The mission of the Counseling Department at Archbishop Riordan High School is to assist students in maximizing their personal, spiritual, and intellectual growth. The Counseling Department is staffed with experienced counselors for each division that are committed to the success of students. Additionally, a Head of College Counseling provides support to upper division students and families through the college search and application process, and a part-time Counseling Intern works with students who need more support.

2018-19 Counseling Department Directory
Division Counselor Email Ext
Director of Counseling Jon Aguilar jaguilar@riordanhs.org 502
Head of College Counseling Melissa Nagar mnagar@riordanhs.org 241
College Counselor Dori Ryken dryken@riordanhs.org 535
Academic Support Counselor Sr. Joy Giovannoni jgiovannoni@riordanhs.org 220
Class of 2022 Counselor David Lin dlin@riordanhs.org 504
Class of 2021 Counselor Vanessa Martinez vamartinez@riordanhs.org 224
Class of 2020 Counselor Jon Aguilar jaguilar@riordanhs.org 502
Class of 2019 Counselor Bolts – Vanessa Martinez vamartinez@riordanhs.org 224
Cana – Jon Aguilar jaguilar@riordanhs.org 502
Pilar – David Lin dlin@riordanhs.org 504
Russi – Jon Aguilar jaguilar@riordanhs.org 502
David Canales ’02 (Counseling Intern)

Personal Counseling Services (upon request or as needed)

  • Individual counseling to address problems of a personal or specific nature
  • Drop-in hours before school, at munch, lunch and after school
  • Parent conferences and referral resources
  • Specialized support groups as needed
  • Information for students on topics related to mental health
  • Crisis intervention counseling
  • Resources for parents with questions about adolescent development issues
  • Academic Counseling Services


General Academic Counseling

  • Graduation requirements
  • Additional opportunities outside the school day
  • Resources for tutoring services in the community
  • Standardized testing on National Testing Day
  • Collaboration with certified counselors to provided educational assessments when needed


College/Career Services

  • Research strategies for college requirements and programs
  • A-G requirements
  • College, university and trade/technical school visits
  • Scholarships and financial aid
  • College Application workshops
  • Naviance Online System
  • Visit our College Counseling website here