Marty Erickson, PhD, LMFT
President Orem, UT Term expires Dec. 2021 Marty Erickson received a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Iowa State University. He is the founder and works as a therapist at Progressive Paths Therapy in Orem, Utah. He also works part time as an adjunct faculty member of BYU Counseling and Psychological Services. From 2003-2006 he helped re-create the NDSU Couple and Family Therapy program to a program founded on feminist social justice training in CFT. He specializes in Mormon faith crises/ transitions/ awakenings for individuals and couples, couples/marriage therapy, sex therapy, premarital therapy, out of control and problematic sexual behavior for individuals and couples, healing from trauma/abuse, adult development, family therapy, and issues related to discrimination and systemic oppression of minority groups (race, class, gender, sexual orientation, etc.). He is an LGBTQ+ affirmative ally, and a member of the LGBTQ Affirmative Therapists Guild of Utah.
Joshua Neal, MA, LMHC
President Elect Seattle, WA Term expires Dec. 2021 Joshua Neal received his Master of Arts in Psychology from Seattle University. He chose Seattle University for its humanistic approach to psychology with its roots in existential phenomenology. Prior to that he attended Utah Valley University where he obtained a Bachelors of Science in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Psychology, and a minor in Gender Studies. His academic pursuits have included research on materialism, fat shaming, and memoirs of mental illness in comics.
Aimee White Heffernan, LMFT
Secretary Redmond, WA Term expires Dec. 2022 Aimee Heffernan graduated with a masters degree from Seattle Pacific University in Marriage and Family Therapy and is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. For the last 9 years. she has run her private practice in Redmond, Washington where she specializes in relationships, sexuality, infidelity, women’s issues, faith/spirituality transitions, self-esteem, and mixed faith marriages. Aimee has presented for the NW Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, local schools, contributed on various podcasts, more church functions than she can count, and enjoys speaking about mental, emotional, and sexual health. In addition to being on the board of the Mormon Mental Health Association, she is on the board of the Northwest Institute on Intimacy. She is an adjunct professor at Antioch University in Seattle, WA.
Ruth Ogden Halstead, LMFT
Treasurer Crown Point, IN Term expires Dec. 2021 Ruth Ogden Halstead is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Northwest Indiana. Ruth received her Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in Family Science and her Master’s degree in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Purdue University. Ruth is the founder and director of the non-profit organization, Self-Injury Support Groups of Northwest Indiana (SISG of NWI). Ruth serves on the Suicide Prevention Council of Northwest Indiana and offers suicide prevention training to her community. Ruth is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), the American Association of Sexuality Educators and Therapists (AASECT), and the Mormon Mental Heath Association (MMHA). Ruth is a sex educator for the OWL (Our Whole Lives) program with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Ruth is a wife and a mother of two. Ruth attends the LDS church and the Unitarian church with her family. Ruth and her husband, John, have presented at the Sunstone conferences on how faith transitions affect marriages for better or worse. Ruth has her own private practice, Ruth’s Family Therapy, where she works mostly with couples.
Natalie Packer Townsend, CMHC
Board Member at Large Cedar City, UT Term expires Dec. 2021 Natalie graduated from Southern Utah University with a major in sociology and a minor in psychology. She went on to become a Clinical Mental Health Counselor with a degree from the University of Phoenix. Natalie is part of a well-established and successful private practice in Cedar City, Utah. She has helped her clients meet and alleviate the challenges of a broad range of mental health issues since 2010. Natalie is intent on having an inclusive practice where all clients are able to thrive. Determined to widen her skills and stay current in therapy modalities, Natalie is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy, by the International Association of EMDR therapists. Natalie is committed to providing effective trauma-informed treatment and is an LGBTQIA+ ally.
LaShawn C. Williams, PhD, LCSW
Board Member at Large Cottonwood Heights, UT Term expires Dec. 2021 LaShawn Williams has a wealth of social work experience in leadership development, behavior management, community organization, and at-risk children and youth in custody. She provided individual, family, and group therapy in the community-based care setting. She has expertise in relational cultural therapy, focusing on individuals, families, and groups. She received a dual BA in Sociology and Psychology from Duke University, and a dual Masters in Social Work and Public Administration from Marywood University. She completed a Doctorate in Education at College of Saint Mary and currently serves as an adjunct faculty and administrator in higher education, as well as running her own private practice: Dr. LaShawn C. Williams, Relational Change Strategist.
