Postpartum Support International


Postpartum Support International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to helping those suffering from perinatal mood disorders, the most common complication of childbirth.

Our Mission is to promote equity and inclusion in awareness, prevention, and treatment of mental health issues related to pregnancy, childbearing and parenting in California.

Our Vision: All birthing persons and partners access quality perinatal mental health care, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual preference.

Carol MackayCarol Mackay, Co-Chair
Co-Chair, Underserved and Special Populations Chair

Carol Mackay has a degree in Developmental Psychology and has supported families for over 25 years in the US and Canada. Her career has allowed her to work with college students, single-parent families, immigrant women and girls, families during the perinatal period, fathers, and youth needing legal support and resources.

In Calgary, AB, Carol expanded PMAD services to include first-language telephone support in Cantonese, Spanish, and Arabic and to rural families with little access. Her work also included training healthcare staff and in-home support workers about perinatal mood disorders and connecting them with the appropriate resources.

Carol has extensive knowledge and experience with Board and committee work. She was a founding board member of the Children’s Legal and Educational Resource Centre (CLERC). She also sat on numerous committees, including; family violence, homelessness, diversity and inclusion in health institutions, and perinatal mood disorders, to name a few. Carol looks forward to bringing her passion and commitment to helping families to the Board of PSI-CA. Carol lives in the San Fernando Valley area of California.

Meri Levy, LMFT, PMH-C, CLE

Meri Levy, LMFT, PMH-C, CLE is a perinatal psychotherapist and mother to four grown children. She is a Certified Lactation Educator, and holds certifications in Perinatal Mental Health and Pain Reprocessing Therapy. In her youth, Meri was a suicide prevention hotline volunteer and a political activist. After a twelve year career in public policy for the State of California, and her own own difficult PMAD journey, she founded The Nurture Center, a store and resource center for new parents, where she sold maternity, baby and breastfeeding products, ran support groups, and provided breastfeeding assistance.

After returning to school to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Meri began volunteering for PSI as a support coordinator for the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been coordinating the PSI virtual peer consultation groups for mental health providers for the past several years, and she facilitates one of the consultation groups monthly. In her free time, Meri enjoys all kinds of dance, traveling, and spending time with her grown kids, her two cockatiels and her cat. She lives and works in the San Francisco East Bay Area.

Jennifer Cordeau

Jennifer Cordeau

Jennifer Cordeau is a former urban planner/project manager turned Certified Style Coach™ with a passion to help empower and support woman through style. After her own fight with postpartum anxiety and depression, Jennifer was inspired to help raise awareness about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) leading her to a local non-profit in San Diego with the same mission. With a master’s degree in Public Administration and a flair for spreadsheets, she was appointed to the Treasurer position on the local Board. Now, she serves as the Treasurer on the PSI California Board of Directors.

When she’s not helping women to feel confident in their own skin, or busting out a new budget, you can find Jennifer belting out made-up lyrics in the kitchen with her nine-year-old daughter, throwing a mangled chew toy to her dog as if in a scene out of the movie Groundhog Day, giving her husband a hard time, and binge-watching Project Runway episodes. She lives in San Diego, California.

Alicia Mittleman

Alicia Mittleman, LCSW, PMH-C

Alicia Mittleman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in West Sacramento, CA. Alicia is a Certified Brainspotting Therapist and specializes in working with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, individuals experiencing grief and loss, and individuals with a history of trauma. Alicia is a mother to two children and is a PMAD survivor. In addition to running a full-time private practice, Alicia enjoys volunteering at her children’s school, participating in her local Rotary Club, and serving on local non-profit boards in her community to enhance outdoor and play spaces for children and families. Alicia is passionate about ensuring every parent has access to adequate mental health care to treat PMAD’s and to receive adequate support to help their families thrive.

