MEET OUR TEAM
Minerva G. Acosta
Recovery Support Coordinator III
Minerva came to Kings County Behavioral Health with 15 years of experience in the mental health field. She has been with this department since 2009.
Minerva is a Licensed Psychiatric Technician and she has extensive experience working in Inpatient Forensic/Secure Treatment settings. One such setting has been the Porterville Developmental Center, where she worked to assist those who were developmentally disabled and those who had serious mental health or behavioral problems. Minerva is a Mental Health First Aid certified trainer and is also bilingual in English/Spanish.
“My goal is to ensure the needs of those we serve are treated with respect, dignity, individuality, and understanding.”
Katie Arnst, MA
Katie joined the Behavioral Health team in June of 2013, after spending four years with Tulare County Public Health as an Administrative Specialist. Prior to her work with Tulare County, Katie organized fundraising campaigns for various non-profit organizations. Katie is a long-time veteran of the AmeriCorps where she was involved with national and community service in
Katie is a graduate of Concordia University in Irvine, where she earned her degree in Communications. She went on to obtain her Masters’ in Conflict Resolution from the University of Denver.
Katie’s focus is on prevention and early intervention within the Behavioral Health field. Having worked on a MHSA funded perinatal depression program in Tulare County, she has witnessed the benefits that early intervention and/or prevention can have on individuals, families, and communities.
Ahmad Bahrami, MBA
Program Manager/Ethnic Services Manager
Ahmad has experience in the behavioral health and criminal justice field, working in both community non-profits and government dating back to 1997. Ahmad joined the team in the spring of 2009. His experience has ranged from in-patient settings, working with adult and juvenile offenders, case management, compliance, workforce development, program development, cultural competency and community outreach to name a few.
Ahmad holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from Fresno State in Criminology (with a corrections emphasis), as well as a Masters in Business Administration (with a Human Resources Management concentration) from University of Phoenix (Fresno Campus). He completed his doctoral work in Organizational Development from the Marshall Goldsmith School of Management at Alliant International University in Fresno (formerly California School of Professional Psychology) and is pending his dissertation. Ahmad serves on a local non-profit board in Fresno, and on most weekends you’ll find him on the rugby pitch.
“I seek to use both common sense and innovation to give the community the best services and programs possible.”
Stephanie Bealer, MA
Stephanie became a part of the Kings County Behavioral Health team in October of 2016. Prior to joining the Behavioral Health team Stephanie was working as a MTF-Intern for the Fresno Family Connections. She has also worked as a graduate student trainee at the Tule River Behavioral Health Clinic. Stephanie’s non-clinical experience includes working as the Site Project Coordinator for the Owens Valley Career Development Center-Tribal TANF in Hanford focused on at-risk youth and adults. She says however the best job she’s ever had was being a mom.
Stephanie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fresno State and was a member of PSY CHI (National Honor Society of Psychology). She went on to obtain her Master’s Degree in Psychology (Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy) from Brandman University.
Stephanie is a Veteran of the United States Navy. She was Surface Warfare Officer for Navy and served on board the USS Jarrett. Her work also included Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Victim Advocate. In addition to being a Veteran she is also an enrolled member of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin.
Stephanie is certified in Native-based: Healthy Relationships, Positive Indian Parenting, as well as a current American Red Cross instructor in First Aid/CPR/AED, Lifeguarding & Water Safety. .
In 2013 Stephanie participated in a swim across the San Francisco Bay from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park in San Francisco.
Stephanie’s philosophy is “Life is short. Do what makes you happy and the rest will fall into place.”
Office Assistant III
Diane joined the Behavioral Health team in the spring of 2016. Prior to joining the team she had worked nearly 10 years for the Monterey County Health Department, Environmental Health Bureau as an Office Assistant, as well as Appointment Clerk for Adventist Health locally. Diane brings a strong customer service background to the team, and uses that same customer service approach to help residents navigate access to Behavioral Health services.
Diane earned an Associates of Arts degree in Liberal Arts, Hartnell College. She also completed one year at California State University Monterey Bay while studying towards a Collaborative Health and Human Services major. Diane likes that fact that through her work she is able to help her community.
