Master Level Intern
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.
S. Julylah Rowan-Bennett
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.
Jennifer St. Clair is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 15 years of experience working with individuals, couples, families, teenagers and children. Jennifer received her degree in Clinical Psychology from California State University in Fullerton and her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona.
Jennifer has experience working with anxiety, depression, couples counseling, PTSD, alcohol and substance abuse, interpersonal relationships, and parenting skills training in private practice, outpatient, residential, and school settings. Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, Jennifer first started practicing psychotherapy in Southern California before moving to Arizona, where she resides now with her two children, and husband.
Tamela began her professional endeavors in service to others which has led to a career in counseling. Tamela completed a master’s degree in education at Old Dominion University in 2011, formally pursuing a career in counseling. She is now a licensed professional counselor (LPC).
Tamela has worked with a diverse population of clients and communities, and she is well versed in several theoretical approaches and techniques to counseling and nuances of various cultures. Tamela also utilizes an open and genuine approach of inquiry and support for the clients she works with.
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
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.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) with 13 years’ experience, Andrea is passionate about her work. She desires to work with people who are motivated to make lifestyle changes to acquire personal growth, better their relationships and create a fulfilling life.
Counseling can be a positive tool for change and self-improvement, allowing each of us to understand ourselves and others better. Andrea possesses a wide range of experience that can assist in meeting your needs/goals.
She is trained in DBT, CBT, MRT and EMDR with vast experience working with addiction, trauma, and dual diagnosis. Her goal is to provide a safe and empathetic setting in which you will be able to challenge yourself and make positive changes. She has worked with individuals from ages 12 and up in a variety of settings from residential, inpatient, MAT and outpatient treatment. She looks forward to accompanying you on your journey!
Reinaldo "Reggie" Sheffield
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.
Ivette (she, her, hers, ella) is first generation, both her parents immigrated from Mexico. Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and resides there with her two littles, one fur baby, and her husband.
While working as a family support specialist in the Latinx community, providing resources and child development education, she realized there was a larger need for mental health support that she was unable to provide. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2016 with her Masters in Clinical Social Work with an emphasis in children, youth, and families.
Shortly after, she decided to stay home full-time to raise her two young children. During this time, she experienced PTSD from both births that had complications, finding herself the one in need of mental health support. On her journey of physical, emotional, and mental healing, she became part of a community of women, that later blossomed into a women-led, grassroots, non-profit organization that focuses on BIPOC women’s holistic health and reconnecting to Traditional Indigenous birthing practices. She is a co-founder and currently their grants manager.
Realizing the critical need for maternal mental health support that the pandemic had brought to the forefront, she is ready to come full circle, and continue her passion by providing support to mammas in our community by combining her personal and professional experiences.
Christina graduated in 2008 from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Right after college, she began working with children who had developmental disabilities and spectrum. Christina worked directly with these families in their homes as well as day programs providing private habilitation and respite care utilizing ABA techniques.
Personally, Christina dealt with depression and anxiety throughout her three pregnancies. She sought treatment and learned various methods on how to deal with postpartum anxiety.
Most recently, Christina became a Certified Peer Support Specialist. Her goal is to help other women overcome obstacles of motherhood and transform for the better; she understands first-hand the ripple effects it can have on families. Christina also offers bilingual services.
Anne is our Director of Client Services. She graduated in 2006 with a degree in Social Work from St. Cloud State in Minnesota and moved to Arizona in 2005.
Anne has spent the majority of her 12+ 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 to at-risk families.
Anne has been blessed with two beautiful children, and through her own battles, learned there is a lack of support for moms struggling with postpartum depression. Through WHI’s intake process, Anne connects women to Therapists, Perinatal Coaches and community resources.
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.
Julie was recently hired at 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.
Prior to joining Unicon in 2001, Alison worked at Andersen Consulting/Accenture focusing on software development and analysis for American Express. Alison recently retired from Corporate America to focus on her International Makeup and Mobile Bumper Repair businesses.
Mrs. DuBose has a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems degree from the University of Phoenix. Alison holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI). She also holds a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) certification and a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.
Alison previously served on the Auxiliary Board of the East Valley Boys & Girls Club in the capacity of President and Secretary. She also participated in the Komen for the Cure 3-Day walk for 14 years.
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 Casey
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.