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Board of Directors


Kenneth Carabello, M.S.W. currently serves as Vice President of Liberty Healthcare Corporation, where he develops and oversees forensic, correctional, and sex offender treatment programs in California and other states.  He has worked in the field of forensic mental health since 1992.  His experience includes developing jail based restoration of competency services in CA and serving as the first Community Program Director of the CA Sexually Violent Predator Conditional Release Program.  Ken worked for many years at Gateways Hospital in Los Angeles, where he directed a 67-bed Federal Community Corrections Center, served as an assistant director of a large outpatient forensic mental health program, and was a primary clinician in the conditional release program for many years. In addition to previous terms as FMHAC president, in 2005, he led the creation of the steering committee that established the Sex Offender Civil Commitment Programs Network (SOCCPN), a national association of states with sex offender civil commitment laws, and served for many years as a board member.  He previously held the position of Chairman of the Board for the SafeNOWProject, a non-profit organization designed to help policy makers, community leaders, and service providers to identify the health, social, and economic challenges that contribute to sexual violence and to target resources toward sound, cost-effective safety solutions.  Mr. Carabello holds a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California, a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brigham Young University.  He is an experienced public speaker, lecturing in professional, academic, and public forums in the US and abroad.  


Vice President

Sam Knudsen
Sam Knudsen, Esq
I have lived my entire life in southern California. I went back to school later in life and got my Bachelor's of Art in Psychology from San Diego State University. I worked my way through school at a local, for profit, psychiatric hospital in San Diego County. Somehow, I got side-tracked from my goal of a Ph.D. in psychology and ended up in law school.
Since passing the State Bar in 1995, I have practiced mostly criminal law in 28 counties within the state. I closed my private practice after almost 10 years and joined the San Bernardino County Public Defender's Office in November 2004. Since joining the office, I have tried to focus much of my effort on educating and enlightening attorneys in my office, as well as judges within the county, as to special challenges faced by the mentally ill and mentally retarded caught in criminal justice system.
As Vice President and Chair of the Public Policy Committee, I look forward to doing whatever I can to promote the goals of the Forensic Mental Health Association and to help the less fortunate in our society. Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions, suggestions or comments at sknudsen@pd.sbcounty.gov.



Carrie Gustafson, San Francisco Jail Behavioral Health Services (Ret.)


Cindy Lermond

Dr. Cynthia Lermond is a licensed Clinical Psychologist whose career has focused in the area of forensic psychology.  From 2004 to 2007, she lead a pilot program at Pacific Clinics, which provided intensive forensic outpatient treatment to individuals referred through the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Court Program.  In 2007, she assumed the position of Evaluation Manager for the Gateways Hospital Conditional Release Program (CONREP) in Los Angeles.  In this role, Dr. Lermond directed the forensic evaluations of over 600 patients in the state hospitals, provided expert witness testimony, and acted as a liaison to the state hospitals and CONREP Operations.  In 2008, she was promoted to Clinical Director, a position she continues to hold.  As Clinical Director, Dr. Lermond oversees the Forensic Evaluation Unit and provides clinical consultation and training to Gateways CONREP’s three forensic outpatient programs which render court directed treatment and supervision to over 100 individuals in the community. She also continues to conduct a variety of forensic evaluations, provides expert witness court testimony, and co-facilitates the treatment group for PC 290 registrants/sex offenders.  In addition to her work at Gateways CONREP, Dr. Lermond has a small private practice in the Los Angeles area where she provides individual therapy to adults struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, childhood trauma, and relationship issues.


Director of Conference

Tom Granucci, LCSW received his B.A. in Political Science in 1984 and his M.S.W. in 1986, both from UCLA. Tom's work in the mental health field for 13 years included with severely mentally ill adults, juvenile offenders, and in managed mental health and substance use care. He joined the U.S. Probation Office, Central District of California, in 1999. As a U.S. Probation Officer/Mental Health Treatment Specialist, Tom managed a specialized caseload of mentally ill offenders and sex offenders for 8.5 years. As a Supervisor, he led a team of six officers for another 8 years. He is an original member of the district's EBP Working Group and is currently the district's first EBP Coordinator, responsible for the implementation of evidcnce-based practices, including training, quality assurance and fidelity monitoring, and process and outcomes measurement. Tom was an original member of the California State University, Los Angeles Forensic Social Work Advisory Board and has been a part-time faculty member in the School of Social Work since 2003 teaching psychiatric diagnosis with a forensic emphasis and recovery in mental health.

Director of Education

Anna Kafka, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist. She earned her doctorate in Forensic Psychology from Alliant International University, Los Angeles. From 2009 to 2015, she worked for the Gateways Hospital Conditional Release Program (CONREP), serving both Los Angeles and San Diego counties. She began her work with Gateways CONREP as a forensic clinician and was promoted to Evaluation Manager in 2010. In 2014, she assumed the role of Director of Evaluations, with job duties including conducting and overseeing the forensic evaluations of nearly 900 individuals housed in state hospitals across the state and contributing to decisions regarding patients’ readiness for placement in community outpatient treatment. She currently works for Liberty Healthcare of California, conducting evaluations of competence to stand trial with adults housed at West Valley Detention Center. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Kafka volunteered as a counselor to survivors of sexual assault. In addition to forensic assessment, report writing, and testimony, her interests include providing consultation to legal professionals, facilitating the professional development of other forensic psychologists, and encouraging those in forensic occupations to pursue training in Gracie jiu-jitsu as a form of self-defense.

Contact The Board

Phone: 415-407-1344
Fax: 415-358-4757
Email: fmhac@fmhac.net
Mail: 77 Van Ness Ave. #101-1316
San Francisco, CA 94102

Past President

Jane Lovelle
Jane Lovelle, LCSW, MPH, is the Deputy Director of Jail Psychiatric Services in San Francisco as well as the Co-Director of Intern Training. She also conducts surveys throughout California for the Institute of Medical Quality, ensuring that acceptable standards are being met for those inmates with mental illnesses who are incarcerated in jails, juvenile halls, and boys camps.  In addition, Jane is a private consultant, hired by counties to review and make recommendations that will enhance mental health programs and treatment in correctional settings.
She previously worked for the University of California, San Francisco, as a researcher in the field of HIV and high risk behaviors. She has presented in this area and has published several academic articles as well as co-authored a book chapter.  She attained her degrees from Columbia University and the University of California at Berkeley.
Early in her career, Jane was one of the first female professional poker players in Las Vegas, who used her winnings to put herself through school.
Jane has been actively involved in the Forensic Mental Health Association of California for the past 10 years, serving as Director of Conference, Director of Education, and on the Planning Committee.

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