Meet The Board

Acting President, continuing as Education/CEU: Donna Chapman, PhD. LMFT

I am a private practice psychotherapist.  My areas of specialty are Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy on a foundation of Depth Psychology. I have provided services to a variety of populations including: LGBT, Trans-Gender men and women, and couples with a partner who is Trans-Gender, kink and polyamorous individuals and couples, and transgender adolescents and children. I have also worked with active duty military as well as veterans who are transgender. I am a San Diego native who grew up in a military family. In 2007 I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy specializing in Eastern Thought, with a minor in Religious Studies from California State University at Northridge.  My background in religious studies allows me to authentically align with clients from a variety of religious perspectives. I utilize mindfulness in all areas of my practice as well as in my personal life. 

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Treasurer/Secretary/Communications: Tamalina Cummings, LMFT

Tamalina is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a 20 year history as a Naval combat veteran. She graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors from University of Maryland University college with a B.S. in Psychology, and later went on to earn her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy from National University. Currently Tamalina is the founder and primary counselor at Rebooting Life and is also certified as a clinical trauma professional

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Membership Director/Pre-License

James Sharkey, AMFT  

James is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist from Chicago Suburbs. He currently works in private practice atGrow Through Life Counseling in Mission Valley serving children, teens, adults, couples and families. He earned his Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology with Specialization in MFT at National University. He has previous work experience at several prestigious organizations within San Diego such as Sharp Mesa Vista and Community Research Foundation. James is committed to a social justice and multicultural therapy approach. He stands in solidarity with the communities of Black, Indigenous and People of Color against the injustice and racism. James is also  passionate about community involvement and has previously voulnteered at San Diego Pride and The LGBT Center of San Diego. James is here to support you in your path towards licensure, feel free to email him.   


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) Director 

Strive to advocate, educate, collaborate, and strategize for positive racial and social justice change within our membership and our community. We endeavor to be inclusive and value individuals from all ethnicities, ages, races, sexual orientations, genders, languages, abilities, religions, citizenship statuses, and socioeconomic backgrounds into our chapter and into treatment.

  • Promote ongoing education about privilege, systemic racism, stigma (of all kinds), cultural needs/differences, cultural trauma
  • Supporting our community of therapists in taking individual responsibility and promoting opportunities for ongoing self-reflection
  • Focus on impact (not intent)
  • Holding colleagues accountable for “do no harm”
  • Gather/ create a list of resources in five areas of diversity: Racial, LBGTQIA+, Disability, Religious, and Generational.
  • Attend all board meetings, can miss up to two meetings per year
  • Maintain continuity by uploading all documents to Board Drive


The President shall, subject to the control of the board of directors, generally supervise, direct and control the business of the chapter. They shall preside over all meetings of the chapter and at all meetings of the board of directors. They shall submit in writing an annual report of the activities of the Chapter to the board of this organization.

Specific duties:

  • Preside at all meetings of the board and membership.
  • Meet with committee chairs to discuss programs and activities and oversee and evaluate the activities of committees.
  • Act in a firm, competent, tactful and just manner, permitting full discussion on all debatable motions, yet neutral on controversial matters. The President must respect the opinion of each individual; yet see that each decision is carried out in a harmonious atmosphere.
  • Acts as the primary spokesperson for the chapter.
  • Prepare, in conjunction with the Secretary, an agenda prior to all meetings, adhere to the agenda as it may be amended and open and close meetings in a timely manner.
  • Make sure that written minutes of all meetings are published expeditiously.
  • Oversee the activities of committees, making sure appropriate reports and minutes are prepared and voted on by the board as necessary.
  • Make arrangements, or oversee the making of arrangements, for all meetings and/or functions of the chapter.
  • Arrive at all meetings in a timely manner to see that sites are prepared for the meetings.
  • Be available to the entire membership, especially new members and guests. 
  • Display enthusiasm and support for all chapter activities.
  • Arrange for, or oversee the arrangements for, speakers for meetings and events. In addition, acknowledge speaker appearances with letters of thanks on behalf of the chapter.
  • Maintain close contact with the Executive Committee, Board of Directors and Committee Chairs.
  • Oversee the activities of the Secretary and Treasurer making sure that responsibilities are adhered to.
  • Serve as an ex-officio member of all committees.

