CALPCC Board of Directors 2021-2022
Executive Committee Officers
Executive Director: Kenneth Edwards, MA, LPCC, LCPC (IL)
Executive Director Emeritus: Dean Porter, MS
Lobbyist: G.V. Ayers
Administrative Associates: Savannah Ey, Ana-Lidia Jimenez
Website Specialist: Devra Polack, Spinster Design
G.V. Ayers - CALPCC Lobbyist
G.V. Ayers, founder and owner of Gentle Rivers Consulting LLC, is proud to serve as CALPCC’s lobbyist. He has 20+ years in California state government as Consultant to the Senate Business and Professions Committee and as a Bureau Chief in the Department of Consumer Affairs. His firm provides legislative advocacy and consulting services on a broad range of government programs and professional regulatory law. Contact him at (916) 316-7459 or email@example.com.
Nick Boyd, MA, LPCC, NCC
Nick received his M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of San Diego in 2014 and is a current doctoral student at the University of the Cumberlands. He is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in California and recognized by the National Board of Certified Counselors as a Nationally Certified Counselor. He has experience in the academic and clinical setting, and has held various clinical, research, and administrative appointments in the DoD, VA, and community. Currently, Nick holds appointments as a staff Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor with the VA San Diego Healthcare System, therapist with the Cognitive Therapy Institute, and adjunct faculty at the University of San Diego. In addition, he is the co-founder of e3 Civic High’s school-based mental health counseling program. Moreover, Nick is an Army veteran and currently services in the California State Guard as a Behavioral Health Officer.
He is a member is good standing with the American Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counseling Association, Military and Government Counseling Association, California Association of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, American Academy on the Advancement of Sciences, and International Society for Traumatic Studies.
Denique Boxhill, M.S., M.A., APCC
Denique is a registered APCC working primarily in group private practice in Oakland. She is a graduate of the Clinical Counseling MA program at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco. As she pursues licensure, she does so with a passion for the delivery of equitable, quality mental healthcare and the improvement of mental and behavioral health outcomes for marginalized communities. She provides culturally responsive, trauma-informed outpatient psychotherapy for those historically underserved in the East Bay. She does so both in private practice as well as with community partnerships through her role as a Therapist in Residency with the Bay Area Chapter of The Association of Black Psychologists. Denique joins the CALPCC board with a breadth of leadership experience from her previous healthcare management consulting career. With an MS in Health Services Administration and a decade working in healthcare management and leadership, Denique brings varied skills and knowledge spanning strategy development, organizational performance, operational improvement, and reimbursement/fund management. She is excited to leverage her experiences along with the clinical skills she continues to develop to support CALPPC's vision.
Theodore Burnes, PhD
Theodore (he/him/his) is committed to advancing the recognition of the LPCC across the state of California. He is a Full Professor and Director of Training at Antioch University-Los Angeles' Clinical Psychology program. He received his doctorate in Counseling/Clinical/School Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has 14 years of clinical experience as both a licensed professional clinical counselor and a licensed psychologist working with LGBQ people's mental health and wellness, sexuality and sexual expression, and transgender and nonbinary people's mental health. He has also worked as an affiliated therapist for the Los Angeles Gender Center with a specialty caseload of clients who identify as transgender adolescents and adults. Dr. Burnes is the Associate Editor of Training and Education in Professional Psychology and conducts research on best practices in clinical supervision, sexuality education, and teaching psychology.
Kristen Dempsey, EdD, LPCC, LMFT
Kristin is a psychotherapist, counselor educator, and trainer. Kristin has worked over twenty five years in community mental health non-profit, county-based, and school programs. She specializes in working with individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, trauma, eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. Kristin also trains in evidence-based practices including motivational interviewing, suicide intervention, trauma-informed programming, and mindfulness-based cognitive therapies. Kristin is an associate professor at the Wright Institute’s Counseling Psychology Program and a counseling lecturer at San Francisco State University. Her private practice is located in San Francisco and Burlingame where she works with individuals, families, and groups. Kristin’s additional areas of interest include implementing best practices and systems change, providing clinical consultation and supervision, and training and supporting peer mental health providers.
