Board and Committee Leadership, 2017 – 2018

Executive Officers

jeremiah-headshotJeremiah Gibson, President-Elect: (term ends 2019)

Jeremiah is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at the South Shore Family Health Collaborative in Quincy, a private practice devoted to serving couples and families in South Shore. Jeremiah also supervises postgraduate therapists at South Bay Community Services in Dorchester. His professional interests include couples and families with young children, couples and sexuality, and religious/spiritual issues. He is currently receiving supervision toward certification as a sex therapist through AASECT. Originally from Texas, Jeremiah has been an MAMFT board member since 2012, where he has served as the chairperson for the media committee.

Jeremiah co-hosts the podcast Under the Covers: The Music of Relationships. He enjoys singing and playing guitar, writing, including articles for MAMFT newsletters, and connecting with other Massachusetts therapists.

Rick_HendricksRick Hendricks, Past President: (term ends 2018)

Rick currently serves as the Couples and Family Readjustment Therapist working with Combat Veterans and their families through the Springfield Vet Center as part of the Department of Veteran Affairs, Readjustment Counseling services. Additionally, he works as an adjunct professor with Cambridge College teaching courses in Couples Therapy, Basic Counseling Skills for MFTs and Combat Stress and Trauma to graduate students, all from a systemic perspective.

After 27 plus years of service, Rick retired from the U.S. Army as a Sergeant Major in the Chaplain Corps in March 2011. While serving on active duty, he completed his internship and pre-licensure work in Virginia and Kentucky. He started in private practice in Kentucky, while supplementing that practice by working in Community Mental Health as a PRN clinician doing intensive in-home therapy with high-risk adolescents and their families. He also served as the director of The InnerView’s Employee Care Partnership (EAP) Services working with the Lyndon Fire Department, embedded in their department.

Rick has been a member of the AAMFT since 2005 as a student, pre-clinical fellow and now Clinical Fellow. As a student, he served as a volunteer for the AAMFT national conference while beginning to establish his professional identity as a marriage and family therapist. He was elected and served as Secretary to the Kentucky Association for MFT Board prior to moving to Massachusetts. Since being here, he has worked with the MAMFT Media Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee prior to being elected as President-elect in 2013. He took over the role of MAMFT President in July 2015.

Stephanie Wallace, Membership Committee: (term ends 2018)

Stephanie works as a couples and family therapist at South Shore Family Health Collaborative in Quincy, MA. An MAMFT/AAMFT member since 2012, she graduated with her Master’s in Family Therapy from the University of Massachusetts Boston in May 2015. In her work, she sees individuals, couples, and families of all ages and family structures, and she values therapy that is collaborative and strengths-focused. At this early stage in her career, her professional interests are widespread, spanning many diverse topics including play therapy, sex and sexuality, substance abuse, and development in early adulthood.

Outside the the therapy room, Stephanie enjoys all aspects of theater, whether on stage, backstage, or in the audience, as well as visiting with family in her home state of New Jersey. She is the co-host of Under the Covers: The Music of Relationships.


photoQuincy Lashley, Treasurer: (term ends 2019)

Quincy Lashley received her master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Northwestern University in 2011 and has been a member of the AAMFT since she was a student. She has worked primarily in community healthcare settings doing both in-home and outreach therapy. She was previously a supervisor at South Bay Community Services (previously South Bay Mental Health) where she provided supervision and leadership to a team of clinicians focusing on trauma. She currently works as a psychotherapist at Fenway Health, a LGBT-focused federally qualified health center in Boston. Additionally, she has a private practice in Danvers, MA, and almost exclusively works with couples there. Quincy pulls from an eclectic training background and primarily uses systems theory, DBT, IFS, and mindfulness in her therapeutic work with individual and couples.

Quincy currently serves at the Treasurer of the MAMFT and works to make sure that the MAMFT can continue to support the growth and promotion of MFTs in Massachusetts.

Board of Directors

erickaEricka Albright, Membership Committee: (term ends 2018)

Ericka Albright is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) who earned a Master of Science
degree from UMass Boston and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wells College in Aurora, NY. For the last
five years she has worked as both an In-home therapist and an outpatient therapist at Clinical and
Support Options (CSO) in Pittsfield, MA. Last year, in order to serve more couples/families, she joined a
group private practice, Siracusa Associates Behavioral Health, in Williamstown, MA. As the only marriage
and family therapist in the practice, she has been excited to share the value of systemic therapy with her
colleagues and has received plenty of referrals to meet with couples.

