Our Board

Meet the Diversity in Parenting, Inc. board. These amazing humans help make this organization what it is. They support the organization on so many levels, including advising the founder, supporting financially, as well as helping spread the word about our many programs and services.


Mercedes Samudio, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist and parent coach in La Habra, CA. She is the founder of Diversity in Parenting, Inc. and the creator of the Diversity in Parenting Conference. Read more about her here.


Mercedes Samudio, LCSW

Pronouns: She/Her

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Kyle Samudio is the Adult Services Supervisor at Fullerton Public library in Fullerton, CA.


Kyle Samudio

Pronouns: He/Him


Melissa Dumaz is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and best selling author. She specializes in guiding clients through the complexities of overcoming emotional & physical trauma, grief & loss, and improve relationship satisfaction.

Board Member

Melissa Dumas, LMFT

Pronouns: She/Her


Patrice Douglas, LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist in Southern California.  She has dedicated her life towards helping people work through trauma, overcoming personal obstacles, and developing a positive means of expression. As a mental health advocate, not only does she want her clients to feel educated, but she also seeks to continue to educate the population on mental health. Together, she believes, we can heal the world, one person at a time.

Board Member

Patrice Douglas, LMFT

Pronouns: She/Her


Nichomi Higgins, LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist in Southern California.

Vice President

Nichomi Higgins, LMFT

Pronouns: She/Her


Naomi Andrews, LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist in Southern California.


Naomi Andrews, LMFT

Pronouns: She/Her


Dr. Pamela Reeves is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT #51463) with extensive experience working in various areas, specifically, crisis Intervention and is passionately devoted to empowering  sexual assault/domestic violence survivors during their healing journey.

Board Member

Dr. Pamela Reeves

Pronouns: She/Her

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