Glenda began serving on the ITMHCA Leadership Board in 2020. Glenda has a BA in Psychology and a MA in Counseling and Guidance. She maintains licensure as a Professional Counselor in Arizona and Louisiana and is endorsed as an Infant Family Specialist. Glenda earned the Infant/Family Studies Certificate through The Harris Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Training Institute. Glenda is a certified trainer in FLIP IT through Devereux Center for Resilient Children and in the Neurosequential Model in Education through the Neurosequential Network. Glenda has worked in group home settings, community mental health, domestic violence shelter, is currently the Mental Health Associate for Maricopa County Early Education Division 0-5 Head Start Program and is an active member in the Arizona Head Start Association.
Meryl began serving on the ITMHCA Leadership Board in 2020. She currently serves as Vice-Chair. Meryl has a BA in Psychology and a Master’s in Social Work from Arizona State University. She holds an LCSW in the state of Arizona. She received her post graduate certificate from the Harris Institute in Infant/Toddler Mental Health. Meryl is a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University where she teaches both bachelor and master’s level classes. Meryl works for the City of Phoenix Head Start Birth to Five program where she holds the position of Mental Health Supervisor. She has previous experience working as a school social worker and as a caseworker and mental health evaluator at previous RHBAs.
Sally has served on the ITMHCA Board since 2018 and is currently the treasurer. She previously served as a liaison to the Board representing her background in pediatric health care and her role as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) working with infants and toddlers.
Sally completed her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in nursing at Ohio State University. Her work activities have centered around pediatric health care and nursing education. She completed her professional career at Phoenix Children's Hospital, retiring as Director of Community Outreach and Injury Prevention Center. Sally currently completes project work as needed with the clinical education department at PCH.
Her volunteer role with ITMHCA is a priority. Understanding the needs of our young children, supporting the development of professionals who care for young families, assuring a well prepared work force caring for our most vulnerable young children and families, and advocating for those needs – these are ITMHCA's mission directed efforts.
Genett Tomko, MSW, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist Training and Education Chair Institute Committee Chair
Genett has volunteered as the Chair of the Training & Education Committee for ITMHCA since 2010. She served as the Co-Chair of the ITMHCA Training Institute in 2014. Genett is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in Infant Mental Health. She works as a Clinical Supervisor and Therapist at the Good Fit Counseling Center at Southwest Human Development providing therapeutic services for children birth to 5 years old. Genett also opened a private practice in Chandler in 2010 where she provides therapy for children birth to 12 years old.
Genett is endorsed as an Infant/Toddler Mental Health Specialist. She also completed the 2 year clinical track of the Harris Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Training Institute. She has over 200 hours of training in Play Therapy.
Genett completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher training program through At One Yoga and incorporates these skills into therapeutic services. Genett's treatment approach includes Child/Parent Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, Expressive Arts, Mindfulness and a holistic approach to young children's Social/Emotional development. Genett has extensive experience working with young children who have experienced trauma, abuse/neglect, behavior challenges, anxiety, and foster care.
Genett has facilitated trainings on Infant Mental Health & the social/emotional development of young children for ITMHCA, AZ Play Therapy Association, Southwest Human Development, Head Start and the Crisis Nursery. Genett presented at the 2008 Arizona Infant/Toddler Mental Health Institute. Genett previously volunteered on the Board of Director for AZ Play Therapy Association for 6 years.
Priscilla Whitlock-Coates has served on the ITMHCA Board of Directors since 2012. She serves as the Membership Committee Chair for ITMHCA. Priscilla has a BA in Psychology and a Master's in Counseling. She is endorsed as an Infant Family Specialist. Priscilla has been working in the field of children and families for over 30 years. She has served in various capacities from direct service therapy to being the Regional Director for Child Welfare and a Regional Behavioral Health Intake Agency. Currently Priscilla is a Clinical Program Administrator of a Statewide Behavioral Health Agency.
Desirae began volunteering on the ITMHCA Board of Directors in 2020. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Life Education-Child Development from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master of Advanced Studies Degree in Infant-Family Practice from Arizona State University. She has been a member of the ITMHCA since 2010 and is endorsed as an Infant-Family Specialist. Desirae has worked for many years in various capacities to empower families and as a voice for young children, including in early childhood education, the Division of Developmental Disabilities, and the Arizona Early Intervention Program. She is currently providing therapeutic services as a Child and Family Therapist, specializing in early childhood mental health, at Casa de los Niños in Tucson, AZ.
Crystal Garcia-Lindquist is an Licensed Master Social Worker. She obtained a Masters in Social Work at Arizona State University and completed her postgraduate training at the Harris Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Institute at Southwest Human Development. Her professional experience has included being a researcher at University of Arizona and Arizona State University, Child/Family Therapist, and a School Social Worker. Crystal has always been fascinated with early childhood and how early childhood experiences impact growth and development. She is extremely interested in the relationships formed with parents and caregivers during the early years and how the quality of the relationship sets the foundation for all future development: intellectual, social, emotional, physical and behavioral.
Crystal currently works at Desert Garden Montessori where she oversees the Primary and Infant/Toddler Programs. She is involved in training staff, reflective supervision, parent trainings, early prevention/intervention of children birth to 5 years, program development, and community referrals. She also serves as a consultant to the Elementary Program and is involved in some of the behavioral intervention.
She is currently working toward her certified training specialization through Conscious Discipline. When Crystal is not working, she enjoys spending quality time with her family. She loves to stay active, travel, and read.
Honorary Board Members
Nicole Valdez, MSW, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist
Nicole has been a member of the Infant Toddler Mental Health Coalition of Arizona's Board of Directors since 2007 and was nominated as Chair of the Board of Directors in September 2009. She is a Harris Institute graduate and is Endorsed in Arizona as an Infant Mental Health Specialist. She has worked in direct practice with families and young children for eight years and is currently providing Reflective Supervision/Consultation and training statewide.