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Meet Our Team
Dr. Melis Alkin is a licensed clinical psychologist providing training and counseling in Turkish, French, and English. She founded a refugee mental health program in Turkey, has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in counseling and psychology, served as a research ethics board member, and working as a psychologist in private practice. She loves going swimming with her children and delving into articles or books on theory.
Dr. Melis Alkin
Charlina Allen is Operations Assistant. She studied Communication, Leadership, and Community Development, and has worked in operations and community relations in the philanthropy, sports, and entertainment industries. She is responsible for assisting in operations coordination, development program support, and general administration for the Institute. Charlina is passionate about community service and loves traveling, beach days, live music, copy editing, watching sports, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Drea Canales (Ph.d. Clinical Psychology) supports all our clinical services and trainings. Her research looks at culturally grounded understandings of resilience, trauma, and complicated grief among displaced communities in Uganda and Nigeria. She is passionate about providing services that foster the well-being of aid workers and their respective communities. Drea enjoys spending time by the ocean with her family and drinking coffee on her porch.
Dr. Drea Canales
Dr. Marissa N. Coleman is a bilingual licensed clinical psychologist whose practice is directly influenced by her work with torture survivors in El Salvador. Dr. Coleman’s specialty includes culturally grounded approaches to trauma recovery and psychological well-being. Her personal multicultural background enables her to view challenges from multiple perspectives, as well as, honor the cultures of each individual and system with whom she works. She enjoys enjoys reggae music, being by water, and traveling with her family.
Dr. Marissa Coleman
Caitlyn Ference-Saunders coordinates all fundraising and stewardship activities at the Headington Institute, including donor management and recognition, programmatic appeals, and annual giving. In addition to her years of experience supporting non-profit growth and sustainability, Caitlyn holds a Master of Arts in Theology and Art and is an active theater director.
Dr. Jason Goldstein is a licensed counseling psychologist specialized in the delivery, training, and supervision of trauma-focused therapies. He provides training, psychotherapy and consulting services. Individually and within group settings, he is particularly attentive to the intersection of trauma, resiliency, and religious/spiritual identity. He enjoys camping, hammocks, sports, and hosting BBQs with family and friends.
Dr. Jason Goldstein
Dr. Scott Grover is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides training, counseling, and consulting services. With a background in training mental health professionals specializing in trauma treatments, he is particularly interested in research related to training humanitarian aid workers for high risk environments and the psychological aspects of security training. Scott enjoys backpacking, snow skiing, teaching, and playing soccer with peers and his children.
Dr. Scott Grover
Dr. James D. Guy is responsible for donor relationships, board development, and long-range planning. As a licensed clinical psychologist, researcher, and educator with 40 years of experience, Jim combines theory and practice to lead the Institute. Jim enjoys outdoor recreation, sports, and time with his four children.
Dr. James D. Guy
Dr. Jacquelyn Millham is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than a decade of experience in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, with a special focus on team dynamics in cross-cultural environments. She is a former aid worker, with experience in refugee support (Somalia and Thailand) and co-founded a nonprofit addressing children at risk in Kenya. She enjoys outdoor recreation, travel, gardening and hiking.
Dr. Jacquelyn Millham
Dr. Sheila Konyu Muchemi is a licensed clinical psychologist based in Nairobi, Kenya. She works in private practice. She has taught various courses at undergraduate universities in Kenya, and continues to provide trainings to different audiences on mental-health related topics. Dr. Muchemi has experience working in various inpatient and outpatient settings in the US where she obtained her doctorate degree. She enjoys traveling, a good novel, and spending time with friends & family.
Dr. Sheila Konyu Muchemi
Dr. Brent Stenberg is a licensed clinical psychologist with 35 years of experience providing training, counseling, and consulting services with a special focus on leadership development. Over the years, Brent has traveled to places like Haiti, South Sudan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan to support regional staff welfare initiatives. Brent enjoys international travel, mountaineering, and photography.
Dr. Brent Stenberg
Dr. Shelle Welty is a licensed psychologist who has been deeply influenced by her work with Central American refugees. Her clinical interests include trauma treatment, group psychotherapy, spirituality, and building resilience in those who live and/or work in chronically stressful environments. Shelle enjoys mountain biking, live music, and new adventures.
Dr. Jennifer T. Young serves as a bilingual Consulting Psychologist, providing psychotherapy services in English and Mandarin. She is a licensed psychologist with a background in family systems and couples therapy. Dr. Young’s work has been influenced by the multiple international settings she has worked in where she has provided training, consultation, programming, crisis intervention, and/or counseling services. She enjoys reading, writing, studying Mandarin and Spanish, dancing, and practicing yoga.
