Jerri Shields, LPC, Chairperson Emeritus
Jerri is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor. Jerri is the former Chairperson of the Board and currently serves as a professional member. She has also served as a professional member of the Counseling Credentialing Committee and a member of the Rules Subcommittee. She has a Bachelors in Business Management and a Masters in Counseling.Jerri’s professional career encompasses over 30 years of bottom line, results focused leadership and management experience including supervision of the Maricopa County Department of Elections, creating, developing and directing Destination Services for Pointe Hilton Resorts and culminating in the opening of her own private practice, Choice Counseling Services, LLC, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her work there has specialized in working with adolescents and adults with issues of anger, depression and anxiety, as well as marriage and relationship counseling. She has been a guest professor at RACU (Russian American Christian University) in Moscow, and is often asked to guest speak and conduct workshops on subjects including anger and anxiety management. Jerri has lived in Arizona for almost 40 years. She has been married to her husband Rich for 25 years and has volunteered at Scottsdale Bible Church Counseling Center for the past 16 years.
Mary Coonrod, Public Member
Ms. Coonrod attended New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 1966 and joined the US Navy in 1968, where she was an instructor on a simulated flight trainer, teaching the basics of instrument flight to upcoming Navy pilots. After two years in the Navy, Ms. Coonrod held a variety of clerical and administrative positions that included the management of two adult mobile home parks in Tucson. In 1978 Ms. Coonrod was hired by the Arizona Department of Corrections. She spent a total of 8 years working for the Arizona Department of Corrections, beginning in 1978 at the Arizona Correctional Training Center-Tucson, a facility housing first-time, youthful (under 25) male offenders. Her first position was as the Inmate Accounts Clerk; within a year, she had changed direction and became one of only five female officers working at the facility. Later, Ms. Coonrod transferred to the Arizona State Prison Complex – Phoenix (ASPC-Phoenix) and worked as an officer at Alhambra, the initial intake facility for most male inmates incarcerated Arizona. She then promoted to sergeant at the ASPC-Phoenix Aspen DUI facility. From 1988 to 1995, Ms. Coonrod worked as a Customer Engineer at IBM in Phoenix. In 1995, she was hired as the Assistant Facility Administrator (Assistant Warden) and helped open the second privatized Arizona State Prison: Arizona State Prison – Phoenix West (Phoenix West), a minimum custody DUI facility housing 500 adult male inmates. Assistant Warden Coonrod has remained at Phoenix West since then, providing oversight in a variety of areas, including Administration, Food Service, Maintenance and Programs (Substance Abuse, Education, Library, Religious). She is a certified staff trainer and acts in the capacity of EEO liaison and also conducts internal investigations, as needed. She is the Qualifying Party for The GEO Group, Inc. Arizona Department of Public Safety Security Guard Agency license. In 2012, Ms. Coonrod became a member of the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners and served one year as Secretary/Treasurer.
Heidi Quinlan, LISAC, LPC - Photograph and Bio not available
Nikole Hintz-Lyon, Public Member
Nikole currently is a full time graduate student for Professional Counseling. She holds her bachelors degree in Psychology from Grand Canyon University. Her career includes working in the Higher Education field at GCU as well as working with children. Most recently she served as a Lead Director for Children’s ministry K- 6th grade at her family’s church. Nikole was born and raised in Phoenix AZ and is a wife and mother of 3 beautiful children ages 12, 3 and 2. She also serves on her son’s site council for school as well as the Rules subcommittee for AZ Board of Behavioral Health. After graduate school, Nikole plans to have a career and eventually receive her LPC license and has a passion to continue to learn and work in the behavioral health field as well as serve and fill the needs of the community.
Cedric (Doc) Davis, LCSW- Photograph and Bio not available
Bradley Barnett, LMFT
Brad Barnett has been in the practice of Marriage and Family Therapy for the past 18 years. Brad earned a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Human Development from Utah State University in 1994. He later went on to receive a Master of the Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Lutheran University in 1997. Under the direct supervision of Doctor Thorana Nelson, Brad completed the requirements for the AAMFT Approved Supervisor status and has been supervising students towards licensure since 2002. Brad spent several years working with chronically mentally ill adults in Washington State prior to working 6 years in residential treatment settings. Brad spent 5 years with Youthtrack-Utah as a residential therapist/clinical Director of the 32 bed adolescent treatment center for sexually aggressive/intellectually disabled males. Brad has worked for LDS Family Services since May of 2000 starting as a part time employee and is currently Counseling Manager for the Mesa Arizona office. Brad enjoys mentoring students towards licensure, marriage education and attending conferences where he can learn about the latest techniques in the field. Brad has been married for more than 26 years and has 4 children and one grandchild. He and his family enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming and camping. Brad also served three years on the AzAMFT board as a Board member.
