The Team

  • Marina Bunch
    Marina Bunch
    Clinical Director of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Services
    Marina Bunch
    Marina Bunch
    Clinical Director of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Services
    Marina earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 2004 and a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling in 2011. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision with a specialization in leadership. Marina completed her requirements for licensure in 2013 and earned her qualified supervisor certification in 2016. Marina has been working with children and families since 2006. Prior to her current position as Director of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, she oversaw the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Clinic at The Florida Center. She specializes in the areas of infant/early childhood mental health and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and has presented on various related topics. Marina has experience and training in various evidenced-based practices, such as Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Fussy Baby, Circle of Security Parenting, Trust-Based Relational Intervention, and Families Moving Forward. Marina is married with two little girls. Marina enjoys spending time with her family, staying active, and traveling. Having a healthy and loving family, and a career and personal life balance, is of upmost importance.
  • Jeanie DeLa
    Jeanie DeLa
    Mental Health Therapist
    Jeanie DeLa
    Jeanie DeLa
    Mental Health Therapist
    Jeanie received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. She earned her master's degree from Texas A&M University in 1984, where she majored in counseling. Jeanie has worked with a variety of populations since completing her degrees including; those suffering substance abuse addiction, eating disorders and traumatic brain injuries. However, she found her calling when she began working with pregnant women and families with newborns and young children. She received the Healthy Start Mission Award in 2013 for her work with pregnant and nursing mothers and received a Teaming Up for Change Award from the Florida Department of Children and Families the following year. Jeanie is also expertly trained in the following areas: childbirth education, lactation counseling, Fussy Baby Network, Love's Cradle relationship enhancement facilitation, Circle of Security parenting, Traumatic Incident Reduction therapy and Group Peer Support (GPS). Jeanie serves as a trainer and facilitator for the Mothers and Babies post-partum depression prevention program. She is a mother of three and juggles school and sports with personal hobbies.
  • Natalie L.R. Dennison
    Natalie L.R. Dennison
    Mental Health Therapist
    Natalie L.R. Dennison
    Natalie L.R. Dennison
    Mental Health Therapist
    Natalie received her bachelor’s degree in social work (2015) and an Advanced Standing Master Degree of Social Work in 2016 at the University of South Florida. Since then, Natalie has completed a number of trainings in evidence-based modalities and curriculums such as Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Circle of Security, play therapy, infant mental health, FLIP it, and more. Before joining The Florida Center, Natalie worked with clients of all ages. These experiences helped bolster the work she now conducts with parents and families at the Center. Natalie believes in the power of improving the relationships that surround children in order to see a change in the way they see themselves, others, and the world they live in. She brings compassion and authenticity to every interaction. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys spending time outdoors whether it’s riding her bike, camping with her husband, or serving the underserved (homeless). Natalie takes time to play music with her husband and assist him with his cinematography business. She believes in using each moment to live peacefully with others as the best way to impact others and promote health (mental, physical, spiritual).
  • Bradley Dorrill
    Bradley Dorrill
    Mental Health Therapist
    Bradley Dorrill
    Bradley Dorrill
    Mental Health Therapist
    Bradley earned his Master of Arts in clinical counseling in 2012, from Columbia International University, with a concentration in child and adolescent therapy. Bradley is a licensed mental health counselor with advanced training in the following areas: Rutgers University Adoption Competency certified trainer; Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT); Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); a leader for "A Window Between Worlds" - therapeutic art interventions; rostered as a Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) clinician, and a facilitator for the Circle of Security-Parenting Program (COS-P). Bradley has provided mental health treatment for children ages birth through 17 and their families in various settings including; juvenile detention center, therapeutic daycare, state sexual abuse treatment program, program for children with sexual behavior problems, early childhood outpatient mental health program, and currently in Sarasota's Early Childhood Court program. Bradley strives to be genuine and empathetic in both his work and personal life, and finds that these characteristics enhance his ability to relate to others in all circumstances.
  • Shelby Kurtz, MA
    Shelby Kurtz, MA
    Mental Health Therapist
    Shelby Kurtz, MA
    Shelby Kurtz, MA
    Mental Health Therapist
    Shelby earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in psychology from Eastern Mennonite University in 2013. She went on to achieve her Master's Degree in mental health counseling in 2019 from Capella University. Before coming to The Florida Center, Shelby worked as a Children's Coordinator, supporting children from ages 1-12. Shelby practices mindfulness in her day to day activities. She finds that implementing mindfulness increases her awareness and improves her state of mind.
