Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners

Patricia Dobratz, JD, LMFT, Chairperson
Patricia is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that serves as a Professional Member on the Board. She has previously served on the Marriage and Family Therapy Credentialing Committee and the Rules Subcommittee.  She holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and previously practiced law as an Assistant State's Attorney in Illinois.  Patricia earned her Masters of Advanced Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy from Arizona State University and has served on the Arizona Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.  Patricia has taught at Ottawa University, University of Phoenix, and Arizona State University.  She recently held the position of Vice President of Behavioral Health at Bayless Integrated Healthcare and now owns the Clinical Best Practice Institute dedicated to supporting behavioral health professionals in the community.

Cedric (Doc) Davis, LCSW, Secretary-Treasurer - Photograph and Bio not available.

Kimberly Bailey, LMFT - Photograph and Bio not available

Robert Charles, Public Member - Photograph and Bio not available

Diane Palacios, LISAC, LPC -  

Diane has worked in the mental health field and has served the community in many capacities for over 27 years. In 2021, Diane opened her private practice, Palacios Crew Counseling LLC. Prior to opening her private practice, she worked at Jewish Family & Children’s Service in many different roles and capacities for 13 years. She  graduated from NAU with a BA in Psychology in 2002 and while in college studied abroad in Granada, Spain and is fully bilingual in Spanish and English.  Diane then moved to Pasadena, CA to attend Fuller Theological Seminary and graduated  in 2004 with a Masters in Multicultural Ministries and Hispanic Studies. In California, Diane worked at the Union Rescue Mission in Skid Row where she worked with homeless women and children. In 2006, Diane moved back to Arizona to help open and start Hope House, a family group foster home for teen girls with Neighborhood Ministries- a non-profit organization in which she has volunteered and been involved with since 1996. In 2009, Diane returned to graduate school at Grand Canyon University and graduated in 2011 with a double Masters in Professional Counseling and Addiction Counseling. 

Diane is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC) as well as an Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Approved Clinical Supervisor. Diane is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and has been certified in Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach,(A-CRA) through Jewish Family & Children’s Service. One of her passions and specialties is working in perinatal mental health, addressing Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders ( PMADS). She is certified in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C) and is an EMDR Certified Therapist. 

Mary Coonrod, Public Member

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.

Kasondra Parr, LPC, ATR
Kasondra Parr is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Art Therapist.  She graduated from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois, with a Master of Counseling; Art Therapy.  She began her career within the behavioral medicine units of local hospitals in Chicago, and eventually became part of the development of an Intensive Outpatient Program designed for patients living with SMI diagnoses within a locked psychiatric nursing facility.  During her time in Chicago, Kasondra continued to work with patients living with trauma and stress related disorders, substance abuse, and psychotic disorders.  Upon moving to Arizona, she began to work in community mental health, where she served as a Clinical Site Manager for a co-occurring therapeutic day program in the East Valley.  Most recently, Kasondra has joined a private practice group, where she continues to work with individuals living with trauma, stress related disorders, mood disorders and addictions.  When she is not working, Kasondra lives to spend time with her incredible family, both here and Las Vegas.

Leanette Henagan, LCSW, LISAC -
Dr. Leanette Henagan earned her Bachelors degree of Science in Business Management at Michigan State University and her Masters of Social Work and Doctorate of Integrated Healthcare and Behavioral Health at Arizona State University.  She is the founder and CEO of Concierge Wellness, LLC where she delivers health and wellness services, behavioral health therapy and consulting.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor and has 17 plus years of experience as a human service and behavioral health clinician with specialties in the areas of organizational leadership, health systems, program development and implementation, counseling, chronic disease management, crisis intervention, recovery and addiction.  She is a national speaker on the topics of behavioral health, pregnancy and addiction, and integrated healthcare, and she has a comprehensive understanding of current health care delivery practices and solution focused methods for patient care.  She is active in her community and sits on the Board of Directors for Sun Valley Academy, Desert Heights Charter School and Greater Hope Christian Church.

