Please get to know the workers at Gratia Plena:
Annette Adams, MSW, MSB, LCSW is a parishioner at St. Anthony of Padua (The Woodlands) and works in our Padre Pio office in the Spring / Woodlands area. She has experience in outpatient and inpatient settings, and expertise in healthcare administration. She provides services for individuals and couples.
Student Counselor Liz Adams is a Counseling Graduate Student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the University of Houston-Victoria. She is passionate about helping people heal in order to live life to the fullest. She believes that by caring for our body, mind and spirit, we are able to achieve fullness of life. Liz is fluent in Spanish, having lived in Mexico for seven years while working as a mentor for elementary and adolescent girls. She is currently pursuing licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as, training according to the Gottman Method of couple therapy. Liz is supervised by Sr. Megan Grewing, CDP, MS, LPC-S.
Sara Alexander, MA, LPC 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 and her husband have been very involved with ADORE ministries, and she previously worked as a Catholic school counselor. They have four children and are parishioners at St. Laurence. She sees children, adolescents, and adults at the Thérèse office in the Stafford / Sugar Land area.
Stephen Bonnette, MS, LPC 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 teaches full-time at San Jacinto College. 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. Married with young children, they are parishioners at Annunciation Catholic Church. Stephen offices in our Mother Cabrini location in the NASA / Clear Lake area where he works with adults. He has special training for marriage counseling.
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 ministry devoted to the parenting of teenagers. He works under the supervision of Dr. Ken, mainly seeing children and adolescents at the Thérèse office in the Stafford / Sugar Land area.
Psychologist Dr. Kenneth Buckle, Psy.D. As Executive Director of Gratia Plena, he leads the management team and oversees clinical services. Dr. Ken 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 at Wheaton College and the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. He and his wife are parishioners at St. Laurence (Sugar Land). He works in the Thérèse office in the Stafford / Sugar Land area with adults, addressing mental illness and addictions.
Business Manager Melanie Burrhus is part of our management team. She 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 our Thérèse office in the Stafford / Sugar Land area and supervises our receptionists and all of the day to day administrative issues for Gratia Plena including accounting.
Derlyn Rhoades Cayanan, MA, LPC is a native of Hawaii, and obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH. Derlyn works in our Padre Pio office in the Spring / Woodlands area and in New Caney at St. John of the Cross parish. She and her husband are parishioners at St. Anthony of Padua in The Woodlands and are parents of a newborn baby.
Corey Dossey, MA, LPC has her counseling degree from Sam Houston State University and undergraduate degree in Psychology from Texas A&M. She is a parishioner at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Houston. She has experience in play therapy with children and has worked for several nonprofit organizations. She is EMDR trained. She works part-time in our Cecilia office in the Memorial area.
Pui Au-Earls, M.Ed., LPC obtained her master's degree in counseling at the University of St. Thomas. Pui is originally from Hong Kong, but her college education was in the United States. She served as a FOCUS missionary. She is fluent in English and speaks Cantonese and some Mandarin Chinese. She is Catholic and married, and is a mother of one. She see adults and adolescents in our Mother Cabrini office.
Renee Fauria, Ed.D., MA, LPC-S is a parishioner at Sacred Heart (Conroe) and teaches graduate classes at Houston Baptist University. She has worked as a crisis pregnancy counselor and has experience working in hospital and outpatient settings. Her doctoral degree in Education is from Sam Houston State University and her master's degree in counseling is from the University of Chicago. She works part-time in our Padre Pio office in the Spring / Woodlands area.
Christina Garcia, MS, LPC is a parishioner at the Catholic Charismatic Center in Houston, and she works in our Mother Cabrini office in the NASA / Clear Lake area. She sees adolescents and adults and has worked in hospital settings as well as with Catholic Charities. Her master's degree is from the University of Houston at Clear Lake.
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 Thérèse office in the Stafford / Sugar Land area.
Office Assistant Cecilia Garza has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, she is fluent in English and Spanish, and supports our administrative functions at the Mother Cabrini office in the NASA / Clear Lake Area. She is a parishioner at St. Frances Cabrini.
School Psychologist Dr. John "Jay" Glynn, Ph.D. is a school psychologist (LSSP) who works mainly with 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, but currently is on staff full-time at The Kinkaid School. 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 works part-time in our Thérèse office in the Stafford / Sugar Land area.
Dorothy Godines, MS, LPC-Intern is native of Corpus Christi. Her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is from Divine Mercy University with her undergraduate in Theology from Our Lady of Corpus Christi. She was a lay missionary with the Society of our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity in North Dakota, where she was a youth minister on the Turtle Mountain Reservation. She is a certified traumatologist, Compassion Fatigue therapist and educator, EMDR (Level 1) and HEART model through the Green Cross Academy. She sees children, adolescents, and adults. She is supervised by Fredericka Vyvlecka, LPC-S and Dr. Ken.
Student Intern Maria Godwin, RN is originally from Nigeria, she is a registered nursing (RN) professional. She is currently a Nurse Practitioner student in the Psychiatric Mental Health program at Walden University. She has a Master of Public Health (MPH) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Her skills include medication administration, psychiatric nursing, addiction specialist and trauma recovery. She is a passionate patient advocate delivering health education and nursing care to enhance overall wellness and quality of life. She is fluent in English and Igbo. She attends Angela Merici Catholic Church.
Development Manager Ricardo Granie, PMP is part of our management team, and leads development of our staff members as well as development of Gratia Plena, especially managing grants and donor relationships. He and his wife are parishioners at St. Faustina in Fulshear, and have been involved in various ministries at several parishes for many years. He has a project management certification, and before joining Gratia Plena was involved in projects for MD Anderson Hospital.
