Board of Directors

Mishka Clavijo Kimball, MS, LMFT, Coach



Mishka joined SFV-CAMFT in 2017 and quickly got involved with the chapter by taking on the roles of CEU Coordinator and Board Member at Large for the year 2018. She was VP of Membership in 2019 and President Elect in 2020. Mishka currently serves as the first Latinx President of San Fernando Valley CAMFT.

As a therapist, Mishka specializes in working with highly sensitive adults going through life transitions, experiencing anxiety, depression and grief. As a Coach & Consultant, Mishka helps Latinx entrepreneurs & wellness professionals elevate themselves and their brand to the next level.

Mishka has a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is also a Certified Anger Management Counselor. She currently has a private practice in Woodland Hills and offers teletherapy to California residents. She looks forward to seeing clients in person again post-Covid.

Natalie Jambazian, LMFT

Past President


Natalie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and certified anger management facilitator working in private practice in Sherman Oaks.

In her practice, Natalie works with individuals, families, children, teens and adults including but not limited to relationship issues, divorce, anger, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, ADHD, and PTSD. One of Natalie’s specialties is working with children and pre-teen population the other is helping individuals overcome Narcissistic relationships.

Nikki Carelli Gabriel, LMFT
President Elect

Nikki joined SFV-CAMFT in 2012 and began volunteering to assist as needed with the organization.  Nikki participated on the Bylaws Committee and the Nominating Committee before being approached in 2015 to take over the administration of the website.  Nikki joined the Board of Directors in 2017 as Secretary, and after two years as secretary accepted the president position in 2019.

Nikki has a BA in Psychology from the University of Montana, and a MS in Counseling from California State University Northridge. Nikki had a 17 year career working in nonprofit organizations before becoming licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist.  Nikki currently has offices in Encino and Northridge working with anger, anxiety depression, and self-esteem issues. My theoretical orientation is eclectic bringing in tools as needed from Cognitive Behavioral, Existential, Family Systems, Psychodynamic, and Solution Focused.

Shari Manculich, LMFT 
VP of Membership

Shari Manculich holds a B.S. in Business, Marketing, from California State University, Northridge, and an M.S. in Counseling, Marriage and Family Child Therapy, from the University of Phoenix. Shari has a business background in Consumer Packaged Goods where she previously worked for a large Fortune 500 Corporation. Shari is currently a School Based Therapist with William S. Hart Union High School District working with K – 6 Special Education students.
Additionally, Shari has a private practice with Association of Behavioral Health Specialists where she works with Victims of Crime and Kaiser mental health referrals. Additionally, Shari works as a Staff Clinician at Early Life Child Psychology and Education Center. Shari's modalities are primarily Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy. In her spare time, Shari enjoys training and competing in half marathons, Zumba dance fitness, and has recently started practicing Yoga. Shari resides in Porter Ranch with her husband Mark, daughter Sierra, son Montana, and their Golden Doodle Shadow, Pomeranian Poodle, Snowbell, and their domestic, short-haired tabby cat, Shiloh.

Julia Zabasky, LMFT

VP Programs


Julia Zabasky has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2008.  Julia became involved in the San Fernando Valley CAMFT chapter in 2019, although she had been a member for several years; and volunteered to write the Member Highlights.  That position has led to Julia becoming a new member of the Board.   Julia has worked with adolescents under the jurisdiction of DCFS and Probation at Penny Lane Centers since 2005. Julia assists clients dealing with trauma, anxiety, and depression. Julia also works in private practice with adolescents, individuals, and couples. In private practice Julia specializes in working with individuals healing from trauma, anxiety, depression and managing life transitions such as divorce, career changes, college, and grief.  Julia holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Master in Business Administration, both from Pepperdine University.   Julia also holds a Master Personal and Executive Coach credential from College of Executive Coaching.  Julia is a proud mother to her twenty year old son who attends University of Arizona where he majors in film. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as physical activity including bike riding.     

Gina Balit, LMFT, ATR
VP Marketing & Communication


Gina joined SFV-CAMFT in 2015 and immediately became involved in board meetings as a guest, as well as a volunteer for many marketing and advertising duties. She created the chapter's brochures as a mental health resource, translated them into Armenian, and began assisting in email blasts to the community. In 2016, she officially joined the Board and continued her mission to brand and give the chapter a voice — she created the annual, printed member directories and gave the chapter a new logo.

Gina Balit, MA, LMFT, ATR is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist. She works in a private practice setting in Woodland Hills, CA. Gina has a deep and life-long love for children and art. She specializes in working with young children of divorce and abuse/domestic violence helping them heal from fear of abandonment in particular. She is bilingual in Armenian (western and eastern dialects) and is passionate about helping her community. She has extensive experience in school-based settings, as well as agencies, shelters, transitional homes, and group practice settings. She has also worked with autistic children and has provided home-based Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). She has Domestic Violence and Grief and Loss certifications as well as trained in the Trauma Resiliency Model.

Gina is also a graphic designer and a "techie" who is passionate about providing freelance marketing/advertising and bookkeeping services. She values being in a leadership position and supporting other chapters such as LA-CAMFT. She holds a Bachelors degree from Cal State Northridge in Child and Adolescent Development with a minor in Graphic Design and a Masters degree in Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy/Art Therapy. She is a forever coffee, blue, and Disney lover.

Parshaw Barati-Marnani, LMFT

Parshaw attended UC Irvine, where she received a bachelors degree in both psychology and sociology. During her time at UCI and the time in between undergraduate and graduate studies, she pursued her interest in working with kids at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Harbor Area, starting off as the teen director and working her way toward youth development specialist and program director. It was while working at the boys and girls club that she realized her calling to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. For her graduate studies, Parshaw attended Chapman University and completed a year of traineeship at the on-site community clinic. At the Frances Smith Center for Individual & Family Therapy, Parshaw’s interest and passion for working with people with childhood abuse and domestic violence was sparked and grew. 