Pre-License Director

  • Establish and be responsible for the supervision and coordination of a 3000 Club Committee to carry out duties and tasks assigned by the Board of Directors.
  • Represent the views and concerns of interns and trainees.
  • Contact and arrange for presenters to speak at chapter pre-license meetings.
  • Collect curriculum vitaes and topic outlines from presenters.
  • Meets with other interns and trainee members of the chapter at monthly pre-licensed meetings and reports back to the Board any concerns interns and trainees would like the Board to address.
  • Report to the President.
  • May have such other duties and powers as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or these bylaws.
  • Maintain all documents and files on Google Board Drive
  • Build community engagements among pre-licensed community members
  • Attend all board meetings. Can miss up to two meeting per year.
  • Promote ongoing education about privilege, systemic racism, stigma (of all kinds), cultural needs/differences, cultural trauma


The Secretary shall keep a record of all board meetings, the business portion of all general meetings and all policies adopted at said meetings. S/he shall make records available to the general membership. In the event of his/her absence, his/her duties may be performed by any voting member appointed by the President.

Specific Duties:

  • Keep accurate minutes of all business meetings of the association and the board. Record what is done, not what was said.
  • Maintain an accurate membership list.
  • Handle correspondence, and send out notices when there is no one else assigned to this duty--such as a Corresponding Secretary.
  • Work in close harmony with the President.
  • Prepare the agenda for meetings in consultation with the President.
  • Keep the records of the association, including committee reports.
  • Take to each meeting: the minutes book, bylaws, policies, a list of members and a list of committees and members, agenda, records, ballots, and any supplies that may be needed.
  • Call the meeting to order if the President and the Vice President(s) are absent, and preside until a temporary chair is elected.
  • Send the President a copy of the minutes as soon as possible after each meeting.
  • Make minutes available for examination by the members upon request.
  • Notify officers, committee members, and delegates of their election or appointment.
  • Transfer all material pertaining to the office to the newly elected Secretary and indoctrinate the newly elected Secretary as to the role of the position.
  • Supply CAMFT with the names, addresses and phone numbers of the Chapter's Officers, Board of Directors and Committee Chairs and shall update CAMFT with same as there are changes.

Communications/Social Media Liaison 

  • Content Creation: Developing engaging and relevant content for social media channels, including posts, images, videos, and stories.
  • Community Engagement: Interacting with followers, responding to comments and messages, and fostering positive relationships with the online community.
  • Monitoring and Analysis: Monitoring social media channels for trends, mentions, and feedback, and analyzing data to measure the effectiveness of social media campaigns.
  • Strategy Development: Collaborating with marketing and communication teams to develop social media strategies aligned with organizational goals and target audience preferences.
  • Brand Representation: Ensuring consistent brand messaging and voice across all social media channels, while also representing the organization professionally and authentically.
  • Partnership and Collaboration: Identifying opportunities for partnerships and collaborations with influencers, brands, and organizations to expand reach and engagement.
  • Crisis Management: Handling negative feedback or crises effectively and professionally, and addressing issues in a timely manner to maintain the organization's reputation.
  • Stay Updated: Keeping abreast of social media trends, algorithm changes, and best practices to continuously improve social media presence and performance.

Sponsorship Director 

    Responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with individuals, organizations, and industry stakeholders to support the goals and objectives of their organization. Their responsibilities typically include:

    • Strategic Planning: Developing a strategic plan for networking initiatives aligned with the organization's objectives and target audience.
    • Relationship Building: Establishing and nurturing relationships with key stakeholders, including clients, partners, vendors, industry leaders, and potential collaborators.
    • Membership Engagement: Engaging with members of professional associations, industry groups, and other networking communities to expand the organization's network and visibility.
    • Partnership Development: Identifying and cultivating strategic partnerships and alliances with organizations that share similar goals or can provide mutual benefits.
    • Table at community mental health events(swag provided): San Diego Pride, NAMI Walk, Center for Community Solutions
    • Past networking opportunities: SD Pride, NAMI walk, Annual Tea & Tonic Event at Hotel Del Coronado.
    • Attend all board meetings. Can miss up to 2 meetings per year. 

    Director at Large

    (3 Open Positions)

    • Attend all general meetings, board meetings, assigned committee meetings and special meetings of SFV-CAMFT. Notify president if unable to attend.

    • Perform all duties as delegated by the president or the board of directors.
    • Assist the chapter through involvement with special interest groups, committees, and special projects.
    • Maintain and transition complete records on projects or events you worked on over the year to the incoming board of directors by placing copies of chapter documents in the appropriate shared Google Drive folder, in order to maintain historical information. 
    • Please select the specific project that will be the focus during your term of service on the board of directors.
    1. CEU Coordinator
    2. Hospitality in person/Co Host of online events
    3. Oversee Special Interest Groups and Committees
    4. Web Administrator
    5. Other (Specify)

    If you are interested in joining the Board, please click here. 

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