Anna Henderson, Executive Director

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As an executive director, advocate, trainer, and consultant, Anna has been developing community partnerships to support families since 1991. She is the founding director of the Westside Infant-Family Network (WIN), a nationally recognized early childhood mental health program and cross-sector collaboration that integrates health, mental health, social services and early education for families with young children facing trauma and multiple challenges. She is the primary architect and founder of the Intergenerational Health Neighborhood, a 9-agency collaboration to create trauma-resilient communities, recently funded under a 4-year, $16M contract by the Department of Mental Health (DMH). She participates in numerous local and national efforts to improve outcomes for children and families, including the executive committees of Maternal Mental Health Now and DMH Service Area 5 Advisory Committee, as well as Harvard University’s Frontiers of Innovation.

Prior to WIN, Anna served as the executive director of Chicago Commons ETC, a national award-winning, placed-based collaboration and family school. She has extensive experience in fundraising, nonprofit consultation, and advocacy; has spoken throughout the country on intergenerational mental health, family literacy, education, and collaboration; and is the author of Making Welfare-to-Work Work for Families, a white paper funded for publication by the MacArthur Foundation. Ms. Henderson has a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Illinois, Chicago, as well as bachelor’s degrees in English and Fine Arts from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Anna - 2015

Wendy Sun, Psy.D., Clinical Director

Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist Reflective Practice Facilitator III/Mentor

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Tel: 424-261-0270 Fax:  310-760-5323

Dr. Wendy Sun is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in early intervention and infant mental health.  She is among the first 52 California clinicians endorsed by the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health, and holds their highest designation: Reflective Practice Mentor.  Dr. Sun provides training at national and regional conferences on infant mental health diagnosis and treatment, has trained for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and several local Early Head Start programs, and has taught child psychology at the Alliant International University.

Dr. Sun holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and received both her master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology – Alliant International University. As a clinician, clinical supervisor, and trainer, Wendy is passionate about delivering culturally-sensitive and strength-based mental health services to support children in achieving their optimal potentials and to improve the quality of life for families. Her professional interests include multicultural issues related to early intervention, and family systems in under-resourced communities.

Therapists

Kylie Foster, LCSW, Staff Therapist

Click here to email Kylie.  Tel: 415-952-3681  Fax: 310-760-5323

At WIN, Kylie works with infants, children, and caregivers providing dyadic, family and individual therapy to assist families in forming stronger attachments and improve functioning. She also provides supervision and extensive training for student interns working towards their master’s degree in Social Work, as well as provides mental health consultation services to Early Head Start programs in the area to ensure that service providers are able to adequately support children and families with mental health needs. Prior to joining WIN, Kylie worked as a therapeutic childcare teacher with young children who had experienced abuse, neglect, or were classified as “at-risk,” ensuring they met their developmental and social-emotional needs. She also has experience providing mental health services to children and adolescents in foster care, as well as to their caregivers. Kylie received a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Seattle University and obtained her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California.

Westside Infant-family network therapists

Melissa Li, MFT, Staff Therapist

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Tel: 424-242-2397  Fax: 310-760-5323

Melissa provides therapy and support to families as they journey together out of past traumas toward healthier futures full of promise. Through dyadic therapy, she helps children and their caregivers build healthy emotional bonds. Prior to joining WIN, Melissa provided intensive mental health services for children and youth within the foster care and juvenile justice system. She also worked in community-based programs to provide mental health services for youth and adults with chronic mental illnesses, complex trauma, domestic and community violence, and substance abuse. She’s passionate about providing culturally-sensitive and accessible care and believes that building genuine relationships empowers families and provides hope. Her experiences have shown her the importance that attachments have on the entire spectrum of life, and how developing secure attachments early on is crucial to future health, success and life. Melissa received her master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy, with a clinical specialization in Art Therapy, from Loyola Marymount University.

Leslie Martinez, MSW, Staff Therapist

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Tel: 424-261-3378  Fax: 310-760-5323

Prior to WIN, Leslie’s work with children and their families included serving as an early intervention case manager for infants with developmental delays and disabilities, and a child mental health therapist. She also has experience serving as a suicide counselor and mental health therapist for adults. Through her experience, Leslie has gained deep insight into the numerous ways that barriers such as language, socioeconomic status, legal status, access to mental and medical health, and mental health history can impact a family’s abilities to reach their desired potential. At WIN, Leslie provides dyadic therapy to young children and their caregivers experiencing a range of mental health concerns. She received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and received a master’s degree in Social Welfare at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Case Managers

WIN grants each partner agency funds to support on-site case managers for WIN clients. The cross-agency services case managers provide for WIN families go far beyond the walls of WIN’s three primary partner agencies–case managers act as families’ advocates for services at Regional Center, public housing offices, and much more. Our team of WIN-dedicated case managers includes:

  • Judith Villaseñor, WIN (manages Venice Family Clinic cases)
  • Magaly Soto-Sanchez, WIN
  • Damariz Cortez, WIN

Damariz Cortez, Case Manager

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Tel: 424-341-2939  Fax: 310-760-5323

Damariz has a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling Services from Cal State Los Angeles and experience working with children of all ages. Prior to WIN, she was a case manager at the Bresee Foundation in the GRYD department, which focused on youth gang prevention in the city of Los Angeles. She came to WIN because she’s passionate about providing parents within the community with the best guidance they can receive in order to provide their children with a better future. She strongly believes that mental health and providing early intervention is essential for a successful future and a happier life for both child and parent.

 

 Judith Villaseñor, Case Manager

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Tel: 424-341-5510  Fax: 310-760-5323

Judith graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Mount Saint Mary’s University. She is passionate about helping children and families, which is why she enjoys working for WIN. She is particularly proud to be part of a non-profit agency that focuses on early childhood mental health and caring for whole families. Before joining the WIN Team, Judith was a volunteer intern at St. Francis Medical Center.

 Judith Villasenor

 Magaly Soto-Sanchez, Case Manager

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Tel: 424-326-3990 Fax: 310-760-5323

Magaly graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Mount Saint Mary’s University, specializing in children and adolescents. Before coming to WIN, she interned at the Alliance of Children’s Rights. She is especially interested in early prevention and firmly believes that building good relationships between children and their caregivers can lead to happier futures, with little risk of developing mental illnesses.