Eunice PETERSON (president) has worked in the human service field since 1995 and has been a Registered Psychologist since 2002. Eunice completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology through Liberty University and a Master of Arts in Counseling through Gonzaga University. Her first seven years of work experience was with child welfare clients, supporting families to stay united or to reunite. During this time, Eunice utilized the theories of Solution Focused, Structural Family Therapy, and Systemic Therapy to support her clients towards wellness. Since registering as a psychologist, Eunice has continued her education by studying Self‐Regulation Therapy and has had the opportunity to work with a variety of presenting problems including PTSD, chronic pain, anxiety, marriage counseling, eating disorders, self‐harm, and bereavement. Eunice believes the whole person (body, mind, and spirit) has an innate capacity towards healing, and, ideally, all three components should be addressed. Eunice joined her husband in converting to the Catholic Church in 2006, and they have six children. Currently, she does contract work with an employee family assistance company and is developing her own private practice.
Marcy D’AGOSTINI (secretary) is a wife and mother of 8 children ages 17 down to 1. Her journey to becoming a Catholic therapist began back in 1998 when she married Randy, who was rediscovering his faith. Through a variety of conversations, readings and prayer, she decided to commit to the Catholic faith and was received into the Church at Easter Vigil, 2000. From there, Marcy spent the next 9 years learning as much as she could about her new faith, leading small group studies and providing spiritual mentorship to women (with appropriate training of course!). Through this ministry, with prayer and discernment, Marcy decided to pursue professional training as a psychologist in order to fill a great need in the world: minister to families who were experiencing pain and in need of healing. This began a 7 year academic journey, while raising a busy growing family! Now, only months away from completing her registration as a Psychologist in the province of Alberta, Marcy has worked with a wide variety of clients with diverse backgrounds, needs and environments. Her area of greatest joy is working with children, especially those who have experienced trauma or loss.
PJ LEWIS (treasurer) is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Canadian Certified Counsellor who received his Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology from Simon Fraser University. PJ works as a family therapist at the Child and Youth Mental Health program with the Government of British Columbia and as one of the co-founders of Lifted Counselling and Consulting.
PJ’s clinical practice is informed from both interpersonal-process and family systems approaches, while he also helps families employ skill-based strategies through thoughtful integration of the theoretical foundations and principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. PJ provides individual, group, couple, and family treatment, and he has specific expertise in working with high-risk youth and families experiencing concerns such as suicidality, self-harm, impulsivity, emotional dysregulation, depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and addictions (sexual addictions, pornography, and substance use).
As a skilled speaker and an active member of the global community, PJ has presented at numerous forums, workshops, and conferences locally, nationally, and internationally, providing skill-based trainings for parents, teachers, counsellors, and health care professionals. PJ is deeply committed to family life with his wife and three children, active in parish life, and also serves on the board of the Life, Marriage, and Family Office for the Archdiocese of Vancouver.
Wayne OTTENBREIT (president-elect) is a marriage & family therapist in private practice – this additional career after many years teaching in the classroom. Education continues to be his primary occupation, now also as a guidance counsellor. Though raised in Regina, Wayne has lived in Calgary for his whole professional life. He and Jodean spend much of their time enjoying life with nine daughters.
Dean DOWLE, JCS (spiritual director) was appointed by Archbishop Richard Smith to the position of Spiritual Director for the Catholic Psychotherapy Association of Canada in 2015. Outside of CPAC, he serves as Adjunct Judicial Vicar of the Interdiocesan Tribunal for the Archdiocese of Edmonton, and he also holds the position of Chaplain for the Edmonton Catholic Schools. Fr. Dean was born in Edmonton, raised in Fort Saskatchewan and ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Edmonton in 2010. He served in parish ministry at St. Theresa’s and St. Joseph’s Basilica before beginning graduate studies at Saint Paul University in Ottawa. Fr. Dean also holds a Licentiate in Canon Law.
2015/2016 Board of Directors: • Eunice PETERSON (president); • Irene MILLER (secretary); • PJ LEWIS (treasurer); • Wayne OTTENBREIT (president-elect); • Father Dean DOWLE (spiritual director); • Theresa ZOLNER (past-president); • Jean MacKENZIE (director, communications)
2014/2015 Board of Directors: • Theresa ZOLNER (president); • Eunice PETERSON (secretary; president-elect); • Melissa GUZIK (treasurer); • Father Andrew SZABLEWSKI (spiritual director); • Jean MacKENZIE (past-president; director, communications); • Wayne OTTENBREIT (director); • Pavel REID (director)
2013/2014 Board of Directors: • Jean MacKENZIE (president); • Eunice PETERSON (secretary); • Melissa GUZIK (treasurer; past-president); • Theresa ZOLNER (president-elect; director, communications); • Father Andrew SZABLEWSKI (spiritual director); • Patricia COSGROVE (director); • Pavel REID (director)
2012/2013 (founding) Board of Directors: • Melissa GUZIK (president); • Eunice PETERSON (secretary); • Jean MacKENZIE (treasurer; president-elect); • Father Andrew SZABLEWSKI (spiritual director); • Theresa ZOLNER (director, communications); • Jake KHYM (director)