Anna Henderson, Executive Director

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Tel: 424-258-0970 Fax: 310-760-5323

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.

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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.

Bre Onna Mathis, DMH Innovations 2 Project Director

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Tel: 424-244-1164 Fax: 310-760-5323

Bre Onna Mathis has joined WIN as the Project Director and is responsible for overseeing the Department of Mental Health: Innovations 2 Project. She been working in the non-profit industry for the last thirteen years. For the last nine years, she has served as a transformational leader overseeing programs that serve marginalized, low socio-economic communities. She has managed complex, multifaceted projects focused on: child abuse prevention, intervention and treatment; early care and education; youth development; economic development and domestic violence supportive services. She has been responsible for the development, implementation, expansion and evaluation of programs and services. Bre Onna Mathis has a Master’s degree from Pepperdine University in Social Entrepreneurship and Change. In addition, she obtained a B.S. in Business, with an emphasis in Marketing, and a B.A. in Urban Education at California State University, Northridge.

Therapists

Kylie Foster, LCSW, Staff Therapist

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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 was 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

Taklai 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.

Community Resource Coordinators

Gabriella Gomez, Community Resource Coordinator

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Tel: 424-209-2501 Fax: 310-760-5323

Gabriella Gomez is from Denver, Colorado and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Sports and Exercise Science degree. After being in that field of work for a year, she realized she wanted different opportunities that focused more on youth and how to best support them. She had found her passion for supporting youth and their families while working for a nonprofit in the neighborhood of the South Bronx in New York. She is very grateful to have had the opportunity to serve in such diverse communities and understand what goes into creating an enriching and safe environment for youth and families. She is excited to continue to support and advocate for prevention efforts at WIN!

Marta Gomez, Community Resource Coordinator

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Tel: 213-290-1081 Fax: 310-760-5323

Marta Gomez has rejoined WIN as the Community Resource Coordinator for the Department of Mental Health: Innovations 2 Project. During the almost two years she was away from WIN, she worked at Harbor Regional Center as the Community Outreach Specialist and was Service Coordinator before that. She previously worked at WIN for eleven years and was WIN’s first hire back in 2006. Marta has been in the non-profit sector for the last twenty years. Prior to WIN and Harbor Regional Center, she worked for a Foster Family Agency where she was the Intake Coordinator and Certification Specialist. Marta has a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from California State University Dominguez Hills.

Destiny Howell, Community Resource Coordinator

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Tel: 424-209-2216 Fax: 310-760-5323

Destiny Howell has joined WIN as a Community Resource Coordinator, Innovations 2 project. As a public health social worker, Destiny Is committed to making a difference in the lives of children, communities, and their families, in the acquisition of health management. The highlight of her career has been profoundly investing in non-profit organizations that focus on harm reduction and trauma-informed models that promote family health, wellness, and resiliency, in efforts to address social determinants and adversities. Destiny has a BA in sociology from Cal State-Northridge and a dual master in social work and public health from the University of Southern California. Within her degrees of study, Destiny has focused on cultivating systems to address disparities in the social welfare system of those at risk of abuse, neglect, physical, emotional, social, and educational adversities.

Community Resource Liaisons

Bettye Davis, Community Resource Liaison

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Tel: 424-209-2370 Fax: 310-760-5323

Bettye Davis is a graduate from Cal Poly Pomona with Bachelors in Psychology. Prior to joining WIN as a Community Resource Liaison, she worked with the TAY population ages 16-24, who were current and former foster youth, and young parents. As someone who grew up in the South LA community, she is dedicated to making a difference in her community by assisting children, young adults, and families. Her passion is to create and innovative programs for at-risk communities that will focus on reducing trauma, encourage harm prevention and resiliency.

Judith Villaseñor, Community Resource Liaison

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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.

Community Resource Specialists (CRS)

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

  • Damariz Cortez, WIN
  • Celia Nuñez, WIN
  • Luna Farias, WIN
  • Magaly Soto-Sanchez, WIN

Damariz Cortez, Community Resource Specialist

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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.

Celia Nuñez, Community Resource Specialist

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Tel: 424-261-0680 Fax: 310-760-5323

Celia Nuñez received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from California State University Los Angeles. Previously, she worked as a Service Coordinator for the Harbor Regional Center (HRC) where she provided support and linkages to resources to children and young adolescents with developmental disabilities. Prior to working at HRC, she worked as a Case Manager for Kedren Community Mental Health Center. There she encouraged children and their families to utilize their coping skills and helped them gain resilience in regards to their mental health. Celia is passionate about serving the disadvantaged populations and enjoys making a difference in people’s lives. She has come to realize that innovation is the key to a brighter future.

Yoselin Luna Farias, Community Resource Specialist

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Tel: 424-261-4022 Fax: 310-760-5323

Yoselin Luna Farias, who prefers to be known as Luna, graduated from California State University Los Angeles with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology. Before coming to WIN, she interned at the Girls Club of LA as a teacher’s aid helping children ages 3-5 years. While there, she helped facilitate class activities, meal breaks, and guided them through social interactive play. She is a firm believer that mental health does not define the person, but in fact is a mere obstacle in which families and children need the proper guidance to understand it. Passionate about helping others, specifically children, she believes helping them at the early stages of development is vital in order to understand who they are, but also live a happy life that will allow them to thrive and succeed.

Magaly Soto-Sanchez, Community Resource Specialist

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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.

Administrative Support

Egypt Davis-Evans, Administrative Coordinator

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Tel: 424-209-7051 Fax: 310-760-5323

Egypt Davis-Evans received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration from California State University, Long Beach. Before joining the WIN team, she coordinated clinical operations for a managed care company specializing in behavioral health. Her background also includes event coordination, project management, and contract management. 

Kamarin Takahara, Administrative Assistant

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Tel: 424-800-3667 Fax: 310-760-5323

Kamarin received her Bachelor of Art’s in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. She strongly believes in advocating for children and families in need. She is excited and honored to be part of WIN because the non-profit agency is at the forefront of preventing early childhood mental illness as well as supporting and stabilizing families. Prior to joining WIN, she worked as a Student Adviser at UCLA.