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Our Staff

The staff at Valley Family Center consists of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs) as well as Associate Marriage and Family Therapists (AMFTs) and trainees under licensed supervision who provide therapy to clients. Credentialed teachers and professionally trained group facilitators and staff provide the remaining services at the Center. Many of staff are bilingual and programs are provided in English and Spanish to meet the linguistic needs of our clients.

Management Team:

Gary Bessler, Executive Director
Lorena Villalba, LMFT, Clinical Supervisor
Mary Henriques, MPH, Development Director
Irma Hererra, Bookkeeper
Ivan Ramirez, Intake Coordinator
Sister Carmel Somers, M.ED., Learning Center Director

Our Counseling Staff

The Valley Family Center counseling staff is comprised of psychologists, licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs), and Associate Marriage and Family Therapists (AMFTs) and trainees. The training and areas of expertise for the clinical staff vary, yet are consistent with the training and approaches generally utilized in the fields of clinical and counseling psychology. The staff at Valley Family Centers are experts in using different counseling approaches to assist our clients with a variety of concerns. This page will provide you a little more information about our staff as people, because this can sometimes help clients feel more comfortable coming to the Center.


Meet Our Staff


Gary Bessler

Executive Director

“I’m honored to be working with so many talented and dedicated people”

Ivan Ramirez
Program Coordinator

Lorena Tercero-Villalba
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist & Clinical Supervisor

Kristin Townsend
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Carlos Quintero

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Marisol Nunez

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Viki Goodman

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Joel German
Domestic Violence Perpetrators Group Facilitator

Mary H. Henriques, MPH
Development Director

Claudia Hernandez
Office Manager

Sr. Carmel Somers
Learning Center Director

Andrea Dubon-Altamirano

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Jennifer Kahl

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Bob Bradley

Domestic Violence Perpetrators Group Facilitator

Aimee Stubblefield
Development Associate

Irma Herrera

Evelia Scanlon
Domestic Violence Perpetrators Group Facilitator

Patricia Bohan

Learning Center Teacher

Ashley Villa

Front Desk Receptionist


Arturo Arzola-Skeen

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee 


Jaclyn Lewis

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee