OLA Associates are extraordinary, accomplished professionals, experienced in working with public behavioral health and committed to supporting provider needs in the evolving systems of care. Beyond what they know, Associates have been selected because of who they are: engaging, generous, genuine individuals who contribute their time and energies to develop products they believe can make a difference. OLA Associates work collaboratively, generating respectful professional relationships that model the best practices of recovery oriented interaction. The products produced reflect this spirit of engagement, inclusion and respect. Content is encompassed within educational materials and training courses that create a joint learning process and encourage active participation.
Meet the OLA Associates:
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Margaret Avineri, Psy.D., LMFT, holds a doctoral degree in Psychology and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is currently Senior Director of Integrated Clinical Services & Quality Management at Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles where she has worked since 2002. Prior to that, she served as Clinical Director at the South Bay Center for Counseling in El Segundo and maintained a private practice in the South Bay and West Los Angeles.
Dr. Avineri’s early training and experience in the mental health field were as a social worker and probation officer in Israel over three decades ago. Through that experience, she developed a particular interest in the relationship between Law & Ethics, social justice, and human services. Dr. Avineri teaches courses on Legal & Ethical Aspects of Counseling and Clinical Supervision in a variety of academic and professional settings and provides consultation and continuing education courses on these and other related subjects.
An AAMFT Approved Supervisor and CAMFT Certified Supervisor, Dr. Avineri is a past recipient of the Clinton B. Phillips Scholarship Award from the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (1996), the Outstanding Doctor of Psychology Award from United States International University (1999), and the Mentor Award from AAMFT California (2015).
In addition to her responsibilities for agency-wide quality assurance, compliance and improvement at Jewish Family Service, Dr. Avineri oversees a broad range of clinical and social service programs. A key focus of her current work is care coordination in community-based systems with the goal of improving access to culturally appropriate mental health and social services.
Jasmeet Bhullar, MFT Registered Associate, is committed to helping people from diverse backgrounds utilizing truly diverse methods. Jasmeet is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, Adjunct Faculty at Pepperdine University and Fullerton College, Co-Author of a text currently in development for therapists in California, Senior Management Consultant in the field of aerospace and national defense manufacturing, Member of the AAMFT-CA Legislative and Advocacy Committee, and Chair of the GSEP Committee as part of the Pepperdine University Alumni Leadership Council.
Jasmeet earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a Mathematical Emphasis from UC Davis. He has advanced training and certification in many evidenced-based practices in marriage and family therapy. Jasmeet is experienced in providing therapy to individuals ranging in age from 2 to 90 years old, from several different ethnic backgrounds, and from low, middle, and upper socioeconomic status.
Jasmeet believes in inspiring broad changes in society by utilizing opportunities to help others via communicative techniques. As an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, he assists individuals in reaching their personal goals in treatment. As a Faculty member and Co-Author, he assists in training professionals who will guide others in reaching their own personal goals. As a Senior Management Consultant, he assists companies in achieving their goals and desired outcomes. As a committee member and chair, he assists in steering and reviewing content that impacts students/alumni at universities and providers/consumers of mental health services in California. In these efforts, Jasmeet hopes to benefit society as a whole at multiple levels, while using communication to continue to learn more about the experiences of others.
Marcelo Cavalheiro, LMFT
Regional Director of Operations, Telecare Los Angeles and Telecare North Carolina
Marcelo Cavalheiro joined Telecare in 1997 and had many roles such as administrator of Telecare's Older Adults programs in Los Angeles, which specializes in ACT/FSP/FCCS services for older adults, administrator for the adult FSP and Step Down IMD (ATLAS) in service area 7 (southeast Los Angeles) and Clinical Director for our AB203 Homeless Outreach Program (HOP 7). He practiced as a Clinical Psychologist in Brazil from 1986-1990, when he came to the USA. Marcelo received his Masters in Counseling Psychology at National University in 1999. Marcelo worked for Telecare's ACCESS team in San Diego from 1997-1999. From 1992 to 1997 Marcelo worked as a bilingual therapist and Clinical Coordinator for Crisis Centers in San Diego with Community Research Foundation, and from 1990 to 1992 he worked with children with multiple disabilities in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He is from Brazil, where he was a licensed Child Psychologist and worked in various public settings since 1986, including an Autism Clinic, a Forensic Mental Hospital, a Human Research Foundation and public schools in the Brazilian slums.
