Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Marty Erickson, PhD, LMFT

President Orem, UT Term expires Dec. 2022. 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 social justice-informed therapy (race, class, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, ability, etc. and intersectionalities). He is a member of the LGBTQ Affirmative Therapists Guild of Utah.

Kelly Nesbit Furr, LMFT

President Elect  Midlothian, VA Term expires Dec. 2022. Kelly Furr is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Arizona, North Carolina, and Utah, and owns her own teletherapy practice. Her area of clinical expertise is working with athletes and clients with a Mormon background on issues related to perfectionism. She received her master’s degree in Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2017. Kelly is working towards a PhD in Counseling Education and Supervision at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has a BS from Brigham Young University in Special Education. Kelly 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. 2022. 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.

Aimee White Heffernan, LMFT

Secretary Bountiful, UT  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. She ran a private practice in Redmond, Washington for 10+ years where she specialized 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 particularly as these intersect with Mormonism. She was on the board of the Northwest Institute on Intimacy. And she is an adjunct professor at Antioch University in Seattle, WA.

Jennifer White, LCSW

Board Member at Large Lehi, UT Term expires Dec. 2022. Jennifer White is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been employed professionally in the mental health field since 2005.

She is proficient in helping adolescents, adults, and couples. She is well known for creating a safe environment where clients share without the fear of being judged. Jennifer has a gift to help clients achieve their highest potential. Jennifer enjoys being committed to the therapeutic process and is passionate about supporting her clients to heal, grow, and learn. She has a great love for people and respects different perspectives and cultural experiences.

Jennifer received a Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Science at Utah Valley University and a Masters Degree in Social Work at Brigham Young University. She specializes in Depression, Anxiety, Sexuality Concerns, Couple Concerns, Trauma, Relationship Dynamics, Faith Transitions/Journeys, LGBTQ+ Affirming Services, Grief, and Perfectionism.

LaShawn C. Williams, PhD, LCSW

Board Member at Large Cottonwood Heights, UT Term expires Dec. 2022. 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.

Ruth Ogden Halstead, LMFT

Treasurer Crown Point, IN Term expires Dec. 2022. 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.

David Greer, PsyD, LMFT

Board Member at Large, Portland, ME  Term expires Dec. 2023. 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.

Kenny Allred, LMFT

Board Member at Large, Chandler Heights, AZ  Term expires Dec. 2022.  Kenny Allred is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Arizona. He received a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Southern Mississippi. Kenny has worked in a variety of settings within the behavioral health field, including supporting children and families in an outpatient community-based clinic, an intensive in-home family therapy program, as a clinical supervisor, and as a university adjunct instructor. He currently has an online private practice serving clients throughout Arizona, focusing on faith shifts/transitions and other issues related to spirituality and well-being, relational health, and stress and trauma. Kenny has a keen interest in the intersections of spirituality and emotional, mental, relational health and is passionate about the role of relationship as a vehicle for growth, bridge-building, and healing.

Jessica Stringfield, LPC, LCSW

Board Member at Large, San Angelo, TX  Term expires Dec. 2023.  Jessica is a sex therapist who specializes in trauma, sexual issues, military, & addiction. She is a social nerd, lifelong Air Force dependent, and very active in her community. Jessica is passionate about helping others gain insight into the internal suffering that can lead to external problems; While encouraging clients to practice newly discovered information both inside & outside their therapeutic sessions.

Jessica is an experienced clinical counselor, advocate, & educator. She has earned several degrees including an MA in Counseling and a Master in Social Work. Jessica also completed additional graduate-level education on Sexuality, Chemical Dependency, and Criminal Justice. Jessica is licensed in Texas, New Mexico, Georgia, and South Carolina and is a Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Jessica, her active duty spouse, and child, live in San Angelo, TX. She currently is in private practice, where she provides counseling, supervision, and education/training.

Michelle Peets, MSW Student

Student/Associate Licensed Board Representative. Salt Lake City, UT  Term expires Dec. 2022. Michelle recently completed a Master's in Social Work at the University of Utah. During her program she interned at the University of Utah’s Counseling Center working with students and couples struggling with mood disorders, identity development, trauma, relationship issues, etc. She is currently a Clinical Social Worker in Utah and works for Symmetry Solutions. She is a member of the LGBTQ+ Affirmative Psychotherapist Guild of Utah. She is a big believer in MMHA's 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. She has sought to enthusiastically represent the voice of students and provisionally licensed members on the board.