Meet Our Team
Jill Clark, LMFT
Specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Seeking Safety, Disordered Eating CBT, and Risking Connections for Trauma
Jill Clark, LMFT
Jill received her B.A in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University and a M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Jill began working in intensive outpatient and residential programs giving her experience working with individuals, families and couples experiencing anxiety, depression, relational stressors, disordered eating, substance use, and trauma. Through her clinical training, Jill received Evidence-Based Practice treatment certifications in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Seeking Safety, Disordered Eating CBT, and Risking Connections for Trauma. Jill is passionate about providing compassionate support to clients, creating an individualized treatment plan, and helping them uncover their purpose in life.
Kami Dexter, Ed. D
Director of Education
Kami has extensive experience in education, both academic and vocational, and a background in clinical psychology specializing in adolescents and young adults. After graduating from UCLA in 1998 and earning a Masters in Education in 2003 from Pepperdine University, Kami taught all levels of high school English. In 2008 she earned a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and worked at ECHO, a dual-diagnosis adolescent treatment facility in Malibu. Kami continued to teach high school English, journalism, and Advanced Placement (AP) psychology, as well as running three career technical academies: the Multimedia Careers Academy, the Environmental Careers Academy, and the Culinary Careers Academy. She has developed curriculum for the UC Curriculum Integration Institute, led professional development at the district level, and presented at multiple academic and career technical conferences. In 2011, Kami completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from USC specializing in Educational Psychology. Launch’s mission is consistent with Kami’s integrated background in education and psychology and passion for helping young adults find their purpose through experiential learning and self-discovery.
Katie Pfeffer, LMFT
Director of Family Programming
Katie earned her MS degree in Counseling from Cal State Fullerton, as has experience working in community mental health and intensive outpatient facilities. Her experiences have given her extensive training in working with individuals and families, who are primarily going through life transitions, dealing with grief and loss, substance use and trauma. Katie is an EMDR and Narrative trained therapist who approaches working with her clients from a holistic model, incorporating all aspects of an individual’s life and well-being with the aim of helping her clients create a stronger sense of self and purpose.
In addition to her work as Director of Family Programming with Launch, Katie is passionate about advancing the practice of mental health through social justice interventions and advocacy. While in graduate school she volunteered with Empower Nepali Girls to help advocate for, and promote education for girls and women.
Eric Chaghouri, MD
Dr. Chaghouri is a graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned his B. A. in Biology with Summa Cum Laude honors. He earned his medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California where he also served as Chief Resident in psychiatric emergency services and as Resident Clinical Instructor and Volunteer Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry. After residency, Dr. Chaghouri completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at the USC Institute of Psychiatry and Law. Dr. Chaghouri’s clinical work focuses on the treatment of co-occurring psychiatric and addictive disorders. He also has extensive experience consulting and providing expert opinion in trial and for the film and television industry.
Angelique Poisson, LMFT, ATR
Angelique is a Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA. She is comprehensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and specializes in helping clients identify intrinsic motivation for value-oriented behavior. Angelique utilizes mindfulness and creativity to empower clients to create a life worth living and manage the difficult emotions that are part of a full life experience. In 2017, Angelique was awarded the Art Therapy Clinician Award by the Southern California Art Therapy Association. She is passionate about healing arts advocacy and currently serves as President on the board of the Southern California Art Therapy Association. Angelique is also a professional member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Billy brings many years of personal and professional experience in treatment environments to Launch. As a recovering alcoholic/addict, he knows from first-hand experience what differentiates an effective and an ineffective approach to clients. First and foremost he establishes a level of trust, and in his opinion, no one can do that like another addict who has made it through the proverbial trenches. He is constantly up to meet the needs of an ever-evolving new generation for whom outmoded one-size-fits-all techniques have proven ineffective. In his previous role he has been responsible for planning weekly events which included volunteer work opportunities, sports and art related activities, and performance-based tasks that could be tracked to identify personal success rates. Moreover, he maintains relationships with community partners, attends task force meetings, festivals and community events to remain aware of immediate opportunities that could help expand overall client care and support.
Director of Admissions
Clint Green admits that he had never considered working in treatment until he was a client in treatment. A published author who wrote and produced in the entertainment industry under a pseudonym, Green turned to drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism that quickly careened out of control. “Before I knew it, I was doing rails and going completely off the rails,” he says. “I ended up in rehab so broken and beaten, all I needed was someone to be nice to me. One of the resident assistants there was, which changed my life.” That resident assistant inspired him and coincidentally, became the coworker who trained him at his first job in the field. A passion for connecting with both potential clients and their family members is what led him to admissions. “I put my parents through so much for so long; I can’t help but feel compelled to help others. The most rewarding part of this job is seeing the change that occurs from that initial phone call to the client’s discharge, and beyond — but I’m not just talking about the client. The change I see in the entire family dynamic and structure: that’s what brings things big picture.”
Director of Business Development
After earning her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Florida in Marketing, She relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2013. Having found her passion early on in addiction treatment, she has held positions with Foundations Recovery Network/ UHS, Monte Nido and Affiliates and TrueLink Financial. In her free time, Kelly enjoys the company of her friends and family, exploring the beauty the outdoors of California has to offer and is a wiz at pop-culture trivia.
New to the Orange County Area, she is excited to meet and work with like minded individuals in the addiction field who all share the same common goal – building lasting recovery for our clients.
Director of Operations
Administration + Director of Digital Marketing
Megan graduated college with a BA in psychology and theatre arts. While she moved to LA to pursue her passion of acting, her interest in the human condition flowed over into the world of recovery. She enjoys getting to know each client as they come through the office, and loves getting a chance to give back to the community in any way she can. As an artist, she believes that life should be addressed “unto the whole person,” and loves watching clients find their own passions and pursue them, as well as finding good treatment for their mental health concerns.
Jose Hernandez, CADC
Chief Executive Officer
For nine years Jose has been involved in alcohol and addiction recovery, helping people succeed in overcoming substance abuse and regaining control of their lives. He has experience in all aspects of the recovery world, from facilitating entry into treatment as an intervention specialist to counseling and case management at rehabilitation facilities. Jose has worked one-on-one with individuals as a sober companion and with groups as a resident counselor at addiction treatment centers and is certified by the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) to practice as a substance abuse counselor. Through his professional experiences in crisis intervention, drug and alcohol detoxification, substance abuse counseling, and relapse prevention, Jose has developed a unique plan for case management that bridges the gap between a person’s painful past of substance abuse and a future of sobriety.