RIHS Trainer Bios
Adia Nembhard originated from Jamaican, immigrant parents and was born and raised in Southern California. Connecting with loved ones, cycling and keeping an assortment of plants alive help to keep her grounded. ...Read More about Adia Nembhard
Agustin Valadez is a bicultural/bilingual Spanish speaking therapist in the San Diego area. Currently he is the Assistant Program Director of Douglas Young Youth and Family Services, a children’s program of Community Research Foundation....Read More about Agustin Valadez, MS, LMFT
Aimee Zeitz, MFT, has twenty years of experience in nonprofit leadership, built on a foundation of strategic partnerships and authentic collaboration. In 2017, she joined the YMCA Childcare Resource Service, a social services branch of the YMCA of San Diego County....Read More about Aimee Zeitz, MFT
Aisha Pope has worked in San Diego County's Children's Behavioral Health System of Care for the last 20 years. ...Read More about Aisha Pope, LCSW
Alice Joy Kirk is a licensed clinical social worker who has been working with vulnerable and underserved populations for 16 years....Read More about Alice Joy Kirk, LCSW
Alison Hendricks, LCSW, is a trainer and consultant who specializes in
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), trauma-informed
systems, and Secondary Traumatic Stress....
I have served as a prosecutor for the past 16 years. In my current assignment, I am the team leader for all case issuance as well as the team leader for all school threat cases at the juvenile division. I have reviewed and prosecuted over 200 school threat cases....Read More about Andrija Lopez
Angela Rowe, LCSW has worked in the field of Substance Use Disorders (SUD) and Mental Health for 25 years. Right out of grad school from SDSU, she began working for Vista Hill ParentCare Family Recovery Center....Read More about Angela Rowe
Ariane Porras is passionate about the ways she has been able to serve her hometown for over 12 years. She has been able to engage with all ages through her work as an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant, Trainer and support group facilitator.
Dr. Babbi Winegarden is the Behavioral Health Program Coordinator for San Diego County Child Welfare Services....Read More about Babbi J. Winegarden, Ph.D., M.H.P.E.
Barbara Higgins has been an educator in San Diego County for the past 20 years; starting her career as an elementary and high school teacher, she then worked as an assistant principal, principal and Director of Student Services at the district level, before coming to the San Diego County Offic...Read More about Barbara Higgins
Ms. Zangari graduated from the California State University, San Diego with a BA in Sociology, Magna Cum Laude. Then she obtained her JD Cum Laude from Baylor University School of Law. ...Read More about Berta Zangari
Bill James started working with teens in residential treatment in 1989. He graduated from Baylor University with a BA in Psychology in 1984 and from San Diego State University with a Master’s in Social Work in 1993....Read More about Bill James, LCSW
Blaire Ehret, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in suicide prevention and providing clinical services to Veterans living with psychosis. She works at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and sits on the board of directors of Survivors of Suicide Loss, San Diego....Read More about Blaire Ehret, Ph.D
Brent Crandal, PhD, is a child and family psychologist, researcher, and administrator at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. He has be fortunate to offer evidence-based treatment to children, youth, and families in outpatient, inpatient, pediatric, military, and community mental health settings and ...Read More about Brent Crandal, PhD
Before moving to San Diego County in 1999 to become a Probation Officer, Brian Day was a peace officer for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, working in corrections and several field assignments. ...Read More about Brian Day
Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM is an addiction physician and the Director of Addiction Medicine for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Brian currently serves as a board member of ASAM and was recently elected as the President-Elect of ASAM, which is a role he will assume in April 2...Read More about Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM
Candice Hendrickson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 15 years of experience in working with underserved populations through county contracted programs. ...Read More about Candice Hendrickson
Caroline is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the State of California. She currently works as the Lead Therapist in the Senior Intensive Outpatient program at Sharp Mesa Vista, a nationally recognized program designed to improve the quality of life of older adults who are experiencing depressio...Read More about Caroline Atterton, LCSW
Catherine Ayers, is a Section Chief at the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) La Jolla Mental Health Outpatient Clinics, Associate Professor in the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Department of Psychiatry, Director of the CREST Community Program for older adults with hoarding....Read More about Catherine Ayers, Ph.D., ABPP
Coalition’s, Crisis Counseling Program. She has worked with the refugee community in San Diego since 2011 and specializes in newcomer support and peer-based mental health services. She holds a Bachelor’s in International Development Studies and Spanish from Point Loma Nazarene University....Read More about Claire Henry Enemark
Dana Brown is a Midwest farm girl who has resided in San Diego for over thirty-five years. An ACEs Science subject matter expert, Dana has been facilitating training throughout the region, state, and nation for several years cross-sector in a socio-ecological model....Read More about Dana Brown
Dana Mendoza is a licensed clinical social worker who holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from San Diego State University and a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Relations with a concentration in Conflict Management from Lesley University....Read More about Dana Medoza
Dr. Dara Bliss Schwartz is a licensed clinical psychologist at Sharp Mesa Vista – the largest privately operated psychiatric hospital in San Diego....Read More about Dara Bliss Schwartz, PhD
Dr. Sweetland is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is the author of Intellectual Disability and Mental Health: A Training Manual in Dual Diagnosis (2011). She has worked in the field of dual diagnosis for over 20 years....Read More about Darlene B. Sweetland, Ph.D.