Chris has been with the Behavioral Health team since 2009, and has over nine years of experience with various agencies offering social services.
Chris continues to work on her major in Human Services. Chris has been a volunteer for The Kings (food) Pantry as well as the Crisis Pregnancy Center.
“My goal is to assist those in our agency, to the best of my ability, in the provision of available services to all who come through here for help. It is my joy to do this.”
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Yadira Amial-Cota, LMFT
Clinical Program Manager
Yadira joined the Behavioral Health team early in 2012. She comes to our team with close to 15 years in the mental health field, and with nearly a decade of those years as a clinician providing individual, group and family therapy. Some of Yadira’s past stops included schools, outpatient settings, and residential settings. She has extensive experience working in rural communities. She possesses experience in providing supervision to mental health interns and social workers who are working toward licensure in the mental health field.
Yadira holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from Fresno State in Criminology (with Victimology emphasis) and a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from National University (Fresno Campus). Yadira earned her Marriage and Family Therapist license in 2006. Yadira is also bilingual and fluent in Spanish.
Yadira is a provider of Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT) in both English and Spanish. She is also an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy trained provider.
Yadira provides both direct clinical services, as well as clinical supervision to the agency’s non-licensed clinicians and practicum students.
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Diana Diaz-Madera, ACSW
Unlicensed Mental Health Clinician
Diana joined the Behavioral Health team in December 2016 as an unlicensed mental health clinician. Her previous experience includes care facilitation, curriculum development, skills training, group facilitation, development of outreach strategies and mental health services targeting the Latino community as well as cultural competency training for service providers. She also posses experience in workforce development and employee wellness programs. Having lived and worked in rural Indiana she was able to gain experience with communities build around agriculture as she worked directly with underserved and rural communities. Diana has worked at mental health centers and community organizations focused primarily on serving unaccompanied minors from Central America as well as families that had recently immigrated from either Central or South America. More recently, while living in Los Angeles, she has gained invaluable experience working in urban settings primarily with young teenage mothers and mothers to be.
Diana obtained her Bachelor’s in Psychology with a concentration in Social Policy from Goshen College (in Indiana). She went on to earn her Masters Degree in Social Work with a focus on business aspects of the field from the University of Southern California. Diana who is bilingual in Spanish has training in cultural competency and medical interpreter training. She also possesses a Certificate in Mediation and Conflict Resolution.
Diana was born and raised in Ecuador, but has lived in the Midwest region of the United States since high school, allowing her to experience first-hand life in communities built around agriculture. Diana is a self described avid backpacker and traveler. She has had the opportunity to travel throughout Southeast Asia, Mexico and South American and learning about other people’s cultures, journeys and culinary interests.
Mary Anne Ford-Sherman, MA
Mary Anne began her public service career in 1989 as a Social Worker in Tulare County. She worked for Kings County Human Services and Kings County Administration before developing the Behavioral Health Department. Mary Anne was Kings County’s AOD Administrator for six years. As the Director, she oversees the County’s Mental Health Programs and Plans, the new Mental Health Services Act, and the Alcohol and Other Drug prevention, intervention, and treatment services.
Mary Anne has a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Fresno State. Her interest is in stewardship of organizational change and partnership and, as a result, she went on to earn a Masters Degree in Organizational Behavior from Alliant International University-Fresno (formerly the California School of Professional Psychology).
Mary Anne has lived in Kings County since 1978, when she was stationed at NAS Lemoore at the end of her four years of service in the Navy. During her time in the Navy, Mary Anne was stationed in Florida, Tennessee, Japan, and Lemoore. She lives in Hanford with her husband of 30 years and two daughters, ages 11 and 10, who were born in China.
Mary Anne serves as a Commissioner for First 5 Kings County and has served on several other Boards, including the Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council, Pediatric Death Review Team, Kings Partnership for Prevention, and the local SPCA.
“The best part of EVERY day with Behavioral Health is seeing resiliency, hope, and transformation happen with each individual who seeks services.”
