Please get to know the Gratia Plena staff team:

Staff and Family

Annette Adams, MSW, LCSW is a parishioner at St. Anthony of Padua (The Woodlands) and works in our Conroe office. She has experience in outpatient and inpatient settings, and expertise in healthcare administration.

LPC Intern Sara Alexander, MA  is a native of Bay City (Texas) and has a master’s degree from Houston Baptist University. Her undergraduate degree was from Franciscan University in Steubenville (Ohio). She is supervised by Julie Jones, LPC-S and Dr. Ken. She and her husband have worked with ADORE ministries, and she previously worked as a Catholic school counselor. They have four children and are parishioners at St. Thomas More. She is currently out on maternity leave.

LPC Intern Stephen Bonnette, MS comes to us from Louisiana with his master’s degree from University of Louisiana at Lafayette and his undergraduate Psychology degree from LSU at Alexandria.  He is an adjunct instructor for San Jacinto College. Stephen is supervised by Nick Lopez, LPC-S and Dr. Ken. He has been involved in Steubenville conferences as a youth counselor and has served in a variety of peer/youth ministry and leadership roles at a number of Catholic parishes. He is Catholic and married with two children. Stephen works mainly in the NASA / Clear Lake area office.

Steven Brown, MS, LSSP, LPA has a license and a wealth of experience in school psychology. He comes to us from the Dallas area, where he worked for several school districts during his career there. After relocating to Houston, he and his wife became parishioners at St. Laurence in Sugar Land. He volunteers at the parish assisting children with disabilities in their faith formation programs. At the parish he also assists with the PACT program, which is a parenting teens ministry. He works under the supervision of Dr. Ken, mainly seeing clients at the Stafford office but can see some clients at the NASA office by special arrangement.

Psychologist Dr. Kenneth Buckle, Psy.D. is the Founder and Executive Director of Gratia Plena. He is a native Houstonian and is licensed to practice Psychology in Texas.  Dr. Ken obtained his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of St. Thomas in Houston.  He then completed his graduate studies in the Chicago area.  He and his wife are parishioners at St. Theresa (Sugar Land), and his wife works at St. Laurence (Sugar Land). He works in the Stafford / Sugar Land area office.

Business Manager Melanie Burrhus has a degree in psychology from UT Austin and did some graduate work in counseling at the University of Houston. She and her family are parishioners at St. Laurence in Sugar Land but are also involved at St. Faustina parish in Fulshear. She works in the Stafford office and supervises our receptionists and most of the administrative issues for Gratia Plena.

LPC Intern Pui Au-Earls, M.Ed. obtained her master’s degree in counseling at the University of St. Thomas and is supervised by Asma Rahim, LPC-S and by Dr. Ken. Pui is originally from Hong Kong, but her college education was in the United States. She is fluent in English and speaks Cantonese and some Mandarin Chinese. She is Catholic and married. She sees clients at the Stafford office and at the NASA office.

Office Assistant Leticia Garcia is one of our bilingual receptionists, and helps with administrative issues in the office. She and her family are parishioners at St. Laurence (Sugar Land). She works in the Stafford office.

School Psychologist Dr. John “Jay” Glynn, Ph.D. is a school psychologist (LSSP) who works with adults, adolescents, and children. He obtained his Ph.D. in School/Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked for many years in the past for the Cy-Fair and Fort Bend School Districts, and currently is full-time at The Kinkaid School where he has been for many years. In the past he has taught Psychology for the University of Houston as an adjunct professor. He is also a certified Spiritual Director, trained through the Spiritual Direction Institute at the Cenacle in Houston. He is originally from New Orleans. He and his wife are parishioners at St. Laurence Catholic Church. He offices at the Stafford location.

Sr. Megan Grewing, CDP, LPC is of the Congregation of Divine Providence, and relocated to Houston from San Antonio. She is a parishioner at St. Rose of Lima in Houston.

Spiritual Director Mary Kay Malicki, MS provides spiritual direction services for Gratia Plena and consultation to the Catholic community for Days of Reflection and retreats.  She is a retired Catholic school teacher.  She received her spiritual direction training at the Spiritual Direction Institute at the Cenacle in Houston with specialized training in Italy, and is a member of Spiritual Directors International.  She has 18 years of experience as a spiritual director.  She has a master’s degree in Chemistry and worked in her early years as a research chemist.  She is Catholic and married with four adult children.  She and her husband are parishioners at St. Catherine of Siena. More information about spiritual direction is available in the “Our Services” section of this website. She meets with directees at the Stafford office.

Rita McCarthy, LMFT relocated several years ago to the Houston area from Florida. She and her husband are parishioners at St. Laurence (Sugar Land). She is trained and experienced in using the Unbound approach (her brother is author Neil Lozano). She works in the Stafford office.

LPC-Intern Ivan Navarro, MA is originally from Colombia and so is bilingual. He has dual bachelor’s degrees from the University of St. Thomas in Spanish and Communications, and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. His master’s degree in counseling is from Rivier University in New Hampshire. His internship was completed by working at a long-term residential treatment facility for abandoned and abused boys. You may hear him if you tune into Radio Maria. He recently moved back to Houston from New Hampshire. He is supervised by Nick Lopez, LPC-S and works under the supervision of Dr. Ken. He attends daily Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish. He works in the Stafford and NASA offices.

Sr. Agnes Kimchi Nguyen, O.P., M.Ed. is of the Vietnamese Domincan community of Houston. She obtained her master’s degree in counseling from the University of St. Thomas. She is working toward licensure in Texas, but will be returning soon to Vietnam to a leadership role in her community there. She will work at Gratia Plena during the summers. She works in the Stafford office.

Fr. Solomon Ohiri, M.Ed. is a diocesan priest from Nigeria. He works as a pastoral counselor with Gratia Plena and is in residence at St. Nicholas parish downtown. He obtained two master’s degrees from the University of St. Thomas. He works in the Stafford office.

LPC Intern Derlyn Rhoades, MA is a native of Hawaii, and obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH. She is supervised by Dr. Julie Jones, LPC-S and by Dr. Ken. Derlyn works in our Conroe office and is a parishioner at St. Anthony of Padua in The Woodlands.

LPC Intern Armando Tovar, MA, is originally from California. His undergraduate and graduate degrees were from Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH. He is supervised by Dr. Julie Jones, LPC-S and by Dr. Ken. Armando works out of the Stafford office as well as our downtown office. He attends Mass at St. Vincent de Paul parish.

Office Assistant Noelia Valdivieso was born in Bolivia and is fluent in English and Spanish. She and her family are parishioners at St. Laurence (Sugar Land). She is a student at HCC. She works at the Stafford location and helps with administrative duties. She and her family are active in the Sanacion de la Familia ministry which meets at the Houston Catholic Charismatic Center.

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