The Cheerful Helpers Team

Meet our multidisciplinary team.


Mary Harris, LMFT
Clinical Director

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with experience working with families and children with special needs in a therapeutic classroom setting, social skills groups and early intervention groups supporting the whole family.

Reyna Alvarez
Administrative Coordinator

Administrative support to Cheerful Helpers staff, trainees and families for 15 years. 

Erin Angle, BA
Special Education Teacher

Special Education teacher with four years experience working with children with special needs.

Jinous Berjis, LMFT 
Director of School Services

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist providing psychotherapy with children, adolescents and adults. Consults with Head Start Preschool programs with teachers and parents with children presenting with developmental delays as well as children with social emotional challenges. Works in therapeutic classrooms, co-leads parent-child psychotherapy groups, therapeutic social skills groups, and family therapy.

Rhonda Berlin, OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapist with over 15 years experience specializing in the pediatric population. Collaborates with parents and teachers of children on the autism spectrum and children with learning disabilities. Sensory Integration Praxis Test Certification. Trained in Sensory Integration, Handwriting without Tears and Schools Attuned. 

Mary Hendricks, CCC-SLP
Speech Therapist

Former teacher and licensed speech/language pathologist with 22 years experience working in both school and clinical settings.  Experience with students of all ages with neurological and developmental delays, with stuttering, voice, articulation and phonological disorders. 

Mickey Butnik, LMFT
Child and Family Therapist

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with nearly 20 years experience providing therapeutic support for children with developmental needs/challenges. Extensive experience as therapeutic classroom support therapist, individual play therapist, family therapist and supervisor for interns in training.

Hofit De-Levie, LMFT
BEIG Coordinator

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specialized in working with children and families. Program coordinator for the BEIG program and Social Skills groups. Leads parent-child groups and parent support groups, and provides family therapy, play therapy and clinical supervision. Prior to joining the Cheerful Helpers team, was part of an Autism research clinic at UCLA, worked as a behavior modification specialist, and treated veterans and their families at the VA hospital. 


Rebeca Quinto, MA
Special Education Teacher

Special Education teacher with over 10 years experience with children with special needs as a classroom teacher, behavior therapist, site coordinator and research assistant.

Diana Georger,  LMFT
Child & Family Therapist

Child therapist, with experience in social skills training and play therapy.

Yana Sercarz, LMFT
Training Coordinator

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor experienced working with children, adults, families and couples. Specialties include working with special needs children and their families and psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Janet Upjohn, MSW
Development Director

Development staff with experience in grant writing, fundraising and program development.

Clinical and Educational Consultants

Tom Brauner, Ph. D., LCSW, 
Saul Brown, M.D.
Ellen Pearlman, MA
Ellen Reinstein, LCSW
Howard Reinstein, M.D.

Board of Directors

Jackie Sloan, President
Eric Stockel, Vice President
Susanna Lovell, Secretary
Dana Ostroff, Treasurer
Steve Barlam 
Sarah Bloom   
Tom Brauner
Carrie Cannon
Kate Colleary
Ben Decter
Annie Jeng
Ellen Pearlman
Ellen Reinstein
Arlene Schneir
Vicki Song 
Angie Tepper                                                                  
Sandy Throop

Founding Members

Barbara Cogert
Evelyn Feintech
Susanne Firestone
Leba Phillips
Helen Sherwin
Elaine Winters


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