BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors of the San Diego Chapter of CAMFT is a committed group of volunteer members who focus on providing high quality events that support the needs of our membership. Your Board Members strive to provide many opportunities to support each other and participate in our local community. Please feel free to reach out to any member of the Board if you have any questions or would like to join this dynamic group of individuals!
President: Carolyn Gerard, LMFT
Carolyn Gerard, LMFT is in private practice specializing in helping couples in crisis navigate through the pain of disconnection and betrayal. Though licensed in 1985, she took a hiatus to raise her large family; by far the best experience as a relationship specialist in how to effectively cope with the challenges of life. Returning to the profession in 2001, she was excited to learn that the field had completely changed. She immersed herself learning evidence based treatment modalities which included Attachment Theory, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Emotion Focused, and Somatic Interventions. Psychotherapists finally have a viable place in the mental health arena and have a roadmap to help clients heal from despair and helplessness toward renewed resiliency. Her vision as president of the San Diego Chapter is to create a safe and welcoming community for therapists wherever they are in their professional journey to learn, grow, and support one another; and to have a secure base from which they feel confident in pursuing their goals while serving others in the San Diego community.
President Elect: Khadijah Bhutto Ramirez, PsyD, LMFT
Khadijah is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist and AAMFT Approved Supervisor candidate. She currently provides feedback informed treatment services with Kaiser Permanente. Khadijah has provided counseling and psychoeducation services to low-income adolescents and adults struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, led a child abuse prevention treatment program, and provided intensive services to youth with severe emotional disturbance issues. Khadijah has a background in CE education, sales management, and education. She has taught both Master and Bachelor level courses at Alliant International University and California State University, Long Beach. Khadijah is an international speaker who has presented at several AAMFT, CAMFT, and IFTA conferences. She is honored to serve as President Elect of the Board of Directors for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, San Diego. Khadijah plans to support the mental health of the community through membership, advocacy, and education.
Secretary: Mary Puntenney, LMFT, LPCC, RPT
Mary Puntenney is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, and prospective Certified Child Centered Play Therapist. She currently works in a private group practice at Family Connections Therapy, where she provides therapy to children and youth ages 0 through 18, and their families. Mary has worked with a variety of ages in a myriad of locations. Her experience includes adult inpatient and outpatient, as well as school, clinic-based, and private practice services for children and adolescents. She plans to further her career by developing an online platform for therapists and mental health practitioners to build community, network, and share interventions helpful for the child and adolescent population. Working with youth is one of Mary’s greatest passions. Eventually, she hopes to become an expert in providing therapy to children ages 0 to 5. Mary is thrilled to be on the CAMFT San Diego Board, and eagerly anticipates connecting resources to local, youth-centered mental health professionals.
Treasurer: Courtney Sanwo, AMFT
Courtney is a proud San Diego native, who is currently working on obtaining her license in Marriage and Family Therapy. She works as a Program Supervisor for the Center Star ACT (Assertive Community Treatment) program assisting individuals with a criminal justice background who are diagnosed with a mental illness in San Diego, California. She provides dual recovery case management treatment, and engages in crisis intervention. Courtney also has experience working with preschool children specializing in play and narrative therapy. She is looking to continue gaining more knowledge in the field as she moves closer to licensure. Her passion is working with individuals who are working through addiction. Prior to entering the mental health field, Courtney worked for over 5 years in accounting and payroll and 10 years in management. Her previous board experience comes from working with the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) as Treasurer and serving on various committees. Courtney enjoys helping provide opportunities for people in the community.
