A Leading Licensed & Accredited Non-Profit Rehab Solution for 60 Years.

The Beacon HouseSM employs an Addiction Treatment Staff of highly skilled professionals. Specifically, they specialize in the field of recovery. Our licensed and certified clinicians and nurses are trained in the treatment of addiction, ensuring the highest quality care for all our clients.

Our well-rounded interdisciplinary team includes addictionologists, psychologists, support technicians, chemical dependency counselors, marriage and family therapists, experiential specialists, holistic providers, yoga instructors, exercise, and nutrition specialists, as well as an executive chef. This team approach supports treating the whole person; mind, body, and spirit.

Our addiction treatment staff represents a wide array of areas including but not limited to: detoxification, medication management, diagnostic testing, individual and group therapies, mood management, cognitive therapy, mindfulness, family dynamics, spiritual growth, meditation skills, and assimilation into 12-Step work, paving the way for transition after treatment.

Additionally, our holistic specialists teach and facilitate health and wellness as an integral part of lifelong recovery. Yoga and meditation classes, as well as nutrition and exercise programs, support the importance of the mind and body connection in the recovery process.

Our experiential therapy programs focus on reinforcing the principles of recovery with authentic experiences. Therefore, equine-assisted growth and learning at private stables, yoga, and meditation classes with our certified practitioners, as well as golf and recovery experiences allow our clients the opportunity to experience “real life” situations in a supportive setting without the use of alcohol or drugs.

Addiction Treatment Staff

Susan E. Cowen, MSW, LCSW

Executive Director

With 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector, Susan E. Cowen, returns to California via Chicago to lead Beacon House and Gateway Foundation’s northern California operations. Most recently, Susan served as the President and Chief Executive Officer for Kenneth Young Center, a large behavioral health organization serving mental health, substance use disorder and older adults needs in 24 communities in the Northwest suburbs.

Susan’s professional experience also includes holding the position of Executive Director for Family Service of Glencoe, Chief Executive Officer for Youth Network Council, and Chief Executive Officer for the Illinois Collaboration on Youth. Susan completed her Ph.D. coursework in organizational design, nonprofit management, and social policy at the University of Illinois, holds a Master’s Degree from San Diego State University in Social Work Administration, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University in Law and Public Administration. Now residing on the Monterey Peninsula, Susan is a licensed clinical social worker, mother of two, and enjoys tennis, walking and meditation in the incredible natural environment all around her!

Lara Clayton, LMFT

Director of Healthcare Operations

With a background in mental health and co-occurring disorders, Lara has been a part of the local non-profit sector for the past 15 years working with children, families, adults, and seniors in both outpatient and residential settings. For the past seven years, Lara has lead teams as a Program Director for permanent supported and transitional housing programs, as well as the short-term crisis residential programs at Interim, Inc. Lara received her Bachelor’s Degree in Collaborative Humans Services at CSU Monterey Bay, Executive Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University, and Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Addiction Treatment Staff Lee

Lee Larimer, PhD, FICPP

Director of Clinical Services

Dr. Larimer provides individual and group treatment, as well as comprehensive diagnostic services. He has over 40 years of experience helping others including extensive addiction treatment experience in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. He also has expertise in the primary treatment of addiction disorders, as well as relapse prevention and co-occurring disorders.

“We recruited Dr. Larimer to be our Clinical Director on the strength of his nearly 40 years of experience in treating addictive disease. The results of his compassion and love of helping clients find sustainable recoveries speak through thousands of our Beacon HouseSM alumni who never forget Dr. Lee.”
– Guy Riina, Former Chairman of the Board

Dr. Larimer received his Doctoral Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Furthermore, he completed his internship training at the VA Medical Center in Palo Alto, California and his Post-Doctoral residency at Children’s Hospital in San Francisco. He has advanced credentials in family systems therapy, as well as clinical psychopharmacology. He is also credentialed in the Treatment of Addictions through the American Psychological Association’s College of Professional Psychology. Dr. Larimer recently received the Clinician of the Year Award presented at the Evolution of Addiction Treatment Conference. This award recognized Dr. Larimer for his outstanding clinical contribution to the field of addiction and his unwavering commitment to helping individuals and families who are suffering from addiction by providing outstanding direct clinical services.

Addiction Treatment Staff Dr. Goldman

Lee Goldman, MD

Consultant & Addictionologist

Dr. Goldman has been actively involved in the addiction community since 1980, when he accepted the position of Medical Director for the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) Recovery Center. He brings over 30 years of expertise in family practice, addiction treatment and emergency medicine.

“One of the most experienced and celebrated specialists in treating chemical dependency in the local region, we were honored to have recruited Dr. Goldman. His stellar reputation and expertise are an ideal fit for Beacon House.” Guy Riina, Former Chairman of the Board

Dr. Goldman completed his medical training at University of Southern California, moving to the Monterey Peninsula after finishing his residency in Pennsylvania in 1978. He is Board-Certified in both family-practice and addiction medicine. In fact, he joined CHOMP in 1980, and continues to work with their emergency department where he received the Physician of the Year award in 2009. He developed and implemented an alcohol withdrawal scale tool utilized at CHOMP, as well as numerous forensic facilities

Addiction Treatment Staff Member Dana

Dana M. Evans, LMFT, LMHP, LPC

Regional Director of Admissions & Utilization Review

Dana has been working in the addiction and mental health field for over 20 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Claremont Colleges and Master’s Degree from Bethany University, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy. Dana also attended Alliant International University, where she received additional postgraduate training.

Dana has worked with a wide range of clients and families in hospital settings, residential care facilities, social service agencies, and has been an integral member of the Beacon HouseSM team for over a decade. Moreover, in her tenure, she has held many positions at Beacon House including: Director of Assessment & Referral, Community Relations and Utilization Review, Regional Director of Clinical Outreach, and Case Manager. She has extensive experience in primary treatment of addictive disorders, case management, individual and group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, relapse prevention, and co-occurring disorders. In addition, Dana managed the implementation of integrating an electronic health records system at Beacon House, as well as facilitating their family program.

Dana currently holds the position of Regional Director of Admissions & Utilization Review. In addition, her dedication and love for the Beacon House is inspiring and her belief in their mission shines through.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Warren Harrington, Chair
Amalesh Sanku, Treasurer
France Pitera, Secretary

Mr. Warren Harrington
Mr. David Johnson
Ms. Arla Lach
Mr. David Onion

Ms. France Pitera
Mr. Amalesh Sanku
Mr. Andy Smith
Mr. Sean Spowart

Thomas Britton, President & CEO
Susan E. Cowen, Executive Director

Warren Harrington, Chair
Amalesh Sanku, Treasurer
France Pitera, Secretary

Mr. Warren Harrington
Mr. David Johnson
Ms. Arla Lach
Mr. David Onion

Ms. France Pitera
Mr. Amalesh Sanku
Mr. Andy Smith
Mr. Sean Spowart

Thomas Britton, President & CEO
Susan E. Cowen, Executive Director