The Mormon Mental Health Association

Supporting Mental Health Within the Mormon Community

MMHA Board of Directors

Dr. Marty Erickson, PhD


Provo, UT

Term expires Dec. 2020

Dr. Marty Erickson received a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Iowa State University. He works as a therapist at Alliance Behavioral Psychology in Orem, Utah, and as an adjunct faculty member of BYU Counseling and Psychological Services. He is an LMFT and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. He works with individuals, couples, families, & groups. Specialties: religious issues and faith transitions/crises, marriage/couples therapy, premarital therapy, men’s issues, problematic sexual behavior issues, eating issues and negative body image, healing from trauma/abuse, single adult issues, all issues related to social justice and multiculturalism. He is a LGBTQ ally. He utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused, and Family Systems therapies.

Debra Brown Gordy, MS MRET



Term expires Dec. 2020

Debra Brown Gordy is a Colorado Psychotherapist, and founder of The Sophia Women’s Institute.  She obtained her MS degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from BYU, where her ground-breaking thesis research about the divorce experience of women divorcing gay men was one of the first published studies in the country about women going through this life experience.  She has a life-long passion for women’s empowerment, healing and growth, and had advanced specialization in Energy Psychology for depth healing.  Debra’s specialties include inner child healing, multi-generational healing, intimacy counseling and relationship coaching, divorce and remarriage coaching, women’s spirituality and spiritual growth, women’s faith transitions and healing from religious trauma.  She serves clients worldwide.

Ruth Ogden Halstead, LMFT


Crown Point, IN

Term expires Dec. 2021

Ruth Ogden Halstead is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Northwest Indiana. Ruth received her Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in Family Science and her Master’s degree in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Purdue University. Ruth is the founder and director of the non-profit organization, Self-Injury Support Groups of Northwest Indiana (SISG of NWI). Ruth serves on the Suicide Prevention Council of Northwest Indiana and offers suicide prevention training to her community. Ruth is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), the American Association of Sexuality Educators and Therapists (AASECT), and the Mormon Mental Heath Association (MMHA). Ruth is a sex educator for the OWL (Our Whole Lives) program with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Ruth is a wife and a mother of two. Ruth attends the LDS church and the Unitarian church with her family. Ruth and her husband, John, have presented at the Sunstone conferences on how faith transitions affect marriages for better or worse. Ruth has her own private practice, Ruth’s Family Therapy, where she works mostly with couples.

Joshua Neal, MA, LMHCA


Seattle, WA

Term expires Dec. 2019

Joshua Neal received his Master of Arts in Psychology from Seattle University. He chose Seattle University for its humanistic approach to psychology with its roots in existential phenomenology. Prior to that he attended Utah Valley University where he obtained a Bachelors of Science in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Psychology, and a minor in Gender Studies. His academic pursuits have included research on materialism, fat shaming, and memoirs of mental illness in comics. 

Aimee White Heffernan, LMFT

Board Member at Large

Redmond, WA

Term expires Dec. 2019

Aimee Heffernan graduated with a masters degree from Seattle Pacific University in Marriage and Family Therapy and is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. For the last 9 years. she has run her private practice in Redmond, Washington where she specializes in relationships, sexuality, infidelity, women’s issues, faith/spirituality transitions, self-esteem, and mixed faith marriages. Aimee has presented for the NW Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, local schools, contributed on various podcasts, more church functions than she can count, and enjoys speaking about mental, emotional, and sexual health. In addition to being on the board of the Mormon Mental Health Association, she is on the board of the Northwest Institute on Intimacy. She is an adjunct professor at Antioch University in Seattle, WA.

Dr. Randy K. Moss, PhD

Board Member at Large

Mountain Green, UT

Term expires Dec. 2019

Randy is the Owner/Principal of Integrated Counseling & Consulting LLC since 2001. He is the former founder and CEO of the Co-Occurring Disorders Institute in Palmer Alaska and director of Norton Sound Health Corporation Behavioral Health Division in Nome, Alaska. He spent 35 years in counseling services including substance related, severe mental illness, program development and training. Ph.D from Brigham Young University in Counseling Psychology. BA and MEd from University of Utah in Counseling Graduated Bountiful High School. Married for 38 years, four children, three grand children and one grand dog. Loves reading, science, philosophy and the outdoors. Finds irony in much, humor everywhere and resilient souls mingling among.

Natalie Packer Townsend, CMHC

Board Member at Large

Cedar City, UT

Term expires Dec. 2020

Natalie graduated from Southern Utah University with a major in sociology and a minor in psychology. She went on to become a Clinical Mental Health Counselor with a degree from the University of Phoenix. Natalie is part of a well-established and successful private practice in Cedar City, Utah. She has helped her clients meet and alleviate the challenges of a broad range of mental health issues for the past eight years. Natalie is intent on having an inclusive practice where all clients are able to thrive. Determined to widen her skills and stay current in therapy modalities, Natalie is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy, by the International Association of EMDR therapists. Natalie is committed to providing effective trauma-informed treatment and is an LGBTQIA+ ally.