Incoming Treasurer: Kathryn Krug, LMFT
Kathryn is a California, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, born and raised in San Diego, CA. Kathryn received a B.A. in Psychology, with emphasis in Life Span Development, from California Baptist University, and a M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix. Kathryn has more than 5 years experience providing direct client services in San Diego County. Kathryn’s clinical experience includes treatment of individuals and couples in the aftermath of psychiatric hospitalization, managing severe mental illness, substance induced or medically induced psychosis, adjustment to major medical diagnosis, and stress management for working professionals. In previous positions, Kathryn was Director of Clinical and Educational Services, inpatient psychiatric social worker lead, treatment coordinator in an outpatient setting, and resource support specialist. Currently, Kathryn is a medical case manager for Molina Healthcare CA, adjunct professor of psychology for Vincennes University Military Education Program, and CEO of a private counseling practice; Krug and Park Family Counseling P.C. Kathryn utilizes cognitive behavioral and solution focused approaches to assess client behavioral and thought patterns. From the assessment, Kathryn works with clients to develop humanistic treatment plans focused on achieving the highest potential. Kathryn’s clinical interests include working with Veterinary professionals and individuals, families and couples experiencing pet loss.
Communications Chair: Anna Fadem, LMFT
Anna Fadem is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and owns a private practice at Park Counseling in Banker's Hill. Here, Anna specializes in work with children and adolescents, with a focus on childhood trauma, depression, anxiety, and behavioral challenges. She has previously worked in school-based support services and has extensive experience treating at-risk youth and their families. She has trainings and experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and is nationally certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Anna integrates art, play, music, and bibliotherapy into her work with youth. She utilizes a holistic approach with clients by integrating mindfulness and healthy lifestyle modification into her treatment. Anna is honored to serves on the Board of Directors for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, San Diego, and work to promote the mission of mental health in our community.
Membership Chair: Jennifer Rehor, LMFT (Vacant in 2020 - Join Us!)
Jennifer is a Psychotherapist, Sex Researcher, Author, and Educator. In her private practice, she offers individual therapy and couples counseling, helping adults with anxiety, depression, relationships, sexual health, life transitions, and personal growth. With her background in Sexology, Jennifer provides a space where her clients can discuss sexuality in a non-judgmental and frank manner. Jennifer is the founder and owner of Affirming Therapy Center, which is commitment to serving communities of gender, sexual, and relationship diversity, including LGBTQIA, kink, BDSM, polyamory, swinging/LS, other non-monogamy, and sex work/adult industry. Jennifer is most passionate about normalizing sexual behaviors, encouraging people to pursue and explore their own sexualities, and creating stronger and more meaningful relationships.
Education Chair: Erin Taylor, LMFT
Erin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a registered art therapist. In addition, she is a certified drug and alcohol counselor, CADC I, and certified EMDR therapist. She has a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from the Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. In her professional practice, she has had the opportunity to work at various non-profit settings along the West Coast. Recently, she developed a trauma-informed counseling program for a local non-profit in San Diego. She was in charge of developing trauma-informed policies and procedures to meet the needs of the Mira Mesa community. She continues to work at the counseling program as the program manager/clinical supervisor. Her passion is treating substance use, trauma and LGTBQ issues. She uses her creativity and humor as a tool to build a solid connection with her clients. She also supervises a small group of interns in their practicum. In her spare time, she is a member of the San Diego trauma informed task force.
CEU Chair: Sarah Schumacher, LMFT
Hello everyone! I am a LMFT new to beautiful San Diego and thrilled to call this city my home. I currently work in detention services as a crisis therapist. I am passionate about play therapy and working with children and their families. I am currently interested in learning about crisis intervention and support services, as well as collaboration with the legal community. I have experience working with teens and families in a crisis shelter, with military families and couples, in outpatient services, and in detention settings. I thoroughly enjoy my free time, which includes traveling with my family, baseball, running, and Disney theme parks and history.
Sponsorship Chair: Erica Thompson, LMFT
Erica Thompson is a private practice therapist specializing in supporting adults with trauma, attachment wounds, and substance misuse. Her practice is conveniently located in Mission Valley. Erica has worked as a psychotherapist since 2005 and is originally from Massachusetts. She has worked in a variety of treatment settings including community mental health, dual diagnosis treatment programs, and college counseling centers. In many of her professional roles, Erica's responsibilities have included prevention and wellness education as well as mental health stigma reduction. She is part of San Diego's Trauma Response Network. Erica is passionate about supporting survivors of sexual violence and other traumatic events. Her therapeutic approach includes EMDR, CBT, MI, and IFS. Erica is excited to be a part of the SD CAMFT Board and looks forward to the opportunity to both connect and collaborate with other professionals in the area.
