Meet The Team 

Dr. Chun C. Lai, MD, MHA

Dr. Lai has a Medical degree from the University of Rio de Janeiro, and a Masters in Healthcare Administration from California State University in Los Angeles.

With initial training in adult psychiatry at the UCLA/ King Drew Medical Center from 1998 to 2001, Dr. Lai continued with a Post Graduate Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Southern California/Los Angeles County Medical Center from 2001 to June of 2003.  He then worked for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, and Pacific Clinics.

Upon moving to the Coachella Valley in 2006, Dr Lai has been working for Riverside University Health System (formerly known as Riverside County Mental Health), and started working at Latino Commission in July of 2012.

Robert Jones, LCSW

ROBERT JONES is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He has a master's degree in English and American Literature from New York University, certification in school administration from Columbia University, and a master's in social work from Fordham University. A native New Yorker, he spent the early part of his professional career as a high school teacher and administrator. Before coming to California in 1997, he worked as a psychotherapist for Family and Children Services in Queens, N.Y., as a consultant for the AIDS Center of Queens County, and as a private therapist.


Since coming to California, Bob has worked for Caritas Counseling, for the Eisenhower Medical Center and for the Latino Commission of Riverside County. He has facilitated anger management groups for adults and teens, taught parenting classes, presented psychosocial workshops on various topics, and worked as a therapist with couples, families, and individuals. Bob is also a licensed Parent-Child Interactional Therapist, and as such focuses on children with oppositional and defiant behaviors. He also co-authored the book, Being There, which teaches the essential principles of caregiving, and has taught classes to train people for the care experience.

Blanca Maldonado, Counselor, MA ED

Born and raised in Mexico. Graduated from Chapman University, in 2008 with a Masters in Counseling. Experience, has served local schools and kids of the community for the past 2 years. Understands the Culture of Latin Community, in the Coachella Valley.  Loves to work with kids of all ages, and adolescents.

Maria La Rosa, MA., LMFT

Maria is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist and is currently the clinical Director of the Latino Commission Counseling's Center in Coachella, California.  She is also a clinician at the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center in Rancho Marriage California.  In the past she has served as a clinician at San Isidro Mental Health Clinic in San Diego California, and at Passaic Mental Health Clinic, in Passaic, New Jersey.  She holds a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology, with concentration in chemical dependency. She has intensive experience with children and family with trauma and is certified as EMDR, trauma work.

Seham Saba, LMFT

Seham Saba is a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern, bilingual Hispanic born and raised in Peru. Seham attended Cal State San Bernardino where she graduated with a BA in psychology and later obtained a MA in marriage and Family Therapy from National University. Prior to becoming a therapist, she spent 8 years in working as a Job Coach, Behavior Therapist and Case Coordinator for adults and children with developmental disabilities.

 

Her Life experiences, education and her passion to help others encouraged her to become a therapist. Seham is very enthusiastic about working with all kinds of individuals, couples and families. It is her mission to help find create and maintain healthy and positive relationships, she sees herself as a resource of change for her clients.

Rosalba Aguilera-Longoria, AMFT

Rosalba Aguilera-Longoria is a Marriage Family Therapist Intern and a Professional Clinical Counselor registered intern. She was born in Mexico and raised in Palm Springs. Rosalba obtain her BS in Criminal Justice from University of Phoenix and later her MA in Psychology with two emphases in Marriage Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counselor from Brandman University in 2015.

 

Rosalba also works in the education field for Palm Springs Unified School District as a Prevention Specialist in the counseling department. She works with underserviced students at risk of not graduating. She is currently enrolled at National University working on her Pupil Personnel Credential.

 

Her personal experiences, education and desire to work with adolescence encouraged her to become therapist and school counselor. Rosalba enjoys working with adolescents and adults. It is her desire and goal to be a positive resource for her clients; to encourage and help them be successful and understand they are the authors of their own life.

 

Zoila Adams, AMFT

Zoila Adams has been a practicing therapist for over 30 years. She started her career at La Universidad de San Martin De Pores , (Lima , Peru) where she received a  Masters and Doctors degree  by the time she was 24 years old. From there she went on to practice at hospital LARCO HERRERA, National Psychiatric hospital of Lima-Peru. After 5 years at the institution she moved to Baranca, Lima Peru, where she worked as A Clinical Psychologist.  For 5 years, while there, Ms. Adams also headed the Psychologist program where she oversaw the training of ten clinical interns per semester.

Ten years after moving to the United States in 1982, Ms. Adams began the process of revalidating her degrees in 1997; Ms. Adams received her Masters degree in Psychology from Chapman University.  Shortly thereafter, she began working at Family Services, non-profit counseling center focused on servicing the underprivileged group sessions for male and female domestic abusers and behavioral management groups, Ms. Adams moved to the Barbara Sinatra Center since April 2002, Ms. Adams has been helping abused children work past their traumas at the center.

