People Walking

LEADERSHIP TEAM

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

La Tonya Glover joined Valley Health Associates (VHA) in the Spring of 2021. La Tonya is bringing over 20 years of experience in social welfare, education, and management to VHA. Prior to joining the team, La Tonya was the Director of Service-Learning and Volunteering as well as the Director of the After School Programs at the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, where she oversaw school site programs and was responsible for the start-up of after-school programs at a local school. Following her time with the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District she was District Area Director for the Boys & Girls Club of Monterey County.  During her time at the Boys & Girls Club, she restructured departments- implemented new policies, programs, procedures, and more! Additionally, La Tonya has served as a Board Member for numerous organizations, such as Palenke Arts, Restorative Justice Partners Inc., and Girls' Health in Girls' Hands. Besides her successful career and work as a Board Member for multiple organizations, giving back to the community has also been a lifelong project of hers. So much so that her hard work and dedication to the community, through volunteering and consulting for other nonprofits that benefit the youth, the homeless community, and church organizations led to her being nominated and awarded the Monterey County Weekly's 'Do-Gooder" Award in 2016.  She is excited to join the dedicated staff of VHA and is ready to help grow and create new life-saving programs at VHA.

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La Tonya Glover, MSW, Executive Director (831) 424-6655 Ext. 14 lglover@valleyhealthassociates.com

 

Lena Allen, LCSW, Clinical Director (831) 424-6655 lallen@valleyhealthassociates.com 

Lena has over 21 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of settings. She has a background in working with the community with depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, and substance use disorders. Throughout her career she has worked in numerous substance abuse programs, adolescent and adult residential treatment centers, forensic settings, behavioral health, and legal and court settings.

Stacie Simmons, MSML, Assistant Director of Finance (831) 424-6655 Ext. 23 ssimmons@valleyhealthassociates.com

Stacie is an advocate of utilizing data-driven, strength-based programming to serve adults, families, and children experiencing stigma, behavioral health challenges, and socio-economic difficulties. This has inspired her dedication to ensuring excellent stewardship of the funds entrusted to us from all of our generous funders of Valley Health Associates.

Brianna Bostwick, LVN, Associate Director of Operations (831) 424-6655 Ext. 15 bbostwick@valleyhealthassociates.com 

Brianna is the Associate Director of Operations. She has 16 years of experience providing kind-hearted, compassionate care in a variety of nursing roles within our community. She has been a part of Valley Health Associates for the past 6 years, helping to improve the lives of locals afflicted with substance use disorder, and was presented with the Valley Health Associates employee of the year award in 2020. Her community contributions include volunteering weekly with local elderly, making it possible for them to continue living independently within our community.

John Bokanovich, LAADC-CA, Associate Director (831) 424-6655 Ext. 19 jbokanovich@valleyhealthassociates.com

John, a Salinas native, is a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor in California through the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) with 12-years of experience working in the Non-profit Substance Use Disorder arena.  He was the recipient of the 2016 Leadership Award from the Non-Profit Alliance of Monterey County and for the past 6-years, he has served on the Credentialing Board of CCAPP. He has used his lived experience to connect with individuals suffering from substance abuse and strives to help them find a new way to live.

Brenda Luquin-Diaz, M.P.A, Associate Director of Youth Outpatient (831) 424-6655 Ext. 11 bluquin-diaz@valleyhealthassociates.com

Brenda, a Salinas Native, has 11 years of working with youth in nonprofits, she has worked with Foster Care youth supporting their Transitional Housing needs and is now currently overseeing Valley Health Associates Youth Outpatient Program.