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Professional Team

About Our Team

The professional team at the Masonic Center for Youth and Families (MCYAF) strives to provide the highest quality of compassionate care to all clients, leading to positive experiences and successful outcomes. We come from leading institutions, active private practices, and renowned research programs in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, psychiatry, and social work. We work as a collaborative team to provide each client with a thoughtful approach to their unique needs. We use a family-focused model of care, which puts the needs of young people and their families first. We offer a supportive, nurturing environment to ensure our clients feel welcome and respected.

Join Us

If you are an experienced professional who is passionate about working with youth and families and enjoys collaborating across disciplines and theoretical modalities, MCYAF could be a great fit. Our comprehensive therapeutic services for youth and families include in-depth psychological and academic assessment as well as family, couples, individual, and group therapy. Currently located in San Francisco’s Presidio and expanding to Covina, California in the coming months, MCYAF offers a competitive compensation package. Explore open positions.

Parenting is a long journey and we all face challenges along our way. When things get tough, it’s comforting to have knowledgeable, non-judgmental support behind you to help you find a solution that works.

- Kimberly Rich, M.F.T

Executive Director, MCYAF


Executive Team


Kimberly (Wheeler) Rich

Executive Director

Kimberly is a licensed marriage and family therapist with more than 20 years of experience treating children, youth, and their families. She specializes in pediatric anxiety, depression, and family therapy, and has 18 years’ experience developing clinical and graduate training programs. Kimberly has extensive experience acquiring and managing public and private funding. As a nonprofit executive, she has raised more than 20 million dollars in support of therapeutic programs for children, youth, and their families. She is passionately dedicated to creating services that help parents raise happy, healthy, and productive youth and believes that by supporting and healing families, communities are able to become stronger and thrive.

Education
M.S., Counseling Psychology, California State University, Hayward
B.A., Psychology and Sociology, Cabrini College, Pennsylvania

License
California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Marriage and Family Therapist

Professional Affiliations
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Kiernan Warble

Director of Programs

Kiernan is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in child and family treatment. She earned a master’s degree in social work at Columbia University and was trained at the Child Trauma Institute, which focused on parent and child psychotherapy and trauma-focused treatment in families. Kiernan has worked with children and families in a variety of settings, including community mental health, residential treatment, substance abuse treatment, and hospitals. Before joining MCYAF, Kiernan worked at the University of California, San Francisco for several years in a variety of clinical and supervisory capacities, specializing in child trauma and parenting support. She has a private practice in San Francisco with a focus on parenting and family and couples therapy.

Education
M.S.W., Columbia University, New York
B.A., English, Connecticut College

License
California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Professional Affiliations
National Association of Social Workers

Ethan Ornstein, L.C.S.W.

Director of Family Services

Ethan has extensive experience working with families, couples, and youth in a variety of settings. He provides consultation and training to social service agencies administering services to families from underserved communities. He has presented at the American Family Therapy Academy and Child Welfare League of America’s national conferences, and believes passionately in families’ inherent capacity for growth and change.

Education
M.S.W., New York University
B.A., Politics, Whitman College, Washington

License
California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Professional Affiliations
Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, University of California, San Francisco – Director of Family Therapy Training
Minuchin Center for the Family, New Jersey – Faculty Member

Recent Presentations
“It’s All in the Family: The Role of Family Dynamics in Supporting Attention and Learning Challenges,” Ethan Ornstein, L.C.S.W.; Jack Fahy, Ph.D.; and Andrea Samuels, Ph.D.

John (Jack) Fahy, Ph.D.

Director of Assessment

Dr. Fahy is a licensed psychologist with specialized training and clinical experience in neuropsychology. He has more than 20 years’ experience working with children, adolescents, and their families, and prior to joining MCYAF, he was a senior clinical neuropsychologist at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley for 16 years. Dr. Fahy has extensive experience with neurodevelopmental disorders and acquired brain injuries, and especially enjoys understanding and helping people who experience emotional-behavioral difficulties due to academic obstacles. He specializes in using multiple methods for addressing assessment questions. He is successful at making clients feel comfortable through the use of play, drawings, and/or board-game challenges.

