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Meet the Board

Jaclyn Chung, LMFT (she)

Interim President 

Jaclyn in a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who graduated from Bethel University in 2019 with her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. In her private practice, she specializes in treating individuals who have experienced trauma, using attachment-focused EMDR therapy. Jaclyn also supports couples using Imago Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Her therapeutic experience includes working with First Responders and with children in school-based programs. She is passionate about helping teenagers, individuals with attachment trauma, couples and families. She is currently pursuing AAMFT Approved Supervisor candidacy.

Brandi Nichols, MA, BSN, LMFT #122625 (she)

Past President

Brandi has been working in the healthcare industry for the last twenty years. Holding various positions and learning along the way - she realized that the separation of mental health from the medical model was hurting not just the patients, but the healthcare workers as well. It was then a unique path developed to bring healing first to herself and then to other healthcare workers. Brandi has experience in supporting trauma survivors in an intensive outpatient treatment program. She spent two years post-grad immersed in learning about death and dying. She is also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), a trauma modality that provides an alternative to talk therapy for processing stressful experiences holistically. Over the past five years, Brandi has successfully coached healthcare workers through grief, burnout and compassion-fatigue by creating space for healing through a compassionate release of the stress and trauma stored in the body. Brandi has created and led various support groups and trainings related to grief, chronic pain, imposter syndrome and burnout. Taking these experiences and all knowledge gained, she has formed a Non-Profit "Hope for Healers", which advocates for meaningful mental health support.

Ashle Childress, AMFT (she)


Ashle Childress has worked in a variety of therapeutic settings, including non-profit, in-patient care and private practice. She has previously served two terms on the SDNC Board of Directors, as the Team 3000 representative. Now serving in her third year, Ashle is serving as the Secretary. Ashle graduated with her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University and is currently working towards her Doctorate in Psychology. Ashle is trained in EMDR and is working towards her EMDRIA (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Associate) certification. Ashle operates from a culturally sensitive and trauma-informed lens, rooted in compassion, trust and understanding. She has a passion for advocacy and has gained a better sense of community since joining the Board. She encourages other to get involved and engaged in civil duty. 

Sunny Yang, LMFT


Sunny graduated from California Institute of Integral Studies, in San Francisco in 2011. His training and internship experiences included working with residents of Section-8 Housing projects and high school students who are new immigrants. He has also provided counseling at transitional houses for adults and adolescents. Currently he works part-time at a private practice. Sunny originally grew up in China. 

Reannon Ketabian, LMFT (she)

Director at Large - Professional Development

Reannon has been working in private practice since 2014. She is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and a certified mental health integrative medicine practitioner. Reannon uses her training to assist victims of crime; those suffering from a recent traumatic experience; people challenged with chronic illness; and young people transitioning to adulthood. Outside of direct clinical work, Reannon enjoys working with other therapists looking to challenge themselves in their EMDR work. She provides consultation towards EMDRIA Certification and Approved Consultant status. Visit www.reannonketabian.com for more information.

Joyce DeVera, LMFT (she)

Outreach and Sponsorship

Joyce graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2015 with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Joyce is currently working in private practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She specializes in trauma, pre-bereavement & bereavement, and anxiety using CBT and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She is passionate about helping individuals heal from relationship issues, grief and loss, and life transitions. 

Andrew Capobianco (he)

Team 3000, Pre-Licensed Representative

Andrew is pursuing a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at National University in San Diego, with an expected graduation date of December 2024. Prior to setting out on this new career path, Andrew earned a Master of Arts in Economics and Environmental Studies from St. Lawrence University in 2010, and a Juris Doctorate from New England Law in Boston in 2015. One of Andrew's passions in life, outside of improving the lives of those around him, is that of being a connector - someone who enjoys bringing colleagues, acquaintances, and friends together to expand their personal networks. As a Pre-Licensed member of CAMFT, Andrew is excited to bring his passion and skillset to other pre-licensed members to help expand and facilitate the creation of new professional networks. Outside of work and school, Andrew enjoys surfing, open-ocean paddling, mountain biking, skiing, yoga, quality time with loved ones, and going on adventures with his dog, Benji.

Leila Atiyeh 


Leila is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of San Diego. Leila works in private practice with a focus on relationships (romantic, family, friendships, work), multicultural counseling, life transitions, and confidence. Prior to becoming a therapist, Leila worked in the corporate world for 13 years. Having a long-standing interest in human behavior and helping others, Leila decided to follow her passion of becoming a therapist. Leila was born and raised overseas and has been living in the US for 20 years.


Shauntis Bussey, LMFT

Standing President - 2021, 2022

Shauntis graduated from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University with her second Master's degree in 2016. She is a solution-focused licensed marriage and family therapist. She has dedicated over 16 years to empowering and developing programs, organizations and people to fulfill their vision for success and to help them build a lasting legacy. She currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Therapeutic Rebel.

Brandi Nichols - 2022, 2023

Shauntis Bussey - 2021, 2022

Kathlyne Barnum - 2019, 2020

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

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