Our Team

Discovery Counseling Center is proud of its more than 50
pre-licensed and licensed therapists, social workers and psychologists.

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Dr. Rachana Ali

Registered Psychological Associate

Adejumoke Aderele

Montevideo Elementary

Gia Bedell

AMFT, APCC

Sumita Bhandari

Executive Director

Dr. Viviane Chang

Registered Psychological Associate

Amy Dashner

Business Manager

Zarya Denson-Carter

Windemere Elementary

Christopher Duerrmeier

LMFT

Clinical Director

Caitlin Dyer

Los Cerros Middle School

Zion Ehirim

Bollinger Canyon Elementary

Ariana Ferro

Twin Creeks Elementary

Matt Fleming

AMFT, APCC

Aaron Forman

Doctoral Trainee

Dougherty Valley High School

Benjamin Gadbaw

Charlotte Wood Middle School

Christine Gates

Rancho Romero Elementary

Reed Goertler

AMFT

Creekside Elementary

Jennie Greenstein

Gale Ranch Middle School

Kristina Hamilton

Walt Disney Elementary

Alex Hays

Office Manager

Faith Ho

Vista Grande Elementary

Ashley Holbrook

Sycamore Valley Elementary

Nathaniel Hoston

Ironhorse Middle School

Charles Krider

Diablo Vista Middle School

Richelle Leonardo

Coyote Creek Elementary

Lisa Levinthal

Bella Vista Elementary

Rosemaire Marchiano

Tassajara Hills Elementary

Priscilla Mei

Quail Run Elementary

Kathleen Moldovan

Country Club Elementary

Eileen Morgan

Alamo Elementary

Raksha Motomura

Golden View Elementary
Live Oak Elementary

Korin Jennie Nadelle

Green Valley Elementary

Jazmine Perkins

Administrative Assistant

Dawn Priest

Administrative Assistant

Reese Provido

Hidden Hills

Mark Pulver

California High School, Del Amigo

Xynthia Rivera

John Baldwin Elementary

Karla Rosa

Montair Elementary
Monte Vista High

Kelsey Schur

Neil Armstrong Elementary
Stoney Valley Middle

Abby Shah

Pine Valley Middle
California High

Armaan Sharma

Doctoral Trainee

Benjamin Sitzer

Ironhorse Middle
Diablo Vista Middle

Kristine Sosine

San Ramon Valley High School

Katie Swanson

AMFT, APCC

Halima Sweatte

Greenbrook Elementary

Brittany Tachkov

AMFT, APCC, *MT-BC

Clinic Therapists

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Dr. Rachana Ali

Registered Psychological Associate

Gia Bedell

AMFT, APCC

Dr. Viviane Chang

Registered Psychological Associate

Christopher Duerrmeier

LMFT

Clinical Director

Matt Fleming

AMFT, APCC

Aaron Forman

Doctoral Trainee

Dougherty Valley High School

Reed Goertler

AMFT

Creekside Elementary

Armaan Sharma

Doctoral Trainee

Katie Swanson

AMFT, APCC

Halima Sweatte

Greenbrook Elementary

Brittany Tachkov

AMFT, APCC, *MT-BC

SCIP Counselors

(School Counseling Intervention Program)

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Adejumoke Aderele

Montevideo Elementary

Zarya Denson-Carter

Windemere Elementary

Caitlin Dyer

Los Cerros Middle School

Zion Ehirim

Bollinger Canyon Elementary

Ariana Ferro

Twin Creeks Elementary

Aaron Forman

Doctoral Trainee

Dougherty Valley High School

Benjamin Gadbaw

Charlotte Wood Middle School

Christine Gates

Rancho Romero Elementary

Reed Goertler

AMFT

Creekside Elementary

Jennie Greenstein

Gale Ranch Middle School

Kristina Hamilton

Walt Disney Elementary

Faith Ho

Vista Grande Elementary

Ashley Holbrook

Sycamore Valley Elementary

Nathaniel Hoston

Ironhorse Middle School

Charles Krider

Diablo Vista Middle School

Richelle Leonardo

Coyote Creek Elementary

Lisa Levinthal

Bella Vista Elementary

Rosemaire Marchiano

Tassajara Hills Elementary

Priscilla Mei

Quail Run Elementary

Kathleen Moldovan

Country Club Elementary

Eileen Morgan

Alamo Elementary

Raksha Motomura

Golden View Elementary
Live Oak Elementary

Korin Jennie Nadelle

Green Valley Elementary

Reese Provido

Hidden Hills

Mark Pulver

California High School, Del Amigo

Xynthia Rivera

John Baldwin Elementary

Karla Rosa

Montair Elementary
Monte Vista High

Kelsey Schur

Neil Armstrong Elementary
Stoney Valley Middle

Abby Shah

Pine Valley Middle
California High

Benjamin Sitzer

Ironhorse Middle
Diablo Vista Middle

Kristine Sosine

San Ramon Valley High School

Halima Sweatte

Greenbrook Elementary

Administration

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Sumita Bhandari

Executive Director

Amy Dashner

Business Manager

Christopher Duerrmeier

LMFT

Clinical Director

Alex Hays

Office Manager

Jazmine Perkins

Administrative Assistant

Dawn Priest

Administrative Assistant

SCOTT LUCIA

Wealth Management at Andrews, Lucia Wealth Management LLC

Affiliation:

  • Tassajara Valley Little League

ROBERT COMBS

Real Estate Advisor, Compass

Affiliations:

  • Town of Danville Planning Commissioner
  • Board Member, Leadership San Ramon Valley
  • President, Danville Rotary, Town of Danville Design Review Board Member
  • Board of Directors
  • League of California Cities, California State University at Chico Alumni Board of Directors
  • Parent Advisory Council
  • CSU
  • Past President

MICHAEL COPELAND

Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield

Affiliations:

  • San Ramon Valley Thunderbirds
  • San Ramon Valley Girls’ Athletic League Softball
  • Contributor to Alive Magazine

MARK DAVIS

Tri- Counties Bank- Senior Vice-President

Affiliations:

  • American Heart Association
  • United Way
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • St. Anthony’s San Francisco
  • San Francisco and Sacramento Food Banks
  • Sacred Heart Community
  • Past Board Member California Symphony
  • Past

JENISE FALK

Retired San Ramon Valley Unified School District Principal

Affiliations:

  • President of the Friends of Discovery(Thrift Station)
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Association
  • San Ramon Valley Mental Health Advisory Council.

NEWELL ARNERICH

Town of Danville, Town Council Member, AD Architects, Inc., President & Co-founder

Affiliations:

  • Leadership San Ramon Valley
  • Board Member & Past President
  • Danville-Sycamore Valley Rotary Club- Member & Past President
  • AIA
  • American Institute of Architects
  • NACRB
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Board
  • Danville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • San Ramon Valley Mental Health Advisory Council.

KATHY CHIVERTON

Retired Executive Director Discovery Counseling Center

Affiliations:

  • Leadership San Ramon Valley Board of Directors
  • Rotary Club of Danville
  • Contra Costa County Measure X Community Advisory Board Member

MARIE HALL

  • Licensed Social Worker; Retired Clinical Director
  • St. Anne’s Catholic Church

Affiliation:

  • Friends of Discovery

MITCHELL HOPSON

Vice-President of Finance, Zearn

Affiliations:

  • Diablo Black Men’s Group (past Treasurer)
  • San Ramon Valley Diversity Coalition (founding member)
  • Leadership San Ramon Valley
  • Board of Directors
  • Youth sports coach

DAVID KRAVITZ

Affiliations:

  • Director of Student Services
  • San Ramon Valley Unified School District

N. S. LEE

Retired Project Manager, Kaiser-Permanente

Affiliations:

  • Toastmasters’ International
  • Project Management Institute

Claire Humphrey

Retired Pediatrician: Valley Community Health Center and Blackhawk Medical Group

Affiliations:

  • Marriage Mentor Community Presbyterian Church
  • Spiritual Mentor CityTeam Oakland

ANDY LI

Board Member, Contra Costa Community College District

Affiliations:

  • President
  • Civic Leadership USA
  • President
  • API Coalition, Board of Directors
  • Leadership San Ramon Valley
  • Steering Committee
  • San Ramon Valley Diversity Coalition
  • Rotary Club of Dougherty Valley/San Ramon

NEAL MITCHELL

Community Volunteer

Affiliations:

  • Hall of Fame Board Member Animal Rescue Foundation
  • Board Member Love for Margot Foundation
  • Past Board Member Mercator Medical Systems
  • Past Board Member Injoy Media Corporation

NISHI MOONKA

Chief of Staff/Head of Purpose and Culture at Blue Beyond Consulting

Affiliations:

  • Quail Run Learning Fund Vice President
  • PTA

SARAH NIX

Attorney, Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law By the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Affiliations:

  • Past President, Board of Diablo Valley of Estate Planning
  • Iron Horse Mother’s Club
  • AAUW, Volunteer St. Isidore’s Parish
  • East Bay Trust &amp, Estate Lawyers

JILL PURCELL

Owner Purcell International – Food Importing Business

Affiliations:

  • San Ramon Valley YMCA- Past Board Member
  • Diablo Homeowner’s Association- Past Secretary
  • Dorris-Eaton School-Past PTA President
  • Green Valley School and Monte Vista High School- Past PTSA Member

PAT WILSON

Retired San Ramon Valley Unified School District Educator

Affiliations:

  • Sons in Retirement (SIRS)
  • 100 Club of Contra Costa County
  • Community Presbyterian Church (CPC) Sponsor Program
  • San Ramon Valley Mental Health Advisory Council.

MARY VERSTRAETE

Retired from Banking

Affiliations:

  • Member of the Friends of Discovery
  • Thrift Station

GARY RIELE

Affiliations:

  • Principal
  • Riele Commercial Real Estate

ANN WILLOUGHBY

Retired Chief of Staff, University of California Office of the National Laboratories

Affiliations:

  • Treasurer Friends of Discovery Board (Thrift Station)
  • Quest Science Center Advisory Board
  • Livermore Lab Foundation
  • Expanding Your Horizons
  • Agape Village Foster Family Agency
  • American Association of University Women