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CALPCC Board of Directors 2016-17


  • President: Margaret O’Hara, M.S., LPCC, LMHC (NY)
  • Past President: Janee Both Gragg, Ph.D., LPCC, LMFT
  • President-Elect: Cara Maffini, Ph.D.
  • Treasurer: Roman Shain, Ph.D., LPCC, LMFT
  • Treasurer-Elect: Jeff Bornstein, M.S., LPCC
  • Secretary: Shyrea Minton, Ed.D., LPCC, PPS

Executive Director

Dean Porter, M.S.


  • Nola Butler-Byrd, Ph.D., LPCC
  • Arolyn Burns, M.A., LPCC, LMFT
  • Bonni Funk, M.A., LPCC, LMHC (FL)
  • Peggy Lucchesi, M.A., LPCC, LMHC (NY)
  • Heidi Paul, Ph.D., LPCC, CRC
  • Kristin Phillips-Matson, M.A., LPCC, PPS
  • Dione Taylor, Ed.D., PPS
  • Christopher Wehrle, MA, PCCI (Student/Intern Representative)

Board Bios

Jeffrey Bornstein, MS, LPCC, NCC

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 and the Southern California CALPCC representative on the California Disaster Mental Health Coalition board. He is looking forward to building and strengthening the CALPCC membership.

Janee Both Gragg, Ph.D., LPCC, LMFT

Janee Both Gragg earned her B.S in Psychology and both her Masters and Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University. She is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Education and Chair of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at the University of Redlands. Much of her research has focused on therapeutic engagement processes with diverse and underserved populations (i.e. Hispanic families, substance users, adolescents) and access and utilization of mental health services in the school setting. Janee is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor currently active in her practice with over 17 years of broad clinical experience.

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 two years, she has enjoyed serving on the CALPCC Legislative Committee and she looks forward to serving as a board member 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.

Arolyn Burns MA, LPCC, LMFT

Arolyn is the Director of The A Treatment Center, an international speaker & repeat guest on national television, speaking on subjects ranging from stress & anger management to leadership & transformation. She works with clients dealing with phobias, performance anxiety on tests, stage & professional sports. She is certified in Hypnotherapy, Mediation, Crisis Counseling & as a John Maxwell Speaker, Coach & Trainer. She received the Los Angeles County Cornelia Funke Award for Exceptional Social Work, practices EMDR & is an FEI Crisis Responder. As a member of the MFI Critical Incident Support Team she volunteered at the Cajun Dome for hurricane Katrina. She completed an intensive training in Film studies at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center, allowing her to work with a personal understanding of Entertainment professionals. Arolyn Burns has a passion for helping individuals realize their dreams, conquer their fears & improve their self-esteem.

Bonni Funk,  M.A., LPCC, LMHC (FL)

Bonni is an LPCC and LMHC (Florida) with a private practice in Los Angeles and a telehealth presence in Florida and California. Her specialties include anxiety/depression reduction for those with codependency, as well as special needs children and teens (particularly those on the autism scale). She also specializes in trauma using Eye Movement Desensitization and Processing (EMDR). She was the past CALPCC regional coordinator for LA County and is a Southern California CALPCC representative on the California Disaster Mental Health Coalition board. She is excited about educating others on the LPCC license and promoting CALPCC to students, interns and licensed professional counselors.

Peggy Lucchesi,  M.A., LPCC, LMHC (NY)

Peggy Lucchesi is a new member of the CALPCC board and chairs the Private Practice Committee. She holds a California LPCC license #1932 and a New York license as an LMHC #4107. In mid-2014, she moved to the Bay Area from New York/New Jersey, where she was in private practice for 20 years and was an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University (her alma mater) and Bloomfield College, both in New Jersey, for three years. Currently, she is working as a Military and Family Counselor (MFLC) at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, CA. Peggy specializes in working with couples. She was certified as an Imago Relationship Counselor in 1996. She received a certificate of completion from The Master Class, a three-year program focused on advanced work with couples by Hedy Schleifer from 2011 – 2013. She has trained with the Gottmans, Sue Johnson, Gary Chapman.

Cara Maffini, Ph.D.

Cara Maffini is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counselor Education at San José State University. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University Bloomington. She teaches advanced counseling theories and techniques, crisis and trauma, and has taught law and ethics, and research methods. Her research examines intersections of race, culture, and mental health specifically focusing on experiences related to violence and victimization among bicultural youth and young adults. She has had diverse counseling experiences and enjoys work related to multicultural and social justice issues particularly among adolescents and emerging adults. This is Cara’s second year serving on the CALPCC Board of Directors.