Justin Bayless, President & CEO, Bayless Healthcare Group, Public Member
Justin Bayless is more than the name behind the Phoenix based healthcare services company. Justin is a native Phoenician who started accompanying his father, Dr. Michael Brad Bayless, to work from the time he was nine years old. Under Justin’s leadership, Bayless Healthcare has pioneered the way to incorporating the most important healthcare services under one roof: primary care and behavioral health. While most patients have to patronize multiple locations for healthcare services, Bayless has created a proprietary model of wellness that incorporates addressing the mind and the body as equally important. Justin’s most redeeming quality is his penchant for challenging the status quo. Justin has been featured and recognized by the Arizona Republic as one of the top 35 Arizona Entrepreneurs under 35 in 2013, one of the top 40 under 40 in the 2014 Generation Next list published by AZ Business Magazine, the 2015 Healthcare Civic Leader Award by Arizona Men’s Health Expo, and was recognized as a 2017 Top 20 Influential Millennials Honoree by AZ Business Magazine. Justin’s leadership goes beyond the clinics. He is a member of the Phoenix Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., a community board member of Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital, a board member of Playworks Arizona, and a philanthropic supporter of the Boys and Girls Club Metro Phoenix. He is also the Chairman of the Arizona Therapeutic Learning Center’s nonprofit community garden, “Monarch Gardens”, a member of Vistage International Group 3679, and a member of Phoenix Country Club. Justin enjoys mentoring youth, traveling with his wife, attending classic car shows, watching his younger brother, Jerryd Bayless, play basketball for the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers as well as play golf in his spare time.
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M. Josefina Ahumada, LCSW, Academic, Chair
Josefina received her MSW from the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1999 she joined the ASU School of Social Work faculty as the Field Education Coordinator at the Tucson campus. She has had extensive experience as a clinical social worker and clinical administrator serving in the public behavioral health system in Pima County, Arizona. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers Arizona State Chapter.
Jeanette Devevo, LCSW, Secretary - Photograph and bio not available
Richard Herbig, LCSW - Photograph and bio not available
Patricia Kerstner, Academic, Chair
Dr. Kerstner is the University of Phoenix Campus College Chair for the College of Social Sciences. Author of 3 CACREP reports, she is well-versed in their standards, and is a CACREP site team reviewer. She holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology, is a licensed Psychologist in the state of Arizona, and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She is active in the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), where she served a term as national secretary for the organization. She is a past-president of the Western Region ACES which includes California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Hawaii, Arizona and Australia/NewZealand. Her clinical experience includes hospital psychology/behavioral health, women's issues, eating disorders and family therapy.
Janet Lee O'Connor, LPC, LISAC, Secretary
Janet Lee O’Connor, EdS, LISAC, LPC is a psychotherapist in private practice in
Tucson, Arizona as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor and Approved Clinical Supervisor, providing clinical supervision to interns and associate counselors. She has 31 years’ experience as a therapist, trainer, educator and consultant for private practitioners. Janet is an adjunct faculty member at Prescott College and Grand Canyon University, teaching in the undergraduate and graduate degree programs for addiction and professional counselors. She is co-owner of the Southwest Institute for Group and Family Therapy which provides quality, affordable, professional training. Janet is a nationally and internationally recognized trainer and has published in professional literature. She serves as Education Coordinator for the United States of America Transactional Analysis Association and is a member of the International Transactional Analysis Association.
Kathleen Britton, LPC - Photograph and bio not available
Marriage and Family Therapy Academic Review Committee
Mary Doyle, LMFT, Academic, Chair
Mary is an Assistant Clinical Professor and founding Co-Director for the Masters of Advanced Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy Program for the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. She has been licensed in Arizona as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 2004 and has worked in multiple clinical settings including agencies and private practice, and has supervised graduate intern clinicians and licensed associate clinicians. She is a past member of the Board of the Arizona Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Lesley Wimmer Kelly, LAMFT, Secretary
Lesley is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist currently serving on the Marriage and Family Therapy Academic Review Committee. She holds a Masters of Advanced Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy degree from Arizona State University and has over eight years of experience working in the behavioral health system in Arizona. Lesley is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy as well as the Arizona Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AzAMFT) and currently serves on the Spring Conference Committee for the AzAMFT.
Keith Cross, LMFT
Dr. Cross is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, professor of counselor education in the Masters of Science in Counseling program at Prescott College and works primarily with couples in his private practice. He conducts workshops on a variety of topics, but trains therapists most frequently on counselor ethics and the use of emotionally focused couples therapy. Dr. Cross serves on the AzAMFT Board of Directors and is the Supervision Committee Chair
Kirk Bowden, LISAC, LPC, Academic, Chair
Dr. Kirk Bowden is the Faculty Chair of the Department of Addiction and Substance Use Disorder Program at Rio Salado College, and the Director of the Addiction Counseling Program at Ottawa University. He is the President of NAADAC, the association of addiction professionals. Dr. Bowden is a member of the Board of Directors and past president of the International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education (INCASE), the professional association for college and university professors that specialize in addiction education and research.
Cynthia Pio-Padilla, LISAC, LPC, Secretary - Photograph and bio not available
Ray Johnson, LISAC, LPC - Photograph and bio not available
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