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Board of Directors

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 MS in Counseling from Cal State East Bay (Hayward) and has worked in the EAP field since 1997. As Clinical Director of RBH EAP, 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.

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.

Ryan Buchmann, LMFT

Ryan graduated from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International Unversity in 2007 and has been a licensed MFT since 2011. He also has a degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the University of San Diego which he received in 2005. Ryan's passion is working with "spiritual issues," more specifically, the existential questions that leave one wondering "Why am I here?" or "What is my purpose in life?" His goal is to reduce suffering and bring peace into the lives of his clients by helping them realize that they are more than their thoughts (the products of the thinking mind) and they can actualize their full potential as persons, becoming the best version of themselves. Ryan describes himself as "a therapist, not an administrator," but after entering into private practice realizes that administration is also part of having a therapy business. For this reason, he has joined the board of directors to serve a role as administrator for SDNC-CAMFT.

Community Outreach

This position is open for applications! If you are interested in serving on the Board, please email Kathlyne Barnum at president@sdnc-camft.org.

Peter Martin, LMFT
Professional Development

Pete was USN Gulf War veteran and former business owner who has worked with homeless veterans at Interfaith Community Services for the last eleven years and does private practice one day a week. He has benefited greatly from North County CAMFT and wishes to give back to his fellow LMFT's and MFT interns.

Katie Militello, LMFT
Professional Development

Information about this board member will be posted soon!

Brandi Garcia, AMFT
Pre-Licensed Representative

Brandi is currently an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at The Elizabeth Hospice, where her primary focus is to support those who have experienced the death of a loved one or those who have been given a serious diagnosis. Her goal is to help her clients find your their way through this journey, and to regain hope and strength to engage in a meaningful life. Her training includes working with seniors in an intensive outpatient program, specifically women who have experienced trauma. Counseling is her second career, having practiced as a registered nurse for about six years with three of those years as a hospice care case manager. Helping people is her passion, and she has found a love for integrating the mind, body, and spirit in treatment. Outside of work, she loves spending time with family and friends as well in nature. "I look forward to meeting you, and hope you feel at home here in the CAMFT community. I would love to be a resource to you!"


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

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