Executive Management Team
Ariel King Lovett, MNA, Chief Executive Officer
Ariel was promoted to CEO at Granite Wellness Centers August 1, 2018. Previously Deputy CEO, she has served the community at Granite Wellness Centers since 2009. In her nearly 10 years of service at Granite Wellness Centers, she has been integral in establishing the Campus model of integrated wellness services, and grow Granite Wellness to a regional organization of over 165 staff and now with an annual budget of nearly $10 million. Ariel is passionate about establishing environments, systems, programs, and policies to support healthy communities. Ariel holds a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco. Ariel has served in Nevada County social services for 17 years, developing, funding, and managing numerous family support and community health initiatives. A Nevada Union Alumna, Ariel graduated with honors from the University of California and worked in the health information field in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Warren Daniels, M.A., LAADC, CCJP, Chief Strategy Officer
Warren Daniels, M.A., LAADC, CCJP, formerly Chief Executive Officer for Granite Wellness Centers since 2002, and has been with Granite Wellness Centers since 1995. On August 1st, 2018 he handed over the reins to Ariel Lovett. He will now serve as Chief Strategy Officer for Granite Wellness Centers and as CEO of the Granite Wellness Centers Foundation (founded in 2007).
In addition to being a Licensed Advanced Addictions Counselor (LAADC), Warren earned an MA in Counseling of Addictive Disorders, in 2010; is an International Certified Addictions Counselor (ICADC), a National Certified Addictions Counselor (NCAC I), and is a graduate of the Sierra Health Foundation (USC) Health Leadership Institute.As a volunteer he currently serves as Treasurer of the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) and California Delegate for the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium of Alcohol and Drug Counselors (IC&RC); he is the past Chairman of the Society of Addiction Professionals (SCAP), past Chairman of the California Foundation for the Advancement of Addiction Professionals (CFAAP), and past President of California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC). Warren has previously served on the ADP’s Directors Advisory Committee and ADP’s Counselor Certification Advisory Committee as well as doing work on legislative affairs with IC&RC and CAADAC. Warren has provided testimony on both the State and Federal levels on workforce issues, service provision, and integration of substance abuse with other primary and specialty care health disciplines.
Warren has received numerous awards during his past 25 years of service to the Substance Abuse Counseling Profession and Treatment industry; most notably are the 2001 James Fulton Memorial Award, recognizing him as California’s outstanding alcohol and drug counselor for that year, 2006 Leadership Award from the California Probation Chief’s Association, 2008 California Rural Health Champion Award, 2009 Rotary Humanitarian of the Year Award, 2010 Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs Innovation in Treatment Award, 2012 California Association of County Administrators Innovation in Service Delivery Award, and multiple Congressional Service Awards.
Warren maintains his primary focus is to ensure access to quality care and the provision of professional services to all those experiencing substance abuse and related behavioral health issues. He strives towards transforming rural communities by changing how recovery services are delivered. Warren is the visionary and leader in the development of the Campus concept, a national model which develops wellness centers focused on substance abuse and related behavioral health disorders in communities and placed in close proximity to hospitals.
Victoria Blacksmith, Clinical Director
Victoria Blacksmith is first generation born in the US, her people originate from Guadalajara, Mexico. Victoria holds a Master’s degree in Psychology, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently a Clinical Psych. Doctoral Candidate. Victoria is passionate about research and addressing existing and historic inequities experienced by minority populations. Victoria’s research is focused on decolonizing mental health, which is the restoration and acceptance of cultural practices and values that were once abandoned, removed, or outlawed because of colonialism.
Victoria is an Organizational Consultant whose clients are primarily minority-owned non-profit organizations. During her career, Victoria has served as the Executive Director for the Friendship House Association of American Indians, working with individuals experiencing substance use and co-occurring disorders. Victoria served as a Supervising Detention Officer for the Yolo County Department of Probation for a decade, working with incarcerated youth and youth involved in immigration proceedings. She earned Officer of the Year and Supervisor of the Year awards in 2013 & 2016. Victoria proudly serves as the Clinical Director for Granite Wellness Centers and provides individual psychotherapy in private practice in Sacramento, CA.
Elaine Ebbert, Operations Director
Elaine joined Granite Wellness Centers in August 2005 and oversees the administrative functions of the agency, which includes human resources, contract management, licensing/safety compliance and facilities management for Granite Wellness Centers’ numerous locations. In February 2010, she graduated from a year-long Women’s Health Leadership program affiliated with the Center for Collaborative Planning based in Sacramento. She graduated from the NCCLI program in 2011. Prior to joining Granite Wellness, she resided in Auburn and managed a family business before making a career change to the insurance industry for 8 years, specializing in non-profit risk management.
