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Gary McDonald

Gary McDonald

Executive Director
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...
Cathy Morrison

Cathy Morrison

Chief Operating Officer
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...
Deborah Duell-Stephens

Deborah Duell-Stephens

Clinical Director – LMFT
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...
Sean Frieldsmith

Sean Frieldsmith

Office and Family Resource Center Manager
Sean is a Sacramento Native, has been in social work serving in the non-profit sector for the past eight years, depends on coffee for survival and has a soft spot for small dogs. His years of experience includes being a member of the leadership teams at Veterans Resource Centers of America and Northern California Inalliance...
Eireann Smith

Eireann Smith

Clinician- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
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....
Kathleen Hoffman

Kathleen Hoffman

Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist
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...
Lisa Viviano

Lisa Viviano

Accountant
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...
Raymond Hampson

Raymond Hampson

Community Outreach Specialist
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...
Julie Baird

Julie Baird

Development Associate
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. After college, she operated her own catering business while working for the State of California, eventually choosing...
Ana Ramirez

Ana Ramirez

Senior Bilingual Family Support Specialist
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...
Sofia Johnson

Sofia Johnson

Clinician - Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT)
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...
Lexe Valdivia

Lexe Valdivia

Bilingual Clinician - Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT)
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...
Kania Ramirez

Kania Ramirez

Bilingual Receptionist
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....
Lauren Hughes

Lauren Hughes

Clinician - Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT)
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...
Miriam Feese

Miriam Feese

Clinician, Associate Clinical Social Worker
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...
Karla Velasco

Karla Velasco

Bilingual Family Support Specialist
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.
Taylor Artley

Taylor Artley

Clinician – Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT)
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...
Teresa Ipong-Garcia

Teresa Ipong-Garcia

Bilingual Clinician - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Teresa Ipong-Garcia is a Bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and provides counseling services at Lighthouse Counseling and Family Resource Center. From 2005 until relocating to Placer County in August 2019, Teresa had been a bilingual clinician at Bill Wilson Center in Santa Clara working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families to overcome challenges...
Natalie Miller

Natalie Miller

Grant Writer
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...