• Welcome to the VFWC!

    WELCOME

    The Veteran Family Wellness Center (VFWC) provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere for Veterans and their families, including parents, couples, and children.  

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    WELCOME

    The Veteran Family Wellness Center (VFWC) provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere for Veterans and their families, including parents, couples, and children.  

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    WELCOME

    The Veteran Family Wellness Center (VFWC) provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere for Veterans and their families, including parents, couples, and children.  

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    WELCOME

    The Veteran Family Wellness Center (VFWC) provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere for Veterans and their families, including parents, couples, and children.  

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OUR TEAM

Erryn Shine, MS
Erryn Shine, MS, is a Resilience Trainer at the UCLA/VA Veteran Family Wellness Center (VFWC).  She was a USMC spouse of 13 years, and during those years she served as a Key Volunteer.  Erryn obtained a Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Capella University.  She had the privilege to work with soldiers from Fort Bragg providing therapy and assessment services at a private mental health provider in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  Erryn worked for the Los Angeles County’s Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) for the last 5 1/2 years.  She gained experience working with Transitional Aged Youth (TAY) with extensive trauma histories and severe mental illness in the Full-Service Partnership (FSP) program.  Erryn provided case management services, taught rehab skills (individually and group) to youth and their families, and provided crisis intervention.  She also served as the acting Housing Specialist for the FSP-TAY team in which she connected clients to temporary and/or permanent housing.  Erryn is looking forward to applying her knowledge, skill set, and experience accumulated over the years to help Veterans and their loved ones who come to the VFWC to achieve the health and wellness they deserve. 
Jimmy Guevara, MSW
Jimmy Guevara, MSW, I was born and raised in East Hollywood CA. After I graduated from Hollywood High in 2001, I was eager to start my life in the Marine Corps. I have been stationed overseas and was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in 2005. I decided to get out of the U.S. Marine Corps in 2006 due to family difficulties. Transitioning from military to civilian lifestyle was difficult but I learned to adapt once I started finding like minded veterans in the community college. I earned my Associates from Los Angeles City College. After LACC, I transferred to Cal State Northridge and earned a double bachelor’s in psychology and Central American Studies. I felt I needed to help my fellow veterans and their families and decided to continue my education. I got accepted to go to the University of Southern California (USC) and earned my Master of Social Work with emphasis on military and military families. It’s a pleasure and honor to be able to serve our veteran community in the greater Los Angeles area.
Kiana Naimi, ASW
Kiana Naimi, ASW, serves as a Resilience Trainer at the UCLA/VA Veteran Family Wellness Center (VFWC). Kiana comes to the VFWC after earning her Master's in Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles, at the Luskin School of Public Affairs. Having experience working across the lifespan, Kiana has supported both the whole health of teenagers within LAUSD schools  and Veterans at the Sepulveda VA Medical Center in Los Angeles, where she served within the interdisciplinary PACT (Patient Aligned Care Team) team. Kiana is most passionate about offering support to those experiencing trauma, grief, and loss and those that may be currently encountering a challenging time in their life. She is honored to support Veterans and their families that come to the VFWC and strives to help them feel respected and heard while working together to create new beginnings.  
Tom Babayan
Tom Babayan, MS, LMFT, serves as the Director of UCLA/VA Veteran Family Wellness Center. Tom has been dedicated to supporting military and Veteran families since 2008, serving in a variety of roles. He began by delivering mental health prevention services to families and couples aboard Camp Pendleton before returning to Los Angeles to support the Veteran community. Tom pioneered the tele-delivery model of FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress), an innovative platform that uses video teleconferencing technology to deliver psychoeducation and training to Veterans and their families. He served as a consultant/trainer to numerous organizations serving Veterans including the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, UCLA Operation Mend, Los Angeles Department of Mental Health and the Los Angeles Unified School District. Tom is passionate about helping Veteran couples build resilience through skill building. Since 2017, Tom served as the Services Director for the Veteran Family Wellness Center before taking on the role of Director in 2021.  
Melissa Lee
Melissa Lee, BA, serves as the Family Resource Coordinator for the VFWC. She served as a ground supply officer in the USMC from 2000 to 2004. She was stationed at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Camp Lejeune, and Camp Hansen, Okinawa. She did Veteran outreach for Habitat for Humanity in the San Fernando/Santa Clarita valleys, and since 2015 she has volunteered with and been a Boardmember for 22 Until None, a nonprofit dedicated to ending Veteran suicide. She is married to a former Marine Corps infantry officer and was stationed with him at Marine Corps bases Camp Pendleton and Twentynine Palms.