A Multidisciplinary Organization for Mental Health Professionals

Our Team

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Board Meetings

Board meetings are currently held monthly on Fridays. They are open meetings and everyone is invited to attend. We can always use your good ideas and energy. Please join us as you are able.  

Events

Note: Meeting dates, locations and times are subject to change. Please sign up through the event link to receive meeting updates. 

Board of Directors

Our Board is a group of dedicated volunteers with a passion for forwarding the mental health profession.

 
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Mary Ann Lovegren,  M.A.,  LMFT

President

MaryAnn Lovegren has a solid understanding of families, individuals and couples. While Mary Ann enjoys working with individuals,her passion is working with couples. She has extensive couples training and is well respected in the community for the work she does.

In addition to her private practice, she is a supervisor for Master’slevel students and LicenseAssociates. She finds this work both rewarding and inspiring. She is also a provider for Victims of Crime. She has worked with this population for over 10 years. As a provider, Mary Ann has found the time that she volunteers for Give An Hour a unique opportunity to give back to Vets and their families.

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Howard Levitt, M.A., LMFT

Past President

Howard Levitt is in full-time practice in Westlake Village, California. He has founded a nonprofit mental health center in the San Fernando Valley (Counseling West). In addition, he co-founded Divorce Mediation Services and served as President of a multidisciplinary mental health organization. Prior to his mental health work, he had a career as Deputy Probation Officer for Los Angeles County. Howard and his wife have two children and eight grandchildren. In addition, he has served as a leader for 22 worldwide delegations for the People to People organization. Howard’s outside interests include learning about other cultures, travel, hiking and restoring old cars.

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Patrick Madden, M.A.  Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP) 

Outreach & President-Elect

Patrick Madden has a Masters degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on counseling psychology. He has spent the past 35 years developing expertise in counseling children, adolescents and young adults. In addition to supporting youth who have endured some sort of traumatic circumstances such as a death in the family, a divorce, or a protracted illness, Patrick helps individuals with learning disabilities, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, and other social-emotional and developmental challenges. He provides coaching and psycho-education for parents as they are learning how to support youth who are struggling with learning issues and/or social-emotional challenges. He also provides career-vocational assessment and counseling for teens and young adults.

 
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Michele Harway, Ph.D, ABPP

Treasurer

Michele Harway, Ph.D.is a licensed psychologist with an office in Westlake Village. She is Board Certified in Couples and Family Psychology (American Board of Professional Psychology). She specializes in Couples’ Therapy and in working with trauma survivors.

Dr. Harway is an emerita professor at Fielding Graduate University and has also taught at many other universities in Southern California. She is the author or editor of twelve professional psychology books on interpersonal violence, couples and family psychology, multicultural issues and women’s development. She is currently the Treasurer of the Mental Health Professionals of Conejo Valley.

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Norine VanderHoven, LCSW

Secretary

Norine VanderHoven is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 30 years experience working with youth, adolescents, young adults, adults, and families. She is trained in EMDR and finds it helpful in assisting people resolve trauma, depression, anxiety, PTSD and many other issues. Norine is currently in private practice at Engage in Westlake Village. She is the Secretary and Historian on the board of Mental Health Professionals of Conejo Valley. She is looking forward to our many upcoming events and meeting our members.

 
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Samanha Tamburo, Psy.D
Clinical Psychologist,

Speakers and CEUs

Samantha Tamburo is a founding partner of Engage and the Director of Business Development. She a licensed Clinical Psychologist and has been working with children, adolescents and families in the area for over 18 years. Growing up in the Conejo Valley and having graduated from Westlake High School, Dr. Tamburo is especially passionate about her work in this community. Dr. Tamburo's practice focuses on adolescents, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and chemical dependency. Samantha works from a wellness, rather than pathology, framework and emphasizes integrative health management.

 
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Jennifer Cawelti, MS, LMFT

Events Coordinator

Jennifer Cawelti, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has a private practice in Westlake Village. She has a passion for working with children, adolescents and families, specializing in dealing with blended families and those dealing with divorce. Jennifer graduated with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from California Lutheran University. She is a certified breakthrough-parenting instructor.

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Sarah Pearl, MS, LMFT

Membership 

Sarah Pearl is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has a growing private practice in Westlake Village and Camarillo. Sarah has experience working in a variety of settings, which includes intensive-outpatient care, in-home services for families, behavioral services for adults and school-based counseling for at-risk youth. A native of Thousand Oaks, Sarah's passion and dedication for helping others is driven by the desire to give back to the community she grew up in. She serves as a board member on the Mental Health Professionals of Conejo Valley, overseeing Membership.  

