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At Resurgence, you’ll have your own treatment team of medical professionals, certified addiction counselors, licensed therapists and trained addiction specialists.
Our goal is your long term recovery. Resurgence staff is trained to give you the very best care while you’re with us and to be there for you long after you’ve left our program. This is why we very carefully had select and train our entire support staff.
We’re dedicated to helping you break free of addiction and build an amazing new life you love. We promise you excellent clinical treatment in a highly compassionate, comforting environment. Your treatment team will rigorously protect your privacy and create a custom program for you and your loved ones.

Steve Fennelly

Steve Fennelly

Chief Executive Officer

Steve Fennelly is the founder and  CEO of Resurgence California and holds a place in his heart for those in recovery. He has served the recovery community since 2009 when he founded Solid Landings Behavioral Health and realized his long held dream of creating a culture of recovery and “Gold Standard” quality service to those his program served and employed. Through his experience in recovery, Steve has developed a sense of what it takes to change lives and carry the message that recovery and an enhanced overall quality of life are possible. Steve earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from Albertus Magnus, located in New Haven, CT, in 2001 and from there, he went on to found his first company Fennelly construction where he demonstrated his ability to create a quality product and grow a business from small beginnings to countless successes. Through his non-stop efforts, Steve grew Solid Landings Behavioral Health by over 200% in just three years and earned the prestige of the having the number one place to work in a private company in 2015.  Solid Landings also received the “Gold Standard of Excellence” through its Joint Commission Accreditation in both Las Vegas and Austin locations and has received a three year accreditation from CARF in Costa Mesa. Recognition by both organizations affirmed the companies’ national recognition and commitment to excellence. Following his successes in business and program development, Steve continued to expand his experience and his desire to help others by being appointed to the Board of Directors of the REACH Foundation of Orange County which provided resources to those who struggled with addiction based on need. This was the first non-profit Steve was involved with. In addition to the above accolades, Steve was named one of the 100 most influential people by the Orange County Register for his work in addiction treatment in 2015. Resurgence California is proud to have Steve at the helm of their ship guiding them through any kind of weather.

Tanisha Porreca

Tanisha Porreca, BA

Chief Operating Officer

“Keep encouraging because your words may be the only pillars of strength for
someone who is pulling themselves up to stand again and lean on.”

Tanisha Porreca serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Resurgence California and has been providing service in the behavioral health field for six years. Her professional experiences range from administrative assistant to the social services field. She has developed proficiency in staffing, training and development, operations management and organization productivity. In cooperation with the Chief Executive Director, Tanisha’s knowledge and multifaceted experience creates a team dynamic that incorporates hard work and shared values. Tanisha has utilized her dedication to business and staff development, uplifting those she supervises, and achieving quality programming to create a supportive and caring program culture. Tanisha obtained her Bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of North Carolina and in 2015, utilized these learned skills and prior experience to grow Solid Landings Behavioral Health by 200% in the first three years and aided in earning the program one of the Top 10 fastest growing private large companies and the best company to work for. Tanisha has a passion for educating others, giving back to the community, and encouraging others to do the same to leave the world a better place.

Kristen Garubba

Kristen Garubba, MA, EdD, LMFT

Executive Director

Kristen is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and comes to us from a clinical and administrative behavioral health background. Educational achievements include both her masters and doctorate in psychology from Argosy University. Her training includes: substance abuse recovery, trauma focused therapies, as well as family, individual, couples and group therapy. Kristen is also able to serve as a clinical supervisor to registered interns. Her work with multiple populations and clinical presentations has led her to gain a wide breadth of experience and an ability to work with many different types of clients. Kristen has the ability to develop rapport with all those she works with due to her: patience, warmth, and overall compassion which has led to success with even the most difficult of cases and situations. Additional achievements include developing a recovery program for Solid Landing’s Long Beach branch (Hope’s Landing),which required building a recovery program from the ground up. She was also tasked with creating a clinical and operations team while developing a program that met both clinical, regulatory, and client needs. Within 6 months, the program grew from 12 to 22 beds and treated levels of care from RTC to IOP. Her team development and family team approach helped create a success story for the clients and staff alike. Kristen’s main focus is overall client health, meeting the needs of all program participants including staff, and creating a clinically sound environment.

