Our Staff

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Grover C. Shaunty, MSW – Founding Director

Graduate of Florida State University. 49 years experience as clinical social worker/psychotherapist with the mentally ill. In the 1960s, Grover developed a model of cognitive therapy with the young adult mentally ill, designed to increase awareness of the impact of the illnesses on social/emotional functioning.

One of the major impacts of this work is to reduce anxiety associated with newly diagnosed schizophrenia, schizo-affective, bi-polar, and related disorders. The combination of guided cognitive awareness, living in a relative stress free, open campus environment and access to ongoing supportive therapy has allowed thousands of clients to return to as near normal social and work environments as their illnesses will permit

Mohammad Rizvi

Mohammad Rizvi, MHA, MBA – Director of Operations

Graduate from University of Houston – Clear Lake, Masters in Business Administration and Master in Health Administration. Mohammad has a history of working in healthcare administration. He has previously gained experience working in a nursing home in Houston for medical records department. He then interned at a home hospice company in Chicago in the Summer of 2013.

Mohammad started working at The Mental Health Co-op on August 2013 where he started off as an Administrator. In March of 2015 he was promoted to CFO for the company.

Jared Kruger

Jared Kruger – Coordinator of Clinical Services

I attended Sam Houston State University and received a bachelor’s of science in Criminal Justice. I worked two summers as an intern which helped me develop a passion to help adults with Mental Illness. I returned to The Mental Health Co-op full time to start a diversion program to reduce recidivism.

Karisa Foster

Karisa Foster – Director of Residential Services

I began working at The Mental Health Co-op on May 2003.
My job duties include integrating the residents in the work program, scheduling doctor’s appointments, and daily management of resident care. I work directly with residents on making sure they are focused on their treatment goals and therapeutic growth. My interests include helping motivate the residents to realize that they can help themselves, providing them with the tools for them to grow, and being there for them when they require support.

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Chase Walding, M.Ed – Psychotherapist

Graduate of the University of Houston – Victoria, Masters in Education with concentration in Counseling, Chase began working with students with mental and emotional disorders as a special education teacher for two years. He then moved to San Antonio for a two year period to work as a High School Counselor for a private school in north central San Antonio. In 2012, Chase moved to Houston to join the Mental Health Co-op as a clinical therapist and was named Director of Adults in Transition in 2014.

Chase’s interests include the interconnection of mind/body/spirit and the creative pursuit of self-discovery within this interconnection. He provides training in mindfulness meditation, introductory flow yoga, exploration of healing literature as a group process, poetry, and musical exploration and improvisation. He works with individual, group, and family units to build a cohesive team for the betterment and growth of the individual client. Chase takes a keen interest in higher development of self to explore and discover meaning especially within the older adult population.

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Seon Spurlock, M.A. Clinical Psychology MFT-A, LCDC-I – Psychotherapist

Graduate from Antioch University- Los Angeles Campus, Master in Clinical Psychology 2001. Seon has a history of working with Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services for over 15 years as a Children Social Worker, Investigator and Community Base Liaison. Seon also worked for Kedren Community Comprehensive Mental Health Center as a Children Outpatient therapist.

In 2015, Seon moved to Houston, Texas and began working as an Adjunct Therapist for a Substance Abuse Treatment Facility in Webster, Texas where she ran groups for CBT and DBT. Seon is currently pursuing her License Chemical Dependency Counseling License and Marriage Family Therapist license and DBT Therapy.

Jessica Brodie

Jessica A. Brodie – B.S. Psychology – Psychotherapist

Jessica is currently studying at the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW) focusing on Clinical and Behavioral Health. In her undergrad at University of Houston -Clear Lake, she studied Abnormal Psychology & Addiction and successfully completed an internship at The Mental Health Co-Op. During internship, she participated heavily in the CET (Cognitive Enhancement Training) program and began working with the dual diagnosis population. In addition to her nearly six years working with us, Jessica has also completed a graduate level internship at New Dimensions Day Center in Clear Lake, working with adolescents diagnosed with addiction and mental health disorders through practicing CBT in group settings.

Upon graduation from UHCL in December of 2012, Jessica was hired full time as a Sobriety Coach and was directed to create a Dual Diagnosis Program for the population of residents with substance abuse issues. Within six months of this program, and its then current population of 12, three chronic clients fully recovered from drug and alcohol abuse and are in the maintenance stage of their recovery and living independently, while the remaining nine continued participation in the program and are no longer active users.

Since the success of the Dual Diagnosis Program and starting her Master’s degree in social work, under the supervision of Grover Shanty, Jessica has expanded her focus to include working with people who have been diagnosed with various personality disorders such and Anti-Social Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) using a combination of evidenced based treatment (EBT) modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and psychoanalysis.

Jessica currently sees individual clients for psychotherapy and leads four groups: Psychodrama, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Garden Group and Substance Abuse.

Her personal interests include Texas Ice Hockey, water sports, volunteering, gardening and spending time with her teenage son.

Jerimiko Boston

Jerimiko Boston – Life Skills Coach

Joyce Collins – Murdoch, LVN – Medication Services

Kassandra Bergman

Kassandra Bergman, LPC-I – Case Manager

Graduate of Rice University. Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of St. Thomas. Kassandra began working as an intern for the Mental Health Co-op in the fall of 2018 and began working full-time in the spring of 2019.

Kassandra offers a highly-personalized approach tailored to each client. She combines a strengths-based, person-centered approach and play therapy for adults of all ages, including sand tray.

Kassandra’s interests include painting, pets, photography, traveling, yoga, cooking, gardening and spending time with friends and family.