Staff Bios

 

Marcy Kaplan, MSW, LCSW, Chief Executive Officer, came to TMCC in 2008 with over 20 years experience in the Los Angeles nonprofit sector. She served as the Executive Director of EmpowerTech from 2006-2008, and prior to that was the Director of the Los Angeles Family AIDS Network for sixteen years. A clinical social worker by training, Marcy earned her MSW from the University of Southern California. Professionally she focuses on increasing care and services for underserved populations and on developing partnerships and collaborations among nonprofit organizations, government entities, and school districts.

Julie Steres Connella, MA, LMFT, Clinical and Program Director, joined TMCC in March 2017. Julie comes to the Center with over 30 years of experience providing mental health and social services to a variety of populations, including older adults, children with learning disabilities and/or ADHD, and persons living with HIV/AIDS. She has worked in nonprofit, for profit, governmental, school, and private practice settings, and has developed and managed programs using volunteers, interns, and professional staff. Julie received her MA in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.

Administrative Managers

Mary Monreal, Administrative Manager at TMCC, where she oversees the front office and the clinical support staff. Prior to joining the organization in 1997, Mary worked in various administrative positions, including those in the City Manager’s Office of the City of Santa Monica and the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles.

Bettye Woodruff, Finance Manager, responsible for overseeing all of the financial needs of TMCC, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll. Joining TMCC in 2008, Bettye brought 20 years of professional experience in accounting, finance, insurance, and human resources to her current position.

Clinical Staff

Anjam Bahl, MD, is the staff psychiatrist at TMCC. After receiving her medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, she completed her adult psychiatry residency at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, and subsequently completed a Child and Adolescent Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Anjam has extensive experience with advocacy and systems leadership and has held various leadership roles over the past 10 years, with a focus on violence prevention and trauma informed care. She is also currently working as a telepsychiatrist with American Telepsychiatrists.

Kathleen Campbell, PsyD, is a clinical Supervisor and Co-Program Coordinator for the Adolescent & Child Therapy Program (ACT) at Beverly Hills High School. She received her PsyD from the California School of Professional Psychology. Kathleen is a senior candidate in training at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies and maintains a private practice in Hollywood Hills working with individual adults as well as with children and their families.

Richard Dunn, PhD, LMFT, has been a Clinical Supervisor in TMCC’s Adult Individual Psychotherapy Program since 1997. Richard received postdoctoral analytic training at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles. He is an Adjunct Faculty member at the Pacifica Graduate Institute, and formerly served as Co-Director of Training at Counseling West, located in Sherman Oaks. Richard has a private practice in Beverly Hills, working with adult individuals and couples.

Julia Fitton, LMFT is the Intake Coordinator at TMCC.  She received her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from USC and maintains a private practice in Beverly Hills where she sees individuals, adolescents, and couples for issues related to life transitions, trauma, anxiety, mood disorders, and relational difficulties.

Michael P. Frank, LMFT, is a Clinical Supervisor and Coordinator of the Group Therapy Program. He is a Certified Group Psychotherapist, a Life Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, and a past president of the Los Angeles Group Psychotherapy Society. He received his MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from the California Family Study Center (now Philips Graduate Institute) in 1981. Michael presents and teaches on group psychotherapy nationally and internationally. He maintains a private practice in Encino seeing individuals, couples, and groups, and provides supervision, consultation, and training for group therapists.

Renee Garett, LCSW, is a clinical supervisor and Co-Program Coordinator for the Adolescent and Child Therapy Program (ACT). She obtained her undergraduate degree from USC in Communication Studies and her master’s degree in Social Welfare from UCLA. Renee has a private practice in West Los Angeles working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She also works as a part-time lecturer at the UCLA Social Welfare Department. 

Lori Karny, LCSW, MSG, is a Clinical Supervisor and Coordinator of the Older Adult Program. Lori completed her BA in literature at UCLA and Master’s Degrees in Social Work and Gerontology at USC. As Director of Women Helping Women Services at NCJW/LA for over 12 years, Lori developed clinical services to assist families in crisis. Lori maintains a psychotherapy private practice in Beverly Hills, working with adults, couples, groups, and families focusing on anxiety, depression, life transition, aging, relationships, and creativity.

LuNel LeMieux, MEd, Coordinator of the Community Circle Program since it began in 1972, was an elementary grade counselor for 20 years in the Beverly Hills Unified School District. A special education teacher at UCLA’s Fernald School, she also served in this role with the BHUSD. She is a graduate of UCLA with a BA in Psychology and an MEd in Educational Psychology. LuNel has co-authored the book Joyful Volunteering – Together We Can. Her goal is to share the Community Circle Program with elementary schools throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

Christopher Meyer, PhD, is a clinical supervisor in TMCC’s Individual Psychotherapy Program. He is a member of the Freudian School of Quebec and serves as a founding member and as Clinical Director of its California Psychoanalytic Circle. A Candidate Analyst at the SF Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis, Christopher has a private practice in the mid-Wilshire district, where he works with young adults, adults, couples, and families.

Lorraine Rose, RN, PhD, Associate Clinical Director, oversees several programs at TMCC, including the Doctoral Training Program. In addition, she teaches couples therapy. Lorraine received her PhD from The California School of Professional Psychology. She maintains a private practice at locations in Beverly Hills and Malibu, where she specializes in treating adults and couples.

Astrid Schwartz, LMFT, became a Clinical Supervisor at TMCC after completing her internship and becoming licensed in 1986. She has held many TMCC positions since that time and at present she coordinates the weekly in-service training curriculum and off-site supervisors for the interns. Her private practice has an emphasis on holocaust issues and transitions.

Sharon Schwartz, PhD, is the Director of Child and Family Services and Assistant Clinical Director. Sharon received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Cambridge Graduate School of Psychology in Los Angeles. Prior to joining the staff at TMCC, Sharon was the Clinical Director for a Mental Health Partial Hospitalization Program. Sharon maintains a private practice specializing in work with adolescents, parenting consultation, and reproductive psychology.

Beth Tiras, LMFT, is a clinical supervisor and Co-Program Coordinator for the Adolescent & Child Therapy Program (ACT).  She obtained her master’s degree from Antioch University and is currently working towards her PsyD at The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis.  Beth has a private practice in West Los Angeles working with children, adolescents, and adults.