Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners
Jerri Shields, LPC, Chairperson
Jerri is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor. Currently serving as the Chair of the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, she is also a professional member of the Counseling Credentialing Committee and a member of the Rules Sub-Committee. She has a Bachelors in Business Management and a Masters in Counseling.Jerri’s professional career encompasses over 30 years of bottom line, results focused leadership and management experience including supervision of the Maricopa County Department of Elections, creating, developing and directing Destination Services for Pointe Hilton Resorts and culminating in the opening of her own private practice, Choice Counseling Services, LLC, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her work there has specialized in working with adolescents and adults with issues of anger, depression and anxiety, as well as marriage and relationship counseling. She has been a guest professor at RACU (Russian American Christian University) in Moscow, and is often asked to guest speak and conduct workshops on subjects including anger and anxiety management. Jerri has lived in Arizona for almost 40 years. She has been married to her husband Rich for 25 years and has volunteered at Scottsdale Bible Church Counseling Center for the past 16 years.
Kirk Bowden, LISAC, LPC
Dr. Kirk Bowden is the Faculty Chair of the Department of Addiction and Substance Use Disorder Program at Rio Salado College, and the Director of the Addiction Counseling Program at Ottawa University. He is the President of NAADAC, the association of addiction professionals. Dr. Bowden is a member of the Board of Directors and past president of the International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education (INCASE), the professional association for college and university professors that specialize in addiction education and research.
Ms. Coonrod attended New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 1966 and joined the US Navy in 1968, where she was an instructor on a simulated flight trainer, teaching the basics of instrument flight to upcoming Navy pilots. After two years in the Navy, Ms. Coonrod held a variety of clerical and administrative positions that included the management of two adult mobile home parks in Tucson. In 1978 Ms. Coonrod was hired by the Arizona Department of Corrections. She spent a total of 8 years working for the Arizona Department of Corrections, beginning in 1978 at the Arizona Correctional Training Center-Tucson, a facility housing first-time, youthful (under 25) male offenders. Her first position was as the Inmate Accounts Clerk; within a year, she had changed direction and became one of only five female officers working at the facility. Later, Ms. Coonrod transferred to the Arizona State Prison Complex – Phoenix (ASPC-Phoenix) and worked as an officer at Alhambra, the initial intake facility for most male inmates incarcerated Arizona. She then promoted to sergeant at the ASPC-Phoenix Aspen DUI facility. From 1988 to 1995, Ms. Coonrod worked as a Customer Engineer at IBM in Phoenix. In 1995, she was hired as the Assistant Facility Administrator (Assistant Warden) and helped open the second privatized Arizona State Prison: Arizona State Prison – Phoenix West (Phoenix West), a minimum custody DUI facility housing 500 adult male inmates. Assistant Warden Coonrod has remained at Phoenix West since then, providing oversight in a variety of areas, including Administration, Food Service, Maintenance and Programs (Substance Abuse, Education, Library, Religious). She is a certified staff trainer and acts in the capacity of EEO liaison and also conducts internal investigations, as needed. She is the Qualifying Party for The GEO Group, Inc. Arizona Department of Public Safety Security Guard Agency license. In 2012, Ms. Coonrod became a member of the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners and served one year as Secretary/Treasurer.
Gloria Gabler, LMFT
Gloria J. Gabler, PhD is the Director of the Marital and Family Therapy degree program at the AZ campus of Fuller Theological Seminary. She has been a marriage and family therapist since 1984. In addition to being in private practice for nearly two decades, her clinical experience includes work in a non-profit mental health agency, a psychiatric inpatient unit, an employee assistance program, and a church based counseling center. After receiving her doctorate in Marital and Family Therapy from the Fuller School of Psychology in 2001, she became the Behavioral Studies Department Chair at Southwestern College (now Arizona Christian University) where she had been teaching part-time. She moved to Fuller AZ in 2011 to head up the MFT master's degree program. Dr. Gabler also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Houston, a Master’s degree in Counseling from ASU, and a Master’s degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Gabler is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Certified Family Life Educator. She and her husband, Jim, have two adult children.
