Darlene Walker M.A, LAADC-CA
Ms. Walker has been with the agency since 2001 serving in various roles. She has 19 years of experience working with women who have substance use disorder issues. She has taught various classes on addiction, anger management and domestic violence. She provides clinical supervision and administrative support to her team. She has presented at various conferences on addiction and prevention. She is a member of the National Association of Addiction and Drug Counselors and a Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is active in the community and a true believer in teaching and helping others make positive life changes.
Lynda Sanchez, MBA, CADC-CAS
Assistant Program Director
Mrs. Sanchez has been with the agency since 2003 where she has served various roles. She brings a wealth of knowledge from the business arena as well as working with substance use disorder population for the last 15 years. She provides administrative support and clinical support to the agency team. She has presented at various conferences on addiction and prevention alongside the program director. Mrs. Sanchez has a desire to help women become strong and self-sufficient. She enjoys working with women and children and takes great joy in knowing she has touched some ones heart and journey in a positive way. Lynda enjoys serving the community and making a difference.
“We always hope that what we do takes on a life of its own” from the film Lost in Woonsocket
Sylvia Becerra-Prossor, MPH, LAADC, NCAC I
Case Manager Coordinator
Sylvia Becerra-Prossor has been working in the field of Addiction for over 35 years with an emphasis on Perinatal Substance Use. The majority of her career, she has worked at LA Biomed/Options for Recovery, starting when it was a pilot project in 1990 to present. She is currently the Case Manager Coordinator, overseeing the Case Management Department, conducting Intakes/Orientation and doing outreach. She has also co-facilitated The Shame and Trauma groups, which are specialized, closed groups for the women attending treatment. As part of the team, she provides Clinical Supervision and is dedicated to provide staff with guidance and support to grow and thrive as professionals. Ms. Becerra-Prossor holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, a Master’s Degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Maternal and Child Health and certification in Alcohol and Drug Studies from UCLA’s Extension Program. She is also a member of the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) and National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC). Ms. Becerra-Prossor is committed to helping women and women and their children who have been affected by the disease of addiction to change their lives and become self-sufficient, productive women/mother’s in recovery and their communities.
Lisa Campana, CADC-CAS
Lisa Campana started at LABIOMED/Options for recovery as an intern in 2010 since then she has held different positions such as front office/ cook and is currently one of our techs and has attained her CADC-CAS credentials. Lisa has lived in Torrance her whole life and is active in the AA community and enjoys educating and teaching women a better way of life and find purpose and joy through the 12 step methodology.
Emily Ibrahim, BA, CCAPP registered CADC-I
Emily Ibrahim has been a counselor and educator with the organization since 2017. She has progressive experience in community based, profit and nonprofit organizations, with a specialty in mental health awareness and advocacy. She facilitates weekly psychoeducation classes on various life topics, and makes efforts to develop creative and interactive group materials for culturally diverse groups. She is a creative and compassionate counselor, with a proven track.
Gabriela Solorio B.S, CCAPP registered CADC-I
Gabriela Solorio initially began with the agency in 2017 as a case manager. Serving as a case manager she has been able to empower the women of the agency through assisting with court and various responsibilities such as connecting them to community services as needed to the family. Through her vast experiences as a supportive case manager, she transitioned into the role as a counselor/educator, directly motivating the women to reach their full potential. She has extensive experience in serving the general public through advocating, educating, and supporting those underprivileged. Gabriela believes in the equality and empowerment of all humans to reach their goals while fully embracing the present, no matter the situation.
Marina Shaker, MA, CCAPP registered CADC-I
Ms. Shaker has been in the substance use field for 8 years. Ms. Shaker began as an intern, moved on to an administrative assistant at the same treatment facility and later became a case manager for substance using women. Ms. Shaker’s full time position allows her to see firsthand the struggle of women entering treatment and the triumph of completing treatment. Ms. Shaker has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of California, Riverside and later went on to receive a Master’s degree in Social Entrepreneurship and Change from Pepperdine University. Ms. Shaker is also currently working as a certified animal trainer with the goal of introducing therapy animals to the substance use field.
Shauntel Locus M.Ed., MSW, CCAPP registered CADC-I
Individual Psychoeducational Parenting Services (IPPS) Educator/Case Manager
Shauntel Locus is the Individual Psychoeducational Parenting Educator (IPPE) at LABioMed/Options for Recovery. She has served in the field of education for 12 years and worked in social services for almost 5 years. Mrs. Locus has experience working with children who have Social Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Autism, ADHD, who have been exposed to Substance Misuse, unstable environments and trauma. Mrs. Locus also has experience working with women, pregnant and parenting mothers who have Substance Use Disorder (SUD), and Mental Health Conditions. Shauntel just recently received her MSW from the University of Southern California and she combines her knowledge from her education background along with her Evidence Based Practices and provides parenting services for her clients. Shauntel is committed to teaching and training her parents to learn effective and appropriate parenting skills for positive interactions with their children.
Jamie Brown, BA, CCAPP registered CADC-I
Jamie Brown is no stranger to the Options for Recovery Family. In 2011, while pursuing her Bachelors in Human Services from California State University, Dominguez Hills, she had the wonderful opportunity to intern at the agency. After acquiring her degree, she went on to have a successful career working with adults who have special needs. This year, she returned to the agency as our Childcare Coordinator. She brings a wealth of knowledge in management, developmental needs assessments and class and class facilitation. She enjoys hiking, spending time with her family and helping others in need.
Lead Child Care Specialist
Cynthia Torres, also known as Mrs. Cindy had been with the agency for fifteen years. She has over sixteen years of experience working with children and substance abuse families. She continues to educate herself by attending trainings on parenting and working with families in substance abuse. She is proud to be a teacher and caregiver to all her little ones in childcare. She is also happy to have the opportunity to be here at Options for Recovery and see so many children grow.
Carina Ramirez, BA, CCAPP registered CADC-I
My name is Carina Ramirez, I currently serve as Options for Recovery’s receptionist. I have been with Options for three years and started off as an intern. During my internship I was able to gain experience in the field of drug treatment and rehabilitation by facilitating classes and providing referrals. My daily interaction with the clients here at Options influences my passion for mental health awareness and advocacy. I am currently pursuing my master’s in marriage and family therapy and I am registered to become a certified drug and alcohol counselor.