The Admin Team

  • Juan Torres

    Executive Director

  • Claudia Navarro

    LMFT Clinical Director

  • Imelda Vera

    Programs Manager

  • Patricia Gonzalez

    Office Manager

  • Ariela

    Ariela Guerrero

    Client Services Representative

  • Citlaly Martinez

    Community Outreach Resources Navigator

  • Emeline Zarate

    Community Outreach Resources Navigator

Juan Torres

Executive Director

Juan was born in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. At the age of seven, Juan and his family immigrated to California to work in the vineyards of Sonoma County. His previous position was with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa managing support services in Sonoma, Lake, Napa and Mendocino County. Inspired by great leaders like Cesar Chavez and Martin Luther King Jr., Juan is passionate about systemic change to help our most vulnerable reach their full potential. As the father of two young children, he sees the importance of supporting both parents and children to establish a strong foundation for their future success.

Claudia Navarro

LMFT Clinical Director

Claudia Navarro, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. Her experience has varied from private practice to the nonprofit sector. She came from Colombia 23 years ago to pursue her Graduate degree in Psychology and while pursuing this goal, she had the great opportunity to work in a nonprofit organization as a Case Manager providing intensive services to the dual diagnosed population and underserved minorities. She has also assisted nonprofits in creating Quality Control Policies and Procedures to ensure the delivery of high quality services.

Imelda Vera

Programs Manager

Imelda Vera, has been a part of Sonoma County for 10 years. Her family is from Guanajuato Mexico, Where her siblings were born. Imelda’s parents brought her and her siblings at a young age to Calistoga, where her family made the Napa Valley their home. Imelda began her education after High School, within the Santa Rosa Junior College, where she earned an Associate’s Degree. Imelda continued her education by transferring to San Francisco State University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. While beginning a career in Social Services, Imelda has had the privilege of working with Organizations such as, Santa Rosa Junior college, Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County, Child Parent Institute, Siyan Clinical Corporation, and most recently Humanidad Therapy and Education Services. Imelda’s passion for working with the community has been an amazing journey. She has been a member of the Latino Service Providers, a Former Member for Humanidad Therapy and Education Services Board of Directors, additionally, she is a former member of On the Verge, where she became a Co-Founder of their Community Start-Up in Sonoma County, La Plaza Donde La Cultura Cura. Imelda looks forward to continuing developing her career with Humanidad Therapy and Education Services within the leadership sector, as the Program’s Manager. Working alongside her colleagues to support Humanidad’s mission and vision of the organization, and implement culture humility and growth within its Program’s Department.

Patricia Gonzalez

Office Manager

Patricia Gonzalez is a Native-Born in Sonoma County, residing in Santa Rosa, CA. Her roots are from Michoacán, Mexico and proudly continues to be a part of the Latinx Community. Patricia excelled and graduated from John Muir High School in Sonoma County and later attended Santa Rosa Junior College beginning her Journey into developing a career in Social Work. Patricia is family oriented and has taken some time to raise her children, additionally her personal journey as a mother has given her the opportunity of an interest, and passionately work and advocate for Children and Parents in her community. Likewise, when the time is right Patricia will continue with her educational goals and complete her education. Patricia brings to Humanidad Therapy & Education Services over 10 year experience and a wealth of knowledge working in her community. More recently Patricia has dedicated over a year in nonprofit, working with Humanidad starting as office Administrator and excelled to now being Humanidad’s Office Manager. Patricia has molded her interest in continuing to learn more about Social Services as she continues her Professional Career goals in Social Work, as Humanidad’s mission is to service the Latinx and bicultural Community through therapy and education services.
Ariela

Ariela Guerrero

Client Services Representative

Ariela Guerrero is Humanidad’s Client Services Representative. She was originally introduced to the nonprofit through Maria Hess, PhD the late founder of the organization in 2015. She was inspired by the mission to serve the mental health needs of the Latinx community, and spent the next couple of years supporting the work. Being surrounded by strong, educated, and community-driven women became the catalyst for her return to the SRJC to complete her Sociology & Behavioral Science Degrees. Ultimately, she plans to finish out her bachelor’s at Sonoma State University and pursue a bilingual teaching credential to work in Sonoma County serving the K-6 population. In the meantime, she is enjoying spending quality time with her husband and son as a stay-at-home mom and working remotely as part of the Humanidad team.

