Meet the Consultants
Ed Garrett, PsyD, CMPC-AASP
Associate Professor; Sport, Recreation and Fitness Management
Dr. Garrett brings 30 years of athletic knowledge to his consulting. His focus is
on the intrinsics of athletic performance and helping athletes play smarter, not harder.
He spent time with the Colorado Rockies, 1996 Summer Olympics, and multiple years
as a club, high school and college coach. Dr. Garrett specializes in increasing confidence
through a variety of cognitive practices.
Lauren Hess, M.A., CMPC-AASP
Assistant Coach, Irvine College Athletics
Lauren Hess, M.A., CMPC, was a dual sport collegiate athlete. As a former athlete,
she understands and specializes in resiliency, focus, injury recovery and preparation.
Lauren has worked with various sports, levels, and age groups. She is a part of Irvine
Valley College athletics, including the women’s volleyball program, which achieved
two undefeated state titles in the last four seasons.
Mario Soto, M.S., Registered Mentor-AASP
Owner, Sport Psychology Consultant and Life Coach
Mario is an adjunct professor at both CBU and Santa Ana College. He has coached at the youth, high school, collegiate, Olympic and professional levels. Mario has worked with a diverse group of people, including actors; musicians; professional boxers; UFC fighters; Hollywood stunt teams; members of the NBA, NFL and MLB; Olympians; PGA golfers; gymnasts; equestrians and athletes from almost every discipline. His goal is to inspire his clients through positive coaching, providing the tools to believe in oneself while working towards improving their individual situations.
Jordan has her B.S. in kinesiology with a concentration in sports medicine. She is
currently on the CBU cheer and stunt team where she has won three consecutive national
titles. She was a varsity athlete in track and cheerleading in high school as well
as in a top ranked symphonic and marching band for the school. She previously coached
cheerleading and tumbling at a private all-star gym where she coached athletes ages
3–18. She is familiar with injuries, the use of visualization, and moving far from
her home for sports.
Lindsay Davis is a retired athlete with over 18 years of competitive experience within the sport of figure skating. She is a two-time U.S. national medalist and competed on behalf of Team USA internationally and nationally for four years from 2010–2014. With her passion and love for sports, Lindsay was inspired to pursue a professional career in sport psychology because of the instrumental role her own sport psychologists played in her career as an athlete.
Zachary Dembrowski was born and raised in Southern California. He earned an athletic
scholarship to play football at Western New Mexico University, where he received a
bachelor's degree in kinesiology with a minor in coaching. After graduating, he coached
at Western New Mexico University as a graduate assistant. Through his career as a
collegiate football player and wrestler, he has had tremendous experience with many
different athletes and teams. Zachary says he is lucky enough to be a part of an emerging
industry to service athletes and performers on a daily basis.
Dazmyn Dull graduated from CBU with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology, with a concentration in sports medicine. She was a competitive cheerleader who won 4 national championships with CBU. Her passion for sports drives her to want to work with athletes from a wide range of sports, age and skill. By using personal experience, she hopes to inspire clients to increase performance and attitude, and to never give up.
Kendall Reeder Gorham received a scholarship to play softball at CBU in 2008 and went on to play professional softball overseas in Austria for a season. She has been working as a physical therapy assistant at a skilled nursing facility for the last 5 years. While working in the hospital setting, she always felt something was missing or that she was meant for more. She came across sport and performance psychology and the field seemed to fit her perfectly. It combines two things she loves: the sports world and listening and communicating with others to help them feel better.
Keisha Hart is a CBU alumni with a B.A. in Psychology. She loves to push boundaries
physically and mentally. She currently challenges herself by participating in Spartan
races, doing CrossFit for her main workout regimen, and weightlifting. She grew up
with a professional athlete who achieved his goal of making it to the NFL, and because
of this, she has seen first-hand the physical and mental struggles and sacrifices
it takes to be a top athlete. Her purpose as a sport psychologist is to help her clients
push their mental state to the limit and see what they can achieve. Her end goal is
to help people to be strong mentally and confident within themselves, not just for
sport, but for life.
Jerome Heidrich is currently a graduate student at California Baptist University, where he also successfully graduated with a B.A. in Psychology in May 2018. In addition to being a graduate student, he is an active member of the men's swim and dive team at CBU and one of their captains for the second season in a row. As an international student from Germany, he also brings a wider range of diversity to the program and is able to see situations from a different point of view. For the coming semester, he will also assist Professor Mauldin as a teaching and research assistant.
