Bobbi has served as Executive Director since 2004. She began volunteering at House of Hope in 1995. Not long after, Bobbi was invited to join the Board of Directors where her experience as a business owner was valued. Bobbi went on to serve several terms as Board President before filling the Executive Director position. Ms. Tschirgi was educated in psychology and medical illustration and was the owner of a manufacturing business for over 25 years.
Barbara Bishop, LMFT
Clinical Director of Programs
Barbara Bishop, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#LMFT 38391). Barbara provides individual counseling, facilitates a weekly dream group and is in charge of the Family Therapy group. Prior to joining House of Hope, Barbara worked as a therapist in private practice as well as another drug rehabilitation program. Barbara taught at Marymount College; holding a PhD in English and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology.
Assistant to Director of Residential Programs & Residential Counselor
Ms. Friday provides individual counseling with clients and performs intake assessments and admissions. Ms. Friday is a CAADE certified counselor (#112519) and has career certificates in chemical dependency and alcohol and drug studies.
Ms. Gonzalez is an Outpatient counselor at House of Hope. Claudia is registered with CAADE and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology along with a Drug and Alcohol certificate. Ms. Gonzalez facilitates groups and provides individual counseling.
Administrative Support Personnel
Gavi has a background in graphic arts and her talents can be seen on many of the House of Hope publications including marketing brochures, flyers, and the annual fundraiser event materials. Gavi is a proud graduate of House of Hope and manager of one of House of Hope’s Sober Living facilities.
Ms. León is an Outpatient Counselor at House of Hope. Michelle is registered with CAADE CATc #10858-R and currently, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Services with a concentration in Addiction from the University of Phoenix. She is currently attending University of Southern California (USC) to earn her Master’s in Social Work (MSW). Ms. León facilitates groups and provides individual counseling. She has been working in the addiction field for 5 years.
Dr. Richard Merrick, MD, ABAM, DFASAM
Dr. Merrick provides oversite as our Medical Director. Dr. Merrick was employed by a major Medical Center in Southern California for over 40 years; during his tenure he served as Physician-in-Charge and Chief of the Chemical Dependency Recovery Program. Dr. Merrick has recently been named a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and is a Distinguished Fellow in the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Drug and Alcohol Facilitator
Jim Morrow is a Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS) (#M050510540), and serves as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor for the House of Hope. Jim provides both individual and group counseling, and leads groups ranging from Grief and Loss to Domestic Violence, and PTSD/“Seeking Safety.” Jim also co-facilitates Family Night.
Claudia serves as the Compliance Administrator for House of Hope. Claudia Murillo has been in the alcohol and drug counseling profession since 2008. She is certified as a CADC-II (#A011540315) with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP; formerly CAADAC). Claudia served as Regional Vice President for CAADAC from 2012 to 2014, and has worked as a Program Coordinator of Drug Court, Domestic Violence and Intensive Outpatient Programs. Claudia volunteers her time as a founding board member of STAT Sobriety Services (STAT) and serves as its Director of Operations.
Valarie Robinson is the Intake Administrator and the first point of contact for screening. Valarie is manager of a House of Hope Sober Living residence. She is certified with CAADE.
Director of Residential Programs
Myrra is a CAADE certified counselor (#112518) and holds a certificate in Alcohol and Drug Studies from CSUDH. Myrra conducts groups as part of the primary program and also supervises Intake assessments as well as the Sober Living and Independent Living programs.
Lori Trull is a Registered Marriage and Family Intern, #85213. She graduated with a master’s degree in clinical psychology in 2012. Lori provides individual counseling and facilitates cognitive, dialectical, and domestic violence groups, among others.
Maricela is a House of Hope graduate. Maricela has extensive experience as an accounting specialist and is responsible for bookkeeping activities, property management, contract billing, administrative support and donor communications. Maricela is the Human Resources Director for House of Hope.
Tucker and Demi
Givers of unconditional love and acceptance of everyone.