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Mary O'Connor

Executive Director

Ms. O'Connor is one of three co-founders of FACES. She has developed programs and policies and procedures, written grants, collaborated with other agencies  and contracted  county to provide comprehensive services to families. She mentors new clinicians on the business of being a therapist, oversees our five locations in Orange County.

Sina Maa-Kapesi

Administration & Accounting

Sina Maa-Kapesi has been providing comprehensive office management administrative support, bookkeeping, oversees data management, problem solving,  training office staff and paying our bills for several years. You can reach her by leaving your information at

(714) 447-9024. 

Tennille Parish, AMFT

Deputy Director of Programs,

LA Office Director

Tennille Parish is an experienced therapist

who founded and directs our Los Angeles office with Dayna Moore. Ms. Parish manages FACES outreach programs and development. She trains new therapists and manages the day to day LA office operations.​

She can be reached at:

7017 S. Gramercy Place Ste.1

Los Angeles, Ca 90047

323-531-2172 (Office)

323-531-2170 (Fax)

Anaid Bautista

HP/Program Manager

Anaid graduated Fall 2019 from CSU Fullerton with her Bachelor's in Health Science.  She worked with the elderly population for 5 years as a Nurse Assistant. Anaid's passion for helping others grew as she gained more experience in the work environment. She began exploring the mental health field during her last semester at CSUF by volunteering at F.A.C.E.S as a Program Assistant. and was hired  as a bilingual parenting class facilitator at El Modena Resource Center. She believes that there is a better tomorrow for anyone struggling and going through harsh times. Anaid aspires to be a future counselor to create a brighter future. 

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CLINICAL

STAFF

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Vanessa Witrago, AMFT

Senior Counseling Staff Associate

Vanessa brings her experience from working with school children to the table. She is willing to go to any length to help families in need. Her bilingual skills make her a great asset to the FACES team.

Elizabeth Rhone, LMFT

Senior Counseling Staff Associate

Mrs. Rhone is a senior therapist. She is a former teacher and specializes in intergenerational families, child therapy, and couples.

Dayna Moore, APCC

Counseling Staff Associate

She is a dynamic therapist and former trainer in the Fullerton office. Dayna is compassionate and energetic with her get-the-job done attitude. She has great skills for individual, couples, or group therapy.
She works out of the LA office now, after serving one year at FACES in Fullerton.

Grace Nwaiwu, AMFT

Counseling Staff Associate

Grace Nwaiwu graduated from Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Grace is an experienced therapist who has worked with low income and faith-based communities. In addition to being a therapist, Grace is also a seasoned educator who enjoys working with children and their families to solve problems and build stronger connections. She is bilingual in English and Igbo.

Rudy Gomez, LMFT

Supervisor for El Modena & Anaheim FRC

Rudy started with FACES as an intern and has been supervising interns since 2013. He is a bilingual licensed therapist.

Dr. Bernard Schwartz, PhD

South County Clinical Supervisor

Dr. Schwartz has been training and supervising interns at FACES since 2007.

Dan Eberhardt, LCSW

Clinical Supervisor

Formerly an Adult Abuse Social Worker, Dan is now working part-time in the medical field. Dan has been supervising at FACES for many years. He is currently supervising social work associates.

Erica Morin

South County Office Manager/Training Staff

Erica is a therapist who wears many hats! She also trains new therapists and manages our Laguna Hills office. Ms. Morin has been with FACES for 7 years. Her compassion and professionalism keep her clients coming back to work on challenging issues.

Alberto Torres, MSW

Family Resource Center Training Staff

Alberto is an award winning therapist with certification in PPP. He is bilingual in Spanish and English. Alberto responds to the needs of the families at the Family Resource Center.

Shannon Barth, MFTT
Counseling Staff

Roxana Vargas, AMFT

Counseling Staff 

Ms. Vargas has been working with FACES clients for many years, working with the most vulnerable families and children.

Lauren Walker

Counseling Staff

Lauren is a sincere therapist from our Fullerton office who loves helping others. She is passionate, and enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families.

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COMMON GROUND PROGRAM

Supervised Visitations

Father and Son

Esther Gallardo

Senior Staff Manager

Esther Gallardo began her journey at FACES over 15 years ago and has a passion for helping single parents and children. She is very involved in the development of our agency.  

Alexandria Custer

Monitor

Alexandria graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She taught the parenting class from the El Modena Resource Center. Alexandria is a Certified Professional Monitor of Supervised Visitation out of the Fullerton office. She is also a field pioneer as the first Monitor to perform virtual visitation via Telehealth. Alexandria is currently attending California State University, Fullerton, to earn a Masters’s Degree in Counseling. 

Networking Event

DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

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Whitney Taylor

Development Director

Whitney graduated from the University of Southern California with her Bachelor's in Health & Human Sciences with an emphasis in Psychology. She aspires to work in fields of law & policy to fight social inequalities. Whitney has spent the past few years competing in indoor drumline and drum corps, while also teaching local high school marching bands. Whitney is very excited to help expand FACES's outreach to the community.

Ryan Guillen

Development Associate

Ryan is currently a Psychology undergraduate at UCLA. Pursuing a career in social work himself, he's thrilled to be able to help his community through FACES with work on the web and fundraising projects. 

Kassie Do

Development Associate

Kassie is currently attending the University of California, Santa Barbara, as a Sociology-English double-major. Most of her studies focus on researching psychological theories, deviance in society, and social control. She aspires to use the sympathies of each field to work closely with the youth of her community and to fight adversity with compassionate vigor.

Taylor Kim

Development Associate

Taylor Kim attended California State University of Long Beach for a Bachelors in Science in Criminal Justice & Criminology. Kim joined FACES in 2020 with an interest in working with families and youth. Kim is pursuing an education in law and hopes to gain a career in family law.