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Board of Directors


Maria Cristina Castro, LPC

President and Founder


Illinois Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Clinical Supervisor at Gray Matter Therapy, Doctoral Student in Counselor Education and Supervision at Adler University M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and BA in Psychology from DePaul University I was born and raised in the Philippines and immigrated to the USA with my family when I was 12. I currently have two dogs, two cats, and two turtles. I am a foodie and adventurer. One of my ultimate goals is to own an animal sanctuary. In the meantime, I support individuals who may struggle and face challenges in their relationship with themselves and others. I primarily work with BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and/or male-identified individuals. Through all these experiences, I recognized our essential need to connect and belong, and that has become my passion for making space for people, especially the Filipino community, to create safe and happy communities.

Edward Fajardo, PsyD

Vice President


Chicago, IL Psychologist in Private Practice, Member of Illinois Psychological Association, Former Clinical Director at Howard Brown Health Center PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Illinois School of Professional Psychology, MA in Social Sciences from University of Chicago, BS in Psychology graduating Cum Laude from Far Eastern University in Manila, Philippines As much as Edward loves his career, he also values his down time. He enjoys spending time with his family (which consists of his husband and two spoiled rotten chihuahuas), reads psychological horror books (the more questionable and unreliable the narrator, the better), and is often thinking about his next international travel plans. Most importantly, he appreciates life and is grateful for what each new day has to offer.

Patricia H. A. Perez, PhD



Illinois International Psychologist, Global Consultant, International Speaker, Psychotherapist PhD in Psychology and Multicultural Counseling from Loyola University Chicago, MEd in Child Development from Erikson Institute, BA in Psychology from Northwestern University, Patricia (Trish) H. A. Perez, PhD is adjunct faculty, Department of Psychology, at Adler University Chicago. Some of her areas of research and practice expertise include children and families, children with special needs, international psychology, international programming, organizational leadership, human development/life coaching, child abuse and neglect, and third culture kids/adults (TCK/As). Dr. Perez is an international psychologist, psychotherapist, international speaker, and global consultant.

Eliza Jade Brown, LCSW



Austin, TX Psychotherapist and Owner at Mindfulscape, Clinical Social Worker, Master NARM Therapist Clinical Training from the Complex Trauma Training Center and the NARM Training Institute, MS and BS in Social Work from University of Texas at Arlington, Loyola University Chicago BFA dropout, International Baccalaureate graduate I was born in Manila, Philippines and immigrated to the US in 1998, and recently, finding personal meaning in connecting with Filipino indigenous wisdom and spirituality. I specialize in addressing complex trauma and ADHD. In my time away from my clients and family, I enjoy spending time in nature, creating art, listening to podcasts, reading, and writing.

Michael Morales, LMFT



Beaverton, OR Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Mentor, Clinical Supervisor, Founder of Michael Morales Counseling MA in Individual and Couples and Family Counseling from George Fox University, BA in Psychology with a minor in Bible from Biola University I am passionate about cultivating spaces, developing methods, and coordinating resources with a heart tuned towards nurturing, training, and shepherding the next generation of helpers and healers. These days you can find me counseling couples, reading, meeting up with clinicians and helpers over cups of coffee, appreciating the Pacific Northwest outdoor life, or watching trains with my wife of almost 15 years and our primary school aged son.

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