Trudy Lackey, Executive Director
Since moving to Calaveras County in 1992, Trudy Lackey has been heavily involved in the community through her employment and volunteer activities. She has owned several small businesses in the Bay Area, Hawaii, and locally. Trudy was at one time the Executive Director of the Calaveras Community Foundation and has been the manager of the Columbia College Calaveras Center. She was elected four times to the Vallecito Union School District Board of Trustees and served as its President. Trudy has a background in education and has been a substitute teacher throughout the County.
Trudy raised her son here and her step-children were frequent visitors. She now enjoys visiting with them and her grand-daughters. Trudy enjoys spending time outdoors, gardening, swimming, and hiking.
Trudy served on the Mind Matters Board for eight years before becoming E.D. in November 2016. She is passionate about making Mind Matters a welcoming, safe, and comprehensive, one-stop-shop treatment center.
Ryan Thompson, M.D. Medical Director/Founder
Ryan Thompson M.D. is a Board Certified Family Physician who has been practicing in Calaveras County for over 20 years. He graduated with honors from Chicago Medical School in 1985 and subsequently completed his Family Practice Residency at Memorial Medical Center, Long Beach, in 1988.
Though he has always treated individuals with ADHD and Autism, his interest in these disorders became heightened with the discovery that his son struggled with both conditions. Living in a rural area made it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to access comprehensive services for his son. In spite of multiple attempts to foster development of such needed services, adequate help was not found. With the help of his wife and other trained professionals, the Mind Matters Clinic was developed to meet these needs.
Through specialized training and practical experience, he has become the area’s expert in assessing and treating ADHD, Autism, and related disorders. His approach is unique in that services provided are truly comprehensive utilizing medical, dietary, and nontraditional methods which combine to provide the most effective treatments available in the region.
Over the years, he has provided educational seminars and consultations for groups of professionals, educators, parents, and public organizations while promoting effective treatments and hope for these individuals.
Dr. David Simons Clinical Psychologist
Dr. David Simons is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with more than 25 years experience evaluating and treating children. His academic career includes a M.Ed., M.A., and Ph.D. while attending the Universities of Massachusetts, Arizona and California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego. He completed a two year internship at the Department of Psychiatry, UCSD School of Medicine. He was awarded a National Institute of Mental Health grant for graduate studies and accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the Child Development Center, University of Colorado, School of Medicine, Denver Colorado.
He specialized in treating children as member of Valle Verde Pediatrics Medical Group for more than 20 years in Poway, California, and was previously employed for several years at The Child Guidance Clinic and Learning Disabilities Clinic at Children's Hospital, San Diego. Dr. Simons also served as a Clinical Supervisor for the Crisis Team and Post-doctoral training program at Juvenile Hall as well as a Certified Evaluator for several Juvenile Courts in San Diego.
Dr. Simons retired 6 years ago, moving to Northern California. Missing his work with children, he accepted a position as Clinical Director at Mind Matters. He currently lives in Murphys, and enjoys skiing and hiking opportunities in Calaveras County.
Sarah Krutsinger LCSW
Sarah Krutsinger, LCSW, provides counseling for individuals and families. She received her Masters in Social Work with specialization in Health from USC. Sarah received her undergraduate degree in sociology and psychology from Biola University in La Mirada, CA. During the licensing period, she worked at a group home for teenage youth in Santa Ana providing counseling and support to the clients and their families. At Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, Sarah worked in the Emergency department, NICU, as well as other areas in the hospital providing case management and crisis and grief counseling.
Sarah has also worked at a geriatric psychiatric hospital and has done volunteer work with youth in the Orange County area.
Sarah recently moved with her husband and young son from Orange County to the Sierra Foothills and enjoys spending time in the local mountains and lakes with her family.
Cheri Tichenor Educational Services Coordinator
Cheri comes to Mind Matters after having taught Kindergarten through 5th grade for the past 30 years. She retired from the Vallecito Union School District as the 2012 Teacher of the Year. Cheri provides educational testing services, coordinates and teaches the Fast ForWord computer based learning program and CogMed computer program, and instructs the Mind Builder program that we offer at Mind Matters. She uses the unique learning system and proven techniques developed by our cofounder, Kim Thompson, to offer this highly effective, motivating and interactive group treatment modality.
Cheri earned both her BA in Spanish (Phi Beta Kappa) and her Bilingual/Bicultural Teaching Credential from the University of California Davis. She taught modules on Brain Based Teaching for the Credential Program for San Joaquin County Office of Education. She also has presented sessions on Brain Compatible Strategies for Early Childhood Professionals at the Northern California Kindergarten Conference. Cheri raised two boys in Calaveras County and delights in spending time with them and her grandchildren.
Her years of teaching in the local district help provide smooth communication between schools and Mind Matters. Cheri's goal is to provide a positive, helpful service to the children and parents we serve. She is passionate about using the best teaching methods to facilitate learning and to develop skills that will lead to a successful educational experience. She believes in teaching with joy, excitement, engagement and whole body movement and mindfulness.
Marianne Hale Learning Specialist
Marianne came to Mind Matters as a Fast Forward tutor in Sonora. She is excited about facilitating growth in young ones and working with them to become successful students and ultimately, happy, well-adjusted human beings. Her role has grown to include the Mind Builders program and the Social Thinking class to be taught this fall.
Marianne Hale has been a West Coast transplant for the last 22 years, moving to California from Michigan in 1994 to become a Resource Specialist in Brentwood, CA. Over the years her passion for learning and new adventures has led her to work with a foster care program in Seattle, a stint in the Bay Area as a Sales and Marketing Rep for Yogi Times magazine, elder and hospice care in Marin County, and living for a bit in Tulum, Mexico to pursue her love of photography. Marianne moved to the Sierra Foothills 3 years ago and is enjoying spending time in the beautiful mountains, lakes and rivers of this area.
Marianne holds a BA in both Special Education and Spanish from Western Michigan University and recently graduated with her Waldorf Teacher Certification from the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training. After years of trying her hand in other areas, she has found her way back to the direct experience and teaching of young people. In addition to her position at Mind Matters Clinic, she is a long-term substitute teacher for Jamestown Elementary and the Sierra Waldorf School.
Marianne lives in Sonora with her love and his eleven year old son, trying to hike daily and maintain a healthy balance of work and play.
Cristi Canepa Receptionist/Bookkeeper
Cristi Canepa brings over two decades of experience working in the medical field. Having graduated Valedictorian from Andon Medical Vocational College, she continued her hands on training in the office and hospital environments. Cristi has been the point of contact for Mind Matters for the past 6 years and manages all provider schedules. She is also responsible for tracking donations and grant allocations, budgeting, accounts receivable/payable, processing payroll and human resources information for the office.
Cristi married into a fifth generation Calaveras County family and has raised both of her daughters here. She enjoys spending time with them and her granddaughters, hiking in Yosemite and is the owner/photographer of Sally Mae Photography.