Board Members
HAMFT's Board includes a mix of professionals and students dedicated to the field of marriage and family therapy. Each month the Board brings together the hearts and minds of its members to explore how it can increase the professional growth of clinicians as well as the reach of marriage and family therapy in the community. The Board also determines topics for continuing education workshops offered monthly to all mental health professionals. The Board is dedicated to expanding the minds and effectiveness of mental health professionals while promoting public knowledge specific to the field of marriage and family therapy.



President
Anne Way, MA, LMFT, LPC

A 1985 graduate of the University of Houston - Clear Lake, Anne Way completed a clinical fellowship at UTMB Galveston's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department and an externship with Houston Galveston-Institute. After a six-year run as Director of Training in Family Therapy at UTMSI Houston, Way continued a private practice in the Clear Lake area for over 25 years. Currently, she is the clinical director of Interface-Samaritan Counseling Center. She enjoys presenting on women's mental health, strength-based training and supervision models, and integrating spirituality in the therapy process.
 
 


Past - President 
Joan Harwood, MA, LMFT, LPC

With an expected graduation date of May 2016, Joan attends the University of Louisiana at Monroe's Marriage and Family Therapy Ph.D. Program. After graduating from the University of Houston - Clear Lake in 1999 with a master's degree in family therapy, Joan worked as a family therapist for DePelchin Children's Center. A few years later she entered private practice where she currently focuses on family intervention for addictive family systems, creative couples therapy, personal growth and gender/cultural/sociological issues. Joan is happily married to her best friend, Andrew, and in their spare time, they enjoy nature, volunteering, traveling, half-marathons, fun with their 15 nieces and nephews, and are in the process of adopting their first child.
 
 
Programs Committee Chair
Sally Eisen Miller, PhD, LMSW, ACSW-ACP, Board Certified Diplomat, LMFT-S

Sally received a PhD in Family Sciencein Washington, D.C. under Murray Bowen at The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family. Afterwards, she began her career in marriage and family therapy in Phoenix where she helped create the Family Team for Diagnosis & Treatment at Good Samaritan Hospital. Later, she worked in Germany as a supervisor, consultant and clinician in a drug and alcohol program before moving to Houston. Here she served as faculty of the Houston-Galveston Family Therapy Consortium, CSNSF, BCM, TCH and UHSSW. Sally currently runs a private practice and enjoys family, volunteering and travel in her free time. 
Treasurer
Delee D'Arcy, MA, LPC, LMFT

Delee graduated from the University of Houston - Clear Lake in 1994 with a master's degree in family therapy. After 10 years of working for agencies in Brazoria, Harris and Galveston counties, she began a 
private practice where she works with individuals and couples. Clinical areas of interest for Delee include women's issues, grief/bereavement and personal growth. When she isn't working with clients, Delee helps cultivate the professional growth of newly licensed counselors as an LPC/LMFT Board Approved Supervisor. She also enjoys CrossFit, reading and travel.  
 
Secretary
Ginger Otto, MS, LMFT-A

Ginger received a Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2009. She has experience working with couples, families, and individuals with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, grief, transition issues and couple/family issues. Ginger also has several years of experience working with individuals and families in ministry.  Ginger is a Certified Prepare-Enrich Facilitator, as well as a Certified Anger Resolution Therapist and is a Clinical Fellow at Interface-Samaritan Counseling Center.




 
Public Relations/Blog Chair

Purva Patel, LMFT-A, LPC-I

Purva is a therapist at Child Advocates of Fort Bend, where she works with survivors of child abuse. She is also in private practice and offers individual and
couples counseling in Montrose at The Couple Zone.She has also presented at national workshops on culturally responsive therapy with minorities. Having worked as a journalist prior to entering the mental health field -- most recently for the Houston Chronicle -- Purva brings her writing skills to her position on HAMFT's Board.


Jessica Hernandez, LMFT-Associate, LPC-Intern

Jessica graduated in 2013 from the University of Houston-Clear Lake with a masters in family therapy.  As a therapist at Child Advocates of Fort Bend, she works with victims of child abuse and their families.  Clinical interests include trauma, expressive arts therapies, mindfulness, play therapy, and attachment.  Before becoming a therapist, Jessica earned bachelors and masters degrees in music performance.  She has extensive teaching and public speaking experience.  In her free time, Jessica enjoys playing with her dog, spending time with her family and friends, laughing, reading, playing music, and traveling.  
 
Board Advisor
Betty Duson, PhD.

Betty is a licensed psychologist and AAMFT Approved Supervisor.  She received her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and has worked in private practice and in several university counseling centers since that time.  She currently is a psychologist at the Texas Woman's University Counseling Center in the Texas Medical Center, and has a part-time private practice.  She has served as Co-Presiy is a licensed psychologist and AAMFT Approved Supervisor.  She received her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and has worked in private practice and in several university counseling centers since that time.  She currently is a psychologist at the Texas Woman's University Counseling Center in the Texas Medical Center, and has a part-time private practice.  She has served as Co-President, Treasurer, Ethics Chair and Membership Chair of HAMFT, and is happily married to her psychologist husband with whom she has one adult son.  Betty is especially interested in diversity of all kinds, relationships challenges, mentoring and character development, and enjoys people, music, travel, reading, and being outdoors. She abhors cooking and anything electronic
 
 
Ethics Committee
Sherry Duson, MA, LMFT, LPC

Sherry Duson is in private practice in Houston's Greenway Plaza area. She is the founding director of The Center For Postpartum Family Health, a therapy center specializing in counseling and support for new mothers and their families. She is a past president of HAMFT, is on the advisory board of the Yate's Children Memorial Fund at Mental Health America of Greater Houston and is a professional member of Postpartum Support International. 

 
 
Multicultural Committee Chair
Sam Caplan

Sam earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas A&M University and is currently in her final year of the Master's program in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Her clinical experience includes working with couples and families at UHCL and an internship at
Family Services of Greater Houston. Upon graduation, Sam will be working at The Center for Postpartum Family Health under the supervision of Sherry Duson. Sam enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her fiance, family, and friends.
 
 
Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) Student Representative
Shawn Keith

Shawn is in her final year of the M.S. Psychology program at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) and is currently a graduate assistant to Dr. Leonard Bohnaon. She is an intern at the Montgomery County Juvenile Probation Center and holds an assistantship at the Montgomery County Managed Assigned Counsel Mental Health program. Prior to her current position with HAMFT, Shawn was the organization's Banquet Chair.

 
 
Membership Committee Chairs
Mary Ann Knolle, PhD, LMFT





                           Ellen Howard, MA, LMFT, LPC

Dharma Goy, MA, LMFT
Psychotherapy is a journey of self-discovery.  I provide clients with a safe, non-judgmental, nurturing space to explore their lives and improve their situations, relationships, and life. I believe that sometimes we get stuck in a situation or relational issue and need help getting back on our path. I work with my clients to choose the type of therapy that will work well for them. I help clients figure out what issues to work on and how to best address them. Together we can change behaviors, resolve relationship issues, improve sexual functioning and help reduce anxiety, depression, pain and suffering; to develop a greater sense of yourself and your well-being.

 
Elections Committee Chair
Brandon Wheeler, LMFT

Brandon values committed engagement of the larger profession and hopes to grow HAMFT Board participation during his term. He operates an independent
private practice, working with clients of all stages and ages of life. In addition to his clinical work, Brandon also conducts workshops for adolescents about high risk behaviors and is currently involved in several research projects. He has served as Co-President and Treasurer of HAMFT and as Executive Director of TAMFT.