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Jose Salazar. Dr.PH., MPH
Vice President and COO
Vice President and COO
Dr. Salazar holds a Master’s and Doctoral degree in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1988, he has worked in the substance use disorder, HIV/AIDS, and mental health fields as a counselor, health educator, community organizer, researcher, and administrator. He has been the primary translator (English to Spanish) of various research studies and has co-translated The Wellness Guide published by the UC Berkeley Center for Community Wellness. He is also the co-author of Essential Spanish for Social Services, a Living Language/Random House publication. During his career Dr. Salazar has served as the Project Director/Principle Investigator (PD/PI) on various programs funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), CA Department of Healthcare Services (DHCS), and LA County Department of Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC) with an emphasis on delivering the full continuum of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) services ranging from prevention to medical detoxification/maintenance. He is currently the Director of SUD/MH program that serves youth in LA County and also oversees two Narcotic Treatment Programs (NTP’s) and Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) programs designed for both adults and youth. Dr. Salazar regularly conducts trainings and classes on SUD counseling and new and emerging behavioral health trends, evidence based practices (EBP’s), current research in the SUD/MH field, and provision of SUD and MH treatment services to special populations such as youth, women and older adults. Since 2014, Dr. Salazar has held a Lecturer position with the California State University of Northridge (CSUN) and has taught various healthcare leadership and public health courses, including those on SUD, to both undergraduate and graduate master’s level students. Dr. Salazar has served on various non-profit boards, private education boards, and currently serves on CSUN’s MPH Program Community Advisory Board which provides guidance and support on matters related to curriculum development.
James B. Golden, Psy.D.
Chief Academic Officer
James B. Golden is a Los Angeles based Learning & Development Specialist with over 10 years of organizational development experience in training methodology, design, executive coaching, systems improvement, motivation, cultural competence, and inclusion. Dr. Golden is a natural leader with compassion and emotionally intelligent praxis. He has several years of business consulting experience along with assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of major programs and events for non-profits, corporations, and government departments. Golden regularly presents research and data at national conferences including: The National Council of Black Studies, the American Psychological Association, the National Hip Hop Political Convention; and he has been invited to speak at colleges including: Howard University, Pepperdine University, University of California at Los Angeles, Sierra Nevada College, and Cal State University, Northridge.
Golden earned a Doctor of Psychology degree from Phillips Graduate University, a Master’s of Humanities from Tiffin University, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Cal State Northridge. He has worked as a curriculum advocate, K-12 teacher, and developer of educational programs. He has published several articles for leading magazines/publications such as The Root, LinkedIn, Vibe, and Clutch; as well as four books including an NAACP Image Award winner.
Dean of Student Affairs
Haben is an alumnus at California State University, Long Beach with her Bachelor of Arts in Human Development with a minor in Africana Studies. She is working on her Master of Science Degree, Higher Education Administration at National University.
Haben has been involved with students that are first generations, low income, and unrepresentative to assist them through the college readiness programs, and mental health. She also worked with different youth nonprofits around the greater Long Beach area and So-Cal area to advocate for students safe environment, mental health, voices, education, and physical activity. Haben has also planned multiple curriculums, implemented, and evaluation programs and events for non-profits.
My goal is to help empower students through their educational journey through TTCC, and also help create advocate leaders to empower and educate others on SUD, while reducing the stigma of drugs abuse.
In my free time I love to go on adventures, travel, hang out with family, and read new exciting books.
Jorge Silva, Ed.S
Jorge Silva earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech therapy from Northern Arizona University (NAU), a Master of Arts degree in Performance Psychology from National University May 2015, and an Education Specialist (Ed.S) in Educational Technology from Walden University. Jorge has worked in the education system for 15 years, as a Spanish medical interpreter for 10 years, and as an Outpatient Services – Case Manager for 2 years. He is passionate about adult education and issues that are specific to the Latino community such as mental health (PTSD), socio-economic justice (advocacy), LGBTQ+ issues, and substance abuse. Jorge is a big foodie, coffee lover, and love classic movies (documentaries, horror and Latin American films) and classic TV (Twilight Zone, Golden Girls, and I Love Lucy). He enjoys spending his free time exploring LA and its surroundings while visiting museums and bookstores, trying new restaurants and coffeehouses.
Susan Knoll, MPH
Susan Knoll possesses a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from California State University, San Diego, a Multi-Subject Teaching Credential from National University, a Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Saddleback College and Master’s degree in Public Health from California State University, Fullerton. The focus of her research in her Master’s program was on mental health awareness, prevention and intervention amongst college students. Susan previously worked as an instructor delivering substance abuse and parenting classes in the Orange County Jail and Juvenile Hall facilities. In addition, she has experience working as a case worker serving at risk populations. Susan regularly participates as a volunteer with organizations providing community prevention and harm reduction services for those struggling with mental health and substance abuse disorders. Susan is an advocate for the decriminalization of addiction.
