AFTA Officers

Victoria Dickerson, PhD, President (7/17 - 6/19)

Currently in private practice in Los Gatos and Aptos, California, Vicki has been active in AFTA for 25 years as Board member, officer, program chair and committee chair. In 2012 Vicki received AFTA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She currently is the Social Media/Communications Strategist for the Family Process Institute and also organizes and moderates a Webinar Series for Family Process in partnership with Ackerman. Vicki recently edited a special section on narrative and poststructural ideas for the journal Family Process and also an AFTA Springer Brief on the same topic. She has been the director of two training centers, a founder of one of the first mental health websites, and a professor in various universities.

Lascelles Black2Lascelles W. Black, MSW, LMFT, Vice President (7/17 - 6/19)

Lascelles has 35 years’ experience in public and private sector mental health, specializing in Couple, Family Therapy and systems approaches to human dilemmas. He has held supervisory positions in agencies and hospitals; teaching positions in universities. His public-sector work is devoted to the mentally ill, drug/alcohol addicted homeless, and HIV/AIDS, where he developed a family systems approach for clients. Lascelles' work commitments have been to poor, immigrant and minority populations, and those who are learning to deliver services to them. He organized family services within agencies, challenging beliefs that homeless clients had no families, when families were nearby and could be mobilized.  Working with HIV/AIDS, he created services to include couples, adolescents, young children and extended families. Lascelles teaches graduate students to work at multiple levels of complex systems in a family and community context. His publications address HIV/AIDS, homelessness, and race. Lascelles teaches group leadership and community psychology in Marriage and Family Therapy at Mercy College.  

Linda2Linda Longo-Lockspeiser, ACSW, LCSW, Secretary (7/17 - 6/19)

Linda is the eldest child of a large Italian family - her internship in family systems theory.  She is married and the mother/stepmother of 5 adult children.  She has worn many hats including licensed clinical social worker, integrative psychotherapist, spiritual director, supervisor, consultant, and teacher, specializing in addiction and family violence for over 35 years.  She has worked in the Catholic school system, community mental health, sex offender treatment, and most recently, she completed a book chapter on Spirituality and Family Therapy using the Family Constellation method.  She has served on AFTA’s Board and as Personnel Chair and Search Committee Co-chair.

ramonRamón Rojano, MD, PhD, MFT, MPH, CPC, Treasurer (7/17 - 6/19)

Experienced mental health, social services and public health practitioner and community leader. Working in private practice and teaching at the Universidad del Norte and Universidad Simón Bolívar. Also engaged in various community projects. Successfully, mixed systemic thinking, population health and resilience theories. Developed Community Family Therapy, an approach replicated internationally, and the Middle Class Express, a program that helps families move and sustain middle class. Trained psychiatrist, family therapist and coach. Served as director of mental health, public health and social services in public and private organizations. Completed studies of medicine and psychiatry in Colombia. In the U.S. obtained a PhD in psychology, and masters in public health and family therapy. Also, a certified professional coach. AFTA member since 1997. Chair of the Cultural and Economic Diversity Committee since 2013.

Amy R. TuttleGuererro, PhD, LMFT, President-Elect (7/18 - 6/19)

Amy Tuttle, Ph.D., LMFT is an associate professor of psychology at Pepperdine University, clinical supervisor, and couple and family therapistShe joined AFTA in 2008 as an Early Career Member (ECM) and transitioned to regular member in 2012. Amy’s served in many capacities for the organization, including Vice President and on several AFTA committees (e.g., ECM, membership, nominating, program planningculture and economic diversity, and governance). Amy’s professional interests include relational, systemic, and social constructionist informed family therapy theories, cultural, contextual, and diversity issues, intervention with marginalized, under resourced families and communities, and intergenerational processes around issues of trauma and injustice (e.g., the impact of Japanese American internment on multiple generations of a family). She is currently working on the Family Legacy Project, an ongoing qualitative research study examining relational and interactional processes around issues of trauma and injusticeAmy has published research on families in Child Protective Service Systems, the larger social context and relational orientations, recovery from sexual abuse, and parenting as relationship. Amy was the recipient of AFTA’s 2012 ECM Award. 

