Luna Medina-Wolf, LMHC, CRC, MCAP
PRESIDENT, ADVOCACY CHAIR
Luna Medina-Wolf is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), Master Certified Addiction Professional (MCAP), Approved consultant for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and a Qualified Supervisor in the State of Florida. Luna is the owner of a Group Private Practice, Helping Moon Counseling, P.A. in Boca Raton, FL. Luna has been a board member of Professionals United for Parkland (501 (c)3 organization since March, 2018 and is in her second term as the president (since 2019-2020). Luna has been instrumental in bringing national trainers to our community to glean information on trauma-informed care in the aftermath of tragedy and helped organize communal healing projects.
Luna continues her professional development with the American Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counselors Association, American Psychology Association, Florida Mental Health Counseling Association (FMHCA), and Florida Counseling Association (FCA) in order to bring the best and most current practices to her clients. Luna won the FCA member of the year award in 2019, and the FMHCA advocate of the year award in 2019. Luna is fluent in English, Spanish, and Hebrew.
Judith Aronson-Ramos, M.D.
MEDICAL CHAIR, AUTISM COMMUNITY COORDINATOR
Marla Berger LMHC, ATR, RPT-S
Marla Berger has been working with children, teens and adults providing experiential therapies since 2000. After receiving her Bachelors Degree from University of Florida and her Masters Degree in Art Therapy from University of Louisville, she began to specialize in working with children and their families. In the wake of the MSD tragedy, she has been serving the community in supporting trauma and loss. She knows the working through traumatic experiences can be difficult to talk about, so incorporates art, play, sandtray and equine assisted services into her therapy program. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Registered Art Therapist, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, Eagala Advanced Certified in Equine Assisted Services and trained in Natural Lifemanship which is a Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy modality. Since 1999, Marla has been speaking locally and nationally on a variety of topics including how to incorporate experiential therapies for grief, loss and trauma. Most recently she presented nationally on building a dream practice. She hosts a monthly networking and demonstration of equine assisted services called Breakfast At The Ranch, which educates the community through activities.
Ilene Glance, M.S., LMHC, NCC, CCMHC, QS
Judith Aronson-Ramos, M.D., is a Board Certified Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrician. Her medical practice is devoted exclusively to the evaluation and treatment of pediatric patients with challenges in learning, behavior, development, and social-emotional functioning. Dr. Aronson-Ramos has been in practice for over 30 years and she is acutely aware of the need for individualized and comprehensive care for children and families provided in a supportive and compassionate setting.
Ilene Glance is a licensed mental health counselor. Ilene specializes in helping people heal from traumatic events and working on having healthier thoughts, while living life on life's terms. Ilene is trained in trauma techniques such as EMDR. She also has training in DBT. Ilene has worked with all areas of mental health and with many age ranges (5-65yo).
Karyn Rosenberg, LCSW
Anthony Naguiat, LMHC, MCAP
Karyn Rosenberg is licensed by the state of Florida as a Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from The University of Texas. Karyn has extensive experience in general psychotherapy, but she is most specialized in grief, loss, trauma and fertility counseling. She has a private practice in Boca Raton where she provides psychotherapy to children, adults and couples and families. She is a Certified Hypnotherapist and a practitioner in EMDR. Karyn is an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University where she has taught grief and bereavement counseling, Issues in Counseling Women, and Issues in Mental Health Counseling to Masters in Counseling students. She is an expert witness on grief and loss. Karyn is a lecturer and trainer for the community. Her professional membership includes the Florida Society of Oncology Social Workers, Association of Death Education and Counseling, The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, National Association of Social Workers, Resolve, American Fertility Association, and Florida Society for Clinical Hypnosis. Karyn served as treasurer of the Social Work/Mental Health Professional Council of Hadassah, received the 2005 National Leadership Award, and is a past recipient of the Woman of Valor in 2004.
Anthony Naguiat is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Master's Certified Addiction Professional, and Certified EMDR therapist & Consultant-in-Training, currently in Private Practice in Boca Raton, FL. Anthony graduated with his Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University in late 2007. His current practice focus has been working with adults and individual trauma therapy. He has worked with adults in substance abuse PHP/IOP settings, Day Treatment, and also Undergraduate and Graduate students at Nova Southeastern University's student counseling center. Anthony also has several years of experience working with youth, teens, and families in the community and also within the child welfare/dependency system, providing intensive in-home therapy within the client's home/foster home or school settings. Much of this work dealt with backgrounds of trauma, family conflict, child abuse/neglect, and removal from their homes. He has experience as a team lead and program supervisor in these community mental health agencies and has also worked in managed care Utilization Management and SIU Investigation settings. Shortly after the MSD tragedy, Anthony also volunteered his services to help the MSD community. Anthony has also dedicated himself as an ally to suicide prevention since 2015 as part of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Southeast Florida Chapter board. His role within that board has been to help provide community education around suicide prevention and resources, as well as field advocacy for & attending advocacy events. He has also assisted with loss and healing for suicide loss survivors including suicide loss postvention therapy, organizing and hosting Palm Beach County events for the annual International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, and previously co-facilitating pro-bono support groups for suicide loss survivors in years past. All of these experiences have shaped his focus as a trauma-informed therapist.
