Meet our Board of Directors

Charlotte ParksCharlotte Parks, LMFT, President

Born in Texas, raised in Amador County, now a resident of Roseville. Charlotte received a Master’s degree in Dance Therapy from CSUS in 1985 and a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from the Professional School of Psychology in 1999. Charlotte became licensed in 2007.

Charlotte’s professional career started with emotionally challenged children and teens at Serendipity Diagnostic and Treatment Center and continued through Alicante School and Carmichael Children’s Center. She now works for Heritage Oaks Hospital by managing the Roseville Outpatient Center, working with adults and adolescents.

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Christina Strom, President Elect

Nina (Christina) Strom is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist and currently works as the Program Manager and therapist for teens, young adults, and families for Auburn Davis Center for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She worked as the sole licensed trauma therapist for the Human Trafficking and Sexual Assault Team at Stand Up Placer, and worked per diem with Sutter Psychiatric PHP/IOP program.

For two years Nina was the Lead Clinician and supervisor of the addiction counselors at the Veteran's Resource Center Behavioral Health Center for homeless dual diagnosed Veterans where she provided individual, group, and a comprehensive wellness and substance abuse treatment. She worked two years prior to VRC for a harm reduction program as the high risk therapist for pregnant females addicted to opiates, on replacement therapy.

Nina lived in Okinawa Japan before coming back to the States employed out of graduate school by UCLA andthe Focus Project working with active duty military, their families and commands of all branches providing therapy and resiliency training skills. Nina attended graduate school in San Diego, CA following 5 years active duty as a Navy Hospital Corpsman working with the Marine Corps, from 2002 to 2007.

Nina enjoys time with her family, enjoys an adventure, and is passionate about work- life balance- she loves the arts, music, nature, being active, and finding the humor in her life challenges.

 Dianne MurdenDianne Murden, LMFT, Past President

Dianne has had a private practice in Auburn. Prior to becoming licensed in 2010, she worked for many years at Placer County Children’s System of Care as a supervisor. Dianne is familiar with the juvenile dependency system and provided family reunification services for adults and children. She have been trained in the Shared Parenting Support Program, which helps conflicted and divorcing parents focus on their children’s needs.

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 Mary Starr, Chief Financial Officer

Dean BenderDean Bender, LMFT, Secretary

Dean has two California professional licenses. He has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1980 and MFT trainee, intern, and licensee for 13 years. He holds an MBA from Golden Gate University and an MS in Counseling Psychology from National University. He worked for over ten years at LDS Family Services.  He taught Marriage and parenting classes for the last seven years.

The majority of clients at his Rocklin practice are couples where he treats mood disorders, life changes, employments, financial issues and NEO personality analysis. He has been a board member and treasurer of the international organization AMCAP: Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists. He uses CBT, ACT, Solution Focused, a drop of psychoanalytical and spiritual interventions.

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Lynne Thomson, LMFT, Member at Large

Lynne has been working in the mental health field since 2000. Her experiences include providing crisis intervention, advocacy services, and counseling at a local domestic violence/rape crisis center. Subsequently, Lynne worked at a local community counseling agency providing therapy services to adults, adolescents, and children. Lynne has experience working with clients who self-present for therapy services and those who are mandated to therapy services by a third party.

Lynne received her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Pomona College in Claremont, CA. Lynne earned her Master’s degree in Counseling, Emphasis on Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy from University of Phoenix.

Currently, Lynne has a private practice in Rocklin and works part time at an outpatient clinic associated with a mental health hospital.

Ann Gamble, Member at Large

Mike Phillips, Member at Large, Prelicensed

Mike Phillips is currently employed with River Oak Center for Children in the Sacramento area providing outpatient therapy to Medical youth, ages 3 to 21 years old.  He has also have been providing Functional Family Therapy (FFT) since June of 2015.  He submitted his 3,000 hours on February 24th and has begun to study for his clinical exam.  He is interested in learning more about theories/models of therapy such as DBT, CBT, and EMDR, as well as learning about other areas of therapy (working with different populations, insurances, private practice, county, etc.).