Community Outreach Chair: Vacant - Join Us!
The Community Outreach Chair is responsible for establishing and maintaining a community outreach effort for the Chapter. The Community Outreach Chair builds and maintains relationships with local universities, employers, programs, and affiliates to support Membership, Sponsorship, and Education Chairs; increases awareness of and educates other community organizations about SD CAMFT; represents the Chapter at community events; and acts as a liaison with local organizations.
Pre-License Chair: Virginia Wilcsek, LMFT (Vacant in 2020 - Join Us!)
Virginia is currently an IMF working towards her licensure. Virginia is currently a treatment coordinator at Alvarado Parkway Institute IOP in San Diego. Virginia has been a mental health counselor for 3 years servicing severe and persistent mental illness as an inpatient and outpatient lead in the San Diego area. Virginia is passionate about the mental health field and loves her ability to help and support individuals in all stages and hardships of their life. As a board member, Virginia would like to help bridge the gap between providers to help improve the link to resources and services and integrate a cohesive view for our diverse mental health population. Virginia feels privileged to be on this path with the support of CAMFT and is excited to learn and grow interpersonally and with others along her journey.
Member at Large: Nancy Phung
Nancy is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee with a passion for somatic psychotherapy and mind-body healing. She was first exposed to the mental health field while working with a number of local nonprofit organizations. She is inspired by trauma-informed approaches and the impact it is capable of for an individual's well-being. With the desire to supplement traditional talk-therapy, Nancy is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing; Trauma-Informed Yoga; and Experiential Therapy. Nancy currently serves as Member at Large with CAMFT-SD. As a liaison and support person for CAMFT-SD, Nancy aims to not only provide information and updates about the current state of the MFT field to her peers, but rally them around the value of participating and engaging with CAMFT-SD.
Member at Large: Sara Cole, LMFT
Sara is a Marriage and Family Therapist and has been providing mental health services in the San Diego community since before she received her LMFT license in 2009. One of her favorite parts of providing therapy is the ability to use her creativity in finding the best way to help a person. In her private practice, Sara focuses on working with women experiencing high stress, depression, anxiety, or recovering from trauma or major life changes. Sara is also passionate about working with family and friends of people with substance misuse, including teens. And lastly, she provides EMDR and other trauma-based treatments to individuals who have experienced trauma. In the non-profit world, Sara served the elderly in the community who suffered from homelessness, severe persistent mental illness, and often substance misuse. She also had the opportunity to serve as a therapist and then program manager for a county contracted program providing trauma focused therapy to children and families navigating the foster care system. Those experiences have provided Sara with the experience, training, and confidence to happily support people from a variety of backgrounds and situations. Sara is also a yoga instructor and uses that knowledge to teach her clients the value of self-care and mindfulness. Sara is new to the board and excited to be able to connect with and support other mental health providers in San Diego.
Past President: Angie Rosenberg, LMFT, MT-BC
Angie believes in empowering health and preventative medicine. She is passionate about working with women and families. She empowers clients to move beyond pain to a life full of purpose. She uses a strength and wellness based approach, creating ease, health, and wellness for clients. Angie holds a M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy, B.S. in Music Therapy, is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, & is nationally board certified in music & massage therapy. She has been practicing in the health field since 2006 and has worked in treatment centers, hospitals, nonprofits, hospice, preventative care (chiropractic clinics, rehab facilities, spas, and wellness centers), and in developmental services. Angie currently works in Private Practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Encinitas, CA, as an ERMHS Therapist for Specialized Therapeutic Services. Family Innovative Therapies offers a variety of services and benefits to support health providers to get their businesses into shape. Angie collaborates with other natural health providers to offer unique treatment choices and recommendations. Angie sees her clients for who they are at their core and uses her extensive training to heal and empower her clients with the tools they need to thrive. Angie offers traditional family counseling, couples, children, adolescent, group counseling featuring Women’s Empowerment, and music therapy.