School of Social Work, College of Health and Human Services
Year Retired from SJSU
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University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work, Ph.D. 1982
West Virginia University, School of Social Work, M.S.W. 1980
University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, M.P.H. 1981
Pennsylvania State University, B.A. 1975
An Analysis of Organizational Change Within an Inpatient Substance Abuse Center (funded by National Institutes of Health)
San Jose State University, School of Social Work 1990-2020
West Valley College, Saratoga, CA. Community Education 1987-1990
Community College of Beaver County, Monaca, PA, Sociology 1984-1986
La Roche College, Pittsburgh, PA, Sociology 1982-1984
University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work 1980-1982
Administrative and Professional Experience
Dean, Career Education and Workforce Development, West Valley College, Saratoga, CA 2005-2011
Dean for Sponsored Research and Grants and Director of Grants and Development, West Valley-Mission Community College District, Saratoga, CA 1986-2005
Director of Research/Development/Foundation, Community College of Beaver County, Monaca, PA 1984-1986
Director of Institutional Research and Grants, La Roche College, Pittsburgh, PA 1982-1984
Consultant/Researcher, Gateway Rehabilitation Center, Monaca, PA 1981-1982
Consultant/Researcher, Parental Stress Center, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, PA 1980-1981
Social Work Supervisor, Foster Care Unit, Allegheny County Children & Youth Services, Pittsburgh, PA 1980-1981
Director of Residential Services (Casework Supervisor I), Fayette County MH-MR Program, Uniontown, PA 1977-1980
Social Worker, Lawrence County Children’s Services, New Castle, PA 1975-1977
2012-2013 Volunteered to act as the SJSU School of Social Work Undergraduate BASW Program Student Advisor, and as a result, received an Exceptional Student Services Award the following year.
1988 to 1991 - Served a three-year term of office as a Commissioner on the Santa Clara County Social Services Commission, appointed by the County Supervisors.
1988-various to present – served as a member of the county's GAIN Planning Council, Vice-Chair of the Region 4 (Santa Clara, Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Alameda Counties) Council, on the Board of the Pacific Medical Research Foundation and Vice President of the Capistrano Homeowners Association.
1986 to present - Led more than a dozen seminars and presentations at national and statewide conventions including NETWORK, CLCC, CAIRS, and GAIN on resource procurement, consortia arrangements, and diversity.
1988 to 1993 Elected to public office on the State Central Committee of the California Democratic Party. Re-Elected to 2nd Term in 1990.
1987 to 1994 - Board of Directors, Senior Information and Referral Services Agency, San Jose California.
1983 1988 - Management consultant to St. John's Health and Hospital Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1985 to 1986 - Appointed to term of public office on the Moon Township, Pennsylvania, Municipal Planning Authority.
1985 to 1986 - Elected to membership on the Planning Committee of the United Way of Beaver County, Pennsylvania.
1984 to 1986 - Appointed by Governor to Statewide Higher Education/Private Industry Partnership Council, Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities.
1984 to 1986 - Board Member, Persad Community Mental Health Center, Inc. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1982 to 1984 - Member of the college's Planning Commission, Professional Development Committee, and Task Force on Technology, La Roche College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1980 to 1982 - Academic Review and Academic Integrity Committees, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1977-1980 Board of Directors, Try Again Homes Social Services Agency, Waynesburg, PA.
Mellander, Gustavo A, and Fred Prochaska. The Diversity Challenge: A Collection of Model Programs. Saratoga, CA: West Valley-Mission Community College District. Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse ( ED 332762), 1991.
Mellander, Gustavo A, and Fred Prochaska. Accessing Resources Through Consortium Arrangements. Saratoga, CA: West Valley-Mission Community College District. Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse ( ED 318493), 1990.
Prochaska, Fred. “Grants: Who Is Giving Them and How Do I Apply?” The California Business Teacher 1(2): 31-32, 1988.