Meet Our Staff

Jeffrey Scott Biddle, LMFT, Counseling Center Director

Jeff Biddle

Jeff Biddle holds a BA in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento, as well as an MDiv in Practical Theology from Talbot School of Theology and an MA in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. He is currently working on his Doctor of Social Work/Executive Leadership from the University of Southern California. Jeff is a licensed marriage and family therapist and assumed the position of Counseling Center director at California Baptist University in August 2013. For the previous 17 years, he served as a pastor, directing and overseeing a Christian counseling center, leading a marriage ministry, support groups and a 12-step biblical recovery program; and served as chaplain to the church staff. Jeff has maintained a private practice since 2005, specializing in couples therapy, specifically for those in crisis, as well as working with individuals suffering from depression, anxiety and sexual addiction. Jeff is married to Michele, and they have three children, Brooke, Joshua and Scotty.

Natalie Rios, PsyD, Counseling Center Assistant Director

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Dr. Rios is a clinical psychologist who earned her doctoral (PsyD) and master's degrees in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Diego. She earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from California Baptist University. She has gained invaluable experience working with individuals and couples, and has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, outpatient community clinics and several college counseling centers. Dr. Rios is passionate about working with college students and her professional interests include identity exploration and development, relational dynamics, adjustment difficulties, and grief and loss. Additionally, she is committed to supporting Counseling Center clinicians and collaborating with staff and faculty in order to promote the wellness of students across campus. Presently, Dr. Rios is the assistant director of the CBU Counseling Center and she regularly provides supervision for clinicians working within the Counseling Center.

Julie Greenwalt, Counseling Center Office Manager

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Julie Greenwalt graduated from California Baptist University with a BA in Behavioral Science. She assumed the position of secretary in the Counseling Center in June 2006 and became the office manager in 2013.

Laura Abbott, Counseling Center Secretary

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Laura Abbott graduated from Southern Illinois University, where she received a BS in Health Care Management. She assumed the position of secretary in the Counseling Center in 2014.

Courtney Petsche, Counseling Center Receptionist

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Courtney Petsche graduated from California State University, Fullerton, where she received a BS in Human Services. She assumed the position of receptionist in the Counseling Center in 2019.

Elizabeth Beatriz Agusti Becerra, MFT Trainee

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Elizabeth Becerra received her BA in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles, an MS in Organizational Psychology from Universadad de Sevilla, Spain, and is currently working toward an MS in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. She has experience working with students, and is interested in working with individuals, couples, and families. She is fluent in Spanish.

Yocasta "Susy" Alanis, Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

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Susy Alanis earned her BA in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside, and her MS in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. She has experience working with children with disabilities and enjoys working with individuals who suffer from depression and anxiety, as well as military families. 

Shelby Allen, MFT Trainee

Shelby Allen

Shelby Allen obtained her BA in Psychology and is currently working toward an MS in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. She is interested in working with individuals, couples, and children. 

Jessica Balderas, MFT Trainee

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Jessica Balderas earned her BA in Photography and is currently working toward an MS in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. She has experience working with at-risk youth and in interested in working with individuals, couples, and families.

Yessenia Bautista, MFT Trainee

Yessenia Bautista

Yessenia Bautista received her BA in Psychology from Azusa Pacific University and is currently working toward an MS in Counseling Psychology and an MA in Counseling Ministry at California Baptist University. She has experience working with women and children and is interested in working with individuals, couples, and families. She is fluent in Spanish.

Sydney Bibal, MFT Trainee

Sydney Bibal

Sydney Bibal obtained her BA in Psychology from Azusa Pacific University and is currently working toward an MS in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. She has experience working with persons who struggle with substance abuse, and is interested in working with individuals, couples, and families.

Shevan Breaux, Registered Associate Marriage Family Therapist

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Shevan Breaux received his BA in Psychology at California State University, San Bernardino, and  an MS in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. He is interested in working with individuals, couples, children, and families.