Shyrea J. Minton, Ed.D., LPCC, PPS

Shyrea is beginning her second year as Board Secretary for CALPCC. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Northridge, where she co-coordinates the master’s program in school counseling and the Professional Clinical Counseling (PCC) sub-option program. Her teaching interests include cross-cultural counseling, leadership in school counseling, consultation and collaboration, foundations of school counseling, and fieldwork. Currently, her research is focused on using evidenced informed recommendations to improve academic outcomes for African-American youth in P-12 education, and examining a link between professional identity and professional association engagement. She is an LPCC in California, and holds a PPS credential (school counseling); prior to entering higher education, she was a professional school counselor. This year, “I want to focus on increasing public knowledge about CALPCC and the LPCC profession, by improving our outreach efforts in graduate training programs and others across California, and improving our (CALPCC’s) educational course offerings.”

Margaret A. O’Hara, LPCC, LMHC (NY), NCC,  PPS

Margaret O’Hara is CALPCC President. As a board member the past two years, she chaired the Ethics Committee and was the San Diego Networking Group Chair. She is a consultant with a private counseling practice in Northern San Diego. An LPCC (CA) and LMHC (NY) she is also a Distance Credentialed Counselor for clients in both states. She is a National Certified Counselor with 25+ years experience in the field, working as Clinical Director, Clinical Supervisor, Private Practitioner, Assistant Professor and School Counselor. She is a Certified Experiential Therapist. Named 'Counselor of the Year' by the East End Counselors Association, she served 7 years on their Executive Board. She was Division President of ASGW for NY Counseling Association. Margaret holds state (NY) and international substance abuse counselor certification and is a Human Services Board Certified Practitioner.

Heidi Paul, PhD, LPCC, CRC

Heidi Paul, received her Ph.D. from University of Arizona in Counseling and Special Education. She currently works at California State University, Los Angeles as an Associate Professor in Rehabilitation Counseling. Her teaching assignments include classes in foundations of clinical counseling and medical, psychosocial and vocational aspects of disability. She teaches students how to work holistically with clients with disabilities. In addition to her professorial duties she works with Federal Administrative Law Judges assisting with decisions regarding capacity for work in the competitive labor markets. Dr. Paul is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), a Certified Life Care Planner (CLCP) as well as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

Kristin Ann Phillips-Matson, M.A., LPCC, PPS

Kristin is a licensed professional clinical counselor working as a behavior therapist for San Jose Unified School District and as a counselor in a private practice. Kristin has a background in the education sector and seeks to promote our license to K-12 schools, as well as colleges, as their responsibility for providing mental health services expands. Drawing upon her experience from previous board service and social change campaigns, Kristin works closely with the CALPCC board and members to grow our membership and to expand the recognition and acceptance of the LPCC license throughout the state.

Roman M. Shain, PhD, LMFT, LPCC, NCC

Roman Shain is a Licensed MFT(MFC#39885), Licensed PCC (LPC#29), National Counselor Certified, and a CAMFT Certified Supervisor. He is currently managing Children's Field Capable Clinical Services of SFVCMHC Inc. Roman has been teaching courses in psychology, human services, and counseling at University of Phoenix since 2007, and is a Lead Faculty/Faculty Advisor since 2013. As an adjunct professor at CSUN, he teaches counseling and family therapy courses. Roman has developed and conducted numerous seminars on crisis management, critical clinical thinking, and creative interventions. “I am serving on the CALPCC board to advocate for (1) our counseling profession to acquire new professional opportunities and (2) our organization (CALPCC) to further develop and become a vital source of everyday support to its members.”

Dione Taylor, Ed.D.

Dione Taylor earned her B.S. degree in Sociology from William Woods College, her M.A. Degree in School Counseling from Point Loma Nazarene University, her M.A. degree in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University, and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership form Northern Arizona University. She is currently a Professor and Director of the Counseling program at Point Loma Nazarene University. In addition to her administrative and teaching responsibilities, she works with program graduates who are pursuing their LPCC licensure. “I am excited to serve as a CALPCC Board member and to increase the recognition of LPCC’s in the field of mental health, throughout California. “

Christopher Wehrle, MA, PCCI, NCC - Student/Intern Representative

Chris is grateful to support the advancement and recognition of the Counseling profession through serving as the Student/Intern Representative. Mr. Wehrle appreciates the diversity of the mental health field through conducting research to advance evidence-based treatment interventions for individuals struggling with co-occurring disorders, while providing clinical mental health counseling to diverse and underserved clients. After receiving his Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from University of San Diego, Mr. Wehrle initiated his clinical and research career as a study therapist, investigating progressive treatment interventions for substance use disorders. Mr. Wehrle currently serves as the Executive Director of Los Angeles based drug and alcohol rehab, Comprehensive Recovery Network, and as a Professional Clinical Counselor Intern at the Union of Pan Asian Communities in San Diego. His current goal is to help establish the counseling profession in California, and abolish the dreaded question from potential employers, “What on Earth is an LPCC?!”

Dean Porter, MS - Executive Director

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 gv@gentlerivers.com.

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