Kenneth Edwards, M.A., LPCC, LCPC (IL) - Executive Director
Kenneth earned his M.A. in Clinical Psychology and is currently working towards his PhD in Business Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Kenneth has specialized training in working with LGBTQ, Latino, and marginalized populations and has a wide range of experience from young to elder adult counseling. Kenneth previously worked as a VP in Business Banking. With his previous career experience, Kenneth has a depth of knowledge in organizational management as well career counseling and development from a clinical perspective. Kenneth is currently in private practice in San Francisco, California. Kenneth hopes to continue to advance the mission and vision of CALPCC, work with all partners internal and external in implementing a sustainable growth strategy, and helping to create renewed excitement around the LPCC license.
Corinne Eisenhardt, LPCC
Corinne holds a counseling license in both California (LPCC) and Michigan (LPC), along with a National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). She received her M.A. in Counseling with a specialization in college counseling from Eastern Michigan University. Corinne has experience working as a clinical counselor in private practice, community mental health, and in a college setting. Additionally, she has experience working as a career counselor, academic advising, and crisis counselor. Corinne currently works in private practice in Los Angeles where she focuses on working with young professionals with anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief. CAPLCC has been an integral part of her transition from the Midwest to California and from community mental health to private practice. Corinne is excited about helping the license and organization grow.
Sandra Fitzgerald, Ph.D.
Sandra Fitzgerald, PhD. is an Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University’s Department of Counseling-Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. She received her doctorate in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has 14 years of clinical experience as a mental health counselor working with persons living with serious mental illness and addictions. She has also worked as a rehabilitation counselor for the State of Hawaii’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation with a specialty caseload of clients with psychiatric disabilities. Dr. Fitzgerald conducts research on best practices in psychiatric rehabilitation. She is committed to advancing the recognition of LPCC across the state of California.
Suzzette Garcia, LPCC
Suzzette's desire to serve on CALPCC’s Board is rooted in her passion for creating a culture of wellness and diversity within organizations and communities. She believes in CALPCC's mission and wants to support CALPCC members in providing quality therapeutic services and achieving professional advancement. She is currently the Outpatient Clinical Program Manager for Rebekah Children's. She oversees clinicians that empower families through community strength-based therapeutic treatment. Her position allows her the privilege of collaborating with mental health providers, county representatives and community members in improving systems of care and mental health awareness. She hopes to utilize the experience she's acquired through previously serving on nonprofit boards, coordinating community outreach, serving on marketing and fundraising committees, mentorship, development of programs and training curriculum to support CALPCC in addressing needed policy reform, legislative changes, advocacy and promotional efforts on behalf of current and future Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors.
Lisa Hamilton, LPCC
Lisa is an LPCC in private practice in Marin County. Lisa has worked in multiple settings, using various modalities including DBT, CBT, and mindfulness-based interventions. Currently, Lisa solution-focused, strengths-based treatment. Lisa has considerable experience in both public and private accounting having worked with Arthur Andersen LLP, Moss Adams LLP, and several startup organizations. She has also served as Treasurer for a number of non-profits. Lisa graduated with a Bachelor in Science in Accounting at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She continued her education at Arizona State University, earning a Masters of Counseling in 2001. Lisa is licensed in both California (LPCC) and Arizona (LPC).
David Johnson, LPCC, CCMHC
David (pronouns: he/him) works for a mental health tech firm in Silicon Valley and operates a private practice in San Mateo. His clinical specialties include work with Adolescents, Adults, the Latinx, and LGBTQ+ Communities, and Schizophrenia Spectrum. His passion is helping individuals become who they are so they can help make the world a better place.
JoJo Yanki Lee, M.A., LPCC
JoJo is a National Certified Counselor currently working at UCSD Eating Disorders Center. Her practice focuses on providing evidence-based interventions such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to individuals struggling with eating and/or mood disorders. She enjoys working with underserved populations, which she was able to do so at the Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC) and also at Alvarado Parkway Institute. In her free time, she is passionate about advocating mental health wellness to ethnic minorities whether through publishing research papers, or creating mental health awareness events as a Vice President of Taiwanese American Professionals. She is excited to continue pursuing her passion as being a Student/Intern Representative at CALPCC.
Anielka Martinez, LPCC
Anielka is licensed in the state of Maryland and California. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the California State University, East Bay, followed by her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University's CACREP accredited program, college of Psychology and Behavioral Science. Her professional experiences range from treating individuals with severe and persistent mental illness along with clinical depression/anxiety, PTSD, grief/loss, stress, relationship issues, low-esteem, and multicultural/cross-cultural issues. Her core belief is to employ a compassionate, non-judgmental, and strengths-based approach in working with individuals, couples/families, mental health, and psychoeducational groups. She is committed to collaborating with clients to define personal goals, discuss ways to strengthen supports, and gain a deeper understanding of thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and concerns impacting the quality of life. She is devoted to creating a safe space in which discussion, insight, and decision-making empower the client’s own ability to practice setting boundaries, develop habitual self-care, challenge and resolve unexplored emotions, thoughts, and behaviors to navigate life transitions. She utilizes a multi-modal approach to include: Interpersonal, Psycho-dynamic, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focus, Trauma-Focus CBT, Play Therapy to assist clients on their journey towards healing and growth.
