Ana Nogales, PhD is the founder and Clinical Director of Casa de la Familia. Dr. Nogales oversees a clinical staff of about thirty bicultural-bilingual mental health professionals and is involved in the development of programs for services in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Dr. Nogales¹ professional career is anchored by her commitment to combat violence, especially violence against women and children. She has been a featured speaker throughout the U.S., including the Women, Power and Peace Conference at the Omega Institute and the Women¹s Foundation, as well as at conferences in Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Buenos Aires. She has served as consultant for several universities throughout the United States: Northwestern University, USC, University of Albuquerque, Shirley Fearon Training Institute, Omega Institute, UCI, Vanguard University, Southern California University, and several others. She uses many avenues of communication including the media and is an award winning author, playwright, songwriter, radio and television host, and currently working on a script for a movie about human trafficking. Dianne Avelar, LMFT is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist. She is the Mental Health Coordinator in Student Health Services at Cabrillo College.
Bert Epstein, PsyD currently serves as President of MHWA. He is Manager, Student Health Services, Mental Health Programs, and Training Director of Student Psychological Services at Santa Rosa Junior College and provides direct service provision and supervises trainees. He received his BA from UC Berkeley and doctoral degree from CSPP/Alliant, Bay Area. Over 20 years, Dr. Epstein has trained or worked in five counseling centers and supervised over 30 trainees. Passionate about diversity in all respects, Dr. Epstein has organized several conferences on the topic. Areas of specialization include integration of technology and mental health, anxiety and mood disorders, relationship issues, prevention work including outreach presentations, and counseling center administration.
Richard Beyer, PhD is the counseling psychologist and coordinator of psychological services at Pasadena City College. He received his Ph.D. in Leadership and Human Behavior from United States International University in 1977. Since then he has worked with people with emotional disturbances. Dr. Beyer has presented at local, national, and international conferences on topics related to human behavior.
Bonnie Peters, MA, MS is the Chief Student Services Officer (CSSO) for the Online Education Initiative (OEI). Prior to 2014, Bonnie spent (15) years at San Diego City College, where she counseled and taught students both on campus and online. Throughout her career she has provided leadership in a variety of Student Services areas such as Department Chair of Counseling, Interim Director of Transfer and Career Services, and Program Manager of First Year Services at San Diego City College. In 2005 she developed the college’s online counseling program, a first among community colleges both regionally and nationally. Bonnie is a trained career counselor and a trained distance-counseling professional. She holds an M.S. in Counseling, but it was her interest in online education which in 2011, prompted her pursuit of a second M.A in Teaching and Learning with Technology. For the past 12 years, her professional endeavors working with and encouraging colleges to intentionally provide support services as an integral part of the college’s Distance Education Program, primarily via a one stop online student support center/hub. The eventual goal, to ensure that all students and the “whole student” have the support they need as they pursue academic success in the online learning environment.
Leslie Easton, LCSW is director of the Mental Health Counseling Center at San Diego City College, providing leadership and direction for a model community college mental health program and graduate training program. Leslie is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of California and started working at San Diego City College in 2000. She is both a direct provider of mental health counseling and a teaching professor. Leslie has been active in the Community College Mental Health and Wellness Association and has served as the Southern Region representative. Leslie is also a member of the Online Counseling Network and facilitates its mental health modules.
Nadia Sayeh, LMFT is a Mental Health Counselor at San Diego City College. She holds a M.A. from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. Nadia provides campus-wide educational outreach and crisis intervention as well as individual, couples, family, and group counseling to students to help them benefit fully from the college experience and achieve their academic and personal goals. She also provides guidance and oversight to the Mental Health Counseling Center graduate trainees and interns from SDSU, CSU San Marcos, USC, USD and AIU. Additionally, Nadia has experience in community-based mental health and substance abuse treatment. She is a member of the Online Counseling Network and facilitates its mental health modules.
Tim Leslie, LMFT received his Master of Arts from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2011. Since then he has worked with clients at various levels of care and developed his skills working with individuals, families and couples. Currently, Tim works in the Student Health Center at Mt. San Antonio College in addition to providing online therapy through Talkspace and Better Help.
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