Dainna McArthur, Chief Financial Officer, CFO
Dainna joined Granite Wellness Centers in March 2020 and is responsible for managing the organization’s financial sustainability. She graduated from Sacramento State University and has more than 20 years of experience in operation management and finance with multiple sites, companies, cost centers, and business lines including start-ups. With 15 of those years dedicated to the Human Services industry, she won the Sacramento Business Journal’s 2010 CFO of the Year award for the philanthropic category. Dainna is a results-focused leader with a demonstrated ability to streamline business operations that drive growth, increase efficiency and profit. She has strong qualifications in developing and implementing financial controls and processes in addition to productivity improvements and information technology. She has a proven track record in leadership and communication skills to establish rapport with all levels of staff and management. Dainna is a member of the Financials Executive International Sacramento Chapter and enjoys volunteering for Veterans organizations.
Eric Smith, CADC II, MHRS, Compliance Director
Eric joined Granite Wellness Centers in February of 2008 as a counselor providing services in DUI, Adolescent, Outpatient, and Co-Occurring Disorders programs. Throughout his years of service with the organization, Eric has provided valuable services in local high schools and rehabilitative services in Juvenile Hall and through the Beyond Bars program at the county jail. Eric received multiple degrees in Health and Human Services through Yuba College and holds degrees as a Chemical Dependency Counselor and Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist. Prior to joining Granite Wellness in 2008, Eric worked in a number of programs through other Northern California rehabilitation services.
Dr. Aaron Cleveland, Medical Director
Dr. Cleveland, MD graduated from the UC Davis Family Medicine Program in 2002. He is a member of both The American Academy of Family Practice and The American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is Board Certified in both Addiction Medicine and Family Medicine. He has had publications as a newspaper columnist in the Mountain Democrat where he wrote on basic medical issues, as well as addiction; he has also published articles in the El Dorado Style Magazine and is soon to be published in the Psychiatric Times. Dr. Cleveland has given several lectures throughout the state including an audience in front of the California State Director and Deputy Director of Drug, Osteopathic Physician and Surgeons Conference, and California Drug and Alcohol Counselors.
Dr. Cleveland, MD works for the Indian Health Service in treating Substance Dependency and General Medicine, as well as serving as Associate Clinic Director at the Roseville Campus within Granite Wellness Centers. His experience with musculoskeletal pain, psychiatry, chronic pain, and addiction, in addition to his core training in Family Medicine, makes Dr. Cleveland, MD uniquely qualified to serve Granite Wellness Centers at the highest capacity.
Dr. Cleveland’s overall approach is to optimize patient care by combining both holistic and allopathic medicine. Overall, Dr. Cleveland has been serving Granite Wellness Centers for 6 years and is a valued asset to Granite Wellness’ continued mission to serve those troubled with Substance Dependency.
Dr. Alexa Colgrove Curtis, PhD, MPH, FNP-BC
Dr. Curtis has over 30 years of experience as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) caring for underserved populations in rural communities throughout California. She is a rural and adolescent health expert and a waivered Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) provider. She is published in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the Journal of Rural Health, Journal of Adolescent and Family Health, Journal of Addiction Medicine and Substance Abuse, among others. Dr. Curtis is the Director of Nurse Practitioner Programs at the University of San Francisco where she teaches data analysis, epidemiology and advanced assessment and health promotion.
Gabriel Ramirez, Physician Assistant
Gabriel Ramirez is a nationally certified physician assistant specializing in addiction medicine at Granite Wellness Centers. He obtained his BA in medical anthropology and completed his medical training at the University of Washington. He has worked with the underserved population for most of his career including primary and urgent care setting. He has also partnered with a local physician in Oxnard, California to treat patients in advance wound management and recently served in the U.S Army Reserves as Medical Officer. He is certified by the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants and is a past member of Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society. He has recently obtained his X waivered certification for substance abuse treatment.
Leadership Management Team
Travis Bailey, CADC II, Auburn Campus Residential Program Manager
Travis initially started his career with us as an on-call relief staff in 2002 at our Auburn Campus – Residential Program. Travis completed Breining institute 2010 for his counseling education and holds a CADC II as a counselor with CCAPP. Key to his role as Program Manager, Travis works closely with families, clients, and clinical staff, and has a natural ability to work with those who have mental health challenges or withdrawal management issues. Travis has the ability to remain steadfast in any crisis, is solution-oriented, and has been leading our residential team at our Auburn Campus since January.
