ABOUT US

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

Alex Ortega, BS, Army, Community Outreach & Engagement Director

Connie Thomas, MA, LMFT, Clinical Director

Amber Portz, Development Director

Development, PR and Marketing Interns:

Chad Baker

Tara Thomas

Anthony Sommers

Volunteer Coordinator:

Jo Wells

Accountant:

Marcella Chiappetta

Administrative Assistants:

Jason Le

 

Los Angeles County:

Kyla Campbell, AMFT 

Tina Arias, MFT Trainee, Military Family Member

Chris Wakim, MFT Trainee, US Army Veteran

Orange County:

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

Chris Wakim, MFT Trainee, US Army Veteran

Justin Paige, US Marine Veteran Outreach Coordinator

Jacqi Haas, Financial Advisor, Financial Workshop Educator

Golf Fundraising Committee:

Jill Boultinghouse, Chairwoman

Junior Sperazza (OC Golf Events)

Dave Erney (Beacon)

Board Development Committee:

Jill Boultinghouse, Co Chair

Larry Behm, Co Chair

Chase Wickersham

Danielle Wilson

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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