Rebecca J. Flood, MHS, LCADC, NCACII, BRI II, CEO
In her nearly four decades of experience in the health care industry, Rebecca J. Flood has demonstrated expertise in program development, implementation, and evaluation when she was with Seabrook House in Seabrook, New Jersey for over a quarter of a century. As Vice President of Treatment Services there, she oversaw the organization’s residential treatment programs and the planning of specialized treatment for women, adolescents, and individuals with co-occurring disorders. She has also distinguished herself in the area of marketing, fundraising, technical assistance and board development. As CEO of New Directions for Women since 2004, her expertise has been used exclusively to issues relating to women of all ages, pregnant women in any trimester, and women with dependent children affected by addiction. Ms. Flood attended Johns Hopkins University and obtained her Master of Human Services from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) in the state of New Jersey, a Nationally Certified Drug & Alcohol Counselor (NCAC II) and is certified in California, Delaware and New Jersey as a Drug & Alcohol Counselor (CADC II).
Additionally she has always been committed to giving back to the field and has given of her time, talent, and treasure by serving on international, national, and local boards, providing training at national conferences, and serving as a CARF surveyor. She currently serves as a member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) Board, a member of the Seabrook House Board, President of the Association of Intervention Specialists (AIS), a member of the TRIAD Board in Wilmington, DE, a member of the Advisory Committee for Limen House in Wilmington, DE, a member of the Sober Living Coalition Board for the State of CA, and a member of the Advisory Board for Hotel California by the Sea.
In 2016 Rebecca won the Stevie Award.
Virginia Mendiola Executive Administrative Officer
Virginia Mendiola joined NDFW in September 2005. She earned an AA in Office Technology from Santa Ana College. Virginia has been an Executive Assistant for more than 20 years for attorneys, Vice Presidents and now the Executive Director/CEO of NDFW. She strives to “make her supervisor look good” and is a trusted and valued member of the New Directions for Women family.
Tania Bhattacharyya, Director of Development and Public Relations
Tania is responsible for the management of fundraising activities, including grants, fundraising events, social enterprises including Repeat Boutique, and our capital campaign. She has been with New Directions for Women since 2009, serving a variety of functions including coordination of all special events, marketing, and alumnae relations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California – Irvine.
Victoria Herbert, NCAC, CAS Intake Leader
With over a decade of experience in the field of addiction treatment, Victoria Herbert brings a passion to New Directions for Women that demonstrate client centered care and service. As the Intake Leader Ms. Herbert leads her team in providing immediate access to care and additional referral service for every call for help that reaches out to New Directions for Women. Having experience from other treatment organizations that treat a broader scope of patients, Ms. Herbert has appreciated the opportunity to focus on the underserved population of women and women with dependent children suffering from alcohol or drug dependencies. Ms. Herbert is a Nationally Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (NCAC)
Phil Scherer CADC-CS, NCGC-II, MISA-II, ICCS, CIP
Chief Clinical Officer
Phil Scherer is the Chief Clinical Officer at New Directions For Women in Costa Mesa CA. Mr. Scherer is certified through several State and National Credentialing bodies in the intervention and treatment of people suffering from addictive disorders.
Mr. Scherer has worked in the field of addiction since 1991; he has worked in all areas of treatment including Clinical Supervisor, Adolescent Inpatient, Adult Inpatient, Adult Intensive Outpatient, Adult and Adolescent Continuing Care, and Adult and Adolescent Family Education programming.
Mr. Scherer has been treating pathological gamblers since 1993 and started treating other behavioral addictions in 1996. He has been involved in trainings around the country in the Identification and Treatment of Pathological Gambling and other Addictions since 1999.
He is also a trained interventionist and is a Certified Intervention Professional. He was originally trained in the Johnson Model of intervention in 1996. He has since been trained in the ARISE Model as well as the Systemic Family Systems Model of intervention as well. He helped develop and is a trainer in The Family Meeting Approach to Intervention. He is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Intervention Specialists, Inc. and is the current President of the International Interventionists Credentialing Board, Inc. He is a sought after trainer who has trained nationally and internationally on identifying, intervening on, and treating addictive disorders and other problematic behaviors.
