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Meet the board members

Founded 2019

JB Balmut

James (JB) Balmut is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a broad range of clinical experience.  His work with inpatient, outpatient, and private practice clients ranged from the pediatric to geriatric population. After more than three decades of direct service to clients he has retired from private practice and is now dedicated to serving the next generation of providers by offering Primary and Secondary Supervision to interns.

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Joslyn Christman has an adventurous professional background, having transitioned from teaching and marketing before delving into counseling. Armed with a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor's in Marketing, she's now on the brink of earning a Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of Nevada, Reno. Specializing in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling. Joslyn is also pursuing an Advanced Certificate in Addiction Treatment Services. Her current qualifications and passions include certifications in equine-assisted psychotherapy, alcohol and drug counseling, and problem gambling counseling. Beyond her professional pursuits, she enjoys outdoor adventures with her fiancé, 12-year-old son, and their beloved dog, Furby, in Northern Nevada.

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Monica Joyner

Monica Joyner is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Nevada. Monica has her own practice, Joyner Counseling, in Reno. In the past, Monica has been a classroom teacher and has worked at non-profit specializes in work with gifted children. More recently, Monica has completed an Emotional Focused Therapy externship and her practice focuses on working with couples from the EFT modality. In her free time Monica in enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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Jacquelyn Kleinedler

Jacquelyn Kleinedler earned a bachelor degree at the University of Michigan and then moved to Northern Nevada, where she has lived for 24 years. She acquired a Master’s degree from University of Nevada, Reno and is a licensed therapist. She has worked at The Children's Cabinet for 20 years in the areas of advocacy, system development and improvement, and additional direct practice focused on adolescent and family behavioral health. Jacquelyn is the Executive Director of the Nevada Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.

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Dr. Susan Mears

Dr. Susan Mears is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She works as an Evaluator on federal grants with the Behavioral Health Program at the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe. Susan spent over 30 years working in children’s mental health. She is semi-retired, spending time with volunteer activities, exercising, and traveling.

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DR. Geoff Nugent

Dr. Geoff Nugent is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Clinical Counselor. He is the CEO/founder of Nugent Family Counseling Center and works with adults and adolescents struggling with mental health issues. Dr. Geoff has background working in for-profits, non-profits, schools, and mobile crisis. He is also focused on improvement of mental health in our community.

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Dr. Meri Shadley

Dr. Shadley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and Licensed Clinical Supervisor in both disciplines.  Recently retired from the University of Nevada, Reno, Meri has a long history of teaching and  training in the areas of individual, couple and family therapy, trauma, interpersonal violence, as well as adolescent and women’s issues in recovery.

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Brinn Wallace

Brinn Wallace is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She is the clinical director at Quest Counseling where she works with adults and adolescents struggling with mental health, substance use, and co-occurring issues. Brinn is dedicated to the advocacy and advancement of mental health care in our community.

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