Angela M. Rukule - Founding Member, M.S.Ed., M.F.T.
CFO, President, Clinical Therapist
Angela M. Rukule is a highly respected licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who received her Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California and has been practicing in the fields of addiction, trauma, sports therapy and grief for over thirty years. She is the Founder, President and Executive Director of Inner Awareness Programs, Inc., which has been in existence for twenty-five years. Angela has been an expert Psychological Consultant/Evaluator for Alternative Sentencing Programs in the State of California. In addition to being a Founder and Co-Executive Director of inneractions, LLC, she was the Primary Therapist at Harmony Place, a dual diagnosis women’s residential program for over seven years. Angela combined her experience in trauma and blended it with her knowledge of substance abuse to provide their clients with a comprehensive treatment plan for the recovery of the whole person. She has always recognized that addressing the underlying core psychological issues is essential to achieving successful long-term recovery. The development of programs for trauma patients struggling with significant life changes has been an important focus for Angela, who continues to apply her expertise to effect change in those whose lives have become a challenge. She has worked for over thirty years with the Visiting Nurses Association in Hospice programs, has educated clinicians on understanding the process of grief and has incorporated her knowledge of life transition to apply to the treatment of addiction. She has collaborated with the physicians of professional sports teams providing athletes and their families with therapeutic assistance through traumatic transitions.
Loree Cohen - Founding Member, M.S., L.C.S.W.
CEO, Vice President, Clinical Therapist
Loree Cohen is a licensed clinical social worker that has extensive experience in the field of mental health and an innate understanding of addiction as well as individuals with co occurring disorders. With over 25 years in the field she utilizes her knowledge, experience, humor, and creativity to help those suffering from addiction, abuse, depression, and anxiety. Loree received her Masters Degree in Social Work from the prestigious University of Southern California and subsequently completed a rigorous certification program in human sexuality at UCLA. She has worked in a variety of capacities ranging from Clinical Director for a large psychiatric facility, to the development of out patient drug and alcohol programs as well as adult day health care programs for the geriatric population. Loree’s passion to educate and assist with life change remains strong and she is excited about joining her two respected colleagues in their endeavor to provide a comprehensive out patient program for adults struggling with addiction.
Tracy Klass - Founding Member, B.S.,C.D.S.,CATC III
COO, Executive Director of Chemical Dependency Services
Tracy is a mother of two and a recovering addict with more than fourteen years of recovery. Her journey through addiction fueled an interest to return to school, where she ultimately graduated from a leading Addiction Studies Program and went on to earn a CATC III Certification as a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor. Additionally, Tracy received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and has spent the last seven years facilitating groups and working daily as a counselor with clients in a residential treatment setting. Tracy specializes in the areas of relapse prevention and post-treatment planning and aftercare. A perennial client favorite, Tracy is often able to relate with those that are in the throws of their own active addiction and dysfunction, providing helpful inspiration, insight, counseling and education on the tangible and common sense tools that can successfully break the cycle of addiction.
Rick Macrory - C.A.D.C.-C.A.S.
Program Director & Co-Facilitator
Rick Macrory is a certified Chemical Dependent Counselor who has had experience as a case manager and facilitator in many treatment facilities, as well as extensive knowledge on how to work recovery in his life. Rick attended Point Loma College in San Diego where he studied Business Administration. Rick has excelled in sports and developed the art of working as a team player. He brings to our program compassion, love of recovery and straight talk. He is passionate about recovery and about helping our clients change the direction of their lives. Rick creates a trusting, vulnerable environment for our clients to navigate the most difficult emotional work.
Lorin Bender - M.S., L.C.S.W.
Therapist & Group Facilitator
Lorin Bender is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Master’s of Social Work degree from California State University, Long Beach. She has worked extensively in hospital settings, both at Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center and Century City Hospital, providing crisis intervention, educating and running family groups, preparing assessments and discharge plans, and facilitating groups from adolescents to the geriatric population. Lorin has a talent for de-escalating crisis situations and providing the therapeutic interventions necessary to navigate through traumatic or challenging situations. She was a school counselor for The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California where she not only advised students and their families; but also, provided psychological assessments for challenging students. Lorin became the liaison between the students and the faculty. Lorin has also maintained a private practice since 2011, in which she provides individual, couple, group and family therapy, and life coaching. She works with her clients from a client-centered approach using Cognitive-Behavioral and Solution-Focused Interventions. Lorin was a therapist and group leader at Harmony Place for Women from 2011-2014 and has had extensive experience in working with addicts with co-occurring disorders. Currently, Lorin brings her tremendous insight and compassion to our clients at inneractions where she provides insightful groups which allow our clients to look beyond their addictions.