Theodore G. Williams, MD, Consulting Psychiatric Physician
Dr. Williams has been in private psychiatric practice in Orange County, California for 20 years. He had a previous career as a U.S. Navy psychiatrist sub specializing in the treatment of alcohol and drug abuse. After his navy retirement, he served as Medical Director for several private psychiatric hospitals prior to joining the staff of St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, CA where he recently retired as Medical Director of Addiction Treatment Services and Eating Disorders. He specializes in the treatment of patients with dual diagnoses of a psychiatric disorder coupled with a drug and/or alcohol dependency. He has served as Medical Director of New Directions for Women for several years and is a strong supporter of all Twelve-Step programs.
Bahareh Saidian, LCSW, Clinical Manager
Bahareh Saidian has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California. She graduated in 2001, and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2005. Bahareh brings extensive experience with addiction, inter-generational family conflicts, mental illness, trauma, and trauma informed care. Bahareh has facilitated trainings and taught Masters Level students as well as supervised staff regarding the importance of strengths based treatment.
Caitlin Williams, LMFT, Outpatient Manager
Caitlin Williams graduated with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University in 2012 with a certification in Drug and Alcohol Studies, and has been licensed since 2015. Caitlin began her professional journey with autistic and emotionally disturbed children prior to entering the recovery field. What Caitlin enjoys most about working in addiction treatment services is the experience of seeing transformation and the “lightbulb moments.” Under Caitlin’s tenure, NDFW grew our outpatient services to include Partial Day Treatment as well as Day Intensive Outpatient (in addition to the already existing Evening IOP). Caitlin has infused yoga and mindfulness into our outpatient programs (which are rooted in the Matrix Model), and Psychodrama into our Partial Day program.
Merrilee Greene CADC II, Program Manager
Merrilee Greene has worked in the healthcare field for nearly three decades. She has been serving the women and children at New Directions for over ten years. She began her journey as a Care Coordinator where she was quickly promoted to Lead Care Coordinator, and then to Care Coordinator Supervisor. Throughout her time she has developed, implemented and facilitated a recreation program, a mature women’s group, a weekly art therapy group, a big book study, and a girls night for our patients.
More than eight years ago, she went back to school to obtain her CADAC license while she worked as a Primary Counselor. From there she was promoted to case manager, case manager supervisor, today she serves as our program manager. In 2012, at 57 years of age, Merrilee enrolled in college to receive her AA degree. She has plans to receive her BA in sociology and ultimately receive her masters in Addiction Treatment. She has a special interest in the treatment of women in addiction, as she has a family history of addiction. Today she lives with her husband who has more than 25 years of recovery and one of her sons is in recovery as well.
Nellie and Kanae, Energy Meditation Facilitators
Nellie and Kanae are with the World Divine Organization, an international non-profit organization whose facilitators perform energy balancing of spirit, mind and body based on spiritual teachings that originated in Japan. Nellie and Kanae are both trained in the practice of the Divine Art of Spiritual Purification and volunteer their time here at NDFW to conduct energy meditation and healing groups.
Ethan Hedayat, Certified Personal Trainer
Ethan has studied a variety of martial arts as well as acupuncture, acupressure, holistic herbs, body meridians and chakras. He is a certified personal trainer, “Johnny G” spin instructor, and certified in the YMCA’s “Get Real” weight management and nutrition program. He also has an intimate knowledge of recovery. Ethan is a firm believer in whole foods, a natural approach to healing and a universal balance of mind, body, and soul. He practices these philosophies within his own life and utilizes them in his training sessions.
Gina H. Tabrizy, Psychodrama Facilitator
Gina H. Tabrizy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over twenty years of experience, knowledge, and expertise in the areas of Addiction, Trauma, and Codependency. She is the Co-Founder of Harmony Heals, in Laguna Hills, CA. In her desire to deliver the best possible care she gained several specialties: E.M.D.R., Certified Hypnotherapist, Director of Psychodrama, Inner Child Work, and P.I.T. ( Pia Mellody Training).She acts as a part time Professor at Cal State Long Beach, teaching Introduction to and Advanced Techniques in Psychodrama.
Sparrow Goudey, Drum Circle Facilitator
Sparrow Goudey (Tsalagi/Cherokee/Wyandot) is the founder of Waya Nv-No-Hi (Wolf Road) Healing the Circle Workshops and is an international trainer for White Bison and the Wellbriety Training Institute. She has developed her workshops for both Native and non-Native communities that assist adults and adolescents, affected by drugs, alcohol, eating disorders and mental illness, by incorporating curriculum, traditional arts and spirituality as tools for change, growth and recovery.