Healthy Living Programs
Student Mental Health Provider Task Force

BCHD convened a Student Mental Health Task Force in 2018 as a part of a Beach Cities-wide effort to address student stress and substance use. The Student Mental Health Task Force is made up more than 60 organizations and providers in the Beach Cities that support students and families. 

Provider service areas include:

  • Substance use prevention
  • Mental health
  • Mindfulness and social-emotional learning

The Task Force meets quarterly to offer recommendations on student health issues. Participants provide resources and services to Beach Cities students and families on topics including cancer support, mental health, grief counseling, substance use prevention, interventions and education, as well as mindfulness and social-emotional learning.

Participating Providers Will:

  • Be part of a Beach Cities-wide effort to address student stress and substance use
  • Offer recommendations on student health issues
  • Convene 3-4 times annually with other providers in the Beach Cities
  • Be listed as a community resource on
  • Be eligible to participate in/support school events

For questions about the Student Mental Health Task Force, please contact Emory Chen, Youth Services Manager, at

Task Force Members

Substance Use  
Alice Kuo, MD UCLA Pediatrics
Ashley White Behavioral Health Services Inc.
Carol Alemeda Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc.
Donnie W. Watson, Ph.D. Thelma McMillen Center For Alcohol & Drug Treatment/Torrance Memorial
Heather Longridge Behavioral Health Services, Inc.
Inger Hauge Center for Discovery
Jac Folkert UCLA Health
Jeanette Barreto Clear Recovery Center
Laura McIntire South Bay Families Connected
Melissa Estelle Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Moe Gelbart, Ph.D. Thelma McMillen Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Raunda Frank Behavioral Health Services, Inc.


Mental Health  
Abby Withee, LMFT  Withee Family Therapy
Albert Knapp, PsyD, BCBA-D, RPT-S Play Lab, Albert Knapp & Associates
Angela Wilson, LMFT South Bay Children's Health Center - South Bay Youth Project
Anna Pirkl, LMFT One Heart Counseling Center
Avigal Harrow 1736 Family Crisis Center
Brittany Dafesh, PsyD   Clinical Psychologist Inc
Chelsea Gallucci Redondo Beach Unified School District
Christina Ortiz, PsyD   Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services – Suicide Prevention Center
Eddie Garcia Insight Treatment Programs
Ericka Sazo-Gonzalez Redondo Beach Police Department
Erin Rieger, LMFT LEP        Private Practice
Eugenie Lewis, LCSW Creative Life Mapping
Evelyn Jacobson, AMFT Private Practice
Fredirik Schulin Insight Treatment Programs
John Webber    Private Practice
Joan Stein Jenkins Manhattan Beach Police Department
Julie Cegelski Walk With Sally
Kathleen Ballue Center for Discovery
Katie Hurley, LCSW Private Practice, Author, Speaker
Kelly Mothner, PhD Private Practice
Kevin Sousa, LMFT Private Practice/Jimmy Miller Foundation
LaToya Harris Redondo Beach Police Department
Leah Niehaus, LCSW Private Practice
Linda Reeves, LMFT Beach Cities LGBT Therapy
Maria Nazarian, PhD    Beach Therapy
Marina Braff, LMFT Clear Recovery Center; Private Practice
Michelle Carlson Teenline
Nancy Lomibao Cancer Support Community RB
Patrick Dickey Private Practice Therapist
Patty Ellis The Gathering Place
Rebecca Stewart, LMFT, LPCC Private Practice
Robin Kusilka, LMFT Private Practice
Shauna Letvin, LCSW Shauna B. Letvin, LCSW, Inc.
Tristan Coopersmith, LMFT Life Lab
Virginia Green, PhD Stillwater Group, Inc.
Whitney Boole, LMFT Beach Cities Psychotherapy


Mindfulness/Social-emotional Learning  
Adam O'Neil Pinnacle Performance Psychology
Alan Berkes Positive Coaching Alliance
Ellen Robbins Positive Coaching Alliance
Danila Koverman Fusion Academy South Bay
Isabelle Royer Yoga, Mindfulness & Leadership
Jacqueline T.D. Huynh Integrative Minds and Parent Pump Radio
Jennifer Wildenberg Mira Costa High School
Joanie Plake Breathe & Learn
Kathleen Terry PS I Love You and the Volunteer Center of the South Bay
Laurie Angress Mindful Yoga Therapy
Liz Reinhardt Volunteer Center of South Bay
Margot Parker Educational Consultant
Patricia Jones PS I Love You Foundation
Sarah Straton We Are Evergrowing

Last updated Nov. 2019