Our Staff2018-09-05T05:31:12+00:00

  • Jeremy Howell
    Jeremy Howell

    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.

  • Debbie Kirby
    Debbie Kirby
    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 Griffin
    Mandy Griffin
    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 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 Krajcir
    Steve Krajcir
    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 Stuntzner
    Denise Stuntzner
    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.
  • Lisa Jones-Worrell
    Lisa Jones-Worrell

    My name is Lisa Jones-Worrell I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  I am extremely happy to begin working for Coastal Center in Coos Bay, Oregon 

    I have over 20 years’ experience working with children, adolescents, and adults.    

    I received my BA in Psychology from California State University East Bay in 1995.  After working in the human and social service field for several years, I returned to school and received my Master of Social Work from Radford University in 2011.  I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) for four years.   

    I am originally from Virginia; however, I have spent several years living in various areas of the United States and Guam.  My favorite areas are the Pacific Northwest and Northern California.  I enjoy spending time hiking, kayaking, camping and going to the beach anytime I can. 

    Prior to coming to Coos Bay, I worked as an Employee Assistant Program (EAP) consultant with Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia.  During this time, I provided direct counseling, support, and trainings to individuals, families and companies.  I gained firsthand experience working with First Responders and providing trainings on managing anger, stress management, and most recently COVID-19 support. 

    My experience as an LCSW has allowed me to work directly with children, adolescents, and families dealing with abuse and trauma; grief and loss; and severe mental health.  I thoroughly enjoy working with children and adolescents involved in the foster care & court system.   

    I use various therapeutic techniques including:  cognitive behavioral therapy; solution-focused therapy; and trauma-focused therapy.   I like to work out of a strength based perspective and provide person center therapy.  

    I am looking forward to working in this community and being a part of the great work that is being done at Coastal Center.