Network 9 - Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work

Thursday, February 23, 2012, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Colt Hall Forum

Date:  Thursday, February 23, 2012

Time:  5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

5:00 p.m. ~ Check-in

5:30 p.m. ~ Panel Presentation

6:30 p.m. ~ Networking Time

Location:  Colt Hall Forum


Meet the following professionals -


Karen Kramer, Ph.D.
Life Coach for Teen Girls and Young Women
Finding Your Pearls Life Coaching

Dr. Karen Kramer obtained a B.S. in Business Management from SDSU, an M.A. in Leadership Studies from USD, an M.A. in Organizational Development from The Fielding Graduate Institute, and her Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Development from The Fielding Graduate Institute.  She is also certified as a Teen Wisdom™ Life Coach.

Dr. Kramer is the founder of Finding Your Pearls Life Coaching. Since 1993, she has inspired diverse individuals ranging from teens and college students through those new in management up to the executive level. Her goal is to positively impact the lives of teen girls and young women (age 12-30) through one-on-one life coaching, presentations, and workshops.

As a Certified Teen Wisdom™ Life Coach and an adjunct faculty member and executive coach for the Center for Creative Leadership's (CCL®), Dr. Kramer brings to her work both the professional and personal aspects of life coaching.  Some of the topics she covers in coaching include relationships, teen-parent communication, grade improvement, college and career planning, stress and time management, and marriage and family planning.  Her approach to coaching incorporates assessing one’s self, setting goals, taking action, receiving support, gaining accountability, and sustaining results.

As a life coach, Dr. Kramer is a trusted mentor, guide, and cheerleader to help teen girls and young women become their best self by efficiently and effectively achieving the goals they want to accomplish.

Dr. Kramer is a mother and step-mother of 5 children.  She enjoys spending time with her family and wonderful husband.   She was a professional Polynesian dancer for 24 years, but now enjoys doing it for fun.  She enjoys supporting organizations that help teens and young adults get a jump start in life such as the Jenna Druck Foundation and TranscenDANCE.

Casey Gwinn, J.D.
National Family Justice Center Alliance

Casey Gwinn, J.D. serves as the President of the National Family Justice Center Alliance. Mr. Gwinn has been recognized by The American Lawyer magazine as one of the top 45 public lawyers in America. He is an honors graduate of Stanford University and UCLA School of Law.

Mr. Gwinn served for eight years as the elected City Attorney of San Diego from 1996 to 2004. Prior to entering elected office, he founded City Attorney’s Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Unit, leading the Unit from 1986 to 1996 – prosecuting both misdemeanor and felony cases. In 1993, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges recognized his Child Abuse/Domestic Violence Unit as the model domestic violence prosecution unit in the nation. In 1986, Mr. Gwinn co-founded the San Diego Task Force on Domestic Violence. In 1991, he founded the San Diego Domestic Violence Council.

In 2002, Mr. Gwinn saw his vision of a comprehensive, “one stop shop” for services to victims of family violence become a reality in San Diego. In partnership with former San Diego Police Chief David Bejarano and current Chief Bill Lansdowne, he led the effort to open the nationally acclaimed San Diego Family Justice Center. The Family Justice Center opened its doors in downtown San Diego on October 10, 2002. He currently oversees a national technical assistance team that supports all existing and developing Family Justice Centers in the United States and around the world, speaks in communities across America, and provides leadership to the YWCA of San Diego County.

Mr. Gwinn also serves on the Board of the YWCA of San Diego County which manages the Becky’s House shelter, transitional, and affordable housing programs for victims of domestic violence and their children and programs for homeless women and families, legal services for domestic violence victims, after school programs, a city school for children housed in shelter, and other social service and support programs for women and children. He is currently focused on redeveloping the YWCA’s historic downtown building at 10th and C to create a unique block of services for women, children, and families.

Mr. Gwinn has received many local and national awards.  He has served on the U.S. Attorney General’s National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women and the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence. He recently chaired the California Attorney General’s Task Force on Domestic Violence (report at He has authored a host of articles on domestic violence and has co-authored two books on the Family Justice Center movement. The first book entitled “Hope for Hurting Families” and “Hope for Hurting Families II: How to Start a Family Justice Center in Your Community” co-authored with Gael Strack. Recently, they authored a third on-line book, published in Arabic, focused on developing co-located service centers in the Middle East (

One of Mr. Gwinn’s great personal passions is Camp HOPE, the unique camping initiative of the San Diego Family Justice Center. Camp HOPE is the first specialized camp in America focused exclusively on children exposed to domestic violence. The camp is now in its sixth year of operation ( He is the founder and a dedicated volunteer as the camp continues to develop.