Dr. David Greenfield is the founder and clinical director of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction and former Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut, School of Medicine, where he taught courses on Internet Addiction as well as Sexual Medicine...Read More about David Greenfield
Denise VonRotz is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor working with children and families in private practice. ...Read More about Denise VonRotz
Dimitri Perivoliotis is a licensed clinical psychologist at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry....Read More about Dimitri Perivoliotis, Ph.D.
Eileen Quinn-O’Malley, MA, LMFT is currently a Behavioral Health Program Coordinator (BHPC) with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Behavioral Health Services Children Youth and Families....Read More about Eileen Quinn-O’Malley, MA, LMFT
Elisa Barnett is the Senior Services Program Manager at the San Diego LGBT Community Center. Elisa holds a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego, and has been working in the San Diego nonprofit sector for the last ten years. Using her lived experience of men...Read More about Elisa Barnett, MA
Dr. Erika Ryan is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She received her undergraduate degree from Villanova University and her MA and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship training at the CARES Institute, through Rowan ...Read More about Erika Ryan, PhD
Felicia Neubauer received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) and her MSW from The University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Work. After working in community mental health for 5 years, she worked at the CARES Institute, through...Read More about Felicia Neubauer, MSW, LCSW
Gabriel Núñez-Soria, born and raised in San Diego, earned his bachelor’s degree in cultural and social anthropology from Stanford University, and his teaching credential and master’s degree in education and counseling from San Diego State University....Read More about Gabriel Núñez-Soria
Gabriella Grant, MA, trains professionals in the social services on an array of topics, including trauma, substance abuse, PTSD, eating disorders, problem gambling, domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. ...Read More about Gabriella Grant, MA
Dr. Geoff Twitchell is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (California Board of Psychology 2000) with advanced training in addiction and treatment of co-occurring disorders. His career in the field of addiction began over 20 years ago when he worked with Dr. Marc Schuckit....Read More about Geoff R Twitchell, Ph.D.
Gimel Rogers, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist with over 10 years of professional speaking and training experience. She is currently the Training Director of the Professional Clinical and Forensic Services department at the Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT). ...Read More about Gimel Rogers, Psy.D.
Golby Rahimi Saylor is the Clinical Director of Operations at The Chadwick Center at Rady Children’s Hospital, overseeing the Children’s Advocacy Center’s clinical programs....Read More about Golby Rahimi, M.S., MFT
Heather Nemour is a Program Specialist: Student Wellness & Positive School Climate for the San Diego County Office of Education’s Student Support Services division....Read More about Heather Nemour, M.A.
