Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners

Peter (Chip) Coffey, LPC, Chairperson

Peter (Chip) Coffey is a licensed professional counselor and nationally certified counselor. He graduated from Ottawa University with a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy. Chip’s career has included working with at risk youth, inmate populations, psychiatric hospital settings and private practice. He is currently the Director of Behavioral Health Integration and Outpatient Services at Quail Run Behavioral Health. Chip serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Phoenix.  Chip has contracted as a trainer/consultant for the National Institute of Corrections since 1998 and does training for community corrections, jails and prisons throughout the United States. He also is a trainer in several topics including supervision, cultural competency, eastern psychology, CBT, approaches with LGBTQ clients and end of life. Chip has authored many articles and appears frequently in the media. Chip has been a resident of Arizona for most of his life and has been in Phoenix for over 30 years. When not working he enjoys sailing, paddleboarding, photography and world travel with his husband.

Cedric (Doc) Davis, LCSW, Secretary-Treasurer - Photograph and Bio not available

Heidi Quinlan, LISAC, LPC
Heidi Quinlan is a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She graduated from University of Phoenix with a Master of Science in Community Counseling. She holds a national certification in early Childhood Mental Health. Heidi’s career has included working in community mental health for fourteen years with trauma, abuse, family conflict, substance abuse and parent-child attachment problems. She has managed children’s programs and served as Clinical Director. Heidi has been in private practice working with high conflict families involved in Family Court, reunification, parenting coordination, custody evaluation, substance use recovery, trauma, couples and parent-child relationships. Heidi is also a trained mediator and collaborative divorce facilitator. Heidi is an adjunct professor at Grand Canyon University and Glendale Community College. Heidi has lived in Arizona for over 30 years. She enjoys caring for her four dogs, traveling, hiking, reading, movies and entertaining with her husband of 13 years.

Mark Shen, LPC
Dr. Shen is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor. He graduated from Arizona State University with a Master of Counseling and received his PhD in health psychology from Capella University.  Dr. Shen is an EMDR certified therapist and is Board Certified as a Telemental Health Counselor.  Dr. Shen’s career has included working with at risk youth, SMI adults, and the GMH population.  He has also worked in various settings including psychiatric hospitals, community crisis centers, and private practice. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer of True Mobile Health.  Dr. Shen serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Phoenix, Rio Salado College, Ottawa University, and Grand Canyon University.  He is a member of the academic advisory council for the University of Phoenix and Grand Canyon University. Dr. Shen has contracted as a trainer/consultant for Crestline Advisors, Arizona’s Children Association, the Bridge Group of Arizona, and other local and national entities.  He also is a trainer in several topics including supervision, mindfulness, CBT, EMDR, collaborative documentation, clinical documentation best practices, and medical necessity.  Dr. Shen and his wife are both natives of Arizona and stay busy raising 4 young children.  When not working he enjoys golfing, performing magic, traveling, and spending time with his family.

Gerald Szymanski, LISAC, LPC
Gerald Szymanski is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor. Gerald has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Chapman University, a Master’s Degree in Higher Education from The University of Arizona, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The University of Arizona. In addition, Gerald earned a two-year Infant and Family Clinical Practice Certificate from The Harris Institute. Gerald is also a Licensed Foster Care Parent and a Certified Adoption Parent.  Gerald has been practicing in Rural Western Arizona since 2002. He currently maintains a group private practice, is a foster and adoptive parent and is an Adjunct Professor at Arizona Western College where he teaches courses in Psychology, Family Studies and Sociology. Gerald has previously served on the Substance Abuse Credentialing Committee and was appointed to The Board of Behavioral Health Examiners in 2014.

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.

Gary Goodwin, LCSW
Gary D Goodwin, LCSW has been a clinical Social Worker since 1989 obtaining his BA from Brigham Young University and his Masters in Social work from San Diego State University in 1987. While at BYU he worked as a research assistant to Michael Lambert, Ph.D. Working with Dr. Lambert cemented his desire to work with patients working on outcomes, process and measurement of change. He believes every client has a right to safe healing treatment. His career has shown his dedication to those that struggle with life’s challenges. He has worked in a variety of settings, in addition to private practice, including hospital ICUs, emergency departments, home health and hospice. His career has focused on children, adolescents, the elderly and those in acute crisis. He has always been a part of a multidisciplinary team advocating for the client first. Gary has been an adjunct professor with the CalState University system. He currently supervises students through Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. He is also a supervisor for licensure seeking individuals. As a supervisor, he feels it’s most important for the supervisee to attain a level of professionalism that not only supports them but protects the community as well. He has served on advocacy councils for children and the aging. He is certified in Critical Incidence Stress Debriefing for first responders and has authored a A Guide to Bereavement. He currently has a private practice in Snowflake and Show Low, Arizona and also works at Changepoint Integrated Health in their Snowflake office. He lives and resides in Snowflake with his wife of 42 years. Gary has three adult daughters all thriving with families of their own. When not working Gary enjoys astronomy and bonsai tree keeping. He’s also active in his local church congregation.