Patricia Dobratz, LMFT
Patricia is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that serves as a Professional Member on the Board. She also serves on the Marriage and Family Therapy Credentialing Committee and formerly served on the Rules Subcommittee. She holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and a Masters of Advanced Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy degree from Arizona State University. Patricia is a clinical fellow member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the Arizona Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She has also served on the Arizona Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Board as the Student and Associate Representative, as well as on the Spring Conference Committee. Patricia is the Assistant Clinical Director of the Arizona Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic and an Instructor at Arizona State University. She also provides clinical supervision to intern and associate clinicians. She previously practiced law as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Illinois.
Cecelia (Sally) Jones, LCSW
Cecilia (Sally) Jones is the Co-founder and CEO of Human Resource Training, Inc. (HRT) established in 1981. She provides direction and oversight for all of HRT’s programs including Foster Care, Therapeutic Foster Care, Developmental Home Program, as well as In-Home Services including Family Preservation, Family Reunification and Counseling. Additionally, she is responsible for program development, fiscal oversight and the professional development of her management team. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Santa Clara University and went on to obtain her Master of Social Work degree from Arizona State University. She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Arizona since 2004. Sally has over 37 years of experience including family therapy and supervision, program development and administration, training development and delivery, contract development and writing, and leadership management. Early in her career she served as the Director of Social Services for a Therapeutic Foster Care Program as well as a consultant for the Arizona Department of Economic Security and was appointment to the Governor’s Advisory Council for Juvenile Justice. She has served intermittently as field instructor for ASU Masters level students. Additionally, she belongs to the Academy of Certified Social Workers and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, KIDS Consortium, Arizona Council of Human Service Providers and the Arizona Association of Providers for People with Disabilities. Since 2013, Sally has served as the Board Secretary of the Arizona chapter of The Humane Link. In May of 2014, she was appointed to the Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.
Gerald Szymanski, LISAC, LPC
Gerald Szymanski is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor. Gerald has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Chapman University, a Master’s Degree in Higher Education from The University of Arizona, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The University of Arizona. In addition, Gerald earned a two-year Infant and Family Clinical Practice Certificate from The Harris Institute. Gerald is also a Licensed Foster Care Parent and a Certified Adoption Parent. Gerald has been practicing in Rural Western Arizona since 2002. He currently maintains a group private practice, is a foster and adoptive parent and is an Adjunct Professor at Arizona Western College where he teaches courses in Psychology, Family Studies and Sociology. Gerald has served on The Board’s Substance Abuse Credentialing Committee since 2011 and was appointed to The Board of Behavioral Health Examiners in 2014.
Peter (Chip) Coffey, LPC
Peter (Chip) Coffey is a licensed professional counselor and nationally certified counselor. He graduated from Ottawa University with a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy. Chip’s career has included working with at risk youth, inmate populations, psychiatric hospital settings and private practice. He is currently the Director of Therapy Services at St. Luke’s Behavioral Health where he oversees the outpatient programs as well as inpatient social services. Chip has contracted as a trainer/consultant for the National Institute of Corrections since 1998 and does training for community corrections, jails and prisons throughout the United States. He also is a trainer in several topics including supervision, cultural competency, eastern psychology, CBT, approaches with LGBTQ clients and end of life. Chip has authored many articles and appears frequently in the media. Chip has been a resident of Arizona for most of his life and has been in Phoenix for 30 years. When not working he enjoys sailing, paddleboarding, photography and world travel with his partner.
