Master Level Interns
Board of Directors
Michelle Lacy is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Perinatal Mental Health clinician. Her passion has always been in assisting women as they move through life and are challenged by struggles with mood disorders. Michelle is EMDR trained and works with many women who have experienced trauma. She has been a member of Postpartum Support International and is a Subject Matter Expert for PSI's certification. Michelle served as the Arizona Chapter Board President in the past. She is a founding member and served as Vice President of the Arizona Postpartum Wellness Coalition where she co-created Arizona’s two-day continuing education course “Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Assessment and Treatment".
Michelle received the Jane Honikman award for outstanding service to perinatal women and families. She is actively involved in the Arizona community and received her master's degree from the University of Arizona in Rehabilitation Counseling. Michelle has been involved with private practice and nonprofits since 1995 and joined WHI in 2015 as Clinical Director. In 2019, she became the Director and Board Chair of WHI.
Jill joined Women's Health Innovations in 2017 and is currently the Director of Operations. She oversees the day-to-day operations along with billing, fundraising and a variety of other tasks. Jill's previous experience was as the Director of Provider Relations for a medical billing company before joining WHI.
She has years of experience with medical billing and client/ provider relations. Jill is also a certified peer support specialist with her own journey with postpartum. When Jill isn't working, she enjoys crafting, reading and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Maria Ward is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in perinatal mood disorders, trauma issues and substance abuse disorders. For the past 15 years she worked as a direct care therapist, clinical supervisor and program manager in residential treatment services as well as private practice. She has a passion for helping women and families.
Maria completed the two-day continuing education course, “Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Assessment and Treatment.” She received her master's degree from Northern Arizona University in Community Counseling. She joined WHI of Arizona in May 2019 but has previously worked in private practice with Michelle Lacy.
Julylah Rowan-Bennett is a Licensed Professional Counselor with significant experience in family therapy, trauma, grief and loss and mood disorders. Julylah has ten years of experience as a therapist. As a mom of two small children, she has a passion for families and helping them navigate perinatal mood disorders and maternal mental health. Julylah has a Master of Science degree from Mount Mary University in Wisconsin. She is completing the dissertation phase of a doctorate degree with Grand Canyon University with an emphasis on Behavioral Health. Julylah’s research focus for the past five years has been perinatal mood disorders and first-time moms. She has worked in various mental healthcare settings including hospitals and community agencies. Julylah resides in the West Valley area with her husband and children. Julylah is currently contracted as a therapist with WHI.
Erin is a Licensed Associate Counselor with experience working with individuals and families in trauma, adjustment, attachment, communication, loss, and other needs. A mother of two young adults, Erin is passionate about families and recognizes maternal health is at the center of a thriving family. She believes strongly in honoring the whole person and family and meeting people where they are to create a collaborative effort for walking through treatment alongside the individual. Erin has her Master's of Science in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona. She loves opportunities to learn and grow in different ways and hiking with her dog.
Marlys (Marli) Reardon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 13-1/2 years of experience working in behavioral health. Marlys has worked with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life and her main objective is providing a safe, comfortable space for clients to share freely and without judgment.
Marlys is trained in CBT, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Motivational Interviewing, Hypnotherapy, and Treatment for Addictions. Marlys has experience assisting individuals, couples, and groups in addressing symptoms of anxiety and panic disorders, bipolar disorder, depression and stress, family issues, grief and loss, life transitions, marital conflict, exploring and processing symptoms of trauma and PTSD, self-esteem, substance use and addiction, as well as women's issues.
Marlys received her Master’s in Social Work from Arizona State University and her undergraduate degree in Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.
Maria Casal Porto is a licensed associate counselor with 20 years of experience working in mental health. Maria received her doctorate degree in Counseling and a Master's in Psychology.
Her training included Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Suicide Prevention, EMDR, and CBT. Her focus includes working with minorities and disadvantaged populations, mood disorders, substance/ alcohol abuse, trauma, suicide prevention, human trafficking and life transitions including migratory issues.
Maria worked in diverse clinical settings including community clinics, outpatient, residential, school, and jail systems. Born and raised in San Juan Puerto Rico, Maria started practicing as a psychologist in the Island and moved overseas in 2006. Most recently she settled in Arizona with her family.
Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master of Science in Mental Health from Capella University. She is experienced in supporting children and their caregivers dealing with trauma and developmental challenges. Additionally, Lisa has over 15-years’ experience as an elementary school. teacher. She supported students and their families academic, social, and emotional success. Lisa has advanced certifications in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Circle of Security, and Brazelton’s Touchpoints. Lisa is highly skilled at creating a warm and non-judgmental environment that encourages sharing, collaboration, and risk-taking in pursuit of growth and achieving personal goals.
Andrea is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC). She is certified in perinatal mental health (PMH-C) with diverse experience working with maternal mental health, grief and loss, trauma, addiction, and mood disorders. She is trained in DBT, EMDR, CBT and MRT. Andrea’s passion for her work comes from her own grief and loss journey. Her goal is to provide a safe and empathetic space in which you will be able to heal and grow.