Education
Postdoctoral Training: Two-year fellowship in neuropsychological assessment of children and adolescents, Neuropsychiatric Institute, University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology with Specialty in Neuropsychology, University of Memphis, Tennessee
B.S., Psychology, Georgetown University

License
California Board of Psychology – Licensed Psychologist

Professional Affiliations
American Psychological Association, Member of Division 40
Northern California Neuropsychology Forum (President 1997-1998)
International Neuropsychological Society

Recent Presentations
“Multi-Method Assessment of ADHD”: Case Presentation at the 17th Annual Conference on Contemporary Applications of Psychological Testing, Massachusetts, November, 2014
“It’s All in the Family: The Role of Family Dynamics in Supporting Attention and Learning Challenges,” Ethan Ornstein, L.C.S.W.; Jack Fahy, Ph.D.; and Andrea Samuels, Ph.D.

Antonia Servat, M.F.T.

Director of Operations

Antonia’s background lies in nonprofit leadership and program management as well as direct client care. She brings clinical experience along with her understanding of operating therapy centers to her role at MCYAF. Prior to joining MCYAF, Antonia was the associate director of a nonprofit counseling organization where she managed and developed programs serving youth in need, created and ran an intake department for more than three years, and led a training program for developing therapists. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist with more than five years’ experience providing therapy to children, youth, and families. Her education and training are in the areas of child and adolescent psychology, family therapy, play therapy, and intake and assessment. In addition to working at MCYAF, Antonia has a private practice in San Francisco. Her warm and welcoming approach can be felt by our clients in their first phone call.

Education
M.A., Counseling Psychology – Marriage and Family Therapy, University of San Francisco
B.S., Sociology, University of San Francisco

License
California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Marriage and Family Therapist

Professional Affiliations
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists>

Recent Presentations
“Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Post-Modern Approaches.”
“Introduction to Structural Family Therapy and Strategic Family Therapy.”

Lisa Goodwin, L.C.S.W.

Clinical Director, MCYAF Covina

Lisa is a licensed clinical social worker with 30 years of experience providing direct practice and program management in nonprofit organizations serving low-income children, adolescents, and families. Her professional calling is to help distressed children and families lead lives of dignity and improved health. Lisa’s specialties include family preservation, maternal and child health, and children’s intensive community services to severely emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children. At Pacific Clinics, where she served 11 years as program director, she delivered creative, innovative leadership supporting the provision of effective, evidence-based treatment for families impacted by trauma. Her experience includes serving as an instructor and leadership consultant at Pacific Clinics Training Institute and has served five years on the National Alliance on Mental Illness Board of Directors.

Education
M.S.W., Social Work, University of Washington, Washington
B.A., Social Work, Bethel University, Minnesota

License
California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Professional Affiliations
National Association of Social Workers

Allison Yuri Iwaoka-Scott, M.D., A.M.

Medical Director

Dr. Iwaoka-Scott is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist.  She has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Chicago and a doctor of medicine degree from the University of California, San Francisco.  She has 20 years of experience working in health and human services, ranging from clinical work with adults and children to program development and policy.  She has interests in community psychiatry, social psychology, interpersonal neurobiology, attachment, trauma, psychotherapy, family systems, schools, integrative medicine, and the intersection between healing and the arts.

Education
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco General Psychiatry Residency, San Mateo Behavioral Health and Recovery Services M.D., University of California, San Francisco
A.M., Social Work, University of Chicago
B.A., Psychology, Yale University

License
Medical License, Physician & Surgeon, Medical Board of California
Certification in General Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Professional Affiliations
San Francisco Department of Public Health
Assistant Clinical Professor – Volunteer, University of California, San Francisco
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
National Association of Social Workers

Recent Presentations
Iwaoka-Scott AY. “Creating a Space for the Father and Child.” Presented at the 20th Anniversary of the Child Trauma Research Program. Attachment and Trauma in Early Childhood: Embracing the Family in Clinical Practice, Research, and Public Policy.  UCSF Department of Psychiatry, January 2016.

Maitra B (presenter), Williams S (discussant), and Iwaoka-Scott AY (discussant). “Considering Culture: Widening the Search for Therapeutic Meanings and Solutions.” Presented at C.G Jung Institute of San Francisco, November 2015.