 
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Peter Mora, M.S., LMFT

Programs

Peter Mora is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, holding a private practice with Engage (Westlake Village, CA), working with adolescents, young adults, and families. Peter's systemic and strength-based approaches address difficulties with anxiety, depression, family issues, communication, and life transitions. Peter enjoys identifying and utilizing individuals’ strengths to assist with the creation and maintaining self- growth, efficacy, motivation, and appreciation. 

Peter received his M.S. in Counseling, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Cal State Northridge. Prior to joining Engage, Peter worked as an In-Home Outreach Counselor at Strength United (Northridge, CA), and as a psychotherapist at a non-profit and affordable counseling center (Sherman Oaks, CA). Peter also serves as Adjunct Faculty and as a Counseling Specialist at Cal State Northridge, specializing in factors impacting university students’ motivation and academic success. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his loved ones, traveling, listening/playing music, and playing with his two terriers.

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Anita Kaplan, MSW, LCSW

Outreach and Mentoring

Anita Kaplan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience in the mental health and addiction field.  After graduating from the University of Southern California with a Master’s degree in Social Work in 2002, Anita was hired at a non-profit organization called San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc.. It was here that she spent the next eleven years of her career providing intensive mental health services to homeless adults with severe and chronic mental illness.  Currently, Anita is the Clinical Outreach Coordinator for Milestones Ranch Malibu, a 12-bed residential treatment program for adults suffering from both addiction issues and associated behavioral health conditions.  Anita’s passion in her work with clients has inspired her to start working towards training and certification in EMDR and her future goals include working with clients suffering from complex trauma. 

 
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Kirsti V. Thompson, Director, Give an Hour California, and Board liaison to Give an Hour

Blog Coordinator

As the Director of Operations for Give an Hourin California, Kirsti brings extensive experience in the field of prevention, family strengthening, and child and youth development. Kirsti has specialized experience in organizational and program assessment and capacity building, group facilitation, training facilitation, and curriculum development. Her facilitation and capacity development areas of expertise include: Facilitative Leadership & Facilitating Change, Resilience & Family Strengthening, Protective Factors Framework, Trauma Informed Care & Vicarious Trauma, Parent Engagement, Leadership & Advocacy, Social & Emotional Competence, Child & Youth Development, Reflective Practice & Supervision, and primary prevention topics. Kirsti has served in the non-profit, social service field, primarily in training, capacity building, and program quality support for over 25 years.

 
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John Dillon, M.S.

Technical Advisor

John Dillon has over 40 years of experience with computers and has been a featured speaker at technical conferences around the country as well as publishing numerous articles over the last twenty years. In 2015 he retired from his "day job" as a software application architect for a scientific company, where he worked for 33 years. He continues to teach computer science classes at California Lutheran University. He started teaching at CLU in 2007 and in 2016 was named Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Member of the Year for his commitment to his students.

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Celisa Flores, Psy.D

Outreach Committee

Since obtaining a Master’s degree in Counseling at CSU Fresno and a Psy.D. at the California School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Flores has worked as a therapist in a wide variety of mental health treatment settings, with emphasis on eating disorders, mindfulness, and women’s issues. Now she is proudly with Center for Discovery, providing clinical outreach for Ventura County and the Central California region.

Center for Discovery, Thousand Oaks, provides treatment for adult women struggling with eating disorders in a comfortable home-like setting where they are able to build skills and heal relationships with themselves and their families. Outpatient treatment is also provided at the Woodland Hills office.

 
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Peggy Wyatt, MS, LMFT

Hospitality and Special Interest Groups

Peggy Wyatt is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist and Certified EMDR Psychotherapist trained in Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) somatic psychotherapy. Peggy’s private practice is in Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks, CA.  Peggy received her Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California Lutheran University and has been in clinical practice for many years. She specializes in helping clients overcome the debilitating effects of unresolved childhood trauma, including physical, sexual and emotional abuse or growing up in addictive or dysfunctional families.  She also works with clients whose recent traumas or experiences have resulted in serious symptoms including PTSD.  These symptoms have impacted a person’s present ability to feel safe, secure and empowered in order to  to achieve their goals and function optimally in their lives and relationships.