WORKSHOP PRESENTERS' BIO

Angie Colter, LMFT, MT-BC, CMT

President SD-CAMFT

Angie believes in empowering health and preventative medicine. She is passionate about working with women and families. She empowers clients to move beyond pain to a life full of purpose. She uses a strength and wellness based approach, creating ease, health, and wellness for clients. Angie holds a M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy, B.S. in Music Therapy, is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, & is nationally board certified in music & massage therapy. She has been practicing in the health field since 2006 and has worked in treatment centers, hospitals, nonprofits, hospice, preventative care (chiropractic clinics, rehab facilities, spas, and wellness centers), and in developmental services. Angie serves as President of the San Diego Chapter of CAMFT where she is passionate about collaboration, advocacy, efficiency, crisis response, and telehealth. Angie currently works in Private Practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Encinitas, CA, as an ERMHS Therapist for Specialized Therapeutic Services. Angie collaborates with other natural health providers to offer unique treatment choices and recommendations. Angie sees her clients for who they are at their core and uses her extensive training to heal and empower her clients with the tools they need to thrive. Angie offers traditional family counseling, couples, children, adolescent, group counseling featuring Women’s & Teen Empowerment, and music therapy

Maelisa Hall, Psy.D.

QA Prep

Maelisa Hall, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist living in Long Beach, California. She is the Owner of QA Prep, offering online trainings and clinical consultation in all things documentation. Like her interests, her clinical experience is varied and includes psychological testing, clinical assessment and diagnosis, field-based therapy and crisis response intervention. Training is Dr. Hall’s true passion and she loves to help therapists connect meaning to the typically mundane task of paperwork.

Dr. Hall travels as a speaker and trainer on the topics of improving documentation, time management and ethics. She maintains an active blog and provides free trainings for therapists through her website, www.qaprep.com.

Tim Geare, LMFT

LEEWARD ASSOCIATES

Tim is an LMFT with over thirty years of experience helping individuals, couples and families discover answers and solutions to some of life's most complex problems. He has served as a mentor to many other professionals, incorporating a high value for the integration of excellent professional practice and God's great love and power.

Tim holds a bachelor's degree from the UCSD and a master's degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Biola University.

Tim has been educated by some of the foremost pioneers in the field of Marriage and Family Counseling with a particular emphasis on integrating issues of belief and faith with concepts central to psychology, family systems and human behavior. His undergraduate degree in biology, with a strong foundation in scientific process, augments his skills as a trained and sensitive listener and counselor.

Mike Murphy

BAM MARKETING GROUP

Mike Murphy was on his way to a microbiology degree when he landed an internship at a legendary record label and fell in love with marketing. Six months later, he tossed the lab coat aside and changed his major. But some things never die.

While his heart belongs to marketing, as a latent science nerd, Mike’s mind is obsessed with producing measurable results. As digital marketing evolved and analytics have come to the forefront, this unique dichotomy has allowed him to identify opportunities hidden to others inside the data. While many strategists speak about innovative plans, Mike’s track record demonstrates that he can lead teams to execute them. From the time he piloted an unknown band to sell over 500,000 albums on a shoestring budget to last year launching 674 animal hospital websites generating an 11% YoY lift in new clients, every step of the way he has produced results and optimized them.

Mike’s traditional marketing background allows him to forge digital strategy through the lens of omnichannel marketing. He’s a trusted adviser and go-to-guy for all things marketing who also has vast experience working with the C-suite communicating plans and securing consensus.

Kevin C. Murphy, Esq.

MURPHY JONES APC

KEVIN C. MURPHY is the co-founder and managing partner of Murphy Jones APC. Mr. Murphy supervises firm administrative duties and coordinates substantive legal services. Mr. Murphy earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with a concentration in Public Law in 2003 from the University of California, San Diego (U.C.S.D.). He served as a Student Representative on the U.C.S.D. Student Services Task Force and as a Congressional Intern in Washington, D.C. Mr. Murphy obtained his Juris Doctorate Degree from California Western School of Law (C.W.S.L.) in 2006. While studying at C.W.S.L., Mr. Murphy was placed on the Dean’s Honor List for academic performance, served as a Student Bar Association First Year Representative, and participated in the C.W.S.L. Bail Project. Mr. Murphy received Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards for his judicial internship with the Superior Court of San Diego County, and for his involvement with the San Diego Superior Court Volunteer Mediator Program. In addition, Mr. Murphy attended the Cornell University Comparative Law Institute while studying at the Sorbonne Univeristé in Paris, France.

