Board & Staff

Gary McDonald

Gary McDonald is an entrepreneur and non-profit leader. Having founded Nursefinders of Cincinnati and Nursefinders of Pittsburgh as well as his own Australian themed restaurant, he went on to create Feeding America San Diego, the largest food bank in San Diego County. Gary also served as the State Director for MADD California. Later, as President /CEO he successfully merged Senior Gleaners Food Bank with the Sacramento Food Bank to better streamline hunger relief in Sacramento County. At the request of the White House, Gary participated in a panel discussion for Initiatives on Hunger and Homelessness.

Gary McDonald

Executive Director

Cathy Morrison

Cathy Morrison has a history of success as a senior level director previously serving as the Director of Corporate Operations for iDiscover Global, a high-tech legal services firm. She also managed the National Office of the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation, a non-profit agency dedicated to correctional officers and their families in times of catastrophic events and in-line duty deaths.

Cathy Morrison

Chief Operating Officer

Deborah Duell-Stephens

Deborah Duell-Stephens is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is the Clinical Director at Lighthouse Counseling & FRC. Since 2014, Deborah has been a clinician at Lighthouse, working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families to overcome challenges relative to anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, recovery from trauma, attachment disorders, and overcoming grief. Deborah is a certified clinical supervisor and is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Deborah Duell-Stephens

Clinical Director – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

Eireann Smith

Eireann Smith, LMFT, has experience working with adolescents, families, and enjoys working with individuals and couples. She has worked extensively with community-based mental health agencies, foster youth in a variety of settings, the homeless, private practice settings and with geriatric clients. She has experience working with in-patient and partial hospitalization clients, adolescents, couples, and families. Eireann also has extensive experience working with acute clients who can benefit from participating in therapy to learn how to manage their issues.

Eireann Smith

Clinician – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

Kathleen Hoffman

Kathleen began her therapist career at the Lighthouse as a student trainee/intern obtaining licensure as a Lighthouse employee. She will celebrate ten years of service at the Lighthouse June 2016. Previously, she worked for nine years to provide teen workshops for at risk youth through an organization based in Boise, Idaho. At Lighthouse, Kathleen co-created the Managing Your Emotions, Anger and More… psycho-educational group process. In addition to her career as a therapist, she has been employed as a special education teacher of children with disabilities for 22 years.

Kathleen Hoffman

Clinician – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

Julie Baird

Julie Baird is a Sacramento area native and a resident of Lincoln, CA. After attending college at the University of Colorado where she studied architecture and design, she returned to northern California to attend California State University Sacramento.

Julie Baird

Development Associate

Lisa Viviano

Lisa has been employed with Lighthouse since April, 2014. She performs all of the accounting functions for Lighthouse, inclusive of financial reporting and audit support. With a strong knowledge of both cash and accrual accounting systems, Lisa has been responsible for multi-fund budgets ranging from 10 million to 100 million dollars. She has been employed for over 30 years in both the non-profit and for profit sectors, and has experience in all aspects of financial forecasting, resource allocation, fund management, accounting and control.

Lisa Viviano

Accountant

Raymond Hampson

Raymond was hired in November 2013 by Lighthouse to lead the outreach efforts in the expansion of Medi-Cal as a part of the Affordable Care Act in Placer County. Raymond also promotes and educates people in need on programs like Cal-Fresh and WIC (Women, Infants & Children) during outreach events. Raymond is now responsible for all outreach activities provided by Lighthouse Counseling and Family Resource Center, i.e. counseling, educational programs and supports services. Raymond’s wife works at Sutter Roseville Hospital.

