Membership Chair, LA-CAMFT
Fall is upon us and LA-CAMFT continues to thrive. A warm welcome to recent new and renewing members: Christina Cacho Sakai, Joana Carey, Cynthia Zaragoza, Judy Kann, Hanouf Alamari, Meredith Buchanan, Samantha Chaikin, Giselle Henry, Yvonne Monteverde, Alexia Prescott, DeMona Whiting, Angela Miller, and Giselle Henry.
My personal highlight event of the year is the annual picnic and this year’s picnic topped all the others I have attended. It’s the one time that we gather just to hang out and enjoy each others’ company. This year, under the leadership of co-chairs Christina Castorena and Jonathan Flier and their team of Darlene Basch, Michelle Newman, Jodie Shea, and Stara Shark, the picnic was beautifully orchestrated from beginning to end. We began with a very clever ice breaker and closed with great communal music, first the drum circle expertly led by Ossie Meir, and then the sing-along led by Jonathan and Darlene. The south of the border themed food was delicious. (Let’s be real here, when LA-CAMFT calls for a potluck, the results are consistently delicious). Some member attendees enjoying the event were Pamela Payton, Jenni Wilson and her husband, Ilona Varo, Hilary Kern, new member Ben Hall and his wife Hilary and approximately 75 others!
A big shout out to past president (and current state CAMFT Board member) Jonathan Flier who has taken on the position of special events chair. Thanks Jonathan! And another shout goes to Christina Castorena, who has just recently joined the Board!
This month’s Spotlight features member, Ilona Varo. Ilona has been a member spark plug for several years and currently serves as co-chair of the Somatic Therapy Special Interest Group. She has led a most interesting life and is thriving in her private practice. I’m sure you will enjoy reading her bio.