AFTA Board of Directors

Baima2Timothy Baima, PhD (7/17 - 6/20)

Timothy is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in San Mateo, California. He is an associate professor, and clinical training director of Palo Alto University’s MA Counseling Program. Tim’s passion for healing and social justice informs his clinical work, teaching, research interests, and leadership style. His current research focuses on issues of power amongst white mental health professionals. He has co-authored chapters on men and friends in the Expanded Family Life Cycle, and presented at several conferences on issues related to social privilege, men, and economically disadvantaged urban communities.

Sarah Berland, LCSW (7/18 - 6/21)

Sarah currently serves as Chair of AFTA’s Family Policy Human Rights Committee and part of the Strategic Plan Implementation Group.  She is a member of the teaching faculty at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, where she is also Founder/Director of the Justice Project, which provides therapeutic support to families impacted by the criminal justice system - engaging practices that invite those that have had the experience of being “surveilled,” to instead be “witnessed.”  Sarah joined AFTA in 2009, while still a student at the Smith College School for Social Work.

Bibuld2Lisa Bibuld, PsyD (7/17 - 6/20)

Lisa is Director of Student and Family Support at a charter school in Boston, and has worked with children and families in a clinical capacity for the past 12 years. An AFTA member since 2011, Lisa presented early findings of her dissertation on Narratives of Resilience and Resistance that year, and subsequently served as a co-facilitator on the Racial Domination/White Privilege Interest Group for three years (2013 – 2015) At the Brookline Community Mental Health Center, Lisa was a clinician on the Family Team and coordinated a homeless prevention program for teens (2012 – 2015).  Additionally, Lisa also co-facilitated the Diversity Team series (2012 – 2015) and was a member of the Clinicians of Color group at the Center.   

Gene Combs, M.D. (7/16 - 6/19)

A long-time AFTA member and previous board member, is clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Chicago, where he is director of behavioral sciences in the North Shore University Health System Family Medicine residency program. He is core faculty at Evanston Family Therapy Center, where he has taught and supervised narrative therapy for a quarter-century. Gene's extensive writings (mostly co-authored with Jill Freedman, M.S.W.) include Narrative Therapy: The Social Construction of Preferred Realities, and the chapter on narrative couple therapy in the last four editions of the Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy.

R De Prado Image 2Rosa Maria De Prado, IMF (7/17 - 6/20)

 Intern and Co-supervisor of Pepperdine University in Irvine, California. Emotional Wellness Coordinator and Supervisor for Latino Health Access in Santa Ana, California, and co-author of  LHA’s book: Recruiting the Heart and Training the Brain. Rosy is Faculty with Grupo Terapia Narrativa Coyoacan, Casa Tonala, Bateson Institute of Systemic Psychotherapy (co-founder) and Universidad del Valle de Atemajac in Mexico City and Guadalajara, Mexico. She has received international funding for the development of a psychoeducational program for families with Children facing diabetes. She has published 3 books for that project. Rosy’s research is about the role of the community worker (promotor/peer) and the development of curriculum about prevention and early intervention for Mental and Physical Health from a Family Therapy and Narrative perspective. 

Diane Estrada, Ph.D., LMFT (7/16 - 6/19)

Diane Estrada, Ph.D., LMFT is an associate professor in the counseling program at University of Colorado Denver. Her administrative experiences include being the director of two University and Community Counseling Centers, past chair/program leader of the counseling program. Diane has served as vice president of Latino Concerns for the Association of Multicultural Counseling & Development and was recently elected president-elect of this organization. Her research focuses on diversity and social justice Issues in clinical training, clinical supervision, and institutional Systems. Diane's teaching focuses on the application of Family Systems Therapy and working with multicultural issues. Her clinical practice centers on working with marginalized individuals, couples, and families.