Jasmine aspires to help athletes enhance performance both mentally and physically, on and off the field/court. She wants to be that voice that pushes athletes to their full potential, while incorporating positive psychology in order to produce positive results. She also wants to create and establish healthy relationships in order to establish trust. Lastly, she wants to be the voice that stands up and speaks up for all athletes that need help during competition or any other obstacles they may face during their careers. She is able to understand what athletes face because she has been through it all.
Bryson obtained his undergraduate degree in kinesiology and rehabilitation science
in 2016 from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. While on O'ahu, he coached intermediate
volleyball and now he is the junior varsity head coach for girls and boys volleyball
at Heritage High School in Menifee, his alma mater. Upon receiving his graduate degrees,
Bryson plans to work with collegiate and professional athletes, hopefully returning
back to the University of Hawai'i at Manoa or working for USA Volleyball in the future.
Bryson wants to help change the lives of others by creating a positive outlook on
life and in sports.
Chelsey holds a B.A. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in sports studies from California State University Fullerton. She comes from a diverse sports background where she played soccer for 15 years and swam for 10. She enjoys traveling both locally and internationally and had the privilege to travel throughout college performing and competing for the United States with Fullerton College Choir. She has been professionally trained in classical voice for 11 years and is a featured artist on a few albums. Chelsey hopes to make a difference in the worlds of sports and performance arts.
Andrew was a multi-sport athlete through high school, playing volleyball, soccer,
basketball and football. He has experience coaching various club volleyball teams
from Diablo Volleyball Club to Belltown Volleyball Club, ages 8–16. Andrew graduated
from California Baptist University in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in psychology
and a minor in coaching. In 2017, Andrew did practicum work with the CBU men's soccer
team. His goal is to help people become the best versions of themselves. He desires
to see athletes grow to their best potential and aid them in meeting their own goals
of success, both mentally and physically.
Jessica Romero is a Los Angeles native who has grown up with a passion for sports.
She competed in track meets and played organized volleyball and basketball. Jessica
has been able to volunteer at several summer basketball camps for young kids and teenagers,
and has completed an internship with her former collegiate team as an assistant coach.
Having an interest and curiosity in both sports and psychology, Jessica earned her
bachelor's degree in kinesiology with a minor in psychology from CSUF, and found a
job at a sports and performance facility called STARS where she now uses her athletic
passions and skills to help future adolescent and pro athletes succeed and persevere
Jocelyn first learned about sports psychology early on in her 12-year water polo career. In her ninth year of water polo, Jocelyn began to experience major performance anxiety during games in lieu of the college recruitment process. She sought counsel from a sports psychologist, who only furthered her interest and actually inspired her to pursue a career in the field. Jocelyn earned her bachelor's degree and graduated with honors, playing water polo all four years, and is continuing to pursue her dream of becoming a sports psychologist through CBU’s sport and performance psychology M.S. program.
Josh graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and an emphasis in exercise science. His passion is playing baseball, although he also loves golfing and hiking. He played collegiate baseball for Los Angeles Mission College and CSUSB. While recovering from two arm surgeries in college, Josh learned the importance of the mind in overcoming injuries and returning to sports. His goal is to help people reach their full potential, whether it is helping someone become a better athlete, overcome injury, or simply live a healthier life.
Shelby graduated in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Dallas,
where she was a 4-year dual-sport NCAA athlete competing in basketball and track and
field. Throughout high school, she was a 3-sport athlete. During her youth, Shelby
has competed in a total of 6 different sports. During her undergraduate studies, she
conducted both a quantitative and a qualitative research thesis based on student-athletes.
Shelby has personally seen the positive effects from sports psychology in her own
athletic career and cannot wait to be able to guide athletes and performers to reach
their full potential in sports and in life.
Thomasina was a junior Olympic gymnast for 17 years and coached gymnastics sporadically for the past decade. She has been exposed to sports since a young age and recently became a part-time coach. As a coach, she teaches her gymnasts that gymnastics is 80% your mental capacity to do what you have practiced and 20% talent. As an athlete, she understands what it takes to overcome fear and compete for what you have practiced so hard to accomplish. She feels led to guide athletes and performers to overcome whatever is compelling them from doing what they love to do.
Cassidy Gonzales was born and raised in Southern California, and is an alumna of CBU where she earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in sociology. She is a retired athlete with almost a decade of experience in volleyball. When her days of playing came to an end she turned to coaching to keep her passion for volleyball alive. Her love for volleyball and all it has to offer athletes, both mentally and physically, sparked her interest in sport and performance psychology. Cassidy hopes to inspire others through her own experiences as both a past player and current coach, and is eager to help others reach their highest potential.
