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

APCC, RADT, MA in Clinical Counseling

Lauren Kirk Murry moved to Bakersfield at age 10 and has enjoyed living in the Bakersfield community ever since. Lauren graduated with her BA from California State University, Bakersfield and her MA in Clinical Counseling from California School of Professional Psychology. She is a Register Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) and utilizes this training, as well as mindfulness and meditation, in her substance abuse work. Lauren has worked with children and adolescents in traditional social skills groups and utilized yoga for social and emotional skills groups. She is currently an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC) and a Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician (RADT). 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 (Lead 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 5 1/2 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 Certified Counselor 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.

Jerome Piper

Substance Use Disorder Certified Counselor (SUDCC)

Jerome Piper is a Bakersfield native who has been in the alcohol and drug counseling field since 2017. Having struggled with substance dependence himself, Jerome has always had a passion for helping others in recovery. To this end, he graduated from the Drug & Alcohol Studies program in 2019 and the Bachelors program in 2020 from Cal State University Bakersfield. He currently holds the title of Substance Use Disorder Certified Counselor (SUDCC) under the California Association of DUI Treatment Programs and an Associates of Arts degree from College of the Sequoias since 2001. Jerome did his internship at Clinica Sierra Vista Ebony counseling center, working with diverse populations in individual and group settings in an intensive outpatient treatment center before joining the Aspire team in 2019. In his free time he enjoys participating in community self help groups, being of service to his community, and spending time with his two daughters and his son.

Krysten Fielder

Admissions 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 after completing the Aspire program to treat her own alcoholism. Krysten completed the Drug and Alcohol Studies program at Cal State University Bakersfield in 2020. Krysten has been working with a variety of demographics in the community since 2018, but in 2020 began working in Admissions which puts her in contact with the families and protentional clients from the very beginning offering guidance, referrals, setting up appointments, consultations, and intakes. 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 since 2015. 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 a Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician (RADT I) and Substance Abuse Disorder Registered Counselor credential (SUDRC) in the process of getting certified as a (SUDCC III). 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.

Charles Vancill

Substance Use Disorder Counselor (RADT)

Charles Vancill is a Bakersfield native. Before entering the addictions field, Charles worked in the corrections (private and with state for almost 15 years). Charles saw firsthand the effects Drugs and Alcohol had on people and how adversely a person’s life could be affected. After being injured on the job and subsequently medically retired, Charles found himself on a path to rediscovering who he was as a person. Charles decided he wanted a career in which he could affect real and meaningful change in people’s lives. In January of 2019 Charles enrolled in the drug and alcohol studies program at CSUB extended university, subsequently completing the program in May of 2020. During that same time period, Charles became a Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician (RADT) with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). Charles started interning at Aspire Counseling Services in Feb. of 2020 and was subsequently hired on as a counselor in July of 2020. Charles enjoys spending time with family and friends. Charles has found that maintaining deep connections with those around him is essential to his well-being.

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