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


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


Amna Butler Treasurer


Marie Hills Secretary


Angela Carrillo, CIP Membership Outreach/Social Media


Jillian Greene, PsyD Membership Services/Continuing Education


Colleen Capistrano Marketing/S.California and Mid-West Liaison


Joni Lavick, LCSW Chapter Expansion

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: Annie Jaworska
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: Wendy Adamson
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

Colleen Capistrano


Colleen has been working in the field of mental health and addiction for over 15 years, and has devoted her professional life to helping individuals support their hopes for a sober, fulfilling lifestyle.

She received her Bachelor of Arts from Mount St. Mary's University in Psychology and Child Development. She is currently the Marketing Director at Ocean Recovery, a residential program that specializes in substance abuse and interactive disorders.

Colleen has worked inpatient care, as well as an Assistant Director of Intake/Admissions and Business Development both within the country and abroad.

Colleen also serves as a board member for the Women's Association of Addiction Treatment as the Marketing Director, as well as the International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals Chapter of Orange County.