Dr. Jennifer T. Young
Esther Yu is Research Assistant at the Headington Institute. As a doctoral student in clinical psychology, Esther provides analysis for the Institute’s data driven research and services, and contributes to ongoing research and development projects. She holds a B.A. in International Development from UCLA and is passionate about cross-cultural work. She enjoys watching movies, exploring new cafes, and backpacking.
Board of Directors
Leah Porter is a Vice President at Capital Group Companies Global, focusing on marketing. Leah is an experienced marketer with a proven track record in increasing brand equity and accelerating profitable growth in a variety of industries. Leah has been working with the Headington Institute for the past 8 years because she believes strongly in the mission of the organization. While she enjoys financial services, she also loves spending time with family and hiking.
Leah Porter, Chair
Jock Ebner is President of Morlin Asset Management, LP, a regional commercial real estate property management and leasing company. As a specialist in the management of multi-story office buildings and emergency response, including the well-being of emergency first responders. Over the years, Jock has been active in local communities as a coach in youth soccer and baseball organizations.
Jock Ebner, Vice Chair
Joan Riboli is retired CFO of The San Antonio Winery, the oldest winery in Los Angeles, and remains active in the family business. An experienced nonprofit volunteer, Joan was Commissioner of Soccer, AYSO, in South Pasadena, overseeing numerous programs and regional volunteers. A commitment to "helping those who help others" led her to join the board of directors in 2011. A new business venture and enjoyment of family and granddaughters continue to keep her busy.
Joan Riboli, Secretary
Pamela Fogg is a principal in the firm of Dowsett, Fogg, & Doler, P.C. where she directs the healthcare reimbursement practice supporting skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies. An active volunteer, she has served on the boards of an AIDS facility, an oral deaf school, and as a lottery commissioner for the state of Oregon. She is currently a founding board member of Arise Rwanda Ministries focusing on vocational education, clean and safe water systems, and community development in Boneza, Rwanda.
Pam Fogg, Treasurer
Alan C. Hostrup is the President & CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. His service area includes 26 community Y’s, 3,000 staff, 5,000 volunteers and 3 camps which serve 500,000 individuals annually. Alan's personal interest in international work and his lifetime commitment to work towards a more civil and inclusive society led him to join the Institute as a member of the board of directors in 2002 and as board chair in 2005. He has three grown daughters and one granddaughter.
Alan Hostrup, Chair Emeritus
Michelle Banks is the President of the African American Firefighter Museum. Michelle joined the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) in 1984. She is the LAFD’s third uniformed African-American woman, second African-American female Paramedic, and the first Special Assistant to the Fire Chief. Ms. Banks’ commitment to the fire service and dedication to enhancing the community’s well-being has been honored with California Senator Curren D. Prices Jr.s’ 2013 Hero Award and the Los Angeles City Women of Courage Award in 2000.
With over 30 years of experience as a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Winston Gooden has special expertise in psychotherapy with individuals, groups and couples. Prior to his return to our board, Winston served as a senior consulting psychologist with the Headington Institute. Having grown up in rural Jamaica, he has a particular concern for the challenges faced by persons and organizations in developing nations. Winston enjoys travel, gardening and hiking.
Dr. Bruce Haines has over 25 years' experience as a Research Technologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is recipient of the NASA Exceptional Service Medal (2014) and Tycho Brahe Award (2014). A specialist in remote-sensing technologies used by NASA, he understands how these technologies can be used to inform the urgent missions of humanitarian aid workers and global emergency responders. Bruce enjoys biking, trumpeting, skiing and spending time with his family.
Bruce Haines, Ph.D.
Christopher Martin is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Direct Access Capital, a Dallas-based specialty finance firm. He has spent the last 13 years in alternative investments and is passionate about finding and pursuing the best risk-adjusted returns in the private credit markets. Christopher believes strongly in the Institute's mission of equipping global aid workers and emergency responders with the tools to flourish in the midst of a crisis. Apart from the investment world, Christopher enjoys flying, tennis, and blues music.
T. Christopher Martin
John Romero retired in 2017 from a 32-year-long career in professional law enforcement. As a police captain, John was credited as the first to bring wireless emergency alerts to Los Angeles County. He currently directs the Los Angeles County Region, Southern California Alumni Chapter of the Naval Post Graduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security. John remains interested in improving policies and practices that mitigate fatigue-related errors in high-consequence environments. John places a high priority on faith, family and friends.
LuAnn Yocky is the retired National Executive Director for World Vision U.S. Working in the philanthropy division for over 35 years, she led trips throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America to allow project partners to witness, firsthand, the impact of their humanitarian support. Her unique understanding of humanitarian challenges and expertise in philanthropy led her to join the board of directors in 2015. She remains involved with World Vision as a volunteer and is a charter member of the Columbia-Willamette Women of Vision.