to be the employer of choice for those working in the field of alcohol and drug rehab.
Our staff is composed of a dedicated team of diverse professionals with experience and training in treating chemical dependency and related addictions. Many of our staff are in recovery, have credentials of the heart, and through personal experience, understand the recovery process. We are proud of our 90 employees and affiliates.
Over the years Cornerstone has been able to attract many of the senior Orange County medical and psychological experts in the field of addiction, as independent affiliates, to see our clients as needed for detox issues as well as medical and psychiatric problems.
Click a section from below to meet more of our staff.
Michael Stone, M.D., FAAFP, Board Certified in Addiction Medicine Founder and Clinical Director, President
Dr. Stone founded Cornerstone of Southern California in 1984, when he recognized that many addicts, who needed help, could not afford hospital stays. He believes that not all addicts need to be in a hospital to get well. They can live in home-like settings and have time for social interaction and daily living skills, in addition to lectures and therapy.
Dr. Stone has treated over 60,000 addicts and their families' since 1969. He is well known and respected in the professional community. He has treated clients from all walks of life as well as celebrities and prominent business professionals from all over the world.
He graduated from Sheffield University Medical School, England in 1967. In 1969 he opened and directed the first hospital-based treatment center in Canada. He was Medical Director of Care Unit Hospital, Orange, a famous psychiatric hospital, at a time when alcoholism and drug treatment was coming out of the closet and becoming more acceptable. He and his team were asked to train the first medical director and family program director at the Betty Ford Center.
Dr. Stone is a caring professional who has committed himself to helping people with addictive diseases. Many of his patients have dual diagnoses and co-occurring disorders in addition to their addictive disease. Dr. Stone has been married for over 42 years. He is extremely proud of his 3 adult children who work full-time at Cornerstone. He enjoys the beach, loves dogs, and reads science fiction novels in his free time. His special loves are his 6 grandchildren with whom he enjoys spending time.
Jessica Stone has been a quiet but integral part of Cornerstone since 1984. She has helped in many areas of the company. She was born in India, but grew up in England, where she met and married Dr. Stone in 1967.
Jessica is extremely proud of her 3 children, Simon, Samantha and Tim who work every day at Cornerstone. Mrs. Stone loves the beach especially in Hawaii where she has become a proficient body boarder. Jessica's special love is to spend time with her 6 grandchildren, attending their dance performances and music recitals. Even though Cornerstone is a huge part of her life, she has many other interests.
James Neumann, CAS CEO and Director of Operations
Certified Addiction Specialist
James has been with Cornerstone since 1998. He started on the graveyard shift and soon began working in the office. When the clients started to ask for him as their counselor James was given an opportunity to be a case manager. He has worked in all areas of Cornerstone, Outpatient and Alternative Sentencing. He has been Outpatient Manager, and about 2 years ago learned that Cornerstone had bigger things in store for him. He now runs the day to day (and night) operations of all Cornerstone facilities. James started work in the field in 1993, as a resident manager and program coordinator for a program treating veterans in San Bernardino California.
James served in the US Marine Corps. He relaxes by running distances of 8-20 miles every morning. He gets up at 4:00 AM and starts his workout routine before most people open their eyes on the new day. He ran in the Boston Marathon in 2007, 2008, 2010 & 2012. He loves fishing and camping. He is married to Sandy Neumann, has 4 grown children and 3 grandchildren that he adores.
Timothy Stone, BA Vice President Recovery Homes Manager
Tim Stone has been with Cornerstone since 1999, but he has been involved much longer since he is the youngest son of Dr. Stone. He has essentially grown up with Cornerstone. He helped initially with cleaning the pools and helping with maintenance around the houses. He now runs and cares for over 20 Recovery Homes which must be in compliance with the California Department of Alcohol and Drug program regulations at all times.
Tim graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in English.
He loves music and has been the lead singer and songwriter for a band called "The Goodkind" since 1996. He has produced many CD's of his own, and has set up a recording studio in his home where he continues to record new music. He has won song contests on Broadjam.com, has music available for download on iTunes and still plays live shows at venues like The Coach House and Galaxy Theater. He loves to surf and read science fiction/fantasy novels. He enjoys running and maybe he will go to Boston one day. Tami K. Campbell, CAS Residential Administrative Coordinator
Tami Campbell has been with Cornerstone since 2007. She started as a support staff for the graveyard shift. We soon knew we had a gem of a person who was capable of much more. We knew
she would be a dedicated and talented Cornerstone employee, the kind of person we say "She got it."
