CALPCC Board of Directors 2015-16

Top row left to right: Dione Taylor, Michael Kessler, Roman Shain, Shyrea Minton, Kristen Curry
Bottom row left to right: Margaret O'Hara, Janee Both Gragg, Dean Porter, Crystal Glenn, Sue Zglicznyski 
Not pictured: Jeff Bornstein, Cara Maffini, David Miller, Kristin Phillips-Matson, Heidi Paul

Executive Committee

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


Jeff Bornstein
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


Jeffrey Bornstein, MS, LPCC, NCC

Jeff is an LPCC in private practice in Los Angeles.  Jeff specializes in treating panic attacks and anxiety disorders with a mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach.  Jeff was the past CALPCC regional coordinator for LA County and the Southern California CALPCC representative on the California Disaster Mental Health Coalition board. He is looking forward to building and strengthening the CALPCC membership.


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.


Kristen M. Curry, MA, PCCI

Currently registered as a Professional Clinical Counseling Intern with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Kristen is alumni of the Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling program of the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Francisco.  Kristen is dedicated to social justice advocacy, leading to her current role as CEO and co-founder of UnseenXS, a community based nonprofit organization, and her current role with CALPCC.  With a desire to create change and support the movement toward multicultural competence in the counseling field, Kristen is dedicated to the sustenance of clinical counseling students, graduates, and novice professionals.


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.


Cara Maffini, Ph.D.

Cara Maffini is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counselor Education at San José State University. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University Bloomington. She teaches advanced counseling theories and techniques, crisis and trauma, and has taught law and ethics, and research methods. Her research examines intersections of race, culture, and mental health specifically focusing on experiences related to violence and victimization among bicultural youth and young adults. She has had diverse counseling experiences and enjoys work related to multicultural and social justice issues particularly among adolescents and emerging adults. This is Cara’s first year serving on the CALPCC Board of Directors. She is chairing the conference committee and is looking forward to planning the 2016 CALPCC conference. 


 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 O’Hara is President-Elect for CALPCC, chairing the Ethics Committee for a second year and is the San Diego Networking Group Chair. She is a consultant with a private counseling practice in Northern San Diego. An LPCC (CA) and LMHC (NY) she is also a Distance Credentialed Counselor for clients in both states. She is a National Certified Counselor with 25+ years experience in the field, working as Clinical Director, Clinical Supervisor, Private Practitioner, Assistant Professor and School Counselor. She is a Certified Experiential Therapist. Named 'Counselor of the Year' by the East End Counselors Association, she served 7 years on their Executive Board. 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.


Heidi Paul, PhD, CRC, CLCP, LPCC 

Heidi Paul, received her Ph.D. from University of Arizona in Counseling and Special Education. She currently works at California State University, Los Angeles as an Associate Professor in Rehabilitation Counseling.  Her teaching assignments include classes in foundations of clinical counseling and medical, psychosocial and vocational aspects of disability. She teaches students how to work holistically with clients with disabilities. In addition to her professorial duties she works with Federal Administrative Law Judges assisting with decisions regarding capacity for work in the competitive labor markets.  Dr. Paul is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), a Certified Life Care Planner (CLCP) as well as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).


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.


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.”


Dione Taylor,  Ed.D.

Dione Taylor earned her B.S. degree in Sociology from William Woods College, her M.A. Degree in School Counseling from Point Loma Nazarene University, her M.A. degree in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University, and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership form Northern Arizona University. She is currently a Professor and Director of the Counseling program at Point Loma Nazarene University. In addition to her administrative and teaching responsibilities, she works with program graduates who are pursuing their LPCC licensure. “I am excited to serve as a CALPCC Board member and to increase the recognition of LPCC’s in the field of mental health, 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 board member of the California Coalition for Counselor Licensure and have been on the CALPCC Board as Treasurer, President and am serving this year as Past President.


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.


G. V. Ayers, CALPCC Lobbyist

G.V. Ayers, founder and owner of Gentle Rivers Consulting LLC, is proud to serve as CALPCC’s lobbyist. He has 20+ years in California state government as Consultant to the Senate Business and Professions Committee and as a Bureau Chief in the Department of Consumer Affairs. His firm provides legislative advocacy and consulting services on a broad range of government programs and professional regulatory law. Contact him at (916) 316-7459 or

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