Meet Our Staff
Years of experience providing quality service and support
The main distinguishing factor separating one treatment program from another is the quality and experience of the staff. At the Genesis Program, we are proud of the people doing the life-changing work of “rehab.” All of our counseling staff are certified addiction counselors and most are also recovering people themselves. It is this combination of education, training, and life experience that allows them deliver the compassionate care that Genesis is known for.
We have developed our own in-house counselor training system to insure that all our staff are guided by the same spiritual and ethical principles that makes their own recovery possible. All our counselors are familiar with the most current treatment modalities:
- Evidence-based practices
- Motivational interviewing
- Patient-centered care
- Individualized treatment planning
- Trauma-informed care
- Cultural diversity
- Co-occurring capable
- Unconditional positive regard for those we serve
Athena Naranjo, LAADC, CADC II, ICADC
As Genesis owner and Clinical Director, Athena makes every effort to reinforce and implement our mission, vision, and values of Genesis Programs to its stakeholders, community, profession, and persons served. Furthermore, she takes great pride and responsibility in clinical supervision, training, and delivery of patient care. Athena has been working in the field for over a decade and identifies as a person in recovery herself. She has been with Genesis Programs since 2008 and was honored with the extraordinary responsibility in 2017 to continue the legacy of Genesis, as owner. Moreover, she is a board member of Oxnard College Alcohol Drug Studies program and California’s co-chair representative for Addiction Policy Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives, educating communities, and providing resources to families effected by substance use disorder.
Angel Jones, – Genesis Event Liaison
Genesis understand we are a small part of a persons recovery process and its within our community and with those we love most, that fuel our ongoing commitment. As Genesis Programs Event Liaison, Angel brings over two decades of event planning and community jamboree. Angel brings vision and imagination into reality, we are excited to have her as a part of the Genesis team and our recovery community.
Ronald Pollack, MD – Genesis Medical Director
Dr. Pollack is Board Certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology since 1984. He has worked with a number of programs in Southern California specializing in substance use disorders. In addition to his work as Genesis Medical Director, he is the Ventura County Jail Psychiatrist and teaches those in our medical profession on substance use disorder.
John Ismay, CADC II – Level 3 Counselor/UR Specialist
John has been with Genesis since 2011. Anyone who comes in contact with him will speak to his calming presence and his innate ability to sift through the chaos of a storm in order to focus on its origins. John is also the co-facilitator of our Ventura Family Group.
Cornelius Van, CADC II – Level 3 Counselor/UR Specialist
Cornelius has been working in the field of substance misuse, abuse, and addiction since 2013. He brings passion, energy, insight, and positivity to our team. Cornelius’ commitment to helping those in recovery goes beyond the Genesis Programs as he has take the initiative in creating an honest home that provides accountability, structure, and support for those in recovery. Van Sober Living, is located in Simi Valley and details can be found on the Sober Living Network website.
Nancy West, CADC II – Level 3 Counselor
Nancy has been a substance use disorder counselor since 2012. She brings with her insight into the family dynamics of addiction and helps the families not only understand the process of addiction, but the impact it’s had in their personal relationships. In fact, Nancy’s passion is working with family members and those impacted by a loved ones substance misuse. You will find her in our Family Group, and she is also the catalyst behind our Wednesday night Family and Friends support group. Furthermore, going beyond addiction treatment she is commitment to helping her community through her volunteer work at the Coalition for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.She continues to make use proud to be a part of the Genesis team.
Julie Kennedy, CADC I – Level 2 Counselor
Alison Prestridge, CADC I – Level 2 Counselor