WAAT: Women's Association for Addiction Treatment

Board of Directors/Chapter Leadership

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Linda Gingras, LMFT, CADCII President/Co-Founder


Natanya Ross Vice President/ Chapter Liaison


Chanda Rankin, PhD Operations/N.California Liaison/Co-Founder


Amna Butler Treasurer


Marie Hills Secretary


Jillian Greene, PsyD Membership Services/Continuing Education


Colleen Capistrano Chapter Outreach

Chapter Leadership


Leader: Blair Farmin
Co-Leader: Open
Membership: Open
Speaker Coodinator: Sarah Waats
CE Coordinator: Danielle Carleton
Hospitality: Open
Social Media: Open
Communications: Laura Adams

Chicago West Suburb

Co-Leader: Patti Dirilten
Co-Leader: Meredith Sonetz
Membership: Stephanie Jarvis
Speaker Coordnator: Open
CE Coordinator: Kristen Powell
Hospitality: Terry Cendejas
Social Media: Open

East Bay

Chapter Leader: Clare Brown
Membership: Natalie Davidson
Speaker Coordinator: Monica Montoya
CE Coordinator: Michael Anne Conley
Hospitality: Kim Meggs
Social Media: Desiree Ferguson 

Los Angeles

Co-Leader: Michelle Lee
Co-Leader: Lynne Biehl
Membership: Dai Ja Rodriguez
Membership: Lauren Duerson
Speaker Co Coordinator: Georgina Robbles
CE Coordinator: Sydney Haupert
Hospitality: Open
Social Media: Lynne Biehl


Co-Leader: Denise Klein
Co-Leader: Anna Preston
Membership: Jaimee Gooley
Speaker Coordinator: Savannah Ganje
CE Coordinator: Savannah Ganje
Hospitality: Anna Preston
Social Media: Jaimee Gooley


Co-Leader: Alison Crair
Co-Leader: Rosemary O'Conner
Membership: Catherine McQuilken
Speaker Coordinator: Rosemary O'Connor
CE Coordinator: Alice Tanner
Hospitality: Open
Social Media: Jacqueline Perlmutter

Orange County

Co-Leader: Kim Cartwright
Co-Leader: Tessa Smith
Co-Membership: Nicole Gonshor
Co-Membership: Marni Luther
Speaker Coordinator: RaeEllen Ellis
CE Coordinator: Melissa Holmes Goodman
Hospitality: Connie Shyng
Social Media: Open


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

San Diego

Chapter Leader: Tiffany Congelliere
Membership: Brooke Cianciotta
Speaker Coordinator: Robin Lovell
CE Coordinator: Emily Pellegrine
Hospitality: Elisa Quiros
Social Media: Emily Pellegrine

San Fernando Valley

Co-Leader: Amna Butler
Co-Leader: Natanya Ross
Co-Leader: Angela Carrillo, CIP
Membership: Kristi Kettle
Speaker Coordinator: Open
CE Coordinator: Open
Hospitality: Open
Social Media: Open

Santa Clara

Co-Leader: Marian Ross
Co-Leader: Richa Sandhu
Membership: Athena Torres, LMFT
Speaker Coordinator: Richa Sandhu
CE Coordinator: Marian Ross
Hospitality: Jeannie Anderson, LAADC, CADC II

Sonoma Chapter Leadership

Leader: Chanda Rankin, PhD
Membership: Sylvie De La Cruz Vatinelle
Speaker Coordinator: Lynn Iovino
CE Coordinator: Krista MacKinnon
Hospitality: Shannon Clay
Social Media: Krista MacKinnon

Member Spotlight

Joni Lavick, MFT

Joni Lavick, MFT, maintains a private practice in Santa Monica, is a long-standing employee at The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center - currently as clinical supervisor and past Director of Mental Health Services - and is a contracted provider at Moonview Sanctuary.

Joni has been working with HIV-positive individuals since 1988. In 2005 she received a National HIV Leadership Award from thebody.com. The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapists Association honored her expertise and advocacy in 2000, with their Annual Community Service Award.

In addition to her work within the HIV community, she has special training in the scoring and administration of Mary Main's Adult Attachment Interview, and studied Intersubjective Systems Theory with Robert Stolorow for five years. She has years of experience treating individuals with sexual compulsivity and methamphetamine addiction.

Her most current publications include "Trauma and HIV: Frozen Moments, Frozen Lives" (in press) and "Conquering Anxiety; Living with HIV" BETA Winter 2007. An experienced public speaker, she has presented at many national conferences, University classrooms, and Community Based Organizations.

"I came for the networking, but stayed for the humor! Women of WAAT are hilarious!"