Scheid, JM (chair), Rowe JK (discussant), Krive K, Keller K, Iwaoka-Scott AY (co-presenter), Gleason MM, and Goodenough A. “Balancing on the Highwire:  Individual and Systems Issues in Young Children Exposed to Maltreatment.” Presented at American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 62nd Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, October 2015.

Louis Roussel, Ph.D.

Clinical Supervisor

Dr. Roussel provides psychoanalysis to adults and children. He enjoys using imaginative and creative modalities – including drawing, song, music, poetry, sports, and other interests – to help children communicate emotional disturbances and conflicts in a safe and tolerable metaphoric medium. His willingness to follow a child’s lead in a playful way gradually allows the child to work through and resolve underlying emotional troubles. Internal stressors are brought to the surface, faced, and reconsidered thoughtfully to encourage development and diminish emotional pain. Within this process, children learn how to cope with and learn from emotional struggles in order to succeed in all areas of life. Dr. Roussel has taught courses on a variety of topics related to early childhood, childhood development and conflict, including the use of play in child therapy, contemporary views on psychoanalytic interpretation, therapeutic action, and more.

Education
Adult and Child Analyst, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Alliant International University, California
B.A., Psychology, University of New Hampshire

License
California Board of Psychology – Licensed Psychologist
American Psychoanalytic Association – Certified Psychoanalyst

Gary Charland, J.D.

Executive Vice President, Masonic Homes of California

Gary Charland has more than 20 years of experience in innovative and strategic health care leadership.

Prior to joining the Masonic Homes, Charland served in various positions with the Washington Hospital Health Care System. He was instrumental in the formation and growth of the Washington Township Medical Foundation, served as chief of physician development and as executive director of the Washington Outpatient Surgery Center. He was the former chief operating officer of East Bay Medical Network/Bay Physicians Medical Group. Prior to his appointment as executive vice president, he served as a trustee of the Masonic Homes for six years.

A community leader in the greater Union City area for more than 15 years, Charland has served as chairman of the Board of the Newark Chamber of Commerce and as chairman of the Grants Committee for the Niles Rotary. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Masonic Communities and Services Association, The Alameda Health System, and the Washington Township Healthcare Foundation, as well as the Advisory Board for the New Haven Schools Foundation.

An active member of the Masons of California, Charland belongs to four California lodges: Acalanes Fellowship Lodge No. 480 in Lafayette, Destiny Lodge No. 856 in Covina, and Siminoff Daylight Lodge No.850 in Union City. He is also a member of the Oakland Scottish Rite, York Rite, and Aahmes Shrine.

Education
J.D., Quinnipiac University School of Law, New Haven, Connecticut
B.S., Communications/Journalism & Psychology, University of Bridgeport, Connecticut

Professional Affiliations
Alameda Health System – Trustee
Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation, Fremont, California – Trustee
New Haven Schools Foundation, Fremont, California – Advisory Board Member
Masonic Communities and Services Association – Board Member
Newark, California Chamber of Commerce – Past Chairman of the Board


Clinical Team


Jessica Herbold, Ph.D

Assessment Psychologist

Dr. Herbold specializes in the psychological assessment of children and adolescents, and has a strong background in play psychotherapy and family/dyadic work. Her approach emphasizes collaborative relationships with parents, teachers, and other involved professionals, and is informed by the unique context of each child and family. Prior to MCYAF, Dr. Herbold was assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, where she taught principles and methods of psychological assessment, supervised interns and fellows, and provided consultation to neonatologists and pediatricians. She has served as faculty and clinical supervisor at a number of Bay Area training programs, including Saint Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center, West Coast Children’s Clinic, and Edgewood Center for Children and Families. Dr. Herbold views the assessment process as empowering children and parents with enhanced self-understanding, and as supporting their ability to make meaningful and effective choices.

Education
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, The Wright Institute, Berkeley, California
M.A., French Language and Literature, Sorbonne University, Paris
B.A., American Studies, Stanford University

License
California Board of Psychology – Licensed Psychologist

Recent Presentations
“Culturally Informed Methods of Assessing Intelligence and Learning in Children and Adolescents.” West Coast Children’s Clinic, Oakland, California, September, 2012.
“Assessment of a Six Year Old African American Boy: How Collaborative Therapeutic Assessment Empowers Caregivers and Informs Psychotherapy.” Presentation with Christopher Arrillaga, Psy.D., and Allyson Holmes-Knight, Psy.D., WestCoast Children’s Clinic, Oakland, California, April, 2012.
“The Clinical Interview and Play Observation Session.” Presentation to staff at Masonic Center for Youth and Families, San Francisco, California November, 2010.

