Martha Nix Wade, MA- Founder, Executive Director, and Educator, utilizes her life experience to coordinate all of A Quarter Blue’s events, education, and seminars. She received an MA in Intercultural Studies from BIOLA University, a teaching credential from Whittier College, and a BA from UCLA in dance.
Wayne Brazil, Licensed Marriage Family Therapist of 25 years, is A Quarter Blue’s Supervisor. He is the Clinic Director of G. Wayne Brazil and Associates, Counselors and Consultants with offices in Tustin and Orange. Wayne teaches Practicum Classes and Psychopharmacology to Masters Level Students seeking their Marriage and Family Therapist degree at Hope International University. Wayne holds a B.S. in Business from Pepperdine University and an M.A. in Marriage and Family. He is a former business executive and business owner. He developed a a psycho-therapeutic approach called Metaphorical Parts Work. He is also an artist, musician, published award winning poet and author.
Elizabeth Rivas, A Quarter Blue’s Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, specializes in assisting people immediately following a crime. She has an extensive background working in the mental health field, for the past 18 years. She has had the opportunity to work as a corrections officer, sexual assault victim advocate, mental health outreach coordinator, and case manager in a psychiatric hospital. Elizabeth’s background in criminal justice has provided her with a unique insight into the lives of victims who have been violated and she can share her strengths providing hope through therapy and community resources. “My greatest passion is working with sexual assault victims, not only because it affects so many children and adults but sexual abuse doesn’t discriminate against anyone. As an under reported crime, it comes with many challenges and obstacles.”
Cheryl Gilbert, an associate for AQB, is a graduate from Hope International University in Marriage and Family Therapy. Cheryl enjoyed a thirty-year career as an educator, working with both mainstream students and students who were diagnosed with emotional and/or mental health needs. “As an educator and school administrator, I saw so many families affected by the trauma of sexual abuse. I saw how it was a systemic injury, affecting the entire family. Nearly all of these families were unaware that the precipitating factor for family discord, mental health issues, and attachment injuries was the trauma caused by the sexual abuse.”
Volunteer Marriage Family Therapist Trainees
A Quarter Blue hires Marriage Family Therapist Trainees and interns for at least a yearlong commitment. Here are some highlights about our current Marriage Family Therapist Trainees:
Colette Craig, a Master’s student in Marriage and Family Therapy at Hope International University recently joined A Quarter Blue’s staff, after years of volunteering. She has a desire to help victims of crime – especially children affected by sexual abuse and mental illness. “Having grown up in the foster care system, I believe all children should have access to affordable or no-cost psychotherapy with therapists that truly understand the pain, turmoil, guilt, shame and conflict that happens with children victims of crime and/or sexual abuse. “It is truly an honor to work with such self-sacrificing and caring organization that will stop at nothing to give back to the under-served community of children needing to be heard
Rukiya S. Symister, a graduate student at Hope International University in Marriage and Family Therapy, worked for ten years with a diverse population of adults who were severely mentally ill, homeless and chemical dependent lead her to obtain her Master’s. “I find the services at A Quarter Blue to be very creative and allow for a thinking outside the box from traditional approaches to therapy. The clients are allowed to express their inner feelings through their art, which allows them to let their unconscious roam free. The healing is in the artwork…each masterpiece tells a story that is unique to each client and they are able to take pride in creating something beautiful out of their ashes.“
Angelica Garcia, a Master’s student in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University, holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton. Angelica has experience withApplied Behavior Analysis, as she attains a second job as a Behavioral Therapist for children with Autism and related disorders. “I believe God sent people to earth to fulfill a purpose. My purpose is to help victims of sexual assault learn how to effectively cope and heal from past traumas. I am very fortunate to be a part of the AQB staff because I am surrounded by experienced, caring, and passionate clinicians that I am able to learn from as I continue my journey on becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.”
Christopher Maines is a graduate student at Azusa Pacific University earning his M.A. in Clinical Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy. He recently joined A Quarter Blue’s team because “it is an honor to work with this population of wounded yet resilient human beings.” Chris has noticed that many of the clients he has served in his four year career at the County of Orange Adult Mental Health clinic have child sexual abuse as an underlying factor in their mental illness. “I wish for many of my psychiatric clients what is provided at A Quarter Blue: affordable psychotherapy with those who understand their story and are skilled to facilitate healing.” Chris’ M.A. in Communication and Culture from Trinity International University has trained him to communicate truth in the public sphere of competing ideas. “Under the leadership of Martha and Wayne, I believe we are giving a voice to those who have suffered under a cloak of silence; it is a major part of their healing as well as the beginning of change in our society’s approach to child sexual abuse.”
BreeAnne Woods, a graduate student at Azusa Pacific University in Marriage and Family Therapy, received her Bachelor’s from Cal State University Dominguez Hills in Psychology. She was lead to AQB because she wanted to help individuals with their trauma, knowing that their day to day functioning could be altered due to unresolved childhood trauma.”I get great joy seeing my clients put in the work throughout the healing process.”
Board of Directors
Martha Wade, MA(President)had tremendous success as a former child actress (co-starring on The Waltons, Days of Our Lives, and many other television shows). She received her MA in Intercultural Studies from BIOLA University, a teaching credential from Whittier College, and a BA from UCLA in dance.
Wayne Brazil, MA, MFA Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (Treasurer) is a Clinic Director of G. Wayne Brazil and Associates, Counselors and Consultants. In addition to being a board member, Wayne acts as the supervising therapist over the Volunteer Marriage Family Therapist Trainees who lead the individual and group therapy sessions for A quarter Blue.
Micah Burpo, (Vice President) is the CEO of MEB Enterprises, Inc. and SoCal Juniors Volleyball Club. Micah is involved in many of the fundraisers that A Quarter Blue hosts.
Dawn Bullock, (Secretary) worked as a supervisor at the United States District Court for almost 25 years. After taking a year off from the courts she returned in November of 2015 and is currently the Judicial Assistant to a Federal Judge. She is a member of the Federal Court Clerk’s Association, The Federal Judicial Assistant’s Association, and the National Association of Professional Women. She focuses on A Quarter Blue’s grant writing.
Catherine Youngerman-Hernandez, BS (Member) is a successful licensed real estate agent and broker, with Walter K. Bowman Real Estate 1990 to Present. She holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. CSULB. She currently serves on the Pacific West Association of Realtors Grievance Committee, past President, Secretary of Kiwanis of Cypress, Secretary of Cypress Festival Association, member of Soroptimist, and recipient of PTA Golden Oak and multiple other awards.
Jennifer Havriluk (Member), Sales Executive for American Print and List Services for 17 years, is A Quarter Blue’s major contributor of preventative resources that have been distributed worldwide to assist in protecting children. Her heart to truly protect children grew as returned from Russia after adopting two children.
- Wayne Brazil, MA, MFA
- Kathryn E. Hamel, M.A. — Law Enforcement, California
- Carol Reza, Founder and Executive Director of Bridge of Faith
- Sergeant Dan Romo — Law Enforcement, California
- Maya Hivale—Child Protective Services, California
- Jennifer Havriluk — Business Owner (American Mailing Printing List Services)
- Dr. Natasha West — Pediatrician
- Dr. Sharon Wollaston — Pediatrician
- Rhonda Stern — Attorney
- Roylyn Burton, Community Program Specialist with Social Services, Co-Founder of Faith in Motion
- Sharon Landis, Foster/Adoptive Parent Development Team with Social Services, Co-Founder of Faith in Motion