CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Jack Petti comes from a unique background, having struggled with addiction from the very early age of twelve years old. He uses his story to help individuals struggling with the same problems he once struggled with. In charge of various and multiple roles at Renaissance Recovery, Jack works with our clients, helping provide and establish a solid foundation for recovery. He hopes to support them in developing a better manner of living.
Seth moved to Southern California from a small town in Delaware in search of a new life. He fell in love with the recovery community that Orange County offers and decided to pursue a career helping others who had similar struggles. He studied both business and nursing and now brings his passion for helping others to his role with Renaissance Recovery. Seth often assists the clinical staff to provide the best possible client care. He takes his own experience in recovery and his working knowledge of the 12 steps and shares it with every client that steps into our family. Seth has an uncanny ability to lead with humble acts of service and serves as an incredible example for what recovery in a young adult looks like.
Reese Morgan RADT
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Reese has been working in the field of addiction for the past several years. As part of the Renaissance Recovery team, Reese brings his passion for helping others to the forefront. From his own experience with overcoming addiction and the wreckage it can cause, Reese connects with our clients on a personal and resonating level. Through experiencing how some treatment facilities can make a client feel more like a number than an individual, Reese strives to make sure each of our clients’ individual needs are met. As Client Advocate of Renaissance Recovery, Reese adds an intrinsic value to the attention and care our clients receive, ensuring each of our clients receive the highest quality of care possible.
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
Robert has channeled his personal journey of recovery into a passion for working with families, clients, and fellow professionals alike to create solutions for individualized and long-lasting, sustainable recovery. Robert began struggling with substance abuse at a young age and cycled in and out of treatment centers and institutions before finally receiving the help that he needed. His motivation and drive comes from the opportunity to help others exit the destructive cycle that he spent so many years stuck in personally. Robert oversees and screens all inquiries for potential admissions to Renaissance Recovery, coordinates smooth and safe transitions for clients admitting into our care, and facilitates outbound referrals to trusted professionals or facilities when appropriate.
Outreach and Admissions
ADMISSIONS AND CLINICAL OUTREACH
After battling with addiction for over a decade, Kevin finally reached a point of surrender and accepted help. His journey, both professionally and personally have put him in a unique position to help both clients and families navigate the stressful and sometimes difficult process of beginning their recovery journeys.
In addition to working with clients on a one on one basis, Kevin develops and maintains relationships with other clinical programs and professionals throughout the country.
ADMISSIONS AND CLINICAL OUTREACH
Keith Gerlack is a Clinical Outreach and Admissions Specialist for Renaissance Recovery. He has worked in the Behavioral and Mental Health field since 2012 in various roles, including Business Development, Admissions, and Referral Relations. In May 2006, he graduated from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA, where he was born and raised, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Corporate Communications. In his time in the Addiction Treatment Industry, Keith feels very fortunate to have worked so closely with so many well reputable programs and professionals. Through his own experience with addiction, and his ongoing recovery, Keith understands the impact active addiction has on not only the individual struggling, but also their families, and can assist you in finding the appropriate level of care for your loved one. In his spare time he enjoys golfing, being with family, and is an avid mountain biker who currently resides in the Orange County area.
New Jersey native, Travis, moved to California, leaving behind family and a collegiate baseball career, to take his first step towards a life of sobriety and giving back. As a client of The District, he learned to keep an open mind, and live honestly. Becoming a house manager after a successful completion of the program gave Travis a great opportunity to give back and pass on what he learned. Working with other men within the community gave him incite into power of connecting with individuals that share his experience with Alcoholism. . Now in admissions, Travis strives to use compassion and empathy, while helping others enter treatment to get the best chance at recovery.
Diana Vo, LMFT
Diana is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has been in the field of mental health for over 10 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of California Santa Barbara and her master’s degree at Alliant International University. Her background includes a variety of settings including inpatient hospitalization, residential treatment, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, community mental health treatment and private practice. Diana came into the substance abuse arena by chance but has since developed a deep appreciation for 12 step programs and a compassionate understanding of the recovery process. Rather than seeing addiction as a moral failing, she views it as a trauma response and as such, is able to frame her treatment approach in a way that empowers her clients rather than shames them.