Lisa Nakamura, Ph.D.

Assessment Psychologist

Dr. Nakamura has provided psychological assessments for children, youth, and young adults in community mental health and private practice settings, and has experience with complex trauma, ADHD, mood disorders, learning challenges, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other challenges. Her collaborative approach is inspired by her training with Dr. Stephen Finn who developed the therapeutic collaborative assessment model at the Center for Therapeutic Assessment in Austin, Texas. Dr. Nakamura believes that assessments can serve as a therapeutic intervention to help understand the experience of the whole child. When children better understand their strengths and challenges, they can enlist their strengths in order to address their struggles and become more empowered.

Education
Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, The Wright Institute, California
B.A., Asian Studies, Cornell University, New York

License
California Board of Psychology – Psychologist

Recent Publications
Nakamura, L. M. “Working with Countertransference Reactions to Treatment Team Members in Collaborative Assessments.” Assessing Children in the Urban Community. Eds. Barbara L. Mercer, Tricia Fong, and Erin Rosenblatt. New York: Routledge, 2016. 96-102. Print.

Boyka Dimitrova, Psy.D.

Assessment Psychologist

Dr. Dimitrova has 12 years of clinical experience working with children and families in community mental health settings and private practice. She specializes in psychological assessment of children’s learning, behavioral, emotional, and developmental functioning, using a therapeutic, collaborative, and individualized approach, and is experienced working with children and adolescents with a wide range of challenges, including trauma, mood disorders, ADHD, learning challenges, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She enjoys facilitating groups for children using a drama therapy model, and working closely and collaboratively with parents and colleagues in creating treatment programs. Dr. Dimitrova completed clinical training in the Ann Martin Center in Oakland and Richmond Area Multi-services in San Francisco, as well as a pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral residency at the West Coast Children’s Clinic in Oakland. She has extensive experience providing long-term individual and family psychotherapy in community mental health clinics, school-based settings, and private practice.

Education
Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, California
M.A., Clinical and Organizational Psychology, Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria
B.S., Psychology, Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria

License
California Board of Psychology – Psychologist

Professional Affiliations
Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology

Recent Presentations
“We Are Rich Because We Have Each Other.” Long-term family therapy case presentation. Grand rounds at WestCoast Children’s Clinic, May, 2013.
“Helping Children Tolerate Frustration.” Presentation to parents at Paden Elementary School in Alameda, April, 2014.

Recent Publications
Dimitrova, B. (2011). “Feminist Therapy in Bulgaria.” Women & Therapy, 34(1-4), (178-196).

Karen Shelton, M.Ed., ET/P

Educational Therapist

Karen has worked as an educational therapist in the Bay Area for the past 15 years with students from kindergarten through grade 12. She uses educational therapy to demystify students’ learning challenges, helping them to identify and apply their areas of strength for better outcomes. Through a variety of approaches, Karen helps students build resiliency in addition to their academic skill set. Karen has blended her experience in business and education to develop learning support programs for a variety of schools. She has served as a learning specialist for a variety of private schools in the Marin County, San Francisco, and Berkeley areas, as well as maintaining a private practice. She has also served on the Board of the Association of Educational Therapist (AET) and was a past AET Bay Area representative.

Education
M.Ed., Educational Therapy, Holy Names University, California
B.S., Business Management and Administration, University of Phoenix, California

Specialized Trainings
Wilson Reading System
Fundations Wilson Language Basics
Wilson Just Words
Lindamood-Bell: LiPS, Visualizing/Verbalizing, Seeing Stars
Making Math Real
Brain Gym
Handwriting Without Tears
Great Leaps Reading Fluency
Read Naturally Reading Fluency
Davis Dyslexia Correction Center

Professional Affiliations
Association of Educational Therapists
International Dyslexia Association

