sunnyside family where I can encourage students to further their education.

My motto is to "thank God for the many blessings that he gives you each day and not to  sweat the small stuff". I pride myself on being a support to students' personal, social, academic and career needs.

Jamila Nassar


Phone: (520) 545-5487


Classes Taught: Special Education Counselor

Clubs & Activities: Adaptive Education/Youth on their Own

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Marie Leon

Counseling Secretary
Phone: (520) 545-5309

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