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MCYAF in San Francisco, California

Masonic Center for Youth and Families serves families in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Located on the beautiful Presidio campus in San Francisco, MCYAF provides a safe, comfortable place for clients and their families.

Our services include individual and family therapy, group therapy, educational therapy, and psychological assessments.  For more detailed information about these services, visit Our Services.

Our Team

The professional team at the Masonic Center for Youth and Families strives to provide the highest quality of compassionate care to all clients, leading to positive experiences and successful outcomes. We come from leading institutions, active private practices, and renowned research programs in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, psychiatry, and social work. We work as a collaborative team to provide each client with a thoughtful approach to their unique needs. We use a family-focused model of care, which puts the needs of young people and their families first. We offer a supportive, nurturing environment to ensure our clients feel welcome and respected.

Executive Team

Kimberly (Wheeler) Rich

Executive Director

Kimberly is a licensed marriage and family therapist with more than 20 years of experience treating children, youth, and their families. She specializes in pediatric anxiety, depression, and family therapy, and has 18 years’ experience developing clinical and graduate training programs. Kimberly has extensive experience acquiring and managing public and private funding. As a nonprofit executive, she has raised more than 20 million dollars in support of therapeutic programs for children, youth, and their families. She is passionately dedicated to creating services that help parents raise happy, healthy, and productive youth and believes that by supporting and healing families, communities are able to become stronger and thrive.

M.S., Counseling Psychology, California State University, Hayward
B.A., Psychology and Sociology, Cabrini College, Pennsylvania

California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Marriage and Family Therapist

Professional Affiliations
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Sheening Lin, Ph.D.

Clinical Director

Dr. Lin is a clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with youth and their families facing issues such as trauma, grief and loss, community violence, life transitions, depression, anxiety, and chronic mental illness. Before joining MCYAF, Dr. Lin served as a program director and supervisor in university medical center and community mental health settings.  He has been involved in developing telehealth initiatives geared towards increasing mental health awareness and positive outcomes with youth and their families.  Dr. Lin has a strong commitment to promoting culturally competent practices in mental health to provide inclusive and effective care. Other areas of interest include childhood trauma, LGBTQ-related issues, intergenerational family conflict, and working with young adults and families from underserved communities.

Ph.D., Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

California Board of Psychology – Licensed Psychologist

Professional Affiliations

UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, Department of Psychiatry – Assistant Clinical Professor

California Psychological Association

San Francisco Psychological Association

Recent Presentations
“Introduction to Family Systems Theory and Family Therapy”
“Developing Short-Term and Long-Term Treatment Strategies in Therapy with Young Adults”

Ethan Ornstein, L.C.S.W.

Director of Family Services

Ethan has extensive experience working with families, couples, and youth in a variety of settings. He provides consultation and training to social service agencies administering services to families from underserved communities. He has presented at the American Family Therapy Academy and Child Welfare League of America’s national conferences, and believes passionately in families’ inherent capacity for growth and change.

M.S.W., New York University
B.A., Politics, Whitman College, Washington

California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Professional Affiliations
Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, University of California, San Francisco – Director of Family Therapy Training
Minuchin Center for the Family, New Jersey – Faculty Member

Recent Presentations
“It’s All in the Family: The Role of Family Dynamics in Supporting Attention and Learning Challenges,” Ethan Ornstein, L.C.S.W.; Jack Fahy, Ph.D.; and Andrea Samuels, Ph.D.

Stephanie Spilker, MNA

Director of Operations

Stephanie received her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco and comes to MCYAF with years of experience in administrating community-based mental health organizations. She brings expertise in putting systems in place to give clients and their families the best possible experience at both sites. Her passion for the community started at a very young age, beginning with volunteer work for international organizations and leading to a career in nonprofit management.

MA, Nonprofit Administration, University of San Francisco
BA Political Science, UCLA

Jodi Mikel, M.A.

Project Coordinator

Jodi received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Palo Alto University in 2016 and has worked in the mental health field for over ten years. Her work history includes working as a Program Manager to support individuals living with severe and persistent mental illness; hospice and bereavement grief support; transitional service coordinator for older adults, and as an elementary school counselor. Prior to joining the team at MCYAF, Jodi worked as a social worker for Masonic Assistance, where she worked collaboratively to serve Masons and their families throughout California.

Jodi combines her passion to be of service to others in order to offer extensive experience supporting growth programs, social services and non-profits.

Master’s in Counseling Psychology – Palo Alto University

Allison Yuri Iwaoka-Scott, M.D., A.M.