Mr. Gwinn and his wife, Beth, have three children ~ Kelly (21), Karianne (20), and Chris (19).

Angela Neve
Music Therapist and Co-owner
The Music Therapy Center of California

Angela Neve, NMT, MT-BC, is a board-certified neurologic music therapist and co-owner of The Music Therapy Center of California. She received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education/Music Therapy from Wartburg College, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She has received additional training in neurologic music therapy from Colorado State University (CSU) and is currently pursuing her Masters in Music, with an emphasis in neurologic music therapy from CSU as well.

Ms. Neve has been a music therapist in the San Diego area for over seven years working with children, teenagers and adults with autism. She has published several products including the In Harmony program, an educational product targeting speech and social skills through music. She is the music director of Kibbles Rockin' Clubhouse and stars as Miss Angela. She currently serves as the Phase 3 Early Intervention Director for the Autism Tree Project Foundation in which she trains preschool teachers on inclusive music strategies. She also serves as the entertainment director for Autism Speaks. She has presented locally and nationally for organizations such as Kids Included Together, the Autism Education Network, and the American Music Therapy Association. As a sibling of a brother with special needs, Angela has seen the power of music in making changes in her brother, Luke's, life, and is dedicated to bringing that passion to the clients and families that she serves.

In 2004, Ms. Neve was featured as an author in Provider magazine for a research article on the benefits of music with older adults in a year-long research study funded by Yamaha. She also serves as a consultant for Yamaha Corporation of America with the "Passport to Music" course on Crystal Cruises. As an instructor for this course, she traveled to Italy, Croatia and France in 2006 and most recently to England, Scotland and Ireland in the summer of 2008.

Joanne Archambault
Executive Director
End Violence Against Women International

President and Training Director
Sexual Assault Training and Investigations [SATI, Inc.]

Joanne Archambault started her post high school life studying sociology.  She was working at the Educational Cultural Complex in southeast San Diego when she was recruited by the San Diego Police Department in 1979.  She obtained an advanced CA Post Certificate for Law Enforcement and a limited CA Lifetime Teaching Certificate.

Currently, Ms. Archambault is the Executive Director of End Violence Against Women International, the President and Training Director for Sexual Assault Training and Investigations (SATI, Inc.), and co-editor of Sexual Assault Report.  Ms. Archambault founded EVAW International in January 2003. Their mission is to change the response to sexual violence.  EVAW International focuses on connecting professionals and strengthening the community’s response system. They bring together the many diverse professionals who respond to victims of violence against women to communicate, share, learn, and ultimately to strengthen the whole system by better understanding each component. All of this collaborative work is focused on creating a more compassionate response for the victim, a more aggressive prosecution of the perpetrator, and a more secure environment for communities everywhere.

EVAW International provides a wealth of expertise, resources and tools in this area. This organization offers numerous opportunities for collaborative learning for professionals who work in or interface with the criminal justice response system. These include international conferences held annually; expert consultation on best practices and an international model of response; original training curricula and resource materials, both in print and online; distribution of key research on gender-based violence and best practice for responses;  media and public awareness campaigns to underscore how every citizen plays a role in and benefits from improved responses; and strategic partnerships with other organizations in pursuit of our shared vision.

Ms. Archambault is involved in her community, however, she is most focused and spends the majority of her time on violence against women.

Sandy Ghazal Ansari-Basir
Educational Psychologist

Sandy Ghazal Ansari-Basir confesses she was “lucky enough to get exposure to my field before I even had my B.A.” She made the decision to double major with the intent of giving herself career flexibility. In spite of switching through a number of majors, she says the first one she selected was in fact child development. Two years of field experience assisting a pediatric neuropsychologist led her back to her original major, and Ms. Ansari-Basir began to pursue child development with an emphasis in developmental psychology and cognition. She received an M.A. in Educational Psychology and Counseling Psychology and then achieved her MFT following that. The training she received during the internship for her MFT allowed her to integrate her appreciation for education and psychology. She says this “cross training” is what has equipped her to “help people in more comprehensive ways.” Since her practice is private, Ms. Ansari-Basir additionally must use her entrepreneurial skills to appeal to potential clients. Previous experience at a K-8 school for five years gave her the opportunity to first learn firsthand about her “target” demographic.

