President, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-II), Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS)
Scott started Aspire with the vision of transforming lives impacted by addiction and substance use through compassionate, evidence-based treatment that is personalized to fit each individual's needs. Scott began his career as an addiction specialist in 1987 and has extensive experience in both inpatient and outpatient programs. He received his credentials as a certified alcohol and drug counselor-certified addiction specialist (CADC-II-CAS) from the prestigious California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals. Additionally, he is a certified alcohol and other drug addictions specialist (CAS) through California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources.
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REV. MGSR. CRAIG F. HARRISON
Msgr. Craig Harrison has been a Catholic Priest since 1987. He has been the Pastor of St. Francis Church in Mojave, and St. Joseph Church in Firebaugh. He has been the Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, his hometown Parish, since July 1999. He received the title Monsignor by Pope Benedict on May 11, 2008.
Msgr. Craig was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. He graduated from Bakersfield High School and attended U.C.L.A., where he graduated with a degree in Business and Economics, with a minor in Psychology. He attended the Seminary at St. Johns in Camarillo and received a Master's Degree of Divinity. He has adopted eight children and has nineteen grandchildren.
He is the author of "Angel Girl", a children's book and "Pax et Bonum" reflections of Assisi. He is a Lecturer and Speaker.
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-I), A.A. Social and Behavioral Sciences
Evan Cason is a native of Los Angeles who moved to Bakersfield in 2013. He previously worked as a wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service until an injury created an opportunity for a career change. Having struggled with addiction himself, Evan has always had a passion for helping others in recovery. To this end, he completed an associate's degree in social and behavioral sciences at El Camino College before attending Cal State Bakersfield's Drug and Alcohol Studies program. Evan worked with diverse populations in individual and group settings at both a residential and intensive outpatient treatment center before joining the Aspire team.
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Supervisor, Alcohol and Drug Counselor (RADT-I), M.A. Biblical Counseling
Joe Kennedy is a Bakersfield native who has been in the alcohol and drug counseling field for fifteen years and has been clean and sober for eighteen years. His extensive career experience includes acting as director over a multi-phase program for the state of California, sitting on several boards, including the Collaborative of Kern County and Kern County Mental Health, and helping to develop the ten-year plan to stop homelessness. Joe earned a master's degree in biblical counseling in 2010, and his interest in spirituality influences his counseling style. He is also an elder in his church and a Sabbath school teacher. He especially enjoys family counseling and group facilitation.
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