About Us

MHREN is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 by a group of local therapists to provide high quality professional training and educational opportunities in Southern Oregon, to provide information about other trainings and activities available here and in the surrounding area, and to encourage sharing of ideas and networking among mental health professionals. It is operated by a volunteer board and sustained by annual membership fees and workshops.

MHREN has been presenting successful trainings since its inception, increasing our ranks of members and continuing to solidify the learning community of mental health professionals in the valley. It is a pleasure to see so many of you return again and again to our workshops, creating a sense of camaraderie and familiarity and building a supportive network.

If you benefit from our newsletter and/or have appreciated our workshop offerings, please consider joining us and supporting your profession in the area.

The MHREN Board values any feedback you give. If you have suggestions for how we could improve our services or presenters we could bring to the region, please let us know.

Current Board Members

MHREN Board President

Sharon Bolles, LPC, is a state-approved supervisor of Oregon and has been in private practice for over 25 years. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Southern Oregon University in the graduate psychology program for over 20 years. Her post-graduate training has focused on modalities that hold a high degree of respect and compassion for the inner wisdom of each human being, viewing “symptoms” simply as strategies to meet the individual’s needs within the context of their family of origin matrix and subsequent experiences. She joined the MHREN Board in 2011 and has served in a number of leadership roles since.

Lisa Ortiz, LPC, is a graduate of Southern Oregon University with a Master’s of Science Degree in Applied Psychology. I believe that each person is capable of growth if they are given unconditional acceptance and provided with a safe environment. Given this environment the person is allowed to grow from experiences and make healthy choices in their lives. It is my intention to create a safe trauma informed care where you can discuss your present concerns and together we can achieve reasonable goals to instill personal growth. I primarily use an eclectic approach with an emphasis on cognitive and person-centered theory. I used evidence-based practices such as CBT, Internal Family Systems, DBT and Motivational Interviewing. I have over 18 years of experience working with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness and have worked with adults, families, children and adolescents. I also have some experience with Couples therapy. I offer Clinical Supervision for licensure and I am on Supervisory Registry of the Board of Licensed and Professional Counselors and Therapists. Lisa joined the MHREN board in 2021.

MHREN Secretary

Kristen Lorange-Caron, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Kristen joined the MHREN Board in 2021, and became MHREN’s Board Secretary in July 2021.

MHREN Treasurer

Kalia Feldman-Klein, MS, LPC, is in private practice in Ashland with past experience in community mental health, residential treatment, and at the Southern Oregon University Student Health and Wellness Center. She brings a compassionate, humanistic, and trauma informed lens to her work with teens and adults. Kalia also enjoys doing supervision for students at the Southern Oregon University Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. Kalia joined the MHREN Board in 2021, and became MHREN’s Board Treasurer in July 2021.