Ana España is the Presiding Judge of the San Diego County Juvenile Court. She has presided over juvenile cases since January 2018. Prior to her appointment to the bench in 2008, Judge Espana represented children and youth in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems....Read More about Honorable Ana Espana
Dr. Igor Koutsenok is an addiction psychiatrist. In 1982 he graduated from the National Medical University in Kiev, Ukraine as a medical doctor. In 1988 he completed his psychiatry residency training at the Medical University in Sofia, Bulgaria...Read More about Igor Koutsenok, MD, MS
Ilana Israel Samuels holds a Master degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, from Chapman University. She has worked in the field of education for her entire career, in early childhood development, teacher education, college admissions and outreach....Read More about Ilana Israel Samuels, MA
James (Diego) Rogers is the Senior Vice President of Clinical Services for Community Research Foundation, a San Diego based non-profit behavioral health agency with 25 programs throughout San Diego, CA funded primarily by the San Diego County Department of Behavioral Health Services...Read More about James (Diego) Rogers, PsyD
Janice Boafo (She/Her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Coach, Facilitator and San Fernando Valley girl whose professional life is informed by her lived experiences as well as over 25 years of work in human services and behavioral health....Read More about Janice Boafo
Jessica Empeño is a medical social worker with over 20 years’ experience in dementia, caregiver support, hospice, and care of the seriously ill. ...Read More about Jessica Empeño, MSW
Jill Stoddard is passionate about sharing science-backed ideas from psychology to help people thrive. She is a psychologist, TEDx speaker, award-winning teacher, peer-reviewed ACT trainer, and co-host of the popular Psychologists Off the Clock podcast....Read More about Jill Stoddard
Joanna Tol is a Policy Analyst with the County of San Diego, Child Welfare Services (CWS). In this role, she oversees policies and procedures that affect children and families impacted by Human Trafficking (HT) and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)....Read More about Joanna Tol, MSW
Jodi Pfarr brings to her audiences the knowledge gained from direct experience with not-for-profit organizations. Pfarr served as executive director of Emma Norton Services, providing housing to single women with issues around low income, mental illness, and/or chemical dependency. ...Read More about Jodi Pfarr
Juan Camarena is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and Sex Therapist certified by the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists....Read More about Juan Camarena, PhD, LMFT, LPCC
Judah Joslyn is a Black, Agender, Queer person born on the ancestral homelands of the Kumeyaay People (San Diego) and raised on the ancestral homelands of the Nisenan and Miwok People (Sacramento)....Read More about Judah Joslyn
Kara S. Bagot, M.D. is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, and Medical Director of the Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai-Partnership to End Addiction Alliance....Read More about Kara S. Bagot, M.D.
After a successful for-profit career, Karen Lenyoun became dissatisfied with the status quo. She felt that longing to make a difference in her community and entered the nonprofit world over 20 years ago....Read More about Karen Lenyoun
After her return to the SF Bay Area, Kathryn created a mental health program for Latino immigrants at Canal Alliance in San Rafael, and coordinated the restorative justice program for youth in Sonoma County....Read More about Kathryn Page
Kevin LaChapelle serves as the CEO of the San Diego American Indian Health Center that includes Medical Care, Behavioral Health, and Dental Care. ...Read More about Kevin LaChapelle, EdD, MPA
Kimberly Beckstead is a LCSW and certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II (ADCII). ...Read More about Kimberly Beckstead LCSW, ADCII
Dr. Yershova is a Deputy Scientific Director of the Columbia Lighthouse Project (formerly, Center for Suicide Risk Assessment) at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical School....Read More about Kseniya Yershova, Ph.D.
L Tuiletufuga’s (they/them) social location: non-binary-queer person of color. L is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist. ...Read More about L Tuiletufuga
Laura Rogers has been in the non-profit field since 1994 and an administrator since 2001, she has direct practice in Substance Abuse, Residential, Mental Health, Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, Education, Community-Based, Children, Adolescents and Families, Evidenced-Based Practices, Trauma Informe...Read More about Laura L. Rogers, LCSW
Dr. Laura Vleugels serves as the Supervising Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for The County of San Diego. Having worked in public mental health for a decade, Dr. Vleugels promotes collaboration amongst organizations to best meet the needs of youth. ...Read More about Laura Vleugels, MD
Dr. Lauren Willner completed her PhD in Social Welfare at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs in 2017 and earned her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice in 2009....Read More about Lauren Willner, Ph. D, MSW
Leah Porter first joined the mental health field a little less than a decade ago, working primarily with children and families with severe trauma and behavioral disorders....Read More about Leah Porter, MS, MA, LMFT
Linda D. Ketterer was born to teach! In 2005, she received a BA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on education, from San Diego State University, as well as a Pre-K through Adult multiple subject teaching credential, and dedicates her life to reaching the unreachable (or so they think)...Read More about Linda Ketterer, BA
Lisa St George, MSW, CPRP, CPSS brings over 40 years of experience in the health and human services industry. She currently serves as the Vice President of Peer Support and Empowerment at RI International....Read More about Lisa St George, MSW, CPRP, CPSS
Lorena Avitea is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice. She brings 20 years of experience in working with children and families who have experienced trauma, including children and families involved in the Child Welfare System....Read More about Lorena Avitea, LCSW, RPT, RYT
Lucas Zullo, Ph.D. (pronouns: he/him/his) obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center....Read More about Lucas Zullo, Ph.D.
