Staff & Leadership
Tanya Ranchigoda, LICSW | Clinical Director
she/her | Sri-Lankan | Canadian | American | hetero | cis
In stepping into the role as Clinical Director at MEND I hope to learn, observe, and intentionally join in community with this dynamic organization. I bring with me fierce compassion, integrity, over two decades of clinical practice in a variety of settings and a wealth of experiences with students from teaching at the University of Washington, Master of Social Work program. What I truly hope to offer is a beginner’s mind and a commitment to antiracism through a mindful lens. I want to take time to get to know people, what they care about, what they want to get done professionally, and support them in moving in that direction.
Leah Post, MSW, MPH, LICSW | Clinical Supervisor
she/her | white | queer | cis
As a clinical supervisor and intake specialist with Mend, I am one of the first people clients see when determining their interest in MEND. Taking the first step towards mental health care can be intimidating; my goal is to create a safe, open and welcoming space for everyone. I also provide support to MSW students who are completing their clinical internships.
I am a licensed independent clinical social worker (LW61092858) in the state of Washington. I received my Master’s in Social Work, Master’s in Public Health and Bachelor’s in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies from the University of Minnesota.
Pemberley VanderLinden, MFT | Clinical Supervisor
she/her | White | bisexual | disabled | cis
I identify as a cisgendered, white woman, bisexual, disabled, non-religious, raised working class in a military family. I believe that healing happens in the context of relationships. As a clinical supervisor, I am curious about a clinician's relationship to themselves and to the clients they walk with, while considering the layers of intersectionality that impact us all.
I am licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Washington State (LF60267695) and a State Approved Supervisor. I hold a Master's Degree in Counseling from Antioch University in Seattle and Bachelor's of Science in Applied Developmental Psych from Eastern Washington University. My professional experience is in community mental health and private practice. I love to work with couples of all types. The highlight reel of my additional post graduate education is in the clinical treatment of Internalized Oppression, Acceptance and Commitment Psychotherapy (ACT) and Relational Life Therapy (RLT).
Sharon Young, MFT | Clinical Supervisor
she/her | African American | Christian
I identify as a Christian woman, a wife, mother, and grandmother. I was raised in the inner cities of Los Angeles California which instilled in me a love and respect for the innate ability of a person to grow, change, and heal. I further believe that growth, change, and healing occur within the context of family and the greater environment in which someone lives. As a clinical supervisor I seek to provide an environment for the therapist to grow, change, and heal as they work on defining their professional identity.
I am Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist and currently practice in Puyallup Washington. I am also a State Approved MFT supervisor and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. I have a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, a master’s degree in Theological Studies, and a Ph.D. in Advanced Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy. As you can see, I love to learn….I just say I’m a “nerd”. I also enjoy sharing what I know and learning what others have to share with me. I look forward to this new endeavor at Mend.
St.Ennah Bo'Kare Akudihor (Prefers Saint) | Intake Coordinator
they/them or he/him | Nigerian American | Queer | Non Binary
Greetings! I am currently in school receiving an MSW in hopes to become a therapist. I come into this role with the experience of working with homeless young adults and also with students in the school system. As Intake Coordinator, I hope to have a warm welcoming presence since I am the first person of contact. My passion is to make sure that black and brown folk have a way to access therapy.