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Maria Gonzalez, BA
Recovery Support Coordinator
Maria has been with Kings County since 2011 and joined the Behavioral Health team in the fall of 2016! Prior to joining Behavioral Health, Maria worked as an eligibility worker, employment and training worker as well as a social service worker for the Human Services Agency. She has experience in case management, resource development and linkage. She has worked with CalFresh recipients, job seekers, seniors, individuals with disabilities and caretakers. Her previous experience in social services provided her with the foundation to provide community behavioral health services and working with a broad range of populations.
Maria initially obtained her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from West Hill College-Lemoore, before going on to earning her Bachelors’ Degree in Social Work from Fresno State.
Maria is fluent in Spanish and uses that skill to assist many of the mono-lingual service users the department serves.
“In this position it seems that you are really able to work one-on-one with individuals and work together towards wellness and recovery”.
Monique Hall, BA
Recovery Support Coordinator
Monique joined the Behavioral Health team in December of 2013 bringing with her 12 years of experience in the field. Monique has been providing services to the recovery community for over 20 years! Monique has previously worked as a substance use counselor, case manager, and a cultural broker in the mental health field. Monique earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Brandman University (Hanford Campus), and is hoping to do the Master’s in Social Work program at Fresno State. She has lived in the community since 2000 and enjoys working to educate the community about mental health and wellness
approaches to recovery.
Monique’s’ philosophy is simple “Do your best”.
Cristobal Hernandez, MBA, MAOB
Cris joined the Behavioral Health team in the spring of 2016. He has worked in the Human Services sector since 1996 and have worked for both non-profit and other community organizations. He has worked specifically in the field of mental health since 2002. Some of his experiences while working in the field of mental health have included: working in group homes, children’s mental health clinics, adult mental health clinics, crisis response, quality assurance, as well as supervising six mental health clinics in the rural areas of the Central Valley.
Cris was born and raised in the Central Valley and has extensive experience in working with underserved and rural communities. Cris is fluent in Spanish as well.
Cris earned both a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix (Fresno Campus). He has also earned a secondary Master’s degree in Organizational Behavior (MAOB) ) from Alliant International University-Fresno Campus (formerly California School for Professional Psychology (CSPP)).Cris is a doctoral candidate in Organizational Development at CSPP . Cris has also studied International business abroad, while visiting China both in 2014 and 2015.
“I am passionate about the field of behavioral health and working towards helping people improve their lives is the most rewarding part of my job. As the needs of our community change I seek for innovative ways to meet the unique needs of our community and the people we serve”.
Mary (or “MJ” as she is known) has been with Behavioral Health since its inception. She has been with Kings County since 2001. She started as an Office Assistant (OA) with the Alcohol and Drug Programs for the County.
MJ has served as the Secretary to the Behavioral Health Advisory Board from 2001-2010. MJ leads a team of four committed OAs. MJ serves on the County’s Employee Recognition Committee. In 2010 she was selected as the County’s Employee of the Quarter for her outstanding work and contribution to the County.
MJ’s father was a career serviceman. As a result, she has experienced a great deal of travel, living abroad with some stops in Okinawa (Japan), Puerto Rico, Guantanamo Bay (Cuba), and Novato (CA) before her final stop in Lemoore.
“Having worked for this department since the beginning has allowed me to see what a positive impact our team and our programs have on the people of our community. I try to work as hard as I can to continue to provide the best services to our community, because they do make a difference.”
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Amy joined the Behavioral Health Team in the early part of 2016. She comes to Behavioral Health with an extensive history of work in the field including Director of Marketing for over ten years for several private psychiatric hospitals in both Southern CA and in Florida. She also worked as the Marketing Manager for one of the largest Employee Assistance Program (EAP) providers in the country where she would conduct research into the healthcare costs of companies, and demonstrate how an Employee Assistance Program could reduce costs by getting employees the help they needed.
Amy has also been a successful entrepreneur starting up a wide array of businesses from a publishing company that did publications and newsletters for schools and districts to small coffee shops and cafés. Amy eventually sold those businesses which are still in existence today! Amy has worked with implementation of the new Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as human resources working on screening of licensed and credentialed personnel for schools in Nevada. Needless to say Amy has a strong marketing, business and fiscal background related to health services. She brings all those to her role as an Account Technician helping support the department’s fiscal functions and administrative division in providing programs and services.