  • Devin McLeroy
    Devin McLeroy
    Mental Health Therapist
    Devin McLeroy
    Devin McLeroy
    Mental Health Therapist
    Devin earned his bachelor's degree in social work at Eastern University in 2013. He went on to earn his master's degree in 2018, from Argosy University. Devin continued on to expand his knowledge and clinical skills by completing multiple trainings including trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, Mind in the Making (The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs), and becoming a registered Circle of Security parent facilitator. Devin has worked in a variety of therapeutic settings over the past 10 years. Devin completed two clinical internships and volunteered to provide therapeutic services to vulnerable populations. While working as a clinical case manager in an outpatient psychiatric clinic, Devin realized he had a passion for counseling with children and families and decided to continue his education in order to provide a higher level of therapeutic care. He completed his clinical counseling internship at The Florida Center for Early Childhood as part of his master’s program. After graduating, he attained a full-time position with The Florida Center. Devin has two young children of his own and is understanding that there is not one specific way to parent and that every child is unique.
  • Angie Ramirez
    Angie Ramirez
    Mental Health Therapist
    Angie Ramirez
    Angie Ramirez
    Mental Health Therapist
    Angie earned her graduate degree from the University of South Florida (2012). Angie has been employed with the Florida Center for Early Childhood since February 2012 and has been expertly trained in the following areas: infant and childhood mental health, Fussy Baby and the adoption certification. Angie uses her spare time to spend quality time with her family. She finds that enjoying time away from the office improves her state of mind and helps her re-energize.
  • Maria Richardson
    Maria Richardson
    Mental Health Therapist
    Maria Richardson
    Maria Richardson
    Mental Health Therapist
    Maria holds a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Argosy University and a bachelor’s degree in business education from the University Simón Bolívar Caracas, Vzla.
    She has been practicing in the field since 2014 and has completed several courses relating to trauma, cognitive processing, behavioral therapy, grief and loss, postpartum and maternal subjects and multi-generational mental therapy. Some of her more notable trainings include: MindUp, Families Moving Forward, 2020 Mom Project, The Traffic Jam in My Brain, Flit it! and Investing in our Future Heroes. Formerly, Maria was employed as a foreign language teacher for elementary, middle, high school, adult continuing education, and a computer instructor. Maria has volunteered at different institutions such as Braden River Elementary, the Boy Scouts of America, and at the Christian Retreat in Bradenton. Maria is passionate about helping children process difficult experiences while supporting the family unit to enhance greater relationships for the future.
  • Liza Saffo, MSW
    Liza Saffo, MSW
    Mental Health Therapist
    Liza Saffo, MSW
    Liza Saffo, MSW
    Mental Health Therapist
    Liza earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology and women's studies from Rollins College in 2011. She went on to achieve her Master of Social Work degree in 2015, from the University of Denver, with a focus on organizational leadership and policy practice. Liza was awarded the Sojourner Truth Award for Combined Academic and Activist Work from Rollins College in 2011 and was a Fellow in the Council on Social Work Education Minority Fellowship program in 2015. Liza has been working with children of all ages and backgrounds for the past seven years. Before moving back to Sarasota this past summer, Liza served as a crisis counselor for the Colorado Crisis Line and then switched to working as a school social worker for a Title 1 school in Aurora, Colorado. In her spare time, Liza enjoys yoga, running, paddle boarding, live music and travel. She believes that having an adventurous personal life helps to balance out the difficulty of the nature of our work as clinicians.
  • Stephanie Strahlman
    Stephanie Strahlman
    Mental Health Therapist
    Stephanie Strahlman
    Stephanie Strahlman
    Mental Health Therapist
    Stephanie earned her bachelor’s degree in child and adolescent mental health at New York University. She attended graduate school at Argosy University, receiving a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. Stephanie has extensive training in the area of play therapy and specializes in treating children and families affected by trauma. Stephanie has completed additional trainings in in FirstPlay® Infant Massage Storytelling, Circle of Security Parenting and Child-Parent Psychotherapy. Stephanie has more than three years’ experience working as a Guardian ad Litem for Sarasota County where she advocated for children placed in the foster care system. Stephanie receives ongoing training and supervision in the use of play therapy as a member of the Association for Play Therapy and is devoted to her work with children and families. She enjoys practicing yoga and mindfulness as well as embracing her playfulness in Zumba dance classes. She embraces these activities to nurture her mind, body, and spirit. She loves traveling, the theater and spending time in nature.
  • Deanna Veremchuk
    Deanna Veremchuk
    Mental Health Therapist
    Deanna Veremchuk
    Deanna Veremchuk
    Mental Health Therapist
    Deanna earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in human services from Southeastern University in 2009. She went on to achieve her master's degree in counseling from Webster University in 2013 and became a licensed Mental Health Counselor in 2018. Deanna continues to pursue additional education with a focus on children and families.