Sabrina D. Morris, LPCC (CA), LPCC-S (OH), MSEd, BA
Sabrina is a humanistic counselor whose passion is building stronger global communities one individual at a time. Ms. Morris possesses 28+ years of experience in comprehensive behavioral health care development and administration. Ms. Morris is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision while practicing for United Health Group’s Optum division. Over the years, Ms. Morris has served infants, children, youth, and adults in various settings, although innovative program development and evaluation are core passion areas. One of her most notable accomplishments is the highly acclaimed Teen Talk Responding Program, one of two ground-breaking diversion programs in the country spearheaded via an initiative from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network. Ms. Morris has served in several leadership roles for professional organizations. Currently, Ms. Morris is committed to advocating for mental health justice and propelling equal care for all. Thus, she is looking forward to serving her profession, community, and California state in her role as a Board Member. Ms. Morris resides in San Diego with her daughter, enjoying the beach, concerts, and international travel.
Shane Padamada, MA, LPCC, NCC
Shane (she/her) is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and National Certified Counselor who combines her passion for holistic, trauma-informed clinical practice, equitable care, and community service through her current work in group private practice, nonprofit leadership, and mental health advocacy. She received her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of San Diego and her clinical experience and training spans across all age groups and levels of care including early childhood and school-based settings; general outpatient, intensive outpatient (IOP), partial hospitalization (PHP); residential, and acute inpatient psychiatric hospital settings. She hopes to utilize her experience serving on various county and statewide councils, committees, and workgroups to further support CALPCC's missions. She is dedicated to enhancing the growth of ongoing statewide support, sense of community, and increased accessibility to resources and training opportunities for improving quality of care for clients and professional development and overall quality of life for current and future LPCCs in California.
David Paul, Ph.D., LPC
Dr. David Paul is the Director and Professor in the Clinical Counseling program at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. Dr. Paul has a PhD. in Counselor Education and Supervision (CACREP accredited) with a specialization in Marriage and Family therapy from Barry University located in Miami Shores, Florida. Dr. Paul is a Board Certified Counselor from the National Board for Certified Counselors. Dr. Paul is also a LicensedProfessional Counselor and a Board Approved Supervisor from the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapies in Minnesota. Dr. Paul has over 30 years of administrative, supervision, research, counseling and teaching experience in higher education and community settings.
Dean Porter, M.S. Executive Director Emeritus
Having led the effort to achieve licensure for counselors in California, Dean's goal now is to establish our profession in California and get our association, which supports the license and its licensees, up and running efficiently. Before devoting herself full time to counselor licensure in California, she was a career counselor, working with adults in her private practice and within organizations. She was certified as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a National Certified Career Counselor (NCCC).
Anthony Rivas, EdD, LMFT (CO), LAC (CO), MAC, SAP
Dr. Rivas is a faculty member in the Counselor Education program, specializing in rehabilitation counseling. He is currently serving as the Coordinator for the Rehabilitation Counseling program. Dr. Rivas began his career in academia at the director level in academic advising, student retention, student disability services, and student conduct before moving on to teaching at both the community college, baccalaureate, and graduate levels. Prior to teaching at CSUS, he taught at the undergraduate level at MSU Denver and prior to that, at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in the Department of Counseling and Human Services at the graduate level. At UCCS, he taught: clinical mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling, student development theory, educational psychology, educational leadership, and within the Air Force Officer Commanding (AOC) Leadership program. This program teaches US Air Force Academy Officers: counseling, human growth/ lifespan/ student development, leadership, and higher education administration specific material.
Dr. Rivas has clinical experience providing mental health & substance abuse counseling in both private practice and working with court-mandated offenders. Dr. Rivas holds clinical licensure in Colorado as both a Licensed Addiction Counseling and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with national credentials of Master Addiction Counselor and Substance Abuse Professional (US DOT credential). His research interests focus on student development of 1st generation students and the effect of socio-economic-status on clinical relationships, diagnosis, and prognosis.