“You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice”- Bob Marley
Office Assistant II
Khadija joined the Behavioral Health team in May of 2013. She had previously worked for six years with Adventist Health in roles ranging from medical records to clinic receptionist. During her time there Khadija was fortunate to be able to assist with some of their leadership team’s projects, which taught her some great professional insight.
Khadija is currently studying at the College of the Sequoias with her focus on social behavior. She hopes to be able to then take on the task of obtaining her Bachelors’ degree. Khadija has participated in leadership development classes that were provided by Adventist Health during her time there.
Khadija is both a mom and a student with great office setting experience and brings those perspectives to our team.
“I wanted to be in a job where I feel like I am making a difference and I think this was the perfect fit.”
Nathan Lacle, MS
Clinical Unit Supervisor
Nathan joined the Kings County Behavioral Health team in October 2016, bringing with him experience in supervising multiple mental health clinics and teams. Previously Nathan has provided direct supervision of mental health services for children and adults in rural communities. He has experience as a mental health service provider working in an array of case management services and programs.
Nathan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Dallas Baptist University and earned a Master’s Degree in general Psychology from Capella University (focus in research). Nathan received a leadership certificate from CFNI and has completed various supervising and management trainings. He is currently working on his PhD in psychology and soon completing his Masters in Public Administration from Brandman University.
Nathan originally hails from the Caribbean’s (Curacao) and speaks four languages fluently (including Spanish) and has a great understanding of various cultures. Outside of school he enjoys learning about various aspects of culture and increasing his knowledge in broad fields.
Nathan’s philosophy on work is simple; “strive to do the best you can in what ever task you have. Every task is important in order to function as a whole, as a body. Great communication, value and respect are great attributes which will take you a long way, but never forget service and humility as well as use every experience to learn something new.
Antonio joined the Behavioral Health team in October of 2010. Antonio had developed a great deal of experience in Kings County from his prior eleven years with the County’s Human Services Agency.
Antonio is one of the county's certified trainers for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training program.
Antonio is bilingual and utilizes those skills to increase access to services for Spanish only speakers in Kings County.
Mayra Lopez, BS
Recovery Support Coordinator
Mayra joined our team at the start of 2012. Prior to joining the Behavioral Health team, Mayra has gained experience in the
field from working as Division Chair Aide for the College of Sequoia Counseling Department. She has also had stops with the CSD as a Communications Assistant for the hearing impaired.
Mayra graduated from the Boston Reed College as a Pharmacy Technician, and is licensed by the Sate of California as of May
2011. Additionally, holds an Associates of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts from the College of Sequoias, a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from University of Phoenix, and is now working towards her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Mayra is fluent in Spanish as well.
“I love working hands on with people and learning something new everyday”.
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Ceth Moore, BS
Recovery Support Coordinator
Ceth joined the Behavioral Health team in April of 2013, after having worked for two years as a Juvenile Corrections Officer at both the Kings County Juvenile Hall and Boot Camp for the Probation Department. Ceth has working experiencing in implementing behavioral modification, providing counseling and life skill services with youth. Ceth has primarily worked with youth in our community. Ceth brings outstanding experience in developing working relationships with the people.
Ceth received a formal Letter of Commendation for bringing 5 escaped juveniles back to the boot camp alone with no incident by using only his negotiation skills with the youth.
Ceth received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice & Security (with an emphasis in Human Services) through the University of Phoenix. Ceth also has a number of certifications through his work with the Probation Department.
“I would like to offer our clients and partners the utmost professional services that I am able to provide”.
Cela joined the Behavioral Health team in October of 2010, after spending six years with the Kings County Probation Department where she worked with both in custody and out of custody youth and their families as well.
Cela has over 13 years of experience in the Prevention and Substance Abuse Education/Treatment field. Most all of her work has been with juvenile populations.