As an Educational Therapist, Ms. Ansari-Basir aims to help children and adolescents with developmental challenges or Learning Disabilities process what they learn so that they can achieve their highest potential. Her passion to constantly expand her repertoire of knowledge and training to do what she does drives her to stay self-educated, and to attend workshops and conferences. She additionally volunteers to construct programs that benefit the community.

Jeannel King
Owner and Founder
Big Picture Solutions

Jeannel King holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from SDSU and a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. She is a graduate of the Shambhala Institute's Authentic Leadership intensive program, and has trained globally on how to host emergent collaborative groups. She has learned from various luminaries of the visual thinking world, including Dan Roam, Sunni Brown, David Sibbet, and Edward Tufte.

Ms. King is the owner and founder of Big Picture Solutions. According to her business card, her official title says she is a visual strategist and facilitator. Her job is to design and visually facilitate conversations that matter during important business meetings and events. In addition to her work, Ms. King is the president of her professional organization, the International Forum of Visual Practitioners. She also volunteers at local schools and colleges to teach youth how to solve problems and share ideas using visual thinking.

Ms. King enjoys a good cup of coffee and an introduction to friends or colleagues from an appreciative client, something she feels is the best compliment she could receive.

Sherry Collier
Founder and CEO
Creative Path to Growth Coaching and Counseling Services

Sherry Collier is the Founder and CEO for Creative Path to Growth Coaching and Counseling Services. She graduated with a B.A. in Applied Communication from PLNU in 1992 before obtaining her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology and then later becoming licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist. As part of her continuing education, Mrs. Collier chose to get certified as an Expressive Arts Therapist and has thoroughly enjoyed incorporating the Expressive Arts in the therapy process ever since. In addition, she also received training in Lifespan Integration.

Mrs. Collier has been counseling individuals, couples, children and families for the past 15 years and is now coaching aspiring entrepreneurs to start or expand the business of their dreams. Her official titles include: LMFT, Founder/CEO, Expressive Arts Therapist, and Business and Life Strategist. Some roles she fulfills are therapist, business coach/strategist, marketer, workshop leader, owner and operator of her own business.
Additionally, Mrs. Collier supports or is a member of organizations such as CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists) and North County CAPS (Christian Association of Psychological Studies).

Mrs. Collier is happily married to Andy and they have two great boys, ages 10 and 13.

Kevin Robertson
Director of Campus Programs
San Diego Center for Children

Kevin Robertson has a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and an MBA from National University. Mr. Robertson is the Director of Campus Programs at the San Diego Center for Children. His job responsibilities include the management and oversight of all programs that operate on the center’s Kearny Mesa campus as well as all residential programs and the Step Down–Wrap Around program.

In addition to his work at the Center, Mr. Robertson is the CP-Founder of the San Diego Swarm Baseball Academy, a not-for-profit organization promoting leadership for boys.  He also supports Heart of Leadership, a program founded in San Diego to encourage leadership amongst teenage girls.

Bonnie Hedlund, Ph.D.
Private Practice /
Director of New Vision Counseling Center

Dr. Bonnie Hedlund earned a B.A. and M.A. at California State University Fullerton in Psychology and Experimental Psychology respectively before going to USC for her Ph.D. She also obtained an M.A. in Ministry from Hope International University.  Dr. Hedlund did a yearlong internship at West Los Angeles Veterans Hospital where she focused on neuropsychology and older adults as well as being assigned to a regular unit for 6 months.

Dr. Hedlund received her license as a Psychologist in 1991. Since then, she has participated in a variety of continuing education seminars with a special emphasis on neuropsychology and psychological assessment. She is also certified in EMDR. She has taught at Hope International and Azusa Pacific University in addition to doing Institutional Research for both universities. She has also taught at Southern California Seminary. Dr.Hedlund’s preference in teaching is to teach Psychological Assessment at the Graduate level.

Dr. Hedlund has a private practice in San Diego and is the Director of New Vision Counseling Center.  NVCC provides opportunities for MFT and MAPC students to earn hours of counseling needed for their degrees and at the same time allows them to minister to the community by offering counseling on a sliding scale to those who don't have insurance or other means to pay for mental health services. They also offer no cost services to students and families of Gompers Middle School and High School.

