Our Board Members

Stephanie McMurtrie, President

Stephanie holds an Adjunct Faculty position at California State University, Monterey Bay in the Health, Human Services and Public Policy Department. Additionally, she provides consulting services with a focus on improving health outcomes through program management, data analysis and community engagement. Stephanie received a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo (Magna Cum Laude), and a Master of Health Science Degree, with a concentration in Reproductive, Perinatal and Women’s Health, from the Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. Stephanie is the mother of two elementary age children.  The support she received after the birth of her second child was instrumental in helping her through postpartum depression and anxiety.

Relindis Diaz

Relindis Lorie Diaz is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has a number of specialties in the field of mental health.  She is Endorsed in the State of California as an Infant, Family, Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and a Reflective Practice Facilitator.  She has extensive experience in working with children and Families from diverse backgrounds.  She is certified in Child Parent Psychotherapy which is an evidence-based practice for addressing trauma for children and their families.  She facilitates workshops in a variety of venues on a variety of topics relevant to families who have experienced trauma and the service providers who support them. She is currently the Manager for the Monterey County Behavioral Health Program that serves children 0-5 and their families after trauma.

Lisa Stewart

Lisa Stewart is a professor of social work who has worked in the behavioral health sector for over 25 years. Her research is funded by the CDC/National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and is focused on the health, equity, and inclusion of vulnerable workers. She currently heads up the myChoice Project, which aims to develop a workplace disclosure decision aid, resources, and action plan for parents of children with mental health disabilities. She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and has been raising her daughters in Salinas. Lisa finds joy in long walks along the beaches and in the hills that surround her. She can also be found riding her bike or walking her dog Georgie along the dirt trails in Ford Ord.

Hope Griffin-Ortiz

Hope Griffin-Ortiz has worked with pregnant and parenting families of birth-to-five-year-olds for over 30 years, in direct practice, mental health consultation to preschools, facilitating parent-infant play groups, and currently supervises a team through Monterey County Children’s Behavioral Health who serve this same population. This is her first experience being on a board and it is with great pleasure and motivation that she joins this amazing group of dedicated staff to support the work of PCMC. The mission and vision of PCMC is essential toward growing a healthy, thriving, de-stigmatized community where all pregnant and parenting people know they are not alone and have places and people to turn to during this vulnerable time in their development

Carlos Perales

Carlos Perales is currently a Homeless and Foster Youth Liaison for the Salinas Union High School District. In his role he supports the needs of the homeless students and foster youth and ensures the delivery of mandated services. Carlos is also a Family Coach for Partners for Peace where he empowers families to find good relationships with their children. Carlos was born in Peru and was raised in Salinas. His passion and care for the community has long lived within him since a young child and still lives with him in the work he does. Has previously worked for the Alisal Union School District and worked for non-profits organizations like Community Human Services and Special Kids Connect, among others in the goal of educating parents in understanding community resources and services. Outside of his work life Carlos enjoys playing volleyball, walking at the beach and traveling.

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