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Astrid Heppenstall Heger, MD

Executive Director of the Violence Intervention Program at LAC + USC, Founder and CEO of VIP Community Mental Health

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Jorge Fuentes, MD

Medical Director, Community-Based Assessment and Treatment Center

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Lyn Laboriel, MD

Director, VIP Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Clinic

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Bin Li, CPA

Chief Financial Officer, VIP Community Mental Health Center

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Maribel Mejia, PhD

Chief Operating Officer, VIP Community Mental Health Center

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Dustin Schiada, LMFT

Clinical Director, Administrative Birth to Five and Outpatient Services, VIP Community Mental Health Center

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Malia Thorpe, LMFT

Associate Director of Traditional Outpatient Program and PEI, VIP CMHC

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Victor Hernandez

Director of Human Resources, VIP CMHC

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Robin Sax, JD & MSW

LGBTQ+ The Alexis Project Program Manager and Clinical Therapist

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Maggie Cortes

Office and Facilities Manager, VIP CMHC

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Anna Sarti

Executive Assistant, VIP CMHC

Board of Directors


Linda Bernstein Rubin


Andrew Batiz

Alison Petrocelli, Esq.

Eve Somer

Richard Leweke

Astrid Heppenstall Heger, MD

Jennifer Mele

Charon D’Aiello Sandoval

Deborah Santana

Lyne Scott, MD

Professor Stephen A. Nuno

Jorge Fuentes, MD

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  • VIP Welcome

  • VIP Welcome is an initiative aimed at the safe entry of Afghani refugees into the United States of America in the midst of a global crisis. We aim to empower local communities to provide families with everything from housing, food, medical care, and clothing to immigration support, assistance seeking employment, and enrolling in school. Our goal is to equip every family with all of the resources they need in order to begin a new life in the US.


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