Staff Members

Donate Now. Soroptimist House of Hope. Addiction Recovery Center. Helping women establish and maintain sober and healthy lives.
Rebecca Norton, Transitional Living Manager, Soroptimist House of Hope. Addiction Recovery Center. Helping women establish and maintain sober and healthy lives.

Rebecca Norton

Executive Director
CADC-II, ICADC
Employed since 3-1-16
Volunteer since 2-1-15

Lupe S. Stoneburner, Director, Program Manager, Soroptimist House of Hope. Addiction Recovery Center. Helping women establish and maintain sober and healthy lives.

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

Cindi Handwerk, SUD Counselor, Soroptimist House of Hope. Addiction Recovery Center. Helping women establish and maintain sober and healthy lives.

Cindi Handwerk

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

Cindi Handwerk, SUD Counselor, Soroptimist House of Hope. Addiction Recovery Center. Helping women establish and maintain sober and healthy lives.

Judith Louise-Worachek

SUD Counselor II
CADC II – ICADC
Employed since February 2022

Kirbie Beltran, RADTI, Transportation Specialist

Kirbie Beltran

RADT1
Transportation Specialist
Employed Since 1-1-20
Cynthia Amador, RADT 1, Weekend Attendant

Cynthia Amador

RADT 1
Weekend Attendant

Christine Rivas, Recovery Residence Manager

Sarah McCracken

RADT
Employed Since August 2021
Christine Rivas, Recovery Residence Manager

Christine Rivas

RADTI
Employed Since 1-1-20
Christine Rivas, Recovery Residence Manager

Priscilla “Hope” Ortiz

Recovery Residence Manager
Employed Since March 2022
Christopher Francisco, Grant Writer, Soroptimist House of Hope. Addiction Recovery Center. Helping women establish and maintain sober and healthy lives.

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

Reverend Dr. Braveheart Cordova, D.D., CADC-II

Grief/Forgiveness/Life Skills Instructor
Rev. Dr. Braveheart Cordova is a non-denominational ordained minister. Since 2008, he has served as a hospital chaplain as well as a hospice home companion. In 2010 he completed his doctorate degree in divinity with concentration in spiritual counseling. During this time he also obtained advanced certifications as a Grief Counselor and Life Coach. In 2022, Dr. Braveheart further expanded his education training and became a CCAPP certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Since 2013, he has been doing ongoing workshops and support groups on grief forgiveness and life coaching principles for drug treatment centers and people in recovery. In 2016, he became a Bereavement Group Coordinator for a trauma hospital in which he facilitates an on-going support group to help people who are suffering from grief and loss.

Mark Guidry

Bookkeeper

Arla Provo

SUD Counselor 1
Longtime volunteer and friend of SHOH

Kim DePrati

Physician’s Assistant

Margaret Henderson

Volunteer Payroll Preparer

Robert Jones, LCSW

Clinical Supervisor and On-Call Therapist

Dr. Kenneth C. Russ, MD

Medical Director

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

  • Lupe Stoneburner, Shining Star Award CCAPP 6th Annual Conference 11-2019
  • 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
  • Lupe Esparza, Soroptimist Women Helping Women Award 2003 (S.I. Desert Hot Springs)
  • Lupe Esparza, Counselor of the Year 2004
  • Lupe Esparza, 3rd Place Audience Favorite, Dancing with Our Stars (fundraiser for SHOH)
  • Cindy J. Handwerk, Counselor of the Year 2014
  • Cindi J. Handwerk. Counselor of the Year 2016
  • Kirbie Beltran, Counselor of the Year 2020
  • Christine Rivas, Counselor of the Year 2021

“You ladies are my angels”
-Amber

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