Belen Contreras joined our team as the Academic Specialist for TTC College (TTCC). Belen will be primarily working as the primary support team member for the Academic Department at TTCC. Belen will be working closely with me on scheduling and facilitating academic-related items at the college including the Advisory Committee, Student Symposiums and Instructor Evaluations. Additionally, Belen provides administrative support to our academic leadership and works directly on administrative pieces with all full-time and adjunct faculty.
Belen earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Administration from CSUN. They have devoted their time and energy in volunteering within Ventura County by serving various roles in multiple organizations from being a safety ambassador for CalWalks, to campaign manager for Gonzaga 2020 campaign, vendor coordinator for Conejo Valley Pride Festival for T.O, and translator for Buen Vecino citizenship fairs and the Chumash museum. Belen is an ambivert and proud Chicana. They are interested in long-term healthcare to formulate a safe environment for the aging LGBTQIA+ community. Their favorite past times include playing animal crossing, watching foreign/psychological thriller movies, taking care of her pets, reading, writing and traveling.
Outreach & Recruitment Specialist
Valerie Ipatzi joined our team as the Outreach & Recruitment Specialist for TTC College (TTCC). Valerie will be primarily working as the primary student recruiter for TTC College’s 2022 cohorts. Valerie will be working with Los Angeles County SUD/MH organizations to enroll their direct-service employees into TTCC to earn the SUD Counseling Certificate. As part of the Student Services team at TTCC, Valerie will be leading the enrollment process and student bridge programs which seek to provide students with prerequisite learning to ensure they are ready for the first day of classes. You all will probably hear from Valerie at some point within the next few months to access some of your professional contacts to assist in our recruitment efforts at TTCC. Valerie will be monitoring and posting on TTCC’s Instagram page regularly (feel free to add and follow us). Please provide requested support, as her work is essential to the growth of our department and programs.
Valerie attended California State University, Northridge where she received a Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a minor in Human Lactation. Prior to this role, she provided support to first-generation students as a Peer Academic Adviser.
During her time as an undergraduate student, Valerie volunteered as a Peer Health Educator—facilitating health/wellness workshops and creating health-related education materials for the Klotz Student Health Center’s social media accounts. She has enjoyed working on projects through internships with non-profit organizations such as March of Dimes and the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
Valerie states her goal is to “empower individuals with the knowledge, skills, and resources to make healthy decisions for their mental and physical well-being.” In her free time she enjoys exploring different hiking trails near the area and watching baseball with her family.
Tyler Smith joined our team as the Information Technology Specialist for TTC College (TTCC). He has been working at Tarzana Treatment Centers for a year, and is excited to move from the Maintenance Department to PDD. Tyler will be primarily working to build out our social media plan, provide general technical support, ensure that TTCC runs smoothly online (website and student portal), oversee the virtual reality program, and provide expertise in both graphic design and filming.
Tyler has been working in the audio-visual and Information Technology industry for the last 10 years. He has worked on many events ranging from hospital fundraisers to concerts. Tyler states his goal at TTCC will be to provide the best service to both our team and our students. He desires to “bring our college into the new age of technology”. Tyler has a huge passion for cars (both classic and modern), music, and in his free time he spends time with family and friends. Tyler states, “I am extremely excited to help TTCC achieve and surpass all of its goals to become the #1 Program that everyone will want to be a part of.”
Mahbubur Rahman, MPH
Dr. Rahman oversees training-related activities hosted by Tarzana Treatment Centers. He joined Program Development Department in 2005 as a graduate intern. Since then, Dr. Rahman is actively engaged in event management, online learning systems, curriculum development, facilitation, data management, audit reporting and evaluation. He is an active member of in-house Environment of Care, Substance Use Mental Health, Joint Commission, and several other committees. Since 1997, Dr. Rahman has been a registered medical practitioner (physician) with the Bangladesh Medical & Dental Council. Dr. Rahman completed his MBBS & MS (Nutrition) from University of Dhaka and MPH in Community Health Education from CSU Northridge.
Suzie Gyadikyan, BS, LVN
Suzie Gyadikyan started her career at Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc. (TTC) as an intern in 2013 and now serves as Training Manager, working closely with the Training Supervisor to coordinate all training related activities. Ms. Gyadikyan holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health from California State University, Northridge. She is also a Licensed Vocational Nurse with a special interest in Home Health care. Ms. Gyadikyan has vast experience in hosting a wide range of online, in-house and community trainings. She has successfully organized TTC’s annual Promising Practices (Older Adult & Mental Health) and Latinx Mental Health conferences for many years.