Kelly Nesbit Furr, LAMFT
Board Member at Large Yuma, AZ Term expires Dec. 2022 Kelly Furr is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (LAMFT) in Arizona and received her master’s degree in Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2017. Kelly currently works as a therapist for Yuma Counseling Services. She enjoys working with couples and families in conflict who are dealing with a variety of issues such as parenting, sexuality, grief, faith crises, perfectionism, disabilities and more. Kelly has a BS from Brigham Young University in Special Education. She enjoys teaching and presenting for organizations, podcasts, and conferences. She is an adult convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has been a presenter at Sunstone Symposium since 2016. She has a deep interest in discussing and thinking about the intersection of mental health issues and all things Mormon.
Natasha Helfer, LCMFT, CST, CSTS
Past President Hollady, UT Term expires Dec. 2021 Natasha Helfer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Sex Therapist through AASECT, and a Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor. She has been providing therapy services since 2000 and is the founder and therapist at Symmetry Solutions. She has served as President of the KS chapter of AAMFT and on the board of the Open Stories Foundation. She has been a presenter on Mormon themed topics such as sexuality, sexual health, cultural sensitivity and competence, and faith transition at several national professional conferences. She also hosts the Mormon Mental Health Podcast, writes the Mormon Therapist Blog, and runs Mormon Sex Info. Natasha received her BS in psychology from Brigham Young University and her MS in Marriage & Family Therapy from Friends University.
David Greer, PsyD, LMFT
Member at Large, Sacramento, CA Term expires Dec. 2022. Dave received MA and PsyD in Marital & Family Therapy at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego and Sacramento, CA. He is currently a mental health clinician with Solano County’s intensive Full-Service Partnership program where he provides psychotherapy, case management, and other supports for children and families. Additionally, he has a small private practice focusing on working with Mormon clients. Since 2011, he has worked as a psychotherapist with children, families, couples and individual adults who are struggling with sexuality, crises of faith, and difficult family relationships. And has been a member of MMHA since its inception.
Michelle Peets, MSW Student
Student/Intern Board Representative. Salt Lake City, UT Term expires Dec. 2022. Michelle is a student at the University of Utah pursuing her Master’s in Social Work. She is interning at the University of Utah’s Counseling Center where she works with students and couples struggling with mood disorders, identity development, trauma, relationship issues, etc. After graduation, she plans to work in private practice as a clinician providing services to individuals and couples facing faith transitions and relational/sexual concerns. She is new to the Mormon Mental Health Association but is a big believer in its mission statement and the value of its services. Michelle became interested in serving on the MMHA board after benefiting herself from the messages upheld by MMHA. She is passionate about creating spaces within the LDS dialogue for more affirming, inclusive views that foster compassion and understanding for oneself and others. As a student herself, she plans to enthusiastically represent the voice of students and interns on the board.
MMHA Advisory Board
Kristin Hodson, LCSW, CST
Advisory Board Member Salt Lake City, UT Kristin Hodson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. She is Founder and Executive Director of The Healing Group mental health clinic in Salt Lake City and Co-Author of the book Real Intimacy: A Couples Guide for Genuine, Healthy Sexuality (Cedar Fort 2011). Additionally she works as an adjunct professor teaching human sexuality to master level students working to become therapists.
Dr. Michelle Nuttall Eakin, MA, PhD
Advisory Board Member Baltimore, MD Dr. Michelle Eakin, is an assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore MD. She attended BYU and received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Houston in Texas. She completed her internship at AI DuPont Hospital for Children and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Adherence Research Center before joining as faculty. Her current research interest is the development and evaluation of behavioral interventions to reduce health disparities in respiratory diseases and secondhand smoke exposure.
Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife, PhD
Advisory Board Member Winnetka, IL Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife is a private practice clinician outside of Chicago. She received a BS in psychology and women’s studies from Brigham Young University and went on to complete her PhD at Boston College where she wrote her dissertation on Mormon women and sexuality. She works primarily with LDS couples on relationship and sexuality concerns. She has been a contributor to LDS-themed podcasts and blogs on the subjects of sexuality, relationships, mental health and faith.
Kevin Kloosterman, MS, LMFT
Advisory Board Member Sycamore, IL Kevin Kloosterman has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years in a variety of settings including residential, inpatient, outpatient and private practice. Currently he works in an outpatient hospital setting as a primary therapist in an outpatient mental health program. He is a life-long Mormon with pioneer ancestry and is involved in the Mormon community as an LGBTQ ally. Kevin received his BS from Brigham Young University and his MS in Marriage & Family Therapy from Norther Illinois University.