Maddison Boswell graduated from Hope International University and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a concentration in child and adolescent development. Sports and performing arts became her life at a young age as she began playing competitive basketball and competitively singing at age 11. During her time at Hope she was a part of the basketball team for three years as well as on the praise team for two years. Her time in sports has taught her resilience and how to overcome adversity. She feels led to help athletes reach their full potential in sports and life.
Antonia Carlton graduated from California Baptist with her B.A. in Psychology. She was a competitive cheerleader that has 4 NCAA Championship rings from being a part of CBU’s Blue Crew. Her passion to help other athletes comes from injuries she has overcome while being a college athlete. She hopes to help athletes that are struggling with injuries to continue to pursue their dreams and to be able to be mentally tough without giving up.
Maddie Clakley was a multi-sport athlete all throughout high school, playing volleyball, softball, water polo, lacrosse and swim. In addition, she played and coached for Tsunami Volleyball Club out of Coronado, CA. Her interest in sport psychology began during her undergraduate career at Texas Christian University. While at TCU, she worked with a local high school’s volleyball and basketball teams as well as conducted research on the benefits of sport psychology interventions and weightlifting. Her goal is to lead teams and individual athletes to perform at their optimal level in their sport and in life.
Mariya Fefilova played multiple sports in high school (i.e. volleyball, basketball, soccer and track) but focused on soccer and honed in on her skillset in this particular sport; it paid off when she got recruited to play at the Division II level in college. After collecting a championship and her bachelor’s degree in psychology, she decided not to stop there. Mariya’s passion for sports drove her to seek a career in sport psychology. Mariya is determined to utilize her assets of speaking three languages, her leadership and communication skills, her encounters with overcoming injuries, other adversities, and everything in between to help other athletes reach their potential and lead them to perform to the best of their ability.
Elizabeth is a CBU graduate with her B.S. in Psychology. Growing up she played soccer until her high school years where she transition into dance following an ankle injury. She has firsthand experience of suffering an injury and having to transition into a different role in life. Elizabeth also has a background in healthcare—she worked and volunteered with pediatric and geriatric patients. From her past experiences in life, she’s gained extensive knowledge and her focus has always been to be in service of others. Elizabeth wishes to work with individuals who want to grow mentally and emotionally to live healthy and vibrant lives.
Justin Hornsby is here to motivate, encourage and offer tips on how to increase performance at the cognitive level and help people become their best selves. As a graduate student intern, he currently consults with multiple collegiate and high school athletes/teams as well as students and business professionals, teaching them ways to increase mental performance. Justin was a former Division I student athlete at Indiana State University where he was a starter on the football team and earned a B.S. in Psychology. He also earned an Associate of Science in Kinesiology from Citrus College before receiving a scholarship to go play at Indiana State.
Kiersten graduated with her first master’s degree in sport management from Long Beach State University after earning her B.S. in Psychology and Spanish from San Diego State University. After college, Kiersten worked in the business side of elite sports in a variety of game and team operations, event management, and community relations roles in almost every tier of soccer in the U.S., including Major League Soccer, the United States Soccer Federation, USL, PDL, and youth soccer. While consulting, she hopes to help athletes gain confidence and control, especially those who are recovering from injury.
Juanita received her B.S. in Kinesiology with a concentration in sports medicine from California Baptist University. Juanita wants to help the whole person inside and out so she decided to pursue her degree in sport psychology. She was a member of the Cajon High School’s marching band, color guard, and choir. Some of her strongest skills are being passionate about helping others, listening, and being eager to learn and grow. Juanita incorporates her faith into her approach when working with others. She has been a volunteer for VBS at Sunrise Church and at Hemet Valley Baptist Church. Juanita’s hobbies include cooking, fishing, and mountain biking, and she is open to new experiences and learning everything she can.
Marquis Kidd obtained his B.S. in Kinesiology from Whittier College. He played football, basketball and baseball growing up. After graduating college, Marquis went on to play professional baseball overseas for 3 years across Canada and Europe. As a professional baseball player, he was named to the Top International Baseball Player list and achieved a top 10 finish in hitting in the 2017 season. Marquis has also coached baseball for over 8 years in which he has worked with numerous athletes at all levels ranging from youth to the MLB. Marquis has a passion for working with athletes and helping others, which has led him to pursue a career in sport psychology. He hopes to use his experiences in sports to help relate better with athletes and create strong relationships to gain the utmost respect and trust amongst clients. Marquis’ goal is to drive people to become the best version of themselves and take their mental game to the next level.