Lisette Lopez-RoseLisette Lopez-Rose
PSI Liaison, Peer Support Chair

Lisette became a first time mom during the COVID pandemic and found PSI online support groups through a desperate, late night social media search. Once recovered, Lisette began to volunteer with PSI in the Online Support Groups Program and helped launch the Perinatal Support for Latinx Moms and Birthing People. Prior to parenthood, Lisette worked in Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry and now works for PSI as the Online Support Groups Program Assistant.

Lisette has a passion for peer support since it was so vital in her recovery from Perinatal Depression, Anxiety, OCD and Birth Trauma. Lisette is also an advocate for adequate Perinatal Mental Health support and hopes to normalize mental health challenges related to childbearing by openly sharing her experience on social media. Lisette lives in the SF Bay Area, CA with her 2 year old daughter Sybil, husband Chris and their dilute calico cat Izzy. In her spare time she loves to watch classic TCM movies, listen to audiobooks, cook (uninterrupted) and bake yummy recipes she finds online. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Miranda Mestas Vatterott, MSW

Miranda Mestas Vatterott, MSW
DEI Chair

Miranda Mestas Vatterott, MSW received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Santa Clara University and her Master of Social Work with a concentration in health from the University of Southern California. She has experience supporting new parents and families in various roles since 2013.

Miranda has worked as a birth and postpartum doula, patient advocate, a parent and me yoga instructor, a childbirth educator, and a parent coach. She currently works as an associate clinical social worker at Harvest Home, a maternity home in Los Angeles where she offers individual and group psychotherapy services. She is a third-year PhD student at Our Lady of the Lake University. Her research interests are in perinatal mental health, cultural postpartum practices, and pre and postnatal health care. She enjoys reading, traveling, and watching soccer. Miranda lives in Southern California with her husband, three children, and labradoodle.

Elyse Springer, MA-CLP, LMFT, PMH-C
Policy and Advocacy Chair

Elyse Springer currently serves as the Policy and Advocacy Chair for the California chapter of Postpartum Support International and is a licensed marriage and family therapist (licensed in CA, OR & WA) with focus on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, pregnancy and infant loss, LGBTQIA+, depression, trauma, anxiety, OCD, and HIV/AIDS. Elyse is an Emeritus Governing Council member for Maternal Mental Health NOW after serving an eight-year Governing Council term, and maintains her role training for the organization. Elyse served as a Board Member of national maternal mental health policy and advocacy non-profit, 2020 Mom, from 2014-2019, and Clinical Advisory panel member from 2019-2021. In addition, Elyse is Emeritus Board Member for national perinatal loss organization Return to Zero: H.O.P.E., and current training faculty, as well as training faculty for paternal-focused non-profit, Love, Dad. Elyse is certified in perinatal mental health, an EMDRIA-approved Therapist and EMDRIA-approved Consultant, certified in Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) by the IPT Institute and an IPT Supervisor-in-training. She lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Karyn Sprinkle, MSN, RN, PMH-C
Frontline Provider Chair

Karyn Sprinkle is a registered nurse living in the Palm Springs area. With 17 years of experience as a registered nurse in labor and delivery, she is dedicated to her role as clinical manager at Desert Regional Medical Center. She has created a maternal mental health team at DRMC and enjoys educating the staff and families on perinatal mental health and substance use disorders.

In addition to her work in women’s health, Karyn also has a background in inpatient psychiatric care, providing her with a unique perspective on the intersection of mental health and childbirth. She is interested in advocating for more education and training related to maternal mental health and substance use disorders. Karyn’s passion for maternal mental health is further demonstrated through her role as a clinical instructor in obstetrics and mental health for the RN program at College of the Desert.
Currently enrolled in a post-masters psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program at the University of Cincinnati, Karyn is committed to expanding her knowledge and skills to better serve the needs of the community. She plans to graduate in April 2025 and pursue her doctorate degree in nursing.

Karyn is a proud mother of 3 children ages 23, 19, and 16, as well as a 24 year-old step daughter. She resides in a suburb of Palm Springs with her boyfriend and 3 dogs. She enjoys reading and volunteering with the homeless community. She is involved with a number of organizations including AWHONN, NAMI Coachella Valley, and ASAM, and is currently a member of the Inland Empire Opioid Crisis Coalition.

