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

Co-Chair:  Angela Carrillo
Co-Chair:  Jennifer Kleinberg
Membership: Samantha Barron
CEU's: Loree Cohen, LCSW
Speaker Committee: Jennifer Kleinberg and Angela Carrillo
Hospitality: Open

San Diego Chapter Chairwomen

Co-Chair: Jennifer Tarzia
Membership Chair: Audra Birndorf
Speaker Co-Chair: Lauran Daugherty & Jillian McCarney
Social Media & Marketing Chair: Danielle Lacey & Pamela Clark
CEU Chair: Concetta Mantinan
Hospitality Chair: Nhila Kilber

OC Chapter Chairwomen

Co-Chair: Jennifer Bieler
Co-Chair: Kim Cartwright
Membership: Colleen Kelly & Allison Waite
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-Chair: Jennifer Parlette MFT
Co-Chair: Alyssa Aubrey CEGE
Membership: Jacqueline Perlmutter DASD, RAS
CEU's: Gael Murphy MFT
Speaker Coordinator: Tracy Korpela
Hospitality Chair: Open

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

Co-Chair: Clare Browne
Co-Chair: Mary Lisa Patton
Membership: Jamie Dejesus
Treasurer: Gretchen Anderson
Media Chair: Jennifer Carvalho
Speaker Coordinator: Jennifer Young
CEU's: Victoria O'Loughlin
Hospitality: Jody Krohn
Events Chair: Stephanie Lake

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: Heather Brookman
Co-Chair: Christine Harrington
Co-Chair: Melissa Crouse
Hospitality: Jennifer Vargas
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

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."