Dr. Small

Dr. Christian Small

Medical Director

Dr. Christian Small is a board certified psychiatrist and family medicine physician. Dr. Small’s treatment philosophy is founded upon the idea that empathy, self-empowerment, and the re-establishment of trusting relationships are key to recovery.  Dr. Small utilizes the latest in evidenced-based medical treatment to treat addiction.  He is also skilled in treatment of dual diagnosis clients, outpatient detox, and other psychiatric disorders.  He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii John A Burns School of Medicine and completed a combined residency in Psychiatry and Family Medicine residency at UCSD.

Tiffany Nicolau

Tiffany Nicolau, CADCII

Program Director

Tiffany Nicolau, CADCII – As the Program  Director, Tiffany Nicolau brings extensive knowledge of quality care standards established by the Joint Commission and DHCS, experience in addictions treatment and successful program management to the team. With over 9 years of experience in addictions treatment, Tiffany has held many roles within the industry ranging from a Case Manager to a  Program Director to a Corporate Compliance Officer. Tiffany focuses on strong relationship based leadership, bringing empathy, compassion and insight, so as to provide a culture within the facility that promotes healthy boundaries and allows those trying to recover, the ability to immerse themselves in their treatment and have fun while they are in treatment. Working with the Leadership Team of Resurgence California Tiffany continues to create a culture that promotes the health and wellbeing of all that seek help.

Julia Cho

Julia Cho, MA, AMFT

Group Therapist

Julia Cho is a Group Facilitator and Resurgence California. She is registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and has been providing services to both youth and adults seeking behavioral health services.   She received her Undergraduate Degree in Neuroscience from University of California, Riverside where she received a research grant studying the complex interactions among hormones, brain, and behavior.  She pursued her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pepperdine University.  Julia has experience working with addiction, the criminal justice system, drug court and is passionate in helping each individual and their journey towards recovery.  Julia also specializes in trauma and utilizes Eye-Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) in her practice. Julia’s compassion and caring attitude as well as her ability to connect with clients and engage them in treatment makes her a valuable addition to our clinical team.

Alicia Delgado

Alicia Delgado, CADC-CAS
Case Manager

Alicia Delgado is a Case Manager at Resurgence California. She has worked in the recovery field for 18 years and has used her skills, compassion, client understanding, hard work ethic, and tenacity to aid clients in furthering their recovery journey. She has extensive knowledge in: case management, 12 step programs, anger management, reintegration after treatment, and understanding the behaviors and challenges associated with  substance abuse. Alicia attended Cal State Dominguez Hills from 1998 to 2000 where she she pursued her education in Drug and Alcohol services and received her state certification in 2001. Alicia has had a long standing career in recovery case management and has worked with a variety of populations including: adults, youth, men, women, and those who are on parole and are trying to make a new start. During her time at Behavioral Health services, Alicia served mothers and mothers with their children who were attempting to recover from substance abuse and, in some instances, regain custody of their children. It was there that she utilized her skills in psychoeducation and resource utilization to aid these clients in seeking successful outcomes. Alicia began her role with Dare to Care following her time at Behavioral Health Services as an intern in her drug and alcohol counseling career. She rose within the company to obtain a paid position as a case manager once her internship ended. From there, Alicia moved on to Helping kids recover where she worked tirelessly to aid youth who were both on parole and were recovering from substance abuse issues. Alicia worked as both a case manager and a program manager who served to train and inform other case managers in effective methods to better aid program participants by sharing her knowledge of recovery and the 12 step program. Prior to coming to Resurgence California Alicia served adult parolees with the STOP program who were  in recovery through their release and reintegration through recovery programming and transition to sober living. We are grateful to have such a dedicated and seasoned case manager on the team.

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