Our Team

David Longridge

David is the founder of Balboa Horizons Recovery Services, and has served as President since 2007. He is a 20-year member of the recovery community and has a passion for service. As President, David provides hands on leadership with every element of Balboa Horizons—facilitating property acquisitions and financial structures, tax compliance, employee management, client admissions etc.

In addition to helping those struggling with addiction, he has been involved with the Orange County homeless shelter, United Way, and the Special Olympics. David also provides consultation services with other small business owners regarding planning and management. However, his work with Balboa Horizons has been, by far, the most satisfying and important work of his life—he finds great satisfaction in helping those who have lost hope find their way to recovery.

David believes an essential piece of recovery is the recognition that a fulfilling life is available to those who are willing and ready.

Burr Cook

Burr Cook

CADC II, NCAC, CIP, RN

As Executive Clinical Director, Burr oversees clinical operations at Balboa Horizons. He has worked in healthcare since the mid-1970s and has worked in state-licensed inpatient addiction treatment centers and detoxification facilities as a nurse, counselor, program developer and director, educator, and director of admissions since 2003.

Burr is a Board Registered Interventionist through the Association of Intervention Specialist Credentialing Board (AISCB), a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC II), a Nationally Certified Addiction Counselor (NCAC), Certified Intervention Professionals (CIP), and a Registered Nurse. He is a member of the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC), the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), and past President of Network of Independent Interventionists (NII). He also served on the boards of NII and PALM (Problems of Addiction in Labor and Management). His experience and knowledge of the intervention, treatment, and recovery process has given him the resources and skills necessary to implement comprehensive, effective recovery plans for clients and their families.

Burr believes an essential piece of recovery is the participation of the entire family in the recovery process.

Katy Alexander

Director of Admissions

Katy serves as the Admissions Director for Balboa Horizons. She has almost 12 years’ experience in working in the substance abuse field in roles ranging from Admissions Director to Financial Administrator, Insurance Administrator, Business Development, and Program Director.

Responsible for overseeing the admissions department, screening and assessment of prospective clients, coordination of admissions, verification of benefits, appropriate client intake and maintaining relationships in the community, Katy is passionate about helping others find their path to recovery and assisting them through the process.

Katy believes an essential piece of recovery is finding out who you are, and being the best at it.

Elizabeth Roberts

MD (Medical Director)

Dr. Elizabeth Roberts has been caring for the patients at Balboa Horizons for over 5 years. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. Dr. Roberts is responsible for the evaluation and diagnosis of every patient who comes through our program and manages the psychiatric medication for all of Balboa Horizons clientele. She has been practicing psychiatry for over 25 years. Her passion for protecting psychiatric patients from the harmful effects of being over-medicated by doctors has inspired her writings. She has published a book and articles on the subject of patients being mis-diagnosed and over-medicated. Her publications brought her to the attention of a House Sub-committee who was investigating the harmful effects of psychiatric medications on children as it follows them into adulthood. Dr. Roberts was invited to testify in Washington DC as an expert witness before this House Committee on the damaging effects of mis-diagnosis and over-medicating of psychiatric patients. Dr. Roberts has appeared on The Oprah Show, The Today Show, ABC News in Chicago, CBS News Los Angeles, NBC News in San Francisco and CNN. She was featured as the addiction expert on the educational video: “Think Don’t Drink.” Her radio appearances include: Washington Post Radio, Washington D.C.; The Milt Rosenberg Show, Chicago; The Pete Wilson Show, San Francisco; Positive Parenting, San Francisco, and others. Dr. Roberts has been published in the Op-Ed pages of The Washington Post and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and quoted in other publications such as the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times. She is the author of the book: “Should You Medicate Your Child’s Mind.” Dr Roberts completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, her Medical Degree at Rush Medical College in Chicago, her Psychiatric Residency at the University of Hawaii and her Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Dr. Roberts believes an essential part of addiction recovery is addressing a person’s mental health issues with a measured approach and not with an abundance of sedating or dangerous psychiatric medications.

Greg Murray

Chief Marketing / Learning Officer

Greg brings 30 years of experience as an organizational leader to Balboa Horizons. His visionary approach to success and sustainability is highlighted through his leadership in building some of the most advanced employee assistance, work-life wellness and addiction-based education programs in North America; and in leading the development of the highly regarded AFL-CIO Members Assistance Program, delivering broad-brush addiction and wellness services to government agencies, unions and companies across Tennessee. Greg has also focused extensively on developing and teaching courses that strategically address the complexities inherent in labor-management contract negotiations, and he possesses expertise in creative networking and building productive community-based relationships.

Greg’s education includes a doctorate in Executive Leadership and Education at the George Washington University in Washington D.C., and a Master of Science Degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  He is a visiting professor at Nanjing University’s MBA program in China. His notable work in adult education includes the development and delivery of college residency programs at the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers’ education center in Maryland, and within the State University of New York (SUNY) system, as well as coordinating graduate programs in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.

