Why we are needed

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. In the last seven years, as they saw how military funding did not meet the needs of the simultaneous wars over the past decades and how lack of funding impacted veterans services available and wait-times and reduced advocacy for military families, they knew something needed to change. Thus a small group of passionate people, including veterans, military family members, therapists, and business people formed SIS.

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.

Board of Directors

Our Team

Jill Boultinghouse, LMFT, EMDR Trained, Executive Director, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor / Facilitator

Connie Thomas, MA, LMFT, Clinical Director

Amber Portz, Development Director

Justin Paige, US Marine, Vet Mentor and Outreach Coordinator for Orange County, MHFA Certified

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

Tina Arias, AMFT, Program Services Coordinator

Volunteer Coordinator:

Jo Wells


Marcella Chiappetta

Administrative Assistants:

Jason Le


Los Angeles County:

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 I
Patrick J. Howland, US Airforce, SIS Vet Mentor I
Derek D. Stoudenmeyer, US Navy, SIS Vet Mentor I


Orange County:

Kevin Callo, BSW, US Marine, SIS Vet Mentor II, MHFA Certified

Christopher Cobb, US Army, SIS Vet Mentor, MHFA Certified

Vincent Lin, ASW (USC School of Social Work, Military), EMDR Trained

Kate Bryan, MFT 

Donysia Green-Gilmore, LCSW, EMDR Trained

Kyla Campbell, AMFT 

James Van Wilgen Moore, AMFT, US Navy Veteran

Jacqi Haas, Financial Advisor, Financial Workshop Educator

Golf Fundraising Committee:

Jill Boultinghouse, Chairwoman

Junior Sperazza (OC Golf Events)

Dave Erney (Lowrey’s)

Board Development Committee:

Jill Boultinghouse, Co Chair

Larry Behm, Co Chair

Chase Wickersham

Danielle Wilson

Travis Combe

Bob Greenberg

Financial Committee:

Jill Boultinghouse, Co Chair

John Martin, Co Chair

Greg Coleman 

Melodie Reguero

Programs Committee:

Jill Boultinghouse, Chair

Connie Thomas, LMFT

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