Meet Our Resiliency Center Staff

Rodney Lowery

Rodney Lowery

CEO

I grew up in Selma CA and graduated from Selma High School. I’m married to an

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I grew up in Selma and graduated from Selma High School. I’m married to an amazing woman named Lana, and we have three adult children.

Much of my work experience has been in law enforcement, working for Selma Police Department and later with the Fresno Police Department. An injury changed the trajectory of my career, allowing me to pursue my education.

I completed a four-year degree in Bible and Theology from California Christian College and later graduated from Multnomah University (Portland Oregon) with a Master of Divinity. I’m currently working towards a Doctorate in Psychology through California Southern University.

My life experiences have taught me that early childhood trauma is often the catalyst for negative thinking patterns and behaviors. Unfortunately, many traumas that occur go unidentified and subsequently untreated. My passion is reimagining systems so that childhood trauma is identified and treated in a timely way.

I was blessed to be a part of launching the Resiliency Center, a mental health facility that focuses on primary prevention and early intervention for children. Working in law enforcement and being a parent have taught me that we cannot prevent bad things from happening to children, but we can ensure we ingrain resiliency for those challenging moments of life.

While working towards completion of my psychology degree I enjoy offering biblical counseling.

“As Man Thinks, So Is He”– Bible Meaning of Proverbs 23:7

Cori Rains

Cori Rains

Director of Clinical Services

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist who was not born in Fresno, but I was

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I am a licensed marriage and family therapist who was not born in Fresno, but I was raised in Fresno. I attended Fresno City College and CSU, Fresno earning a Master of Science degree in 2010. I began my career as a therapist working with juvenile offenders and youth who had been diagnosed with severe mental health issues. I quickly recognized that many adults who were tasked with raising these troubled youth were struggling with issues that prevented them from being active caretakers. As a result, working with hurting adults became my passion.

For nine years, I worked at Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health with adults who have experienced severe trauma and/or who have been diagnosed with some of the most challenging mental health issues. Because of this work, I have learned to be patient and nonjudgmental. My person-centered, gentle approach allows those with whom I work to feel a sense of comfort as I challenge them to meet goals.

As a person who has had to overcome challenges myself, I understand the need for a supportive, kind spirit coupled with honesty and the innate belief that all of us can overcome our obstacles if we have the desire and the support to do so. 

Jaime Dean

Jaime Dean

Operations Manager

I was born and raised in Fresno and graduated from Fresno Pacific University,

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I was born and raised in Fresno and graduated from Fresno Pacific University, with a BS is Business and a minor in Addictive Disorders. In 2005 I left the insurance industry to start working as a youth drug and alcohol counselor for school districts in the Central Valley. Beginning in 2016, I started volunteering as a STEALTH Mentor with the Fresno Police Chaplaincy and then joined the staff in 2018.

I am proud to be a founding member of the team that launched the Reciliency Center of Fresno! My focus is on building and strengthening relationships with our donors and other supporters in the community.

Deborah Torres

Deborah Torres

Gifts Officer

I have been involved in Non-Profits for over 25 years. I am grateful for the organizations

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  I have been involved in Non-Profits for over 25 years. I am grateful for the organizations that I have been a part of over this time and am passionate about each mission and community impact. Previously, I have been a children’s pastor, and taught marriage and family classes in the local church. I have a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Fresno State and am currently working toward a Nonprofit Management master’s degree.

I have been focused on Development for non-profit organizations for the past several years and find that I am able to connect donors to the organizations that fit their passions and philanthropic goals. I am pleased to state that I have been married for over 40 years with 3  grown children and 3 beautiful grandchildren. 

John Edmondson

John Edmondson

R.I.S.E. Coordinator

After graduating from Fresno State – many years ago – I was employed by Fresno Unified

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After graduating from Fresno State – many years ago – I was employed by Fresno Unified School District for 34 years holding the positions of elementary teacher, reading resource teacher, vice-principal, principal and finally, State and Federal Programs Coordinator.  I committed to focus on the education of elementary-aged children, believing these early years to be critical for becoming successful life long learners.  After retiring from FUSD, the opportunity to continue working with young children in a unique program promoting mental health caught my attention.  My professional and personal experiences had repeatedly verified that academic instruction alone does not guarantee students would become citizens who make positive choices and contributions to their communities.  Being a successful life-long learner includes learning how to be resilient and “bounce back” from the adversities and traumas that come with life.  As the Resiliency In School Education Coach Coordinator, the past ten years have been exciting, inspiring and purposeful  creating curriculum and overseeing caring and dedicated volunteer R.I.S.E. Coaches who teach much needed “bounce back” skills to 1st graders each week. 

