Susan comes to Elpida with a strong business, accounting and property management background. Susan has a long association with Elpida, first, as the parent of a former Elpida resident and, more recently, as a member of Elpida’s Board of Directors. Susan is unquestionably committed to supporting Elpida, its mission, clients and staff.
Kristin Felch, M.A., Psy.D.
Dr. Kristin Felch is thrilled to bring fresh energy to Elpida's programs as Clinical Director. Since 2008, she's had an intimate perspective on the resilience of residents as Elpida's psychotherapist. In her 16 years as a clinical psychologist, she’s worked at Alameda County mobile crisis, SF Suicide Prevention, Alta Bates emergency room, Berkeley police department & jail, and Herrick psychiatric hospital. In addition to private practice in Berkeley she has provided services to refugees and torture survivors for Survivor’s International, elders at SF Institute on Aging, and veterans with PTSD at Swords to Ploughshares. She earned her doctorate at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia. Prior to her career as a psychologist, she was a management consultant, a healthcare analyst, and produced concerts of traditional folk music at the Smithsonian's Museum of American History. Dr. Felch grew up in the Bay Area, and takes full advantage of chances to kayak, photograph wildlife, and dance to live music. In all her endeavors, she hopes to help people find authenticity and connectedness in their unique circumstances.
Marie Cantrell, M.A.
Marie Cantrell received her Masters of Arts with an emphasis in Depth psychology in 2010. She has worked with individuals with mental disabilities in a community based residential setting since 2005. This includes working with clients in transitional residential treatment programs, outside case management and in-patient facility. She has worked with Elpida Residential Programs since 2011. She approaches the advocacy, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with mental health issues with both a Jungian and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy based ideology. The Jungian lens includes working with the unconscious, dreams, ego development and the persona while the Cognitive Behavioral approach addresses symptom management skills, activities of daily living and maintaining an individual quality life for Elpida clients.
Gail Nelsen, L.C.S.W.
Gail Nelsen in one of the Psychotherapists at Elpida Residential Programs. Gail received her Master’s in Social Work with an emphasis in Community Mental Health from the University of Southern California in 1993, and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 1998. Throughout her career she has served the mental health community in multiple settings: Ventura County non-profit homeless program, Ventura County Mental Health and the State Conditional Release Program, Yolo County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services, San Francisco General Hospital Placement Program, San Francisco Episcopal Community Housing Services, and a Yolo County non-profit Community Based Organization. Gail brings experience assisting consumers with mental health and co-occurring issues using a bio-psychosocial and systems treatment approach. While promoting stability and integration in the community, the services Gail has offered have included social interventions, group therapy, individual psychotherapy, intensive assertive case management, rehabilitation interventions and management, crisis intervention, benefit support, housing support and medication monitoring. At this time, Gail is excited to provide psychotherapy to the residents of Elpida.
Steve Donnellan is a Care Manager at Elpida Residential Programs where he provides Individual Case Management and works with residents to develop independent living skills. Steve has spent the last 17 years in the mental health field working with individuals with mental illness including clients with substance and sexual abuse, and from the juvenile justice system. He has supported these individuals as counselor, medical coordinator, and vocational coordinator. Steve has also helped facilitate many hours of group process, teaching independent and daily living skills, and training staff. Steve comes from many years in the business community and brings a calm, loving, and understanding presence in working with our residents at Elpida Residential Programs.
Jordan Morris is a Case Manager at Elpida Residential Programs and brings a wide variety of experience to the Elpida team. His experience has been primarily in case management, service coordination, and in-home nursing care. He has worked as a case manager for older adults; veterans; and individuals with developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, and addiction problems. Jordan has also spent time as a service coordinator for Certified Professional Guardians, Washington State’s equivalent to California’s conservatorship program. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Addiction Studies from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA.
Connie Ahlman has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Services, with a minor in Pre-Med, from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has been a Care Manager with our program since 2010, and currently staffs the evening shift at Marion House in Novato. She also covers our other houses as relief staff when needed. Connie has 35 years of experience working as a Medical Social Worker, Discharge Planner, and Case Manager in the areas of acute care, rehabilitation, and long term care. She has also worked with the Petaluma School District coordinating before-and after-school programs for at-risk students. Her work in the evenings helps our residents transition from their daily program schedules to managing their life skills and evening routines.
Jason Brigel is a Case Manager at Elpida Residential Programs and is excited to be a part of the Elpida team! As the daytime Case Manager for Marion House, Jason works with individuals to provide case management; additionally, he focuses on the development, utilization, and support of independent-living skills with all our clients. He has experience working with adults and adolescents from a multitude of backgrounds, and supporting mental health and physical issues ranging from addiction, to education, to crisis intervention. Jason loves creating new relationships, and highly values using compassion and sincerity in all his interactions with clients and staff at Elpida.
Jake Herro, M.S., NCC
Jake Herro is a Case Manager at Elpida Residential Programs, and is a National Certified Counselor. He has held positions in the mental health field for ten years, including work as a case manager in Community Support and as a therapist at an inpatient rehabilitation program. Prior to working in this field, his employment included work in vocational counseling, legal advocacy for the indigent community in Milwaukee, and academic librarianship. His interests include meditation, bicycling, and hiking.
In her work with clients as a Case Manager at Elpida Residential Program’s Devon House, Maria Beeler brings both life experience and academic learning in depth psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, and other evidence-based treatments. She has seven years of experience working in crisis residential programs and inpatient, community-based residential settings, offering empathy and support to her clients. Her experience includes staff training, extensive knowledge of medications, leading social rehabilitation groups, and promoting independent-living skills. Maria runs mindful relaxation groups in the evenings at Elpida, to encourage clients to refocus on the present moment and positive functions. Maria encourages Elpida clients to use their creativity when planning weekly meals and completing chores as independent-living skills. Maria has worked in Marin County for the past five years and applies that knowledge to connecting clients with community resources, such as employment. When Maria is not at work, she is continuing her education in depth psychology and pre-medicine at Sonoma State University.