Whitney Williams, Chair
Catherine McClary, Vice-chair
Catherine McClary, a member of the Board of Trustees of The Women’s Center, is the Treasurer for Washtenaw County, handling all cash and investments. Catherine also volunteers for a number of organizations, giving back to her community.
She began her volunteerism as a teen working with, and being nurtured by, accomplished feminists. She co-authored several publications, among them Freedom from Rape and How to Organize a Women’s Crisis-Service Center
Polly Miller, Treasurer
Jan Davies McDermott, Secretary
Gloria Edwards (See below)
Mickey Katz-Pek, Board Chair Emerita
Marnie Leavitt, Clinical/Executive Director (see below)
Sandra Bitonti Stewart
Senator Rebekah Warren
14 years as Clinical Director/Executive Director, with a background in domestic violence and sexual assault. Facilitates supervisory planning meetings and group supervision for a 23-member clinical team. Develops and implements programs, including the trauma-treatment curriculum and insurance-based counseling program, Room To Talk. Certified Divorce and Family Mediator; member Advisory Board, Michigan State University.
Developed and facilitates divorce support group, Going Solo. Manages job and financial coaching and family law education. As part of a team, she interviews, selects, and co-supervises graduate student interns. Provides individual psychotherapy for low-income clients, including couples. Offers crisis intervention, both over the phone and in person. Responsible for volunteer recruitment, staffing, and training.
Psychotherapist in private practice, 4 years post-graduate training in Marriage and Family Therapy with Family Therapy Associates of Ann Arbor and Harry Aponte. Certified EMDR therapist; Approved EMDR Consultant, EMDR International Association. Former Ozone House trainer, and Counseling Services Supervisor at Catholic Social Services.
Experienced educator as well as clinical social worker, formerly in private psychotherapy practice. Developed and directed programs on sexual health and safety issues for Ann Arbor-based Planned Parenthood, the Corner Health Center, and the Assault Crisis Center. Medical school guest lecturer on the impact of sexual abuse and trauma on physical and mental health.
Prior to her recent retirement, Gloria enjoyed a long and productive career in social work and as the Director of the Program for Multicultural Health (PMCH) at the University of Michigan Health Systems (UMHS). She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wayne State University, followed by her Master of Social Work and Doctor of Philosophy Degrees from the University of Michigan. In 1993, she was invited to create a department within the health system, which would address the prevalence of a growing multicultural patient population and the consequent need to understand diverse cultural values, beliefs and practices in providing culturally sensitive healthcare. Gloria pursued this goal through state-wide instruction to healthcare professionals, graduate students in health related schools and community outreach in facilitating healthcare delivery to targeted diverse populations.
Working hand-in-hand with other health providers, she established culturally-sensitive procedures within the UMHS, which conveyed respect for and acceptance of important cultural values associated with specific patient populations. Through the years, Gloria has maintained great enthusiasm for her work and continues to be excited in learning how strongly culture impacts one’s health status. “My tolerance for differences in how people define and accept health has been enriched through interacting with individuals different from myself,” she says, “and my work has been geared to having others gain such a reward.”
She has conveyed these sentiments as the author and co-author in academic publications and membership in several local and state-wide organizations, such as the Washtenaw County United Way, Packard Health Clinic, State of Michigan, Dept. of Health Office of Minority Health Task Force, Southeastern Michigan American Heart Assoc., Huron Valley Visiting Nurses Association, Area Agency on Aging, B1 and the State of Michigan Surgeon General’s Step Up Task Force. Since retiring, Gloria has returned to her first love which is teaching clinical social work practice. She has said that”Working with students is fun, because it allows me to share with them the importance of seeing clients as multi-dimensional; as human beings we are influenced, in our functioning, by psychological, biological, social and spiritual experiences.”
Jean is committed to helping people overcome trauma, depression, anxiety and other obstacles so they can create a life worth living. As Maya Angelou wrote, “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” She has experience working with adolescents and adults on depression and anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, sexual abuse, family relationships, sexual identity, domestic violence, and complicated grief. Jean has special training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT is helpful for people — especially those with complicated trauma histories — who are interested in managing their own anxiety and depression. Before she became a therapist, Jean taught writing and provided counseling for young adults in a university setting. She earned her PhD in English and her MSW at University of Michigan.
A communications coach and licensed counselor, Maissa
works with clients to build confidence and improve communication patterns. Communication coaching can help individuals manage stressful interactions, maximize personal power, and develop mature and mutually-satisfying relationships. Coaching increases awareness of communication patterns and is an opportunity to practice confident use of voice, body, posture and frame of mind. “I am inspired by how people use and project their personal power to change not only their own feelings of power and competence but also the environment around them. My goal is to help you project your personal power by integrating non-verbal and verbal skills to make incremental changes that will ripple out and ultimately impact all areas of your life.” Maissa speaks French and Arabic in addition to English.
is a clinical psychologist who worked with survivors of the 1999 Adapazari earthquake in Turkey. Trained in trauma intervention methods including debriefing, EMDR, and art therapy. Specializes in sensorimotor psychotherapy, a somatic approach to working through traumatic experiences. Formerly at University of Michigan Health Systems before starting private practice.
is a certified couples therapist, Association for Imago Relationship Therapy; certified divorce and family mediator. Private psychotherapy practice specializing in couples counseling, narrative therapy, and LGBTQ+ issues. Former crisis counselor with SOS Community Crisis Center and a psychiatric emergency outreach worker with a joint University of Michigan and Washtenaw County program.
A former University of Michigan Health Systems Integrated Behavioral Health social worker, Danielle
has advanced training in evidence-based, mindfulness-focused modalities, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. 10 years managing Level 1 Trauma Center Palliative Care in Minnesota, one of the first Joint Commission Certified Palliative Care Teams in the country.
Jennifer McCue, MBA, Business Manager
Connie Mahowald, Billing Specialist
Katie Kidle, Counseling Specialist
Alice Liao, Communications Coordinator