Medical Director

Dr. Iwaoka-Scott is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist.  She has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Chicago and a doctor of medicine degree from the University of California, San Francisco.  She has 20 years of experience working in health and human services, ranging from clinical work with adults and children to program development and policy.  She has interests in community psychiatry, social psychology, interpersonal neurobiology, attachment, trauma, psychotherapy, family systems, schools, integrative medicine, and the intersection between healing and the arts.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco General Psychiatry Residency, San Mateo Behavioral Health and Recovery Services M.D., University of California, San Francisco
A.M., Social Work, University of Chicago
B.A., Psychology, Yale University

Medical License, Physician & Surgeon, Medical Board of California
Certification in General Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Professional Affiliations
San Francisco Department of Public Health
Assistant Clinical Professor – Volunteer, University of California, San Francisco
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
National Association of Social Workers

Recent Presentations
Iwaoka-Scott AY. “Creating a Space for the Father and Child.” Presented at the 20th Anniversary of the Child Trauma Research Program. Attachment and Trauma in Early Childhood: Embracing the Family in Clinical Practice, Research, and Public Policy.  UCSF Department of Psychiatry, January 2016.

Maitra B (presenter), Williams S (discussant), and Iwaoka-Scott AY (discussant). “Considering Culture: Widening the Search for Therapeutic Meanings and Solutions.” Presented at C.G Jung Institute of San Francisco, November 2015.

Scheid, JM (chair), Rowe JK (discussant), Krive K, Keller K, Iwaoka-Scott AY (co-presenter), Gleason MM, and Goodenough A. “Balancing on the Highwire:  Individual and Systems Issues in Young Children Exposed to Maltreatment.” Presented at American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 62nd Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, October 2015.

Gary Charland, J.D.

Executive Vice President, Masonic Homes of California

Gary Charland has more than 20 years of experience in innovative and strategic health care leadership.

Prior to joining the Masonic Homes, Charland served in various positions with the Washington Hospital Health Care System. He was instrumental in the formation and growth of the Washington Township Medical Foundation, served as chief of physician development and as executive director of the Washington Outpatient Surgery Center. He was the former chief operating officer of East Bay Medical Network/Bay Physicians Medical Group. Prior to his appointment as executive vice president, he served as a trustee of the Masonic Homes for six years.

A community leader in the greater Union City area for more than 15 years, Charland has served as chairman of the Board of the Newark Chamber of Commerce and as chairman of the Grants Committee for the Niles Rotary. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Masonic Communities and Services Association, The Alameda Health System, and the Washington Township Healthcare Foundation, as well as the Advisory Board for the New Haven Schools Foundation.

An active member of the Masons of California, Charland belongs to four California lodges: Acalanes Fellowship Lodge No. 480 in Lafayette, Destiny Lodge No. 856 in Covina, and Siminoff Daylight Lodge No.850 in Union City. He is also a member of the Oakland Scottish Rite, York Rite, and Aahmes Shrine.

J.D., Quinnipiac University School of Law, New Haven, Connecticut
B.S., Communications/Journalism & Psychology, University of Bridgeport, Connecticut

Professional Affiliations
Alameda Health System – Trustee
Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation, Fremont, California – Trustee
New Haven Schools Foundation, Fremont, California – Advisory Board Member
Masonic Communities and Services Association – Board Member
Newark, California Chamber of Commerce – Past Chairman of the Board

Clinical Team

Boyka Dimitrova, Psy.D.

Assessment Psychologist

Dr. Dimitrova has 12 years of clinical experience working with children and families in community mental health settings and private practice. She specializes in psychological assessment of children’s learning, behavioral, emotional, and developmental functioning, using a therapeutic, collaborative, and individualized approach, and is experienced working with children and adolescents with a wide range of challenges, including trauma, mood disorders, ADHD, learning challenges, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She enjoys facilitating groups for children using a drama therapy model, and working closely and collaboratively with parents and colleagues in creating treatment programs. Dr. Dimitrova completed clinical training in the Ann Martin Center in Oakland and Richmond Area Multi-services in San Francisco, as well as a pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral residency at the West Coast Children’s Clinic in Oakland. She has extensive experience providing long-term individual and family psychotherapy in community mental health clinics, school-based settings, and private practice.

Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, California
M.A., Clinical and Organizational Psychology, Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria
B.S., Psychology, Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria

California Board of Psychology – Psychologist

Professional Affiliations
Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology

Recent Presentations
“We Are Rich Because We Have Each Other.” Long-term family therapy case presentation. Grand rounds at WestCoast Children’s Clinic, May, 2013.
“Helping Children Tolerate Frustration.” Presentation to parents at Paden Elementary School in Alameda, April, 2014.

Recent Publications
Dimitrova, B. (2011). “Feminist Therapy in Bulgaria.” Women & Therapy, 34(1-4), (178-196).