As the clinical director, Diana is responsible for the oversight, development and implementation of the clinical functions of Renaissance Recovery by offering leadership, supervision and support in accordance to state and federal regulations. She also gets to encourage the development of Renaissance Recovery’s pre-licensed clinicians as well as the growth of her clients. Diana is currently working towards becoming a CAMFT certified supervisor and also provides EMDR therapy.
Amanda Jilk, AMFT
Amanda is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from the University of Phoenix. Before joining the Renaissance Recovery team, Amanda had previously worked in a residential treatment center for men and women of addiction. She also worked with a special needs facility, in which she reunified families with their children and taught parenting and social skills classes.
Amanda chose this field to help provide a safe place for individuals to explore who they are without judgment or persecution, and learn to live a happier, healthier lifestyle without the utilization of drugs and alcohol. Amanda enjoys being part of the clients’ recovery process. She loves seeing their emotional growth as they explore, for the first time with a clear mind, all the positive attributes they bring to the world and the development of new healthy positive relationships.
At Renaissance Recovery, Amanda sees multiple clients for person-centered psychotherapy and mindfulness training. She also utilizes a family systems approach designed to help the client not only recover from their addiction, but reconnect with those they love in a happy and healthier manner. Amanda also is a dynamic group leader, who runs multiple mental health groups to teach coping skills and core beliefs promoting better life skills that result in maintaining sobriety outside of treatment.
David began his journey into a new life through a treatment center in Arizona and then onto Huntington Beach, California by way of New York. David had such a good experience with treatment and his own sobriety that he chose to pursue a career as a therapist by attending graduate school at Alliant International University. David graduated in August of 2019 with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is currently an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with Renaissance Recovery.
Before working at Renaissance Recovery, David worked at both private and community based substance abuse treatment centers, helping round out his skills as a clinician. David views these two different experiences in helping to shape his role as a therapist focused on improving the life of an individual through sobriety. David’s own experience in sobriety has helped provide perspective on the trials and tribulations of moving into a much healthier lifestyle centered on one’s own passions and interests in life.
David operates from a Bowen theory of family therapy, which is focused on the intergenerational transmission of traits and characteristics. David likes to conduct individual and group therapy sessions through the exploration of past life events and the ways that these situations have led to an individual’s current behavior and functioning relative to substance abuse. David hopes that his spiritual experience in sobriety, interest with psychology, and training as a clinician can help lead others to a worthwhile experience of their own in recovery.
Bianca is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who obtained her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Hope International University. Before joining Renaissance Recovery Center, Bianca previously worked at a community counseling agency working with clients struggling with substance abuse and mental health conditions. Bianca has also worked as a high school therapist serving students and families. Before becoming a therapist, Bianca worked with children who are diagnosed with Autism and provided 1 on 1 behavioral therapy and parent education support.
Bianca chose this field because she believes every individual deserves healing by providing a judgement free zone. Bianca has found a great appreciation for addiction recovery through her own family experiences and reacts to addiction as a response to trauma. She believes in the power of healthy attachments and creates a safe place for each client to learn skills to develop safe relationships. Bianca utilizes a person-centered perspective, including mindfulness techniques and an acceptance and commitment approach. Bianca is passionate about working with people and believes each person is uniquely capable of a beautiful life free of substance abuse.
Caitlin Garcia, CADC-2
As Program Director, Caitlin is responsible for directing and managing the treatment counselors at Renaissance Recovery. Her duties include program development, crisis intervention, case manager supervision and clinical support. Caitlin acquired her Drug and Alcohol certification from the Health Staff Training Institute in 2008 and has worked in a variety of treatment programs, including adolescent, residential, outpatient and detoxification facilities. She has a passion for helping others find a rich and fulfilling life without the use of substances. Caitlin’s 10+ years of experience working in this field allows her to help not only clients, but also families affected by addiction. Caitlin feels that perseverance and contrary action are essential keys to success.