Andrea is a Board approved Clinical Supervisor and has worked in a variety of Behavioral Health settings in both direct care and leadership roles. Andrea completed a master’s in professional counseling and a masters in Addictions Counseling both from Grand Canyon University.
Reggie Sheffield has over 10 years of experience working with parents, youth and children in Arizona’s Welfare system. Reggie received a Master's in Social Work from Arizona State University. During his program, Reggie was an intern for WHI specifically serving dads. Reggie attended the Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care two-day training with Postpartum Support International (PSI).
Reggie’s focus and passion are working with fathers and has facilitated several parenting classes geared towards child behaviors. Reggie loves being a father to his four children, and his goal is to empower other fathers to lead their homes while successfully supporting their significant other.
Lorraine has her B.S. in early childhood education, special education and elementary education from NAU. Early on in her career, she was a preschool teacher in New York City. She has been in the early childhood/special education field for over 30 years. She has experience with special education services with head start along with being a parent coach supporting families with children from birth to 5 who have concerns about their child's development. She has also provided services as a coordinator and developmental specialist for the Arizona early intervention program. She also works as a support to families as they transition from the NICU to home by providing emotional support, developmental guidance and community resources as well as providing services as one of WHI's coaches.
Hope Lacy is a Certified Peer Support Specialist who received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies from Arizona State University. Hope is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and looks forward to developing her skills. Hope has experience working as an assistant for a psychiatric provider who specializes in Maternal Mental Health. Hope enjoys spending time with her family and loves her pet bunny and dogs.
Anne graduated in 2006 with a degree in Social Work from St. Cloud State in Minnesota. She is pursuing her Masters in Social Work and is expected to graduate at the end of 2021. She moved to Arizona in 2005. Anne has spent the majority of her 13+year career working with women struggling with substance abuse issues and helping them build a strong and healthy relationship with their children and babies. She has also provided in-home services for childhood development and provided community resources for at-risk families. Anne has been blessed with three beautiful children, and through her own battles, learned there is a lack of support for mom’s struggling with postpartum depression. Through WHI’s intake process, Anne connects women to Therapists, Perinatal Coaches and community resources.
Brianna has a passion for supporting parents and their littles. She understands that behaviors are a form of communication and children have a lot of say. Society puts so much pressure on becoming the “perfect parent” and these expectations can be overwhelming and unrealistic, especially when battling your own internal dialogue. Brianna wants you to see that you are exactly the caregiver your child needs.
Brianna has worked with families, individuals, and children ages 0-17 experiencing aggression, anger, anxiety, life transitions, sadness, loss, and boundary and communication challenges, to name a few. She works to create a healing and supportive environment through gentle developmental guidance, practical parenting support and attachment focused, expressive play-based interventions using components of Child Parent Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Experiential Therapy, and many others.
Brianna received her Master of Advanced Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy at Arizona State University and is currently a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (LAMFT) in the state of Arizona. Brianna is working towards becoming CPP rostered, Certified in Perinatal Mental Health, and completing the advanced training for children in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Martha Villalobos is a graduate student, pursuing a Master of Science in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Trauma degree from Grand Canyon University. For the past 12 years, she has been employed with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community as an Educator and Family Advocate. In addition to helping parents create goals, find resources and provide a home-school connection, she has co-created a parenting class that she has facilitated for the past 9 years for the parents of young children in the Salt River Pima –Maricopa Community. This class builds upon the strengths of the parents and provides them with a network of support. Her passion for supporting families through their struggles and their celebrations has led to her pursuit of a counseling degree. She attended the two day Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care training and was drawn to maternal mental health. She is excited for this new opportunity to support women and their families .
Ruth is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been working as a therapist for 5 years with mostly adults and some children addressing issues of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD, trauma, grief and loss, substance abuse, and relationship issues. Ruth is trained in EMDR and has been using it successfully with her clients suffering from traumatic events, as well as developmental trauma, grief and loss. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has been working in behavioral health since 2000, as a case manager, working with teenagers, general mental health and those with SMI. After raising her own 3 children as a single mom, she understands the challenges of having no financial or family support and the effects on the children. Ruth obtained her master’s degree at Ottawa University in 2015 with an emphasis on trauma, abuse, and deprivation. Her training also included CBT, motivational interviewing, and various types of psychotherapy. She takes an integrated and holistic approach to counseling. Ruth has experience with diverse cultures and religions including working for two years on a Native American reservation. Ruth is passionate about helping women through difficult experiences and changes, focusing on their strengths and seeing the transformations they achieve.
Jessica began her career in perinatal and maternal care as a perinatal yoga teacher and birth/postpartum doula. In her work, she aimed to fill the large gap in maternal health care she found for mothers and families. Her strength as a doula and yoga teacher was in being fully present- listening deeply and without judgment to the concerns and fears of mothers and partners. After encountering so many mothers who were struggling and in need of more help, Jessica shifted her passion and focus to maternal mental health care, deciding in 2019 to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2021. She has specialized training in EMDR therapy, HeartMath, and Internal Family Systems. Jessica is also a certified trauma-informed yoga teacher and birth educator. Jessica is LGBTQIA -gender affirming and supports neurodiversity. She is guided by practices in mindfulness and grounded in her belief in resiliency and in the power of safe space.
