J. David Likens, JD, CATC IVChief Executive Officer
J. David Likens has more than ten years experience in the field of addiction and recovery. He has background in administration, legal, personnel, programmatic and patient care related issues as well as in fundraising, public relations and marketing. He has managed, trained and supervised addiction treatment employees. He has designed and implemented new treatment programs, protocols, policies and procedures. For several years, he worked closely with the California court system including parole and probation departments and the Public Defender’s Office. David is also an adjunct professor at Mt. San Antonio College and is a member of the State Bar of California. David has given many television, radio and newspaper interviews.
David received a Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern School of Law, a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from University of La Verne, and Associate degrees in both liberal studies and addiction treatment from Mt. San Antonio College. He also has certifications in alcohol drug counseling and alcohol drug studies.
David LeahyChief Financial Officer
David’s thirty years of diverse experience includes administering large government contracts within a university setting, heading finance & administration departments at a national arts association, a children’s social service agency, a family social service agency, and a real estate development firm. He also served as a finance executive at a large hotel/condominium resort. David has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business Administration from Rutgers University.
Cari ButlerDirector of Admissions
Cari Butler is the Director of Admissions and handles our pre-admission screening and client intake. Prior to this, Cari worked in the Television and Film Industry for five years, with a background in Production. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Cari also has administrative and fund-raising experience from working in the Development Department at the Los Angeles Music Center in Downtown L.A. during her college years.
Kate BurkeDirector of Public Relations
Kate Burke is from Washington, DC and new to working in recovery. She holds a Masters Degree from Vanderbilt University, a Bachelor of Arts from The American University, and has conducted research in Haiti, Israel, and Bangladesh. As Director of Public Relations, Kate spearheads our social media presence, community relations, and marketing efforts. Prior to coming to California, Kate’s professional experience was in law, politics, and non-profits.
Terri D. LewisBookkeeper
Terri Lewis has an extensive bookkeeping background. She has an Associate Degree in Accounting from Truckee Meadows Community College. Her past experience includes Executive Administrative Assistant to the Director of Hotel Operations for a large hotel/casino, Administrative Assistant to the General Manager of a six station radio station and Administrative Assistant to the Sheriff and Undersheriff in Calaveras County. She has been the Office Manager for a prestigious restaurant in Palm Springs, a Construction Company and a multi-facility Fitness Center.
Craig FarraExecutive Chef
Craig Farra is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and studied business at Contra Costa Community College, also in San Francisco. Craig holds certificates approved by the American Restaurant Association in food service and food service management. Prior to his employment as Executive Chef at ABC Recovery Center, Craig worked at such prestigious dining establishments as the Marriot Corporation, specifically in San Francisco and Chicago, The Rusty Pelican in San Francisco, as well as holding the Executive Chef position locally at the Woodhaven Country Club.