Cela earned an Associate of Arts degree while preparing for a career as a Registered Nurse and was accepted into a nursing program. Lucky for the team her career path took her in a different direction. Cela is certified as a Victim Advocate and most recently was certified as a Mental Health First Aide Instructor.
Cela is involved with the Kings Partnership for Prevention, and works with students in creating prevention campaigns.
“Each day I remind myself of my purpose- to “fight the good fight” for all those who cannot.”
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Daniel Orta, BA
Recovery Support Coordinator
Daniel joined the Behavioral Health team as a Recovery Support Coordinator in May of 2017. Daniel comes to the team with over five years of experience in the non-profit and human service field. Daniel was an Employment and Training Worker in the Family Stabilization Unit with Kings County Human Services before moving to Behavioral Health. There he assisted county residents overcome barriers and other crisis that prevented the residents to become self-sufficient.
Some of Daniel other experience has included the Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center in Fresno where he worked as an Intake Coordinator and facilitated their Smoking Cessation classes. Daniel has also worked in the Employment Reentry Program for the ARC program. He has worked as a Bilingual DUI instructor in Fresno, and the Boys and Girls Club of Fresno County (in Sanger, CA) where he was the Program Assistant/Gang Prevention Coordinator.
Daniel graduated from Fresno Pacific University where he earned a bachelor’s in Psychology. He is currently working on his Master’s in Marriage Family Therapy at Fresno Pacific University.
“Assisting people in their journey to wellness is truly a labor of humanity at its finest”
Unchong Parry, MPA
Fiscal Analyst III
UnChong joined the Behavioral Health Department in July of 2016. UnChong has worked for the Kings County Association of Governments as a Regional Planner where she managed federal and state transportation programming. She initially started working for the County in 2002 as an engineer and managed a various federal, state, and local engineering projects for the Public Works Department.
UnChong earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management from the University of Washington and a Masters’ Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Public Finance from National University. UnChong is part of the Department’s leadership team and heads up the Fiscal Unit at Behavioral Health.
Originally from Seattle WA, UnChong moved to Hanford in 1998. She spends her free time with her two sons and volunteering for her children’s schools and sports teams.
Yoselin Perez-Lopez, BA
Yoselin joined the Behavioral Health team in January of 2016 after working as a CPS Social Worker in the Family Reunification Unit and the After Hours Emergency Response Unit since 2014. Prior to her work with Kings County, Yoselin worked for Fresno County as an Eligibility Worker and as a Behavioral Therapist for Child and Family Associates. Yoselin became a Prevention Coordinator with Behavioral Health in April of 2017.
Yoselin graduated from California State University of Fresno, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work along with a Cross Culture Competence Certificate. She is currently in the Master’s program for Counseling at Fresno State.
Yoselin is also a Certified Forensic Interviewer and completed interviews at the Multi-Disciplinary Interview Center (MDIC) located in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. These interviews were for child victims of sexual abuse with the intention to prosecute offenders and decrease further child trauma.
Yoselin is excited to further advance her career in the mental health field.
“My mission is to advocate, empower, and contribute to the wellness of each and everyone who I serve.”
Michelle Phillips, LCSW
PEI Unit Supervisor
Michelle joined the Behavioral Health team in May of 2013 as a unlicensed mental health clinician having worked in both inpatient and out-patient settings treating individuals with substance use disorders as well as mental health issues. Over the past three years Michelle provided a wide array of clinical services to residents ranging from; school based therapy, trauma focused CBT, parent child interactive therapy, clinical assessments, grief and loss groups, support group facilitation as well as developing programs and curriculums used by Behavioral Health.
Michelle was promoted in September of 2016 to unit supervisor in the PEI Division, where she provides leadership to the unit’s Prevention Coordinators, programmatic oversite (focused on outcomes and effectiveness) as well as developing and overseeing new programs, projects, and procedures.
Michelle received her Bachelors in Psychology from San Diego State University with a minor in counseling and social change. She earned her Master’s in Social Work from Azusa Pacific University and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in 2016.
“I am looking forward to working among a team of professionals that are committed to advocating for the underserved/unserved.”
