AMCS to Honor Realtor Jane St. John at Annual Spring Celebration for Mental Health
March 15, 2019
AMCS to Honor Realtor Jane St. John at
Annual Spring Celebration for Mental Health
(Los Angeles, Calif.) – Airport Marina Counseling Service's (AMCS) 15th annual "Spring into Well-Being” Celebration will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2019, from 6-9 p.m. at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Ballroom. The event will celebrate the success of our 2019 Champion of Mental Health Jane St. John. Jane has been instrumental in helping AMCS become an indispensable part of the county’s mental health care safety net.
“Jane has been a tireless supporter of AMCS for many years, always working to promote the clinic and its mission throughout the community," said AMCS CEO Eden Garcia-Balis. “We are excited to honor her for her contributions.”
The event is expected to attract more than 300 key local community and business leaders, with the goal of raising more than $300,000 to help continue providing much-needed affordable, community-based mental health services and to support the training of the clinic’s more than 60 mental health therapists each year.
For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, please visit www.AMCShelps.com.
Jane St. John is a local realtor with RE/MAX Estate Properties serving all Westside communities. She concentrates her community involvement primarily in Westchester and Playa del Rey where she has resided for 37 years. Having spent many years in public education, she is acutely aware of the academic, emotional and mental health needs of children, young adults and their families. Beginning in 1989, she and then-business partner, Carli Vandervort, have been proud sponsors of the Annual WMHG Holiday Home Tour, The Jet to Jetty 5-10K and all AMCS and Guild major fundraising events.
As a two-time breast cancer survivor, Jane also serves on the Board of Helen’s Room, a non-profit founded by Monica and Seymour Kahn which provides free counseling services, hats and wigs, and appropriate undergarments as women get through surgery and treatment. Additionally, Jane is a proud organizer of the Playa del Rey Toy Drive for Childrens Hospital – Los Angeles, collecting thousands of toys and gift cards for the hospital’s young patients. Recognized as a one of Councilman Mike Bonin’s Hometown Heroes in 2017, Jane is a member of the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, a sponsor for the Fourth of July Parade, The Rock, Roll & Run event for all local schools, and numerous local events involving children of her clients.
Born in Bakersfield, Jane attended Bakersfield College, Fresno State University and received a master’s degree from Pepperdine University. She has lifetime teaching and administrative credentials. Jane is widowed and has extended family in the local area.
The mission of Airport Marina Counseling Service (AMCS) is two-fold: to provide affordable, community-based mental health services and to train mental health therapists.
AMCS is a nonprofit, community-based mental health clinic that has been serving the greater LAX region since 1961. From its opening in 1961 to now, AMCS has continued to grow and expand its programs and services. Today, we serve hundreds of individuals, children and families and couples weekly, and our services are provided on a sliding-scale basis.
As affordable mental health resources become more difficult to find, more people living further away from AMCS depend upon its services. Though we have no geographical boundaries, the Clinic currently serves the greater LAX area including Westchester, El Segundo, Culver City, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Marina del Rey, Playa del Rey and Venice, Santa Monica, Torrance, South Los Angeles and extended areas of Los Angeles County. AMCS offers comprehensive therapeutic services to individuals, children and families, couples and older adults, many of whom would otherwise have little access to counseling. Open seven days a week, Airport Marina Counseling Service provides an array of successful programs, both at the Clinic and off-site, to meet the needs of people of all ages.
Eden Garcia-Balis, LMFT, Chief Executive Office