Bios

 

Sarah Kremer, MAAT, ATR-BC
I am a Board Certified and Registered art therapist and youth mentoring specialist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. I received a M.A. in Art Therapy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and am a trained SoulCollage® Facilitator. In addition to working with adolescents, I provide supervision for art therapists and teach Career Counseling in Notre Dame de Namur University’s Art Therapy Psychology department.
After serving on the Northern California Art Therapy Association for 11 years and representing art therapists in efforts to bring the LPCC to California, I’m pleased to continue my support of the profession. This is a crucial time as we grow our field in California and welcome new LPCCs. CALPCC is poised to be the professional organization representing counselors and I am committed to helping members find a path to working and supporting interns and new LPCCs as they navigate the process.
Patty Nunez, MA, CRC, CDMS, CCM
Director, Claim Vendor Management Office CNA
Specialty: Rehabilitation Counseling
Having been a part of the original group that worked on getting counselor licensure passed in California, it is so exciting to serve on the CALPCC Board, and continue our work in support of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors here in California!

Susan Zgliczynski, Ph.D., CA LPCC #215, NCC, DCC
Counselor Educator at the University of San Diego since 1980 training graduate studentsin Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling Programs
I have been a counselor educator at the University of San Diego since 1980 and work with students in both Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling Programs. I have taught most all of the core counseling courses including professional orientation and ethics in counseling, lifespan development, assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning and research design. I am also very interested in international applications of counseling and have led graduate students in study trips to over 10 different countries. I was an original board member of the Coalition for Counselor Licensing and remain on the board of CALPCC as Treasurer.

Roman M. Shain, PhD, MFT, LPCC, NCC
Children’s FCCS of SFVCMHC Inc. Program Manager
University of Phoenix, College of Social Sciences, Faculty
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.

Janie Pinterits, PhD
Dr. Janie Pinterits is the director of the MA Program in Clinical Counseling at the San Francisco campus of the California School of Professional Psychology. In addition to her focus on training counseling professionals, Dr. Pinterits’ scholarly work examines systems of privilege and oppression.
“I aim to support and provide leadership in promoting and advocating LPCCs in our state. I hope my efforts will further LPCCs in serving California’s diverse mental health needs effectively.

Jackie M. Allen, Ed.D., MFT, NCC, NCSC
Associate Professor, Chair of the School Psychology Program, University of La Verne Specialties: Assessment in School Psychology, School Neuropsychology and Supervision Since the beginning of the 21st Century, I have been involved in the licensure movement. I believe that counselor licensure will advocate for and bring about the true place for counselors in California, as a mental profession on par with social work and marriage and family therapy.
II am currently serving on the CALPCC Board in an effort to advocate for students, interns, and practitioners by building the recognition and credibility of the LPCC profession in California.”

Janee Both Gragg, Ph.D., 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 Assistant 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 often times under-served populations (i.e. Hispanic families, substance users, adolescents). Janee is a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor currently active in her practice with over 15 years of broad clinical experience. Janee has also applied for licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor in California.

Michele Branch, MA, LMFT, LPCC, PPS
School Counselor, Westminster School District
I am proudly serving on the CALPCC board to help develop the association from the inception as well as shape the direction of our association.

Catrina Johnson-Green, MS, PPS, NCC-Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, my practice includes individual, couples & family therapeutic services using a solution-focused approach. This approach is practical, fast and focuses on HOW TO solve your problem rather than WHY you have the problem. I see therapy as a process for CHANGE rather than merely an exercise in insight. My methods are RESULTS oriented. I utilize a practical, no-nonsense approach rooted in my years of experience working with at-risk youth & families in crisis, coupled with compassion and understanding which comes from life experience as a wife and mother
I am extremely excited and encouraged about serving as a Member of the Board for CALPCC. I look forward to being a part of this movement wherein LPCCs across the state are represented and seen as Professional Licensed Mental Health Specialist.

Elene Lee
I work with agencies as consultant. I most currently work as a Military Family Life Consultant, assigned to several military bases across the country. I have been in various private practice situations, and in educational institutions.
This board is most vital to serving those who wish to become and to grow in the LPCC profession. I have experience in two other states and wanted to bring this experise to the CALPCC board.

David Joel Miller, LPCC, LMFT
I currently work for Fresno County in a co-occurring program as well as teaching at the local college in the substance abuse counseling program. I see clients in private practice and write a blog (http://counselorssoapbox.com/) on current issues in counseling.
I am excited about the opportunity to serve on the CALPCC board at this critical time as the LPCC profession joins in helping our clients find solutions to their challenges.

Jessica Sautter, MS, NCC
Currently, I provide in-home ABA therapy to children with a diagnosis of Autism.
I am serving as the Intern/Student member in hopes educate the state of California on the LPCC license. I also hope to help and support other intern/student members by facilitating networking among the group.

Dean Porter, MS, NCC, NCCC
Executive Director, CALPCC
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.