This is Ericka’s first experience serving as an MAMFT board member and she appreciates the opportunity to collaborate with so many dedicated and talented professionals in the MFT field. Ericka enjoys all things about the Maine coast, hiking, kayaking, spending time with her family/friends and spoiling her black lab, Chance.

John Gargan, Professional Development Committee (term ends 2020)

John is a graduate of UMass Boston’s Marriage and Family Therapy program. He currently provides couples and individual therapy through a local church, and has also worked as an in-home family therapist at Advocates in Marlboro. John is a qualified Prepare/Enrich facilitator, which he uses to help premarital couples, and also has extensive experience with structural family therapy.

Therapy is a second career for John; he retired after 34 years working as a radar instructor for a defense contractor, teaching mostly foreign students. John has lived in and traveled to numerous countries; his life experiences, combined with his academic training, which includes a masters degree in human development and counseling from Vanderbilt, create a desire to serve underserved couples and families.

jkheadshotJason Kaufman, Student Representative (term ends 2018)

Jason is an In-Home Therapist in the Child & Family Services division at Riverside Community Care. He has a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from William James College (formerly MSPP) and did his practicum and internship training at McLean Hospital’s Gunderson Residence for adult women with Borderline Personality Disorder. He is currently studying for the licensure exam and is a big proponent of CBHI and its new ‘Licensure Reimbursement Program,’ which offers current CBHI clinicians up to $1500 in support of test prep materials, testing fees, and licensing application fees.

Prior to entering the mental health field, he taught sociology at Harvard University, where he was John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences and a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.  He received my PhD. in Sociology from Princeton University in 1999, where he was a member of the Woodrow Wilson Society of Fellows and a National Science Foundation graduate fellow. He continues to have an active interest in the sociology of culture, politics, health, and sport.

Katherine Manners, Public Relations Committee: (term ends 2020)

Katherine completed her MFT training at UMass Boston in 1994. She has a private practice specializing in couples therapy in Newton and Natick. She is a certified Discernment Counselor.

Katherine has worked in the field of victim services, trauma and bereavement for over thirty years, including leading and developing homicide bereavement programs throughout the Boston area. Since 1999, Katherine has focused on advancing the understanding and attention to vicarious trauma among direct services providers. She is the co-founder of the Vicarious Trauma program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Katherine is a senior consultant for Organizational Resilience International and serves as a Lead Team member and Content Expert for multiple federally funded initiatives including: Training and Technical Assistance for State Victim Assistance Academies; Developing a Vicarious Trauma Toolkit for first responders and victim advocates and advancing the development of Master Trainer’s on the Neurobiology of Sexual Assault. She consults and trains nationally for government agencies, non-profits and coalitions.

Donald Paine, Advocacy Committee (term ends 2019)

Rev. Dr. Donald L. Paine is an LCSW, MFT, AAPC clinician working in West Stockbridge Massachusetts and Albany NY.  He has served as legislative chair as part of the NYAMFT for the past 8 years.

He has been in private practice as a marriage and family therapist for 20 years.  For the past 12 years he has studied with Dr. Richard Schwartz, Internal Family Systems.  He has completed all three levels of training, is part of an annual Level 3 Process Group, and is currently a Program Assistant in Charlotte, NC training (his 6th such teaching role).  He is also an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ where he offers consultation, conflict interventions, and couple/family training workshops.

He is married and has three grown children and five grandchildren.  One of his grown children (adopted from Seoul Korea 36 years ago) recently returned from living in Seoul Korea for the past 10 years and lives in NYC, his other two children live in West Sand Lake, NY and NYC with their children.  He is also the Chaplain to the NYC Marathon (30 years) and despite being hit while walking by a motorist in June and being in Rehab until September he completed the NYC Marathon in November 2016.


203Maria Zygmont, Academic Program Liaison: (term ends 2019)

Maria celebrated her twentieth year of directing the home-based program at Brightside for Family and Children in Holyoke in 2013. She received a master’s degree in MFT from Springfield College in 1984. Maria is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, and currently supervises interns in MFT at Antioch University in NH, Springfield College, and Boston College. She also has a small private practice in Holyoke where she specializes in working with clients with a trauma history. She uses Accelerated Resolution Therapy in a systemic family system model.