interim Executive Director
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 and San Francisco, she has provided services to torture survivors for Survivor’s International, elders at SF Institute on Aging, and veterans with PTSD & substance dependency at Swords to Ploughshares. She earned her doctorate at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Sociology at Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia. Prior to her career as a psychologist, she was a management consultant, a healthcare analyst, and even 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.
Site director, Terra Linda
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.
site director, marion house
Philip Wyatt is a Care Manager at Elpida House, where he provides individual and group case management to residents. He has worked in the field of mental health for over 15 years. Philip has devoted much of his adult life to serving communities in various capacities, including education. This process began while he was still a college student when he worked on a suicide hotline while living in the Amherst, MA area. After returning to CA, Philip worked with persons with serious mental illness as a house manager and relief counselor for nearly 10 years. He has also worked as a photographer, writer, ultrasound technician, and spent 3 years in Asia teaching. From 2006 until 2012, Philip was a Trust member for the NW Vipassana Meditation Center in Washington. In addition, Philip has over fours years of training in "Compassionate Communication," a technique of conflict resolution devised by clinical psychologist Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D. He brings a practical, compassionate presence to his work with the clients of Elpida House.
Steve Donnellan is a Care Manager at Elpida House 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 House.
Lisa Sevener works as a Care Manager at Elpida House, San Rafael, CA. After completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree from San Francisco State University she continued her Master’s Certificate in Addiction /Co-Occurring Studies at Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA. She became a Co-Occurring Counselor for agencies in Washington State and Oregon. Lisa also worked as part of a crisis mental health team for Department of Human Services, Walla Walla, WA. Lisa has trained and worked extensively with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy CBT, modified Dialectical Behavior Therapy DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Suicide assessment and prevention, and person centered care for Co-Occurring clients.
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 a 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 working 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.
Candice Lentz brings over 25 years experience in the healthcare and Social Services industry. Candice has worked with the mentally ill population since 1994, and served as a counselor, house manager and medical coordinator in a licensed residential transitional program. She strongly believes in implementing the recovery process through symptom management, excellent nutrition, exercise and cognitive stimulation. She has taught art and music therapy, and her interactions with residents bring creativity, compassion and humor. Her hobbies include song writing, gardening and cycling.
Melanie Lopes, M.S., LMFT
Melanie Lopes, MS, LMFT has been a Psychotherapist with Elpida House since 2016. She earned her Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University in 2013 and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Since entering the mental health field she has had extensive experience and training in crisis intervention and working with adults with co-occurring disorders. Her experience includes working in a community mental health setting providing individual and group treatment for substance abuse, addiction, and trauma, as well as working as the director for a local suicide prevention hotline. In addition to her work with Elpida, Melanie has a private practice in San Rafael and she serves as a coordinator for a program providing support groups for older adults. Her approach is compassionate and supportive as she works with people to help them recognize their individual strengths, learn new skills, and make safe and healthy choices to enhance their quality of life.