Masonic Center for Youth and Families is proud to serve families in Covina, California! Located on the beautiful Masonic Homes of California campus, MCYAF provides a safe, comfortable place for clients and their families.
Our services include individual and family therapy, psychological assessments, and trauma-informed care. For more detailed information about these services, visit Our Services.
In partnership with the Children’s Advocacy Center, a non-profit organization that provides multi-disciplinary child abuse forensic interviews of children, MCYAF offers therapy to those children who are victims of sexual abuse, or who have witnessed acts of violence. Situated just across the street from the Children’s Advocacy Center, MCYAF provides a welcoming, therapeutic place of respite for children at their most vulnerable.
The professional team at the Masonic Center for Youth and Families 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.
Lisa Goodwin, L.C.S.W
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.
M.S.W., Social Work, University of Washington, Washington
B.A., Social Work, Bethel University, Minnesota
California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
National Association of Social Workers
Maria Melendez, M.F.T
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.
M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, University of La Verne
B.S., Psychology, University of La Verne
California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Marriage and Family Therapist
David Quinteros, L.C.S.W.
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
Marcia Huipe Wilson, Ph.D.
Marcia is a licensed psychologist who has dedicated her career to working with children/adolescents and their families. She is bilingual, speaking English and Spanish. She has experience and training in several settings (counseling center, student health center, child and youth study center, private practice, community mental health) working with people across the age span and providing individual, family, and group therapy. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at The Help Group and also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in autism spectrum disorders at that agency. She worked as a therapist in the Birth to Five program in a community mental health agency serving children who attended Head Start classrooms. Then she was a school-based supervisor, providing supervision and training to a multidisciplinary team of therapists. She also supervised a clinical assessment team that assessed the need for services and provided linkages to foster children ages 0-18. Marcia is passionate about her clinical work in helping improve the lives of families with whom she works.
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Washington State University
B.A Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
California Board of Psychology—Licensed Psychologist
Laura O’Connor, Psy.D., M.F.T.
Laura is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in providing individualized, strength-based neuropsychological evaluations designed to help children and adolescents reach their full potential. She is also a licensed marriage and family therapist and a board-certified behavior analyst with more than 20 years of experience serving the mental-health needs of at-risk youth and their families. Prior to joining MCYAF, Laura was a doctoral fellow at the Reiss-Davis Child Study Center, where she conducted psychological, cognitive, and academic testing with youth facing a wide range of psychoeducational challenges, including developmental disabilities, learning disorders, ADHD, and mood disturbances. Over the years, she has worked as both a therapist and diagnostician in a number of community mental-health settings, including the Pasadena Rehabilitation Institute, Tarzana Treatment Center, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Laura is an advocate of integrated, family-focused approaches to client care. She enjoys learning about the human brain and finding new ways to apply cutting-edge research to her work with clients.
Psy.D., Applied Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Antioch University, Los Angeles
M.A., Print Journalism, University of Southern California
B.A., English, University of California, Los Angeles
California Board of Psychology, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Jesse Leigh Olague, Psy.D.
Jesse is a bilingual psychologist who seeks to improve his clients’ lives by focusing on family-centered care, culturally responsive treatment, coordinated comprehensive care, and developmentally appropriate clinical care. He is skilled in using evidence-based therapies, such as managing and adapting practices, seeking safety, incredible years, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and parent-child interaction therapy. Jesse’s interdisciplinary training has helped him to become a leader in serving children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. He is experienced at providing pediatric psychological assessments, including for children with developmental disabilities and trauma. Jesse’s collaborative approach involves the child and family in every step of the process. He is passionate about helping children and their families reach their potential and thrive at school, at home, and in their community.
Postdoctoral Training: Two-year postdoctoral fellowship in trauma psychology and neurodevelopmental disorders at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles with an academic appointment at the University of Southern California’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disorders.
Graduate: University of Southern California, California Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Fellowship Program
Predoctoral Internship Training: Child and Family Guidance Center, specializing in trauma.
Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Azusa Pacific University
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Azusa Pacific University
B.A., Psychology, Whittier College
Brenda Mendoza, B.A.
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.
B.A., Latin American and Iberian Studies, Minor in Spanish, University of California, Santa Barbara