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Denisse Centeno-Lamas, LCSW

English, Spanish

Denisse has worked with a variety of social service organizations for the last fifteen years. Denisse was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Orlando in 1996 to start her professional career. She received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Social Work from the University of Central Florida in 2001 and 2000 respectively. In 2006, she obtained her License as a Clinical Social Worker, and in the same year was named the “Intervention Specialist of the year” by the Center for Drug-Free Living. In 2009, Denisse became a District SAFE Suicide Prevention Counselor for Orange County Public Schools, where she left her mark by contributing significantly to changing OCPS policies to meet state law standards. In her experience with OCPS, Denisse developed the suicide prevention program and reviewed the Baker Act policies for the district, providing suicide prevention training and counseling and serving as a liaison between mental health hospitals, providers, and the school district. In 2012, Denisse decided to follow her dream and create Hispanic Family Counseling, Inc. in July of that year. Today, Denisse provides counseling services to a diverse population of clients and families, as well as serves as the Executive Director for the agency.


For the past few years, Denisse has been an active advocate in the field of suicide prevention. She served as the President of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Central Florida Chapter - since 2014 until early 2019. Additionally, Denisse is a former adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida, teaching an array of social work classes. Denisse is also registered to supervise Clinical Social Work Interns, and regularly supervises employees while they work towards licensure. 


Denisse's awards and recognitions include being recognized as the Role model of the week by Hispanicspeakout TV (2017), being a finalist of “Mujeres Destacadas” for the Community Leadership Award presented by La Prensa (2017), and being a distinguished panelist in 2017 for the Hispanic American Professional and Business Women's Association Foundation. Also, Denisse was recognized as a Community Honoree by Orange County Public Schools (2016), as an Outstanding Service in the Community presented by Molina (2016) and as Helpers and Healers by UCF (2016). Denisse was awarded with the Social Work Media Award by NASW (2016) and as the “Social Worker of the Year 2015 in Central Florida”; award given by the National Association of Social Workers. UCF selected her as the “Alumni of the year - 2015” to recognize her influence in the Central Florida community. Denisse is also a Hispanic Society of Friendship Honorary Member from Lakeview Middle School, the VIP Woman of the Year of the Circle National Association of Professional Women, and a Continental Who's Who Honored Member. Denisse is a member of several boards, including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Central Florida Chapter, Leadership Council National Association of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and The United States Fire Department Reserve Corps.


Denisse loves to travel and to spend time with her husband, family, and friends. She is a founder and has been an active member of Iglesia Cristiana Hispana (Discípulos de Cristo) – North Orlando since 1996. 

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Nancy Jimenez, LMHC, Clinical Director

English, Spanish

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Susette Lopez, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor, Licensed Evaluator

English, Spanish

Susette is a graduate from the University of Central Florida, where she obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida, where she gained experience in crisis intervention as well as suicide prevention. Her clinical experience includes providing counseling to individuals experiencing depression and anxiety, as well as working with individuals experiencing other forms of severe mental illness. She has experience working in many populations, including children, adolescents, and adults. In addition, she received her credentials as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2018. She is fluent in both English and Spanish and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and hiking.

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Keila Solís, LMFT, Clinical Supervisor, South Florida Region

English, Spanish

Keila received her Master’s degree from Barry University in Counseling with a dual specialization in Mental Health and Marriage and Family Counseling in 2005. Early in her profession, she worked with adolescents and their families in a juvenile prevention program providing group and individual counseling. Mrs. Solís also has experience working in an outpatient setting providing individual and group counseling to adults with a broad spectrum of mental illness. Currently, Mrs. Solís works in ministry providing educational workshops to the couples of her home church. She also organizes retreats with the goals of empowering and equipping couples with the tools necessary to sustain a healthy and joyful marriage. Mrs. Solís is a proud member of the Hispanic Family Counseling Team providing diverse services to clients and their families. She can provide these services in English or Spanish. 

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Sarah Serrano, LCSW, Program Supervisor, South Florida Region

English, Spanish

Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker serving the South Florida tri-county area (Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties). She obtained her Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!) and her Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Addictions Counseling from Florida International University. Sarah has over 13 years of experience in the field of Behavioral Health, having worked with the forensic mental health system and later the addictions recovery field in both clinical and administrative settings as Director of Behavioral Health Programs for a local South Florida agency. Most recently, Sarah has been concentrating on providing services as an independent contractor in corporate crisis counseling, conducting clinical trainings and independent clinical audits for local social services agencies, and facilitating educational workshops for community and faith-based groups. Sarah is registered to supervise Clinical Social Work Interns. “My passion lies in assisting individuals and agencies fulfill their potential in all areas.”

