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Escondido, CA 92025

Board of Directors
Our board of directors are here to serve members

Kathlyne Barnum, LMFT

Kathlyne completed her MA in Counseling Psychology in 2002 from National University. She completed her practicum and intern hours at MiraCosta College, Hospice of the North Coast and through private practice. She became licensed and began working at the Elizabeth Hospice in 2011 where she currently serves as the Clinical Supervisor of the counseling intern program, and specializes in grief and loss.

Shauntis Bussey, LMFT
Vice President

Shauntis graduated from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University with her second master’s degree in 2016. Shauntis has dedicated 12 years of her career to behavioral health programs and 501(c)(3) organizations in San Diego County. Her areas of specialization include counseling children, teens, families and adults living with complex trauma, generational cycles of abuse, serious mental health disorders, addiction issues, and major life
                                   stressors. Shauntis currently works with Interfaith Community Services leading programs that serve military Veterans who are surviving homelessness.

 Marci Stafford, LMFT

Marci earned her clinical license in California in 1997, four months before relocating to Oregon for the next 20 years, where she began her career in the EAP field. She has worked as an EAP counselor, management consultant, and trainer, and held leadership roles for three Employee Assistance organizations. As a Certified Employee Assistance Professional, Marci helps organizations manage performance, respond to crisis, and mitigate risk when behavioral health issues impact the workplace. Her motto: not all employers are like family, but almost all can benefit from a good family therapist. Her passion: coaching new leaders in the art of people management, and being a confidential, supportive resource for HR professionals. Connect with her on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/marcistafford

Sunny Yang, LMFT

Sunny graduated from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco in 2011. His traineeship and internship experiences included working with residents of Section-8 housing projects and high school students who are new immigrants, as well as counseling at transitional houses for adults and adolescents. Currently he does private practice part time. Sunny was originally from China.

 Jaclyn Chung, AMFT  
 Professional Development 

Jaclyn is currently an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at Coherence Associates, a group private practice specializing in trauma with first responders utilizing EYE Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). Jaclyn also works with the GUIDE Program, a Carlsbad school-based counseling program. Jaclyn is passionate about working with children, teens, and young adults dealing with anxiety, depression, life transitions, and trauma utilizing experiential methods and EMDR with a focus on empowering self-compassion. She also works with couples using Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).

Josho Malfavon, LMFT
Community Outreach

Josho is a licensed, registered LMFT. He is a Marine Veteran currently serving those who serve at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. He also currently provides therapy for individual, couples, family, and children experiencing grief through the Elizabeth Hospice. 

Katie Militello, LMFT, LPCC
Membership Chair

Katie is a LMFT and LPCC in solo private practice at KatieMCounseling.com. Her specialties include trauma and grief & loss including perinatal and child loss. Katie is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and has extensive training in Family Systems Therapy. Katie completed her internships at The Elizabeth Hospice, UCSD Maternal Health Clinic, and GUIDE, a Carlsbad school based counseling program. Katie’s practice includes a range of ages from
teenagers/young adults to seniors. Katie facilitates a group in Del Mar titled “Adapting to Life Transitions” helping seniors adapt to changing capabilities as they age.

Brandi Nichols, LMFT
Pre-Licensed Representative

Brandi is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at The Center for Enriching Relationships, where her primary focus is to support those struggling with relationships and those who have experienced trauma. Her goal is to help clients find their way through this journey, and to regain hope and strength to engage in a meaningful life. Her training includes working with people who have experienced trauma, personality disorders, mood disorders, grief and loss, along with people who have been given a serious medical diagnosis; across all ages. Helping people is her passion, and she has found a love for integrating the mind, body, and spirit in treatment.

Jessica Holzer, Professional Development
Jessica graduated from Alliant International University in 2012 with a masters in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Jessica has held several roles in behavioral health programs in San Diego, including Wraparound programs and School Based Services. Jessica is currently a Registered Play Therapist in solo private practice at Connected Care Family Counseling. She also currently teaches as an Adjunct Professor at several universities in the San Diego area. Her areas of specialties include working with children and their families through attachment based models, play therapy, childhood trauma, and perinatal mental health. Jessica also volunteers with Camp Ronald McDonald and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation to support children and families through diagnosis, treatment, and loss due to a childhood cancer diagnosis.


Robin Andersen - 2017, 2018
Jim Reiser - 2015, 2016
Beverly Minor - 2014
Katherine Clark - 2011, 2012, 2013
Lynn Erwin - 2009, 2010
Sheryl Purcell - 2007, 2008
Kristin Moorehead (Co-President) - 2005, 2006
Carolyn Gerard (Co-President) - 2005, 2006
Linda Savage - 2003, 2004
Nichelle Nelson - 2002
Gale Denning-Mailloux - 2000, 2001
Bethany Murray - 1999
Gloria Hamson - 1997, 1998
Jeff Proctor - 1996
Merriel Mandell - 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995

970 W Valley Pkwy #101
Escondido, CA 92025

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