Currently, Dr. Hedlund’s responsibilities include setting the vision for NVCC and providing eight hours of supervision to students, Interns and Psychological Assistants. She coordinates the assignment of clients to MFT and LPC trainees and Interns. They are building a team of professionals who share the vision for NVCC and will be offering a Marital Conference with Milan and Kay Yerkovich, authors of How We Love and How We Love our Children. She also oversees identifying and writing grants to support their work.

Dr. Hedlund enjoys doing activities with her church, New Vision Christian Fellowship; spending time with her children and  four grandchildren; scrapbooking; traveling and visiting with family.

Ellen Immergut
Manager of Development and Communications
San Diego Habitat for Humanity

Ellen Immergut obtained her B.A. in Public Administration majoring in political fundraising and outreach.  She gained non-profit training at American Red Cross and USD at the Non-Profit Governance Symposium.  She attended The Fund Raising School at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana State University.

As the Manager of Development and Communication, Ms. Immergut manages fundraising activities, media and public relations, special events, and legislative affairs, under the direction of the Chief Officer of Development and Strategy.

For community involvement, Ms. Immergut serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Mama’s Kitchen.

Dr. Christopher Carstens, Ph.D.
Private Practice

Dr. Christopher Carstens is a Licensed Psychologist in private practice.  He received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut and has since been working with children and teenagers doing various clinical duties. Dr. Carstens has been doing psychological assessments of delinquents and children in dependency settings since the late 70s. He also evaluates parents regarding their parenting skills and capacities. Currently, Dr. Carstens does over 100 such evaluations each year. He does not do psychotherapy any longer, however, because he is semi-retired.  He continues to obtain post-license continuing education in psychological testing, and specifically, testing in forensic settings.

In addition to his work, Dr. Carstens is an active member of his parish, St. Joseph Cathedral, and serves as chair of the Social Ministries Committee of the parish. They are involved in a number of outreach programs, in cooperation with other churches and agencies in their neighborhood. He is also one of the lead organizers of an upcoming Christian poetry conference and an upcoming anthology of new Christian poetry, Poetry in the Cathedral 2012. Dr. Carstens also is a Rotarian, and this year serves as co-chair of the club’s Community Services Committee, which supports a wide variety of community organizations located mainly in downtown San Diego. Beginning in March 2012, Dr. Carstens is also going to be on the Board of Directors for the San Diego and Imperial County Council of the Girl Scouts of America.

Dr. Carstens and his wife have been able to travel a great deal over the last few years. In the past two years they have been to Africa, India, and several countries in Europe. They have nine grandchildren scattered about the country and spend a good deal of time on the road visiting them.

Karim Bouris
Director of Economic Development
MAAC Project

Karim Bouris obtained a B.A. in Psychology and an MBA.  More than anything, the combination of understanding the concept of service through both human service and business efficiency lenses has helped him grow pretty quickly in the non-profit world.

As the Director of Economic Development, Mr. Bouris develops and implements programs that provide education, training, and support to disadvantaged populations.  In addition, he oversees the organization’s advocacy efforts. 

Mr. Bouris’s position involves a lot of collaboration with other community-based organizations, businesses, government agencies and funders.  He genuinely enjoys the process of identifying barriers and gaps in service and coming up with a mix of solutions that can resolve those issues.  Some of the organizations he works most closely with include the International Rescue Committee for a healthcare training program, the Family Asset Building Coalition, and the San Diego Workforce Partnership.

Chris Marek
Chief Officer of Development and Strategy
San Diego Habitat for Humanity

Chris Marek obtained his B.A. in English and negotiation training while a scout with the NBA.

As the Chief Officer of Development and Strategy, Mr. Marek oversees all fundraising; media and public relations; special events; legislative affairs; media relations; outreach and revenue generation.    

In his leisure time, Mr. Marek enjoys serving on The Holiday Bowl Committee and supports the FBI Citizen’s Academy.


Barry Vecchioni
Evidence Response Team

Barry Vecchioni attended the University of Virginia and received a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering.

In 1988, Mr. Vecchioni joined the FBI and after graduating from the academy was assigned to the Boston Division where he initially investigated narcotics trafficking. He was a founding member of the first FBI Evidence Response Team (ERT). As a member of the ERT, he has investigated bank robberies, serial killers, mass murderers, kidnappers, the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and the 1995 bombing of a U.S. Military facility in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Mr. Vecchioni was transferred to the FBI's San Diego Division in 1998 and worked white collar crime. In 1999, he was promoted to the position of ERT Team Leader for the San Diego Division and has led this team for the past 11 years.

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