Shelly TregemboEvents Chair
Shelly is responsible for creating and implementing strategic initiatives throughout the department and is a certified Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma process improvement. She earned a certificate in Strategic Management from UCSD in 2010, is an active member and past President of San Diego Uptown Rotary and is a proud graduate of LEAD San Diego’s IMPACT Class of 2012.
In her spare time, Shelly likes to travel, get outside as much as possible and enjoys eating fancy food with friends and family.
Jennifer Fisher, AMFTMembership Chair
Jen has a background in education and non-profit management. She graduated from the University of San Diego with a Master's degree in Marital & Family Therapy and received most of her clinical training at the UCSD Reproductive Mental Health Clinic. She is currently in private practice in La Jolla and enjoys supporting couples as they transition into parenthood. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the beach or the desert with her family.
Michelle Clookie, IBCLC InternProgram Coordinator
Michelle's greatest joy is being a mommy to her two young children, wife to her super rad husband, and being an advocate for young families. Her passion is to normalize all things motherhood and ensure families have access to the perinatal and postpartum support they need in order to reach their parenting goals. Michelle has been working in non-profit management for 10 years specializing in strategic planning, training and development. She has recently starting working with the San Diego Breastfeeding Center as an IBCLC Intern, and weekly co-leads the Mother’s Circle: Parenting and Breastfeeding Support group.
Bethany (Beth) Warren, LCSWPresident
Beth is a LCSW Psychotherapist in private practice in San Diego where she specializes in Maternal Mental Health, focusing on Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, infertility, trauma, pregnancy loss, adoption and surrogacy. Beth also provides clinical supervision to new clinicians working towards their licensure and teaches at a local university in the psychology and counseling programs. Beth is a frequent speaker about Maternal Mental Health and has been featured on several podcasts and radio programs.
Semira Semino-Asaro, PhD, APRNDevelopment Chair
Semira Semino-Asaro , PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC is an Associate Professor at University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, Beyster Institute for Nursing Research. She completed her doctoral study in Nursing and Health Policy as well as a Post-Graduate Fellowship in Infant-Parent Mental Health at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner student at the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, Beyster Institute of Nursing Research. Semira has a long standing interest in and commitment to maternal mental health and has integrated this into her various roles as a clinician in maternal-child and mental health settings and in her work as a nurse educator and researcher.
Chloe Clasper-TorchWarmline Chair
Chloe Clasper-Torch currently works at Christ Lutheran Church, Pacific Beach. She has experience working with mothers and families in a multitude of professional and personal capacities, and has a background in Volunteer & Social services.
Veronica James, LCSWSecretary
Veronica is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns. She has been working with families facing high risk pregnancies, NICU hospitalizations, pregnancy loss, adoption, surrogacy, substance abuse, and adolescent pregnancies in the hospital setting for 17 years. Veronica currently facilitates the weekly postpartum mood and anxiety support group for women at Sharp Mary Birch, a monthly Co-Ed support group for couples affected by postpartum mood disorders, and a weekly support group for NICU parents.
Claudia Rios-Gastelum, LMFTTraining Chair
Claudia is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice. She is passionate about helping families find and create little moments of joy. Her passion for early childhood and perinatal mental health lead to a postgraduate fellowship in infant-parent mental health.
Claudia enjoys spending time with her husband and her two pups, traveling and as a constant learner- taking as many training opportunities as possible.
Jen VarelaPresident Elect
Jen is a Certified Gentle Sleep Coach®, co-author of “Loved to Sleep,” and founder of Sugar Night Night, a pediatric sleep consulting service. As a survivor of a PMAD herself, Jen has a deeper understanding of how to support parents experiencing PMADs in her sleep coaching practice. Jen has helped sleep-deprived families since 2010 through one-one-one coaching sessions, group workshops, and seminars; she’s also been featured on several podcasts. She is the mother of two children and holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Counseling from California State University Fullerton. Jen is a member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants and received training from Infant Mental Health Community Training Program–Hospital for Sick Kids.
Ashley TehraniEducation Chair, CLEC
Ashley is a certified lactation educator and currently working towards becoming an IBCLC. She co-leads the Mother’s Circle: Parenting and Breastfeeding Support group at the San Diego Breastfeeding Center. Ashley has a lively 2.5 year old and has enjoyed navigating this new life as a parent. She enjoys playing beach volleyball, softball and reading in her free time.
Colleen Flaherty, B.A., NSCA-CSCSMaterials Chair
Colleen is a certified strength coach and passionate advocate for women's physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Her company was the first to produce an in-person CEU Pregnancy and Postpartum Strength Course for movement professionals. Since launching, Colleen and her boyfriend Adam have taught 70+ professionals around the world! Beyond training women and helping other professionals thrive, she loves to be outdoors with her chihuahua Whipper, read/study, collaborate with fellow women entrepreneurs, and move her body in natural, fun ways!
Renata Cameron, LMFTSocial Media/Special Projects Chair
Renata is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and mom of two young boys. In between picking up legos and making PB &Js, Renata runs a private practice exclusively focuses on providing supportive and educational groups for new moms. Her mission to ensure all moms have a trusted space to navigate the complexities of their role, thus she is ecstatic to join PHA and eager to work towards expanding PHA's reach and awareness throughout San Diego.
Jen is a former urban planner/project manager turned Certified Style Coach™ with a passion to help empower and support woman through style. After her own fight with postpartum anxiety and depression, Jen was inspired to raise awareness about the connection between infertility and postpartum anxiety and depression through the promotion of the mission of PHA.
When she’s not helping women to feel confident in their own skin, you can find Jen belting out made-up lyrics and busting out dance moves in the kitchen with her seven-year-old daughter, throwing a mangled chew toy to her dog as if in a scene out of the movie Groundhog Day, giving her husband a hard time, and binge-watching Project Runway episodes.