Lynnetta Devereaux has been working to improve the lives of others through training, coaching, advocacy, and/or mental health services for more than twenty years....Read More about Lynnetta Devereaux, LMFT
Dr. Manny Tau is a clinical & forensic psychologist specialized in threat assessments and active threat management, and a Certified Threat Manager by the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals....Read More about Manny Tau, Psy.D., CTM
Mary Beth Wirkus is a Deputy Public Defender in San Diego County and is currently the Supervising Attorney of the Juvenile Delinquency Division of the Office of the Primary Public Defender....Read More about Mary Beth Wirkus
Mary Ellen Baraceros is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has a Master of Social
Work from San Diego State University and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and
Social Behavior from University of California, Irvine....
Mayumi Yamanaka Douglass, M.S. is originally from Cuernavaca, Mexico, where she completed her undergraduate work, as well as specialized training in humanistic psychotherapy. She is a licensed psychologist in Mexico by the Autonomous University of Morelos State....Read More about Mayumi Yamanaka Douglass, M.S.
Melanie Gibbons, MA, LAC earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey. She is a Licensed Associate Counselor with over 10 years of experience in the mental health field....Read More about Melanie Gibbons, MA, LAC
Michael Juan is a Clinical Psychologist practicing in San Diego, California. Currently, he works as a faculty psychologist at San Diego State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Michael is also in private practice providing psychotherapy, training, and consultation services....Read More about Michael A. Juan, Ph.D.
Michelle Ly’s pronouns are She/Her and was involved with County Contracted Services for 12 years as a Therapist, AAMFT approved Clinical Supervisor and Director. During her time at Union of Pan Asian Communities, she received the Advancing Principles award from BHS CYF System of Care in 2016....Read More about Michelle Ly, LMFT
Michael A. Jones, LCSW is a therapist and trainer in San Diego, CA. Michael was licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences in 2004. He has worked since 1999 with traumatized children and their families....Read More about Mike Jones, LCSW
Dr. Myesha Barton is the Program Manager at North Coastal Mental Health Center and has a Doctorate in Education (Counseling Psychology) from Argosy University, San Diego. ...Read More about Myesha Barton, Ed. D
Navid Zamani is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in San Diego, CA. His works spans a variety of contexts addressing domestic violence (DV) issues within families and communities, ranging from advocacy work with the Domestic Violence Response Team to counseling services in emergency shelters....Read More about Navid Zamani M.S., LMFT
A native of Galveston, TX, Dr. Paul A. Minifee received his BA in English and Psychology and PhD in Rhetoric and Writing Studies from the University of Texas at Austin....Read More about Paul Minifee, Ph.D
Peggie Webb, M.A. is the Manager of Forensic and Behavioral Health Services for the San Diego Regional Center. Peggie’s team provides support to staff in the area Forensic and/or Behavioral Health....Read More about Peggie Webb, M.A.
Pradeep Gidwani, MD, MPH, FAAP is a pediatrician and community health leader who works at American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 3, San Diego and Imperial Counties (AAP-CA3) on a team that provides Countywide Coordination and Support for two large scale community initiatives...Read More about Pradeep Gidwani, MD, MPH, FAAP
Rachel Haine-Schlagel holds a PhD in clinical psychology from Arizona State University. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at the University of California, San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and is a licensed psychologist in California....Read More about Rachel Haine-Schlagel, PhD
Rex Sheridan received his bachelor’s degree in therapeutic and community psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University in 1999 and his masters in marriage and family therapy from the Fuller School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA in 2004....Read More about Rex Sheridan M.F.T.
