The Administrative Staff supports the counseling and educational programs offered by Yolo Family.
Executive Director: Lester Neblett
Lester has more than 25 years of professional experience that includes executive leadership, development and management of programs, serving on commissions and committees, and management positions in the non-profit and public sectors. He currently serves as Board President for the Walk for Mental Health. Prior to working for Student Global Placement Services, Neblett was Executive Director of the Sacramento LGBT Community Center for four years while serving on several local and national committees. He has his MA in Counseling Psychology and Holistic Health from Kennedy University. »Email Lester
Client Services Manager: Blanca Sandoval
Blanca Sandoval, one of our bilingual staff, brings many years of experience to her position coordinating the services offered by the agency. She is passionate about facilitating the best care possible for the clients by arranging appointments, scheduling the therapists and making referrals for needed support services.
Administrative Assistant I:
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Administrative Assistant II: Adriana A. Acosta
Adriana A. Acosta has many years of experience in customer service. She is bilingual and has been with the agency for two years. She is attending Sacramento City College and is pursuing a degree in Sociology. She is committed to providing clients with the best service possible. Adriana will always greet clients with a positive attitude and a friendly smile. »Email Adriana
Advanced MD Systems Manager: Cara Thomas
Cara is in training for billing and is of great assistance to our billing manager. Cara is currently attending American River College in pursuit of an Administration Assistant degree. Cara strongly believes in the benefits of mental health services. »Email Cara
Yolo Family clinical staff helps families, children, teens and individuals overcome their life challenges and experience greater satisfaction in their personal lives and relationships.
Clinical Director: Edie Dornbush, MFT
Edie Dornbush is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 15 years of experience working with children, parents and relationship issues. She received her Master’s degree from California State University, Sacramento. She appreciates working with people of all ages and enjoys coming alongside them in their journey towards healing. She is especially fond of working with younger children and teens, but also has adults and couples on her case load. She specializes in Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is certified in Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT) and Trauma Focused –Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Other areas of interest include bereavement, women’s issues, anxiety and depression, especially related to childhood trauma. »Email Edie
Assistant Clinical Director: Clara Cazares, LCSW
Clara Cazares is a bilingual, bicultural Associate Clinical Social Worker Intern, who received her MSW from CSU Sacramento. She works with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She interacts with clients to discover their strengths in order to address and cope with depression, anxiety, foster care and relationship issues. She also has experience with Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT). »Email Clara
Beth Kaffka, LCSW
Beth Kaffka, LCSW, earned her MS at Colombia University. She worked as a clinical staff member from 1992 to 2000, and subsequently has worked as a clinical supervisor, primarily for students and interns who speak Spanish and work bilingually. She has been in private practice in Davis for 14 years. Her particular interests include cross-cultural work, anxiety and depression, parenting, marital and family issues, and infant and child mental health.
Jane Zeiger, LCSW
Jane Zeiger, LCSW, earned her MSW at UC Berkeley. She has been a part-time clinical supervisor and training coordinator at Yolo Family for 15 years. She has also maintained a private practice in Sacramento for almost 30 years. Her particular interests include mood and anxiety disorders, infant mental health and parenting, loss and grief and DBT. She is on the Standards and Ethics Committee for the CA Society for Clinical Social Work.
Clinical Staff Members
Suzanna Gee, MFTI
Suzanna graduated from Sacramento State University. Suzanna has been a longtime champion of mental health services that are appropriate, adequate and culturally competent. She’s worked on helping to develop policies in the mental health service system that impact the daily lives of many in a positive way. Suzanna’s background has given her the foundation to work therapeutically with clients of all ages as she views them as a whole person and honors their experiences. »Email Suzanna
Ruth Fankushen, MFT
Ruth Fankushen is a Marriage Family Therapy Intern. She received her Masters of Arts Degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has years of experience working with children on matters such as depression, anxiety, cross-cultural issues, bereavement and social skills. Ruth has also served as a grief and loss counselor for adults, teens and children. Ruth feels honored to work with people of all ages, helping them to reinforce their innate strengths and support systems and assisting them in dissolving any blocks to healing. »Email Ruth
Etelberto Guzman, LCSW
Etelberto Guzman graduated from California State University, Sacramento. Etelberto is bilingual and bicultural. He has been providing therapeutic services to children and their families. Etelberto works with low to high risk adolescents and couples. He enjoys teaching parenting skills and facilitating groups for fathers. He has experience in improving parent-child communication, adolescents dealing with anger issues, women and men issues, depression, anxiety, divorce, separation and self esteem among other interventions. Etelberto’s principal interest is engaging fathers in their children’s education. »Email Etelberto
Shu-ya Hsieh, MFT
Shu-ya Hsieh has a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the Medical School of National Taiwan University and a Masters of Science in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from California State University, Sacramento. She speaks Taiwan, Mandarin and English. She has experience working in the field of Holistic Medicine outcome evaluation and applying play and art therapy conjoint with talking therapy. These experiences lead her to be a mindful and curious individual. She endeavors to maintain a playful attitude in life and to assist her clients of all ages to develop their own. »Email Shu-ya
Patty Jaime, PCCI
Patty Jaime is a bilingual Professional Clinical Counselor Intern who received both her School Counselor Credential and Master’s in Counseling degree from CSU Sacramento. She specializes in working with school age children and teens, as well as their families, to address concerns related to behavioral development and adjustment challenges.
