The Admin Team

  • Claudia Cendejas

    Executive Director

  • Claudia Navarro

    Clinical Director

  • Imelda Vera

    Programs Manager

  • Patricia Gonzalez

    Office Manager

Claudia Cendejas

Executive Director

Claudia Cendejas is one of three Co-Founders and past Interim Executive Director for Humanidad Therapy and Educational Services. Claudia has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Marriage Family Therapy from San Francisco State University. She also has a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Spanish from Sonoma State University. Claudia has a passion in helping the Community and has served different roles within the agency and throughout the community. Claudia has worked with migrant students providing instructional tutorial services. She has worked as a Parent Educator and has provided developmental services to support children and their families. She also has a background in providing Counseling Services to individuals, couples, families and groups. Currently Claudia is working as a Social Service Worker for the County of Sonoma, working with pregnant or parenting teenagers.

Claudia Navarro

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 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 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. 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 of the Humanidad Board of Directors. Additionally, Imelda was a 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 leadership career as Humanidad’s Programs Manager. She enjoys working alongside her colleagues to support Humanidad’s mission and vision of the organization, and implement culture humility and growth within its Programs Department.

Patricia Gonzalez

Office Manager

Patricia is Native-Born in Sonoma County, residing in Santa Rosa, CA. Her roots are from Michoacán, Mexico and she 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 passion for work and advocacy for children and parents in her community. When the time is right Patricia will continue with her educational goals and complete her education. Patricia brings over 10 years 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 become 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 and supporting Humanidad’s mission is to service the Latinx and bicultural Community through therapy and education services.

Clinical Supervisors

  • Cecilia Perez

    Lead Clinical Supervisor (LMFT)

  • Christina Zapata

    Clinical Supervisor (LCSW)

  • Gilda Estevez

    Clinical Supervisor (LMFT)

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    Maxine Hall

    Clinical Supervisor (LMFT)

Cecilia Perez

Lead Clinical Supervisor (LMFT)

Cecilia is Humanidads Lead Clinical Supervisor where she provides support to our supervisors who work closely with our trainees and associates who are gaining hours towards becoming therapists. She also works with adults, couples, families and children doing therapy that is both bilingual and bicultural. Having migrant parents, Cecilia has experienced the challenges, complexities and opportunities that come with being a first generation Latina and living in and bridging two cultures. She has been an active member of Sonoma County’s mental health community, providing psychotherapy in community mental health agencies, schools and court-affiliated services as well as her own bilingual private practice. Cecilia 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 a licensed MFT that she became inspired by her mentor Dr. Maria Hess and her work as a Humanistic depth-oriented therapist and teacher. In collaboration with Dr. Hess, Claudia Cendejas, MA, and she co-founded Humanidad Therapy & 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 led the way for Cecilia in her interest of expanding multicultural awareness and delving deeper into issues that impact diverse populations. They developed the therapeutic program of Convivencia that is currently being used as a culturally based practice that supports the needs of the Latinx immigrant community. Cecilia is 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. (LMFT 80322)

Christina Zapata

Clinical Supervisor (LCSW)

Christina 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. She was a key part of the creation of the Community Convivencia & Group Convivencia research project. Christina’s experience prior to clinical training includes organized labor, migrant education, and advocacy for policy change. (LCSW, CDEP)

Gilda Estevez

Clinical Supervisor (LMFT)

Gilda obtained her MS degree in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University in 2016. She completed her clinical hours working with bilingual/bicultural Latinx youth and families, and has worked as a Therapist and Clinical Supervisor in various nonprofit clinics and community-based wraparound programs throughout Sonoma County. She is a trauma therapist by specialty and her clinical approach is client-centered, trauma informed, and integrative- generally weaving various fundamentals of liberation psychology, psychodynamic/attachment-based, cognitive behavioral, family systems, feminist, narrative, and solution-focused theories into her clinical practice. As a supervisor, she’s passionate about supporting developing clinicians so they can show up as authentic, vulnerable, and whole humans in their clinical relationships. She believes strongly that well rounded clinicians carefully consider the impact of intersecting systems of oppression on the mental health functioning of their clients. (LMFT 108094)
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Maxine Hall

Clinical Supervisor (LMFT)

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.