Stacey Balkanski, LCSW
Stacey Balkanski holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 24 years of experience in for-profit and non-profit organizations in the social services and mental health fields. Stacey has maintained a private practice for 11 years in Plantation and Coral Spring, FL. Her areas of expertise include: grief/loss; trauma; chronic/terminal illnesses and women’s issues. In addition, Stacey has worked with: pregnant and parenting teens; women and children who’ve been victims of emotional, psychological, and physical abuse; hospice patients and their families; and, cancer patients and their caregivers/families.
Brian Gong, LMHC, CAP, NCC
Brian is a psychotherapist in east Delray Beach specializing in the treatment of addiction, trauma, and dissociative disorders. Following the Stoneman Douglas shooting, he founded the Southeast Florida Trauma Recovery Network (TRN), a group of local EMDR therapists providing pro bono EMDR therapy to individuals directly impacted by the tragedy. He has done workshops and presentations on the topics of trauma and EMDR therapy, is passionate about service and giving back to the community, and is proud to serve on the PU4P board of directors.
Nikki Barlia, LMHC
My name is Nikki Barlia and I believe that every day is another opportunity to change your life. We all need help to navigate the hurdles life throws our way, and we need someone trustworthy to walk alongside us on the journey. I enjoy helping clients improve their lives by overcoming anxiety, building healthy relationships, finding purpose, lowering stress levels, and increasing self-esteem. I believe that the relationship between therapist and client is the most important tool within the therapy process, so I try to create an environment that is warm and safe without judgment. My role as a therapist is versatile, I am an educator, a guide, a listener, a goofball or a mirror.
My specializations include anxiety, depression, grief and loss, family dynamics, life transitions, trauma, parenting, caring for elder parents, chronic illness, and divorce. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, families, and groups. I am also a qualified supervisor for master level counselors working towards their license. I take an integrative and eclectic approach to therapy, utilizing Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Jordan Zipkin, LMFT
Jordan Zipkin is a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in helping adult couples (ages 30-40) overcome relationship difficulties, such as infidelity and communication problems, and adult individuals eliminate relationship problems, anxiety, past painful experiences, self-esteem struggles, and substance abuse. Jordan has been helping individuals and couples achieve their life goals for 11 years. Jordan recently relocated to South Florida from Los Angeles, where he spent 7 years helping adults and adolescents in various settings (including group homes, treatment centers, and private practice) once again live productive and fulfilling lives. He believes we all have strengths and resources to help us attain the lives we deserve. He focuses on helping people better recognize and use these tools to flourish.
Dr. Anna K. Owens, Ph.D.
ADr. Anna K. Owens earned a doctoral degree from Florida Atlantic University, a CACREP accredited program in Counselor Education and Supervision. She possesses a concentration of knowledge in both School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health, while developing a strong research focus in evidenced-based social and emotional learning (SEL) interventions. As an experienced certified school counselor, ESOL director, counselor in private practice, and full time faculty at NOVA Southeastern University in the College of Psychology; Dr. Owens has worked in diverse settings with thousands of students, educators, and various educational stakeholders. As president and past-president of the Chi Sigma Iota Beta Rho Chapter, she understands the dynamics required for effective leadership specifically within the academic setting. With a steady commitment to the profession of counseling made evident by research efforts, continued leadership in counseling organizations, and generating new scholarship; she attends professional counseling conferences regularly and engages in leading scholarly presentations. Dr. Owens holds leadership positions within International Marriage and Family Counseling (IAMFC), Florida School Counseling Association (FSCA), Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference (EBSCC), and the Mental Health Counselors Associations of Palm Beach (MHCAPB). In addition, Dr. Owens serves as an appointed member of the Education Task Force committee for the City of Boca Raton and enjoys volunteer work for a nonprofit woman’s organization within the community. These various leadership roles foster the opportunity to merge a passion for teaching and supervision with personal interest in critical inquiry into counseling research.
Dr. Sondra F. Lehman, Psy.S. TF-CBT Certified
Sondra Lehman is certified by the Department of Education and licensed in the state of Florida as a School Psychologist. She holds Specialist and Masters degrees in School Psychology from Nova Southeastern University, and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Florida Atlanta University. Sondra works for Broward County Schools, serving students from preschool to high school. She is certified in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and is also in training at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine. Sondra was extensively involved in the response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and continues to support students and families in the community. She is a nationally certified trainer of Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) and teaches social-emotional curriculums such as Riding the Waves and Why Try to students. Her professional membership includes the Florida Association of School Psychologist, the Broward Association of School Psychologist and Psi Chi, the International Honor Society of Psychology. Sondra is a chair of the CEU committee for the Broward Association of School Psychologist and actively works to provide professional development and CEU credits to professionals in Broward County. She is honored and excited to join the board of PU4P.
