OUR LEADERS

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Denise Leonard, MS, LPC
Executive Director, Pegasus Program Director
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Denise holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling.  She did her internship at the Olalla Center, and upon graduation obtained a position as a mental health counselor at the Lincoln County Health and Human Services office.  After two years she decided to return to Olalla.  Now with 8 years experience and after serving as Clinical Director and Pegasus Program Manager, Denise is now Executive Director. 

 

Denise believes that everyone has the power to make positive changes within themselves.  She employs an eclectic therapeutic approach with an emphasis on supporting clients as they discover tools and develop skills to accomplish their goals.  Denise enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, horses, and all their animals. She has enjoyed living on the Oregon Coast since 2003.

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Diana "Dee" Russo Teem
Development Director
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Dee brings 25+ years of leadership and public administration experience from nonprofit, higher education, and public sectors to her role at Olalla Center.  Passionate about supporting vulnerable and marginalized people, Dee serves on the boards of the Oregon Relief Nursery Association and Child Development Network; and the IHN-CCO Health Equity Committee and Lincoln County Community Advisory Council; Linn-Benton Health Equity Alliance; Oregon Health Authority Community Partner Collaborative; OHA COVID-19 Response Task Force; Lincoln County Latino Community – Building Back Better; Inter Agency Planning Team and Lincoln County Crisis Outreach Planning Team.
 
Earlier in her career, Dee worked in youth services at Hale Kipa, Hawaii, residential treatment at St. Joseph’s Children’s Home, Wyoming, and Developmental Disability Services at Venture, Inc., New York.  She worked in executive leadership for Community Services Consortium (CSC), Big Brothers Big Sisters and Goshen County Economic Development, where she oversaw functions such as resource development, communications, program development, project management and marketing. 
 
Dee is a former 2 term Oregon State Commissioner with Oregon Volunteers.  Received notoriety for the fastest growing mentor program in the nation in 2002.  Studied psychology, liberal arts and business at New York State University–Rockland, earned a BA in Political Science from University of Hawaii-Manoa, and completed graduate studies in Public Administration at the University of Wyoming-Laramie. 

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Alex Llumiquinga
Outreach Program Manager
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My name is Alex Llumiquinga.  I was born in the country of Ecuador.  As a teenager I left Ecuador, to travel around countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Australia performing traditional Andean music.  I moved to the US in the year 2001. For many years I worked as a full time musician to support my growing family.  A few years ago, I was given the opportunity to work for the LCSD as a bilingual tutor with K-2 students.  Currently I work part-time for the Migrant Education Program and the Olalla Center as an OHP Outreach Coordinator. My job provides me the opportunity to have a direct connection to the Latinx and Migrant populations in Lincoln County.  I am committed to helping the community and being there when they need me.  My goal is to make a difference in people's lives and empower them so they can be the change in the future. 

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Jessica Denio, MS, QMHP
Day Treatment Program Manager
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I grew up in Scholls Oregon, a small town in Hillsboro, Oregon.  I attended Western Oregon University and received my Bachelor's in Psychology.  I earned my Master's of Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona.  I received 3 years of course work in theoretical modalities, psychopathology, multicultural matters, psychometric testing, and ethics.  I had 3 individual yearlong placements including an adolescent inpatient placement, outpatient child facility, and a geriatric neuropsychology testing facility.  I worked for 3 and a half years as a child and family therapist for Trillium Family Services at the Children’s Farm Home.  I currently work as the weekend center supervisor for the same facility.

 

I believe that every behavior serves a purpose and in order to understand challenging behaviors, we must look at their function.  What benefit has that behavior served in the past and how can we create adaptive behaviors that fill that same function.  I draw my therapeutic practices from an eclectic variety of modalities.  I utilize techniques from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Collaborative Problem Solving, and Attachment Theory.

