Meet Our Team of Recovery Experts
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.
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.
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.
Gabriela is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with a Masters’ degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Prior to beginning at Renaissance Recovery she worked at a non-profit organization in Costa Mesa offering affordable therapy services to the community based solely on the individuals’ ability to pay. Gabriela worked with a broad spectrum of clients consisting of individuals and couples struggling with anxiety, depression, relational/interpersonal problems, addiction and trauma. Through her exploration as a clinician, she has discovered a passion for trauma focused therapy using Internal family systems, cognitive behavioral therapy and is trained in EMDR.
As a clinician, Gabriela is passionate about assisting clients in the reprocessing of trauma(s) through EMDR and IFS therapy, in order to relieve emotional distress from traumatic memories. Through her time at Renaissance Recovery, she has discovered a passion for working with addiction, as she strives to help clients achieve an identity free from societal labels. Gabriela believes all clients should have the opportunity to experience healthy boundaries, stability, emotional relief due to unmanageable symptoms and interpersonal struggles and an overall reconnection with oneself. Overall, she hopes to provide a safe space for clients, free of judgment, to share their struggles with addiction and other mental health symptoms in hopes of providing lasting change.
Yas is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. Prior to working at Renaissance, Yas has extensive experience working with trauma and survivors of domestic violence by instilling hope and empowering change through personal empowerment. Through her development as a clinician, she has worked with diverse clients who have struggled with a history of anxiety, depression, trauma, family of origin issues, substance use issues, grief and loss, interpersonal conflict, and career/life transitions. Through her experience, she has gained knowledge on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness and is trained in EMDR therapy.
While working at Renaissance, Yas has realized that recovery is less about abstinence and more about healthy connections, forgiveness, acceptance and ways to find safety within the framework of a relationship. As a therapist, she believes that trauma and addiction need to be treated as co-occurring and interrelated, so she strives to approach her clients with warmth and empathy and hopes to create a comforting and encouraging environment, so clients feel empowered to transform their lives without fear.
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.
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.
Isaac was born and raised in California and been active in the field of recovery since 2014 beginning as an extern from Inter Coast Colleges eventually hired on as Support Staff and moving to several positions over the years such as Detox Tech, Intake Coordinator, Group Facilitator, Alumni Coordination, Event Planner & Case Management. Isaac continued to further education over the years and acquired his CADC Certification, Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician Certification & Associates Degree. Isaac is very passionate of the work he does in this industry and hopeful of impacting as many as he can through his work helping those who struggle find solutions and purpose in their life.
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.
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.
Tomás Oyuela holds a bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has always had a great passion for helping others. In fact, he devoted the last decade to it. He went from performing graduate research in Alzheimer’s disease to working as a Medical Assistant at an Urgent Care Center and a Basic EMT, before finally moving on to Medical School in 2014. Along with his strong scientific background, Tomás brings his diverse cultural background to Renaissance Recovery. As a first-generation Argentinian who grew up in San Francisco, he can help any of our non-native speakers in Spanish, French, or Italian.Throughout the years, Tomás has fought his own battle with substance abuse and took a break from school to move to Costa Mesa and get sober. Today, he dedicates his time to helping individuals that struggle with mental health and substance abuse here at Renaissance Recovery as one of our Registered Drug & Alcohol Technicians and in the community as an AA sponsor and a Recovery Coach Professional.
Andrew came to Southern California from the small town of Pendleton Indiana in search of a clean and happy life- one which he had not known for the last 10 years. Every day he worked on being grateful for the relationships he was now able to repair, and for the new bonds he had the opportunity to create through the fellowship at Renaissance Recovery. Andrew is now an esteemed member of the community, and a reliable house manager who brings experience, strength, and hope to incoming guests. Andrew quotes: “There are always new challenges, and that is just life, but Renaissance has given me the tools to continue moving forward to become the man I want to be.”
Coming to TDRC all the way from Kentucky, Chase arrived as a broken man after spending his teens and 20’s struggling with addiction and mental health problems. Out of options and good ideas, Chase began taking direction from the men that came before him here at Renaissance Recovery, and as a result, his life has progressively gotten better. Nowadays, with over a year of sobriety and a new outlook on life, you can find Chase using his experience to help other young men coming through the program to see that a life of recovery is so much more than just abstaining from drugs and alcohol. He has gained and implemented the tools to have happy, healthy relationships with my family and friends, to be a reliable part of a community, to really experience life and all the true joy it brings.
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.