Board of Directors

Natalie Jambazian, LMFT



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
Past President

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.

Mishka Clavijo Kimball, LMFT, CAMC
President Elect 


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. 

Mishka is a bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Sherman Oaks and Woodland Hills, CA. She enjoys working with adolescents, young adults, families, couples and Latinx clients. She has treated mood disorders, relationship conflict, grief, anxiety, trauma, and other disorders. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral therapy integrated with a client centered approach that focuses on body, mind, and spirit. Mishka is also a Certified Anger Management Counselor and provides coaching sessions for those who want to learn how to better manage their anger.

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 and school based referrals. Additionally, Shari has a private practice with Association of Behavioral Health Specialists where she works with Victims of Crime and recently received credentialing for Kaiser mental health referrals. 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.

Norra MacReady, LMFT

VP Programs

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, LMFT, ATR, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist. She works in private practice in Woodland Hills. 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).

Gina is also a graphic designer and a "techie" who is passionate about providing freelance marketing/advertising and bookkeeping services. She values being a leadership position — she also serves on the board of SFV-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.

Kirstin Carl, LMFT



Kirstin Carl, M.S., LMFT, has a private practice in Encino, specializing in trauma, faith-based therapy,
and adolescents. Practicing for over 10 years, she is passionate about her work. Currently seeking certification in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, as well as participati
ng in training on Voice Dialogue Therapy, she remains strongly committed to her development. You can reach her through her website, or at 818.593.9047.

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

Member at Large


Rena Pollak is a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Encino.  She honed her passion and skills for group therapy as a member and board member of the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles and the American Group Psychotherapy Association, earning her Certification in Group Psychotherapy.  She's led groups and worked with individuals and couples 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.  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.

David Schwartz, LMFT

Member at Large


David Schwartz is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works with adolescents, adults,
couples and families in the Los Angeles area. 

He is the author of two books, Relationship Held Captive: Free Yourself for True Intimacy, and, Your Career, Your Rules: Living the Life You Want. In addition to his therapy practice, David has worked as
a professional writer and television producer for over 25 years, including work in the animation industry
and in advertising.


Upcoming events

November 01, 2020 8:45 AM • 120 S. Topanga Blvd. in front of the Water Lily Cafe at Pine Tree Cir
November 08, 2020 8:45 AM • On-line via ZOOM - CAMFT link to be sent in confirmation e-mail.
November 14, 2020 3:00 PM • Drive-by Northridge and Zoom Meeting

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