MEET THE THERAPISTS
Jill Dodge, LCSW
San Diego, CA
Jill Dodge is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in full-time private practice for over 25 years. Prior to that, she worked in a private psychiatric hospital, where she also served as Director of Social Services. Throughout her professional career, Jill has been a frequent retreat and workshop leader on various topics including parenting ,crisis intervention, prayer therapy, forgiveness, depression and anxiety. Jill has a heart for professional church workers and missionaries, and has gone on several mission trips to Poland. Jill is a member of NASW (National Association of Social Workers) and CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists) and she is board-certified through ABECSW.
Rick Huls, LIMHP
Grand Island, NE
Rick Huls has been a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner in Nebraska since 2009 and has been a licensed therapist in Nebraska since 1997. Rick received his B.A. in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1979 and was a sportswriter/news editor before earning his M.S. in community counseling from the University of Nebraska-Kearney in 1995. Rick has been in private practice for 15 years, facilitated domestic violence batterer's groups for more than 10 years and led men's ministry at his church for 10 years. He and his wife Barb have children and grandchildren living in California and Maine.
Katie Walker, LPC, NCC
Katie Walker has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri and a National Certified Counselor for over 20 years. She received her Master's Degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA, in 1994. After a 6 1/2 year stint as a stay-at-home mom, she worked for 13 years serving clients with chronic and persistent mental illness, first in a mental health Clubhouse setting and then as a therapist at an Intensive Outpatient program. Katie started her private practice in 2011 and currently serves clients struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, and emotionally destructive relationships. She and her husband, Kerry, have been married 27 years and have two grown children. They are members, and Kerry serves as an elder, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Washington, Missouri.
Dr. Dan Puls, PsyD
Daniel W. Puls is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been in practice for over 20 years. He prepared for church work in Christian education at Christ College Irvine (now Concordia University). He served in a Lutheran School in Japan for 3 years, then returned to California and taught 4 more years in a Lutheran elementary school before beginning doctoral studies in psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology (Biola University). His emphasis was in marriage and family systems and he has a broad range of training. He brings a strong understanding of church workers and systemic dynamics in churches and families as his father and two brothers are ordained pastors. He continues to be rostered in the LCMS as a Director of Family Life Ministry. Daniel and his wife continue to reside in Whittier, CA and have a daughter attending University in Oregon.
Blenda Keylon, LIMHP, LCSW
St. Paul, NE
Blenda Keylon received her BS in Psychology (1990) and MA in Sociology (1993) from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville and MSW with a Family Therapy Specialization (1993) from St. Louis, MO. She has worked in Private Practice as a Licensed Clinical Therapist and Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner most of her career. Blenda is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and a trained Ambassador of Reconciliation. She was married to a pastor (Glen) where they served churches in Iowa and Nebraska until he retired and died a year later. They are the proud parents of 5 children and have 17 grandchildren. Blenda has been a charter member of SCR since the first retreat in 2009.
Judyann Gallego-Leonard, LCSW
Judyann Gallego-Leonard is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who brings a wealth of experience to the Shepherd's Canyon Retreat team. Besides her work as a therapist in private practice, she worked for several years on military bases as a counselor with the Department of Defense. She taught for years at a Christian university, worked in adoptions, foster care and in a psychiatric hospital. She's created and facilitated several marriage retreats and has been active as a Christian women's speaker. At the present time she is working as a critical incident specialist in Northern CA. Judyann is passionate about her volunteer work counseling missionaries around the world with both Thrive and Azmera Haven Retreats. She and her husband Mark also work internationally with pastors/missionaries through Life Impact Ministry and they are associates with a ministry organization called Paraclete. Judyann's "call", at this chapter of her life, is to compassionately come along side pastors, their spouses and ministry leaders, giving them hope and a safe place to work on their woundedness and marital issues. It's been said that Judyann has a great "play ethic" which she joyfully shares with her husband, four married children and ten grandchildren.