Grandview’s staff brings passion to their work every day. We see how resilient people are, and we witness the life-changing effects that — with hard work — recovery can bring. We know there is hope for everyone who suffers from addiction.
Our Clinical Director has years of professional experience working in addiction, and has assembled a first-class team of compassionate and skilled caregivers to meet all the needs of Grandview’s clients. Our staff includes a board certified medical doctor who specializes in addiction medicine and who provides medication-assisted support to participants when needed. (Using medication has been shown to aid in reducing cravings, especially for alcoholics and opiate users. These medications not only support detox/withdrawal management, but help to keep individuals receiving treatment focused, since effects of some substances are blocked. Studies show that those on MAT are more likely to stay sober long-term and have a reduced risk of overdose, especially from opiates.)
We also have clinical staff who are EMDR Certified (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for the treatment of trauma and PTSD. (Controlled studies of the efficacy of EMDR have consistently found that it decreases/eliminates the symptoms of post-traumatic stress for the majority of clients in the shortest period of time.)
Because we employ two full-time experienced, licensed MFTs and three part-time MFT Interns, each client can see a therapist weekly in addition to our other substance support services. This level of clinical support is one of the distinguishing treatment elements Grandview offers.
Shelly spent the first twenty years of her career working for the California Department of Corrections, Division of Juvenile Justice. She was involved with implementing two nationally recognized state-wide programs, one focusing on restorative justice and the other focusing on arts and cultural programming. As a consultant, she had the opportunity to travel the country training justice advocates to implement similar programs to rehabilitate offenders.
For the past 15 years, Shelly’s worked with local charities focusing on program design, operations and fundraising. Through grant writing and coordinating special events, she has raised millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations, state agencies and individuals.
Shelly is an adjunct professor at the University of Phoenix. Shelly received her Juris Doctorate degree from Western State University School of Law, did her graduate studies in Public Administration at Wayne State University and earned a double BA in Economics & Management and Political Science from Albion College located in Michigan.
Mary attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, obtaining her master’s degree in marriage & family counseling from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena. Prior to her work as a therapist, Mary spent 23 years in the commercial insurance industry, primarily in management positions. In 2001, Mary began her work as a therapist initially as an intern, becoming licensed in October 2006. Trained and certified in EMDR, a therapy modality especially effective in working with trauma, Mary supervises Grandview’s MFT intern program, providing psychotherapy to patients, and clinical insights into other aspects of the Grandview treatment program.
Dr. Caine is the Medical Director at Grandview Foundation, Inc. He is licensed in the State of California as a physician, and is Board Certified in Family Practice and by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He has worked at Grandview since 2011.
Dr. Caine has worked in the field of addiction medicine since the year 2000. He is dedicated to helping people recover from addiction to drugs and alcohol, using the most current practices. He is a friend to those in recovery, no matter their circumstances, never judging and always caring. He speaks Spanish and English. His work history demonstrates his passion for helping others improve their lives, as early on in his career he was a physician at an orphanage in Guatemala, and his work to help others in need remains his driving force today.
Al is a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor – Certified Addiction Specialist with over 16 years of experience working in addiction treatment. He initially came to Grandview as a client in 2001, with issues too numerous to mention, but according to his family, Grandview saved and changed his life. Al started working for Grandview as a Technician in 2002, became a counselor in 2003, and became Certified in 2004. Al left Grandview in 2009, to gain experience in a large medical model/Therapeutic community at Behavior Health Services Redgate, working as a Senior Counselor. Al returned to Grandview in 2012 so he could give back and help others get the life he now has. Since then, he has worked tirelessly to make the place that saved his life a model program for underserved men, needing excellent recovery services.
Renee got sober in 2001, and her personal journey of recovery left her with a passion to help others. Renee attended InterCoast College, while working as a technician and raising her two sons. She spent the first part of her career as a drug and alcohol counselor, working with adolescent boys. She joined Grandview’s team in 2016 and currently manages Grandview’s Outpatient Program, providing support and encouragement to help both men and women.
Christopher Chaney graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He earned his law degree from Whittier School of Law and has been practicing criminal defense since 1979; currently, he is in private practice in Pasadena. Mr. Chaney is past president of the Criminal Courts Bar Association, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, past member of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar, chairman of the Executive Board of the Indigent Criminal Defense Association, and chairman of the Criminal Law Section of the Pasadena Bar Association. He is the recipient of numerous awards including Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2003, 2013, and 2018. A resident of La Cañada, he was honored for contributions to the community in 2004 and 2008.
