In our relationships with our clients we have come to the realization that "no one cares how much we know...until they know how much we care!"
Kimberly worked as a Forensic Addictions Counselor inside some of California's state prisons after acquiring a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice Administration at the University of Phoenix and soon after another Bachelors degree in Holistic Ministries from the American Institute of Holistic Theology. With a well established foundation in the human condition, Kimberly began her journey into the human psyche; therefore, exploring a field that combined her love for Law/Forensics with her passion to better understand why people do what they do. Kimberly obtained a Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology that led her all the way to the state of Florida and Argosy University. In addition to her counseling duties at Design for Change, Kimberly teaches psychology and Juvenile Delinquency at a well known college as a Criminal Justice Professor. She continues her life long journey in education pursuing a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology and plans to graduate by the end of 2016.
Dr. Mark Nathanson has achieved just under 40 years of progressive experience as a certified mental health counselor and advocate of children and their families. Professional history includes positions such as: A-list Consultant for the National Institute of Justice (NIJ); Department of Justice (DOJ) Peer-Reviewer; Clinical Director at the United Community Action Network (UCAN); Children's Social Worker for the Los Angeles County; Department of Children and Family Services; and Adjunct Professor at Antelope Valley College.
Renee began her training at the Sexual Assault Crisis Agency (SACA) in Long Beach, CA where she worked with survivors of sexual abuse and violence, who often also struggled with alcoholism and/or addiction. She has personal and family experience with alcoholism, addiction and trauma that has led to an intimate and unique understanding of the disease. Her passion for the intersection between trauma and addiction began at SACA and continued to grow as she expanded into county contracted positions. Renee has worked with individuals, children and families in private practice, non-profit, school based and county contracted organizations, including court-mandated clients involved with the Juvenile Dependency Court and foster care. She also specializes in 12-step facilitation to assist with this process and journey of looking within and loves working with her clients individually, as well as in the group setting in treatment.
A native of Lancaster, California, Jenét Langjahr completed her training in Registered Nursing at Antelope Valley College in 1977 and later earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands. Her early experience included Critical Care Nursing at Lancaster Community Hospital, Lancaster Hospital and work as an adjunct instructor for Antelope Valley College. She was instrumental in opening the first Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory in the valley at Lancaster Community Hospital and served as Nursing Supervisor there until 1982. During this time she helped organize the first chapter of Mended Hearts Association and later served as President of the AV Branch of the American Heart Association. In 1996 she earned her degree and licensing as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Physician’s Assistant from the University of California at Davis. For the past thirteen years, Jenét has worked in Family Practice while continuing to expand her fields of work in women’s health, surgery, dermatology, and cardiology.
Patricia holds a Masters level certification in Addiction Studies LAADC and is a CAADC II – in the state of California, as well as an I.C.A.D.C International Certification and is a Board Registered Interventionist both in the United States and Canada.
Ms. Pike has had the privilege of working both in Canada and the United States for over two decades in such capacities as: Executive Director, Professional Consultant, Addiction Specialist, Family Interventionist, and Family Coach. She has been in private practice for over 8 years in both the San Francisco Bay Area and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Patricia’s experience includes working with all age groups and persons from all walks of life − she has helped thousands of men, women and youth recover from addiction to alcohol and drugs, eating disorders, complex disorders, gambling, sex addictions and workplace issues.
She has great passion in helping clients and their families get their lives back on track to live an authentic life of purpose and dignity.
A drug and alcohol treatment industry professional since 2002, Curt Maddon has worked in numerous areas of rehabilitation services including all levels of direct client care as a line director, an executive director and over eight years as an officer of two long-term dual diagnosis chemical dependency treatment facilities. In personal recovery from addiction since October of 2000, Curt and his family are on the same journey he helps clients and families embark upon, and his message of hope coupled with his passion for recovery has helped many begin the process in an effective and lasting way. Curt believes that if everyone in the family system learns how to support the recovery of their loved one by practicing the principles of recovery themselves, successful outcomes are far greater. He gratefully works with the families of Cycles of Change Recovery Services’ clients as a family care counselor.
Mr. Vasquez, after working 35 years as a graphic artist, retired and is now a full-time artist living in the high desert of California. Mr. Vasquez attended California State University, Los Angeles and the Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles, California.
Mr. Vasquez conducts Plein Aire classes during the summer months where he teaches the principals of good painting and the representation of space and light. Mr. Vasquez strongly believes there are benefits from using the arts as a creative outlet in one's life. He states, "If it helps to draw and paint one or two days a week, it's therapy. 'Art washes away the trials of every day life,' Picasso said." Mr. Vasquez has started a new chapter in his life, teaching art to recovery clients. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of art to these new students, some of whom have never taken art classes before. The positive responses he receives have enriched his life too.