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CALPCC Board of Directors 2020-21

Executive Committee Officers

  • President: Sandra Fitzgerald, PhD
  • President-Elect: Denique Boxhill, MS, MS, APCC
  • Treasurer: Lisa Hamilton, LPCC
  • Secretary: Brenda Stephens, MS, LPCC


  • Corinne Eisenhardt, LPCC
  • Suzette Garcia, LPCC
  • JoJo Yanki Lee, MA, LPCC 
  • David Paul, PhD., LPC
  • Kristen Dempsey, EdD, LPCC, LMFT
  • Anthony Rivas, EdD,  LMFT (CO), LAC (CO), MAC, SAP 
  • Theodore Burnes, PhD
  • Nick Boyd, MA, LPCC, NCC

Executive Director: Kenneth Edwards, MA, LPCC, LCPC (IL)

Executive Director Emeritus: Dean Porter, MS

Lobbyist: G.V. Ayers

Administrative Associate: Jaclyn Roher, MS, APCC

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 gv@gentlerivers.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 Burnes, PhD. (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 Dempsey, E.dD, LPCC, LMFT 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.

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. 

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).

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.

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, 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).

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.

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.

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