Charles Frankowski is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Arts, and Masters Degrees in Fine Arts/Advertising Design. He served in the U.S. Army at N.A.T.O. Mr. Frankowski has worked as a senior management executive in the grocery business for more than 25 years, most recently as president of CMC sales & marketing. He is known throughout the food industry for his successful business development, strategic planning, optimizing profits, team building and negotiating mergers and acquisitions. Honors include the National Conference for Community & Justice Humanitarian Award (1999), the Good Scout of the Year Award (1999), City of Hope Humanitarian Award (2000), Jerry Buss Humanitarian Award. Additionally, he has served on several boards, including City of Hope Southern California (1990 – 2000), MDA Board Vice-President (1995-2000), Board of Directors for the Boy Scouts of America.
A graduate of Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI, with a B.A. in political science, Ms. Barnes subsequently earned a Master’s Degree in library & information science from the University of Denver and a Juris Doctor degree from Whittier College School of Law. Ms. Barnes worked as an academic law librarian and at the United States Supreme Court where she was head of the research department. She returned to Los Angeles, passed the bar, and became a staff attorney for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for 12 years. She served for eight years as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), volunteering as an advocate for children in the foster care system. She retired in 2001 and resides in Los Angeles. She joined the Grandview Board in 2015, the year her brother successfully completed six months of treatment at Grandview; she credits the Foundation with saving his life.
Mr. Rice currently provides pro bono guidance on marketing strategy, communications, website design and grant writing for a number of local nonprofit organizations, including Pasadena Community Foundation, Journey House, Pasadena Village, the Convalescent Aid Society and Jericho Road. From 2010-2014, he served as program director of the Los Angeles office of Taproot, and a grant writer for Barlow Respiratory Hospital. Prior to beginning his association with the nonprofit world in 2011, Mr. Rice enjoyed a successful 30-year career in marketing and advertising at Ogilvy and MindShare. He provided marketing support for a number of large U.S. and global clients including 20th Century Fox, Kimberly Clark, Duracell, Boost Mobile and BP, working in the New York, Hong Kong and Los Angeles offices. Now residing in La Cañada, Mr. Rice joined the Grandview Board in 2017. In addition, he is on the Board of Convalescent Aid Society and Journey House.
After graduating from Santa Clara University with a degree in finance, Mr. Dalli joined a startup in San Francisco where he ran business intelligence & strategy for three years. He eventually left to start his own company, and since then has founded three profitable companies in the consulting, outsourcing, and drug treatment spaces. He lives in San Carlos. His consulting firm, Clarus Designs, is one of the leading analytics and operations consultancies for startups, while his drug treatment facility, Serenity Gardens, offers a highly personalized approach to treatment for people in the Bay Area. He has been a member of the Grandview Board since 2018.
Ms. Mercolino, founded and served as CEO and President of Ceilings Plus, an architectural, engineering, and manufacturing company in East Los Angeles for 32 years. In the late 80’s Ceilings Plus started hiring ex-gang members, some with addictions, for factory positions. The courage and trust these men have had over decades has been instrumental to Ceilings Plus growth and success. Ceilings Plus started as a small company bringing in $100,000 in revenue, and was recently sold for $52 million. These young men, now older, still work at Ceilings Plus today, helping others on the same path of success that they’ve experienced. Ms. Mercolino joined the Grandview Board to help men, just like the men she helped at Ceilings Plus, find employment and lead positive lives.
Mr. Cullen has over 57 years of banking experience and currently serves a Vice President, Relationship Manager Team Leader at Citizen’s Community Bank in Pasadena. He was responsible for providing $1.3 million in financing for a new local rehabilitation center, began with a new customer in 2004 that has grown to $70 million in deposits and $8.8 million in financing, helped secure funding in the amount of $1.4 million for a nonprofit school, and has customers that he’s worked with for over 30 years. Mr. Cullen received the Community Bank CEO Circle award and has been a repeat winner of Sanwa Bank Small Business Loan Campaigns. Mr. Cullen is involved with the Rotary Club of Altadena, is a member of the Southwest Chamber Music Society and serves as President of the Arcadia Fairview homeowners Association. He has an Associate of Arts Degree in Business from Mount San Antonio Junior College.