In 2005 Marcelo was selected as one of the top five mental health leaders in psychosocial rehabilitation in Southern California, and recently has participated in panels regarding Race And Ethnicity Issues in Mental Health for the formerly incarcerated (AB109 CIMH YouTube videos).
Marcelo oversees LA County DMH outpatient contracts as well as Durham, North Carolina.
He is also a member of the LA County DMH System Leadership Team.
Susan Davis, LMFT, coordinates and supervises the Marriage and Family Therapy intern program and provides the therapy component and supervision for the psychiatric residents at the County of San Bernardino, Department of Behavioral Health. She has worked in public mental health since 1994 both in California and Washington State. Prior to her work in public mental health she was in private practice in Southern California for more than thirteen years. She has been an adjunct professor in the Marriage and Family graduate program at Hope International University in Orange, California and in the psychology graduate program at Chapman University in Washington State. She is a licensed MFT and an AAMFT approved supervisor. She is a co-author of The Transforming System: A Practical Handbook for Understanding the Changes in California Community Mental Health. Her work in public mental health has created a deeper understanding of the mental health needs in the public sector and an appreciation of the components of Recovery Oriented Care. She finds working with trainees and interns in the public system to be a gratifying experience and she enjoys helping to train MFT’s who are passionate about working in community mental health.
Brianna Dubbs, LMFT, is a Marriage Family Therapist and has been in private practice for 13 years conducting counseling for individuals, couples, and groups. Brianna specializes in all areas of trauma and the related conditions including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, chronic illness, low self-esteem, grief, and all forms of abuse. Brianna worked with the chronically mentally ill at the Orange County Jail for 6 years. After working at the jail Brianna developed and ran a program for Veterans while with the County that is still part of the Counties programs. She is a frequent lecturer in the Orange County area and speaks on topics such as attachment relationships, spousal intimacy, and how to talk with your children about sex. Brianna has worked with AAMFT as a presenter for the Transformed Supervisor Course training Supervisors for supervision of interns. Bria1ma has served as Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Orange Coast Community College and Alliant University. She earned her Master of Psychology degree from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Vanguard University. She is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), California Association of Marriage Family Therapists (CAMFT).
Denise Manandik, LMFT, is currently the Program Director for Pathways Community Services Costa Mesa in Orange County, California. She is well-versed in multiple facets of community mental health, having served at different times as a volunteer, a practicing clinician, Program Director, Quality Assurance Director, and Director of Clinical Operations--for both adult and children’s programs.
Her experiences as well as her enthusiasm for supporting and training clinicians led her to earn her American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor Designation and become a co-trainer for the AAMFT Transformed Supervisor training. Denise is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500). She has a private practice in Orange, where clients are able to benefit from a melding of Denise's passions for yoga, meditation, and psychotherapy, as she joins them in their journey to whole wellness. Denise also loves hiking and sharing the spirit of Aloha through hula.
Cheryl Malinowski, Ph.D., received her Doctorate of Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology Los Angeles, in 2001. She began working with mentally ill adults involved in the criminal justice system in 2004 by joining Telecare’s AB2034 program. Upon the closure of those programs across the state of California, Dr. Malinowski then went on to pilot two programs known as The Integrated Services for Mentally Ill Parolees (ISMIP) contracted between Telecare and CDCR to provide field based mental health services for adults while on parole. These programs were expanded in 2014 due to successful outcomes in the reduction of recidivism.