In 2007, Ms. Adams became a founding member of The Riverside County Latino Commission Counseling Center, since; she has been an integral member of the commission, aiming to find creative and inspiring ways to help the large underserved population of the Coachella Valley.

Ms. Adams specializes in treating sexual abuse trauma, gender identity issues, and domestic violence.

Lindsay Gutierrez, AMFT

Lindsay grew up in the Eastern Coachella Valley, graduated from Desert Mirage High School in 2009 and went on to Scripps College and studied U.S History and Spanish with a focus on the experiences of working-class Latinas in the United States. Lindsay learned that studying history, a revisionist history, was healing for her and became interested in learning about ways people practice healing. In 2013, Lindsay began her Master's Program in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Southern California and graduated in 2015. Since then Lindsay has been working with working class people of color and is passionate about providing mental health services in her hometown, the Eastern Coachella Valley.

Adolfo Lara Herrera, AMFT

Adolfo graduated from Brandman University in 2013, with a Master’s in Psychology, with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy.  He is trained in Parent-Child Interactional Therapy and practices cognitive behavioral therapy. He has worked with foster children who have experienced trauma and helped families and children address behavior problems. He has assisted Latino families and other ethnic minorities address issues, incorporating culturally appropriate beliefs, values, norms and addresses issues and problem behaviors that cause mental distress to individuals and families.

Linda Blumenthal, MFTI

Linda Blumenthal graduated from Chapman University in 1998 with a Masters Degree in psychology, with an emphasis in counseling. She also holds a certificate for Chemical Dependency Counseling.

She has worked in the field of Education as a long term substitute teacher for P.S.U.S.D. working in Special Education with grades 1-12.  
She has lived and worked with children who have been diagnosed ADHD and have specific learning deficits.  She has been a Psycho Therapist with the Riverside County Latino Committee Counseling Center since 2007.

Arnold Lopez, CADC-CAS Substance Abuse Counselor

Born and raised in the Coachella Valley, Arnold is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and has been with Latino Commission Counseling Center for 5 years.  He is the Lead Counselor and works with the Adult Outpatient Substance Abuse Program as well as the Adolescence Out Patient Program. Arnold also serves as parent facilitator with Strengthen Family Program and is committed to saving lives and making a positive impact in the community . 

Daniel Lopez, CADC-CAS Substance Abuse Counselor

Daniel was born and raised in the Coachella Valley and serves as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. He has been working for the Latino Commission for 5 years and is currently the Men's Coordinator at the Casa Las Palmas Residential Recovery home.  He is also a counselor for the Outpatient Drug Free Program and a facilitator with the Strengthening Families Program. Daniel has a passion for what he does reaching out to adults who have been controlled by the grip of their addiction and at risk teen who have fallen victim to substance abuse.  He also mentors a group of teens at Cathedral City High School.  Reaching out, saving lives and making a positive impact in the community is what he strives for.

Ruby Barajas, CADC-CAS Substance Abuse Counselor

 Ruby has always had a passion for helping people,specifically the adolescent population.  Ruby is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor at Riverside Latino Commission. Ruby graduated from College Of The Desert with a degree in Liberal Studies IN 2008. Ruby attended C.S.U.S.B. for her Sociology and  received her Substance Abuse Counselor Certification from CCAAP in 2013. 

Blanca Cervantes, Case Manager

Born and raised in the Coachella Valley .Graduated from Indio High School.  Obtained her A.A. from C.O.D. and is currently working on her B.A. through C.S.U.S.B. majoring in Sociology. Has 4 years experience working on parenting classes. Certified in Triple P program on levels 3, 4 and 5. Certified in Stepping Stones Program, level 3 and 4 which focus on children with disabilities. Enjoys working with children and doing outreach to our Hispanic Community and rural areas.

Maribel Tapia, Adult Intake Coordinator & Office Manager

Hometown:  Coachella Valley
Experience:  Worked in the medical field for over 10 years

Eliah Gonzalez - Intake Coordinator / Transportation

Eliah has several years of experience working with the adolescent population , she currently is intake coordinator for the Alcohol and Drug program as well as transportation .

Julia Cruz, Intake Coordinator

Julie was raised in Coachella Valley and is currently the Office Tech of Latino Commission Counseling Center.

Julia was born and raised in the Coachella Valley School District. She comes from a family with a long history with a passion for helping others. Her grandmother assisted Latinos in the early 60's. Currently, has family working with the County of Riverside Social Services. It's no wonder that I have the same passion for assisting others. I am always available to others in need.

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