BAKERSFIELD ADDITICTION STAFF

Jessica Cason

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.

Lauren Kirk-Murry

Therapist (MA in Clinical Counseling/RADT)

Lauren Kirk Murry moved to Bakersfield at age 10 and has enjoyed living in the Bakersfield community ever since.  Lauren graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Bakersfield and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from California School of Professional Psychology.  She is a Register Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) and utilizes this training, as well as meditation and essential oils, in her holistic work in substance abuse healing.  Lauren has worked with children and adolescents in traditional social skills groups and utilizes yoga for social and emotional skills groups. She currently holds a Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician (RADT) credential. Lauren enjoys reading a good book, practicing yoga in the sunshine, spending time with her family at the beach, and doing her part to make the community more connected.

Monique Cleveland

Substance Use Disorder Counselor (SUDCC IV/CCBT/CRC/Masters in Psychology)

Monique L. Cleveland is a Bakersfield native who has been in the alcohol and drug counseling field for 4 ½ years. Having dealt with her husband struggling with substance abuse and him unfortunately passing away from his addiction, Monique has always had a passion for helping others in recovery and wanted to save others from losing loved ones to addiction. Monique completed her Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Phoenix in 2009 and completed her Master of Psychology from Walden University in 2013. She currently holds a Substance Abuse Disorder Registered Counselor credential (SUDRC); currently in process of obtaining the Substance Abuse Disorder Certified Counselor level Four credential (SUDCC-IV). Monique has worked with diverse populations since 2006 and has worked in individual and group settings at an intensive outpatient treatment center before joining the Aspire team. In her free time, she enjoys sleeping, watching reality TV, spending time with her family and friends, listening to all types of music and traveling.

Ben Page

Substance Use Disorder Counselor (CADC I)

Ben Page is Kern County native who was born and raised in Bakersfield. Ben is an Aspire Counseling Services® alumnus who decided he wanted to give back by becoming a counselor and helping those still battling the disease of addiction. Ben completed Cal State Bakersfield’s Drug and Alcohol Studies program in 2017 and immediately began working as a counselor for another organization before coming “home” to Aspire where he had found his recovery. Ben currently is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Level I (CADC-I) under California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) Ben also holds an AA degree in Business Administration from Bakersfield College. In his free time, he enjoys paddle boarding, hiking, yoga, and working out in general.

Jerome Piper

Substance Use Disorder Counselor (RADT I)

Jerome Piper is a Bakersfield native who has been in the alcohol and drug counseling field for 11 months. Having struggled with substance dependence himself, Jerome has always had a passion for helping others in recovery. To this end, he completed the Drug and Alcohol Studies program at Cal State University Bakersfield and currently holds the title of Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician (RADT I). Jerome also holds an Associates of Arts degree from College of the Sequoias (2001) with a emphasis on physical education. He will also receive his bachelors degree in liberal studies from CSUB Spring of 2020. Jerome did his internship at Clinica Sierra Vista Ebony counseling center, working with diverse populations in individual and group settings in a intensive outpatient treatment center before joining the Aspire team. In his free time, he enjoys Spending time with his two daughters and son.

Krysten Fielder

Substance Use Disorder Counselor (RADT)

Krysten Fielder is a Pismo Beach native who moved to Bakersfield in 2017. Krysten is an Aspire Counseling Services® alumnus who decided she wanted to give back by becoming a counselor and helping those still battling the disease of addiction. Krysten attends Cal State Bakersfield’s Drug and Alcohol Studies program. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and hanging out by the pool with her children.

Gage Horn

Substance Use Disorder Counselor (RADT)

Gage Horn is a native to 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 attends CSUB Drug and Alcohol Studies program. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children, listening to music, and playing games.

Rhyan Harris

SUD Counselor/Group Facilitator (RADT)

Rhyan Harris is a Bakersfield native who has been in the drug and alcohol counseling field for 8 months. Having dealt with his Mother in Law struggling with substance abuse and her unfortunate passing away from her addiction, Rhyan has always had a passion for helping others in recovery and wanted to save others from losing love ones from addiction. Rhyan completed his Bachelor of Science in Human Services minor in Child and Family Development in 2020. He is currently in the process of becoming the title of Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician (RADT I) and Substance Abuse Disorder Registered Counselor credential (SUDRC). Rhyan has volunteered throughout his education with diverse populations since 2015 before joining the Aspire team. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids and doing various family activities.

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