Meet The Team

These Are All The People Behind The Scenes Making Able To Change Amazing!

Ron Israel

Primary Counselor

Ron has been working in the field of addiction and mental health for the past 26 years. I am a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Masters of Arts in Management in Health Services. I have been with ATCR since its beginning 19 years ago. I previously worked with Charter Behavioral Health in Mission Viejo as Director of Alcohol and Drug Services, and have been in private practice since 2001. I have been sober for 34 years. I am married for 43 years and have 4 children, 4 grandchildren and recently became a great grandfather twice.

Becky Booth

Case Manager

Becky Booth began her career at Able To Change Recovery as an intern while completing the alcohol and drug studies program at Saddleback College. She earned her Associate in Arts in Social and Behavioral Science from Los Angeles, Pierce College and is currently a Case Manager. Becky is a registered member of the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) and she has received her Bachelor of Arts in Art from California State University, Northridge. She is currently researching innovative ways of integrating art into addiction treatment therapy.

Kayla Smith

Case Manager

Kayla is currently working toward achieving her CADAC certification through Saddleback College’s Drug Abuse Studies program as well as receiving specialized Somatic Experiencing training, a form of alternative therapy aimed at relieving symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder and other mental/physical trauma related health problems. She currently works as a case manager, helping individuals to bridge the gap between structured treatment to a fun and fulfilling sober lifestyle.

Billy Grow

Clinical Supervisor

Billy Grow began his Alcohol and Drug studies in late 1996 and graduated in 1999 when he obtained his first job at Charter Hospital in Mission Viejo CA. In 2000 he achieved his state certification,and since then has worked in several Psychiatric hospitals with Dual Diagnosis patients, several IOP programs, the criminal justice population, and Residential Treatment Programs. Billy has called Able To Change Recovery home since 2003, and has a passion for the study and understanding of all Addictive Disorders and the underlying issues that drive self-destructive behaviors. Billy is committed to the education not only of his clients, but also of college students, and is a regular speaker by invitation at CSUF educating many students in Abnormal Psych about Addictive Disorders. He is a member of the Saddleback College Community Advisory committee for the Human Services Dept. helping students who are seeking careers in the Behavioral Health field. Billy has provided supervision and internships for students for over 12 years.

Saralyn Cohen

CEO

After many experiences with various treatment centers, Saralyn felt there was a fundamental need to create a substance abuse facility that would be sympathetic to both clients and their families. She began to understand how difficult it was to find a treatment center that shared this philosophy. With this in mind, Saralyn founded Able To Change Recovery, Inc. (ATCR) in 1999. She has served as the President and Chairperson of ATCR since its inception. In August of 2002, she became Vice President & board member for the Orange County National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency. A National non-profit association devoted to “empower the recovery community through outreach and education programs.” During the same time period, she served as Chairman on the Ethics committee and Field Inspection Officer for the Sober Living Coalition of Orange County. Saralyn loves running, weight training, deep-sea fishing, cooking, and spending time with her loving family.

Patricia Buckley

Program Administrator

Pat joined Able to Change Recovery as Program Administrator in September, 2008. She is responsible for insurance billing as well as other administrative responsibilities. Her previous business experience includes accounting, budgeting, and supply chain management in the fields of computer manufacturing, education, and the power industry.

Chief Networking Officer

Christopher Mitchell

Chris Mitchell has played an integral role in Able to Change Recovery since its inception over 16 years ago. He has greatly aided in helping Saralyn’s vision come to fruition in providing a safe and ethical treatment facility that is sympathetic to both clients and their families. Over the years Chris has helped weather the storms and stay the course, as Able to Change Recovery has flourished into one of the most well respected treatment centers in Orange County. In his free time Chris spends the majority of his time raising his teenage twin boys Adam and Johnny. On most Saturday mornings you can find Chris either on the golf course or down at Wedge if the surf is right.

Linda Haley

Chief Financial Officer

Linda joined Able To Change Recovery in 2006 managing all the organization’s accounting, banking, budgeting, cash flow, bill pay, and the financial reporting for all regulatory agencies and professional credentialing affiliations. Linda has been involved for the past ten years with The Drug Court Foundation, a non-profit organization in Orange County and has been an active member of the Al-Anon Family Groups for over twenty years.

Kirsten Eschen

Clinical Accreditation Specialist

Kirsten is the Clinical Accreditation Specialist at Able To Change Recovery. Prior to becoming a full time member of our team, Kirsten completed two semesters of internship requirements at Able to Change to earn her A.S. Degree in Alcohol and Drug Studies from Saddleback College. Kirsten is a registered member of CAADE and has a B.A. in Communications from CSU Long Beach. Kirsten’s passion for advocacy, work ethic and personal values contribute to our ability to provide a program that maintains excellence in integrity, dignity, and quality of care. Kirsten also facilitates parenting workshops for Boot Camp for New Moms.

Andrew Cooling

COO/ Chief Operating Officer

Andrew is the Chief Operating Officer of Able to Change Recovery. Prior to joining the Able to Change family, Andrew spent many years in the IT sector most recently working for DELL. Andrew has his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Connecticut College. In his free time Andrew still enjoys playing ice hockey in a men’s league in Aliso Viejo.