A Message from the PHCA DEI Council

A Message from the PHCA DEI Council

Over the course of the last year, and particularly the past few weeks, Anti-Asian racism, attacks, and ongoing harassment directed at the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities have escalated. We at PHCA express our deepest sympathy to the most recent victims and their families. This is a painful & urgent reminder that we must unite against racism in all its forms.

At Phoenix House California, our mission is to heal individuals and families challenged by substance use disorders and related mental health conditions. We continue to create meaningful and lasting change by standing alongside our AAPI communities — including our staff, their families, and the young people, women, and men we serve – we will always fight for racial justice and equality.  Phoenix House California does not tolerate xenophobia or bigotry of any kind, and we’re committed to building a workplace and treatment community where all are safe and welcome.

We urge you to support the AAPI community, learn more about the Asian culture and raise awareness on the long-standing discrimination their community has faced in the US.

Learn how you can get involved, and to find additional information please go here. You can also find a toolkit on antiracism here.


The PHCA DEI Committee

Nely Meza, LMFT,MBA

Sr. Director of Adolescent Programs

Brian Cropp, MBA, PHR, PHRca, SHRM-CP

VP of Human Resources

Natalie Dolishny

Sr. Director of Fund Development

Michael Joseph, M.S., CADC-CAS

Sr. Director of In-Custody Programs

Yolanda Lewis, LMFT

Program Director, Venice Residential

Giovanna Sanguinetti, M.A.

Program Director, BHIS/YRVSS

Jeanette Barreto, MPA

Sr. Director of Business Development

Luis Cervantes

VP of Finance