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

Assistant Director – Treatment Program – Desert Hot Springs
CADC – II, CA since 2013
Employed since 8-20-09

Cindi Handwerk

Assistant Director
CADC – CAS since 2014
Volunteer since November 2012
Employed since August 2013

Rebecca Norton

Transitional Living Manager – Banning
CADC-II, ICADC
Employed since 3-1-16-
Volunteer since 2-1-15

Juanita Hernandez

Marketing Coordinator
Associates of Science Degree in Business Administration
Santa Barbara Business College
Member of the National Honor Society, Alpha Beta Kapa
Board of Directors of Coachella Valley Autism Society of America (CVASA)

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

Affiliations

  • 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”
-Amber

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