Tami now runs the administrative part of a very busy 24 bed Detox and Primary care program. She oversees the many staff that support Cornerstone. A well run program is part of what makes us one of the best centers
that treat addiction. Cornerstone has over 90 employees, most work in our Residential 24 hour program. We believe in a team approach and the important role all of our staff have on a successful outcome of treatment.
Tami's prior career must have seen the same 'it' as she started as a file clerk and soon became the Office Manager of a large Orthopedic Surgery office for 7 years. Tami was fortunate to get
to be a stay at home mom for 3 years. She heard about Cornerstone from a friend she sponsors that had successfully completed the program.
Tami says, "I have been with Cornerstone of Southern California since 2007 and am honored to be part of such a wonderful company. I look forward to each day and the new challenges that arise."
When she has time she loves to read as much as possible. She also knits scarves for her family and friends
Tami is an active member of AIR(Alumni in Recovery) for over 20 years. They have monthly potlucks and activities for families in recovery. She is also the Pack Committee Chairman for her son's Cub Scout pack for the last 4 years. She has 3 sons. One of them works as support staff in our outpatient program. We really are like a family
Tami has a pet turtle named Tommy. "Tommy the Turtle."
Tami says, "I believe I have been given the opportunity to see miracles happen in the lives of others. I have been in recovery for over 21 years." Cornerstone is fortunate that Tami joined our family-style team.
Cornerstone Admissions Staff
Samantha Stone, BS, BA., RASi Senior Vice President of Admissions and Finance
Samantha graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She is currently in school for her Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS) credential. She has been with Cornerstone since the beginning, in 1984. Samantha helps in all areas of running her family business. Within the past 10 years she has mainly worked in our Intake Office dealing with client admissions coordination. If you need assistance in checking your insurance benefits or learning more about Cornerstone's programs, do not hesitate to give Sam a call.
Sam, like her mom, loves all animals and currently has a cute little Pug named Buster. She loves sushi, spin class at the gym, going to the movies, and traveling. Sam is also a triathlete.
Rebecca Thurman, CAS II Intake Specialist/Office Assistant
Rebecca has been with Cornerstone since 2006. She says:"working with the Cornerstone Team has been a very life rewarding experience."
Rebecca says: "I enjoy being the 'Cruise Director' in the Intake department. It is my pleasure being a liaison between Cornerstone and other professionals and provider programs." She also assists Dr. Stone and staff working with patients, their loved ones and family members.
Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her 2 dogs, a yellow lab named Hunter and a German Shepherd named Roscoe. Rebecca says: "The pride and joy of my life is being a mother and caring for my four children and grand-daughter." Cory van Vliet, CADCA Intake Specialist
Cory van Vliet has been working at Cornerstone since May of 2011. Cory is an alumni of Cornerstone. After he finished his treatment at Cornerstone he was so grateful for the help he had received that he went to school to become a Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Cory currently has a CADAC from the California Certification Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors. He also has a background in the medical field from working as a pharmacy technician for 3 years.
Cory spent much of his youth swimming competitively and also coaching competitive swimming. For many years he taught "Learn to Swim" classes for children. The patience gained from working with children has been a valuable tool in assisting with client care here at Cornerstone. Cory now enjoys going to the beach, surfing, recreational swimming, hiking and he is currently working on furthering his education; aspiring to receive a Masters in Psychology. Anya Chernitskaya, CASi Intake Specialist
Anya was born and grew up in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where she witnessed some of the worst waves of deaths due to alcoholism and drug addiction among kids and elderly that she has ever seen. When she turned nineteen, she had her first job working in the field of Human Services. Although that particular job was not related to chemical dependency, it made her realize how much she loved working in a service oriented atmosphere. After attending human services education program at Cypress college, she knew that working with people affected by chemical dependency was her calling. Working at Cornerstone has been a wonderful and rewarding experience for Anya. Anya states, "I never stop learning from the clients and it is a truly amazing feeling to watch people get sober, grow, and give back to others in recovery." Diane Shaw, CADC II Case Specialist
Diane Shaw has been in the field since 2006 and working for Cornerstone since 2008
She completed her studies at Inter-Coast College graduating in the top 10 of the class, went on to an Internship at Breakaway Health Service, where she worked with teens and their families .Wanting to work with adults she came to Cornerstone . Now has CADAC ll
She has worked in the Inpatient setting and Monitored Program and now at intake.