During this time, she also started up a LA AB109 program in downtown Los Angeles in 2012. She was promoted to Regional Administrator over ISMIP, AB109, and our county contracted Full Service Partnership and FCCS programs in downtown Los Angeles.
Dr. Malinowski is now the Regional Director of Operations for Telecare’s programs in the Central Coast and Nebraska. She also is a Surveyor for CARF International, and has given various speeches on working with the corrections population in the community such as at AAMFT, Cal State Dominguez Hills: MHALA JumpStart, and a panelist on CIMH.
Cassidy Manton, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Program Manager for Chapman University’s MA in Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program. Prior to working at Chapman, Cassidy spent 10 years working in public mental health where she provided outpatient therapy services to children and adolescents, managed a behavioral therapy program for clients with severe mental illness and provided trainings and clinical supervision. In addition to her role at Chapman, she maintains a private practice in Anaheim, specializing in the treatment of depression and anxiety.
Lisa B. Moschini, LMFT is the Vice President & Clinical Director of Sanctuary Centers of Santa Barbara (SCSB), and has been a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist since 1992. She holds a BFA in Art & Design from California Institute of the Arts and an MA in Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University.
Lisa has been providing intern supervision, onsite workshops, lectures, and continuing education credits (CEUs) to mental health professionals and educators throughout the United States for over 20 years. Additionally, Lisa has consulted on feasibility studies for non-profit organizations, presented at universities, and designed and implemented art therapy programs for children, adolescents, and adults.
Her first book, Drawing-the-Line: Art Therapy with the Difficult Client was published in December 2004 through John Wiley & Sons and has been translated into three other languages. Her second book, Art, Play, and Narrative Therapy: Using Metaphor to Enrich your Clinical Practice, is scheduled for publication, in 2018, by Taylor & Francis/Routledge.
Mary M. Read, Ph.D., LMFT is the Director of Clinical Training for the Department of Counseling at California State University, Fullerton, where she has taught for over 28 years. Her love of teaching has informed her connection with Olivia Loewy and Associates, where she is involved in the development and delivery of several trainings and a textbook. From her early years as a clinician in the Health Care Agency at the County of Orange, Mary has maintained avenues of connection with behavioral health agencies, clinicians, and consumers, seeking to meet their training and supervision needs. In addition to her clinical practice in Los Alamitos, Mary supervises Associate LMFTs, LPCCs and LCSWs on their way to licensure, encouraging their career growth in public mental health. Her passion for “people-gardening” shines through her activities, leaving her eager for more opportunities to connect with culturally sensitive circles of care for those most in need.
Rusty Selix, J.D., was the original co-author (with Darrell Steinberg) and leader of the Proposition 63 Campaign - the November 2004 California ballot measure, taxing millionaires to generate nearly $2 billion per year which is transforming California’s public mental health system.
He did this work as the Executive Director/director of policy and advocacy for the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies - a statewide association of non-profit publicly funded mental health and substance use disorder providers which he has served since 1986.
He also serves as the Executive Director for the California Access Coalition, a coalition of providers consumers and industry representatives promoting access to treatment and medications as well as serving as the California grassroots coordinator for the mental health consumer organization known as DBSA - Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.
He was also the Executive Director of the Mental Health Association in California (also known as Mental Health America of California) from 1993 to 2014.
He has been a leading expert in mental health policy and finance for the past 25 years and state and local government policy and finance for 45 years. He began his career as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Sacramento working primarily in land use, environment, housing and public works issues from 1975 to 1978. He then became a lobbyist at the State Capitol for the League of California Cities continuing to focus on land use, environmental, transportation and housing issues. During this time, he also was elected to be the chairman of the State Bar’s Committee on Environmental Law.
When he left the League of California Cities in 1984, and started his own business called Creative Problem Solving, he initially provided consultation, advocacy, mediation and other services on behalf of dozens of organizations before mental health advocacy became his primary focus.
He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Northwestern University and a JD degree from the University of California at Davis.