Staff

Staff 2016-12-19T11:15:06+00:00
Sarah Kasman, Executive Director

Sarah Kasman, Executive Director

Sarah Kasman is the Executive Director and has been a part of the Shanti community since 1991. She believes that Shanti is the caring heart of Orange County and strives to evolve the organization’s programs to be as innovative and impactful as possible. Sarah continues to lead this organization forward by establishing a warm and trusting environment. She welcomes each visitor to the Shanti community and keeps her door open to welcome those who need support.

Bruce Vancil, Case Manager

Bruce Vancil, Case Manager

Bruce Vancil is Shanti Orange County’s Case Manager. With a background in medical psychology, Bruce has worked in patient service programs in Orange County for over 25 years, including several years working in oncology. A self-proclaimed “ship nerd,” he loves maritime history and hanging out on the Queen Mary.

Diane Sorenson

Diane Sorenson, Case Manager

Diane Sorenson joined Shanti Orange County in 2016 as Case Manager. She received a BS in Nursing from the University of Michigan. During her former nursing career she focused on long-term Physical Rehabilitation and Case Administration for a home health care company. She recently moved to California from Florida and loves to hike, bike-ride, and spend time with her family and Golden Retriever, Molly.

Lindsay Brackman, PsyD, BCB, Mental Health Supervisor

Lindsay Fitzpatrick, PsyD, BCB, Mental Health Supervisor

Dr. Fitzpatrick is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with specialties working in the LGBTQ community and with chronic pain and illness. She is also Board Certified in Biofeedback services. She has had a mix of experience in inpatient and outpatient settings, working with children, teens, and adults, as well as in group, individual and family modalities. She was an intern for Shanti beginning in 2010 and was excited about the opportunity to return. She will be doing a mix of clinical work, program development, and training for mental health interns. Outside of Shanti, she has a private practice in Cypress and enjoys traveling and time with her family.

Dana Hodgdon, Ph.D., Counseling Services Psychologist

Dana Hodgdon, Ph.D., Counseling Services Psychologist

Dana Hodgdon, Ph.D. received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2015 and obtained his master’s degree in psychology from Cal State University, Long Beach in 1996. Dr. Hodgdon has extensive experience helping people suffering from addiction, grief and loss, and chronic illnesses. He conducts research and has presented at various professional gatherings such as California Psychological Association convention. Dana has worked as a counselor for Torrance Memorial Medical Center for the past 16 years, and he is currently finishing his post-doctoral internship at Shanti, Orange County. Dana enjoys fly fishing, traveling, and spending quiet evenings at home with his wife.

Crystal Quarry

Crystal Quarry, Psy.D., Counseling Services Psychologist

Crystal Quarry, Psy.D. received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University in June 2016. She obtained her masters degree in counseling psychology from Argosy University, Los Angeles in 2010. Her work focuses on clinical practice and research at the intersections of chronic illness, disability, trauma, and resiliency. She has a special interest in Health Psychology. Crystal has experience working in various mental health settings such as inpatient/outpatient care, school-based counseling with children, adolescents, and adults; addiction, and childhood and adult trauma. She recently completed her predoctoral internship at Pasadena City College, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Shanti Orange County. When she is not working, Crystal enjoys traveling, camping, the arts, and spending time outdoors with her family.

Barbara Colitz

Barbara Colitz, L.C.S.W., Licensed Group Facilitator and Counselor

Barbara Colitz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in individual, group, couples and family therapy with a specialty in hypnotherapy to address anxiety disorders. She has extensive training in chemical dependency and has worked both inpatient and outpatient. Barbara is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. Group process is individualized to the needs of each group. She maintains a private practice in Laguna Hills.

Sandra Weiss

Sandra Weiss, Ph.D., Licensed Group Facilitator

Sandra Weiss has had been a staff facilitator at Shanti for 18 years. She has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a Marriage & Family Therapy license. She has extensive experience in Health Psychology and has worked with cancer patients and their families for 30 years. Her training is in interactive behavioral therapy, and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Psychoneuroimmunology and the mind-body connection have been the basis for her group and individual work.

Jo Panitch

Jo Panitch, L.M.F.T. Licensed Group Facilitator

Jo Panitch is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with a private practice in Orange County. As a Grief Specialist, she is acutely aware of the need to address all losses – the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, the loss of one’s health, and the loss of one’s identity at pivotal times in the life cycle to name a handful. Jo has joined Shanti to co-facilitate the Circle of Women group and provide expertise gained through her private practice and her varied volunteer work for many different organizations such as The Cancer Support Community and Caring for Babies with AIDS in Los Angeles.