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Escondido, CA 92025

Board of Directors
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Shauntis Bussey, LMFT

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.

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.

Josho Malfavon, LMFT

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. 

Brandi Nichols, LMFT

Vice President


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.

 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).

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.

Ashle Childress

Pre-Licensed Representative

Ashle Childress is a pre-licensed member of NCSD-CAMFT. She completed her MA in Clinical Psychology in 2020 from Pepperdine University. She completed her practicum hours at Interfaith Community Services where she worked with the county’s veteran population. She currently works at Pure Recovery California where she serves clients with addiction, sports brain injuries, chronic pain, mood disorders, and dual diagnosis.

Joyce DeVera, AMFT



Joyce DeVera is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from San Diego State University in 1998, a master’s in accounting from the University of Phoenix in 2009, and a Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix in 2015. Joyce has had a lucrative career in accounting with over 20 years of experience. However, her passion to help others motivated her to go back to school and is working towards licensure which she hopes to achieve in 2021. Since graduating, Joyce has diversified her therapeutic experience to include drug rehabilitation, school-based programs (elementary through community college), homeless families, and pre-bereavement and bereavement.


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

970 W Valley Pkwy #101
Escondido, CA 92025

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