Cynthia Bigbee, LCSW, Integrated Mental Health Program Manager
Cynthia joined Granite Wellness Centers as the Integrated Mental Health Program Manager overseeing our Placer County Adolescent treatment program in October 2018. An integral part of the design and implementation of Placer County’s nationally recognized AB109 integrated treatment team and Placer County Veteran’s Treatment Court, Cynthia has over 20 years of experience in behavioral health program development and service delivery in both nonprofit and public sectors, serving individuals throughout the lifespan. In her prior role as Behavioral Health Manager for Placer County she was active on the local Opioid Coalition and the California Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment committee. As part of her commitment to respond to the Opioid Crisis, Cynthia worked with County and community partners to secure funds to pilot a Medication Assisted Treatment program in the local jail. Cynthia is a staunch advocate for underserved communities and conscientiously works to include their voice in service delivery.
Kevin M. Cassidy CADC II, ICADC, Roseville Program Manager
Kevin currently is the site manager to the Roseville and Lincoln DUI and Out Client programs. Kevin joined Sierra Council in 2008 and left briefly in 2010 before returning to Granite Wellness early in 2011 to support the direction and vision of the agency. After working in the human services field for 12 years with individuals with mental health and developmental disabilities Kevin pursued certification in Alcohol and Drug counseling studies. Kevin enrolled in InterCoast College in 2007 and graduated Salutatorian in 2008. Kevin truly believes the work that is done at Granite Wellness Centers is Creating a World of Healthy Families, Building a World of Healthy Communities by saving lives one individual at a time.
Ginny Cutler, CPCC, LMFT, Interim Program Manager
Ginny joined Granite Wellness Centers in 2012 after relocating here from the San Francisco Bay Area, following a 25-year career in the Mental Health and Substance Use fields with Santa Clara County and other nonprofit agencies. She has extensive experience in mental health best practices and outcomes, individualized recovery-based services, person/ family-centered community-based services, and innovative program development. Her expertise includes program development and implementation for Co-occurring Disorders and Organizational Cultural Competence. In addition to being a licensed therapist, she is also a certified professional coach and a certified raw nutrition educator.
Christine Findley, CADC II, ICADC, Residential Program Director ~ Grass Valley
Chris began with Granite Wellness Centers in 2002 maintaining multiple roles within the organization. Chris has spearheaded a number of projects for Granite Wellness leading to her stepping up into the position of Hope House Program Manager in February of 2011 and currently the Program Manager for all Grass Valley residential and detox programs. Chris maintains and promotes integrated family programs that facilitate an atmosphere of positive growth and change for men, women, and children seeking treatment from the impact of substance abuse.
Nathan Rude, CADC II, Program Manager ~ Auburn Campus
Nathan began working at the Sierra Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (SCOADD) in February 2004 joining Granite Wellness Centers in 2011 when the organizations merged. Nathan worked more than four years in the residential facility as House Manager and transitioned to DUI program in July of 2008. Nathan became site coordinator in November 2011 and began to oversee the Outpatient Program in September 2014. Nathan became a CADC II in September 2015. Nathan’s history prior to the recovery field involves 8 years as a restaurant manager, and 10 years serving in the military. Nathan holds a BS degree in Forestry from Oregon State University.
Kevin Vasquez, Development Director
Kevin Vasquez joined the staff at Granite Wellness Centers in June 2019 as the Director of Development. Managing the private revenue-generating resources for the organization, he has been connected to the non-profit world professionally and personally for almost 30 years. Believing in the mission and vision of service-related organizations has driven Kevin’s career. Prior to joining the Granite Wellness Team, he spent most of his development career focused on higher education and environmental education. He is excited to apply his experience to the health care industry and serving those communities he now calls home. Holding a BA in communications from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Kevin proudly represents the state of Colorado as a 5th generation native. Living in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains with his wife, two kids, three dogs, and two cats, he loves the outdoors and spends his free time skiing, backpacking, camping, fishing, mountain biking and trail running. Part of his commitment to personal well-being, Kevin has been a lifelong runner personally and professionally. He spent 7 years coaching high school cross country and track and field. Connecting with kids as a mentor has always been a priority for him as he coaches the competitive spirit of sport as well as life lessons and healthy choices.