Alina Kurland, PsyD

Alina Kurland, Psy.D., PMH-C
Volunteer Chair

Dr. Kurland is a clinical psychologist working at a group private practice in the California Bay Area. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from UCLA, graduated with a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, and completed her postdoctoral training at the Palo Alto VA’s women’s residential program for trauma recovery. She specializes in working with the perinatal population, reproductive trauma, and women’s wellness concerns. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Kurland serves as the training director for her organization and trains and supervises postdoctoral students. Dr. Kurland is passionate about increasing access to perinatal mental health care and ensuring that all parents and families have the resources they need to thrive. In addition to her professional passions, Dr. Kurland enjoys spending time doing yoga, hiking, training her dog, and knitting her latest scarf.

Brittany Welch

Brittany Welch
Climb Out of the Darkness Chair

Brittany Welch is a former education specialist and survivor of postpartum PTSD and preeclampsia. Brittany is a mom with a heart for maternal mental health. She joined the Climb Out of the Darkness Team as her local coordinator in 2022 while still pregnant and then postpartum with her second child. Brittany’s experiences regarding maternal mental health span the entire spectrum of services which helps her share information and support other struggling parents. You can find Brittany in the garden, at the park, or hiking local trails with her two littles. She lives in the California Central Valley.

Geneses Abril

Geneses Abril, MPH, MS
Social Media Chair

Geneses Abril is a health communicator and storyteller. She is passionate about utilizing communication and marketing strategies to help individuals thrive, advance, and connect. She has employed the art and science of health communication to support initiatives, collaborations, movements, and projects for over ten years. As a spirited learner and motivated applicator, she received a bachelor’s degree from Boston College, a master’s degree in health communication from Northwestern University, and a Master of Public Health from the University of Southern California. She lives and works in San Bernadino County.

Jackie Crown

Jackie Crown, CPD, DACM, L.Ac
Communications Chair

Jackie Crown is a Doctor of Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine, licensed Acupuncturist and a Certified Postpartum Doula, empowering expectant and new mothers to take charge of their postnatal recovery. She supports each client on their path to recovery from pregnancy, childbirth and into motherhood, considering all components of their mental, physical & emotional wellbeing.

After many years in Advertising & Marketing, Jacky followed her passion for health and wellness, pursuing a career in integrative medicine, acupuncture and functional nutrition. She had her first child in 2018 and quickly realized the profound difficulties of the postpartum period, which ultimately launched her into the field of perinatal medicine.

Jackie is the founder of Fourthouse Wellness, with a mission to elevate postnatal recovery care, offering specialized clinical services to help mothers navigate pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. With advanced training in Perinatal Mental Health, Jackie cares deeply about maternal mental health and has volunteered as a PSI Support Coordinator since early 2020.

Jackie lives in Marin County, California with her husband and three young children.

Daniella Bermudez

Daniella Bermudez, LMFT, PMH-C

Daniella Bermudez is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in perinatal mental health, reproductive health, and grief and loss. Working in the field of suicide prevention, crisis management, and community health, she is an advocate for non-carceral approaches to wellness and ending stigma. She is a mom with her own lived experience with mental health. She is dedicated to reducing barriers to access to care and providing support and education to birthing persons and their loved ones. She lives and works in the San Francisco East Bay Area.

Simal Ozen Irmak

Simal Ozen Irmak, PhD, MPH, PMH-C

Dr. Ozen Irmak, is a neuroscientist and the CEO and Cofounder of Tibi Health. During her first pregnancy and postpartum period, she experienced perinatal depression, anxiety and intrusive thoughts. This first-hand experience sparked her interest in the maternal mental health field. In 2017-18, while as a stay-home-mom, she conducted a small scale, proof of concept, completely remote study to better understand the communication gaps between perinatal mothers and their healthcare providers. The experience of mothers participating in this study opened new questions for her around gaps in our healthcare system, ultimately leading to a career change, going back to school and founding Tibi. At Tibi, she is leading a small team developing digital tools to facilitate timely detection, treatment, and prevention of parental mental health disorders. She lives in San Francisco with her two daughters and partner.