During the 6 years Parshaw interned at the Free Clinic of Simi Valley, she worked with children, teens, families, and individual adults. The clinic allowed Parshaw the opportunity to continue working with both populations and get further training and instruction in a trauma informed model, TRM, and play therapy. In addition, she ran both an ongoing widow/widower process group and parenting groups, and worked with depression, anxiety, cultural issues, divorce, adoption, borderline personality, relationship problems, aggressive behaviors, etc. Parshaw also worked briefly with an Afghani victim of the Taliban, Bibi Aisha on issues around acclimation, social skills, coping skills, and trauma.   

In her free time, Parshaw enjoys hiking, traveling, spending time with friends and family, reading, and sometimes Netflix bingeing.

Juliet Nazaryan



Juliet Nazaryan graduated with her Bachelors in Psychology from National University and obtained her Masters in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. She has worked mainly with children and adolescents with depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders in a school based setting. She has been working for Correctional Health Services for the past ten years but is working her way towards Department of Children & Family Services in order to continue working with children and adolescents and their families. She enjoys reading and traveling to different parts of the world and learning about different cultures in her spare time. 

Tanya Gill MS, AMFT 
Pre-Licensed Rep


Tanya is in private practice in Woodland Hills and Westwood under the supervision of Dr. Gitu Bhatia. With a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, Tanya specializes in working with individuals and couples who are dealing with relationship issues, cultural issues, anxiety, depression, or those who are going through significant life transitions. Tanya is also an adjunct professor for Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology, where she teaches Couple and Family Therapy. In her free time, she likes to enjoy a good latte, a good view, and a good conversation. 

Audra Potz, LMFT 
Member at Large


Audra Potz, LMFT, joined SFV-CAMFT in 2018 and soon after took on the role of CEU Coordinator. She completed her M.A. in Clinical Psychology, depth specialization, at Antioch University in Los Angeles. She trained at The Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills and Counseling West in Sherman Oaks. Audra also supervised groups at Our House Grief Support Center and Teen Line, a joint venture of Cedars Sinai Medical Center and Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services.

Audra is psychodynamically trained. Her specialties include grief, illness, blended families, and couples. She maintains a practice in Sherman Oaks and a position at UCLA.

For thirteen years, Audra has held a position with the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, counseling and educating patients and their families in various specialties of care, including oncology, infertility and autoimmune diseases. She participates in programs for the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC), Simms-Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology and was a research assistant with Dr. Lobsang Rapgay for two mindfulness studies through UCLA's Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at their Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, in association with the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital.

From adolescents to seniors, Audra works with clients struggling through bereavement, chronic illness or the caregiving of a loved one; patients searching for an advocate through their medical journey; singles navigating dating and healthy coupling; and blended/step families seeking support.

Audra hails from Connecticut with a background in journalism and film/television. She earned her B.A. in Mass Communications from the University of Florida, with a certificate in writing from the University of Limerick in Ireland, and previously worked for Viacom in New York City and Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles.


Rena Pollak, LMFT, CGP

Member at Large


Rena Pollak is a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Encino.  She works with individuals, couples and families, but holds a special passion for group therapy.  

She honed her group therapy skills through the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles where she was a board member and the American Group Psychotherapy Association where she earned her Certification in Group Psychotherapy.  She's led groups in a variety of settings including community counseling at Counseling West, adolescent counseling at El Camino High School, grief counseling with Our House Grief Support Center and cancer support with WeSpark Cancer Support Center in addition to her private practice.  She uses many of the same interpersonal techniques used in group psychotherapy with her individual clients and has recently added EMDR to her toolkit for working with individuals.  Her love of groups extends to the many groups in her life including her large family group, a writing group, a camping group, as a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health volunteer and as a leader of her daughter's Girl Scout troop.  The focus of her work is on self-actualization and self-expression in order to have satisfying relationships.

Jennifer Upham Saunders, LMFT

Member at Large   


Jennifer joined SFV-CAMFT in 2011, and after attending workshops and trainings over the years, she joined the Board as a Member at Large in 2021.

Jennifer holds a B.A. in Literature from UC Santa Cruz, which included spending her junior year abroad at Birmingham University in the U.K. After graduation, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sri Lanka for two years. Upon returning to the States, Jennifer earned her J.D. at UC Berkeley and embarked on her almost 20-year legal career as a corporate finance attorney in downtown Los Angeles. In 2010, she left the law, returned to school and earned an M.A. in Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute, where she also earned her trainee and intern hours.

Jennifer is currently in private practice in Studio City, specializing in working with couples and with individuals at transitional points in their lives seeking balance and a better way of being and doing. She has a special passion for couples work because when our primary relationship is working well, life is all the sweeter. She has extensive training and is certified in Imago Relationship Therapy, as well as training in other modalities (e.g., Gottman, Discernment Counselling). Jennifer also currently serves as the President of the Board of THE MUSES of the California Science Center Foundation, dedicated to supporting and promoting the California Science Center’s education programs for youth. She eagerly looks forward to her next exotic vacation while waiting for any of her three adult children to visit her.


Upcoming events

November 07, 2021 8:45 AM • 120 S. Topanga Blvd. in front of the Water Lily Cafe at Pine Tree Cir
November 14, 2021 9:00 AM • On-line via ZOOM - link to be sent in confirmation e-mail.
November 20, 2021 2:00 PM • Drive-through or Stop-by Northridge

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