James Blumenschein, CADC-2
LEAD CASE MANAGER
James Blumenschein is a CCAPP certified CADC II Counselor/Case Manager with 9 years of extensive experience in the chemical dependency field. He has experience in inpatient and outpatient treatment programs and has roles such as House Manager, Detox Lead Counselor, Primary Counselor, Program Director, and currently Lead Case Manager. James is passionate about recovery and is actively involved in Alcoholics Anonymous and has been clean and sober since 11/10/2009. James enjoys working with clients and gets satisfaction from seeing clients overcome their disease.
Originally from New York, Nicholas moved to California in 2016 to begin a lifestyle of health and wellness. Nicholas possesses a well-rounded background in the field of addiction, earning most of his experience in his years as a detox supervisor. Nicholas believes that a practical application of the 12 Steps and their principles is the key to success in recovery.
Julia has been working in recovery since 2012 and received her certification as a drug and alcohol counselor with the state of CA through Intercoast College in 2013. Julia has worked in a variety of levels of care including detoxification, residential and intensive outpatient treatment over the course of her career and specializes in crisis intervention, psychoeducation and working with clients diagnosed co-occurring disorders. Julia has been in recovery since 2011 and is an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous using her personal experience to connect to clients as they navigate their own recovery journeys.
Gregory was living a life full of disappointment, despair and drug addiction on the streets of Los Angeles. He finally decided to do something about it and moved to Orange County in 2015 to enter treatment. Gregory would struggle through the next 2.5 years with multiple relapses and periods of homelessness. Gregory finally decided to change his life once and for all on December 9, 2017 when he was admitted to the First Step House of Orange County. It was here that Gregory finally started to perform the work required to live a life in recovery. Gregory worked through all 12 steps over the next year and began to help people on a personal and professional level. Gregory began to work as a detox technician, and over the next 18 months he would work his way up to the position of Case Manager. Gregory actively works a 12-step recovery program, sponsors multiple men in sobriety, and performs extensive volunteer work to give back to his recovery community.
HUMAN RESOURCES/ OPERATIONS MANAGER
Jamie is a Registered Recovery Worker (RADT-1) in the state of California. Her own journey through addiction and into recovery has inspired her to work in the field of substance abuse treatment. She has been working in the field of recovery for four years.
Jamie finds purpose and joy in sharing her experience and finding common ground with newly sober clients, and she shares her love of recovery with others by encouraging them to take time to laugh and enjoy the minutiae of every-day life. She loves to watch people re-build their lives and has the privilege of witnessing the miracles of recovery daily.
As Operations Manager, Jamie is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day functions of Renaissance Recovery, from initial client contact at the center, to coordinating with various providers to ensure exceptional and comprehensive care of clients, to securing resources for after discharge when the client moves on from the treatment setting.
As the Administrative Director, Bianca brings with her years of experience in the recovery field with various positions of management and supervision. Her personal experiences have permitted her to gain a deep insight into addiction. She is passionate about serving those in need of recovery. Bianca is eager to work with our clients and share her experience, strength and hope so that they find success with long-term sobriety.
Kayla Matino, RADT
Born and raised in Colorado, Kayla moved to Orange County in 2015 to start a life of freedom and recovery. Kayla has 3 years’ experience working in the field of Substance Abuse and is a Registered Recovery Worker in the state of California. Through her own struggles with addiction she found solace in the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, and it was there that she discovered her passion for helping others. Kayla thrives in her position in operations, and attributes that to the one-on-one time she spends with clients, and the daily opportunities she finds to spread her personal experience and message. She hopes that her daily efforts result in clients discovering the beautiful world of recovery at their disposal. Kayla ensures that all clients are adhering to program rules and regulations in order to create a solid foundation of accountability and discipline that will lead them to success in the real world.
