- Debbie KirbyL.C.S.W.Debbie KirbyL.C.S.W.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.
- Mandy GriffinLPCMandy GriffinLPCMandy 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 fell in love with the Oregon Coast, and is happy to be living so close to the ocean! In her free time, Mandy enjoys listening to records, laughing with friends, playing with her dog (Chauncey), watching NBA games, and of course, going to the beach.
- Steve KrajcirL.C.S.W.Steve KrajcirL.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.
- Denise StuntznerL.C.S.W.Denise StuntznerL.C.S.W.Denise Stuntzner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, working in human services for 36 years. She grew up in Coos Bay and received her Bachelor of Art Degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1984. She returned to Oregon and worked in child welfare for 4 years before starting graduate school at Portland State University. In 1990, she earned her Masters Degree in Social Work, concentrating in Planning, Administration and Management. Upon graduation, she was granted the Walter & Leah Winkle Award for Social Work Excellence. Until 1996, she worked at PSU on a NIMH grant. While raising her 2 sons, Ms. Stuntzner returned to clinical practice in child & family mental health, rehabilitation, hospice, and child welfare. She earned her license from the State of Oregon in 2006. Prior to starting with Coastal Center, Ms. Stuntzner worked for 3 years as an Integrated Behavioral Health Clinician primarily with patients in Internal Medicine, Family Practice and OB. For the 10 years before working at NBMC, she worked for the Coquille Tribe as their Wellness Program Coordinator and then as a Qualified Mental Health Professional for Bay Area Hospital, mostly on the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit and conducting emergency psychiatric evaluations in the ED. Ms. Stuntzner has served as a Field Instructor for the Graduate School of Social Work at Portland State University and is also a state-certified Clinical Supervisor. Ms. Stuntzner is an accomplished competitive swimmer: a former Big 10 Champion & record holder in the 100 & 200 Butterfly events, NCAA All American, and a 2014 Masters World Champion. She continues to swim, loves to ski and travel. She enjoys time with her sons, pets and extended family.
- Candace WallisCounselorCandace WallisCounselor
Hello Coos County, it is an honor for me to introduce myself, Candace Wallis, as the newest counselor at Coastal Center. With my undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of South Florida, my knowledge and energy will benefit Coastal Center in many ways. Tired of the Florida heat, my husband Michael and I finally decided to trek across the country to the beautiful Oregon coast. We decided to nest out west in search of the great outdoors, the majestic explorations, and escaping the humidity. Our hobbies include hiking, cooking, loving our two well-behaved dogs, and shopping with Michael's credit cards. We could not be more excited for this next chapter of our lives and we hope to see you out in the community.
- Willy SauerLPCWilly SauerLPC
Willy Sauer was raised in Hickory, North Carolina and attended Wake Forest University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2016. In 2018, he graduated with a Master of Arts in Counseling at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. During his Master’s program, he completed a concentration in addiction counseling. In Charlotte, he interned with the Mecklenburg County Jail and an intensive outpatient program for adult men with substance use diagnoses.
After graduation Willy and his partner moved to Portland, Oregon where she attended law school. During this time, Willy worked with adults in Washington County with co-occurring mental health and substance use diagnoses in an outpatient setting. Willy also worked with adults experiencing PTSD, depression, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, and psychotic disorders as an LPC Intern while in Washington County.
Willy and his wife are so excited to be in Coos Bay! Their dog, Moshi, is a beach fanatic and appreciates all the space to run around, get dirty, and chase tennis balls. In his free time, Willy loves to go camping, backpacking, run, read, and watch sports (Go Blazers!). He is excited for the opportunity to serve the people of Coos County.