ABOUT US


The mission of Strength in Support is to provide mental health services to military personnel, veterans and their families, including individual and family therapy, mentorship and workshops, to address all areas of our heroes' well-being.

Since 2012, our team has succeeded in understanding the needs of our veteran community and creating a holistic method to serve those who served U.S.

Strength in Support’s (a 501c3) founding board members have served veterans and their families in Southern California for decades through their private clinical practices and informal mentoring.

Our vision is for every service man, service woman, veteran and their family members to have the mental health services, resources and support that they earned, deserve and need. These services will be delivered in a timely manner in an environment based on respect, collaboration and kindness that serves the whole person, the whole family and the whole community.

Why strength in support

94% of Strength in Support (SIS) clients report that they strongly agree that they were satisfied with the services they received.

91% of Strength in Support (SIS) clients report that they would recommend Strength in Support to others.

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Board of Directors

Our Team

Amber Portz, Executive Director

Connie Thomas, MA, LMFT, Clinical Director

Sandra Khim-Pamanian, BA Veteran Outreach and Veteran Mentor Coordinator for Los Angeles County, MHFA Certified

Volunteer Coordinator:

Jo Wells

Accountant:

Marcella Chiappetta

Administrative Assistant:

Jason Le

 

Clinical Team:
 
Connie S. Thomas, LMFT 
Clinical Director 
 
Katie Bryan, LMFT 
Certified Play Therapist 
 
Vincent Lin, LCSW 
 
James S. Van Wilgen Moore AMFT
 
Raeesha Barnes, MFTt
 
Andrea Moore, MFTt 

Mentors in Los Angeles & OC

Sandra Khim-Pamanian, BA Veteran Outreach and Veteran Mentor Coordinator for Los Angeles County, MHFA Certified 

Sephora Ngoma, US Army, SIS Vet Mentor II, MHFA Certified

Troy D. Winters, US Marine Corps, SIS Vet Mentor II, MHFA Certified
 
Colby R. DosSantos, US Marine Corps, SIS Vet Mentor II
 

Workshop Facilitators:

Jacqi Haas, Financial Advisor, Financial Workshop Educator

Golf Fundraising Committee:

Dave Erney (Lowrey’s)

Phil Cleveland (Sunshine Supply)

Danielle Wilson

Barbara Deming

Amber Portz, Executive Director

Board Development Committee:

Amber Portz, Co Chair

Chase Wickersham

Danielle Wilson

Bob Greenberg

Financial Committee:

John Martin, Co Chair

John Reese

Barbara Deming

Programs Committee:

Jill Boultinghouse, Chair

Connie Thomas, LMFT

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