Kassie Krueger was a collegiate basketball player graduating from California State University, Los Angeles in 2019, where she received her bachelor’s degree in public health. She grew up in Riverside, CA, and graduated from Norco High School in 2014. Kassie has also coached high school girls' basketball at Martin Luther King High School in Riverside, CA, for the past two years. Her interest in sport psychology came to her when she suffered a major knee injury her senior year of college then met a mentor that is a part of CBU’s program. Her goal is to help teams and individual athletes with becoming stronger people in and out of their sport.
Ibeakalam Chinadeum Nduka Jr. (pronounced E-BAW-KAW-LAWM) or Ibe for short (pronounced EBAY) was born in Nigeria and raised in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. He has played all sports since the age of five. Ibeakalam played college football at Fresno State and won two championship rings. He also has a background as a personal trainer/ stretcher. His favorite verse is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." His ultimate goal in this field is to be able to acquire a method for people to be able to unleash their inner happiness and patent it.
Raised in West Covina, CA, Brock Newton was a dual-sport athlete playing football and basketball all 4 years of high school. He continued his education and football career at Citrus College where he earned an AA degree in behavioral science. His efforts on the football field matched his schoolwork and it ultimately earned him an athletic scholarship to play football at Prairie View A&M University, where he graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology. Brock continued to chase his football dreams as he played professional and semi-professional football for 3 years. Brock believes he does not have an end goal. The goal every single day is to inspire, motivate, and instill mental strength for athletes and people of all kinds. “The goal is endless. It ends when I end.”
Kevin Nguyen graduated from University of California, Riverside with a B.A. in Psychology. He has been passionate about sports starting at a young age, with experience in basketball and volleyball. Kevin's goal is to work with athletes and emphasize the importance of maintaining both physical and mental health. He desires to be a positive influence in the sports world by helping athletes be the best they can be.
Shelby has her B.S. in Kinesiology from California State University, Northridge. During her time at CSUN she saw firsthand all of the challenges that student athletes face from the time she spent working with members of the ice hockey team. In her youth, Shelby played softball and hockey recreationally for more than 10 years. Shelby has also always been a member of different organizations in the community and in her church, she enjoys spending as much of her time volunteering and serving others as possible. Shelby has her heart set on working with individuals who want to live a happy and holistic life with their mind as their strongest tool.
Tania Robles graduated in 2018 from California State University, Long Beach with her B.A. in Psychology. Her love for sports derives from growing up playing a variety of sports and watching sporting events with her family, rooting for their favorite teams. She is passionate about mental health and breaking the stigma, which also applies in athletics. The combination of her love of sports and psychology (mental health), drives her into this field of helping others thrive. She aims to help her clients create those special breakthrough moments.
Gabriel Rocha is a Southern California native who grew up near Manhattan Beach playing a multitude of sports. He started playing soccer and baseball, raced dirt bikes, played volleyball and football and is now a competitive bodybuilder with aspirations of one day becoming a professional bodybuilder as well as a mental performance consultant. Gabriel graduated from California State University of Long Beach with his B.A. in psychology and hopes to one day work with college athletes, professional athletes and Olympians.
Cody was born and raised in Colorado. He grew up playing many sports including football, basketball and soccer. He played football all through high school until an injury ended his playing career. Since playing football, he has coached youth football. By using what he has learned throughout his sporting and coaching career he is looking forward to helping athletes, first responders and active members of the military to be at their peak performance.
Cassie Vergara is a certified athletic trainer who is dedicated to lifelong learning and strong work ethic. Since graduating from the University of La Verne, she has provided sports medicine services for Legends FC Development Academy and for numerous high school tournaments of varying sports. This SoCal native may be a sports enthusiast but she was also very involved in performing arts back in high school. Her goal now is to be able to treat the mind as well as the body to facilitate growth and help people reach their best potential.
Tahlia recently graduated in 2019 with a B.A from Texas Christian University where she finished her college career as a Division I college cheerleader. During her youth she has participated in performing arts, track and field, cheerleading, and volleyball. As an athlete and NCA Leadership staffer she has developed a zeal for leadership and seen firsthand the impact sports have on one's life. She has a passion to serve others and cultivate the potential of individuals by helping them overcome injury, deal with transition and identity, as well as achieve their greatest goals in performance. She wants for her athletes and performers to be more than good; she wants them to be great!