Julie de Azevado-HanksPhD, MSW, LCSW

Board Member at Large

Salt Lake County, UT

Term expires Dec. 2020

Julie de Azevedo Hanks, PhD, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist specializing in women’s emotional health and relationships. Dr. Hanks is the founder and director of Wasatch Family Therapy, author of The Burnout Cure and The Assertiveness Guide for Women, a blogger, a local and national media contributor, an online influencer, a private practice consultant, and an award-winning performing songwriter.  A native Californian, Hanks currently lives in Sandy, UT. For additional resources visit or connect with @drjuliehanks on social media. Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and a master’s degree in clinical social work, and a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy at University of Louisiana at Monroe.

LaShawn Williams-Schultz, CSW

Board Member at Large

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Term expires Dec. 2019

LaShawn Schultz, CSW has a wealth of social work experience in leadership development, behavior management, community organization, and at-risk children and youth in custody. She has provided individual, family, and group therapy in the community-based care setting. She is building expertise in relational cultural therapy, focusing on individuals, families, and groups. She received a dual BA in Sociology and Psychology from Duke University, and a dual Masters in Social Work and Public Administration from Marywood University. She is completing a Doctorate in Education at College of Saint Mary and currently serves as an adjunct faculty and administrator in higher education. 

Kelly Nesbit Furr, LAMFT

Student/Intern Representative

Yuma, AZ

Term expires Dec. 2020

Kelly Furr is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (LAMFT) in Arizona and received her master’s degree in Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2017.  Kelly currently works as a therapist for Yuma Counseling Services. She enjoys working with couples and families in conflict who are dealing with a variety of issues such as parenting, sexuality, grief, faith crises, perfectionism, disabilities and more.  Kelly has a BS from Brigham Young University in Special Education. She enjoys teaching and presenting for organizations, podcasts, and conferences. She is an adult convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has been a presenter at Sunstone Symposium since 2016. She has a deep interest in discussing and thinking about the intersection of mental health issues and all things Mormon.  For more on Kelly, visit

Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT, CST

Past President

Wichita, KS

Term expires Dec. 2020

Natasha Helfer Parker is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and accredited Sex Therapist through AASECT.  She has been providing therapy services for 18 years and runs a private practice out of Wichita, KS. She is currently serving as president-elect of the KS chapter of AAMFT and is on the board of the Open Stories Foundation. She has been a presenter on Mormon themed topics such as sexuality, cultural competence, and faith transition at several national professional conferences.  She also hosts the Mormon Mental Health Podcast and Writes the Mormon Therapist Blog. Natasha received her BS in psychology from Brigham Young University and her MS in Marriage & Family Therapy from Friends University. She has also received her Sex Therapy Certification from AASECT.

MMHA Advisory Board

Kristin Hodson, LCSW, CST

Advisory Board Member

Salt Lake City, UT

Kristin Hodson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist.  She is Founder and Executive Director of The Healing Group mental health clinic in Salt Lake City and Co-Author of the book Real Intimacy: A Couples Guide for Genuine, Healthy Sexuality (Cedar Fort 2011). Additionally she works as an adjunct professor teaching human sexuality to master level students working to become therapists.

Dr. Michelle Nuttall Eakin, MA, PhD

Advisory Board Member

Baltimore, MD

Dr. Michelle Eakin, is an assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore MD. She attended BYU and received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Houston in Texas. She completed her internship at AI DuPont Hospital for Children and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Adherence Research Center before joining as faculty. Her current research interest is the development and evaluation of behavioral interventions to reduce health disparities in respiratory diseases and secondhand smoke exposure.

Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife, PhD

Advisory Board Member

Winnetka, IL

Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife is a private practice clinician outside of Chicago.  She received a BS in psychology and women's studies from Brigham Young University and went on to complete her PhD at Boston College where she wrote her dissertation on Mormon women and sexuality.  She works primarily with LDS couples on relationship and sexuality concerns.  She has been a contributor to LDS-themed podcasts and blogs on the subjects of sexuality, relationships, mental health and faith. 

Kevin Kloosterman, MS, LMFT

Advisory Board Member

Sycamore, IL

Kevin Kloosterman has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years in a variety of settings including residential, inpatient, outpatient and private practice.  Currently he works in an outpatient hospital setting as a primary therapist in an outpatient mental health program.  He is a life-long Mormon with pioneer ancestry and is involved in the Mormon community as an LGBTQ ally.  Kevin received his BS from Brigham Young University and his MS in Marriage & Family Therapy from Norther Illinois University.