CALPCC Leadership

2013 - 2014 Board of Directors

2013 - 2014 CALPCC Board of Directors

Executive Committee

President: Sarah Kremer  


Treasurer: Sue Zgliczynski

Treasurer-Elect: Roman Shain

Secretary: Janie Pinterits


Jackie Allen

Janee Both-Gragg

Michele Branch

Catrina Johnson-Green

Elene Lee

David Miller

Robin Valicenti

Earnest Wiles

Jessica Sautter (intern)

Executive Director

Dean Porter

(Photos in no particular order - See bios below gallery)

Board Members' Bios

Jackie M. Allen, Ed.D., MFT, NCC, NCSC

Associate Professor, Chair of the School Psychology Program, University of La Verne Specialties:  Assessment in School Psychology, School Neuropsychology and Supervision


"Since the beginning of the 21st Century, I have been involved in the licensure movement.  I believe that counselor licensure will advocate for and bring about the true place for counselors in California, as a mental profession on par with social work and marriage and family therapy. I am currently serving on the CALPCC Board in an effort to advocate for students, interns, and practitioners by building the recognition and credibility of the LPCC profession in California."   

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

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 Assistant 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 often times under-served populations (i.e. Hispanic families, substance users, adolescents).  Janee is a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor currently active in her practice with over 15 years of broad clinical experience.  Janee has also applied for licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor in California.

Michele Branch, MA, LMFT, LPCC, PPS

School Counselor, Westminster School District

"I am proudly serving on the CALPCC board to help develop the association from the inception as well as shape the direction of our association."

Catrina Johnson-Green, MS, PPS, NCC-Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

"As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, my practice includes individual, couples & family therapeutic services using a solution-focused approach. This approach is practical, fast and focuses on HOW TO solve your problem rather than WHY you have the problem. I see therapy as a process for CHANGE rather than merely an exercise in insight. My methods are RESULTS oriented. I utilize a practical, no-nonsense approach rooted in my years of experience working with at-risk youth & families in crisis, coupled with compassion and understanding which comes from life experience as a wife and mother."

"I am extremely excited and encouraged about serving as a Member of the Board for CALPCC.  I look forward to being a part of this movement wherein LPCCs across the state are represented and seen as Professional Licensed Mental Health Specialist." 

Sarah Kremer, MAAT, 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."

Elene Lee, M.A., M.S., LPC (VA, MO), NCC

"I work with agencies as consultant.  I  most currently work as a Military Family Life Consultant, assigned to several military bases across the country.  I have been in various private practice situations, and in educational institutions. This board is most vital to serving those who wish to become and to grow in the LPCC profession.  I have experience in two other states and wanted to bring this expertise to the CALPCC board."

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."

Janie Pinterits, PhD

Dr. Janie Pinterits is the director of the MA Program in Clinical Counseling at the San Francisco campus of the California School of Professional Psychology.  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."

Jessica Sautter, MS, NCC

"Currently, I provide in-home ABA therapy to children with a diagnosis of Autism. I am serving as the Intern/Student member in hopes educate the state of California on the LPCC license. I also hope to help and support other intern/student members by facilitating networking among the group."

Roman M. Shain, PhD, MFT, LPCC, NCC

Children's FCCS of SFVCMHC Inc. Program Manager

University of Phoenix, College of Social Sciences, Faculty

"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. "

Robin Valicenti, MCAT, ATR-BC, LPC (PA)

Robin is a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania, a board certified art therapist, educator, legislative and community advocate, trained lobbyist and practicing artist.  Robin specializes in the treatment of children who suffer from severe physical, spiritual and emotional neglect, abuse and violent victimization.  In addition to her role as clinician, healer and artist, Robin is a committed violence prevention activist.

"I am serving on the CALPCC board to help maintain the momentum, strength and value of our new LPCC license in California.  It is my pleasure to participate in CALPCC legislative efforts to ensure that our license and membership are given the attention and prominence we deserve so we can move forward and be fully recognized for many years to come."

Earnest J. Wiles, Ph.D., LPCC #302, 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., CA LPCC #215, NCC, DCC

Counselor Educator at the University of San Diego since 1980 training graduate students in Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling Programs

"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 board member of the Coalition for Counselor Licensing and remain on the board of CALPCC as Treasurer."

Executive Director

Dean Porter, MS, NCC, NCCC

Executive Director, CALPCC

"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
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)
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)


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