Raymond Hampson

Community Outreach Specialist

Lexe Valdivia

Lexe is driven to serve the community, providing sensitive therapy from a systemic and cultural perspective. She is very passionate to help others overcome obstacles and achieve goals. Lexe graduated from California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and went on to receive her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Loma Linda, CA. She completed her traineeship at Behavioral Health Institute serving individuals, couples, and families of children struggling with life stresses, mental health and substance abuse. In addition,

Lexe Valdivia

Bilingual Clinician – Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT)

Ana Ramirez

IAna began her career with Lighthouse in 2013 as a Bilingual Community Outreach specialist. That position allowed her to reach out to all of Placer County, offering Lighthouse r services and providing education, while in collaboration with other Placer County organizations. She quickly worked her way through the ranks, promoting her to her current position of Senior Bilingual Family Support Specialist. One of her biggest passions is helping people. Her current position allows her to do that. In 2013, Ana graduated with an Associate of Art degree in Early Child Development.

Ana Ramirez

Senior Bilingual Family Support Specialist

Sofia Johnson

Sofia is currently a Registered MFT school-based clinician. While working with autistic children in the home setting, she decided to pursue a career working with families and systems. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento and a Masters degree in Marital Family Therapy from Alliant Int’l University, Sacramento. She is also a lifetime member of Psi-Chi International Honor Society in Psychology.

Sofia Johnson

Clinician – Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT)

Miriam Feese

Miriam Feese is a Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker. She graduated from Amherst College with a degree in Psychology and later received her Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan with a focus on Community Organization and Community and Social Systems. She has a range of experiences providing counseling at Life Guidance, a mental health clinic in Pennsylvania, as well as in case management for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and providing counseling at the Stallant Health clinic in the opioid use disorder program.

Miriam Feese

Clinician – Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW)

Kania Ramirez

Kania appreciates that her position as a Bilingual Receptionist allows her to continue her passion of helping people. This experience allows her the opportunity to provide community members with resources and programs provided by Lighthouse. Prior to coming to Lighthouse, Kania spent several years in retail management, while pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Development. Her goal is to continue to provide the valuable resources, while building a strong community, to those whom are striving for an improved quality of life.

Kania Ramirez

Bilingual Receptionist

Lauren Hughes

Lauren Hughes is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. She graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Counseling and Social Change. For her graduate study, Lauren attended Pepperdine University where she obtained her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She completed her traineeship at a substance abuse treatment center in Santa Monica, CA.

Lauren Hughes

Clinician – Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT)

Karla Velasco

Karla has a wealth of administrative, medical billing, data collection experience and excellent customer service skills, in addition to non-profit familiarity through Adventist Medical Evangelism Network (AMEN). She believes self-esteem comes from serving others, and is pleased to be of service in the Placer County community. In her spare time, Karla enjoys the outdoors.

Karla Velasco

Bilingual Family Support Specialist

Taylor Artley

Taylor Artley graduated from California State University, San Marcos, CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. For her graduate study, Taylor attended Pepperdine University where she obtained her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is also a lifetime member of Psi-Chi International Honor Society in Psychology. She completed her traineeship at Lighthouse and became a full-time employee as a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist for Lighthouse in July 2020.

Taylor Artley

Clinician – Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT)

Natalie Miller

Natalie Miller has been writing and managing grants at Lighthouse since 2017. She has raised grants, advised fundraising and managed programs for nonprofits in many fields including healthcare, education, human services, youth programs, and food banks. She has worked across Northern California and beyond, including Placer County, Sacramento, San Francisco, El Dorado County, Oregon and Guatemala. Natalie received a BA in Sociology From CSUS and an MPA in Nonprofit Management from SFSU. She currently resides in Sacramento with her husband and two sons.

Natalie Miller

Grant Writer

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Board Chair

Dawn Clayton
Thunder Valley Casino Resort

Vice Chair

Michael Tronnes
Kaiser Permanente

Secretary

Cherri Spriggs
FSB Core Strategies

Treasurer

Shanti Landon
Office of Placer County
Supervisor Robert Weygandt

Mitzi De La Cruz
De La Cruz Realty Group

Mary Green
Office of Placer County
District Attorney MDIC

Alice Perez
AT&T

Juliette Robertson
Robertson Law Group

Hassib Rostami
Wells Fargo Bank

Maria Salcedo-Bautista
Sierra College

Brandon Sanders
PG&E