Greg’s research in the field of organizational sustainability is published, and he recently completed his first novel. He is a frequent presenter at conferences on a range of topics that focus on motivational leadership, organizational culture, organization sustainability, and the impact of addiction and psychosocial problems on organizational behavior and outcomes. Greg remains grounded by helping addicts find freedom from the slavery of addiction, and by sharing his personal story of transformation. He believes that in order to keep what he values most, he must give it away.

David Buckley

David comes to Balboa Horizons with 28 years in healthcare finance experience, eight of which are specifically in the recovery industry. As Chief Financial Officer, he brings his considerable experience to oversee all financial operations of Balboa Horizons.

Most recently, David served as Vice President of Finance for Elements Behavioral Health where he was responsible for oversight of corporate and financial operations while facilitating tremendous growth—helping the company grow to one of the largest behavioral health companies in the nation. He has a Masters from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

 

Allyssa James

LMFT

Allyssa is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, as well the Clinical Manager at Balboa Horizons. She also supervises therapist interns currently obtaining hours toward licensure. She has worked with addiction and eating disorder programs for the past six years.

A supportive and personable therapist, Allyssa is passionate about helping her clients grow and heal along their own recovery path. She chose the recovery field after undergoing recovery of her own.

Allyssa believes an essential piece of recovery is learning to find gratitude in everyday life—both the triumphs and the challenges.

Heather Henretig

As Clinical Outreach Manager, Heather is responsible for building longterm sustainable relationships with other treatment centers and providers, as well as attending conferences and events to educate the industry on what Balboa Horizons has to offer.

Heather holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Whitman College, including a year of study abroad in Florence, Italy. She has eight years of experience in sales and marketing, including coordinating a special election for the Lt. Governor of Juneau, Alaska, and serving as Marketing Manager for a prominent healthcare organization. She is very active in the recovery community, and is passionate about giving back to the community that has given so much to her, including volunteering for La Casa Hogar.

Heather believes an essential piece of recovery is practicing both physical and spiritual wellbeing on a daily basis.

Christine Deguchi

Director of Human Resources and Administration

Joining the Balboa Horizons team in 2015, Christine brought a 20-year record of extensive accomplishments in Human Resources and Operations Management in both start-ups and established organizations.  She has demonstrated successes in multi-plant, international operating environments. \

As a highly accomplished Human Resources and Administrative executive and manager, Christine has a solid record of success partnering with senior management in providing extensive strategic and hands-on expertise developing HR programs and processes supporting business objectives and goals, and turning strategic vision into reality.

Prior to joining The HR Team at Balboa Horizons, Christine headed Human Resources for Robinson Pharmaceutical where she supported 400+ employees and partnered with manufacturing Operations Unit leaders to ensure alignment of HR strategies with business initiative and goals.

Christine holds numerous certificates in Employment Law and Human Resource Management from George Washington University and California State University, Dominguez Hills, and is an active member of the Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA) and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)

Christine believes an essential piece of recovery is creating a work environment where everyone works together as a team to provide only the best for our clients.

Lacy Martin

Lacy serves in admissions for Balboa Horizons, coordinating each new client arrival. Her responsibilities include one-on-one interaction with clients upon their arrival to Balboa, walking them through the intake process, as well as a formal orientation.

She educates the newly admitted client with what they have to look forward to and all that Balboa Horizons has to offer.

Lacy believes an essential part of recovery is gratitude. She believes everyone deserves a second chance, and is very grateful for hers.

Marvin Kimble

As an admissions coordinator for Balboa Horizons, Marvin is responsible for helping educate each new client and their families about Balboa Horizons. Marvin loves to take time to answer any and all questions from clients and their family members guiding them through the entire admissions process.

Marvin holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and Master’s degree in Communications from Ithaca College. When he isn’t helping families he can be found at the beach with his three children surfing the waves of Orange County.

With over eight years of admissions experience, Marvin believes in the process and loves to see the change individuals and families go through on their journey of recovery.

Marissa Murray

CADCA

As Detox Program Manager, Marissa is responsible for supervising all aspects of the detox center, including staffing and working one on one with clients—coordinating admissions, treatment planning, scheduling, and facilitating medical needs.

A registered member of the California Drug and Alcohol Counselor Certification Program (CADCA), Marissa has worked in the recovery industry since 2008—in every role from case management to detox program director at another recovery center.

Marissa believes an essential piece of recovery is practicing it as a spiritual journey.

Caitlin Murashie

CADC-II

As Program Manager, Caitlin is responsible for managing the Treatment Counselors for the Balboa Horizons’ Women’s Program. Her duties include staff and program development, documentation audits, crisis interventions, and client and employee scheduling. She is also responsible for advising the support staff and support staff supervisor.

A Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor and Registered Recovery Worker, Caitlin acquired her degree from Health Staff Training Institute in 2008 and has worked in a variety of treatment programs, including adolescent and detoxification facilities. Caitlin’s years of participation in 12-Step recovery programs allow her to provide outstanding support to clients and families affected by addiction.

Caitlin believes an essential piece of recovery is the willingness to take action to unseat old patterns.

Bruce Kolberg

CADAC, CASS

After spending nearly 20 years in construction, Bruce made the decision to follow his passion for helping men recover from addiction. He is currently the lead counselor for the Men’s Program helping supervise the other men’s counselors. He studied at Intercoast College in the California Certification Board of Alcohol and Drug Counseling (CADAC) program where he graduated on the Director’s Honor Roll.

In the recovery industry since 2012, Bruce believes an essential piece of recovery is realigning priorities and changing perceptions.

George Hoke

CADC-II

As IOP Director, George is responsible for crisis management, one-on-one client counseling sessions, as well as facilitating psychoeducational group sessions, and overseeing the entire Balboa Horizons IOP program.

A Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor with over 16 years in recovery, and 20 years experience in sales, he parlays his business acumen into helping clients develop life skills and a workable plan for the future. Through volunteering, George found his life’s purpose in helping other people with their personal recovery.

George believes an essential piece of recovery is learning how to form authentic relationships.

Julia Westman

RAS

Julia is a Women’s Residential Case Manager at Balboa Horizons, responsible for case management, group and individual counseling, treatment, and discharge planning. Day-to-day responsibilities also include crisis intervention, process groups and client education. She also works closely with the clients’ families.

A Registered Addiction Specialist, Julia has worked in the recovery industry since 2012 and has wide experience in the field of addiction treatment, having served in roles from support staff to case management.

Julia believes an essential piece of recovery is to always ask yourself where you are in your spiritual journey and who are you helping.

Ammar Altowaji

MA, LMFT

Ammar earned his B.A. in Psychology from Cal State Fullerton, where he did a three-year research project on twin studies, garnering multiple publications and recognition. He holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, CA. In the field of addiction recovery since 2014, Ammar’s experience includes working in a Group Home for teenagers, dealing with both treatment for substance abuse as well as attachment/abandonment issues.

He has been trained in many therapeutic modalities including Trauma Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Narrative Therapy which are known to be successful in the treatment of patients suffering from addiction and other psychological disorders. He’s volunteered with Metropolitan State Hospital, working with individuals dealing with Schizophrenia; he’s also volunteered extensively with mentoring programs and adolescent studies.

Ammar believes an essential piece of recovery is commitment to personal growth.

Jarrod Flynn

CATC

Jarrod Flynn is a certified alcohol and drug counselor with the addiction certification board of California. He started working in the recovery industry in 2006, and soon discovered he had a true passion for helping those suffering from addiction.

He then decided to follow his lifelong dream of becoming a paramedic, and earned his California Paramedic License in 2012. Jarrod uses his varied experiences and certifications to contribute to his ability to see clients through the full phases of recovery from addiction.

Jarrod believes an essential piece of recovery is seeking out the right supportive environment and believing that a joyous and sober future is possible.

Joey Osinski

RADT

I was born and raised in the Pacific North West. I have multiple years of sobriety and came to Balboa as a client. Due to my amazing experience at Balboa Horizons and personal journey of recovery, I found my passion in helping others. Since working in the recovery field I have worked as Men’s support staff at the residential level and as a lead support staff for detox.

I have also worked on the clinical team here at Balboa Horizons at both the Men’s residential program and currently working as an addiction counselor for our STRIVE IOP program. I try to live a life of service helping others find their way out of addiction and work towards their personal goals of achievement. In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym, spending time with family, and hiking. I believe an essential piece of recovery is learning to love ourselves again and understand that our past actions do not define who we are as an individual.

Wesley Geer

Director of Rock to Recovery

Wes has been a professional musician for over 20 years. He first found success as the founding member of Jive Records artist Hed P.E. as guitarist, songwriter and producer. After touring the world for eight years, Wes left the band for a lifestyle change and ultimately landed in rehab. Then in 2010, at almost three years sober, he was approached to play with the legendary band Korn. He joined Korn and worked with them as their touring guitarist for the next several years, traveling to 42 countries, headlining shows, playing to crowds of 80,000 people, and appearing on a number of recordings and cable and TV shows.

Wes’s music has been featured in many feature films, video games, radio, and television shows. He has also long had a passion for teaching music. Previously a music teacher at The Fusion Academy’s Huntington Beach campus, Wes now directs Balboa Horizons’s Rock to Recovery program.

Wes believes an essential piece of recovery is walking through the discomfort of sober feelings—challenging oneself through personal growth.  By learning to create deeper connections with others, we ultimately find new ways of feeling “high” through life experiences. In playing music together, these elements coalesce organically, providing an uplifting and transformative experience.