Citlaly Martinez

Community Outreach Resources Navigator

Citlaly has been driven by all the amazing, strong and caring women in her life to become someone who can change lives for the better. As someone who is first generation Latina-America she has seen as well as experienced what neglecting mental health can do to an individual and those around them. As a teen parent she recognizes there are struggles and disparities within the community but has also learned to ask and accept the help and resources which she was given not only for herself but for her family’s well being. Citlaly strives to de-stigmatize and be a part of the change in underserved communities by offering resources and support. She recently graduated with her B.A in psychology at Sonoma State in Spring of 2022 and is enrolled at the USF MTF Program.

Emeline Zarate

Community Outreach Resources Navigator

Emeline was born and raised in Windsor, CA. Her roots are from Michoacán, Mexico. She earned her Associates Degree in Social and Behavioral Science, and Sociology. They have been working in nonprofit specializing in the youth community for over 7 years. They are looking forward to continuing working with the latinx/bi-cultural community with Humanidad.

Supervisors

  • Cecilia Perez

    Lead Clinical Supervisor

  • maxine

    Maxine Hall

    CAMFT Certified Supervisor

  • Heather

    Heather Harshbarger

    LMFT

  • Christina Zapata

    LCSW, CDEP Supervisor

Cecilia Perez

Lead Clinical Supervisor

LMFT 80322
I am the Clinical Director of Humanidad Therapy and Education Services where I provide clinical supervision to our trainees and associates who are gaining hours towards becoming therapists like myself. I also work with adults, couples, families and children doing therapy that is both bilingual and bicultural. Having migrant parents, I have experienced the challenges, complexities and opportunities that come with being a first generation Latina and living in and bridging two cultures. I am also a licensed MFT therapist and have been an active member of Sonoma County’s mental health community, providing psychotherapy in community mental health agencies, schools and court-affiliated services and as well as in my own bilingual private practice. I received an Associates of Art from Santa Rosa Junior College, Bachelors of Science in both Psychology and Spanish from Sonoma State University and then completed a Masters of Science in Counseling Marriage and Family at San Francisco State University. It was during that time in working as an intern to become licensed MFT that I became inspired by my mentor Dr. Maria Hess and her work as a Humanistic depth-oriented therapist and teacher. In collaboration with Dr. Hess, Claudia Cendejas, MA, and I, we co-founded Humanidad Therapy and Education Services. The first non-profit mental health counseling agency in Sonoma County that primarily serves the Latinx community, offering bilingual and bicultural sensitive services to hard to reach communities. Dr. Maria Hess lead the way for me in my interest of expanding multicultural awareness and delving deeper into issues that impact diverse populations. We developed the therapeutic program of Convivencia that is currently being assessed to train future therapists and social workers into the field of mental health on a culturally based practice that supports the needs of the Latinx immigrant community. I am dedicated to serving the most vulnerable populations and helping to bring awareness to the barriers that limit access and the stigma of mental health services.
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Maxine Hall

CAMFT Certified Supervisor

Maxine Hall, MFT has been a Marriage and Family Therapist in Private Practice since 1999. She began supervising Trainees and Interns in 2006 and became a CAMFT Certified Supervisor in 2011. It is with great pleasure that she is involved and supervises Trainees and Associates at Humanidad.
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Heather Harshbarger

LMFT

Heather Harshbarger is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, bilingual in English and Spanish, with over a decade of experience working with children, families, and adults. Heather is originally from the east coast, but moved to California after completing graduate school to start her career in mental health. Heather also carries a specialization in Early Childhood Mental Health and is pursuing endorsement with the state of California as an Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist. Outside of work, Heather is a busy parent alongside her partner to their toddler daughter. She enjoys spending time with her family in their garden and out in nature.

Christina Zapata

LCSW, CDEP Supervisor

Christina (LCSW, CDEP) is a licensed social worker carrying out program and clinical duties at Humanidad. She is EMDR certified, a therapeutic intervention used to relieve psychological stress and is the program manager for the Community Convivencia & Group Convivencia research project. Christina’s experience prior to clinical training includes organized labor, migrant education, and advocacy for policy change.

