FACT (Family and child treatment)



Dr. John Matthias, PhD.Clinical Supervision

FACT’s Clinical Director, Psychologist John Matthias, Ph.D., graduated from Princeton University with high honors for his undergraduate work and with distinction from the University of Southern California with a doctorate in psychology. He has been actively practicing as a therapist since 1995 and he has worked with child sexual abuse and childhood trauma for over a decade. Dr. Matthias's extensive research and training has included work with post-traumatic stress disorder for both children and combat veterans, substance abuse therapy for adolescents and adults, vocational rehabilitation, group psychotherapy for numerous clinical populations, sexual offender groups for juveniles and adults, couple and family interventions, play therapy and experiential and expressive therapies. His research has supported the strong connection between family violence and its adverse impact upon child development. He developed the innovative FACT Family Challenge Program that incorporates experiential and family group work in 2007 to challenge the families of childhood sexual abuse victims to strengthen their family bonds when faced with adversity and to support the victims as they undergo treatment. He is currently a licensed psychologist in Nevada and he has been the Clinical Director of Family and Child Treatment since 2006.  Dr. Matthias is in charge of supervising FACT licensed clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and interns from UNLV and the University of Phoenix that achieve their clinical practicum hours working with the therapists to facilitate FACT programs.

Office Team

Ashlee Kenworthy, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Ashlee earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. She began her career at a private mental health agency in Detroit, MI, working as a clinical therapist. After three years, she was asked to manage a new outpatient clinic for the same company, which provided a day program and outpatient mental health services to adults diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness.

Ashlee began working for FACT as a Victim’s Therapist in 2009 when she moved to Las Vegas, NV. While she continues to provide therapy to child victims and adult survivors of abuse, she is also currently managing the Teen Crisis Intervention Program.

Heather Gibbs, Executive Director

Heather Gibbs is a University of Central Florida Alumni with a major in Psychology and minor in Sociology.  She has worked professionally in the non-profit sector for over 12 years; however her love for charity work and volunteering began at the age of 13 when she volunteered as a Candy striper in a local hospital.  Following graduation from UCF, Heather took a position as a Program Coordinator for WEEKENDS of Greater Orlando where she worked with high school teens in low achieving schools and low income areas creating positive activity choices through leadership development, community service and positive outlets.  Within two years she was promoted to Executive Director of the organization and in the 2004/2005 school year, Heather went on a public speaking tour in high schools to promote goal achievement and worked with students to prepare them for college.  Soon afterwards, she took a position as Marketing/Public Relations Director for Gateway to the World, a non-profit project that promoted cultural exchange through the arts.  The project featured India and therefore she went to India to meet with travel & tourism department heads and top figures in the India arts world.  When the project completed, Heather was offered a position as Marketing Director for the Central Florida Fairgrounds.  She directed marketing efforts for events and activities that utilized the 87 acre area, including the annual week long fair.  To be closer to her family, Heather moved to Las Vegas where she has been Executive Director of Family and Child Treatment of Southern Nevada (FACT) since March 2008.  Through her tenure at FACT she has been successful in creating both fiscal and programmatic sustainability while expanding FACT by developing programs that serve domestic violence and child trafficking victims in addition to the sexual abuse victims the organization has been serving for 26 years.  Her vision is to continue to collaborate with community agencies to identify gaps in service and create a matrix of wrap around services to best serve those in need.  Under her direction, FACT will continue to grow and expand the agencies reach as FACT strives to meet the needs of children and families who have been traumatized by violence and abuse in our community.

Program Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Worker’s, Therapists, and Interns

Lorna Suyat, Office Manager

Lorna Suyat, front office manager, and admin support for FACT.  I have relocated to Las Vegas from the island of Oahu, Hawaii.  I've been with FACT for 11 1/2 years and I am grateful to be a part of such a caring and hard-working team.

Karissa Garr,

Karissa Garr grew up in Arizona and loves the desert climate. She went to school in Utah, and moved with her husband to Las Vegas after they both graduated. She completed her bachelors and masters degrees in Social Work from Brigham Young University. While in school, she certified as a rape crisis volunteer, and completed training for the Child Welfare CORE. 

Karissa has worked in adult mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence prior to working at FACT. Currently, she works as a victims therapist at FACT, and also facilitates the domestic violence group and the non-offending parent group. Karissa is also a therapist with the TCIP program.

Kimberly DeMay

Kimberly DeMay, is currently the Program Manager for Donna’s House Central, a court connected supervised visitation and exchange program located at the Family Court. She has been the Program Manager since 2006. While attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas she obtained a Master of Social Work degree as well as a dual major in Social Work and Criminal Justice as an undergraduate. Kimberly has been living in the Las Vegas valley for over twenty years. She was born in Simi Valley, California.

Donna’s House Central