Gregory S. Creed, PhD – PAST PRESIDENT
Gregory S. Creed, PhD is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 14 years of clinical experience. His work with couples, families, teens, school age children and adults has greatly contributed to enhancing the lives of his clients. Dr. Creed utilizes a strength-based approach by assisting families to see beyond the problem through the implementation of solutions. He strongly believes in building on family strengths to improve relationships and family functioning.
Dr. Creed provides consultation and parent education designed to empower, educate and support parents in developing effective parenting strategies to draw on with their children and teens. Dr. Creed has lived overseas for a decade and speaks both Spanish and Japanese fluently.
Dr. Creed teaches pastoral psychology and marriage and family counseling at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver. He has a counseling agency, Transitions Psychology Group, located in Greeley, Colorado.
Dr. Gerry Ken Crete – PRESIDENT
Dr. Gerry Ken Crete earned his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision with a specialty in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Georgia. He is licensed as a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist with additional certifications in treating trauma and sexual addiction. He currently sees clients at Holy Family Counseling Center in Duluth, Georgia and is an AAMFT clinical fellow and supervisor. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Mental Health Counseling Department at Argosy University’s College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences.
Dr. Crete is committed to the integration of Catholic spiritualtiy with evidence based mental health interventions. His research has focused on resilience of male survivors of childhood trauma. He helps facilitate diocesan retreats for male survivors of childhood abuse in Atlanta and he runs a therapy group for men with sexual addictions.
Jennifer Madere, MA, LPC-S - PRESIDENT-ELECT, 2019 CONFERENCE CHAIR
Jennifer Madere is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and EMDRIA Approved Consultant in private practice, and founding partner of Intuitus Group in Cedar Park, Texas. Jennifer earned her BA in Psychology from Benedictine College, and MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. She has accompanied child and adult survivors of trauma on their journey of healing since 2003, and joined CPA as a clinical member in 2011.
Prior to joining the CPA Board, Jennifer served her fellow CPA members by organizing a pre-conference day for private practitioners in 2013, launching the eNewsletter and serving as Editor for 2 years, and serving as Emcee for the 2018 CPA conference in Orlando, FL.
In addition to serving her clients, Jennifer supervises new clinicians, and consults and conducts training for fellow clinicians on treatment of complex trauma and pathological dissociation. Jennifer has presented internationally on the research, assessment and treatment of Dissociative Disorders since 2014.
Valerie Conzett, D.Min, LPC – SECRETARY
A clinical member of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association since 2010, my background involves extensive direct service and indirect support work with individuals and families locally, nationally and internationally within a variety of secular and faith based settings. Recently retired from full time work for the Archdiocese of Omaha, I now serve in a part time capacity supporting work in the area of human sexuality formation and the Courage/EnCourage apostolate. In addition to serving on the CPA Board, I am a board member for our local Catholic Charities, in large part to help establish outreach to those seeking Catholic psychotherapy and family strengthening services. In the fall of 2017 I entered the Cenacle School of Spiritual Direction in Clearwater, Florida. Along with my husband, Deacon Mike, I serve on the Mission Advancement Council for the Institute for Priestly Formation where I am also an Adjunct Faculty member and psychotherapy Coordinator for the summer seminarian program. Married for more than 30 years, we have reached the grandparenting stage of family life and are greatly enjoying time with our two sons and one daughter, their wonderful spouses, and now grandchildren. I enjoy taking walks and traveling with my husband as well as, quilting, reading, cooking, and baking. It is a great privilege to serve on the CPA board and I look forward to continuing to help develop our organization for the benefit of our members, those we serve and those seeking to enter this much needed profession.
Justin H. McManus, LCWS - 2018 CONFERENCE CHAIR
Justin H. McManus is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Addictions Professional in the State of Florida. He is dedicated to providing a warm, accepting environment where children, adults, and families can experience psychological healing through evidence-based psychotherapy rooted in a Christian anthropology. Some of his specialties include adolescent depression, marital problems, pornography addiction, substance addiction and trauma/PTSD.
Justin earned his Bachelors of Science in Social Work from Florida State University in 2000 and his Masters in Social Work from the same institution in 2001.
Justin has more than 15 years of experience assisting individuals and families in improving their lives. He has worked extensively in the fields of child & adolescent mental health and drug & alcohol counseling. Currently, he is focusing his practice on assisting men who struggle with pornography addiction.
Dr Greg Popcak is the executive director of the Pastoral Solutions Institute (CatholicCounselors.com), a Catholic tele-counseling practice serving faithful individuals, couples, and families around the world.
The author of more than 20 books integrating insights from counseling psychology with the timeless wisdom of our Catholic faith, Dr. Popcak is the co-host of More2Life, a call-in advice program airing on the EWTN radio network and SiriusXM130. In addition to his counseling/ministry work.
Dr. Popcak is an associate professor of pastoral studies and the director of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies program at Holy Apostles College. He is a fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work.
Maribel Rodriguez Laguna is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the Assistant Clinical Director at In His Image Counseling Center, PLLC. The clinicians at IHICC bring to their work a Catholic understanding of the human person as well as training in evidence-based mental health treatment. In 2007, Ms. Laguna graduated from the University of North Texas with a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. In 2004, she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Dallas.
She has worked as a counselor in a variety of settings including the Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center, Genesis Women’s Shelter, and DISD Youth and Family Centers. Ms. Laguna specializes in pre-marital preparation, marital counseling, vocational discernment, as well as with the Baars/Terruwe Model of therapy. She has been an active member of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association since 2012, and is serving as the 2020 Conference Committee Chair
Fr. Keith Chylinski, M.S., M.A., M.Div., has been appointed to serve as the first Chaplain for the Association. He has been an active member of the CPA since Nov. 2014. In his new role as Chaplain, Fr. Chylinski will serve as an Advisory Member to the CPA Board and will assist with identifying and responding to the spiritual needs of the organization and its membership in accord with the mission of the CPA.
Fr. Chylinski is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He was ordained in 2007 and in 2012, he was assigned by Archbishop Chaput to full time graduate studies at The Institute for the Psychological Sciences, in Arlington Virginia. After obtaining his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology in 2014, he was appointed as faculty member and Director of Counseling Services at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. He is in his fifth year in this role.
In addition to his work at the seminary, Fr. Chylinski has given many human formation conferences and workshops to seminarians throughout the country. Since 2016, he has been an adjunct faculty member at the Institute for Priestly Formation for the summer program for diocesan seminarians, held at Creighton University. Fr. Chylinski has had a strong devotion to Padre Pio since he began discerning a call to the priesthood during his undergraduate studies at Temple University. As a seminarian in 2002, he was blessed to attend the Canonization of St. Pio in Rome, and then made his first of many pilgrimages to Pietrelcina and San Giovanni Rotondo. St. Pio has been a spiritual father to him throughout his priesthood, and he loves to share his devotion with seminarians and parishioners alike.