WAAT: Women's Association for Addiction Treatment
 

Board of Directors/Chapter Chairwomen

Directors and Chairwomen

Directors

President: Linda Gingras
Vice-President: Natanya Ross
Treasurer: Amna Butler
Secretary: Open Position
Director of Chapter Expansion: Joni Lavick
Director of Marketing & SoCal and Mid West Chapter Liaison: Colleen Capistrano
Director of Membership and Social Media: Angela Carrillo
Director of Policies and Procedures & NoCal Chapter Liaison: Chanda Rankin
Director of Continuing Education: Sophie Pflaster
Director of Administration & Special Events: Jillian Greene
 

SFV Chapter Chairwomen

Chapter Co-Chairwoman: Amna Butler
Chapter Co-Chairwoman: Cyd Ferguson
Membership Chairwoman: Elisa Saunders
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Chicago Chapter Chairwomen

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Chapter Co-Chairwoman: Blair Farmin
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CEU Chairwoman: Danielle Carleton
Speaker Chairwoman: Sarah Waats
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Communications Chairwoman: Laura Adams

San Diego Chapter Chairwomen

Chapter Co-Chairwoman:  Tiffany Congelliere
Chapter Co-Chairwoman:  Tessa Smith
Membership Chairwoman: Jamuna Rosner
CEU Chairwoman:  Emily Pellegrine
Speaker Chairwoman:  Tessa Smith
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Social Media Chairwoman:  Emily Pellegrine
Sponsorship Chairwoman: Elisa Quiros

OC Chapter Chairwomen

Chapter Co-Chairwoman:  Kim Cartwright
Chapter Co-Chairwoman:  Tessa Smith
Membership Chairwoman:  Nicole Gonshor
CEU Chairwoman:  Melissa Holmes Goodman
Speaker Chairwoman:  RaeEllen Ellis
Hospitality Chairwoman:  Connie Shyng
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LA Chapter Chairwomen

Chapter Co-Chairwoman: Sandra Vargas
Chapter Co-Chairwoman: Michelle Lee
Membership Chairwoman: Barbara Wilson
CEU Chairwoman: Cori Rosenthal
Speaker Co-Chairwoman: Georgina Robles
Speaker Co-Chairwoman: Kristen Houghton Johnson
Hospitality Chairwoman: Lauren Wecker
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Marin Chapter Chairwomen

Chapter Co-Chairwoman: Alison Crair
Chapter Co-Chairwoman Rosemary O'Conner
Membership Chairwoman: Catherine McQuilken
CEU Chairwoman: Alice Tanner
Speaker Chairwoman: Mary Ann Maggiore
Hospitality Chairwoman: Open
Social Media Chairwoman: Jacqueline Perlmutter

Santa Clara Chapter Chairwomen

Chapter Co-Chairwoman: Marian Ross (temp)
Membership Chairwoman: Athena Torres, LMFT
CEU Chairwoman: Marian Ross
Speaker Chairwoman: Open
Hospitality Chairwoman: Jeannie Anderson

Sacramento Chapter Chairwomen

Chapter Chairwoman: Angelina Horn
Chapter Co-Chairwoman: Jamie DeJesus
Membership Chairwoman: Barbara Field
Speaker Chairwoman: Kim Meggs
CEU Chairwoman: Laurie Sodgrass
Hospitality Chairwoman: Jaqueline Paulson
Social Media Chairwoman: Joanna Julian
Events Chairwoman: Barbara Field
Events Co-Chairwoman: Alice Rodriguez
 

Coachella Chapter Chairwomen

Chapter Co-Chairwoman: Eloise Gene Black
Chapter Co-Chairwoman: Suzanne Stradley
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CEU Chairwoman: Chelsea Ramirez
Speaker Chairwoman: Carol Teitlebaum
Hospitality Chairwoman: Suzanne Stradley
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Malibu Chapter Chairwomen

Chapter Co-Chairwoman: Denise Klein
Chapter Co-Chairwoman: Anna Preston
Membership Chairwoman: Kimberly Yudt
CEU Chairwoman: Savannah Ganje
Speaker Chairwoman: Savannah Ganje
Hospitality Chairwoman: Anna Preston
Social Media Chairwoman: Tina McGraw

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East Bay Chapter Chairwomen

Chapter Co-Chairwoman: Clare Brown
Membership Chairwoman: Michael Anne Conley (temp)
CEU Chairwoman: Michael Anne Conley
Speaker Chairwoman: Monica Montoya
Hospitality Chairwoman: Cynde Porter
Social Media Co-Chairwoman: Richa Sandhu
Social Media Co-Chairwoman: Desiree Ferguson 

Chicago- West Suburbs Chairwomen

Chapter Co-Chairwoman: Annie Jaworska
Chapter Co-Chairwoman: Meredith Sonetz
Membership Chairwoman: Stephanie Jarvis
CEU Chairwoman: Kristen Powell
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Hospitality Chairwoman: Terry Cendejas
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Sonoma Chapter Chairwomen

Chapter Chairwoman: Chanda Rankin, PhD
Membership Chairwoman: Sylvie De La Cruz Vatinelle
Speaker Chairwoman: Lynn Iovino
CEU Chairwoman: Krista MacKinnon
Hospitality Chairwoman: Shannon Clay
Social Media Chairwoman: Krista MacKinnon

Member Spotlight

Linda Gingras, LMFT, CADC II, CCS

Linda is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a board certified alcohol and drug counselor through the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC), and has also been certified by CAADAC as a Clinical Supervisor. She has extensive experience working with chemically dependent and dually diagnosed populations in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

As the Director of Addiction and Prevention Services at Jewish Family Service, she is responsible for coordinating substance abuse services including prevention, assessment, treatment, education, and referral for chemically dependent clients, program development, in-service training of staff, educational programs in local schools, and community outreach. Prior to coming to Jewish Family Service, she was employed for over five years at Cedars Sinai Medical Center as the team leader for Addiction Medicine Services, and spent ten years as the coordinator for chemical dependency services at a private psychiatric hospital in Southern California.

"WAAT has given me a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow professionally while meeting some of the most outstanding women in the addiction field."