Peer Health Exchange Los Angeles is thrilled to welcome two new members to our L.A. Board. Catherine Gretch, a lawyer and former teacher, brings to the board an understanding of startups and Fortune 500 corporations. Whitney Showler, a therapist and operations expert, has worked with young people and families in various capacities. Please read below to learn more about our new board members.
Catherine Grech, a leading attorney at Perkins Coie LLP, represents companies in complex business and employment-related disputes at all stages of litigation. Catherine defends employers in class action lawsuits and against individual claims of discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination.
Catherine has substantial experience assisting companies of all sizes—from startups to FORTUNE 500 corporations—with matters related to independent contractor classification. Prior to law school, Catherine was a middle school English teacher with Teach for America in New York City. She remains committed to championing the rights of the disenfranchised and has an active pro bono practice dedicated to capital appeals in Texas.
Whitney Showler is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Los Angeles. She works with adults, teens, couples, kids, and families to navigate life’s challenges. With experience treating depression, anxiety, anger, grief, loss as well as struggles related to sex/sexuality and spirituality, Whitney helps people process difficult emotions and find greater self-awareness.
Whitney is a partner and board member of non-profit organization Peaceful Solutions, which provides low-cost group psychotherapy for men and women who have experienced domestic violence. Also the Vice President of Operations & Programs at Entertainment Industry Foundation, Whitney is leading the organization’s Disaster and Crisis Response Program, Music for Relief.
Prior to joining EIF, Whitney was Chief Operating Officer of the grassroots disaster relief and environmental organization founded by the band Linkin Park, Music for Relief, which, after 13 years of critical work helping vulnerable communities recover following natural disasters, joined forces with EIF to become the Entertainment Industry’s Disaster and Crisis response program.