Presentations
“Educational Therapy Defined, All Kinds of Minds,” Ross Valley Parent Association
“The Role of an Educational Therapist,” Dominican University Occupational Therapy Graduate Program
“Learning Differences Defined,” Marin Montessori School Faculty
“Learning Differences Defined” and “Multiple Intelligences,” San Domenico School Faculty
“Learning Differences Defined,” Stuart Hall for Boys Faculty
“Creating Summer Support for Students with Learning Differences,” Stuart Hall for Boys Parent Education Group

Publications
“What is the Difference Between a Psycho-Educational and Neuropsychological Evaluation?” Tier One Study Smart Blog (September 2015)
“Interview Questions to Ask Private Evaluators,” Tier One Study Smart Blog (August 2015)
“Speech and Language Evaluation,” Tier One Study Smart Blog (September 2015)
“Occupational Therapy Evaluation” Tier One Study Smart Blog (September 2015)

Gregory Villalba, L.C.S.W.

Clinician

Greg has more than 15 years’ experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings, and has had additional training and experience in preschool consultation and infant observation. He maintains a private practice in San Francisco where he treats children, adolescents, and adults in individual psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

Education
Fourth-Year Psychoanalytic Candidate, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, Child Development Program
M.S.W., Social Work, Smith College, Massachusetts
B.A., Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara

License
California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Professional Affiliations
San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, Child Development Program – Cochair

Kevin Hibbitt, M.A., M.F.T.

Clinician

Kevin is a licensed marriage and family therapist with more than 20 years’ experience working with youth in various therapeutic settings, including schools, residential group homes, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and day treatment programs. Most recently, he worked for five years as a Milieu Therapist at the McAuley Institute at St. Mary’s Hospital, where he conducted group therapy for adolescents and supervised the Marriage and Family Therapist Internship Program. At MCYAF, he works as a therapist with individuals and facilitates therapy groups. Kevin provides a safe and thoughtful environment to help youth feel comfortable expressing their thoughts and feelings, and is passionate about helping them appreciate their uniqueness, improve self-esteem, and build healthy relationships with others. He strongly believes that being able to identify and express feelings, as well as connecting with others in a meaningful manner, can help youth cope with the difficulties in their lives to become more resilient and resourceful. In addition to his work in the community, Kevin has a private practice where he specializes in working with young adults and teens.

Education
M.A., Counseling Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies
B.A., Humanities, Western Kentucky University

License
California Board of Behavioral Sciences – Marriage and Family Therapist

Professional Affiliations
San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, Community Member
Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Jenna Kemp, M.F.T.

Clinician and Project Coordinator

Jenna has extensive experience working with children, at risk youth, young adults, and families, as well as in nonprofit leadership. Before joining MCYAF, she worked as a crisis intervention counselor in a school setting, while providing organizational leadership and assisting with programmatic development. She also managed and developed a county-funded program for youth with severe mental health conditions. Jenna’s diverse experience working with children in crisis prevention and intervention, and in nonprofit leadership has enabled her to serve a variety of populations in various settings settings. She believes that therapy is a collaborative process, which requires understanding and respecting each client’s unique experiences in order to foster growth, healing, and change.

Education
M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of San Francisco
B.A., Social Sciences & Minor in Italian Studies, California State University, Chico

License
California Board of Behavioral Sciences – Marriage and Family Therapist

Professional Affiliations
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Sarah Janoff-Brinn, L.C.S.W.

Clinician

Sarah Janoff-Brinn is a licensed clinical social worker. Sarah has extensive experience working with children, youth, and families in various capacities. Before joining the team at MCYAF, Sarah worked as a therapist to children and youth in the New York City foster care system and also facilitated classes for therapeutic foster parents to help them better support and care for the children in their homes. Additionally, Sarah worked on a program through the Department of Juvenile Justice in New York to create and implement workshops for adolescents in juvenile detention facilities in the Bronx. She also has experience working with the New York City public school system. Sarah is dedicated to helping children, youth, and families cope with difficult transitions, trauma, depression, and anxiety in a safe and welcoming environment.

Education
M.S.W., Emphasis on Clinical Social Work with Children, Youth, and Families, Columbia University, New York
B.A., Philosophy and Educational Studies, Bates College, Maine

License
California Board of Behavioral Sciences – Associate Clinical Social Worker

Professional Affiliations
California Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers
A Home Within

Recent Presentations
“The Use of Peer Supervision to Mitigate the Impact of Secondary Trauma for Child Welfare Professionals” – The New York Center for Children Annual Conference, New York, NY, June 2012

Maria Melendez, M.F.T.

