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Astrid Heppenstal Heger, MD

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

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Diana Homeier, MD

Medical Director, Adult Protection Team

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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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Erik Surwill

Director of Information and Communications Technology, 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 Berstein Rubin


Lauren Cameron Bender

Cornelia Funke

Eve Somer Gerber

Birgitta Granberg

Astrid Heppenstall Heger, MD

Alison Petrrocelli, Esq.

Charon D’Aiello Sandoval

Deborah Santana

Lyne Scott, MD

Richard Leweke

Lou Mele 

Jorge Fuentes, MD

Andrew Batiz

Stephen A. Nuno

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    Click to view available resources available to our clients during this difficult time. Resources include: Physical & Mental Health Clinc information, food assistance, emergency funding, and much more. As well as LAUSD family services, and LGBTQ+ resources.

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