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Monique Cleveland

Executive Director

Monique L. Cleveland is a Bakersfield native who has been in the alcohol and drug counseling field since 2015. 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.

Melissa Flowers

Administrative Assistant/Case Manager

Melissa Flowers has been a substance use disorder counselor for five years. She received her education at ICDC college and completed the addiction studies program in 2010. Melissa has worked on a voluntary and professional basis in the community and in a residential treatment setting. She has provided drug and alcohol related services at various locations and facilities, including the William S. Hart District and KHTS AM radio. She is skilled in client-centered assessments and treatment planning. She provides a compassionate understanding of those suffering from addictive disorders. For the past 21 years, Melissa has worked with specialized populations in healthcare including but not limited to special-needs adolescence, HIV, hepatitis C and the elderly. Melissa is a charismatic and caring counselor dedicated to helping those who suffer.

Matthew Jay

Lead Counselor

Matthew Jay has been working as a Substance Counselor for four years. He received his education at the University of Iowa in 2015, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies, with an emphasis in Social Work. He furthered his education, specializing in addiction studies through Sober College in 2016 and became CDAC-1 certified in 2020. Mathew has worked in Outpatient Services with county funded programs, giving him the opportunity to work with a vast array of clients with substance use disorders, legal problems and parenting issues as the result of addiction and alcoholism.

Currently in addition to being a counselor, Matthew teaches for CCAPP, the substance use counseling credentialing board in California. Matthew’s lifelong love of teaching, sharing his experiences and working in the field of addiction feed his ongoing efforts to help others overcome addiction and alcoholism.

Matthew is client-centered, focused on meeting the specific needs of each client and creating the best possible treatment plan to install hope and willingness in his clients. Matthew has been sober since 1985 and celebrated 35 years this past October 16. His motto in life is well known by those around him. “The greater the darkness, the greater the light.”

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