Darryl Prince

Darryl Prince

Clinical Supervisor

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, having received both my

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I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, having received both my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies and my Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from National University. I am a native of San Jose but planted roots in Fresno 25 years ago and have made this my home. During this time, I have gained experience as a social worker or therapist in both county and nonprofit agencies, in schools, and in private practice. In these contexts, I have worked with families, couples, and individuals of all ages and with a variety of needs. I have additional training in DBT, EMDR, and Imago Relationship Therapy.

It is my goal to care and support my clients, believing that we are all doing the best we can. I hope to help clients discover new skills and become more effective in living a joyful life. My goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment that promotes healing from past hurts, nurtures secure connections, and growth in new directions.

Blanca Godinez

Blanca Godinez

Clinical Supervisor

I received my Master of Social Work degree from California State

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I received my Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Fresno, and I have been providing individual and family therapy in the Central Valley for the last four years.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Currently, I am working towards endorsement as an Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist.

Working at the Resiliency Center allows me to support children and families who have been impacted by trauma. I hope to improve their overall well-being to bring hope and healing through this new paradigm in Mental Health.

Carrie Anderson

Carrie Anderson

Clinical Supervisor

I was born in Southern California; however, I was raised in the Central 

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I was born in Southern California; however, I was raised in the Central Valley for most of my life. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I was licensed in 2019, and I have over 10 years’ experience working within the mental health field. I attended University of Phoenix, for my undergrad, and obtained a bachelor’s in psychology, in 2011, I went on to complete my master’s at University of Phoenix and graduated with my master’s in science/counseling in 2014. I have worked for Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health, a crisis facility, Fresno County school system, and in a private practice setting. I have a passion for helping others and going through my own life experiences is what led me to pursuing becoming a therapist. I utilize a Person-Centered approach as my focus, to help support others to be able to heal, work through past trauma, and navigate through stressors and obstacles in life, in a welcoming, and safe environment.

Chanel Levi

Chanel Levi

Registered Assoc. Prof. Clinical Counselor

I earned my Master’s Degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

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I earned my Master’s Degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from California State University Fresno. My individual experiences and background led me to pursue an advanced degree in mental health counseling. I’ve lived in Fresno, California for most of my life and have grown accustomed to the heat. I am very passionate and enjoy working with transitional age youth 17-26 population. My work history includes working with teens at a residential therapeutic facility, a paraprofessional working with SPED, students with disabilities, and gen-ed students, along with providing therapy for transitional aged youth with Fresno County Behavioral Health. I love what I do and have made it my mission to serve and advocate for youth in need.

Throughout my journey I have found that the best agent for change is building relationships, regardless of the counseling technique or approach. My mission in life is to build relationships whether in my personal life or in my career as an associate clinician.

Aide Hinojosa

Aide Hinojosa

Associate Clinical Social Worker

I was raised in Fresno and received my bachelor’s degree in social work

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I was raised in Fresno and received my bachelor’s degree in social work from Fresno Pacific University. I went on to receive my master’s in social work from Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio, Texas. In every aspect of our lives, we communicate with ourselves and with others, our inner dialogue and our external conversations shape us and those around us. I believe in the power of effective communication skills and providing knowledge to individuals and families who are experiencing relational conflicts. I have been working with domestic violence offenders since 2022, using anger de-escalation techniques, implementing ways for improved management and expression of emotions, and helping people challenge negative thought patterns and behaviors. As a social worker, I know that much of the trauma that people experience stems from their environment. In addition to creating mutual goals and solutions alongside our clients for healthier mental wellness, I will be present, I will bear witness. As my daughter likes to say, Let’s go!

Quentina Johnson

Quentina Johnson

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor / Community Outreach

I am the mother of one phenomenal 19 year old sophomore in college and a

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I am the mother of one phenomenal 19 year old sophomore in college and a 7 year old Marvel and Sonic fan. I am building a legacy to give them as I’m here and to carry forward when I’m not. God is my partner and I give thanks to Him for all that I have, and I bless people who cross my path. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Human Services in 2016 from University of Phoenix. I’m an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, completing my practicum here at the Resiliency Center and earning my Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2021 from University of Phoenix as well. Always a Phoenix. In 2016 I co-founded, with a few of my classmates and backed by Central Valley Veterans, the “To the Mat” scholarship fund for children of veterans to receive scholarship funds for college. I’ve worked as a social worker with families and children for Department of Social Services and recognize the negative impact trauma has on the mind of the individual, the family and in the community. My practice aims to demonstrate a level of knowledge and experience that offers a space of safety and trust to build a professional relationship that walks alongside the people I work with to help them reach toward personal elevation and meet their desired goals.