Sr. Megan Grewing, CDP, MS, LPC-S is of the Congregation of Divine Providence, and relocated to Houston from San Antonio. She obtained her master's degree in counseling from Angelo State University. She is a parishioner at St. Rose of Lima in Houston. Sr. Megan sees people of all ages at the Cecilia office in the Memorial area. She provides clinical supervision for LPC interns.
Monica Martinez Gutierrez, MS was born in Mexico and raised in Houston, Texas. Monica graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a master’s in clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is bilingual and enjoys providing counseling in both English and Spanish. She enjoys working with children, teens, and adults. She is supervised by Dr. Ken.
Certified Nutrition Coach Kathy Holecek, NASM provides Nutrition Coaching and support to clients as they take steps toward improving their health and their relationship with food. Kathy is originally from Oklahoma but has lived in Texas since 2004. Kathy obtained a BA in Humanities from St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, OK. She is currently in training to become a Health Coach through the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy (FMCA), and is also in formation to become a Spiritual Director. She believes in a holistic approach to wellness that encompasses the physical, spiritual and emotional aspects of health. Kathy has a particular interest in Saint Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and how it applies to living out our lives as a gift to others as physically and spiritually integrated men and women. Kathy and her husband have five kids and they are parishioners of Sacred Heart in Richmond. Kathy works in our Thérèse office in the Stafford / Sugar Land area.
Alvaro Interiano, M.Div., S.T.B., M.Ed., LPC-Intern is a native of El Salvador, but grew up most of his life in Houston. He is bilingual and was raised immersed in both cultures. He experienced a profound conversion to the Catholic faith while attending Texas A&M and has loved his faith ever since. He is a parishioner at Prince of Peace and works at the Padre Pio Office. He and his wife are proud parents of their newborn daughter, Eden Marie. He most enjoys integrating psychology and the Catholic faith to help adults find inner freedom and healing in Christ. He is supervised by Dr. Ken.
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 20 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 our Cecilia and Thérèse offices.
Office Assistant Ali Martinez graduated from Texas A&M with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and Spanish, and has completed a Master of Arts in Theology through the Echo Program at Notre Dame. Currently, she is studying for a Master of Arts in Family Therapy at the University of Houston - Clear Lake, while helping with administrative duties at the Thérèse Office.
Sr. Agnes Kimchi Nguyen O.P, MA in Counseling is a Dominican Sister of the of Mary Immaculate Province in Houston, TX. The Mother House is the Dominican Sisters of Thánh Tâm, Xuan Loc Diocese in Viêt Nam. She obtained her master's degree in counseling from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. Sr. Agnes works with individuals and groups of people of the Vietnamese Parishes around Houston. She is supervised by Dr. Ken.
LMFT Associate Lauren Novak, MS is a parishioner at St. Laurence (Sugar Land). her graduate degree is from the University of Houston at Clear Lake, and her undergraduate degree is from Texas Tech. She enjoys working with children and teen students. She works part-time at our Thérèse office in the Stafford / Sugar Land area. She is supervised by Julie Jones, LPC-S and Dr. Ken.
Sr. Anna Pauline Pham, O.P., MA is a Dominican Sister of Mary Immaculate Province in Houston, Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of St. Thomas in Houston and a Master of Arts in Theology from Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College in Virginia. She has served on the formation committee for her religious community for the past 15 years, directing young women in their discernment of God’s will and growth in the spiritual life. She directs retreats for youth, young adults, and adults across the nation and is passionate about living the charism of her Dominican order by striving to share with others the fruits of contemplation through spiritual direction and desiring to accompany others on the path to holiness. She works part-time at our Aquinas office in the Upper Kirby area. She is supervised by Mary Malicki, MS.
Cynthia Renaudo, MS, LPC and her husband are parishioners at St. Clare of Assisi and very involved in Rachel's Vineyard in Houston as President, organizing and leading retreats for post-abortive women. She is EMDR trained. She has many years of experience in nonprofit operations and leadership. Her graduate degree in counseling was from the University of Houston at Clear Lake. She works full-time in our Mother Cabrini office in the NASA / Clear Lake area.
Ana Gabriela Schmude, MA, Family Sciences, is a Mental Health Coach. She obtained her MA degree from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Mexico City and her BA in Psycho-Pedagogic Counselor from UAA in Mexico. She and her husband attend Mass at Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church. She is fluent in both English and Spanish and works in our Padre Pio office in the Spring / Woodlands area. She is supervised by Dr. Ken Buckle.
Armando Tovar, MA, LPC is originally from California. His undergraduate and graduate degrees were from Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH. He attends Mass at St. Vincent de Paul parish and is working on his doctoral degree. He sees adults in our Thomas Aquinas office in the downtown / midtown Houston area.
Anne Untermeyer, MS, LPC-Intern: Lizzie attended Texas State University for her undergraduate degree and Divine Mercy University for her Masters in Counseling. She worked as a FOCUS Missionary prior to graduate school. She works at the Therese office. She enjoys working with adolescents and young adults. She is supervised by Sister Megan Grewing, CDP, LPC-S.
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) but have also been involved with the Charismatic movement. She is a student at HCC. She works at our Thérèse office in the Stafford / Sugar Land area and helps with administrative duties.
Student Counselor Bruce Williamson has a Bachelor of Theology and a Bachelor of Philosophy from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy. Bruce is currently studying for a master’s program in Counseling at UH Clear Lake. He is an artist and art teacher. Bruce and his wife are parishioners of St. Clare of Assisi parish where he has been active in the Church Ensemble Choir, teaching in RCIA and involved in ACTS retreats. Bruce is fluent in Italian. He also works part-time in the Cabrini Office near NASA providing spiritual direction services to our guests. He is supervised by Dr. Ken.