Prior to joining Murphy Jones APC Mr. Murphy practiced as an associate attorney at Morris Sullivan & Lemkul LLP representing both plaintiff and defendant parties in the areas of construction defect, personal injury and medical malpractice litigation. Currently, Mr. Murphy represents professionals before State Administrative Boards and practices civil litigation in both California and Nevada. Mr. Murphy is an active member of the State Bars of California and Nevada, American Bar Association, San Diego County Bar Association, Clark County Bar Association, American Inns of Court, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, St. Thomas More Society, San Diego County Bar Association’s Law and Medicine Committee, American Association of Nurse Attorneys, Irish Bar Association of San Diego, California Society for Healthcare Attorneys, San Diego Defense Lawyers, Red Boudreau Organizing Committee, and the American Health Lawyers Association. Currently, Mr. Murphy serves on the Board of Directors in the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, Irish Bar Association of San Diego and the San Diego County Bar Association’s Law and Medicine Committee.

In addition, Mr. Murphy donates his services to help people without access to justice receive legal representation and has worked as a child advocate with the Children’s Attorney Project of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, and represented clients in mental-health conservatorship proceedings with the Short Foundation Legal Center in San Diego, California. Mr. Murphy has tried several jury trials representing conservatorship clients pro bono in San Diego Superior Courts.

Kaylan Pokala

POKALA LAW

Owner of Pokala Law APC, Mr. Kalyan D. Pokala earned his undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of St. Thomas.

Mr. Pokala has experience in the areas of business formations, contracts, general civil litigation, business dissolutions, and trademarks and copyrights.

Mr. Pokala has been serving the needs of local San Diego residents and businesses as a “firm of one” for almost a decade. While the bulk of Mr. Pokala’s practice continues to be business formations and representation, his career began with a passion for art and a desire to help independent artists and writers protect their interests. Working with artists and writers to form the most appropriate business entity to suit their needs led to the firm’s more business-oriented practice. Since 2008, his practice has built a strong reputation for offering competent, fair-priced legal advice while providing the personal touch that isn’t expected with a firm of its caliber.

Mr. Pokala represents small business owners in San Diego as well as businesses throughout California. From the transaction side of the law with forming the business entity, bringing on investors, drafting contracts, negotiating commercial leases, filing copyrights and trademarks, to the litigation side of the law, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation (personal injury, employment, breach of contracts), Mr. Pokala has the experience to protect your interests.

Mr. Pokala is admitted to practice before all state courts in California and the United States District Court (Southern District of California).

In addition to the practice of law, Mr. Pokala enjoys the New York Mets, ice hockey, and stand-up comedy. He has called San Diego home since 1992.

Jenny Erdmann, CFP®, CDFA, Esq.

CHISHOLM FINANCIAL PLANNING

Founder and Certified Financial Planner at Chisholm Financial Planning and Investments, Jenny Erdmann focuses on advising clients in areas including personal financial planning, retirement income planning, retirement planning, asset management, inheritance and gift planning. Additionally, as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™, she works with individuals, family law attorneys, and mediators on financial matters related to divorce. This includes structuring financial settlements, analyzing and recommending division of property, and counseling the client regarding financial issues post-divorce.

As a financial mediator at Pacific Coast Divorce Mediation, Jenny assisted couples with a wide range of financial complexities related to divorce. In addition, she works with individuals throughout the divorce process weighing their options and developing a plan for distributing assets and starting fresh once the divorce process has been finalized.

After receiving her law degree from California Western School of Law Jenny practiced as an estate planning, business transaction, and tax attorney. Because of this experience, she views much of her financial planning from a legal paradigm; shaping her guidance on many of the financial issues routinely faced by clients. Throughout her career, Jenny has continued to be highly involved with the legal community by providing MCLE for attorney organizations and consulting with Pacific Coast Mediation specifically on issues of divorce and asset division. She is also a founding member and Chief Financial Officer of The Source Professional Group, an association of fellow California Western Law School graduates hoping to build a diverse community of business associates through education and community events.

Local involvement is an important component of Jenny’s life. She is heavily involved with the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society of San Diego, where she utilizes her professional training to provide financial casework services for both active duty and retired military. Through that organization she also provides educational training and seminars designed to help service members understand and implement successful financial strategies specific to their situation. Jenny can often be found enjoying the sunshine on Coronado island.