Staff Members

Cynthia A. “Oma” Gray

Executive Director – Corporate Office – Banning
CADC-II, ICADC since 2005
Founding Member and Board Member of CCAPP (California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals) since 2010
Employed since 8-1-99

Lupe S. Stoneburner

Director/Program Manager – Treatment Program
Desert Hot Springs

CADC-II, ICADC since 2005
Founding Member CCAPP Credentialing Board since 2011.
Employed since 1-2-02

Leslee B. Blake

SUD Counselor II, CADC-II, IC&RC
Treatment Program – Desert Hot Springs

CADC – II, CA since 2013
Employed since 8-20-09

Cindi Handwerk

SUD Counselor I
CADC – CAS since 2014
Volunteer since November 2012
Employed since August 2013

Rebecca Norton

Transitional Living Manager – Banning
Employed since 3-1-16-
Volunteer since 2-1-15

Christopher Francisco

Grant writer
30+ years in non-profit sector
Bachelor of Science in Public Administration, USC
Member, Board of Directors of Coachella Valley Repertory Theater
Certified in Non-profit Marketing & Fundraising – Cal State Long Beach

Alexcia Ramirez

    Night Attendant
    Volunteer Since 2016
    Employed Since 4-1-17

Elizabeth Webb

    Weekend Night Attendant
    Volunteer Since 2007
    Employed Since 4-1-17

Monica Werner

Marketing Coordinator
    15+ years in Marketing industry
    Employed Since 10-1-2017


  • CCAPP (California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals)
  • State of California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)
  • F.I.N.D. Food Bank – Coachella Valley
  • Desert Best Friends Closet
  • Family Services of the Desert
  • Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility RSAT (Residential Substance Abuse Treatment) Program
  • Cultural Alliance for the Arts – Banning
  • Banning Women’s Club
  • Veteran’s Association Desert Hot Springs
  • City of Banning
  • City of Desert Hot Springs
  • Riverside Latino Commission on Drugs and Alcohol – Coachella Valley
  • Riverside County Community Healthcare Centers
  • Riverside County Substance Abuse Providers Network
  • Riverside County Parole and Probation Departments
  • Riverside County Child Protection Services (Mom’s Programs)
  • The Awareness Program – Indio
  • Department of Public Social Services
  • California Suicide Prevention Network


Awards, Certifications and Other News

  • Licensed and Certified by the State of California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) – 1984 to present
  • Co-Founder Brigitte Page first recipient of the City of Banning Ring of Honor
  • Cynthia A. “Oma” Gray Soroptimist Women Helping Women award 2001 (S.I. Desert Hot Springs)
  • Cynthia A. “Oma” Gray Soroptimist of the Year 2006-2007
  • Lupe Esparza, Soroptimist Women Helping Women Award 2003 (S.I. Desert Hot Springs)
  • Lupe Esparza, Counselor of the Year 2004
  • Pat Callahan, Counselor of the Year 2010
  • Jean Vavao, Counselor of the Year 2011
  • Leslee Blake, Counselor of the Year 2012, 2013
  • Lupe Esparza, 3rd Place Audience Favorite, Dancing with Our Stars (fundraiser for SHOH)
  • Cindy J.Handwerk, Counselor of the Year 2014

“You ladies are my angels”

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