Clinician, Covina

Maria is a bilingual marriage and family therapist with more than 20 years experience working with distressed children and families. She has provided therapy and supervision in a variety of clinical programs, delivering individual, group, and family therapy, as well as therapeutic behavioral services. Maria is a strong believer in interdisciplinary, team-based therapeutic approaches that draw strength from each specialist to help families heal. She seeks to provide culturally sensitive practices that reduce risk to families experiencing child abuse, neglect, depression, anxiety, and severe mental illness. Maria enjoys helping to enhance parents’ capacity to support children with severe emotional behavioral disturbances. Prior to MCYAF, she supervised a team of therapists and social workers in a community mental health setting, where she helped provide safe, high-quality services that enabled families to achieve their potential.

Education
M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, University of La Verne
B.S., Psychology, University of La Verne

License
California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Marriage and Family Therapist

 

David Quinteros, L.C.S.W.

Clinician, Covina

David is an experienced social worker with a diverse background supporting clients of all ages. He has worked with children and adolescents living in level-14 group homes, foster family agencies, public child welfare, field-based community mental health, and crisis intervention. He has extensive experience working with children who experience psychosis, schizophrenia, and substance-induced psychosis. He is dedicated to demonstrating positive role modeling, a positive mental attitude, and maintaining cultural sensitivity to help children and families overcome life challenges. Prior to joining MCYAF, David provided intensive field-based therapeutic services to children with severe mental health challenges and their families at Pacific Clinics.

Education
M.S.W., University of Southern California, Los Angeles
B.A., Sociology with a Social Service Track, California State University, San Bernardino

License
California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Administrative Team


Olivia Fermin, M.A.

Business Access Coordinator

Olivia is passionate about supporting the work of those who help children to become happy, healthy, and successful in life. Her professional experiences have included working with youth in diverse populations, including those with learning, emotional, and physical disabilities and disadvantaged children in Zambia. As MCYAF’s business access coordinator, she ensures the effective functioning of the financial and administrative aspects of MCYAF and provides a welcoming experience to children and their families.

Education
M.A., Education and Counseling, San Jose State University
B.A., Sociology and Organizational Studies, University of California, Davis
B.A., Communication, University of California, Davis

Kevin Cox

Administrative Coordinator

Kevin is a caring and thoughtful person who enjoys creating a welcoming atmosphere for MCYAF clients. His professional experiences in customer service-related industries has allowed him the opportunity to work with people from diverse backgrounds and ages, which Kevin very much enjoys. As MCYAF’s administrative coordinator, he ensures that MCYAF clients receive the best possible care while visiting the center.

Education
B.S., Business Management, California State University, Northridge

Paul Fierro, Jr., M.F.T. Intern

Access Coordinator

Paul is a registered marriage and family therapy intern who specializes in child and adolescent psychology. In addition to being part of the MCYAF team, Paul serves as a clinical lead in a nonprofit forensic psychotherapy program for juveniles. Paul’s passion is providing high-quality therapeutic services to marginalized and disenfranchised communities, especially those involved with the legal system. Paul also has extensive training and experience in applied behavior analysis, which he utilizes to aid clients in recognizing and changing behavioral patterns. As the access coordinator, he is often the first point of contact for families contacting MCYAF to schedule an appointment. His clinical background and warm demeanor help children and families feel safe and welcomed at MCYAF.

Education
M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of San Francisco
B.A., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

License
California Board of Behavioral Sciences – Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern

Professional Afiliations
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Brenda Mendoza, B.A.

Access Coordinator, Covina

Brenda is the first point of contact for MCYAF, providing a warm and compassionate welcome to clients and families. She is experienced in working with diverse clientele; her previous experience includes teaching and tutoring English as a second language; providing case management for CalWORKS families in Santa Barbara County; and numerous administrative and public relations roles. Prior to MCYAF, Brenda worked in community mental health in Los Angeles County, providing administrative support to children’s programs.

Education
B.A., Latin American and Iberian Studies, Minor in Spanish, University of California, Santa Barbara