Audrey Bethke, Ph.D

Assessment Psychologist

Doctor Bethke specializes in the pediatric neuropsychological assessment of children ranging in age from infancy to young adulthood.  She takes a collaborative approach to her assessments and enjoys working closely with parents, teachers, and other professionals involved in the child’s life.  She views the assessment process as an opportunity to gain a fuller understanding of a child and what makes them unique, thereby allowing parents to make more informed and effective choices about how to support and advocate for their child.  She also believes that the process of an assessment helps children to feel understood and empowered.  Doctor Bethke has worked extensively in medical settings, private practice, community mental health and schools.  Areas of expertise include: learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, attachment, trauma, early childhood development, and international adoption.


Ph.D., Child Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, California
B.A., Psychology, University of California at Berkeley, California

California Board of Psychology – Licensed Psychologist

Professional Affiliation

American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology
American Psychological Association, Division 40 Society for Clinical Neuropsychology
Northern California Neuropsychology Form
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Medical Staff

Ghazaleh Rafati, Ph.D.

Assessment Psychologist

Ghazaleh specializes in pediatric neuropsychological assessment of Children ranging from 6 to adults, incorporating relational and psychodynamic approach to her assessments. She works closely with all the caregivers as well as other professionals involved in the client’s life. Her philosophy is that neuropsychological assessment gives a more in-depth understanding of a client’s strengths and challenges and how to support and empower them in all the settings of their life.

She has worked in this field for over 16 years, working in outpatient, inpatient, schools, residential, day treatment, partial hospitalization as well as private practice setting. Areas of expertise include: ADHD, Learning Disabilities,  Substance Abuse, Asperger Syndrome, Sensory Integration Disorder, Childhood Trauma and Attachment.


Ph.D., Pacific Graduate School of Psychology/Palo Alto University
Master, Harvard University
B.A.,UC Berkeley

Professional Affiliation

American Psychological Association, Society of Clinical Neuropsychology
Northern California Neuropsychology Association
California Psychological Association
Marin Psychological Association

Karen Shelton, M.Ed., ET/P

Educational Therapist

Karen has worked as an educational therapist in the Bay Area for the past 15 years with students from kindergarten through grade 12. She uses educational therapy to demystify students’ learning challenges, helping them to identify and apply their areas of strength for better outcomes. Through a variety of approaches, Karen helps students build resiliency in addition to their academic skill set. Karen has blended her experience in business and education to develop learning support programs for a variety of schools. She has served as a learning specialist for a variety of private schools in the Marin County, San Francisco, and Berkeley areas, as well as maintaining a private practice. She has also served on the Board of the Association of Educational Therapist (AET) and was a past AET Bay Area representative.

M.Ed., Educational Therapy, Holy Names University, California
B.S., Business Management and Administration, University of Phoenix, California

Specialized Trainings
Wilson Reading System
Fundations Wilson Language Basics
Wilson Just Words
Lindamood-Bell: LiPS, Visualizing/Verbalizing, Seeing Stars
Making Math Real
Brain Gym
Handwriting Without Tears
Great Leaps Reading Fluency
Read Naturally Reading Fluency
Davis Dyslexia Correction Center

Professional Affiliations
Association of Educational Therapists
International Dyslexia Association

“Educational Therapy Defined, All Kinds of Minds,” Ross Valley Parent Association
“The Role of an Educational Therapist,” Dominican University Occupational Therapy Graduate Program
“Learning Differences Defined,” Marin Montessori School Faculty
“Learning Differences Defined” and “Multiple Intelligences,” San Domenico School Faculty
“Learning Differences Defined,” Stuart Hall for Boys Faculty
“Creating Summer Support for Students with Learning Differences,” Stuart Hall for Boys Parent Education Group

“What is the Difference Between a Psycho-Educational and Neuropsychological Evaluation?” Tier One Study Smart Blog (September 2015)
“Interview Questions to Ask Private Evaluators,” Tier One Study Smart Blog (August 2015)
“Speech and Language Evaluation,” Tier One Study Smart Blog (September 2015)
“Occupational Therapy Evaluation” Tier One Study Smart Blog (September 2015)

Kevin Hibbitt, M.A., M.F.T.


Kevin is a licensed marriage and family therapist with more than 20 years’ experience working with youth in various therapeutic settings, including schools, residential group homes, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and day treatment programs. Most recently, he worked for five years as a Milieu Therapist at the McAuley Institute at St. Mary’s Hospital, where he conducted group therapy for adolescents and supervised the Marriage and Family Therapist Internship Program. At MCYAF, he works as a therapist with individuals and facilitates therapy groups. Kevin provides a safe and thoughtful environment to help youth feel comfortable expressing their thoughts and feelings, and is passionate about helping them appreciate their uniqueness, improve self-esteem, and build healthy relationships with others. He strongly believes that being able to identify and express feelings, as well as connecting with others in a meaningful manner, can help youth cope with the difficulties in their lives to become more resilient and resourceful. In addition to his work in the community, Kevin has a private practice where he specializes in working with young adults and teens.

