Gregory S. Creed, PhD – 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-ELECT
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.
Carlos C. Gomez, PhD - PAST PRESIDENT
Dr. Carlos C. Gomez is a bilingual licensed psychologist in private practice at the Center for Human Formation in Coral Gables and the principal concierge coach for Peak Human Systems, LLC in Coral Gables, Florida. His professional work is dedicated to the integration of faith with the psychological and organizational sciences.
Dr. Gomez has been a member of the CPA since 2010 and has served on its Board of Directors since 2012. He has previously served as Chair of the 2015 and 2016 Nominating Committees and Past-Chair of the Seminary Assessment Task Force. He has attended all the CPA National Conferences.
Dr. Gomez has a bachelors from Cornell University, a masters, specialist, and doctorate from the Florida State University, and a fellowship from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital. He has taught psychology at the doctoral level and previously worked for the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Carlos has been married fourteen years to his wife Holly. The Gomez’s are raising their five children in Coral Gables, Florida.
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.
Carol Lieser PhD – TREASURER
I currently live in Arlington, TX. I have been married for 40 years and have 4 children and one grandchild. I have a PhD in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington where I am a full time clinical assistant professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation. I also have a MSN with past certification as a pediatric nurse practitioner and a current certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. In practice, I focus on helping individuals with serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bipolar and major depressive disorders. I also have a Master’s in Theological Studies from St. Mary’s College of Ave Maria University in Ipsilanti, Michigan. I am a professed member of the OFS, Order of Secular Franciscans, and serve as the spiritual formation director for a large region of more than 300 members in Texas. I am excited about this opportunity to serve the Catholic Psychotherapy Association.
Justin H. McManus, LCWS - BOARD MEMBER AT-LARGE
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.
Mario Sacasa, PhD, LMFT - BOARD MEMBER AT-LARGE
Dr. Mario Sacasa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in FL and LA. He has a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Holy Cross University in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Sacasa has made a career of integrating the Church’s anthropology and spirituality into sound clinical practice. Presently, he serves as the director of counseling services and assistant director of human formation at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, LA. Prior to, he was the director the Catholic Counseling Service of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, where he saw clients and supervised interns in this integrated approach to counseling. He has delivered numerous retreats and lectures, such topics include: applying the Theology of the Body to present day marital issues, authentic masculinity, and healing from the compulsive use of pornography. Dr. Sacasa is married to his beautiful wife, Kristin, and together they share the joy of parenting their four sons.
Sandra L. Rodríguez Dávila, MD - BOARD MEMBER AT-LARGE
Dr. Sandra L. Rodríguez Dávila is a board certified Adult and Geriatric Psychiatrist and founder of St. Raphael Behavioral Health Services in Miami Lakes FL. She earned her M.D. at the Ponce School of Medicine, in Ponce Puerto Rico, where she was born and raised. She completed her residency training in Adult Psychiatry at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of South Florida. Dr. Rodríguez is an active member of the National Catholic Medical Association as well as the Miami Guild of the CMA and Miami Catholic Psychotherapists fellowship. She holds a certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Our Lady of Divine Providence School of Spiritual Direction, in Clearwater, FL. She has served and collaborated in various capacities with priests, seminarians and deacons of the Diocese of St. Petersburg and the Archdiocese of Miami.
William T. McKenna, PsyD - BOARD MEMBER AT-LARGE
Dr. William T. McKenna, Psy.D., is a Psychologist in private practice in Richmond. His clinical work includes counseling couples (especially those suffering from infidelity), trauma across the lifespan, male adolescents, psychological testing, and serving as a psychological assessor for the Diocesan Tribunal. Dr. McKenna received his Bachelor’s degree in Theology from Belmont Abbey College in 2011, and his Masters and Doctorate from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS), the School of Psychology at Divine Mercy University in 2017. He completed his residency training with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington.
Dr. McKenna has been a CPA member since 2012 and is active in the CPA’s Social Media and Communications endeavors. He currently Co-Chairs the CPA’s Education and Media Committee.
He, his wife, and daughter are parishioners of St. Bridget’s in Richmond where William is also a First-Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.