Julie joined WHI as an administrative assistant.
Katie joins WHI with 14 years of fundraising experience, having raised millions of dollars throughout her career in an effort to advance cancer research, higher education, pediatric healthcare, and more. No organization's mission is as personal to her as Women's Health Innovations of Arizona, though. As a mother of a very premature child, Katie found services at a time she needed them most.
During her career, Katie has been named Rising Star of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal, is a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award by Rotary International for her career dedication to service, and is an MBA graduate of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Now a mother to a thriving toddler, Katie is grateful for the opportunity to bring her talents and experience to WHI to fundraise for the important mission of maternal mental health, so all parents in Arizona have access to the support and resources that she did. In her spare time, Katie can be found spending time with her family, hiking, gardening, or baking her self-proclaimed world's best chocolate chip cookie.
Geoff works on a local wealth management team at UBS Financial Services, Inc where he began his career at UBS in 2004 as a financial advisor. He earned a B.S. in accountancy from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. He is also a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®), Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) and studying for an additional philanthropic certification.
Geoff uses his background in accounting and financial planning to help guide the Executive Director in executing WHI's mission as Treasurer.
Geoff and his wife, Jill, have a daughter, Carli. In his free time, he enjoys sports, reading, music and woodworking.
Mike Myers has been a leader in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry for over 2 decades. He is well versed in all areas of professional and consumer healthcare marketing and advertising-from strategic planning, market research and branding to digital/social media and DTC advertising. Mike is the Managing Director and Founder of Cross and Wild, an independent consultancy with expertise in senior level strategy focused on marketing communications and corporate/brand strategy. He is also one of the founding partners of CrowdPharm, a new world advertising and marketing solution with over 1,000 staff members that engage on an as needed basis to meet the needs of healthcare clients and their brands.
Previously, Mike was the President and a founder of Palio Communications, later renamed Palio+Ignite. During Mike’s tenure, the firm grew from a handful of card tables above an Eddie Bauer to a $40MM+ global agency recognized as an innovative leader in the advertising community. Mike moved to Palio from Lowe McAdams Healthcare in New York City where he was a Senior Vice President responsible for new business development and management within the company's direct marketing and DTC group. Additional experience includes positions at a number of companies including NCI Advertising that is now part of Publicis, PCS Health Systems, Walsh America/Pharmaceutical Marketing Services, and Eli Lilly and Company.
Mike is a frequent resource to regional and national media on topics ranging from building agency/client relationships, healthcare marketing, emerging/social media, talent management, business culture, and DTC advertising. He has also been a guest lecturer at several colleges and universities and served as an adjunct professor in the MBA program at the City University of New York-Baruch Campus.
Mike currently sits on the Coalition for Healthcare Communication’s Board of Directors, and the University of Arizona Foundation’s National Leadership Council. He holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BSBA degree from the University of Arizona.
Alison DuBose is a small business owner who has lived in Gilbert for over 25 years. For the past 18 years, she was a Director of Project Management for Unicon, a leading provider of technology consulting, services, and support for the education industry. Alison’s client experience while at Unicon focused on Fortune 100 corporations such as Cisco Systems, Publishers such as Pearson Education and Educational organizations such as California Community Colleges.
Patience Breinholt is an accomplished Human Resources (HR) Executive with proven expertise in policy and procedure, recruiting and hiring practices, personnel development, retention approaches, benefits administration, conflict resolution, legal compliance issues, and managerial support. She is a proactive change agent who spends time in with employees, encouraging learning and promoting increased productivity.
Her achievements include developing a high caliber, peak performing HR department from the ground up that supports business strategy, productivity, and profitability. She is instrumental in fostering a company culture in which employees enjoy working in a laid back, friendly atmosphere, while the company maintains a stellar reputation among clients for superior quality, service, and professionalism.
Ms. Breinholt serves as the Vice President of HR at Unicon, Inc., an education technology consulting and services company that provides services for online education along with identity and access management. Ms. Breinholt is SPHR certified. The Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification is nationally recognized as a professionally relevant credential for those who have mastered the strategic and policy-making aspects of HR management.
Ann Marie has over 25 years of experience as a Nurse, with the last four years being dedicated to Psychiatry as a Nurse Practitioner.
Ann Marie currently works at Redemption Psychiatry, and prior to that, she worked at a nonprofit clinic for the severely mentally ill, while owning and practicing at her private office in Gilbert, AZ. She completed her graduate degree at Arizona State University.
She specializes in pregnant and postpartum anxiety and mood disorders. Ann Marie has been active in creating and running local support groups, legislative involvement, and education for professionals and the public regarding perinatal mood disorders.