M.A., Counseling Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies
B.A., Humanities, Western Kentucky University

California Board of Behavioral Sciences – Marriage and Family Therapist

Professional Affiliations
San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, Community Member
Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Marianna Evripidou

Marriage and Family Therapist

Marianna Evripidou is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 25 years of direct clinical experience, as well as the supervision and mentoring of clinical teams.

She brings extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and their families in the S.F Bay area as well as abroad.  Her Mental health Services have contributed to organizations such as California Forensic Medical Group, NCPHS Sequoias San Francisco, Walnut Creek  Adolescent Hospital, Santa Clara County Behavioral Health,  and University Of Cyprus department of Graduate Psychology. Marianna is a strong advocate for improving Family Mental Health, and shifting generational patterns that can create suffering and disconnection. She brings expertise in resolving family conflict, LGBTQ concerns, Women’s Mental Health, Child Development, and Senior Mental Health. She is also an expert on cultural competence, Group Psychotherapy, and the Psychological Effects of Prejudice on Individuals.

M.A. Clinical Psychology- New College Of California San Francisco.
B.A. Psychology/Women’s Studies – Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts

Marriage and Family Therapist- Board Of Behavioral Health California
Professional Affiliations
California Association Of Marriage and Family Therapists
Carl Jung Institute Of New York- Analytic Psychology
Cyprus National Board Of Psychology

Janine Heisler, M.A., M.F.T

Family Therapist

Janine is a licensed marriage and family therapist with more than 15 years specializing in couples, parenting, and family treatment. After graduating from the University of San Francisco with a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology she worked in community mental health, schools, and private practice. Before joining MCYAF she worked for several years with the Youth Service Bureaus of the YMCA in a variety of clinical and supervisory capacities. During her tenure, she implemented innovative programs designed to provide support to at-risk students and directly serve youth and their families. As Clinical Director, she was instrumental in supervising and training new therapists in the field.

B.A., Communications, California State University Sacramento
M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of San Francisco

California Board of Behavioral Sciences – Marriage and Family Therapist

Professional Affiliations
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Yvette MacDonald, MSW

Family Therapist

Yvette MacDonald MSW, has over 20 years of experience working in community mental serving youth and families dealing with issues of complex trauma, chronic mental illness, intergenerational abuse, substance abuse and community violence. She has extensive experience developing and leading programs for adolescents in both residential and outpatient settings. She approaches all her work with cultural humility and is passionate about serving youth and families from underserved communities. She believes in the resilience of youth and families and their capacity to heal.

M.S.W., Master of Social Work, California State University, Sacramento
B.A., Latin American Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Board of Behavioral Sciences, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Dennice Ibarra, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

Dennice Ibarra is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has experience providing bilingual English/Spanish therapy services to children, adolescents, adults, and families in community mental health clinics, school-based settings, and private practice. In her role as a therapist, Dennice is committed to providing trauma informed services that are rooted in social justice for marginalized communities, the Latinx community, and the LGBTQ community. Dennice specializes in holding space for individuals who have experienced complex trauma and utilizes a client-centered strength-based approach where emotional growth and healing can take place. Dennice provides compassionate support to individuals and families coping with stress, trauma, grief and loss, acculturation, identity development, life transitions, and family conflict.

M.A., Counseling Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies
B.A., Fine Arts Photography, San Francisco State University

California Board of Behavioral Sciences – Marriage and Family Therapist

Professional Affiliations
Inclusive Therapists
Latinx Therapy Network
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Administrative Team

Olivia Fermin, M.A.

Business Manager

Olivia is passionate about supporting the work of those who help children to become happy, healthy, and successful in life. Her professional experiences have included working with youth in diverse populations, including those with learning, emotional, and physical disabilities and disadvantaged children in Zambia. As MCYAF’s business access coordinator, she ensures the effective functioning of the financial and administrative aspects of MCYAF and provides a welcoming experience to children and their families.

M.A., Education and Counseling, San Jose State University
B.A., Sociology and Organizational Studies, University of California, Davis
B.A., Communication, University of California, Davis

Kevin Cox

Access Coordinator

Kevin is a caring and thoughtful person who enjoys creating a welcoming atmosphere for MCYAF clients. His professional experiences in customer service-related industries has allowed him the opportunity to work with people from diverse backgrounds and ages, which Kevin very much enjoys. As MCYAF’s administrative coordinator, he ensures that MCYAF clients receive the best possible care while visiting the center.

B.S., Business Management, California State University, Northridge

Kelly Ann Nelson

Access Coordinator

Kelly Ann is enthusiastic about fostering a welcoming environment for children and families at MCYAF.  Her previous professional experiences in education have fostered a joy in connecting with the everyone that she welcomes to the Center. As the Access Coordinator, Kelly Ann provides invaluable support to both MCYAF’s clients and staff.

AA, Art/Humanities, City College, 2018
BA, Religious Studies, Chico State, 2019