BAKERSFIELD ADDICTION STAFF
Executive Director (CADCII ICADC SUDCCII)
Jessica Cason is a Taft native who has been in the alcohol and drug counseling field since 2011. Due to struggling with alcoholism herself, Jessica has always had a passion for helping others in recovery, especially the young adult population. To this end, she completed the Drug and Alcohol Studies program at Cal State University Bakersfield in 2013 and currently holds the title of Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-II) and Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC) under the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) and Substance Use Disorder Certified Counselor (SUDCCII-II) under the California Association of DUI Treatment Programs (CADTP) and is on the DUI provider list. Jessica has worked with diverse populations in both individual and group settings at a residential and intensive outpatient treatment level before joining the Aspire team. In the past Jessica has held the titles of Detox Program Manager, Partial Hospitalization Program Director, Intensive Outpatient Program Director and currently is the Executive Director of Aspire Counseling Services for Bakersfield. In Jessica’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their 5 children, participating in community recovery programs and sleeping in.
SUD Counselor, CADCII
Meet Kimberly Beatty, SUD Counselor at Aspire Bakersfield! Kimberly is a Southern California native and was born and raised in Granada Hills, CA. Kimberly obtained a liberal arts degree at Pierce College with her primary focus on psychology. Kimberly worked in the Medical field and specialized in geriatric care where she was able to be of service for the elderly.
Kimberly struggled with alcoholism for years, but with the help of treatment professionals she was able to stabilize and maintain long term sobriety and has been sober since 2010. Having been inspired by the dedication of her counselors, Kimberly decided to refocus her career and become a certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor to help others obtain long term sobriety. Kimberly returned to school and graduated Valedictorian of her Addiction Studies program in 2013 and has been working in the treatment community since 2012.
Kimberly is passionate about working with people and utilizes a client-centered approach when working with the public. She has experience working with adolescents, adults, and families in individual and group settings and she brings compassion and dedication to the Aspire team. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her son and advocating for Autism awareness.
Admissions Counselor (CADCII)
Gage Horn is a native of Bakersfield CA. Gage is an Aspire Counseling Services alumnus who decided he wanted to give back by becoming a counselor to help those still battling addiction. Gage has been in the drug and alcohol counseling field since 2019. Gage completed the CSUB Drug and Alcohol Studies program in 2020. In 2023, he became state certified as a CADCII. With ambition, Gage began working in Admissions in 2021, putting him in contact with families and potential clients from the beginning, offering guidance and referrals, and setting up appointments, consultations, and intakes. Gage enjoys spending time with his wife and three children and giving back to the community, spending his free time organizing events and supporting local meetings.
SUD Counselor, (CADC II ) (She/Her)
Lisa grew up in Kings County and suffered from substance abuse and alcoholism for many years. She came to Bakersfield in 2006 to attend rehabilitation. Since then, Lisa has been a part of the recovery community in Bakersfield. Lisa watched the disease destroy families for many years. Wanting to help people and give back to her community, she enrolled at Cal State University, Bakersfield in the drug and alcohol studies program, graduating in 2020. After graduating, Lisa became a counselor at Aspire Counseling Services. In her free time, she enjoys live music, comedy, and her large family.
SUD Intern Counselor, CADCII
Cynthia was born in a small military town in Okinawa, Japan, and was raised in Oceanside, California. For the last 20 years, she has called Bakersfield home. She is the youngest of five siblings. She knew very early in life that she had a calling to help others and unwavering compassion for those in need. She has contributed many volunteer hours to various organizations within our community and has years of experience working with at-risk adolescents. Her passion for working with clients who suffer from substance abuse issues, specifically adolescents, derives from her own troubles as a young adult. She began her internship with Aspire in June 2021 and, in 2023, became CADC II certified. Cynthia has had great success helping her clients in their recovery.
RADT, Intern Counselor
Edward is native to California. He battled the disease of addiction for many years until he found the courage to take the gloves off and walk away. His passion for helping others grew from his personal experience with addiction. Edward completed the Drug and Alcohol program at Northeast Community College and is pursuing his bachelor of psychology degree. Before becoming an Aspire team member, he worked in a short-term residential program. Edward is passionate about helping individuals who struggle with substance abuse and is motivated by assisting others in achieving the life they deserve. He facilitates small groups, lectures, and individual sessions in an outpatient setting. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, hiking, snowboarding, and traveling.
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