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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. She completed her graduate field training with the New York City Department of Education, and the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Division in Manhattan. 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.


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Miriam Aviles, BA
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. Fluent in English and Spanish, she works to ensure that cultural issues for clients and families are identified and addressed in treatment.


Shad Cruz, BA
Program Manager

Shad originally brought his diverse life experience and infectious enthusiasm to Project 180 as a volunteer facilitating the Mindfulness group. He is currently the coordinator for the Federal Probation programs, and provides training and QA support for staff.


Monroe Cueva, CADC II
Program Supervisor, ODR Programs

Monroe joined Project 180 in 2012 as an Addiction Specialist with over 7 years of experience in the drug and alcohol field. He is now one of the Program Supervisors for the Downtown ICMS team.


Erika Flores, BA
Program Supervisor, AB 109

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). 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 Program Supervisors. Erika is fluent in Spanish. 


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Jose Garcia, CADC II
Program Supervisor, ODR Programs

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 is now the Program Manager for Project 180’s ODR programs. He is fluent in English and Spanish.


Nichole Hemans, LCSW
Clinical Supervisor

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.


David Ho, ASW
Program Supervisor, AB 109

David received his BA in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master of Social Work from California State University, Los Angeles with an emphasis in forensic social work. In pursuit of his passion to work with the forensic population, David joined Project 180 as a second year MSW intern in September 2014 and was hired on as a therapist the following year. Assigned to AVRC, David provided clinical support for the COIN and EPIC programs before being promoted to a Program Supervisor for the AB109 program.


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Emily Lundberg, LCSW
Program Manager, FSP Programs (CODC and MIST)

Emily joined the Project 180 team as a therapist in 2013 and 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.


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Anna McClelland, LMFT
Lead Clinician, Project 180 North

Anna is the Lead Clinician and Site Supervisor for Project 180 North. She provides clinical supervision for Project 180 staff at the North office and AVRC. Additionally, she oversees the clinical aspects of the Project 180 North programs including AB 109, Federal Probation and FSP.


Erica Melbourne, PsyD
Quality Assurance Coordinator

Dr. Erica, fondly known as Dr. E, holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) with an emphasis in Multi-Cultural Community Clinical 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.


Chris Minnick, LCSW
Social Work Supervisor

With Project 180 from the outset, Chris trains and supervises staff and interns in addition to providing individual and group treatment services. 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.


Lora Molon, LAADC
Substance Treatment Supervisor

With over 15 years of experience in the drug and alcohol field, Lora oversees the coordination and implementation of substance abuse treatment at Project 180. Additionally, she provides supervision to the Addiction Specialists on staff and is fluent in Tagalog.


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Tahani Ostrega, BA
Program Supervisor, ODR Programs

Tahani holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton. She initially joined the Project 180 team in 2013 as an AB109 Case Manager and is currently a Program Supervisor for the BJA/CARE team.


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Amalya Tagakchyan, LCSW
Program Supervisor, AVRC Programs

Amalya holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from California State University, Northridge. Initially joining the Project 180 team as a therapist in December of 2014, Amalya is now Program Supervisor for the Project 180 programs co-located at The Antelope Valley Rehabilitation Center (AVRC).


With acknowledgement and appreciation to our Founder and Program Creator, 

Victoria Simon, Ph.D., MFT