Jerry Gale, Ph.D. (7/18 - 6/21)

Jerry is the Program Director of the Family Therapy Doctoral Program at the University of Georgia. He has been an AFTA member since the mid-90’s and received the AFTA 2006 Outstanding Research Award. With Roxana Llerena-Quinn he co-chaired the 2014 AFTA annual conference in Athens, Georgia. He has over 80 publications and has authored/co-edited three books. He is presently co-Pi on a 5-year, 8-million-dollar grant, The integration of marriage and relationship education into family and children services: A Campus-Community partnership.   He is involved in extending systems practices through projects implementing relational financial therapy and relational meditation, and he is a co-founder of the interdisciplinary ASPIRE Clinic. Attending to social justice and addressing social determinants of health is of primary importance to Jerry.  He gave an invited presentation When the right answer is wrong: Addressing multiculturalism and diversity for financial therapists at the seventh annual Financial Therapy Conference.  He has presented on incorporating relational meditation into social justice work at AFTA and in a webinar for the Taos Institute..

Kyle Killian - Toronto, CanadaKyle Killian, LMFT (7/17 - 6/20)

Kyle is faculty at Simmons College and Capella University. He has 55 publications on immigrant, refugee, and multiracial families, intercultural couples, vicarious resilience, and self-care. Kyle's books include Interracial Couples, Intimacy & Therapy (2013) and Time, Temporality and Violence in International Relations (2016). A diversity consultant for government departments and organizations, he is co-founder of Global Change Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus, an NGO advocating for immigrants’ rights, and a founding member of a consortium promoting understanding of secondary traumatic stress in helping professionals. Kyle has served on AFTA’s Research Committee as member and Chair. 

Lawrence Levner, LCSW (7/16 - 6/19)

Lawrence Levner has been a social worker for 42 years with experience in community organizing, community mental health, family and individual therapy. He was clinical supervisor and director of the Family Therapy Practice Center of Washington, DC, 1984-2006. Larry continues to consult to community and mental health organizations and has a private therapy practice. He is concerned with issues of social justice and human rights; particularly the social context of family life and the social, cultural, and political issues affecting families. Larry is currently chair of AFTA's Family Policy/Human Rights Committee.

LauraLaura Roberto-Forman, PsyD (7/15 - 6/18, 7/19 - 6/21)

Professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School who specializes in women’s health, couples and families, and eating disorders. Past Editor-in-Chief of the AFTA Monograph Series and past Secretary of AFTA, she is on the editorial boards of JMFT, JFFT, and Family Process (ad hoc), and writes extensively on transgenerational couple and family therapy (Transgenerational Family Therapies, Guilford). Laura is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 43). Past Board experience: Secretary, Awards Chair, Publications Chair. Committee Service: Cultural and Economic Diversity; Program; Membership; Nominations; AFTA Futures; Women’s Institute; Human Rights. Additional interests: interfaith dialogue; mindfulness; yoga.

LauraMonica Sesma, Ph.D. (7/18 - 6/21)

Monica is the Adjunct Assistant Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary, Canada, and Executive Director of the International Certificate of Collaborative and Dialogical Practices. Monica is a co-supervisor and clinician at the Calgary Family Therapy Centre. She is Faculty with the Houston Galveston Institute, Grupo Campos Elíseos, and Instituto Kanankil. Monica is a Taos Institute Associate and Board member. She publishes and presents nationally and internationally on a diversity of topics related with social construction-oriented family therapies. Monica’s research program focuses on multicultural counselling practices with immigrants and refugees, psychiatric/psychological diagnostic culture, and body weight stigma as a social justice issue. Monica is the Spanish Translator Editor of the International Journal of Collaborative and Dialogical Practices. 

CharlesEtta T. Sutton, MSW, LCSW (7/16 - 6/19)

CharlesEtta Sutton, most noted for her mastery in Train-the Trainer work and facilitation, this family therapist, author, spiritual well-being, health promotion and social justice advocate provides therapy, supervision, training, consultation and program development. Retired from UMDNJ-OPSR as director of training in 2003, her life transitions find her continuing her work as principal of CTS Group Sutton & Associates, faculty, and clinical supervisor at Center for Family Community and Social Justice, founding faculty of Multicultural Family Institute, faculty and board of the Turtle Island Project, master facilitator, International Black Summit. CharlesEtta brings an irrepressible “joie de vivre” to her work and “walks her talk.”