Patrick Castello, RADT
Patrick was homeless and struggling with an 18-year heroin and alcohol addiction until he entered treatment. Upon seeing how his journey to recovery could benefit others, he cut his teeth working in detox while attaining clinical knowledge and his RADT-1 certification. As an alumnus of Renaissance Recovery, he accepted a position in Operations to be an integral part of the program that saved his life. Patrick oversees the adherence to DHCS and JCAHO standards while exuding a calmness that keeps clients comfortable in a structured environment. Along with performing new client intakes and facilitating groups, Patrick is always available to guide an at-risk client through the trials and tribulations of achieving lasting sobriety.
Trever began his journey with Renaissance Recovery as an eager client, ready to turn his life around. After over 5 years of his own battle with substance abuse, Trever worked hard, sacrificed old ways of life, and proved to be a responsible and respectable candidate for House Management. Trever spends his time caring for clients and ensuring they understand that a life in recovery can be a promising one, and showing them how to have a lot of fun along the way.
Cory ventured to Southern California from a small rural town in Oklahoma seeking a life full of serenity and peace, which he had not known throughout his 13 years of being alcohol dependent. Cory knew that this was a simple process but not necessarily easy, so he immediately put his hard work ethics into bettering his life. Once he had completed his treatment goals, he knew that he wanted to help likeminded people so that they could better their lives as well. He now has his RADT and is currently finishing up his internship so that he can be a case manager, furthering his career in the recovery field. Through helping people, he finds peace and comfort in his life today; he also knows that it isn’t easy to stay sober but wants to prove to other clients that as long as there’s a little willingness then anything is possible, all you have to do is put in a little work.
Devin has been a house manager in the Substance Abuse field for over a year. As someone who’s first encounter with Renaissance Recovery was as a client, lost and afraid of changing his life’s story, he trusted the process, worked hard, and gained a new mindset. Devin brings valuable qualities to the Renaissance Recovery team and is able to share his experiences with his clients, resulting in a rare connection with each one on an individual level.
Physical and Nutritional Instructor
Bethany aims to help better our clients physical condition through coaching and mentoring. Bethany is a former military personnel. She served in the Army for four years and is a professional gymnast. Bethany uses her talents and strengths to toughen the minds of our clients, challenges them by putting them under healthy amounts of resistance, and helps them grow and accomplish their goals. All her sessions are conducted on a Gender-Specific basis.
Christina Milucky, LAADC, LMFT
Christina Milucky is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #111663) and Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADC #110606318). She has been working within the field of addictions and dual diagnosis treatment for ten years, supporting clients to find their own path in the recovery process. Throughout her career as a case manager, counselor, and therapist, Christina has developed a philosophy that brings together her own experiences and struggles with addiction and her professional experiences, allowing clients the space and opportunity for growth and recovery.
Working with countless individuals, couples, and families over the years, she has gained experience in treating the challenges that arise in the recovery process, collaborating with clients to develop a meaningful and purposeful journey for growth. Her experience led her to develop gender-specific groups focusing on Relapse Prevention, Grief and Loss, and Women’s Issues in Early Recovery, which she facilitates throughout Orange County. She wholeheartedly believes a strong group dynamic, with space to share personal experiences, can affect change in supporting clients to develop a new narrative for their recovery, which includes hope, compassion, and understanding.
As an individual with a rich cultural history and diverse personal and professional experiences, she recognizes that each client possesses his or her own unique set of experiences, strengths, knowledge, and resiliency, which provides a foundation for recovery. Christina brings together evidence-based understanding, with a client-centered and narrative perspective, to provide an open space for trust, both as a group therapist and in her private practice work at Affinity Therapy. In private practice with individuals, couples, and families, Christina specializes in Addictions, Grief and Loss, and Dual Diagnosis, providing an all-encompassing approach to individualized client care.
Christina earned her Alcohol and Drug Studies as well as her Human Services Associates at Saddleback College, where she graduated with honors. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, she continued her education at Pepperdine University, graduating with her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on marriage and family therapy.