Jackie Cobian

Jackie Cobian

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

I received a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy

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I received a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary.  My past work consists of working with children on the Autism Spectrum as a Registered Behavioral Technician and as a Substitute Teacher for local school districts.  During my time in these settings, I observed children struggling in their academics, behavior, and relationships with peers and family members.  My work history and my passion for seeing individuals strive towards resilience led me to the Resiliency Center.  I believe in meeting people where they are and creating a safe environment for all to process their feelings and experiences. Ultimately, I hope every encounter can lead people towards healing and well-being.

Ryan Regier

Ryan Regier

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

I was born and raised in Fresno and received both my bachelor’s degree

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I was born and raised in Fresno and received both my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Fresno. I have experience working with children and families of all ages and with many different needs in treatment. My goal as a therapist is to be an advocate for my clients in the best possible way. I hope to assist my clients in managing their personal issues by providing skills and resources they can use so they can have a fulfilling life.

Aleyah Burton

Aleyah Burton

Assoc. Professional Clinical Counselor

I have a bachelor’s degree in Criminology, specifically in Victimology, with a 

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I have a bachelor’s degree in Criminology, specifically in Victimology, with a Victim Services Certificate from California State University, Fresno. I also received my Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling at Alliant International University. I have knowledge and experience working with men, women, and children who have experienced trauma and assault in their lives, and I have a desire to help others in my community. I am blessed to have an opportunity to work with the Resiliency Center in being proactive in helping our clients begin to heal and live fuller lives.

Morgan Parrott

Morgan Parrott

Case Manager

I grew up in Modesto, then moved to Fresno to attend Fresno State where

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I grew up in Modesto, then moved to Fresno to attend Fresno State where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Victimology with a minor in Psychology. While attending school here, I fell in love with Fresno and decided to stay after graduating to look for job prospects and to give back to the city that I’ve learned to call home. My experience in this field is interning with Fresno EOC Central Valley Against Human Trafficking and recently assisting with Project S.T.E.A.L.T.H. through the Fresno Police Chaplaincy. Trauma not only affects the victims, but also the individuals involved in their lives. Every aspect of a victim’s life can be touched by trauma. Untreated trauma can lead individuals down a dark and dangerous path. I believe that having a safe space where it can be processed in a healthy way can be the first step in the healing process for all affected. I think it’s important those who have experienced trauma receive the help and services that they need, especially young children and teens. The Resiliency Center offers help so that victims can become survivors who can start to thrive in their lives again.

Justin Lowery

Justin Lowery

Case Manager

I grew up in Selma, CA before moving to Bend, OR  and eventually coming back  

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I grew up in Selma, CA before moving to Bend, OR and eventually coming back to the Central Valley in Clovis, CA. I graduated from Clovis High School and am currently a senior at Fresno State where I am majoring in Psychology. I love working for the Resiliency Center because it allows me to offer support to those who are in need and help those who are struggling. I have always felt called upon to help and serve others and the mental health field is an extremely great place to do so. Good mental health and building resilience are extremely important facets in life and I am honored to be a part of positively impacting the city of Fresno by working here at the Resiliency Center.

Breyona Midgett

Breyona Midgett

I was born and raised in Fresno, CA. I am currently working on my Master of

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I was born and raised in Fresno, CA. I am currently working on my Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. I received my Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Fresno Pacific as well. I have spent the last 3 years working with adults at a residential treatment facility. Through work, I have helped individuals in crisis, provided psychoeducation to their loved ones, and facilitated group sessions. I have encountered individuals from all walks of life and watched them move forward after treatment. I am passionate about mental health and serving my clients to the best of my ability. I am attuned to concerns around culture and diversity. I am honored to work with Resiliency Center to help individuals and families understand and heal from their trauma. I share Resiliency Center’s mission to children and families impacted by trauma, bringing hope and healing through compassionate and professional mental health services. My goal is to provide a safe, judgement free environment for my clients to express themselves as we dive into pain and laughter on their healing journey.  

Carole Blomgren

Carole Blomgren

Billing Administrator

My many years of life experience as a wife of 38 years, a mom to three

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My many years of life experience as a wife of 38 years, a mom to three adult children and numerous jobs have all helped form and prepare me for my current position as a Case Manager. God has shown me through personal experiences the need and power of empathy, which I feel is the most valuable gift I bring to this role. Children are increasingly exposed to dysfunctional behaviors and lifestyles, causing the repeated cycle of generational trauma. Reflecting on my own childhood challenges, I realize the power and change that can happen in the life of a hurting child when they are able to receive counseling and guidance from a loving and caring adult, mentor, or mental health professional.