It was her work on the Monterey County Master Plan and active participation in public policy and service committees in Sacramento that led to her appointment as the Chief Deputy Director of the State Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs. From 1990 through 1994, she was responsible for system administration, funding and continuous quality improvement of the AOD service delivery network in California. While at CDADP, she developed and supported the California Women’s Services Network and brought attention to services for substance exposed infants and teens. She began her tenure of 20 years with Phoenix Houses of California, as Regional Executive Director for Phoenix House Foundation’s California Affiliates in 1994. Phoenix House's first mental health contract was secured in 2000 with Los Angeles County serving teens with co-occurring disorders. With transformative changes occurring in the substance abuse field, she stepped into the role of Managing Director of Phoenix Academy Adolescent Program, resulting in 2010 in CARF accreditation of the continuum of care, as an Integrated Behavioral Health Program. She successfully guided the implementation of CARF accreditation for all Phoenix House Programs in the California region with re- accreditation in 2015. She implemented trauma-informed, gender-specific co-occurring services for adolescents at the Phoenix Academy, which has been named an evidenced based program on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. In 2009 Phoenix House undertook the implementation of electronic health records which she was asked to lead. At the same time, an insurance and pay source expansion initiative was undertaken by Phoenix House which resulted in the design and implementation of short stay protocols and brief strategic interventions. In December 2015 she left Phoenix House to pursue consultation services reflecting the breath of her experience and passion for developing integrated care. She now serves as the Project Manager for the CIBHS, DMC-ODS Forum (www.cibhs.org/dmc-ods- waiver-forum) and supports community based provider organizations with the strategic planning and development of new program designs and DMC-ODS implementation. She is currently a Senior Advisor to California Health Policy Strategies. She is a member of the board of directors of Children and Family Futures, Inc; an appointee on the California Medi-Cal Children’s Advisory Panel; and an Associate Member of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services. She has served on the board of the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Program Executives and the Judicial Council’s Alternative Court Committee in the past.