John is a Los Angeles native who has dedicated his life to education. He works as an instructor at Los Angeles Trade Tech where he teaches students of many demographics, but mostly of lower income communities. He has been employed by LACCD’s automotive department for 22 years. He loves teaching automotive and is an active member in the hotrod community, a hometrack NASCAR champion and has appeared on Monster Garage with Jesse James. John also has a passion for dogs and lives with his 3 dogs, Chili, Buddy and Holley. For the last few years, John has been teaching at Camp David Gonzalez, LA County Juvenile Facility, which he has found very fulfilling, especially when the students are released and then continue their education at Trade Tech. He sees that educating people, giving them work skills, enables them to get their lives back on track and rejoin the community. John has served as a board member for E-SOL, and is now thrilled to be part of Clear Skies Ranch board and hopes to guide the educational needs of the ranch. Qualifications: Professor of Automotive Technology at LATTC Educator at Camp David Gonzalez LA County Juvenile Facility Board Member of E-SOL, a California non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of children and adults with special needs with three campuses throughout the San Fernando Valley.
James grew up as a farm boy in Wyoming, Colorado, Georgia, and naval bases all over the world. He has a BA in Maintenance Engineering and was a business owner for many years. James has spent many years offering his time and support to Healthright 360 and the Antirecidivism Coalition. He currently is the General Manager at Clear Skies Ranch, supporting the many men who come to our sober living to start their lives afresh. His favorite thing to do is take our house members fishing to the many lakes we have around Los Angeles. Oh and he sometimes takes time to go fishing on his own.
Angelo has a strong commitment to community, serving in the United States Army in Vietnam and now on many boards offering his legal expertise to many community organizations such as New Directions, Youth Justice Coalition, Homeboy Industries, The Alzheimers Association, and Hospice Support Care Services Volunteers. He graduated UCLA and Southwestern School of Law, where he received a Master's Degree and a JD Law Degree. Angelo is also a support staff volunteer for FEMA Search and Rescue.
After coming through the judicial system and experiencing first hand the need for good sober living environments, Angelo has now joined our board as he believes in the mission statement and purpose.
Joey Robson left Australia for the United States in 1991. Since then she has been heavily involved in all aspects of the entertainment industry. While in Australia, she had several successful businesses and used what she had learned to good use in her own business in the States. After managing successful careers for over twenty years, Joey learned that she enjoyed developing young careers and nurturing young actors. She now works as a Talent Agent. Joey’s two younger children began working in the Entertainment industry in Australia and continued to have successful careers, under her management, in the States. She raised them herself as a single mother. Her eldest son joined them later and they are all happily married and have given her three grandchildren. Her constant companions have been her two Maltese Terriers, now aged 13 and almost 14 years old.
Qualifications: business management and a nurturing heart.
Loree Cohen - Inneractions 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.
Bobby comes to Clear Skies Ranch board with a plethora of experience in the field of addiction as well as sustainable farming. He has lived and worked on a non-profit rescue ranch where he implemented an organic certification for the vegetable crops. He also has a decade of construction experience along with a large network of recovery inductions professionals.
Steve is a native of the San Fernando Valley with a brief stop in Montana when he was young. He started his career in the insurance industry and stopped to work on his recovery. Steve is now into his 7th year of recovery and is grateful to have landed at Chandler Lodge, North Hollywood, where he briefly lived and worked as the chef, cooking for 36 residents. He is now the General Manager at Chandler and really enjoys helping others with their recovery. Steve brings his strong work ethic and exemplary management skills to our board.
Steve lives in Sherman Oaks, and in his free time, he loves movies, discovering new restaurants and watching his beloved Dodgers.
Tom moved to Los Angeles 20 years ago from Albuquerque and has been working in the entertainment industry in finance for the majority of that time. Tom is currently happily working at Pie Town Productions as the Director of Finance. In his spare time he likes to play kickball and is on the board of his kickball association. Tom saw first-hand, the effect of addiction on not only the addict, but the people around them, when his marriage ended due to his wife’s addiction and her lack of desire to recover. As a director of finance, Tom feels that his role on the board of Clear Skies Ranch as Treasurer will benefit many people and animals that are in need and is pleased to be of service to this cause. Qualifications: Certified Practicing Accountant