 

Midwestern University for Masters of Clinical Psychology 

Western Oregon University for undergrad BA in Psychology

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Dr. Jaimie Page, PhD, LCSW, RYT, QMHP
Outpatient Services Coordinator
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I grew up in San Diego California in both rural and beach communities.  I love the outdoors, travel, and creativity.  I have practiced in California, Hawaii, New York, and Texas.  

 

As a teenager, I developed a strong passion for serving others, and have now been practicing social work for over 30 years.  I earned my undergraduate social work degree at San Diego State University (1989); my Master's degree in social work at the University of Hawaii (1991) with an emphasis on community mental health; and my Ph.D. in social welfare at Stony Brook University in New York (2004), with an emphasis on anti-oppressive social welfare policy and social services.  I am a registered trauma-informed yoga teacher and a certified Trauma Care & Counseling practitioner through the University of Buffalo's School of Social Work.

 

I have worked in a variety of roles in the social work field and am currently working as a therapist at Olalla. My interests are working with adolescents and adults with mental health and/or addiction issues.  I integrate REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), Somatic Experiencing (R), and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) techniques into my practice as well as yoga, creativity, mindfulness, and meditation.  My approach to working with others is based on respect, partnership, a focus on client strengths and attention to developing internal and external resources helpful in creating a meaningful and more peaceful life.

 

San Diego State University- Undergraduate degree in Social Work

University of Hawaii- Master's degree in Social Work

Stony Brook University in New York- Doctorate in Social Welfare

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Beck Johnson, MS
Project Bravery Manager
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I graduated from Eastern Washington University with two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Psychology and one in Studio Art.  I stayed at Eastern to obtain my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, where I focused on studying Compassion Focused Therapy and researching issues related to shame, compassion, mindfulness, and the LGBTQIA2S+ community.  I moved to the beautiful central Oregon Coast after graduation, and started work at the Olalla Center as a therapist.  In 2019, seeing the lack of resources and supports available for queer folx in our rural community, I switched career tracks and started Bravery Center, an Olalla-based program for queer folx here on the central coast and throughout our region. Bravery seeks to empower, advocate for, and inspire bravery within our LGBTQIA2S+ community through addressing health inequities, providing safe space, social connection, opportunities for youth leadership, and help accessing affirming resources.  It is my hope that, as a trans/non-binary person of relative privilege, I can use my voice to help others, particularly queer people of color, to be seen, heard, accepted, valued and supported in our community. 

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Kimberly Bittick, MA, QMHP
Relief Nursery Manager
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My career as a therapist started late in my life.  After raising my 5 children I returned to school and earned my bachelor in Psychology. I continued my education and earned my Masters in 2017.  Olalla hired me in 2016 while I was finishing my masters.  I received my Infant Toddler Mental Health Certification a few years later.  I accepted the position of Program Manager for Olalla Relief Nursery in January of 2021.

The beautiful Oregon coast has been my home for 29 years.  My family has many wonderful memories here.  Raising a family in this area can be hard and rewarding.  I look forward to working with those who seek aid in understanding life's challenges.

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Benjamin Williams, MS, LPC
Walden Project Director, Clinical Director
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I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  I started at Olalla over 12 years ago when it was only a day treatment center in a large home in Toledo.  I started the outpatient program and worked to strengthen relationships with the Lincoln County schools.  I then began the Walden Project outdoor therapy program in 2016.  This program represents the more holistic way I view health.  This program adapted the 8-Shields Model for Mentoring into a mental health model.  Samaritan funded the start of the program as "an innovative approach to healthcare delivery" and have since rated it in their top 3 of programs they ever funded.  The program focuses on connecting youth and families to nature, while also building positive relationships in their lives and a sense of community here on the coast.  We are trying to blend much of this work into our other programs.  Working with the kids and families in the community who are in poverty, and slip through the cracks of the traditional healthcare system is what we do.  Their smiles and success are all the reward we need.

 

Oregon State University- Bachelor's of Science in Psychology

Walden University- Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

 

Board of Licensed Counselors and Therapists- LPC