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Nolen Burchett

Executive Director

Nolen Burchett was raised right here in the Central Valley. After finishing high school in 1998, Nolen started attending classes at San Diego State University, and he later studied at the Sid Craig School of Business at Fresno State. After college, Nolen enlisted with the United States Marine Corps. In 2009, he started working as a produce inspector and quickly worked his way to Export Sales Manager at a local produce company. This role in export sales enabled Nolen to travel all over the globe, but everywhere he went he took his addiction with him. After a long struggle with alcohol, prescription pills, and other substances, he was finally able and willing to embrace recovery.

Nolen then returned to school and studied Psychology at CSU Bakersfield, he served on the California steering committee for the Alternatives to Violence Project as a lead facilitator and promoted Project Rebound as a public speaker. It was at this point that Nolen discovered his passion for helping people struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Nolen began working in the drug and alcohol treatment industry as a Business Development and Outreach Manager covering Central and Northern California for Northbound Treatment Services. While at Northbound, Nolen also served as their Alumni Coordinator working with clients in a group setting and individually. Nolen currently has his sights set on a master’s degree in Counseling. When he is not working, Nolen cherishes spending time with his wife Kelly and their two children.

Louis Lamar Edwards

Lead Counselor

Louis Edwards is a Long Beach native new to the Fresno area.  As a formerly incarcerated ex-gang member and an addict in recovery, he brings a unique perspective and set of tools to our team at Aspire.  He has a degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Coastline College and is a Registered Drug and Alcohol counselor through CAADE.  Louis is currently working towards his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and he is committed to attaining a PHD. He sits on the Long Beach H.O.O.D. council and is co-founder of the ONE LONG BEACH Movement.

Louis is passionate about educating youth, preventing them from making the same mistakes he made as a teen, combating addiction, and helping people of all ages to overcome the stumbling blocks and pitfalls of addiction. He is looking forward to becoming a part of the community and continuing the work he has started in Long Beach in the Fresno area.

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