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Jessica Heredia, LMHC, Licensed Evaluator

English, Spanish

Jessica is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor at Hispanic Family Counseling Inc. She holds a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Bayamon Central University in Puerto Rico; a Master’s Degree in Christian Clinical Counseling from Central Christian University in Orlando, Florida; and a Diploma in Biblical Studies and Theology from A/G Multicultural Theological Institute. Jessica's professional experience began and developed in church ministries, and included being a Children's Director and a Youth Pastor. She is fully bilingual and her previous work experience includes working with many diverse populations including children, youth, marriage, and family. Jessica is a certified case manager and has EMDR full training, and is looking forward to having an EMDR certification. She has provided services to diverse populations in terms of cultural, social, and ethnic background. For more than 4 years, Jessica was part of the Youth Pastor Team, Worship Team and Translation Team Ministries at a local church. Additionally, she has experience in presenting at conferences and giving training to churches and schools (in the USA and Puerto Rico) on the topics of Domestic Violence, Differences between ADHD and Anxiety signs & symptoms, Assertive Communication, and Leadership. Jessica is happily married to Norbert for more than 14 years and together they have 2 dynamic sons. Lately, she's been developing professional experience leading groups to educate and empower children and youth. Jessica feels blessed to be a facilitator in the field for individuals looking to regain self-confidence and empowerment. She is also on various boards, including the Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County, Healthy Start Coalition of Seminole County, and The United States Fire Department Reserve Corps.

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Jacqueline Espinal, MA, Eds, LMHC, Licensed Evaluator

English, Spanish

Jacqueline graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 1999 with an M.A. degree in Forensic Psychology. She graduated from Barry University in December 2014 with an Ed.S. degree Dual Specialization in Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with the State of Florida. She just obtained her License as a Mental Health Counselor with the State of Florida. She is trained and experienced in providing Mental Health Assessments, Individual, Couple, Family, and Group Counseling to adults and children. She is fluent in Spanish and is available to meet with clients on some evenings and Saturdays.

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Nidia Medina, PhD, Licensed Evaluator

English, Spanish

Nidia has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. She holds a Master degree in Mental Health Counseling from University of Phoenix in Puerto Rico. She also obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with Penology emphasis from Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Medina is currently a License Evaluator of Hispanic Family Counseling. Dr. Medina has been in the counseling field since 2000 and has provided outpatient and group therapy to children, teenagers, adults, couples and families. She has worked with a variety of issues including but not limited to severe and chronic mental illness, self-harm, ADHD, anger management, low self-esteem, anxiety disorder, depression disorder, addiction disorders, grief, stress and everyday relational and family issues. Dr. Medina relocated in Florida in 2013 and has provided services as a Mental Health Targeted Case Management and Mental Health Counselor for children, teenagers, adults and families in home, schools and office settings. Dr. Medina is happily married to her husband and has four kids. She works side by side with the Senior Pastor at her locale church to fulfill the mission to teach the gospel to every family. Dr. Medina believes that her God-given purpose is to inspire, empower and propel women, individuals and families with a Christian faith-based approach to reach their own purpose in life. 

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Mary Jane Tolmasoff, LMHC

English

Mary Jane has worked in a variety of social service organizations for the last 33 years. She received her Master's in Counseling and Psychology. Mary Jane started her career working on a residential Dual Diagnosis Unit in Park Ridge, Illinois and worked there for 4 years. She then relocated to Orlando, Florida and worked with adults and adolescents who had substance abuse issues at Parkside Lodge of Orlando for 4 years. After that, she started her own business providing substance abuse treatment, conducting a batterers intervention program, and linking victims of domestic violence with community resources. In 1997, Mary Jane began her 18-year stint at the Center for a Drug-Free Living as a New Horizon Counselor at Oak Ridge High School.  During this time, she obtained her license as a Mental Health Counselor in Florida. She is also a Certified Addictions Professional (CAP). In addition, she supervised and trained Master’s level interns from Rollins College and the University of Central Florida. Concurrently while working at the Center, Mary Jane provided private counseling at other counseling agencies. Mary Jane is currently a contracted service provider at Hispanic Family Counseling, Inc., where she provides a range of counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults. Mary Jane is registered to supervise MHC interns.

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Mavila Dumanoir, Licensed Evaluator, LCSW

English, Spanish

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