She is a avid reader and running has become a passion , Mother of 3 sons and grandmother of 2
Grandsons hoping to have a granddaughter soon , married to 3 alcoholics she knows the devastation of the disease on families .
Lives in Huntington beach and loves the beach life
There is nothing more rewarding then helping someone find freedom from their disease. Kandice Dean Medical Records Technician, Inpatient Office Manager
Kandice is originally from Indiana where she met her husband. Her husband and ahe moved to California in 2009. She has recently graduated from Chapman University College with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. Kandice is now looking to start her Master's degree to receive her Marriage Family Therapist certificate. Kandice completed the California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources (CAARR) course and is working towards being a Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS).
Kandice started working for Cornerstone shortly after moving to California. Cornerstone is the only drug and alcohol facility that she has ever worked for. She has worked for a highway road construction business and with an 'after school youth program' along with many other positions. She started as an office assistant at the Inpatient Office where she has worked in all three shifts.
Kandice is currently the Office Manager for the Inpatient Office and she loves what she does. She has a strong passion for helping people get their life back in order and she believes in Cornerstone and stands by what the company represents. Kandice also believes that this facility is filled with employees that strive to provide the best treatment for every individual and every family in their time of need.
Cornerstone Alternative Sentencing Staff
Stephanie N. Herring, PH.D., M.A. Alternative Sentencing Manager
Dr. Herring first came to Cornerstone in 1996, after working as a primary case manager at The Betty Ford Center. Prior to that, she worked in acute psychiatric settings at Charter Hospital in Palm Springs and CPC Santa Ana Hospital. She has also worked for the Count y of Orange, providing individual, group and family therapy with troubled children and their families. She has been in the field of Alcohol and Drug Treatment since 1991.
She received her Master of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. She then went on to receive her Ph.D. in Psychology, where she also obtained Certificates in both treatment of victims and perpetrators of violent crimes and chemical dependency treatment. During her five year doctoral training, she conducted a research study at Cornerstone of Southern California, entitled “Cognitive Therapy with the Chemically Dependent Depressed Inpatient.” This became her published dissertation. While at Cornerstone she received two years of her post-doctoral supervision from world renowned psychiatrist, Joseph Pursch.
Dr. Herring has had extensive training from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide crisis counseling to the victims of the Laguna Beach fires in 1994. She is affiliated with the American Psychological Association, Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, California Association of Marriage and FamilyTherapists and American Association of Christian Counselors. She has continued to stay up to date on the most recent cutting edge treatment strategies, attending seminars by various therapists and psychologists such as Terrence Gorski (Relapse Prevention), Dr. David Burns (Cognitive Therapy techniques) and educational seminars conducted by the APA, CAMFT and CAADAC. She is excited and enthusiastic about returning to Cornerstone after spending time at home raising her two beautiful children. Simon A. Stone J.D. Senior Vice President, Safety Officer and Court Liason
Simon's primary job is Cornerstone's Safety Officer. He is a Senior Vice President of the company and is also in charge of the Environment of Care including facilities management. He addresses Continuous Quality Improvement and Management of the physical properties which includes all facets of property management striving to ensure that Cornerstone's residential facilities are always safe and comfortable for our clients, staff and visitors. Simon also assists in our Alternative Sentencing Program advocating for treatment in lieu of jail time on behalf of our clientele and in conjunction with Criminal Defense Attorneys, Public Defenders, District Attorneys, Judges and Commissioners.
He enjoys raising his 4 beautiful children, four turtles, 5 fish, one dog, one cat, one hamster, with the constant support of his wife, Kari.
Cornerstone Clinical Staff
Kathryn Anderson, RAS Outpatient Program Coordinator
Kathyrn is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Associate.
Kathryn is an Outpatient Program Coordinator and joined Cornerstone in 2007.