Rosalind C. Corbett, M. S. is currently a Lecturer/faculty member in the School of Social Work at San Diego State University. ...Read More about Rosalind C. Corbett, MS
Rosemarie is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapy and has been working with kids, families and individuals since 2000. In addition, Rosemarie earned a Masters of Arts in education with an emphasis on multicultural counseling....Read More about Rosemarie Campos Sachs, MS, MFT 45119, member of MINT
Ruth Teseyem Tadesse currently serves as a Community Health Project Specialist at the University of California San Diego within the Center for Community Health. ...Read More about Ruth Teseyem Tadesse
Sandra D’Alonzo is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked in the field of medical social work for 10 years. ...Read More about Sandra D'Alonzo
Shannon Jackson received her BA in Psychology, with a minor in Women’s Studies, from San Diego State University in 2000. She went on to receive her MA in Counseling from the University of San Diego in 2002....Read More about Shannon Jackson, LPCC
Shannon Nosenzo completed San Diego State University’s Community Based Block program earning an equivalency MA in Education with a specialization in multicultural counseling. She went on to complete an MS in Counseling with specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy....Read More about Shannon Nosenzo, LMFT
Shelly Paule, MSW, LCSW is currently a Policy Analyst with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Child Welfare Services. Shelly graduated with her BS in Psychology and her MSW at San Diego State University, completing her final degree in 1998. ...Read More about Shelly Paule, MSW, LCSW
Shelly Virva is a thoughtful and experienced health care leader with more than 20 years’ experience working as a licensed clinical social worker....Read More about Shelly Virva
Soraiya (they/them) is a POC gender-affirming therapist that prides themselves on serving the communities they inhabit....Read More about Soraiya Khamisa, LCSW
Stacey Annand holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in pre- and perinatal psychology and concentration in somatic psychology. ...Read More about Stacey Annand, PhD, LMFT
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Steve Wedel worked as a scientist for ten years for San Diego-based bio-tech company IDEC Pharmaceuticals, focusing on immunological-based treatments for cancer....Read More about Steve Wedel
Steven Thorp, Ph.D., ABPP earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno and completed postdoctoral research fellowships in geriatric psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and at the University of California, San Diego....Read More about Steven R. Thorp, Ph.D., ABPP
Susan Wingfield-Ritter, LMFT, MAC, and Member of MINT, 2019 is the Senior Clinical Director of McAlister Institute for Treatment and Education. ...Read More about Susan Wingfield-Ritter, LMFT, MAC, Member of MINT, 2019
Susan Writer has her doctorate in clinical psychology from Alliant International University and works full time as the Psychoeducation and Public Affairs Liaison for Aurora Behavioral Health Care, an acute in-patient psychiatric hospital in San Diego that treats children, adolescents, adults, and se...Read More about Susan Writer, PHD
Tahra Broderson is a certified Child Welfare Law Specialist. Ms. Broderson has been an attorney with the San Diego Office of County Counsel, Juvenile Dependency Division, since 2006. In that time, she has served on the trial, appellate, and embedded advisory teams. ...Read More about Tahra Broderson, Senior Deputy County Counsel
Terri Garcia has worked in behavioral health since 1999 in various capacities, working
with adolescents and adults with co-occurring disorders. ...
Dr. Theresa Carroll graduated from the University of St Augustine for Health Sciences with her Doctorate of Nursing Practice with high honors. ...Read More about Theresa Carroll, DNP, RN, LCSW
Tiana Vargas (they/them) is the Director of Training and Community Education for The San Diego LGBT Community Center. They are a queer, transgender, and nonbinary educator from San Diego, CA the ancestral homeland of the Kumeyaay people....Read More about Tiana Vargas
Tim Ware studied Public Administration at the University of Southern California before embarking on a career in School Safety. He is certified as a trainer of trainers for the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines model developed by Dr. Dewey Cornell....Read More about Tim Ware
Vanessa Girard is a licensed clinical social worker at the VA San Diego Healthcare System....Read More about Vanessa Girard
Vincent DeOcampo has 20 years of Law Enforcement experience. He began as a Juvenile Probation Officer with San Diego County then went to the Chula Vista Police for over 16 years....Read More about Vincent DeOcampo