WAAT: Women's Association for Addiction Treatment

Board of Directors/Chapter Chairwomen

Directors and Chairwomen


President: Linda Gingras
Vice-President: Jeannie Rabb-Marshall
Treasurer: Amna Butler
Secretary: Jacqueline Perlmutter
Director of Chapter Expansion: Joni Lavick
Director of Marketing: Colleen Capistrano
Director of Membership and Social Media: Angela Carrillo
Director of By-Laws: Jennifer Tarzia
Director of Continuing Education: Samantha Barron
Director of Special Events: Jillian Greene
East Coast Liaison: Heather Brookman

SFV Chapter Chairwomen

Chair: Nita Vallens
Co-Chair: Irit Bar-Netzer
Membership: Naheed Carter
CEU's: Open
Speaker Committee: Open
Hospitality: Open

San Diego Chapter Chairwomen

Co-Chair: Jennifer Tarzia
Co-Chair: Jessica Yaffa
Hospitality Chair: Concetta MantiƱan
Speaker Chair: Cassie Gaub
Membership Chair: Brisa Romero

OC Chapter Chairwomen

Co-Chair: Jennifer Bieler
Co-Chair: Kim Cartwright
Membership: Colleen Kelly & Tessa Smith
Speaker Coordinator: RaeEllen Ellis
CEU's: Melissa Holmes
Hospitality: Connie Shyng

LA Chapter Chairwomen

Chapter Chairwomen:
Lead Chair: Maria Gray
Co-Chair: Kayna Cassard
Membership: Barbara Wilson
CEU's: Aviva Asbaghi
Speaker Coordinator: Marty Simpsom
Hospitality: Ashley Graber

Marin Chapter Chairwomen

Co-Chairs: Frances Holmes & Ginny Bahr
Membership Co-chairs:: Nancy Lambert and Alyssa Aubrey
Speaker Coordinators: Jenny Harris & Stephanie Ayala
Hospitality: Alison Crair
Social Media Chair: Jacqueline Perlmutter
CEU Chair: Pamela Lister
Chapter Liaison for Marin, Sacramento, San Jose, East Bay: Jacqueline Perlmutter

Santa Clara Chapter Chairwomen

Co-Chair: Marian Ross
Co-Chair: Stephanie Klindt
Membership: Angela Congdon
Speaker Coordinator: Marian Ross and Stephanie Klindt
CEU Coordinator: Janet Janssen
Hospitality: Jeannie Anderson

Sacramento Chapter Chairwomen

Chair: Kristina Padilla
Co-Chair: Emma McManus
Membership: Julie Cropper
Media Chair: Joanna Julien and Angela Chanter
Speaker Coordinator:  Clare Brown
CEU's: Laurie Snodgrass
Hospitality: Kate Steel and Riki Townsend
Events Chair: Stephanie Lake and Vicky Magobet

Coachella Chapter Chairwomen

Chapter Chairwomen:
Co-Chair: Eloise Gene-Black
Membership: Yevette Stone
CEU's: Chelsea Ramirez
Speaker Coordinator: Carol Teitelbaum
Hospitality: Eloise Gene-Black

New York City Chapter Chairwomen

Director of Membership and East Coast Chapter Liaison: Christine Harrington
Co-Chair: Christine Harrington
Co-Chair: Melissa Crouse
Hospitality: Open
Membership: Open
Speaker Coordinator: Jumana Grassi

Ventura Chapter Chairwomen

Co-Chair: Nancy Swanson
Co-Chair: Kimberly Wick
Membership Chair: Heather Russo
CEU's: Audrey Slaugh
Speaker Coordinator: Terry Carroll
Hospitality Chair: Open

Westchester Chapter Chairwomen

Co-Chair: Nancy Scherlong
Speaker Coordinator: Jennifer Marciano
Membership Coordinator: Amanda Leherer
CEU: Open
Hospitality: Open

Malibu Chapter Chairwomen

Co-Chair: Denise Klein
Co-Chair: Tina McGraw
Membership Chair: Audrey Newmont
CEU: Anita Kaplan

Long Beach/South Bay Chairwomen

Co-Chair: Madison Brightwell
Co-Chair: Cheryl Cambay
Membership Chair: Tamara Hectus
CEU: Inger Hauge

East Bay Chapter Chairwomen

Co-Chair: Priscilla Tran
Co-Chair: Eileen Nichols
Speaker Coordinator: Jona Dominguez
CEU Chair: Mary Kennard
Social Media Chaor: Jessica Barbee
Membership Chair: Michael Anne Conley

Chicago Chapter Chairwomen

Co-Chair: Meredith Sonetz

Co-Chair: Sarah Buino

Membership Chair: Peggy Hough

CEU Chair: Terri O'Connor

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!"