Miranda Jones, Peer Navigator, Human Options
Miranda is a combat veteran who served five years in the U.S. Army as a 35M (human intelligence collector). She was deployed from 2005-2006 with the 3rd Infantry Division to Diyala Province, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). She also deployed as a contractor from 2008-2010 as an interrogator at Camp Cropper, Iraq, and screening team lead at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, where she met her husband, who is currently an officer in the Navy Reserves. She was an instructor for three years at two Department of Defense interrogation schools, helping train soldiers for deployment. She has a bachelor’s degree in criminology and sociology from the University of Northern Iowa and an associate’s degree in Russian from the Defense Language Institute. Miranda is currently working on earning her MBA.
Mitzi Huff, Peer Navigator, Strong Families Strong Children
(714) 953-4455, ext. 620
Mitzi is passionate about helping others and has been an advocate for veterans, military families, and children with disabilities for over 24 years. Since the launch of the Strong Families, Strong Children program, Mitzi has initiated and strengthened relationships with many of the veteran and non-veteran serving organizations SFSC works with, which has been pivotal in guaranteeing quality services for the many families that come through the SFSC program.
Marilyn Harris, Peer Navigator, Strong Families Strong Children
(714) 953-4455, ext. 628
Born and raised in Santa Ana, Marilyn returned to the area in 1998. Along the way, she earned a bachelor’s in biology and graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Methodist University, North Carolina. Marilyn spent 10 years on active duty in the Army, first serving as a signal branch officer, and then joining the newly formed aviation branch.
She met and married the love of her life while stationed in Germany. Marilyn has been active in many volunteer positions with the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Orange County Veterans Advisory Council and the Orange County Veteran and Military Families Collaborative.
Vielka Pamerleau, MSW, ASW, Clinical Case Manager, Strong Families Strong Children
(714) 953-4455, ext. 619
Vielka earned a bachelor’s in social work from Ferris State University in Michigan and a master’s in social work from the University of Southern California. Through her dual concentration in community, organization, planning and administration, and military social work and veteran services, she gained valuable experience at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System in Outpatient Mental Health and the Caregiver Support Program. Vielka is the proud daughter of a career Air Force Veteran and has extended family members who have served and continue to serve in several branches of the military. In her work with individuals, children, adolescents and families, she incorporates best practice approaches from trainings in Applied Behavior Analysis; Dialectical Behavior Therapy; Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing; Families OverComing Under Stress; Parent-Child Interaction Therapy; Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; and Motivational Interviewing. Vielka is honored and committed to working with military-connected families.
Jeremiah Jones, Peer Navigator, Strong Families Strong Children
(714) 953-4455, ext. 625
Jeremiah is a combat veteran who served five years as a 25S (satellite communication systems operator-maintainer) with the U.S. Army. Deployed in 2007, he spent 15 months in the Diyala Povince of Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Following his honorable discharge, Jeremiah returned home to his native California and earned an associate’s degree in business administration and an associate’s degree in sociology. He is currently pursuing his bachelor’s in sociology at California State University, Los Angeles . When he’s not working or studying, Jeremiah can be found interacting with his fellow veterans through his affiliation with several veteran organizations, including Wounded Warrior Project (alumni), Team RWB (member) and The Mission Continues (member).
Estelle Collins, Clinical Case Manager, Strong Families Strong Children
(714) 953-4455, ext. 618
Estelle has a bachelor's in psychology from California State University, Long Beach and a master's in social work from the University of Southern California. She fell in love with working with veterans and their families during her time with AmeriCorps and the California Department of Veterans Affairs. Through her dual concentration in mental health and military social work and veteran services, she gained valuable experience at the West Los Angeles VA Healthcare System in the Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation & Treatment Program as well as at the Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse program for U.S. veterans.
Estelle is the proud daughter of an Army Veteran and has extended family members who serve in several branches of the military. In addition, Estelle is a caregiver to her a fiancé, a combat veteran.
In her work with individuals, children, adolescents and families, she incorporates best practice approaches from trainings in Wellness Recovery Action Plan; Seeking Safety; Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Motivational Interviewing Learning Environment and Simulation (MILES); and Motivational Interviewing.
Throughout her graduate studies, Estelle was involved with the Military Social Work Caucus and the Veteran Association. She has completed 500 volunteer hours at the Long Beach VA Healthcare System. Estelle also assists with the following organization: Family - Wounded Warrior Project and Member - Team RWB Los Angeles and Orange County.
Jade Smith, Housing Specialist, Families Forward
(949) 552-2727, ext. 267
More information coming soon!
Rubi Lopez Becerra, LMFT (MFC 51037), Clinical Program Director, Strong Families Strong Children
(714) 953-4455, ext. 639
Rubi received her master’s in clinical psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University, and then became a licensed clinician in January 2012. Rubi's experience includes working with dual-diagnosed children and adolescents at the Child Guidance Center, where she specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Rubi has been trained in evidenced-based modalities, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and evidenced based treatments, such as Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent-Child Interaction Treatment (PCIT). Rubi also has substantial experience working with multicultural clients and conducting therapy in Spanish.
As the clinical program director for Strong Families, Strong Children, Rubi oversees a clinical staff of two pre-licensed clinicians and three peer navigators. She also coordinates efforts with a housing specialist from Families Forward and a domestic violence peer navigator from Human Options to ensure that culturally-sensitive and comprehensive community-based services are provided for each family participating in the SFSC program.
Alivia Nelson, Administrative Program Coordinator, Strong Families Strong Children
(714) 953-4455, ext. 661
Alivia received her bachelor’s in child and adolescent studies with an emphasis in family and community from California State University, Fullerton in May 2016. She started at the Child Guidance Center as a volunteer research assistant in 2015, and later became the lead research assistant for the Family Mealtime Coaching Program. In February 2017, she became the administrative program coordinator for Strong Families, Strong Children, where she helps with the intake process and data entry. Alivia’s younger brother is an active Navy service member and her grandfather is an Air Force Veteran.