Our Staff

Debbie Kirby, L.C.S.W.


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Debbie Kirby was raised outside of the fabulous city of New Orleans and subsequently attended Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers!!!) where she earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master's in Social Work. While at LSU, she interned for the Baton Rouge school system counseling inner city youth, an adolescent group home and the state forensic hospital. Ideally, Debbie wanted to work in a private practice setting serving troubled youth, and was able to find that place in Oregon with Coastal Center in August 2000. 


Debbie works primarily with youth 18 and under, specializing in trauma, abuse, foster/adoption, attachment and eating disorders. However, many of the adults she works with also struggle with some of these same issues, in addition to day-to-day life stressors. She also enjoys traveling around Oregon to work with and train foster parents on attachment and adoption issues.


To keep things lively, she likes to laugh a lot, explore new places with her family, serve the community, dance, and spend time playing with family and friends. 


Durel Kirby, L.C.S.W.


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Durel Kirby was born and raised north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on his parents’ beef cattle farm.  After attending Louisiana State University for his bachelor and masters’ degrees, he began his career in social work at East Louisiana State Hospital in Jackson.


Durel moved across country to Oregon in 2000, following his wife to Coastal Center, and hauling not only all their worldly possession but also their three cats and his faithful border collie Cody.


Durel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oregon, a family mediator, alcohol and drug evaluator, and clinical supervisor.  He provides individual, family and couples therapy, utilizing family systems and cognitive therapeutic strategies.


Last but not least, if it meets his clients’ needs, Durel practices social work in partnership with Cinco de Mayo Kirby, the newest generation of faithful border collie.  For many adults and children, Cinco brings warmth and affection to the clinical setting.

Jeremy Howell, L.C.S.W.




Jeremy Howell attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison campus for his undergraduate degree. He worked in Madison for a few years assisting in the development of a residential treatment program for adolescents before returning to the University of Wisconsin, Madison to get his graduate degree in Social Work. Jeremy came to Coos County in 1975 to work for Children’s Services Division. While there he developed treatment programs for children who had been sexually abused.


In the early 1980’s Jeremy, along with two colleagues, went into private practice and formed the Coastal Center, LLC. Since that time the Center has been an important resource to the coastal communities, providing services from Brookings to Florence.


Jeremy has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oregon since 1982. He has provided services to children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. He has a specialty in dealing with adolescent behavioral problems and issues related to the successful transition of adolescents to the adult world and independence. Jeremy provides special assessments and treatment related to the sexual behavioral problems of children and adolescents.


In his spare time Jeremy takes time to ski, raft various rivers, climb mountains, and mow the 2 acres of pasture and lawn on the small ranch he and his wife live on.

Mandy Griffin, LPC


Mandy Griffin was born and raised in Montana.  She received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, from the University of Montana.  Afterward, she spent time working as an Attachment Counselor, in a group home setting.  She decided to return to school and received her Master's degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from Montana State University- Billings.  She has worked with various populations, in a variety of settings, including: group homes, psychiatric facilities, offender treatment, and school based therapy programs.  She has experience in helping clients work through anxiety, depression, anger, attachment issues, PTSD, and behavior difficulties.


She feel in love with the Oregon Coast, and is happy to be living so close to the ocena!  In her free time, Mandy enjoys listening to records, laughting with friends, playing with her dog (Chauncey), watching NBA games, and of course, going to the beach.

Rama Eshelbrenner, M.A.




 Rama received her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Psychology from the University of Missouri in Kansas City, Missouri.  Prior to joining the Coastal Center team, she worked extensively in organizational settings as a human resources trainer and consultant.  She specialized in individual and team development and has over ten certifications in areas such as communication, management skills, style differences, conflict resolution and   team building. 


After retiring her business attire and migrating to Oregon in 2002, Rama found the perfect fit at Coastal Center for continuing her mission of helping others, in a more casual and personal setting.   She currently works as a therapist, trainer, consultant, and mediator for resolution of family, public or workplace conflicts.  Rama counsels adults and children of all ages, with a wide array of personal or family challenges; including helping children in foster care or being adopted recover from past abuse, neglect and loss. 


When not working, she loves to be outside; gardening, hiking, or beach combing at the ocean.  You may also find her having fun on the dance floor at local ballroom, jazz and swing events.       



Steve Krajcir, L.C.S.W.    


Steve received his Masters in Social Work from San Jose State University in 1989 and his BA in Psychology from San Francisco State University in 1982. He has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in OR since 1999. He started working with the Coastal Center in January 2008. Prior to working at the Coastal Center, Steve was the Director of Family Services for nine years with South Coast Hospice and Palliative Care in Coos Bay, OR. His practice specialties are: working with children, adolescents and families. Laughter, humor and play therapy are just some of the tools Steve uses when helping families & individuals cope with depression, anxiety and numerous other stressors affecting family life.   He is a trumpet player who “toots his own horn” with two local bands and at various community events. He enjoys time with his family and hiking on the beach or in a forest as often as he can.

Support Staff


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When you call or come in, please meet our friendly team of support staff ready to assist you!

They each have different responsibilities, but work together as a team to serve Coastal Center clients.



Teri Morgan, Administrative Associate, Coos Bay

Amber Nance, Administrative Associate, Coss Bay

Shirley Forbes, Business Manager