Hello and welcome.  This page is a bit about us and our background. 

We met many years ago through CASP.  As our friendship grew, so did our desire to help other LEPs. 

We provide opportunities for others to learn from what we have learned during our LEP journeys so you do not need to start from scratch.

We partner with amazing professionals to bring forth a wealth of knowledge and support.

Meet Kristin…


Kristin started her career in hospitality management with Marriott International where she learned and array of corporate business practices. She then returned to her passion in psychology as an Educational Psychologist. Kristin’s LEP practice has focused on consultative and assessment practices. She has also worked as a Senior School Psychologist and Special Education Administrator. She has focused her practice in the areas of Autism, developmental and low incidence disabilities, Dyslexia, mental health, and gifted programs in both public and private sectors.


To further her knowledge, Kristin is completing her Ph.D. with a specialization in integrated mental health. This education has contributed a unique perspective leading to the promotion of positive and preventative mental health supports in schools. She co-created the Mindfulness Initiative in a large Southern California school district and presents on mindfulness topics around the state.

Kristin has dedicated time to local, state, national boards and local universities to promote the field of educational psychology. She has also been the recipient of various awards for her work in the field.

Kristin decided to become an LEP to create more flexibility and cultivate her areas of passion. She also felt her unique blend of corporate management, psychology, educational administration, and integrative health training gave her a broad perspective on creating and sustaining strong business practices. When starting her own practice, she discovered a lack of available resources and networking opportunities to support this endeavor. This led to a partnership with Jenny to help other educational psychologists start and/or enhance their practices through Empower LEP.


  • Ph.D., Integrated Mental Health, Saybrook University, San Francisco, CA (Ph.D. Candidate)

  • M.A. Educational Psychology/Counseling, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

  • B.A. Psychology/Sociology, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA


  • Licensed Educational Psychologist (CA #3575)

  • Pupil Personnel Services Credential, School Psychology (CA, NY, NJ) /Counseling (CA)

  • California Administration Services Credential

  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist (N.C.S.P.)

Meet Jenny…


Jenny knew she wanted to be a school psychologist as soon as she learned of the field. She worked as a school psychologist for 13 years before using her administration credential to assist special education teachers in clearing their credentials. After being an administrator for more than three years, she decided to work independently. Along the way, Jenny obtained her school neuropsychology certificate and was the president of her local school psychology association as well as her state association.




Today, Jenny provides trainings around the state of CA on the topic of learning disabilities, consults with districts to help support psychologists and special education classrooms, and she created online courses to help support psychologists as well. She also contracts with public and private schools to provide assessments for special education consideration as well as determine appropriate accommodations and learning strategies.

Jenny obtained her LEP about five years into becoming a school psychologist. While she was not sure how she would use her license, she knew she wanted it “just in case.” It took her some time to become serious about applying and studying for the exam, so she formed a study group; group members created test questions and flashcards for one another. Accountability within the group helped her to pass the exam the first time.

After leaving her full-time position as an administrator and using her LEP license full time, Jenny found the world of private practice overwhelming and sometimes confusing. She spent time communicating with others who worked in the private world, but there were not many LEPs with whom she found to consult. She collaborated with Kristin Makena, a colleague she met through the CASP board, to find ways to help other LEPs navigate the private practice world.


  • M.A. School Psychology, California State University, Northridge, CA

  • B.S. Psychology, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA


  • Licensed Educational Psychologist (CA #2779)

  • California Pupil Personnel Services Credential, School Psychology

  • California Clear Administration Services Credential

  • School Neuropsychology Post Graduate Certificate

  • Certified Relationship Coach

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