Meet our Board of Directors

Laurie Linsley, LMFT, President

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Laurie was born and raised in Cupertino, CA and went to CSU, Fresno to get her undergraduate degree in Recreational Therapy. She then ventured to Anchorage, AK and started a family. She later got divorced and raised two children going back to school in 2009 to get her Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. After living up there for 23 years she returned to CA in 2018 to be closer to her immediate family. She is currently licensed in both states and enjoys working with families. One of Laurie's favorite interventions is working with the clients at the ranch with her horses, being outdoors in nature, and providing hands-on experiences.


Vacant - President-Elect


Catherine Adams, LMFT, Past-President

Catherine Adams received her MA in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2004. She worked at the Bill Wilson Center in Santa Clara, CA as a clinical supervisor and case manager for the Centre for Living with Dying program for grief for 17 years.

Catherine now has a busy private practice in Rescue, CA where she specializes in trauma, grief, and attachment repair.


Dean Bender, LMFT, CFO

Dean has been giving therapy for over 20 years and is licensed as an MFT in California, Utah, and Idaho. He earned an MS in Counseling Psychology from National University in 2002. He worked for over ten years at LDS Family Services.  He taught Marriage and parenting classes, with his wife of 50 years, for eight years.

He treats couples, mood disorders, life changes, trauma, employment and financial issues. He has been a board member and treasurer of the international organization AMCAP: Association of Latter-day Saint Counselors and Psychotherapists. He uses CBT, DBT, Solution Focused, and spiritual interventions. 

Dean also has an MBA and for 38 years a license as a Certified Public Accountant. This license is now retired.


Linda Ankeney, LMFT - Secretary

As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Linda welcomes clients of diverse ages, backgrounds, cultures, religions and genders/non-genders. She graduated from National University with a Masters in Counseling Psychology and has completed coursework for a Masters in Sociology.

Linda's work experience includes several years of serving and empowering children, teens, adults, and families via mental health clinics, school-based sites, and community-based non-profit organizations. She has been in private practice in Roseville since 2010. Linda loves her job and feels that she was born to be a Therapist!

Donna Hutcheson, LMFT Member At Large


Donna M. Hutcheson, LMFT #112819 Member At Large

Pursuing her passion, Donna graduated from California Southern University with a MA in Psychology magna cum laude.  She gained valuable experience working on the behavioral health team at the Placer County Medical Clinic.  In this position, she worked in direct collaboration with a team of dedicated physicians, medical staff and psychiatrist integrating Whole Person Care approach with her clients.  As a Staff Clinician at Sierra Mental Wellness Group, she launched into a trauma-informed approach gaining experience and training in EMDR and Brainspotting.  She enjoys her private practice working with clients virtually throughout the State of California.  She has been a member of the Sierra Foothills CAMFT Chapter since 2014 and has served on the Pre-licensed Committee and currently as a Member at Large.  In her leisure time she enjoys being out in nature hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and spending time with family and friends. 

Cicily Baird AMFT, Pre-Licensed Member At Large

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Cicily received her Masters Degree in Psychology from California Southern University. She has been working within the behavioral industry since 2013. She has experience working in dual diagnosis programs including residential and outpatient clinics. She has provided group services, individual, family, adolescent, and couples services as well. She utilizes trauma informed approaches and has experience and training with brainspotting. Cicily is always trying to learn and grow as a therapist so she attends as many trainings as possible. In her leisure time she enjoys reading, yoga, hiking, riding motorcycles, and spending time with family and friends