Our DIVERSITY Trainers
Areeba Siddiqui is a Pakistani Muslim woman born and raised in Sacramento, CA. As an active member of her community, she continuously takes initiative to address the unique needs in her community. In 2015 Areeba co-founded Amala Hopeline. Amala Hopeline is a confidential, culturally competent, accessible means for Muslim youth to reach out for help around unique challenges they face. Areeba continues to manage the Hopeline while completing her MSW program at California State University, Northridge. As one of the few Muslim social workers in her community, she independently offers workshops on a variety of topics from nutrition and wellness to self care, mental health, domestic violence and sexual assault. Following her passion to offer education on important topics to the Muslim community, Areeba became a trainer for HEART in 2017, offering workshops on sexual violence within Muslim communities.
Gimel Rogers, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist and the Training Director of the Professional Clinical and Forensic Services department at the Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT). She earned her doctorate from Pepperdine University and has provided trauma-focused care with clients from the Children of the Night Program, the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility, FCI Terminal Island, and community programs serving survivors of intimate partner violence. She utilizes an array of therapeutic interventions with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral therapy. Dr. Rogers presently works with survivors who are recovering from emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Additionally, she assists clients who are involved in criminal, family, and civil cases involving a broad range of forensic issues. Having published in the areas of culture, coping, spirituality, and trauma, she is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University and Point Loma Nazarene University. Her inaugural book is the “21-Day Relationship Healing Devotional and Journal” a poetry-based devotional that promotes restoration through reflection.Dr. Rogers dedicates time and energy to individuals across the world through her organization Fearless Individuals Resistant to Entrapment (F.I.R.E.) and its brand One Temple Fitness.
Lena Moran is a native of Mexico City, Mexico and was raised in Santa Barbara, California where she moved to at the age of six. Lena earned a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies from Antioch University Santa Barbara, where she did research on the topic of children who are used as interpreters. Lena completed her Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis on Social Justice and Leadership, also at Antioch, with her thesis focusing on the creation of an evaluation system of interpretation and translation services in school districts. Lena is also a graduate of the Antioch University Women & Leadership certificate program, where her experiential leadership project focused on increasing language access across the Central Coast.
Lena has a passion for language justice and has utilized her skills in various capacities, from starting a Young Interpreters Club, to providing interpretation at assemblies, conferences and meetings and translating a variety of documents. At Just Communities, Lena is the Program Manager for the Language Justice Initiative. Lena is also a licensed trainer for The Community Interpreter International, a program of Cross-Cultural Communications. In 2018, Lena and the Language Justice Network received a Congressional Recognition for providing language access services during and after the Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudslides disasters.
Dr. Mariela G. Shibley is a clinical and forensic psychologist with a private practice in San Diego, California. She specializes in issues around acculturation, immigration, and trauma and is a leading expert in conducting psychological evaluations for USCIS and Immigration Court. Since 2007, she has conducted and supervised over 2,000 of such evaluations and provided court testimony, training, and education on immigration and mental health. She was a guest speaker at several conferences of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is sought after for her knowledge and expertise in this arena.
Dr. Shibley supervises unlicensed mental health professionals who work within her private practice and is a volunteer clinical instructor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California San Diego. She has attended and presented numerous lectures on topics related to immigration and mental health and taught doctoral level classes at the California School of Forensic Studies, the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, and at Argosy University in San Diego. Dr. Shibley is an active member of the San Diego Psychological Association, where she has served on the Board of Directors for two years and is currently a member of the Ethics and the Forensic Committees.