Laurie Linsley, LMFT, President

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.


Diane Kato, LMFT - President Elect

Diane has over 21 years of experience engaging children, adults, and families. Diane's specialty is supporting children and parents utilizing a wide array of experimental techniques such as art, play, sand, animals, and movement. Diane works with individuals and groups developing healthy coping skills, improving social development, and educating youths and adults about family systems and how trauma may affect quality of life. In addition, Diane focuses on reducing mental health stigmas and preventing child and elder abuse by educating individuals and the community. Diane is a member of CAMFT and AAMFT.

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Linda Ankeney, LMFT - CFO

As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Linda welcomes clients of diverse ages, backgrounds, cultures, religions and genders/non-genders. She graduated with distinction 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's theoretical orientation is CBT and Acceptance and Committment Therapy and is certified through EMDRIA for EMDR therapy. Linda loves her job and feels that she was born to be a Therapist!

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Cicily Baird LMFT - Secretary

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.


Nadine Newman, LMFT Member At Large

Nadine Newman attended the University of San Francisco where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior in 2005 and a Masters in Counseling Psychology in 2010.  As a MFT intern, Nadine worked in Yolo County with the Yolo Community Care Continuum and the Woodland Unified School District.  She became licensed in 2015 and has worked in private practice in Yolo, Sacramento, and Placer Counties with her therapy dog, Maggie.  She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, trained in EMDR, and a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional. She has been a member of CAMFT since 2010 and has participated in events/trainings in the Yolo, Sacramento, and Sierra Foothills chapters.

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Lisa Olson, LMFT Member At Large

In 1991, Lisa received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of Arizona. She then graduated Saint Louis University with a Masters in Counselor Education with a Clinical Marriage and Family Therapy specialization in 1997. By 20026, she earned Pupil Persnnell Services (PPS) Credential and worked as a clinician and counselor in public education. Lise received her LMFT in 2018.

While interning, she completed a 52-hour training for EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and 100 hours of training in IFS (Internal Family Systems).  Level I-trained and approved EMDR clinician. Currently Level II-trained and approved IFS therapist, and in the process of becoming  Certified IFS Practitioner.

I am in year two of a comprehensive three-year training program to become a certified SE (Somatic Experiencing) practitioner. I am in year three of a three-year cohort training in metaphysical energy practices and bodywork techniques to supplement my work in healing trauma.

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Melissa J. Allen, AMFT Pre-Licensed Member At Large

MS Counseling and PPS credential and Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Lisa is a teen mama, cat mama, school counselor and mental health professional.  Her interests include roller derby, tattoo addict, coffee enthusiast and nature lover! She is currently pregnant on a surrogacy journey.