Nikki is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Clinical Supervisor at Project 180. She has worked with both children and adults affected by trauma and grief in a variety of settings since graduating from UCLA with a Master’s degree in Social Welfare. Nikki is currently the Project 180 Field Supervisor for graduate students from multiple schools in the Los Angeles area. She oversees the mental health components of the Project 180 programs for clients as well as quality of service delivery by staff and interns. She also maintains a private psychotherapy practice in the San Fernando Valley.
Sara Stanizai MA, MFTI – Program Manager
Using her prior marketing experience, Sara began her work at Project 180 with a focus on our vocational and educational programs - successfully expanding relationships with potential employers and community academic partners. Under her guidance Project 180 established an Occupational Therapy intern program, creating a unique opportunity for OT students to work in the field of forensic treatment. In her current position as Program Supervisor, Sara works with the management team on project development and provides oversight of existing programs, ensuring consistency in services and the highest quality of care for clients.
Chris Minnick, LCSW – Supervising Social Worker
With Project 180 from the outset, Chris trains and supervises staff and interns. In addition, he also provides direct service to clients both through individual treatment and in groups. Incredibly knowledgeable about the Skid Row area and issues related to mental illness and homelessness, Chris leads the team to provide the best resources for client care.
Miriam Aviles – Assistant Director
Miriam received her B.A. degree in Sociology with an emphasis on Social Welfare from California State University, Northridge. Born and raised in South Los Angeles, Miriam has both personal and professional experience working with at risk and inner city populations in community and educational settings. Most recently, Miriam was overseeing the largest Project 180 program, AB 109, before becoming Assistant Director. Fluent in English and Spanish, she works to ensure that cultural issues for clients and families are identified and addressed in treatment.
Lora is a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor with over 15 years of experience in the drug and alcohol field. Fluent in English and Tagalog, she has extensive experience working with the Asian Pacific Islander population and proficient in Multi-Cultural Counseling Skills. In charge of the Project 180 substance treatment division, Lora oversees the substance treatment programs – coordinating, implementing, and/or supervising substance treatment and other related activities for all clients as well as supervision of Addiction Specialists ensuring practice of the 12 Core Functions of Counselors. She provides training for staff and interns and has expanded the substance treatment department to include Fieldwork Internship for Human Services Generalist and Drug/Alcohol Studies.
Lora is committed to the recovery process and promotes quality care services to clients suffering from Substance Use Disorders.
Jose Garcia – Program Supervisor
Previously with Homeboy Industries, Jose has extensive experience with case management and is specialized in Gang Prevention/ Intervention to at-risk and transitional age youth. He gained experience at Project 180, expanding his skills as an addiction specialist, and learning how to manage staff and develop treatment teams. From 2011 - 2013 he was selected and served as the Addiction Specialist on the innovative mobile HOST Team in Hollywood. He is now one of the Program Supervisors for the AB 109 program. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
Eric Gray – Operations Manager
A native of Milwaukee with over 10 years of experience in the Security Industry, Eric provides a level of security that is comforting to staff and clients alike. Trained in non-violent crisis intervention, Eric has developed and implemented a set of security protocols tailored specifically to a co-occurring clientele. He manages both the Security and Driving (transportation) Teams for Project 180 and assists the substance team with drug testing for the male clients. Working with the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, Eric developed and implemented a peer-to-peer mediation program for Project 180.
OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM
PROJECT 180 STAFF:
Alfred Adams - Mentor
Alberto Lopez - Case Manager
Amanda Melena - Therapist
Amalya Tagakchyan- Program Supervisor
Andrea Applegate - Education & Employment Specialist
Ana Rodriguez - Case Manager
Anna McClelland - Clinical Supervisor
Arthur Camegla - Case Manager
Charles Cochran - Therapist
Christina Lee - Therapist
Colby Gray - Case Manager
Corinne Hardisty - Therapist
Dante Chambers - Security
David Ho - Therapist
Derek Pieper - Case Manager
Devera Waterhouse - Advocacy Specialist
Donald Wood - Mentor
Dorit Iacobsohn - Therapist
Edward Morales - IBHIS Specialist
Ericka Nuevo - Case Manager
Eton Vogt - Case Manager
Jasmine Shackleford - Court Liaison
J Madero - Security
Jesenia Salguero - Case Manager
Jessica Vargas - Office Manager
Joe Lopez - Therapist
Jose Padilla - Administrative Assistant
Jose Rodriquez - Addiction/ Outreach Specialist
Jose Sanchez - Case Manager
Julian Tryon - Security
Kantayeni Joshua - Case Manager
Karen Diaz - Case Manager
Kirsten Larsen - Therapist
Larry Gray - Driver
Maggie Hamilton - Addiction Specialist
Maria Escobedo - Case Manager
Mario Campos - Housing Specialist
Monorom Heng - QA Assistant
Natalie Cervantes - Case Manager
Randy Rene - Addiction Specialist
Rasheena Buchanan - Case Manager
Roxann Acosta - Administrative Assistant
Sandy Arevalo - Case Manager
Sharon Jackson - Lead Case Manager
Sophia Segura - Administrative Assistant
Stephen Field - Psychiatrist
Tahani Ostrega - Lead Case Manager
Terrance Hite - Security
Valerie Copeland - Case Manager
Victor Key - Case Manager
Emily Bell, LCSW – Director
Emily holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York City. Prior to stepping into the role of Director, Emily helped develop and launch the AB 109 treatment program, oversaw Project 180’s off-site projects, located on the Antelope Valley Rehabilitation Center campus, and provided individual and group therapy to Project 180 clients. Committed to social justice issues, she has worked in both the non-profit and public sectors internationally and domestically in the areas of mental health, community development, and education.
Emily would like to thank Dr. Victoria Simon, founding Director of Project 180, for her vision and passion that created such a dynamic, unique agency.
Shad originally brought his diverse life experience and infectious enthusiasm to Project 180 as a volunteer facilitating the Mindfulness group. He quickly progressed from Case Manager to Court Liaison and MRT Program Supervisor. He eventually helped implement and supervise the ARCS in-jail services program. He is currently Head of Service managing the Project 180 North and Antelope Valley Rehabilitation Center Programs including AB109 North, COIN, MOM and CODC Programs.
Dr. Erica, fondly known as Dr. E, holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) with an emphasis in Multi-Cultural Community Clinical Mental Health. Dr. E’s career started in a non-profit community mental health agency as a clinical therapist providing child and family therapy. After dedicating several years in this role, Dr. E embarked on a career in Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement, Training and Evaluation, which combined her passion for organization, attention to detail, and commitment to community mental health. At Project 180, Dr. E provides DMH documentation training and oversees the billing and medication support staff that supports the 50+ staff and interns of the agency. Dr. E is committed to ensuring that P180 staff are knowledgeable of and adhere to county, state and federal billing guidelines while delivering exemplary supportive services to a forensic mental health population.
With acknowledgement and appreciation to our Founder and Program Creator,
Victoria Simon, Ph.D., MFT
Emily Lundberg - MSW ASW - Program Supervisor
Emily joined the Project 180 team as a therapist in 2013, and is currently the Program Supervisor for the organizations residential programs, located at the Antelope Valley Rehabilitation Center. Emily holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University at Buffalo. Her professional experience includes advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities, mental health treatment with Skid Row's chronically homeless population, specialized sex offender treatment, psycho education for at-risk parents, and international development.
Erika Flores - Program Supervisor
Erika holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Human Services Counseling and a Minor in Addiction Treatment from University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). During her time in UNLV, Erika interned at Eagle Quest, non-profit agency serving at-risk youth as well as Harmony Health Care which focused on mental health services for children, teenagers, and families. Erika also volunteered in various Psychology labs, including “The UNLV Child School Refusal and Anxiety Disorders Clinic.” Erika is a McNair Scholar. Since she began working at Project 180, Erika has been part of the AB 109 program, first as a case manager and now as one of the AB 109 program supervisor. Erika is bilingual (English and Spanish).
Monroe Cueva - Program Supervisor
Monroe joined Project 180 in 2012 as an Addiction Specialist. He is a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor II with over 7 years of experience in the drug and alcohol field. Monroe is knowledgeable of outpatient and residential treatment programs and has extensive experience working with dual diagnosed population. Monroe is currently the Program Supervisor for the MARS Program (Mentoring To Achieve Re-Entry Success) - a program which provides mentorship and support to co-occurring client’s pre/post incarceration. Monroe performs double duty as the Lead Addiction Specialist with the substance treatment department as well as providing training to new staff and interns.