Prior to coming to Cornerstone, she worked for the YMCA Born Free program, a peri-natal facility.
For fun, Kathryn enjoys attending community outreach functions and spending time with her family.
Kathryn says: "I love to work with people and this job allows me to work with people from all walks of life. I love it!" Susie Schultz, CADCII, CCS Senior Case Manager
Susie has over 15 years experience working in Acute and Sub-acute, Outpatient settings. She has worked with both adolescents and adults. Susie has worked as an interventionist, sexual assault crisis advocate and has done domestic violence counseling.
Susie says: "I enjoy working to help the families come together and heal. When my patient's understand how to fight the "enemy of addiction" by learning to see and share how they have been affected by the disease, it brings me great joy. When the family comes out of their denial and makes a breakthrough it is very exciting. I love to see hearts open and defenses drop when the young children of the addicts/alcoholics are able to express themselves in the multi-family group where truth is revealed. When the children get the opportunity to "talk" I am hopeful that they won't repeat the addiction cycle in the family." Mary Fritz, CAS II Senior Case Manager
Mary has been working at Cornerstone for over 13 years, since 1999. She has been a Case Manager in all of Cornerstone's programs; Detox, Inpatient, Residential and Outpatient programs. She has over 24 years of experience having worked in the field of addiction since 1989.
Mary began her career as a therapist in private practice in New Zealand. She says that most, if not all, of her clients back then had chemical dependency problems so she began training and educating herself specifically in the field addiction.
Mary says: "I enjoy watching and being a part of the positive changes in people's lives."
Mary enjoys scuba diving, and yoga. Mary is a Dive Master and a yoga teacher.
Alanya Potapov CADCII Case Manager
Alanya is a certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II (CADCII). Alanya joined Cornerstone in 2008 and works as a case manager in Cornerstone's Alternative Sentencing program. She has been working in the field of addiction for several years and has worked at some prominent treatment programs in Southern California.
Alanya appreciates spending time with her family and friends. In her free time she loves to help organize and fund raise events for non-profit organizations in her area. She was valedictorian in college and loves to continue to improve through self-help opportunities.
Vaughn Callison, RAS. Case Manager
Vaughn is a Registered Addiction Specialist with 31 years of experience in the field of addiction recovery. He is also a retired Navy man who is very proud of his service to the country.
Vaughn is a Case Manager for our Sober Lodger Program.
He joined the Cornerstone team in 2003 and his duties include facilitating our Tuesday night Family Groups, dealing with Insurance inquiries and Authorizations, lecturing, facilitating Sober Lodger Groups and overseeing our Aftercare Program.
Vaughn loves his work and it shows. Tisha Miller, CAS II Counselor Technician
Tisha began working with adolescents in 1994 at a drug and alcohol facility. There she developed a passion to help teenagers with the disease of alcoholism/addiction. In 1994 she attended Cypress College where she obtained 4 certificates for drug and alcohol counseling.
In 2011 she applied at Cornerstone of Southern California and immediately jumped into her job. She instantly fell in love with her job and enjoyed working with the clients and participating in their recovery.
Tisha sits in a Native Sweat Lodge every Saturday and enjoys walking 5k's with her daughter. Recently she had a wonderful time with family in Cabo San Lucas. Of course, her two children are her greatest source of joy and satisfaction and her weekly family dinners are her most enjoyable occasions.
Cornerstone Contracted Programs
'Soul at Home' Day spa, yoga studio, store, gallery, and marketplace for your soul.
A store,a studio, a spa, a gallery. Soul at Home is each of these and all of these, under one roof. Our concept has redefined the way we relax our minds, rejuvinate our bodies, and reinvent our personal spaces. Go beyond the ordinary. Experience Soul at Home!
LA Fitness Helping people achieve the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
State-of-the-art equipment & Cardio area
Aerobic (group exercise) classes throughout the day;
Specialty classes, such as, Yoga, Cycling, Mat Pilates, Kickbox Cardio, Aqua Aerobics,
Heated lap pool, whirlpool spa and saunas
Racquetball, Tennis & basketball* (tournaments and leagues available)
Full locker facilities
Kids Klub (babysitting)*
Open 7 days per week; with some locations open 24 hours