Polly Knape, LAC, MSC - 
Polly brings over 20 years of experience in the mental health field, specializing in children, trauma, and crisis services. As the statewide Director for Special Programs at Arizona’s Children Association, Polly strives to improve outcomes for children and their families, focusing on internal and systemic
collaboration to drive program improvement, development and implementation. Polly recently relocated from Tucson to Chandler were she serves as the Chair of the Chandler Domestic Violence Commission. While in Tucson Polly led multi agency teams in the development of nationally awarded community collaborative programs bridging systemic gaps between behavioral health, law enforcement, and emergency services. Prior to relocation Polly served as a member of the Tucson Safer Cities Commission, The Haven Board of Directors, and participated on the Arizona Opioid Commission. Polly earned her Bachelors degree of Science; Family Studies at the University of Arizona in 2001 and her Masters of Science; Counseling at the University of Phoenix 2010.

Adalesa Meek, MA, LPC, LISAC, ACS-

Adalesa Meek, received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida and a Master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Cross Cultural Counseling from the University of Arizona. She comes from Mexico City and is a bilingual; Spanish and English clinician. While working at a maximum-security facility in Florida, Adalesa learn Haitian Creole to assist the multidisciplinary team understand a patient from Haiti. 

Adalesa is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, Cognitive Enhancement Therapy and Brief Solution Focused Therapy.

Ms. Meek is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor as well as a Clinical Supervisor in Arizona. In addition, she is an Approved Clinical Supervisor under the Center for Credentialing and Education. Adalesa has supervised numerous associate licensed clinicians in obtaining independent license.

In, 2021, Adalesa celebrated 30 years serving the community in Maricopa County. Adalesa has held numerous positions including Clinical Manager, Clinical Director and Chief Clinical Officer.       She was a member of a Clinical Education Program as a Sr. Clinical Supervisor overseeing the master level counseling and social work internships. Adalesa has led clinical teams, supported teams and organizations in a quality management role, developed and supported various programs including the first Dialectical Behavior Therapy under the Regional Behavioral Health Authority. 

Adalesa participated in an international cross-cultural program, Up With people.

Meaghan Kramer, Public Member - Photograph and Bio not available.

Antwan Trotter, Public Member
Antwan Trotter is currently a small business underwriter with Wells Fargo Bank where he has been employed for 12 years.  He was born and raised in Peoria, Arizona, but currently resides in Surprise, Arizona.  Mr. Trotter completed his Bachelors of Science in Global Business from Arizona State University in 2010 and his Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in Government and Policy from Grand Canyon University in 2012.


Social Work Academic Review Committee

Kristi Stuckwisch, LCSW, LISAC, Chair -
Kristi Stuckwisch, LCSW and LISAC since 2004, joins the SWARC to share her experience and knowledge from over two decades of practice in the field of mental health.  Kristi holds a Masters in Social Work degree from ASU and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Ball State University.  Specializing in substance abuse, trauma, addition and mood disorders, Kristi currently serves as Clinical Coordinator for Treatment services at ASU Counseling Services.  Additionally, Kristi has been chosen as a subject matter expert for SAMHSA-HRSA grant reviews since 2016, edits manuscripts for two national journals in the area of trauma and maltreatment, is a tribal grant evaluator and provides training in the community.  Kristi's professional career has spanned various populations and settings: high risk youth & young adults in detention and juvenile drug court, tribal young adults in education settings, integrated social work for adults and elders in primary healthcare,  tribal adults and elders in specialty diabetes care, private practice, tribal juvenile & adult detention center inmates, state youth offenders, sex offender and family members, youth group homes, victim advocacy, and law enforcement.  Kristi has worked cross-culturally with Native American tribal communities for over 13 years, has taught for ASU's school of social work for 10 years and taught for Mesa Community College's social work program for 2 years.  Kristi currently provides clinical supervision for therapists and interns, trains social work professionals and is a strong advocate for mind-body-spirit wellbeing.  Kristi has lived in Arizona for 25 years, is active in her local church and loves her family tremendously!