Counselors

Practitioners

  • Bianca Aviña

    LMFT Licensed Therapist

  • Dee Edwinson

    Associate Marriage Family Therapist

  • Cody Westfall

    Associate Marriage Family Therapist

  • Teresa

    Teresa Perez

    Associate Marriage Family Therapist

  • Nancy Herrera

    Associate Social Worker

  • Noemi Degante

    Associate Marriage Family Therapist

  • valerie

    Valerie Pacheco

    Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

  • jordy

    Jordan Morrison

    Associate Marriage Family Therapist

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Bianca Aviña

LMFT Licensed Therapist

LMFT 124362
Bianca Avina is a bilingual, bicultural, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). She is a first-generation college student to obtain her Master’s in counseling psychology from the University of San Francisco. Bianca works with individual clients of all ages including adults, adolescents, and children. Bianca is also a facilitator for our Convivencias, facilitates youth groups, and conducts mental health lectures in the community.

Dee Edwinson

Associate Marriage Family Therapist

AMFT 94955
Dolores “Dee” Edwinson immigrated to the U.S. from El Salvador. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies (with an emphasis in Multicultural Humanities) and a Bilingual Teaching Credential from Sonoma State University. She earned a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from California Southern University. She is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist and has been with Humanidad for four years couples, seeing individuals, families, children, and teens. She enjoys reading, chorus singing, taking long walks, and visiting her grown daughters, who live in San Mateo, Sacramento, and El Dorado Counties. Dee lives with her husband in Sonoma County.

Cody Westfall

Associate Marriage Family Therapist

AMFT 106245
Cody has been with Humanidad as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist for over three years. She works with clients of all ages, and has a particular focus on multicultural competency in her training that supports her work with all intersecting identities. She is committed to helping others transcend their experiences of pain and loss in order to have, be, and do more with their lives than they may have thought they could. She holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Social and Behavioral Science, with a Masters in Community Mental Health from Sonoma State University. As a member of the Humanidad lecture team, she lectures and provides trainings at the Santa Rosa Junior College, Lawrence Cook Middle School, and many community locations. *Her clients report feeling seen, valued, and validated in their work with her, and as a result of their dedication to their healing, have achieved their goals and gone on to find fulfillment and self love. She sees it as a privilege to be asked to join her clients in the therapeutic process, and looks forward to doing this work for many years to come.
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Teresa Perez

Associate Marriage Family Therapist

Since 2016, Teresa Perez-Martinez has been seeking to make difference in the life of clients by improving their self-confidence and helping them through life problems. Her inspiration to enter the field began after witnessing the lack of mental health options in the LatinX community. Teresa graduated in 2016 from Argosy University with a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Teresa has worked with children, adolescents, couples, adults, and families. Teresa continues to work in various settings by providing support to bilingual families also she is working in psycho-educational groups.

Nancy Herrera

Associate Social Worker

Nancy Herrera is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Ms. Herrera received he bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Judson University in Elgin, Illinois and a Master’s in Social Work from Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois. Growing up in an agrarian community among farmworkers in the central valley of California, Ms. Herrera developed a passion for helping vulnerable people. Ms. Herrera has worked in the social work field in various capacities, such as hospice, grief, homelessness, domestic violence, school counselor, and co-facilitator of NAMI’s Family-to-Family group. Ms. Herrera also served on an advisory board to implement a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Judson University. Ms. Herrera looks forward to serving, adolescents and adults in the Latinx community at Humanidad Therapy and Education Services.

Noemi Degante

Associate Marriage Family Therapist

Noemi Degante Blancas AMFT128554 is a bilingual, bicultural, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT). She graduated with a masters in counseling psychology from the University of San Francisco. Noemi works with individual clients of all ages including adults, adolescents, and children; and is currently working specifically with middle school students at Cesar Chavez Language Academy. Noemi has facilitated youth groups, Convivencias and has given presentations in the community on mental health.
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Valerie Pacheco

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

ID num: 2170
Valerie Pacheco is an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Ms. Pacheco received her BA in Psychology and Spanish, and an MA in Counseling with an emphasis in community mental health from Loyola Marymount University. Ms. Pacheco continues to embody her alma mater’s mission of the education of the whole person, service of faith, and the promotion of justice by assisting the LatinX community. Ms. Pacheco has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in a variety of settings including schools, community based organizations, and in private practice. Since coming to Sonoma county, Ms. Pacheco continues to work with various settings by providing support to bilingual and monolingual families and individuals through Sonoma County Behavioral Health, Child Protective Services, and Redwood Children’s Clinic. Ms. Pacheco is now part of the Humanidad family and is pursuing more training in Trauma Focus work.
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Jordan Morrison

Associate Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT 133351
Jordan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He works with individuals, couples and families.

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