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Meet the Board


Brandi Nichols, LMFT

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.

Sunny Yang, LMFT
Treasurer


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
Secretary

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. 

 Jaclyn Chung, LMFT  
 Director At Large - Professional Development

Jaclyn is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in group private practice specializing in trauma utilizing Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She completed her MA at Bethel University in 2019. Jaclyn is passionate about working with adolescents and young adults dealing with anxiety, depression, life transitions, and trauma using experiential methods and EMDR with a focus on empowering self-compassion. She also works with couples using Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).

Jessica Holzer,

Director At Large - 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

Director At Large - Prelicensed


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, LMFT

Director At Large - Outreach


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.



PAST CHAPTER PRESIDENTS 

Shauntis Bussey, LMFT

Immediate Past President - 2021, 2022

Shauntis graduated from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University with her second master’s degree in 2016. Shauntis is a solution-focused licensed marriage and family therapist who has dedicated 14 years to empowering and developing people, programs, and organizations to fulfill their vision for success and build a lasting legacy. She currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Therapeutic Rebel,.


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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