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CALPCC Board of Directors 2018-19

Executive Committee Officers

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


  • Julie Chronister, Ph.D.
  • Sandra Fitzgerald, Ph.D.
  • Bonni Funk, M.A., LPCC, LMHC (FL)
  • Sarah Michael Novia, M.S., LPCC
  • Anna O’Connell, M.A., LPCC
  • David Peterson, Ph.D., LMHC (IA-inactive)
  • Karen Quek, Ph.D., LPCC, LMFT
  • Brenda Stephens, M.S., LPCC
  • JoJo Yanki Lee, M.A., APCC (Pre-licensed Representative)

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.

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.

Julie Chronister, Ph.D.

Julie Chronister is a professor in the Department of Counseling at San Francisco State University and coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. She received her PhD from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been a faculty member in counselor training programs for 14 years and has taught a variety of counseling courses (e.g., assessment, biopsychosocial aspects of health/ behavioral health, internship, research methods, and psychological foundations). Dr. Chronister has published over 50 articles, books chapters, and is co-editor of three books. She is the PI on two federally funded training grants and one NIMH research grant. Her current research focuses on the conceptualization and measurement of social support among those with the most disabling psychiatric conditions. Dr. Chronister has years of experience working with accreditation bodies, licensure and certification bodies, conducting program evaluation, and partnering with the community. She is on the editorial board for several counseling journals and provides editorial work for counseling, psychology, and social science journals.

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.

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

Cara Maffini, Ph.D.

Cara Maffini is the CALPCC Past President and chairs the Nominations, Bylaws, and Conference Program committees. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Development at San José State University. Her research examines intersections of race, culture, and mental health within the context of trauma. With her PhD in Counseling Psychology, she has had diverse counseling experiences and enjoys work related to multicultural and social justice issues particularly among adolescents and emerging adults. During Cara's term as President, she led the board on initiatives focused on increasing membership and financial well-being of CALPCC. She also chaired the Executive Director search committee and is excited to welcome the new ED to CALPCC! Cara has been active in planning the past three CALPCC conferences and is looking forward to continuing this work for the 2019 conference. She is excited to be part of the continued growth of CALPCC in the coming year!

Shyrea Minton, Ed.D., LPCC

Shyrea Minton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling at California State University, Northridge. Her research explores the development of multicultural counseling competency in professional school counselors-in-training, counselors engagement with Black students in education settings, the professional identity of professional school counselors, 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 professional school counselor. Her focus for CALPCC remains on enhancing continuing education course offerings, growing the organization’s membership, and strengthening our financial resources.

Sarah Michael Novia, M.S., LPCC

Ms. Novia graduated with a B.A. from New York University in 2001 and an M.S./Ed.S. from Florida State University in 2006. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (state of CA), a Licensed Professional Counselor (state of CT), and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (state of MT). Ms. Novia holds National Counselor Certification (National Board of Certified Counselors), Distance Credentialed Counselor certification (Center for Credentialing and Education), state certification in Guidance K-12 (CT and FL) and a 40-hour certification in mediation from the University of Connecticut.Ms. Novia has extensive experience in inpatient psychiatric dual-diagnosis rehabilitation hospital settings. She has further expertise in educational curriculum, supporting urban communities, and guiding victims of trauma and grief.

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.

Karen Quek, Ph.D., LPCC, LMFT

Karen Quek is the program director for MHC/MFT programs at Bethel University, San Diego. Karen is a LMFT and LPCC. She appreciates and respects cultural diversity, and is dedicated to the growth of the next generation of helping professionals. Her passion is to develop culturally competent professionals. Karen has extensive clinical and supervisory experiences for over 20 years. She has worked in various mental health settings including non-profit organizations and private practice. Her innovative research reflects her expertise and interests in multicultural clinical work, cross-cultural family dynamics, and gender equality, and has resulted in numerous publications and research presentations, including her 2017 co-authored book, Transition and Change in Collectivist Family Life: Strategies for Clinical Practice with Asian Americans.

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., APCC - Pre-licensed Representative

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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