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CALPCC Board of Directors 2019-20

Executive Committee Officers

  • President: Nola Butler Byrd, Ph.D., LPCC
  • Past President: Shyrea Minton, Ed.D., LPCC
  • President-Elect: Sandra Fitzgerald, Ph.D.
  • Treasurer: Jeff Bornstein, M.S., LPCC
  • Treasurer-Elect: Lisa Hamilton, M.C., LPCC
  • Secretary: Sarah Callow-St. George, MA, LPCC


  • Denique Boxhill, M.S., M.A, APCC
  • Corinne Eisenhardt, LPCC
  • Sandra Fitzgerald, Ph.D.
  • Suzette Garcia, LPCC
  • JoJo Yanki Lee, M.A., LPCC 
  • Anna O’Connell, M.A., LPCC
  • David Paul, Ph.D., LPC
  • David Peterson, Ph.D., LMHC (IA-inactive)
  • Bita Rivas, Ed.D, LPC, LAC, LMFT, NCC, MAC, ACS
  • Brenda Stephens, M.S., LPCC

Executive Director: Kenneth Edwards, M.A., LPCC, LCPC (IL)

Executive Director Emeritus: Dean Porter, M.S.

Lobbyist: G.V. Ayers


Jeffrey Bornstein, MS., LPCC

Jeff is an LPCC in private practice in Los Angeles. Jeff specializes in treating panic attacks and anxiety disorders with a mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach. Jeff was the past CALPCC regional coordinator for LA County, the past Southern California CALPCC representative on the California Disaster Mental Health Coalition board, and the past chairman of the Membership Committee on the CALPCC board. He is looking forward to paying bills and collecting membership dues as CALPCC’s Treasurer.

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. 

Nola Butler Boyd, Ph.D., LPCC

Dr. Butler Byrd is an associate professor and program director of the San Diego State University Community-Based Block Multicultural Counseling and Social Justice Education Program. She is also an LPCC and a certified Radix Body-Centered Personal Growth Work practitioner. For the past three years, she has enjoyed serving on the CALPCC Legislative Committee and has served as a CALPCC board member for since 2016 because she values the civic and community engagement that Dr. Cornel West, alluded to in his quote, "Justice is what love looks like in public”, and the empowerment that Alice Walker suggests in her quote, "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any". Her research, teaching and service focus on multicultural and social justice competence in education, research and practice; educational equity, mental health service access; and diverse faculty retention and promotion.

Sarah Callow-St. George, M.A., LPCC

Sarah is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor working in private practice in Huntington Beach, CA. She received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL and holds a B.S. in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. Sarah’s counseling experience has focused on trauma and addiction issues, as well as couples work. In addition to her work as a therapist, Sarah has also gained research experience as a project coordinator at University of California, Irvine, where she worked with a dual diagnosis population with an emphasis on violent and self-harming thoughts and behaviors. CALPCC has been an integral part in Sarah’s career transition from the Midwest to California and she looks forward to contributing as a board member and committee chair.

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.

Suzette Garcia, LPCC

My desire to serve on CALPCC’s Board, is rooted in my passion for creating a culture of wellness and diversity within organizations and communities. I believe in CALPCC's mission and want to support CALPCC members in providing quality therapeutic services and achieving professional advancement. Currently, I am the Outpatient Clinical Program Manager for Rebekah Children's, I oversee clinicians that empower families through community strength based therapeutic treatment. My position allots me the privilege of collaborating with mental health providers, county representatives and community members in improving systems of care and mental health awareness. I hope to utilize the experience I’ve 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. 

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. 

Shyrea Minton, Ed.D., LPCC

Shyrea Minton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling at California State University, Northridge. She is Past-President of CALPCC for the 2019-20 fiscal year, and will chair the conference, nominations, and bylaws committees. Her research explores the development of multicultural counseling competency in school counselors-in-training, counselor engagement with Black students in education settings, and the provision of mental health services in school settings, including any implications for mental health providers. She is an LPCC in California, and holds a PPS credential (school counseling); prior to entering higher education, she was a school counselor. As President for the 2018-19 fiscal year, Shyrea focused on growing the CALPCC organization and developing long term sustainability. Her focus as Past-President will remain on enhancing continuing education course offerings, growing the organization’s membership, and strengthening our financial resources.

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).

Anna O’Connell, M.A., LPCC

Anna O’Connell is a Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist and holds the Professional Clinical Counseling License in California. She completed her masters in 2010 at Columbia College Chicago. Along with her masters she earned the graduate level for Laban Movement Analysis. She has been working in the field with many different types of populations with various and usually multiple presenting issues. Anna has begun the process of building her private practice in San Francisco and will continue to find creative ways to meet clients where they are at and help illuminate a path for them to find a way to where they would like to be. Anna also serves as the Treasurer on the California Chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association.

David Peterson, Ph.D., LMHC (IA-inactive)

David B Peterson, PhD, Professor at Cal State LA, is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, licensed mental health counselor (LMHC, IA-inactive), and licensed clinical psychologist (CA, IL) with expertise in disability and function. A counselor educator within programs accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) for the past two decades, currently he serves as a Medical Expert for the Social Security Administration for adult and child psychiatric disability cases. He has contributed to 61 scholarly publications, 46 local and national presentations, directed six research and training grants totaling over $1.7 million, and is a member of four editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals.

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.

Bita Rivas, Ph.D., LPC

Dr. Bita Rivas is an Assistant Professor at California State University Sacramento in the Counselor Education program. Dr. Rivas has been a Counselor Educator in CACREP accredited programs since 2013, having been at University of Colorado Colorado Springs and Western Connecticut State University previously. She has been in the field of mental health since 2008 having started a private practice in 2010 and closing it in 2018 as she moved out of Colorado. She holds her National Certified Counselor credential through NBCC, Approved Clinical Supervisor credential through CCE, Master Addiction Counselor through NAADAC, and maintains her licenses in Colorado as an LPC (licensed professional counselor), LAC (licensed addiction counselor, and LMFT (licensed marriage and family therapist). Being new to California, Dr. Rivas is working on her LPCC and LMFT in this state as well. Dr. Rivas is excited to be part of the CALPCC board, in addition she is serving as the Chair of the CALPCC Legislative and Advisory Committee. 

Brenda Stephens, M.S., LPCC

Brenda has a private practice in San Diego where she specializes in treating those with symptoms related to trauma, anxiety, psychosis, and substance abuse. Brenda uses Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) along with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help clients overcome issues and to assist them in their recovery. Brenda has extensive experience working with those living with severe and persistent mental illness and was the program leader for Assertive Community Treatment at a non-profit organization. She worked closely with state and county leaders to create and implement services to assist those with SPMI to thrive in their communities. Brenda is excited about promoting the LPCC license and helping it grow in recognition so that qualified providers are easily able to provide services to those in need throughout California.

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.

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.

Dean Porter, M.S. Executive Director Emeritus

Having led the effort to achieve licensure for counselors in California, my 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 full time to counselor licensure in California, I was a career counselor, working with adults in my private practice and within organizations. I was certified as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a National Certified Career Counselor (NCCC).

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

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