Soniya Niman, MFTI
Soniya earned her Master’s degree from CSU, Sacramento. She is bicultural and bilingual, she speaks Fijian Hindi. Soniya has experience in providing mental health services to children, adults and families. Soniya enjoys providing services to individuals who face diverse challenges. Soniya sees therapy as a journey for clients to work on goals to enrich, support and empower themselves. She also has experience with the Incredible Years Child and Parent program. Her collaboration with individuals and families includes working on behavioral and emotional needs, actively advocating and providing resources and tools for change. »Email Soniya
Lew Oleson, LCSW
Lewis Oleson, LCSW, earned his MSW at UCLA and has a second Master’s Degree in Clinical Child Psychology. A former elementary school teacher, his concerns center on the impact of general stressors and particular events on children, parents, couples, and individual adults, as well as the quality of the relationships in a person’s life that might support her or him respond to these challenges.
Priscilla Padilla, LMFT
Priscilla Padilla is a graduate from CSU Sacramento where she received her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She works with a variety of clients who face a variety of issues including, grief, depression, anxiety, stress, trauma and relational issues. She has experience in working with emotionally disturbed children and children with autism in classroom settings.
Chris Shellhammer, MFT
Chris Shellhammer LMFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 17 years experience working with children, teens, adults, couples and families. She has a B.S. in child Development from UC Davis and a M.S. in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from CSU Sacramento. She has extensive experience working with trauma issues, including sexual abuse and domestic violence. Other areas of interest include women’s issues, depression, adult children of alcoholics, children with chronic medical conditions, and LGBT issues.
Camillis Slater, LCSW
Camillis graduated from CSU Sacramento where she earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work. Her experiences include work with severely emotionally disturbed children, international and domestic adoptions, parenting classes and developmental and behavioral screenings. She was a member of the Yolo Co. Infant Mental Health Cohort. Her particular interests are in the areas child and infant mental health, parenting skills, family systems, foster/adoption issues of attachment and loss, and mood regulation. »Email Camillis
Eileen Spoth, LCSW
Eileen Spoth has her MSW from UC Berkeley, and has worked for five years as a school-based therapist. She has a background working in the fields of adolescent psychology, drug and alcohol addiction, chronic mental illness, foster placement and mental health counseling.
Marleni Tavarez, LCSW
Marleni, LCSW, earned her bachelors of Science at U.C Davis and MSW at CSU Fresno. She works with adults, couples, teens and children. She specializes in areas of trauma with a special focus on attachment disruptions and parenting, partner-relationship issues, parent-child relationships, women’s and children mental health, grief and loss, phase of life adjustments/transitions & mood issues (anxiety, depression). Her therapeutic orientation is eclectic, utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Attachment-based, Emotionally Focused, Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT), Play Therapy, Sand Play, Motivational Interviewing, Interpersonal, Humanistic, Family Systems and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). http://marlenitavarezlcsw.com/
Jennifer is a graduate student at CSU, Sacramento where she is finishing her Master of Arts in Child Development. For the past few years she has worked as a preschool teacher here in Yolo County. She is currently the Help Me Grow Coordinator at Yolo Family Service Agency. Through her work and education she is devoted to making sure that children and their families are provided the opportunities and resources to thrive.
Greg Williams, LCSW
Greg Williams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He received his Master’s Degree in Social Work from California State University, Sacramento. During his 30+ years as a counselor and therapist, he has worked with agencies specializing in the treatment of substance abuse, domestic violence, sex offenders, victims of sexual abuse and children and adolescents in the foster care and CPS systems. He especially enjoys couples and family counseling opportunities.