OUR TEAM

Chris Bennett
CEO & Founder

Chris was born and raised in Northern Virginia, spending the better part of his twenties in Southern California, before returning to Virginia in late 2016. A story that many can relate with, Chris spent his adolescence in and out of treatment centers, wilderness programs, jails, military schools, private schools, public schools, and other institutions as a result of a substance use and co-occurring mental health challenges. Being in long term recovery since his early twenties, Chris’ ability to empathize, relate to, and connect with clients and their families is invaluable.
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Jennifer Tarzia, MA, AMFT
COO & Director of Family Services

Jennifer was born and raised in Lake Tahoe, CA growing up enjoying the great outdoors as well as pursuing her passion in ballet and dance until she was 20 years old. She moved to San Diego in 2007 to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at San Diego State University. During her time there she was involved in various internships including the Peer Abuse Prevention Program, bringing bullying awareness and prevention programs to schools in South County San Diego. Upon graduating, she began work immediately in the field at a local private mental health residential treatment center.
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Tommy Walker, CSAC
Director of Community Relations



Tommy holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) in the state of Virginia. He has worked in the behavioral health and substance use disorders field since 1999. Tom spent 10+ years providing direct care to clients and families as a counselor prior to beginning outreach and business development work with regional and national healthcare organizations. His dream has been to build a program in Northern Virginia, where he grew up and started his own recovery journey.

Tom Dearborn, MA
Behavioral Health Consultant
Co-Interventionist


Growing up as a young basketball fan outside of Philadelphia, Tom describes his roots as simple and family oriented. His family infrastructure helped him through school, and he excelled through an undergraduate degree at Drexel, ultimately fine tuning his knowledge with a Masters in Psychology from Pepperdine University. His industry experience began with various treatment centers, concentrating on eating disorders, substance abuse and mental health. Read More...

Fernando Rodriguez
MBA, MA
Behavioral Health Consultant
Co-Interventionist

Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico where I lived until I was 19. I have been dealing with Substance Use Disorders and mental health technically my whole life. Growing up in an alcoholic home, I started drinking at the age of 10 which set me up to start my process of dealing with my own addiction and trauma at the early age of 19. At the age of 21 I started working in this field as my only career facilitating others to find the hope
and sobriety that was gifted to me through professional and different support groups. Read More...

Jessica Yaffa, CPC
Recovery Coach for Women

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Jessica Yaffa is a certified professional coach specializing in relationship trauma, as well as a 2-time published author. She is the president of both NoSilence, NoViolence, and the San Diego Domestic Violence Council. Jessica has been featured in several publications including The New York Post, Darling Magazine, The Washington Post and Outreach Magazine. Additionally, Ms. Yaffa’s expertise and training programs have been sought out by several organizations including the United States Military, Starbuck’s Corporate Headquarters, the NFL, MIT and the San Diego District Attorney’s Office. As a survivor of extreme abuse and one of the nation’s leading experts on domestic violence, Ms. Yaffa continues to inspire a movement to end abuse globally.

Jeffrey Merrick, Esq.
Attorney At Law & Interventionist
Senior Advisory Counsel

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Jeffrey is a professional interventionist and criminal defense attorney in Hollywood, California. He is a graduate cum laude of the University of San Diego School of Law, a practicing member of the California Bar since 1990 and a former trial lawyer for a national law firm. His undergraduate degree was with honors in Psychology and Literature & Writing from the University of California at San Diego. Jeffrey specializes in the defense of mental health, drug and alcohol-related cases. His expertise is in care advocacy and alternative sentencing through the courts. Read More...