Christina Cendejas, MFT Trainee

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Christina Cendejas received her BA in Psychology and is currently working toward an MS in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. She has experience working at a rehab nursing facility as well as with persons with autism spectrum disorders. Christina is interested in working with young adults, children, and families, particularly those dealing with depression and anxiety.

Morgan Craig, MFT Trainee

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Morgan Craig earned her BS in Psychology from the University of La Verne and is currently working toward an MS in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. She is interested in working with individuals, couples, and families, particularly those who have experienced trauma.

Denise Dugan, Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

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Denise Dugan received her BA in Psychology and an MS in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. She has worked as a counselor with non-profit organizations and has experience using art and play therapy techniques, as well as working with couples, families, and troubled adolescents.

Paulina Gonzalez, MFT Trainee

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Paulina Gonzalez obtained her BA in Psychology and is currently working toward an MS in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. She has experience working with children, and is interested in working with individuals, couples, and families.

Jessica Hernandez, Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

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Jessica Hernandez earned her BA in Psychology at the University of California, Riverside, and an MS in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. She in interested in working with individuals, couples, and children, particularly those experiencing anxiety and going through life transitions.

Aldys Ismael, Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

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Aldys Ismael received her BA in Psychology and MS in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. She has experience working in ministry with families and individuals struggling with addiction, as well as domestic violence and sexual abuse survivors. She has also led group therapy for children and adolescents. She is interested in working with individuals, couples, families, and children and is fluent in Spanish.

Curtis Jefferson, MFT Trainee

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Curtis Jefferson earned his BA in Psychology and is currently working toward an MS in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. He has experience working with children and is interested in working with individuals, couples, and families.

Anna Lutschkin, MFT Trainee

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Anna Lutschkin obtained her BA in Christian Behavioral Science and is currently working toward an MS in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. She is interested in working with individuals, couples, and families.

Divina Mesropian, MFT Trainee

Divina Mesropian

Divina Mesropian received her BA in Psychology and is currently working toward an MS in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. She has experience working with children and is interested in working with individuals, couples, and families.

Robby Plavajka, Registered Associate Marriage Family Therapist

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Robby Plavajka earned his BA in Psychology and an MS in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. He has experience as a peer and family advocate and is interested in working with individuals, couples, and families.

Daishea Poole, Registered Associate Marriage Family Therapist

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Daishea Poole obtained a BA in Psychology from San Francisco State University and an MS in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. She is interested in working with individuals, couples, and families, particularly those struggling with mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, and personality disorders.

Alyxandra (Aly) Powell, MFT Trainee

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Aly Powell received her BA in Psychology and is currently working toward an MS in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. She is interested in working with young adults, couples, and families.

Miss-Kimille Richardson, Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

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Miss-Kimille Richardson earned her BA in Sociology from Prairie View A&M University and an MS in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. She is interested in working with young adults, couples, and families.

Gina Rodriguez, Registered Associate Marriage Family Therapist

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Gina Rodriguez earned two BAs, one in psychology, the other in music, from Arizona State University and an MS in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University. She has served as a client advocate and is interested in working with couples and families, and individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, spiritual issues, and self-esteem/identity.

Jazmine Russell, Registered Associate Marriage Family Therapist

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Jazmine Russell received a BA in Psychology from California State University, Fresno, and an MS in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. She has experience working with children with autism, and is interested in working with young adults, couples, and families.

Amber Saucedo, MFT Trainee

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Amber Saucedo earned her BA in Psychology and is currently working toward an MS in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. She is interested in working with young adults, couples, and families.

Linda Sharples, Registered Associate Marriage Family Therapist

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Linda Sharples obtained her BA in Psychology and an MS in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. She is interested in working with individuals, families and couples.

John Tenorio, MFT Trainee

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John Tenorio obtained a BA in Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino, and is currently working toward an MS in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. He  is interested in working with young adults, couples, and families. John also speaks Spanish.

Faith Yoo, Registered Associate Marriage Family Therapist

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Faith Yoo received her BA in Sociology at the University of California, Riverside, and an MS in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. She has experience working with victims of sexual trauma and is interested in working with individuals, couples, and children.