Bob Sharits has been the Program Director and Community Outreach Specialist for both Residential and Intensive Outpatient with Adult and Adolescent populations. He has been providing drug and alcohol counseling and education services to various locations and facilities for the past 11 years. He is a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor with The California Association of Alcohol and Drug Educators. Bob has presented on the subject of addiction in many of its facets to organizations on both a professional and voluntary basis. Some of the organizations he has provided services to include Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, Providence Holy Cross Hospital, Santa Clarita Bar Association, Canyon High School, Hart High School, Saugus High School, KHTS AM radio, Valencia Pediatrics, California State University Northridge and Los Angeles Pierce College. He also facilitates weekly multi-family groups, as well as various workshops throughout the community. Bob brings a unique perspective to his work in the Santa Clarita Valley, as he has been a resident since 1976. Having grown up and struggled with his own addictions locally, he has a passion to carry the message of hope and recovery in his “home town”.
Brenda Way, MA, LMFT, CATC IV
Brenda Way has been a clinician in the local Mental Health Community since 2006. She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in 2011¨ and her educational background includes addiction studies and communication. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist¨ a certified addiction treatment counselor¨ and a current member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Brenda is active in service work and has volunteered at the state level to improve treatment for disadvantaged populations.
Substance Use Disorder Counselor
Melissa Flowers has been a Substance Use Disorder counselor for two years. She received her education at ICDC college and completed the Addiction Studies Program in 2010. Melissa has worked on a voluntary and professional basis in the community and in a Residential Treatment setting. She is skilled in client-centered assessments and treatment planning, providing a compassionate understanding of those suffering from addictive disorders. For the past 19 years, Melissa has been working with specialized populations in healthcare, including but not limited to, special needs adolescents, HIV, Hepatitis C and elderly. Melissa is a charismatic and caring counselor, dedicated to helping those who suffer.
Albert Jay Alcala has been certified as a substance use disorder counselor since 2007. He initially worked at the Bishop Gooden Center, a Men’s residential dual diagnosis treatment center for 4 plus years, where he went from an Intern to CADC II. Albert also worked for Safety Consultants as a DUI group Facilitator for two years during his time at The Gooden center. He then spent the next 6 years working for Action Family Counseling INC. as a Lead Counselor and Utilization Review Manager. Albert is a leader for a faith based 12-step recovery group he participates in since 2005 till present. Mr. Alcala has also served in the Navy (Gulf War ERA) for 10 years and 2 years in the Army reserves. He served as the Grand Marshall in the 2016 Veterans Day Parade in San Fernando California.