Counselors

  • Bianca Aviña

    Licensed Therapist (LMFT)

  • Cody Westfall

    Associate Therapist (AMFT)

  • Dee Edwinson

    Associate Therapist (AMFT)

  • Jessica Lueza

    Trainee Therapist (MFT)

  • Noemi Degante Blancas

    Associate Therapist (AMFT)

  • Stephanie Malagon

    Trainee Therapist (MFT)

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Bianca Aviña

Licensed Therapist (LMFT)

Bianca 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. (LMFT 124362)

Cody Westfall

Associate Therapist (AMFT)

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 training at the Santa Rosa Junior College, 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. (AMFT 106245)

Dee Edwinson

Associate Therapist (AMFT)

Dolores “Dee” Edwinson immigrated to the United States from El Salvador at the age of five. After graduating from high school, she continued her studies, married, and had three daughters. She eventually earned a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, with an emphasis in Multicultural Studies and then earned a Bilingual Teaching Credential from Sonoma State University and taught elementary school for 17 years. She earned a Master’s degree in Psychology from California Southern University in 2015, and joined Humanidad in 2016. As an Associate Marriage Therapist, she enjoys working with couples, individuals, families, children, and adolescents. Dee enjoys reading, chorus singing, taking long walks, and visiting her three grown daughters who live in Sacramento, El Dorado, and Sonoma Counties. She lives with her husband in Sonoma County. (AMFT 132971)

Jessica Lueza

Trainee Therapist (MFT)

Jessica is a first-generation biliterate bicultural college student currently working on completing her Master’s degree from the University of San Francisco, in Counseling Psychology, with a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy. She has also gained experience working in education for over 10 years. Jessica has a passion for learning about people and working with human behavior. Her inspiration to continue to pursue this path came from her previous job as a Restorative Specialist, as well as her own life experiences. The bonds Jessica built with the youth encouraged not only her personal development, but they encouraged her to continue to gain more skills in order to provide the best service to all. Jessica’s goal as a clinician is to plant seeds that encourage growth and healing in our community. In the words of Cesar Chávez, “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”

Noemi Degante Blancas

Associate Therapist (AMFT)

Noemi Degante Blancas is a bilingual, bicultural, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. 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. (AMFT 128554)

Stephanie Malagon

Trainee Therapist (MFT)

Stephanie Malagon is a master’s student pursuing a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has 4+ years of experience working with children with Autism providing ABA therapy. Stephanie is excited to work with diverse populations and be a resource for her community.

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Programs

  • Alma Rodriquez

    Alma Rodriguez

    Community Navigator (CHW)

  • Alonso Villalobos

    Community Navigator (CHW)

  • Citlaly Quintero-Martinez

    Community Navigator

  • Erika Dominquez

    Erika Dominquez

    Community Navigator (CHW)

  • Patricia Castro

    Intake Community Navigator

Alma Rodriquez

Alma Rodriguez

Community Navigator (CHW)

Alonso Villalobos

Community Navigator (CHW)

Alonso Rodriguez Villalobos is a community health worker at Humanidad Therapy and Education Services. His work through Humanidad focuses on helping the community within Sonoma County. His role is to help navigate those in need of housing, food, and mental health services. He is currently a student at the Santa Rosa Junior College as a psychology major and on his way to earning his Bachelors once he transfers to a 4 year university. He wants to continue to work towards supporting the Latino community through advocating and providing mental health resources. He plans on going to grad school to earn his PHD in psychology.

Citlaly Quintero-Martinez

Community 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.
Erika Dominquez

Erika Dominquez

Community Navigator (CHW)

Erika Dominguez is a Community Health Worker Specialist for Humanidad Therapy & Education Services. As the Community Health Worker Specialist, Erika’s primary role is to be part of the frontline healthcare workers. She assists the members of our community, especially those that are part of the underserved communities access the healthcare services they need. Erika is a graduate of Sacramento State University, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Public Relations. She enjoys collaborating and learning about other organizations whose mission is to improve health equity for the community. Erika has high hopes for her community and believes that as a CHW she can make a difference in someone’s life. She wants to help her community by helping bring a voice to those people that are most affected by health disparities. Erika uses her positive attitude and energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed. She believes that hard work always pays off. Erika is inspired by her husband and four children. During her free time, Erika enjoys spending time with her family by going on bike rides. She also enjoys reading a good book.

Patricia Castro

Intake Community Navigator

Patty Castro is originally from Mexico, residing now in Santa Rosa, CA for the past 16 years. Her roots are from Michoacán and Guanajuato and she proudly continues to be a part of the Latinx Community. Patricia graduated from a University in her hometown in Mexico with a degree in Psychology applied to the workforce, and later attended Santa Rosa Junior College beginning her journey into developing a career in business administration. Patty enjoys helping people and the community in different ways. She recently also worked at Catholic Charities which allowed her to learn about the different needs in Sonoma County. Patty is also creative and enjoys artistic activities in her free time, as well as the company of friends, family and her dog Toby. Patty brings over 16 years experience and a wealth of knowledge working with minorities and the community. Now a returning member of the team in Humanidad Therapy and Education Services, in her new role as Intake Coordinator, where previously worked as Office Manager as well. She continues her professional career goals supporting Humanidad’s mission as to serve the Latinx and bicultural Community through mental health services.
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