Dr. Gerry Ken Crete – PRESIDENT, SPEAKERS COMMITTEE CHAIR
Dr. Gerry Ken Crete earned his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision with a specialty in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Georgia. He is licensed as a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist with additional certifications in treating trauma and sexual addiction. He currently sees clients at Transfiguration Counseling and Consulting in Roswell, GA, and Cumming, GA, and is an AAMFT clinical fellow and supervisor.
Dr. Crete is committed to the integration of Catholic spirituality with evidence based mental health interventions. His research has focused on resilience of male survivors of childhood trauma. He helps facilitate diocesan retreats for male survivors of childhood abuse in Atlanta and he runs a therapy group for men with sexual addictions.
Jennifer Madere, MA, LPC-S - PRESIDENT-ELECT, MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE CHAIR, 2019 CONFERENCE CHAIR
Jennifer Madere is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and EMDRIA Approved Consultant in private practice, and founding partner of Intuitus Group in Cedar Park, Texas. Jennifer earned her BA in Psychology from Benedictine College, and MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. She has accompanied child and adult survivors of trauma on their journey of healing since 2003, and joined CPA as a clinical member in 2011.
Prior to joining the CPA Board, Jennifer served her fellow CPA members by organizing a pre-conference day for private practitioners in 2013, launching the eNewsletter and serving as Editor for 2 years, and serving as Emcee for the 2018 CPA conference in Orlando, FL.
In addition to serving her clients, Jennifer supervises new clinicians, and consults and conducts training for fellow clinicians on treatment of complex trauma and pathological dissociation. Jennifer has presented internationally on the research, assessment and treatment of Dissociative Disorders since 2014.
Gregory S. Creed, PhD – TREASURER, PAST PRESIDENT, LOCAL CHAPTERS CHAIR
Gregory S. Creed, PhD is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 14 years of clinical experience. His work with couples, families, teens, school age children and adults has greatly contributed to enhancing the lives of his clients. Dr. Creed utilizes a strength-based approach by assisting families to see beyond the problem through the implementation of solutions. He strongly believes in building on family strengths to improve relationships and family functioning.
Dr. Creed provides consultation and parent education designed to empower, educate and support parents in developing effective parenting strategies to draw on with their children and teens. Dr. Creed has lived overseas for a decade and speaks both Spanish and Japanese fluently.
Dr. Creed teaches pastoral psychology and marriage and family counseling at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver. He has a counseling agency, Transitions Psychology Group, located in Greeley, Colorado.
Valerie Conzett, DMin, LMHP, LPC – Interim EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SECRETARY, NETWORKING COMMITTEE CHAIR
A clinical member of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association since 2010, Valerie’s background includes direct work with individuals and families as well as management experience within a variety of secular and faith based settings. Valerie’s scope of oversight for 10 years as the Archdiocese of Omaha Director for the Center for Family Life Formation and Executive Director of FOCCUS, Inc. USA provided valuable insights into local, national and international ministry and the workings of the Church. Her education includes study and degrees from Mt. St. Joseph University, Stanford, University of Cincinnati, United Theological Seminary and a certificate to be received from the Cenacle of Our Lady of Divine Providence School of Spirituality in the fall of 2019. Particular areas of professional interest include grief, loss and transition, marriage and parenting, human sexuality formation and the Omaha Courage/EnCourage apostolate, and spiritual direction. In addition to serving on the CPA Board, Valerie chairs the Program Services Committee for Catholic Charities Omaha, in large part to help establish outreach to those seeking Catholic psychotherapy and family strengthening services in Archdiocesan schools and parishes. A member of the Mission Advancement Council for the Institute for Priestly Formation, Valerie has served as an Adjunct IPF Faculty member and currently coordinates the team of psychotherapists for the IPF summer seminarian program. Beginning in the spring of 2020, she will also join the IPF staff that provide Spiritual Director Formation for priests. Married for 35+ years, Valerie and her husband Deacon Michael are members of Serra International and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. They are greatly enjoying the grand-parenting stage of family life and sharing the many blessings of their vocation to marriage. Valerie sees both privilege and responsibility in being a member of the CPA and serving on the CPA board and she looks forward to being part of the ongoing growth and development of this incredible, unique and much needed organization.
Justin H. McManus, LCWS - WEBINAR COMMITTEE CHAIR, 2018 CONFERENCE CHAIR
Justin H. McManus is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Addictions Professional in the State of Florida. He is dedicated to providing a warm, accepting environment where children, adults, and families can experience psychological healing through evidence-based psychotherapy rooted in a Christian anthropology. Some of his specialties include adolescent depression, marital problems, pornography addiction, substance addiction and trauma/PTSD.
Justin earned his Bachelors of Science in Social Work from Florida State University in 2000 and his Masters in Social Work from the same institution in 2001.