Jennifer Flack, LCSW, Secretary -
Jennifer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working in the mental health field since 2005.  In 2006, Jennifer received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Metropolitan State University.  In 2010, she completed a Master of Social Work from the University of Denver.  Jennifer's career has traversed populations from birth to death.  She has worked in a variety of settings including:  Child and Adult Protection, Hospice, Nursing Facilities, Psychiatric Hospital, Inpatient Substance Rehabilitation and Community Mental Health before deciding to go into private practice.  In 2018, Obsidian Health and Wellness, in Litchfield Park was created where she specializes in trauma and addiction.

Member - Vacant

Counseling Academic Review Committee

Patricia Kerstner, Academic, Chair
Dr. Kerstner is the University of Phoenix Campus College Chair for the College of Social Sciences.  Author of 3 CACREP reports, she is well-versed in their standards, and is a CACREP site team reviewer.  She holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology, is a licensed Psychologist in the state of Arizona, and a Nationally Certified Counselor.  She is active in the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), where she served a term as national secretary for the organization.  She is a past-president of the Western Region ACES which includes California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Hawaii, Arizona and Australia/New Zealand.  Her clinical experience includes hospital psychology/behavioral health, women's issues, eating disorders and family therapy. 

Janet Lee O'Connor, LPC, LISAC, Secretary
Janet Lee O’Connor, EdS, LISAC, LPC is a psychotherapist in private practice in
Tucson, Arizona as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor and Approved Clinical Supervisor, providing clinical supervision to interns and associate counselors. She has 31 years’ experience as a therapist, trainer, educator and consultant for private practitioners. Janet is an adjunct faculty member at Prescott College and Grand Canyon University, teaching in the undergraduate and graduate degree programs for addiction and professional counselors. She is co-owner of the Southwest Institute for Group and Family Therapy which provides quality, affordable, professional training. Janet is a nationally and internationally recognized trainer and has published in professional literature. She serves as Education Coordinator for the United States of America Transactional Analysis Association and is a member of the International Transactional Analysis Association.

Member - Vacant

Marriage and Family Therapy Academic Review Committee

Lesley Wimmer, LAMFT, Chair
Lesley is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist currently serving on the Marriage and Family Therapy Academic Review Committee.  She holds a Masters of Advanced Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy degree from Arizona State University and has over eight years of experience working in the behavioral health system in Arizona. Lesley is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy as well as the Arizona Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AzAMFT) and currently serves on the Spring Conference Committee for the AzAMFT.

Keith Cross, LMFT, Secretary
Dr. Cross is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, professor of counselor education in the Masters of Science in Counseling program at Prescott College and works primarily with couples in his private practice.  He conducts workshops on a variety of topics, but trains therapists most frequently on counselor ethics and the use of emotionally focused couples therapy.  Dr. Cross serves on the AzAMFT Board of Directors and is the Supervision Committee Chair.

Member - Vacant

Substance Abuse Academic Review Committee

Yvonne Fortier, LISAC, LPC, Chair - Photograph and bio not available

Sofia Hassid, LCSW, Secretary - Photograph not available
Sofia Hassid, LCSW, is a psychotherapist who owns and manages the group practice, Road to Therapy in Central Phoenix, Arizona. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Childhood Development from California State University Northridge. She also received her Masters of Social Work degree from University of Southern California with a sub-concentration in Systems of Recovery in Mental Illness. She has worked in the field of substance addiction for the past 7 years and integrates faith and spirituality in her clinical work. Through her training as a social worker, Sofia has lectured at the university level on the topic of childhood abuse and neglect. She is trained to work in a variety settings, spanning from elementary school through death. Sofia uses the foundations of her social work training in allowing clients to meet their own objectives and respecting each client’s ultimate goals. Through her practice, Sofia provides the ultimate therapy experience in providing clients a safe space to process their patterns of addiction and live fulfilling lives free of addictions.

Member - Vacant

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