Advisory Board Members
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
An award-winning attorney and former prosecutor with over 10 years of experience in both criminal and DUI law, Adam is a skilled lawyer who takes a multi-dimensional approach to get his clients the best results possible. Adam believes attorneys are named "counselors" for a reason: because their impact needs to go beyond the law. A high school basketball coach for over 10 years, Adam is a mentor and motivator who keeps his clients involved and on track all the way through so they'll continue to see long-term success well after their case is over. A life-long South Florida resident, AdamÂ has spent his entire career practicing here. He's successfully conducted over 50 jury trials and has handled hundreds of DUI, criminal and domestic violence cases. Adam regularly speaks on DUI, criminal law, and drugs, drug court and addiction at various institutions including DUI schools, Broward College, FAU, and a number of mental health treatment facilities. More recently, Adam has lectured at state wide conferences such as FMHCA and Florida Behavioral health in addiction to local conferences for CEU credit on his presentation 'A Unified Partnership Between Legal & Clinical Services', where he helps mental health professionals understand the criminal justice system as well as what their client is going through, the pitfalls of the system and mental health count, how serious misunderstandings and a lack of education on both sides can hurt your clients case, and how to establish an effective partnership with your client's attorney that will help his/her case. What sets Adam apart from other lawyers in the Criminal Defense field is the perception he has of his clients as well as the level of care that he provides them. Adam represents good people when something bad happens to them, and even when he's finishes their case, he follows up and makes sure they are staying on the right path. By doing so, Adam has referred many of his clients to mental health professionals whom he trusts by getting to know them personally over the years!
Deb Del Vecchio-Scully, NCC, LPC, DCMHS
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Deb is a Professional Speaker, Trainer, and Consultant who is nationally known as a stress and trauma expert, having worked with survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks as well as adults and children impacted by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Speaking on topics from wellness and resilience, to individual and communal trauma recovery, her powerful presentations are ideal for helping professionals and lay persons alike. As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Mindfulness Coach, Deb has served as the Clinical Recovery Leader and Trauma Specialist of the Newtown Recovery and Resiliency Team created in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. She customizes her multi-media presentations to include meaningful, real-world examples to educate and move audiences around the world.
Dr. Scott Poland
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Dr. Scott Poland is a Professor at the College of Psychology and the Co-Director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Dr. Poland a licensed psychologist and is an internationally recognized expert on school safety, youth suicide, self-injury, bullying, school crisis prevention/intervention, threat assessment and parenting in challenging times. He has authored or co-authored five books and many chapters and articles on these subjects and has served as a legal expert in a number of lawsuits. He also recently co-authored the Suicide Safer Schools Plan for the state of Texas and the Crisis Action School Toolkit-Suicide for the state of Montana. He previously directed psychological services for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in Texas for 24 years and is a past President of the National Association of School Psychologists and a past Prevention Division Director of American Association of Suicidology. He is very dedicated to prevention and has testified about the mental health needs of children before the U.S. Congress on four occasions. He is a founding member of the National Emergency Assistance Team and has personally assisted school communities after many tragedies including 16 school shootings. Most recently in 2018, he has been assisting the Jordan School District in Utah which experienced a suicide cluster and the Broward School District in Florida after the school shooting in Parkland. In 2019 he was selected by the Florida Safe School Office as one of two trainers on threat assessment for state wide training to meet new legislative requirements. He recently provided a presentation in South Florida on parenting in a challenging world that was attended by more than 2000 parents. He is known for his dynamic and practical presentations. He has received many awards including being named the most outstanding psychologist in Texas. Dr. Poland also has received the Houston Wage Peace Award and the Parkland Helping the Community Heal Award.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Paula Reed taught at Columbine High School for 30 years, prior to retiring in 2018. In 1999, the year of the mass shooting there that caught the nation's attention, she was the speech and debate teacher, as well as teaching English/Language Arts to traditional and at-risk students. In the years that followed, she became an internationally published novelist. She has also visited such schools as Sandy Hook Elementary, Marshall County High School, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to help educators cope with the aftermath of a school shooting.
Les Gordon, LMFT
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Les Gordon, M.A. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked in the South Florida area for over 30 years. Les specializes in treating children and adolescents who exhibit emotional and behavioral issues. He also works with children who have special needs and enjoys helping parents to become more effective. Les is a Diplomate Sexologist with the American Board of Sexology. In overlapping careers in education and mental health, Les founded and directed private school programs for children with learning disabilities. Les has presented close to 100 community based talks relating to his areas of interest. In 1978 Les was recognized as the Merle Kauffman Scholar at Bradley University, designating Les as the outstanding student in the College of Education.
Lisa Zucker, LCSW
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Lisa Zucker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice. As a certified Thanatologist, she specializes her practice in grief and loss as well as providing the community with educational speaking engagements to help professionals learn more about the advancements that have been made in the grief field.