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Recovery Support Coordinator
Juan joined the Behavioral Health team in the winter of 2015. He brings over a decade of human/social service experience to the team. Juan has worked as a certified substance abuse counselor, conducted intensive case management for non-traditional mental health programs, and served as a Parent Educator for some rural communities in Tulare County.
Juan attended the College of the Sequoias where he studied Human Services. He obtained a Counseling Certificate in the field of Substance Abuse through the California Association of Recovery Resources (CAARR). Juan is also bilingual in Spanish.
"My work philosophy is to provide encouragement to each individual which every interaction because you can make a difference to someone in their moment of need."
Renee has been with Kings County for twenty years. She has had an opportunity to work in several different departments over the years.
Renee’s area of study has been in business and she is working toward completion of a degree. Renee has an interest in accounting and hopes to further her career in this field.
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Recovery Support Coordinator
DeDe has been with the County of Kings since 1998. She is a recent addition to the Behavioral Health team. DeDe has prior experience in employment and counseling and career development. DeDe is bilingual in Spanish.
DeDe earned here Associates of Arts degree from West Hills College in Business Administration. She is a certified trainer in SOAR.
"Help consumers by: Recovering their overall wellness, providing support and coordinating our efforts into a common goal."
Devondria Sanchez, LMFT
Licensed Mental Health Clinician
Devondria has been with Kings County Behavioral Health since 2009. She has been working in the mental health field for over 10 years. Devondria is the proud wife of an active Navy personnel.
Devondria is a graduate of Langston University (Langston, OK) where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She also holds a Masters Degree in Psychology from National University. She also obtained her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brandman University. A side note, Devondria possesses a Personal Training Certification (ISSA) with a health/fitness specialty. She is also an accomplished marathoner.
Most recently Devondria became a provider of Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT).
“My goal is to always be proactive and individualistic to every mental health consumer’s wellness and recovery goals.”
Shannon Siegenthaler, MA
Shannon joined the Behavioral Health team just prior to the start of the summer in 2012. Shannon has previous experience in the classroom (3yrs) working with at-risk youth and special needs children. He also bring several years of leadership experience having developed and lead a non-profit radio station focused on peace and social justice for two years. Shannon also has over 6 years of experience in agribusiness including public relations. All these experiences allow Shannon to maximize prevention efforts.
Shannon, originally from Visalia, earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology (with the emphasis on Contemporary Health Issues) from Chico State University. Shannon is currently enrolled fulltime in Brandman University’s Masters in Psychology program with a focus in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Shannon is a certified instructor for both Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid.
“While the nightly news likes to portray a country full of conflicting views, political controversies, and bipartisan strife, research suggests that societies that focus on creating positive and collaborative working environments rank the highest in levels of overall happiness. It's time we spent less energy fighting over who is right, and more energy on finding answers. Social and environmental health findings and research can point us in that direction.”
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Juan Torres, BA
Recovery Support Coordinator
Juan joined the Behavioral Health team in May of 2017 as a Recovery Support Coordinator. Previously he worked as a Suicide Intervention Specialist by completing the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). He utilized the training to provide counseling, suicide & crisis intervention, and risk evaluations. Juan has worked with emergency responders in order to help rescue those who are actively attempting suicide and arrange welfare checks for people who are at a high risk for suicidal ideation.
He also worked for the Corcoran Unified School District where he would lead class lectures, and assist Spanish speaking parents to translate documents or interpret conversations. Juan has also interacted with students enrolled in developmental education programs to deliver support, guidance, and encourage them to utilize their strengths in accordance to their behavioral modification plans.
Juan successfully completed his Bachelor in Family Science from Fresno State in 2016. Juan brings his bilingual skills, cultural competency and interpersonal skills to this role as a Recovery Support Coordinators.
“My aspiration is to help individuals defy their perceived limitations so they may mature mentally, ascend spiritually, and develop emotionally.”
Account Clerk II
Dulce joined Behavioral Health in May 2016, following employment with the Kings County Sheriff’s Records Division. With an Associate’s Degree in Secretarial Science, her experience had been as office and executive assistant at various private companies such as check manufacturing, banking and health insurance, prior to working with Kings County. Dulce was a long-time Los Angeles resident until 2013 when she and her husband relocated to Hanford to enjoy more calm and quiet than a big city could offer. She has also since been a volunteer at the Hanford Public Library.