Kimberly Bailey, LMFT - Photograph and Bio not available

Meaghan Kramer, Public Member - Photograph and Bio not available

Antwan Trotter, Public Member
Antwan Trotter is currently a small business underwriter with Wells Fargo Bank where he has been employed for 12 years.  He was born and raised in Peoria, Arizona, but currently resides in Surprise, Arizona.  Mr. Trotter completed his Bachelors of Science in Global Business from Arizona State University in 2010 and his Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in Government and Policy from Grand Canyon University in 2012.

Robert Charles, Public Member - Photograph and Bio not available

LMFT Professional Member - Vacant

Social Work Academic Review Committee

Kristi Stuckwisch, LCSW, LISAC, Chair 
Kristi Stuckwisch, LCSW and LISAC since 2004, joins the SWARC to share her experience and knowledge from over two decades of practice in the field of mental health.  Kristi holds a Masters in Social Work degree from ASU and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Ball State University.  Specializing in substance abuse, trauma, addition and mood disorders, Kristi currently serves as Clinical Coordinator for Treatment services at ASU Counseling Services.  Additionally, Kristi has been chosen as a subject matter expert for SAMHSA-HRSA grant reviews since 2016, edits manuscripts for two national journals in the area of trauma and maltreatment, is a tribal grant evaluator and provides training in the community.  Kristi's professional career has spanned various populations and settings: high risk youth & young adults in detention and juvenile drug court, tribal young adults in education settings, integrated social work for adults and elders in primary healthcare,  tribal adults and elders in specialty diabetes care, private practice, tribal juvenile & adult detention center inmates, state youth offenders, sex offender and family members, youth group homes, victim advocacy, and law enforcement.  Kristi has worked cross-culturally with Native American tribal communities for over 13 years, has taught for ASU's school of social work for 10 years and taught for Mesa Community College's social work program for 2 years.  Kristi currently provides clinical supervision for therapists and interns, trains social work professionals and is a strong advocate for mind-body-spirit wellbeing.  Kristi has lived in Arizona for 25 years, is active in her local church and loves her family tremendously!

Jennifer Flack, LCSW, Secretary
Jennifer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working in the mental health field since 2005.  In 2006, Jennifer received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Metropolitan State University.  In 2010, she completed a Master of Social Work from the University of Denver.  Jennifer's career has traversed populations from birth to death.  She has worked in a variety of settings including:  Child and Adult Protection, Hospice, Nursing Facilities, Psychiatric Hospital, Inpatient Substance Rehabilitation and Community Mental Health before deciding to go into private practice.  In 2018, Obsidian Health and Wellness, in Litchfield Park was created where she specializes in trauma and addiction.

Member - Vacant

Counseling Academic Review Committee

Kathleen Britton, LPC, Chair
Kathleen Britton is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been working in the field of behavioral health for 20 years. In 1999, Kathleen earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and in 2003 received her Master’s in Counseling from Arizona State University.  In the 20 years she has been in the field, Kathleen has worked in shelters, hospitals, crisis work, agencies and outpatient clinics. Kathleen worked within her own private practice for 10 years and specialized in trauma, abuse, family issues and children’s services. For the last 5 years, she has worked and taught at Grand Canyon University. Kathleen is currently working in Grand Canyon University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences as a Clinical Program Manager.

Patricia Kerstner, Academic, Secretary

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

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.

Marriage and Family Therapy Academic Review Committee

Lesley Wimmer, LAMFT, Chair

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, Secretary

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.

Member - Vacant

Substance Abuse Academic Review Committee

Yvonne Fortier, LISAC, LPC, Secretary - Photograph and bio not available

Cynthia Pio-Padilla, LISAC, LPC - Photograph and bio not available

Member - Vacant

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