Healthy Living Programs
Student Mental Health Provider Task Force

BCHD convened a Student Mental Health Task Force in 2018 as a part of a Beach Cities-wide effort to address student stress and substance use. The Student Mental Health Task Force is made up more than 100 organizations and providers in the Beach Cities that support students and families. 

Provider service areas include:

  • Substance use prevention
  • Mental health
  • Mindfulness and social-emotional learning

The Task Force meets quarterly to offer recommendations on student health issues. Participants provide resources and services to Beach Cities students and families on topics including cancer support, mental health, grief counseling, substance use prevention, interventions and education, as well as mindfulness and social-emotional learning.

Participating Providers Will:

  • Be part of a Beach Cities-wide effort to address student stress and substance use
  • Offer recommendations on student health issues
  • Convene 3-4 times annually with other providers in the Beach Cities
  • Be listed as a community resource on
  • Be eligible to participate in/support school events

For more information, please contact:
Shana Martinez
Social-Emotional Health Coordinator
(310) 374-3426, ext. 161

Task Force Members

Substance Use  
Carol Alemeda Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc.
Donnie W. Watson, Ph.D. Thelma McMillen Center For Alcohol & Drug Treatment/Torrance Memorial
Heather Longridge Behavioral Health Services, Inc.
Jeanette Barreto Clear Recovery Center
Laura McIntire South Bay Families Connected
Moe Gelbart, Ph.D. Thelma McMillen Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Raunda Frank Behavioral Health Services, Inc.


Mental Health  
Angela Wilson South Bay Children's Health Center - South Bay Youth Project
Anna Pirkl One Heart Counseling Center
Chelsea Gallucci Redondo Beach Unified School District
Ericka Sazo-Gonzalez Redondo Beach Police Department
Jaymie Miller Richstone Family Center
Jill Gray Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach
Joan Stein Jenkins Manhattan Beach Police Department
Julie Cegelski Walk With Sally
Keith Turner Redondo Beach Police Department
Kevin Sousa Private Practice/Jimmy Miller Foundation
LaToya Harris Redondo Beach Police Department
Leah Niehaus Self-employed private psychotherapy practice
Linda Reeves Beach Cities LGBT Therapy
Linda S. Maul Manhattan Beach Community Counseling
Lt. Dorothy Scheid Hermosa Beach Police Department
Marina Braff Private Practice
Mary Hoisington LA County Department of Mental Health
Namele Gutierrez Richstone Family Center
Nancy Lomibao Cancer Support Community RB
Patrick Dickey Private Practice Therapist
Patty Ellis The Gathering Place
Rachel Daggett Private Practice Psychotherapy
Randy W. Hillier, LMFT Randy Hillier Counseling
Shauna Letvin Shauna B. Letvin, LCSW, Inc.
Stephanie Lamarche Department of Mental Health (Law Enforcement Teams)- BC MET
Steven Lawrence Private Practice
Tristan Coopersmith Life Lab
Virginia Green Stillwater Group, Inc.
Whitney Boole Beach Cities Psychotherapy


Mindfulness/Social-emotional Learning  
Adam O'Neil Pinnacle Performance Psychology
Alan Berkes/ Ellen Robbins Positive Coaching Alliance
Cory Zacker Fusion Academy South Bay
Helen Codron N/A
Jacqueline T.D. Huynh Integrative Minds and Parent Pump Radio
Jill Willard IM Community + Present Program
Joanie Plake Breathe & Learn
Kathleen Terry PS I Love You and the Volunteer Center of the South Bay
Laurie Angress Mindful Yoga Therapy
Megan Atkins Manhattan Beach Unified School District
Nicole Wesley Redondo Beach Unified School District
Patricia Jones PS I Love You Foundation
Sara Myers Volunteer Center South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach
Sarah Straton We Are Evergrowing

Last updated 2018