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Cynde Joined the Behavioral Health team in the Spring of 2011. She comes to our team after having worked in the cable industry for 29 years. During her career in the cable industry where she gained and honed her skills in billing operations, developing reports, analyzing data and audit preparations, which she now brings to our fiscal team at Behavioral Health.
Cynde is currently a volunteer at Adventist Medical Center.
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Program Manager- AOD Administrator
Lupe has been with Kings County since 2011 and joined our team in 2012. Lupe has more than 12 years experience in Administrative and Fiscal Operations Management in Non-Profit, Government, and Education sectors. In 1999 she started her career in Public Service as a Community Development Specialist for the City of Corcoran, where she spent more than 5 years.
Lupe is a proud graduate of University of California, Berkeley where she received a Bachelors’ Degree in Anthropology.
Lupe is born and raised in Tulare/Kings Counties. Lupe is dedicated to serving the community and proudly serves as a volunteer to local non-profits, her children's school, Girl Scouts, Lego Robotics, and other community groups and events. She is a recipient of the Tulare Volunteer Bureau's "Volunteer" of the year award.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."-Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
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Margarita joined the Behavioral Health team in March of 2017. She’s lived in Kings County since 2006. Prior to joining the Behavioral Health team, she had worked in the medical field for over five year as an office assistant, and a a document imaging specialist working with medical records for the hospital. Margarita completed her Associates Degree from San Joaquin Valley College in Administrative Health Management. She also has an array of specialized stills including being HIPAA Certified, Bilingual Certification (including for translation), medical terminology, customer service, insurance billing and coding, as well as health records.
Margarita is fluent in Spanish and English.
Margarita has also served the community as a volunteer with local organizations. She seeks to eventually return to school and pursue an MBA.
“I like how my job allows us to provide so many services to help our community. I am able to guide people in need to the services and to be involved in our community”.
Office Assistant I
Zoila joined the Kings County Behavioral Health team in March of 2017. Zoila is a native of Kings County has been involved with the community since 2007 including work with the agricultural sector. Zoila is bilingual in English and Spanish, and brings outstanding customer service experience to our agency and those we serve. She has worked with diverse
She is the first point of contact with many of our consumers or those inquiring about services and she loves that engagement. She has plans to continue her growth in the field by perusing her education that will allow her to serve our community in a therapeutic setting.
“I love being the first point of contact with the public and helping them find what they are looking for”.
Erinn Reinbolt, MHP, CHES
Erinn joined the Behavioral Health team in April of 2017 as a Prevention Coordinator. Erinn’s came to us with a great deal of previous experience in community work. Some of her previous work including working as a Randall Lewis Health Policy Fellow and project coordinator for a Health Eating/Active Living Grant in the City of Ontario. She has worked with communities in creating community Health Master Plans, implementation of Community Action Plans, and driving coalitions (such as the Healthy Ontario Initiative). Erinn has also worked with youth and transition age youth (in both summer camps as well as an academic advisor for college-aged students).
Erinn’s education started with her work in speech pathology, before going on to earn her Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Southern California.
She is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Erinn also has additional training in the areas of health policy and health communication. She is also proficient in conversational American Sign Language.
“I am committed to helping youth and other special populations take ownership over improving overall health and wellness in their communities”
Emilio Hernandez, MFTi
Unlicensed Mental Health Clinician
Emilio joined Kings County Behavioral Health in April of 2017. Previous he’d worked with Clovis Unified School as Bilingual Aide assisting students in English as a Second Language program while finishing school. His other experiences have included including outpatient, school-based, community-based settings where he has provided services to individuals, families, children and adults. . Emilio has worked with clientele that has included individuals with substance use disorders and families involved with CPS including foster homes. He has led anger management classes for children and adults, parenting classes, DBT group for adolescents as well.
Emilio has both his Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Counseling-Marriage and Family Therapy from Fresno State! He is currently working on his hours for licensure as a therapist.
Emilio speaks both Spanish and Portuguese as well.