Justin has more than 15 years of experience assisting individuals and families in improving their lives. He has worked extensively in the fields of child & adolescent mental health and drug & alcohol counseling. Currently, he is focusing his practice on assisting men who struggle with pornography addiction.
Maribel Rodriguez Laguna, MA, LPC-S - 2020 CONFERENCE CHAIR
Maribel Rodriguez Laguna is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the Assistant Clinical Director at In His Image Counseling Center, PLLC. The clinicians at IHICC bring to their work a Catholic understanding of the human person as well as training in evidence-based mental health treatment. In 2007, Ms. Laguna graduated from the University of North Texas with a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. In 2004, she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Dallas.
She has worked as a counselor in a variety of settings including the Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center, Genesis Women’s Shelter, and DISD Youth and Family Centers. Ms. Laguna specializes in pre-marital preparation, marital counseling, vocational discernment, as well as with the Baars/Terruwe Model of therapy. She has been an active member of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association since 2012, and is serving as the 2020 Conference Committee Chair
Michelle Browning, MA, LMFT - INCOMING TREASURER
Michelle Browning is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and EMDRIA Approved Consultant in Training. She is in private practice as a founding partner of Intuitus Group in Cedar Park, Texas. Michelle earned a BS in Business Administration from Texas State University, and MA in Christian Counseling from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.Michelle attended her first CPA conference as a counseling student in 2011, in Denver, CO, and assisted with the 2016 Conference in Austin, TX.
Michelle works with first responders with trauma experienced in the line of duty. She also helps the Austin Diocese with Diaconal formation by assisting candidate couples in strengthen their marriages. In addition, Michelle serves in her home parish and North Austin Diocese parishes by offering a divorce education and healing group.As an EMDRIA Consultant in Training, Michelle helps EMDR Trained therapists become certified in EMDR Therapy. She has presented at the 2013 Texas Counseling Association conference in San Antonio and at the 2015 EMDR International Association conference in Philadelphia.
Dr. Christopher J. Stravitsch, D.Min, LPC-S, LMFT-S - INCOMING SPEAKERS CHAIR
Dr. Chris Stravitsch is the President and Founder of Rejoice Counseling Apostolate. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as a Board Approved Supervisor for both licenses. He earned a Doctor of Ministry from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and a dual degree in Pastoral Counseling from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, which consisted of a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and M.A. in Pastoral Ministry. While studying at Texas A&M University he earned a B.A. in Psychology. He has had a particular interest in the spiritual formation of couples and families.
Dr. Chris oversees the counseling services that Rejoice Counseling Apostolate provides to Catholic parishes and the general public throughout the Greater Houston area and San Antonio. He offers Parish Counseling Services onsite at multiple parishes, where he works with individuals, couples and families.
Aside from counseling, Dr. Chris serves as Cofounder and a Director of the Board for the St. John Paul II Foundation, he is as an adjunct faculty member of the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, Nebraska, and from 2006-2014 he served on the Formation Faculty of Assumption Seminary in San Antonio. Dr. Chris regularly speaks and publishes on the topics of marriage, family, and spirituality.
Dr. Chris has been involved with ongoing clergy formation efforts that have included giving in-services to priests and deacons, speaking at presbyteral convocations and deacon formation days in various dioceses, cofounding the Shepherd’s Heart initiative for clergy formation, and leading retreats for deacons and their wives. Pastoral topics he has covered at these events have included ministry to couples, spouses, and families; ministering to persons addicted to pornography; spousal prayer; and Ignatian spirituality.
Fr. Keith Chylinski, MS, MA, MDiv - CHAPLAIN
Fr. Chylinski has been appointed to serve as the first Chaplain for the Association. He has been an active member of the CPA since Nov. 2014. In his new role as Chaplain, Fr. Chylinski will serve as an Advisory Member to the CPA Board and will assist with identifying and responding to the spiritual needs of the organization and its membership in accord with the mission of the CPA.
Fr. Chylinski is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He was ordained in 2007 and in 2012, he was assigned by Archbishop Chaput to full time graduate studies at The Institute for the Psychological Sciences, in Arlington Virginia. After obtaining his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology in 2014, he was appointed as faculty member and Director of Counseling Services at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. He is in his fifth year in this role.
In addition to his work at the seminary, Fr. Chylinski has given many human formation conferences and workshops to seminarians throughout the country. Since 2016, he has been an adjunct faculty member at the Institute for Priestly Formation for the summer program for diocesan seminarians, held at Creighton University. Fr. Chylinski has had a strong devotion to Padre Pio since he began discerning a call to the priesthood during his undergraduate studies at Temple University. As a seminarian in 2002, he was blessed to attend the Canonization of St. Pio in Rome, and then made his first of many pilgrimages to Pietrelcina and San Giovanni Rotondo. St. Pio has been a spiritual father to him throughout his priesthood, and he loves to share his devotion with seminarians and parishioners alike.