Dr Ozen Irmak is a strong advocate for implementing proactive and integrative care practices to address mental health disorders in a scalable and effective way. In her free time, she enjoys leading a PMADs support group for the PSI, as she is a huge fan of the PSI vision of empowering parents with social support, information and access to professional care. Dr Ozen Irmak is honored to be a part of and is looking forward to serving to the PSI-CA community and California parents as a PSI-CA Chapter Board Member-at-Large.

Anna Glezer

Anna Glezer, MD

Dr. Glezer began her training at Harvard and then transitioned to the University of California, San Francisco, where she has been a practicing physician, teacher, mentor, and is a volunteer associate professor. She is board certified in adult and forensic psychiatry, a member of the American Psychiatric Association, and a past President of the Northern California Psychiatric Society. Dr. Glezer is the founder of Women’s Wellness Psychiatry, a reproductive & integrative psychiatry clinic serving patients across California. She also developed the online Fellowship in Reproductive & Integrative Psychiatry and the Bay Area Perinatal Mental Health Conference, now in its 7th year. She enjoys mentoring and consulting clinicians who are starting out in private practice and has written a guidebook on the topic, and she has been a speaker at various local, regional, and national events and conferences. You can find her online (;;, in your podcast app, and on social media where she aims to raise awareness of topics related to women’s mental health. Dr. Glezer works in San Francisco and lives in the East Bay.

Maria Fuenzalida

Maria Fuenzalida, LCSW, PMH-C

Maria Fuenzalida is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Perinatal Mental Health Provider and Certified Grief Educator in private practice in the San Fernando Valley, where she specializes in women’s mental health, especially as it relates to family planning, pregnancy, and childbirth. Maria is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and Postpartum Support International. She is also fluent in Spanish and has worked as a bilingual social worker throughout her career.

Maria’s professional experience includes over a decade working in the Child Welfare field. She has worked with various mental health issues across all socio-economic backgrounds. She has extensive experience working with families impacted by intimate partner violence and with adult survivors of child abuse, including incest and human trafficking survivors.

Maria has worked in school-based settings and volunteered at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, focusing on long-term hospitalizations’ impact on a child’s development, has volunteered with AIDS hospice patients at the former Carl Bean House hospice and for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

Maria has lobbied for extending services for transitional-age foster youth, marriage equality and transgender rights. She is also passionate about working with parents of children with special needs. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work specializing in Child and Family well-being from California State University-Long Beach and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from California State University-Los Angeles. She also earned a certificate in Child Maltreatment and Family Violence. She lives in Los Angeles County, California.

Rebecca Hardt

Rebecca Hardt, LMFT, PMH-C

Rebecca Hardt is a California native, currently residing in the California Central Coast with her two sons. She is a proud mother of “two under two”, however, her second son’s birth was traumatic. After an unexpected family death in late 2021, she went through a difficult time with postpartum PTSD, which led her to finding PSI. Rebecca joined the peer mentor program and attended peer support group meetings which helped her along the journey of healing from trauma and loss. Rebecca has made it her personal and professional mission to increase local resources for perinatal mental health in her small town community. While she has been a practicing Marriage and Family Therapist for over a decade, Rebecca added a perinatal mental health certification to her credentials in 2022. Ms. Hardt is pleased to join the California chapter of PSI, having come full circle to now volunteer for the organization that she credits for the primary support in her personal recovery.

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The California Chapter is focused on improving access to perinatal mental health (PMH) services and peer support resources in underserved communities in the State, advocating for better PMH policies, and increasing PMH awareness. We also provide scholarships for PSI trainings and events.

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