Shane Coyle - C.A.T.C.I., C.D.S.
Shane Coyle, for 5 years, has worked in various treatment centers in the Los Angeles area. Currently, he is the Primary Counselor at Breathe Life Healing Centers, working with clients (individuals/groups) with an emphasis on dual-diagnosis and trauma. For the past 2 years, Shane has been co-leading the Equine Therapy sessions at Creative Care, a dual-diagnosis residential treatment facility. Shane was introduced to Equine Therapy through a co-worker, and fell in love with it instantly. He attended the EAGALA training, and believes working with the horses is healing. Prior, Shane was the Program Creator/Director of community outreach at Sober College (a facility treating young adults with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders). Shane believes that volunteering is a beneficial and powerful therapeutic tool in recovery. In addition, Shane led an Emotional Intelligence Program and facilitated process groups. Shane has interned at The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center as an addiction counselor to male adults- facilitating individual and group sessions, and leading classes on grief and loss, as well as, beginner book study. Shane graduated Pierce College with a degree in Addiction Studies, and in the summer of 2013 became certified under California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE). Shane is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology, with a focus on trauma and addiction.
DaMarcus L. Morton - A.S., N.C.R.C.-1
DaMarcus L. Morton graduated with an A.S. from the University of Akron in Ohio where he studied Sociology. He continued his studies in Los Angeles, California where he was trained in Addiction treatment. DaMarcus has served on the Training Advisory Board for Law & Ethics for Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals in Seattle, Washington. In addition, he has been part of the Department of Social and Health Services in their Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse. DaMarcus has been actively involved with various Family Service programs where he has made tremendous impact with his knowledge of addiction and social awareness. He has a life coaching practice and works in conjunction with various treatment centers as well as treatment programs.
Shelley Stevens - C.A.D.A.C. II
Shelley Stevens has been committed to and involved in recovery work for almost 20 years. She became a certified counselor in 2005. Her counseling style has been described as empathetic and strong. She has a lot of respect for people challenged with addictions, which is reflected in her work. She understands it takes courage to change and is adept at helping people discover and access the strength within them. Shelley’s groups are dynamic, honest and provide an environment for self-exploration under the umbrella of recovery.
Paige Sefton - M.F.T.
Intern & Co-Facilitator
Paige Sefton is a Marriage and Family Therapy intern with a concentration in co-occurring disorders. Paige earned a Bachelors degree in psychology from University of California at Santa Barbara, then began working in the corporate world before going back to earn her Masters degree in psychology. She has worked with a variety of clients and specializes in addiction and recovery. Paige is pursuing her dream of helping people find happiness and fulfillment in their lives. We are pleased to have Paige as part of our team of group facilitators and therapists. She not only brings compassion and tremendous insight to her approach to therapy; but also, has skills to assist our clients navigate through challenging life changes.
Rudy Castro - M.S., A.C.S.W.
Intern and Co-Facilitator
Rudy Castro is an Associate Clinical Social Worker who received his Master’s degree of Social Work from California State University, Northridge. He has worked in the field of addiction and mental health for over ten years in various capacities, most recently as a medical social worker for an acute Hospital alcohol/drug detox as well as their outreach coordinator. He has also been the drug treatment program director at Rancho San Antonio, a 100 bed group home for adjudicated youth. Living by example, Rudy has broken at least three generations of addiction in his family lineage, and has been sober since he was fifteen years old, with over twenty years of sobriety. As a result, Rudy lives a life of passion and service for wellness and freedom from addiction. In combination of his personal and professional experience, Rudy is an eclectic and integrative clinician who develops a client-centered approach to healing. Rudy maintains a private practice serving individuals, couples, and families in Los Angeles. We are proud to have Rudy Castro as valuable clinician at inneractions.
Liat Lekovitz - M.O.
Liat is a licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Shiatsu specialist, and has been in private practice since 1998. She completed her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Emperor’s College in Santa Monica. Liat received her B.A. in Chinese Medicine from Medi-cin College in Israel. Liat specializes in both meditation and movement meditation for individuals and groups. While obtaining her Master’s degree, she began applying traditional Chinese medicine toward addiction recovery. Liat believes that acupuncture, combined with specific meditation, leads to a significant difference in a person’s journey towards recovery and a healthy lifestyle. Utilizing the Chinese methodology of focusing on internal organs, Liat is able to create customized treatments that promote the patient’s full recovery and future well-being.