Vacant Professional Member
Vacant Public Member
Vacant Public Member
Social Work Credentialing Committee
Cedric Davis, Chair - Photograph and Bio not available
Shiloh Lundahl, LCSW, Secretary
Shiloh Lundahl, LCSW, is a bilingual (Spanish) child and family counselor who provides in-office and in-home therapy services to children and their families. He works with children of all ages and he specializes in working with parents to help parents become therapeutic to their own children. He also teaches parenting classes in the East Valley. Shiloh has worked for several agencies in the public behavioral health system and currently works in private practice and is a clinical supervisor. Shiloh has been on the Social Work Credentialing Committee since August 2013 and is a member of the Rules subcommittee. Shiloh completed a two-year infant and early childhood mental health program through the Harris Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. Shiloh is a licensed foster parent and currently resides in Gilbert with his wife and four young children.
Stephen R Lankton, LCSW
Stephen R. Lankton, MSW, DAHB is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis and a Fellow, and Approved Consultant, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He has practiced psychotherapy since 1974 and trained therapists since 1979. He served as Chair of the Arizona Behavioral Health Examiners Board and also Chair of the Social Work Credential Committee. He is a Diplomate in Clinical Hypnosis, and President Emeritus of the American Hypnosis Board for Clinical Social Work. Among his awards he is the recipient of “Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Psychotherapy” and the “Irving Secter Award for the Advancement of Clinical Hypnosis.” He is the author of 18 clinical books with translations in 6 languages regarding techniques of hypnosis, family therapy, and brief therapy. He conducts professional training seminars throughout the world.
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Vacant Public Member
Substance Abuse Credentialing Committee
Cynthia Pio-Padilla, Chair - Photograph and Bio not available
Gerald Szymanski, Secretary - See profile above
Kirk Bowden - See profile above
Nikole Hintz-Lyon - Photograph not available
Nikole currently is a full time graduate student for Professional Counseling. She holds her bachelors degree in Psychology from Grand Canyon University. Her career includes working in the Higher Education field at GCU as well as working with children. Most recently she served as a Lead Director for Children’s ministry K- 6th grade at her family’s church. Nikole was born and raised in Phoenix AZ and is a wife and mother of 3 beautiful children ages 12, 3 and 2. She also serves on her son’s site council for school as well as the Rules subcommittee for AZ Board of Behavioral Health. After graduate school, Nikole plans to have a career and eventually receive her LPC license and has a passion to continue to learn and work in the behavioral health field as well as serve and fill the needs of the community.
Vacant Professional Member
Counseling Credentialing Committee
Yvonne Fortier, Chair - Photograph not available
Yvonne has served on the Counseling Credentialing committee since 2010 and also participated in the Rules subcommittee since its inception.
Don De Valle, Secretary - Photograph and bio not available
Jerri Shields - See profile above
Kathleen Parrish - Photograph and bio not available
Meaghan Kramer - Photograph and bio not available
Marriage and Family Therapy Credentialing Committee
Mary Doyle, Chair
Mary is a Clinical Lecturer and founding Co-Director for the Masters of Advanced Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy Program for the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. She has been licensed in Arizona as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 2004 and has worked in multiple clinical settings including agencies and private practice, and has supervised graduate intern clinicians and licensed associate clinicians. She is a past member of the Board of the Arizona Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Wendy Lehnertz, Secretary
Wendy has been a licensed marriage and family therapist since 2003, specializing in trauma and abuse recovery, domestic violence, posttraumatic stress disorder, and intimacy recovery for couples. Wendy has co-founded and co-directs LifeSong Counseling Center, LLC where she supervises Intern and Associate therapists, as well as holds her private practice. Wendy currently serves as the Associate Director of Clinical Training at Fuller Seminary in the Marriage and Family Therapy degree program, Arizona campus. Wendy is a clinical fellow member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is an active committee member in the Arizona Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Wendy received her Bachelors of Science in Applied Psychology from St Cloud State University, Minnesota, then completed her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, with a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy at Ottawa University, while simultaneously acquiring a Certification from the Gestalt Institute of Phoenix. Wendy and her husband of thirteen years have spoken locally and internationally on trauma and abuse recovery, as well as given workshops focused on couples’ attachment and bonding.
Gloria Gabler - See profile above
Patricia Dobratz - See profile above
Jessica Thomas - Photograph and bio not available
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