CALPCC Board of Directors

2014-2015 Board:  Crystal Glenn, David Miller, Michael Kessler, Roman Shain, Shyrea Minton, Richelle Corbo
Margaret O'Hara, Sarah Kremer, Dean Porter, Sue Zgliczynski, Janie Pinterits, Kristin Ann Phillips-Matson  
Not pictured:  Janee Both Gragg, Michele Branch, Earnest Wiles

2015 - 2016 Board

Executive Committee

President:  Janee Both Gragg
Past President: Sue Zgliczynski
President-Elect:  Margaret O’Hara
Treasurer: Roman Shain
Secretary:  Shyrea Minton


Crystal Glenn
Michael Kessler
Cara Maffini
David Miller
Heidi Paul
Kristin Ann Phillips-Matson
Dione Taylor
Kristen Curry (Student/Intern Representative)

Executive Director

Dean Porter

Board Members’ Bios

Janee Both Gragg, Ph.D., LPCC, LMFT

Janee Both Gragg earned her B.S in Psychology and both her Masters and Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University. She is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Education and Chair of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at the University of Redlands. Much of her research has focused on therapeutic engagement processes with diverse and underserved populations (i.e. Hispanic families, substance users, adolescents) and access and utilization of mental health services in the school setting. Janee is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor currently active in her practice with over 17 years of broad clinical experience.

Michele Branch, MA, LMFT, LPCC, PPS

School Counselor, Westminster School District
Michele Branch earned her Bachelors Degree in Social Ecology, specializing in Psychology and Criminology from UC Irvine and a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and became the 5th person in California to obtain her LPCC license. She is also a Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor. She has worked with adults and children of all ages and is a specialist in youth and substance abuse counseling. She has been a school counselor since in Orange County schools since 1999. She is proudly serving on the CALPCC board to help develop the association from the inception as well as shape the direction of the association.

 Richelle Corbo, M.A., PCCI in process

Richelle has been described as a “powerhouse for social justice advocacy.” She fought for the rights and interests of the students at her University while building recognition for the counseling program. As a trainee, she treated children and families at Edgewood Center and also young adults with disabilities at Ala Costa in Berkeley. “I am joining the Board full of passion and inspiration. I plan to support the students and interns by assuring that their voices are heard. I will advocate for our rights and provide the tools needed to build upon the distinction and recognition of LPCCs throughout California.”

Crystal Glenn, MA, LPCC, LPC, LSSP, NCSP, RYT

Crystal Glenn is an LPCC and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) in the San Francisco Bay Area providing down-to-earth individual therapy for adults and adolescents, with a special emphasis in supporting those in the creative community and healing through yoga. She is the current regional coordinator of the SF Bay Area for CALPCC and is looking forward to strengthening, and broadening recognition of, the LPCC license in California.


Michael Kessler, LPCC, CRC, RMT

Thank you for electing me to to the CALPCC Board. I have been working within county behavioral health agencies for over 20 years, as well I have been a lecturer at San Francisco State University Counseling Department. Throughout my career, initially as a Registered Music Therapist (RMT), I have had to advocate for alternative therapies within a historically medical model of behavioral health. I have been able to develop the advocacy skills needed to promote existing and new treatment modalities, as well as professions like the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in California.

 Sarah Kremer, MAAT, LPCC, ATR-BC

I am a Board Certified and Registered art therapist and youth mentoring specialist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. I received a M.A. in Art Therapy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and am a trained SoulCollage® Facilitator. In addition to working with adolescents, I provide supervision for art therapists and teach Career Counseling in Notre Dame de Namur University’s Art Therapy Psychology department.
After serving on the Northern California Art Therapy Association for 11 years and representing art therapists in efforts to bring the LPCC to California, I'm pleased to continue my support of the profession. This is a crucial time as we grow our field in California and welcome new LPCCs. CALPCC is poised to be the professional organization representing counselors and I am committed to helping members find a path to working and supporting interns and new LPCCs as they navigate the process. 

  David Joel Miller, LPCC, LMFT

I currently work for Fresno County in a co-occurring program as well as teaching at the local college in the substance abuse counseling program. I see clients in private practice and write a blog ( on current issues in counseling.

I am excited about the opportunity to serve on the CALPCC board at this critical time as the LPCC profession joins in helping our clients find solutions to their challenges.

 Shyrea J. Minton, Ed.D., LPCC, PPS

Currently, I am an Assistant Professor at California State University, Northridge, where I co-coordinate the MS in Counseling – School Counseling emphasis program. I have taught diversity in counseling, consultation, lifespan development, and practicum courses. My research is currently focused on professional identity and professional associations and I am equally passionate about improving outcomes for African-American youth in P-12 education through counseling. As a board director, I want to increase membership to strengthen the organization. Engaging graduate students in CALPCC is a way to do this and bolster the professional identity of future LPCCs, while solidifying their connection to the field.

