WHO WE ARE Meet Our Team

We understand the strength and courage it takes
to start your recovery journey. We commit to serving you.
You’re our heroes.

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Experience. Empathy. Dedication.

We promise to listen to your story – and help you write the next chapter. The one where you discover a new life without alcohol and drugs, find the support of a group of peers and professionals who care deeply about your success, and remember the strength we see in you was there all along. You just needed a reminder.

Our Leadership Team

LARA CLAYTON, MPA, LMFTExecutive Director

Lara Clayton has been a part of the Bay Area non-profit sector for over 15 years, working with children, families, adults, and seniors in both outpatient and residential settings. Lara has a background in supporting people with mental health and co-occurring disorders, and extensive experience and training in trauma-informed services, attachment therapy, CBT, group work, grief and loss, and depth psychology. She is dedicated to utilizing a social rehabilitation philosophy to cultivate empowerment, personal safety, and healing in a community setting. Before joining Beacon House, Lara served as Program Director of Permanent Supported and Transitional Housing programs, as well as the Short-term Crisis Residential programs at Interim, Inc. She has experience working with diverse populations, including survivors of domestic violence, couples, families, and trauma survivors.

Lara is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). She received a bachelor’s degree (BA) in Collaborative Humans Services at California State University – Monterey Bay, an executive master’s degree (EMPA) in Public Administration from Golden Gate University, and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology (MA) from Pacifica Graduate Institute.

LEE GOLDMAN, MDMedical Director/ Addictionologist

Dr. Lee Goldman has worked with Beacon House since 2012. He has over 30 years of experience in family practice, addiction treatment, and emergency medicine. He’s board-certified in both family-practice and addiction medicine, and has been actively involved in the local treatment and recovery community since 1980, when he accepted the position of Medical Director for the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) Recovery Center. At CHOMP, Dr. Goldman developed and implemented an alcohol withdrawal scale tool that’s still in use there as well as at many other facilities. In addition to his work at Beacon House, Dr. Goldman continues to work for the CHOMP ER Department, where he received the Physician of the Year award in 2009.

Dr. Goldman completed his medical training at University of Southern California. He moved to the Monterey Peninsula after finishing his residency in Pennsylvania in 1978. In his free time, Dr. Goldman enjoys bike riding along the beautiful coastal trails, spending time with family and grandchildren, gardening, and ballroom dancing.

Lena Allen, MSW, LCSW Clinical Director

Lena grew up in Southern California and received her BA from California State University, San Marcos in Sociology and Liberal Arts. She obtained her MSW from University of Southern California in 2002 and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2008. She has 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in various settings, including the public and non-profit sectors. Her experience includes working with individuals and families with mental health and co-occurring disorders as well as a strong foundation in the forensics, personality disorders, and substance abuse populations. She has extensive training in trauma informed treatment, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral therapy. Over her career, Lena has worked in adolescent and adult residential treatment centers, juvenile hall, a maximum security psychiatric hospital located inside a prison, county behavioral health, and the probation department. For the past five years she has also taught at California State University, Monterey Bay in the Masters of Social Work program.

Early in her career, Lena realized the enormous prevalence alcohol and substance abuse had on the youth and families she was working with. She was drawn to the work after witnessing the overwhelming layers of generational addiction and trauma. From there, she developed a passion for working with Substance Use Disorder clients. Her personality works very well with those seeking sobriety as she appreciates the vulnerability and authenticity that comes through in the process. She relocated to the Monterey Peninsula in 2011 and started at Beacon House in 2020.

LAUREN HAVENS, MPHDirector of Operations

Lauren Havens has over 12 years of experience working in the nonprofit health sector, most recently supporting multiple organizations in developing evaluation frameworks and utilizing a public health model for program development. Across all of her work, she has brought a passion for equity and strength-based approaches. She graduated with her master of public health (MPH) degree from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2018, where she received an Outstanding Achievement Award for her capstone project. Her graduate studies focused on creative approaches to program evaluation and community-based public health interventions. She also has a bachelor of science degree (BS) in psychology from University of California, San Diego.

Born and raised in Northern California, Lauren spent 4 years working in Southeast Alaska and has also spent significant time living and working in Latin America. Currently, she lives in Monterey with her husband, son, and two cats, where she enjoys spending time outdoors, especially backpacking.

ALLEN BERGER, PHDConsulting Psychologist

Dr. Berger has worked with Beacon House since 2014. He’s an internationally recognized expert in the science of recovery and the clinical director of The Institute for Optimal Recovery and Emotional Sobriety and the California Institute of Gestalt Experiential Therapy. Dr. Berger is also a top-rated author on treatment and recovery topics. He wrote the Hazelden Center’s popular recovery mainstay 12 Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery (2008), as well as 12 Smart Things to do When the Booze and Drugs are Gone (2010), 12 Hidden Rewards of Making Amends (2013), and 12 More Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery (2016). His first book, Love Secrets – Revealed (2006), was dedicated to Dr. Walter Kempler, his dear friend and mentor.

Dr. Berger is widely known for his work on several areas of recovery, including the integration of modern psychotherapy with the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, understanding the psychological forces operating in the 12 Steps, and Emotional Sobriety. He’s an expert at helping new patients understand the benefits of group therapy and how to get the most out of it. He also excels at helping families adjust to the challenges of recovery.

ED STORTI, CADC-IIAddiction Educator

Ed Storti is a pioneer in the field of addiction treatment and recovery. He began his pioneering with the concept of Motivational Intervention in 1973. He published the bestselling book, Crisis Intervention: Acting Against Addiction, in 1988, which chronicles his early work creating positive, transformative moments in the lives of individuals and families experiencing alcohol and substance use disorders. The Storti Model of Intervention personifies the motivational, inspirational, and spiritual method of working with a person in recovery. Ed devotes much of his time to educating people on the disease model of addiction and the intervention process.

His most recent book, Heart to Heart, received widespread recognition in the treatment and recovery community. The book outlines his concept of intervention and defines his expectations of the level of professionalism necessary for treatment and recovery center staff. Medical centers, treatment facilities, universities, and industry conference organizers regularly invite him to lecture and present his ideas on professional behavior for management and staff. Ed works with the Beacon House clinical and admissions teams to ensure the seamless transition of individuals into recovery.

NOAH SHUMPERTAddiction Educator

Noah Shumpert has over 50 years of experience as an addiction educator, consultant, and interventionist on the Monterey Peninsula. He is a skilled group facilitator, and approaches every day at Beacon House with a genuine passion for working with people in recovery and their families. Among his many distinctions, Noah was the 2013 recipient of the Daniel J. Murphy Award, which recognizes leaders in the drug and alcohol recovery community. Noah facilitates the family program at Beacon House and provides education to clients at both the residential and outpatient programs. He has worked with the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP), Marin General Hospital, Fred Finch Youth Center, and as an Employee Assistance Program counselor. Noah has worked with the Beacon House team since 2010.


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