“Reclaiming her Voice – Ending domestic violence”

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Dr. Shana D. Lewis attended the University of Houston-Central campus and received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 1998. From there, Dr. Lewis went on to earn her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a clinical mental health focus from Troy State University-Holloman AFB, New Mexico campus in 2001. Dr. Lewis has over 13 years of experience working in the mental health field serving adult, child, and adolescent clients in schools, day programs, inpatient hospitals, outpatient community mental health facilities and church organizations. Dr. Lewis specializes in addressing women's issues including depression, anxiety, self esteem, relationship problems, domestic violence and stress. She also has a great amount of experience working with children and adolescent mental health issues and their families. Dr. Lewis has also been a faculty member at the University of Phoenix where she teaches at the Bachelors level. Dr. Lewis is the owner and clinical director of Living Well Professional Counseling Services, PLLC. In addition to this, she is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and she is also a LPC supervisor. Dr. Lewis is a proud 2014 recipient of the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program award as well.

Cynthia Denise Phillips is a native Houstonian. She is very active at her church, the Pearland West church of Christ, where she is involved with many of the ministries and work of the church (including teaching childrens’ and ladies’ Bible classes, and chairing various other ministries and committees). She is married to Gregory L. Phillips, and they will be celebrating 18 years of marriage this year. They are the proud parents of Sidney Elizabeth (16), Wesley Lanier (14), and Madison Jewel (11). Cynthia received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas Southern University in General Business, and completed a Teacher’s Bible Certification Program, which included Christian Counseling, at Pearland West Church of Christ. Cynthia is a busy stay at home mom, which she volunteers her time at her childrens’ schools and various non-profit organizations. Cynthia has also successfully founded, designed, and managed as Executive Director for 5 years a children’s summer camp program at the South Union Church of Christ. She has served as the past President, and Gala Chair, of the Spouses of Houston Barristers. She is also a member of Jack and Jill of America and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.


Dr. Richard E. Watts, is the Director of the Ph.D. Program in Counselor Education at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) in Huntsville, Texas.  He is a Texas State University System Regents' Professor, Distinguished Professor of Counseling at SHSU, Fellow of the American Counseling Association, Diplomate in Adlerian Psychology, and a Past President of the North American Society for Adlerian Psychology.  Watts is a Licensed Professor Counselor (LPC) and LPC Board Approved Supervisor (LPC-S) in Texas.
Claudell Washington is a retired 20 year (war) veteran of the United States Army.  He was also employed for 27 years as a United States Postal Carrier.  While serving our country he attended and graduated from Houston Community College earning an Associate in Applied Science in Health Science and a Certificate of Completion as a Chemical Dependency Counselor.  He was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and live in Houston,Texas.
Karmen Smith is a professional counselor, licensed school counselor, and teacher. Karmen earned her B.S. in Education at The University of Houston and went on to earn her M.A. in Counseling from Prairie View A & M University, with a focus in School Counseling. She has been a part of the Houston Independent School District for the past 14 years working with at-risk children and their families. She enjoys working with parents, school staff, and community leaders to help make school a caring and supportive place for children.  Her mission is to help students overcome barriers to their progress in their academic, social, and emotional growth by providing prevention and intervention services. She has experience working with youth and adults on a broad range of issues, including depression, social skills, bullying, anxiety, stress, divorce, and grief. Outside of school, she enjoys volunteering in her community, mentoring high school students, traveling, and fashion. Karmen was so inspired by fashion she recently opened her own online Fashion Boutique, Kloset Chik. Kloset Chik is a boutique for all women. She recognizes that every closet is unique, and offer various styles to fit the Classy, Corporate, Casual woman. 
 
Karmen believes, "An opportunity of a lifetime must be taken in the lifetime of the opportunity."
Patricia Berry-Jones is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice with Living Well Professional Counseling Services, PLLC, Bellaire, TX. She is also a Licensed Chemical Dependent Counselor Intern, and a National Certificate Counselor. Ms. Berry-Jones received her M.A. and M.S. in School Counseling from Amberton University in Garland, TX.  She has been an educator over 30 years and worked with several school districts in several states. During her years in education some of her positions have been a class room teacher, reading specialist, program coordinator, teacher trainer, and (GT) Gifted and Talented teacher. Ms. Berry-Jones spent her last five years in primary education as a counselor with Dallas Independent School District, before relocating to Houston to be close to her children and grandchildren.  She started working in secondary education with Houston Community College as a counselor and academic advisor before going into private practice. Ms. Berry-Jones is very passionate about helping women define and obtain their goals.  Her role as a board member for her VOICE will allow her to do just that.

Sally Eisen Miller, PhD has worked with families since she received her  masters degree in social work 45 years ago and her doctorate in Family Science some years later.  Domestic abuse has been one of numerous symptoms Dr. Miller has encountered both personally and professionally.

Having lived all over the world, she has experience with numerous cultures, ethnic and religious groups as well as the military.  Along with her clinical practice, she has taught and supervised medical and social work students , psychiatrists, psychologists, and marriage and family interns.

She has a passion for social justice and holds leadership positions in numerous community organizations, including the Czech Center Museum Houston, Holocaust Museum Houston,  a congregational Justice and Peace Council, and the Houston Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. 


Mahzad Mohajer attended the University of Houston (Central Campus) and received a Bachelor in Business in Management in 2001, which was eventually followed by a Master’s in Liberal Arts in Communication in 2011 and a Master’s in Business Administration in General Business in 2014. Ms. Mohajer has over several years of experience in the medical field and 15 years of experience in the energy industry, currently working as an Area Sales Manager for Green Mountain Energy, an NRG company. With a hefty schedule managing over a dozen people, she continues to give her spare time to various charities such as: Bo’s Place, The Assistant League of Houston, Children’s Assessment, Know Autism, Women of Wardrobe, Recipe for Success, the Arthritis Foundation, the Denali Foundation, Iranian American Medical Association (IAMA) and the Kidney Foundation to name a few. She also has a great passion for Persian History, its culture and arts.

Jean E. Jordan  retired from AT&T after 35 years of service. Jean also worked in the Houston Independent School District at Hartman Middle School for seven years in the Special Education Department and later retired. Jean is very active in her community and in church. She works on various committees and ministries in her church. Jean volunteers at M.D. Anderson Hospital and volunteers at elementary and middle schools helping with daily activities. Jean is a travel agent, meeting planner, event planner and a coordinator of all.