 Margaret A. O’Hara, LPCC, LMHC (NY), CASAC, ICADC, HS-BCP

Margaret O’Hara is Clinical Director at Balboa Horizons in Newport Beach. She has 25+ years experience, with licensure in CA(LPCC) and NY(LMHC), where she had a private practice, worked as clinical supervisor and taught at a community college. She’s a certified school counselor in CA & NY, with 13 years experience. Named 'Counselor of the Year' by the East End Counselors Association, she served 7 years on their Executive Board. On the state level, she was Division President of ASGW for NY Counseling Association. Margaret holds state (NY) and international substance abuse counselor certification and is a Human Services Board Certified Practitioner.

                          Kristin Ann Phillips-Matson, M.A., LPCC, PPS

Kristin is a licensed professional clinical counselor working as a behavior therapist for San Jose Unified School District and as a counselor in a private practice. Kristin has a background in the education sector and seeks to promote our license to K-12 schools, as well as colleges, as their responsibility for providing mental health services expands. Drawing upon her experience from previous board service and social change campaigns, Kristin works closely with the CALPCC board and members to grow our membership and to expand the recognition and acceptance of the LPCC license throughout the state.

 Janie Pinterits, PhD

Dr. Janie Pinterits is the system-wide director of the MA Program in Clinical Counseling at the California School of Professional Psychology and the program director at its San Francisco campus. In addition to her focus on training counseling professionals, Dr. Pinterits' scholarly work examines systems of privilege and oppression. "I aim to support and provide leadership in promoting and advocating LPCCs in our state. I hope my efforts will further LPCCs in serving California's diverse mental health needs effectively.

 Roman M. Shain, PhD, MFT, LPCC, NCC

Roman Shain is a Licensed MFT(MFC#39885), Licensed PCC (LPC#29), National Counselor Certified, and a CAMFT Certified Supervisor. He is currently managing Children's Field Capable Clinical Services of SFVCMHC Inc. Roman has been teaching courses in psychology, human services, and counseling at University of Phoenix since 2007, and is a Lead Faculty/Faculty Advisor since 2013. As an adjunct professor at CSUN, he teaches counseling and family therapy courses. Roman has developed and conducted numerous seminars on crisis management, critical clinical thinking, and creative interventions. “I am serving on the CALPCC board to advocate for (1) our counseling profession to acquire new professional opportunities and (2) our organization (CALPCC) to further develop and become a vital source of everyday support to its members.”

Earnest J. Wiles, Ph.D., LPCC, NCC

I am a Clinical Behavior Analyst working in Community Based Mental Health Treatment Programs serving children, adolescents, and their families. For the past 13 years, I have worked in a variety of Outpatient programs in numerous counties throughout California for EMQ Families First, Inc. Prior, I worked with the Department of Labor/Job Corps as the Counseling and Residential Supervisor for 7 years, assisted in developing their National Social Skills Training Program, and obtaining their WASC accreditation, and I have a passion for working with and serving foster youth.
I have been a part of ‘start-up’ teams for several county and federal programs, and I am excited and honored to be a part of CALPCC. I am thrilled to be involved at the grassroots of something that has the potential to enhance the lives of so many people in a positive way! I hope my knowledge of county mental health programs will assist in creating opportunities for internships for PCCI’s and job opportunities for LPCC’s throughout California.

 Susan Zgliczynski, Ph.D., LPCC, NCC, DCC

I have been a counselor educator at the University of San Diego since 1980 and work with students in both Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling Programs. I have taught most all of the core counseling courses including professional orientation and ethics in counseling, lifespan development, assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning and research design. I am also very interested in international applications of counseling and have led graduate students in study trips to over 10 different countries. I was an original member of the Coalition for Counselor Licensing and had been Treasurer of CCCL and CALPCC and am the 2014-2015 President. I hope to meet many of you at the Fall 2014 Conference in San Francisco and the Spring 2015 Conference in San Diego.


Executive Director

Dean Porter, MS
Having led the effort to achieve licensure for counselors in California, my goal now is to establish our profession in California and get our association, which supports the license and its licensees, up and running efficiently.

Glossary of Credentials

ATR – BC = Art Therapist Registered – Board Certified by the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB)
CADC = Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor
CASAC = Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (NY)
CCM = Certified Case Manager by the Commission for Case Manager Certification
CDMS = Certification of Disability Management Specialist by the Certification of Disability Management Specialist Commission
CRC = Certified Rehabilitation Counselor by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC)
DCC = Distanced Certified Counselor by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
ICADC = Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor
HS-BCP - Human Services Board Certified Practitioner Credential
LMFT = Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS)
LPC = Licensed Professional Counselor by a state licensing board
LPCC = Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS)
MAC = Master Addictions Counselor by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
MFTI = Marriage and Family Therapist Intern registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS)
NCC = National Certified Counselor by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
NCCC = National Certified Career Counselor by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
NCSC = National Certified School Counselor by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
PPS = Pupil Personnel Services credential by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)
RMT = Registered Music Therapist
RYT = Registered Yoga Teacher

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