Shelly TregemboDevelopment 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, LMFTMembership 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, IBCLCProgram Coordinator
Michelle Clookie is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for the San Diego Breastfeeding Center, and Program Coordinator for the Postpartum Health Alliance. She is passionate about normalizing all aspects of motherhood and providing support for families during their parenthood transitions. When not supporting other families, Michelle is spending time at the beach with her husband Jeremy, daughter Charlotte (5), son Beckett (3), and daughter Etta Rose (4 months).
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.
Jen VarelaBoard President
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.
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.
Shelby PetersonOutreach Chair
Shelby Peterson is a dedicated mother, postpartum mentor, community volunteer, and wife of a police officer. Born and raised in Southern California, Shelby resides in San Diego with her husband Jake, and their three children. Shelby enjoys spending time with her family, serving as a wish-granter for the make-a-wish foundation, and utilizing her experience in overcoming postpartum depression to help new moms who are struggling with this condition. Shelby is a graduate of Chapman University where she obtained her B.A. in Psychology. She is currently the reigning Mrs. California United States where she is using her title to advocate for the maternal health community.
Julie LopezPSI California State Chapter Liaison
Julie is a partner at San Diego litigation firm Tatro & Lopez, mom to an energetic 5-year old, and survivor of postpartum anxiety and depression. When she’s not protecting her client’s legal rights, she co-organizes the annual Climb Out of the Darkness event for San Diego in hopes of raising awareness that PMADS are common, treatable, and nothing to be ashamed of.
Jill DurbyMaterials Chair
Jill has been the owner and operator of two Gymboree Play & Music locations in San Diego for over 10 years. Prior to becoming a small business owner, she worked as a Preschool Teacher, a Marketing Manager, and as a Psychology/Child Development Professor. Jill is a mom to three boys ranging from elementary to teenage years. She holds a degree in Psychology and Minor in Education from U.C. Berkeley, and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Throughout all of her work, Jill is an advocate for family mental wellness, play, and interpersonal connection and community.
Amanda Freeman, Ph.D., PMH-CTraining Chair
Amanda is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice. She is passionate about making the experience of motherhood a joyful and fulfilling time. Her private practice focuses on women and mothers and offers support, education, and therapy. She is passionate about helping new moms navigate the changes in their lives when growing their families. Amanda also has three children, who fill her life outside of work, with lots of activity and laughter.
Elena GonzalezEvents Chair
Elena is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice and mom of two active toddlers. She holds Masters of Science in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling and Bachelors in Public Relations. She has been providing psychotherapy to children, families, and individuals in San Diego County for over 8 years. As a recent survivor of Postpartum Anxiety, she is passionate about advocating for the emotional health of new (and seasoned mothers) and their partners to make their parenting experience a blissful one. In her spare time, Elena enjoys beautiful California outdoors and traveling with her family.