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Staff Profiles



Katie Demmler

Program Director & Clinical Supervisor

Experienced with both mental health and social service programs, Katie Demmler's primary goal is to help people in need and to address social, emotional and behavior problems for individuals, families and groups through psychotherapy and behavior modification.



Kristen Maier, MFTI

Specialty Coordinator for Ocean Beach Elementary School

Kristen is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist intern. She has had the opportunity to work with children and their families in a variety of circumstances over the years. She desires to partner with your efforts in helping children and their families thrive. Kristen is excited for this opportunity to provide services at Ocean Beach Elementary along with teachers and staff. She welcomes you to stop by room 7.5 Tuesday-Friday during school hours and looks forward to working with students and families.


Melanie Vorman, MSW

Specialty Coordinator for Sherman Academy

Melanie Vorman is the Healthy Start Building Bridges Coordinator at Sherman Academy. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Clinical Practice with Families and Children from Monmouth University in New Jersey. She has experience working in schools with at risk students, as well as working with kids with autism. She is excited to be working at Sherman Academy.



Mike Nelson, IMF

Specialty Coordinator for Roosevelt Middle School

Mike Nelson is a San Diego-area native who comes from a long line of counselors and educators. Mike completed his Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at San Diego State University.

As a therapist, Mike has worked in both school and clinical settings. He conducted individual and family psychotherapy at Hoover High School, where he had the opportunity to work with racially diverse clients. Mike began conducting individual, couple, and family psychotherapy sessions at the Youth and Family Services clinical program in January of 2012.