• Daniel Mahan, Executive Director

    Daniel Mahan, Executive Director

    "Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile." - Albert Einstein

    Daniel signed on at Advent in July 2002 as Resource Development Associate. After graduating with a BS in Business Administration (with a concentration in Finance) from San Jose State University, he was promoted to Director of Resource Development, where he served for the next three years. In 2007, he took on the role of Chief Administrative Officer. As of August 2014, Daniel will serve as Interim CEO.

    Daniel enjoys sports, darts, cards, music, movies, politics, and financial markets.

  • Renee Brown, Chief Clinical Officer

    Renee Brown, Chief Clinical Officer

    “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome” Jeremiah 29:17

    Renee has recently returned to Advent Group Ministries, having worked before in the late 90’s as a Case Worker. The verse from Jeremiah has proven true over and over again as her personal and professional journey reflects God’s clear hand of providence.

    She is a graduate of JFK University Clinical Psychology program, and earned her license in California as a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. Renee has a wide variety of experiences such as private practice work, adolescent and adult inpatient psychiatric hospitals, community mental health clinics, recovery homes for teens, homeless shelter and day program for the severely mentally ill, and several different chemical dependency treatment venues. Renee is passionate about recovery, both from addiction to drugs or alcohol, and from unhelpful behaviors.

    Renee is thrilled to be back at Advent as so many staff are still here! She is excited to be using her God-given gifts to assist in both quality of treatment to our clients as well as to provide a supportive environment for our staff.

  • Carol Fryer, Human Resources Director

    Carol Fryer, Human Resources Director

    "For me, being able to gain experience and knowledge in an atmosphere that is sensitive to God gives me a foundation on which to better help those children who are hurt, abused and confused."

    Prior to joining Advent, Carol worked for Bethany University in Santa Cruz, CA, and for 11 years assisted her husband in the Youth Ministry at Cathedral of Faith Church. Raised in Spokane, Washington, she attended Northwest Christian High School and went on to study Psychology at Bethany College here in the Bay Area. Carol has been a part of Advent Group Ministries for over 20 years, serving in the Foster Care and Human Resources Departments.

    Carol enjoys sports, reading, and singing professionally with her husband through their ministry, DCF Ministries.

  • Tammy Greer, Director of The Refuge

    Tammy Greer, Director of The Refuge

    Psalm 139: 13 and 14 NIV
    13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

    “Psalm 139 has always been meaningful to me and I share it often with others. I want the children, youth and adults at Advent to know that God created each and every one of them. They did not happen by chance. They are fearfully and wonderfully made! It is a privilege and a blessing to share God’s love with others, to help individuals see their value, and to help them overcome obstacles.”

    In August of 1985, at the age of 18, Tammy started attending Bethany Bible College in Scott’s Valley, CA. During her first month at school, Tammy joined a student ministry that visited weekly with teens who were placed in group homes due to abuse, trauma, legal trouble, or all of the above. This was her introduction to Advent (called Arbutus at the time) and she was hooked! Twenty seven years later, Tammy celebrated 22 years of employment at Advent in July 2012. Over the years, Tammy has worked in the Group Home Department, the Foster Care Department, and now The Refuge.

    As the Director of The Refuge, Tammy has the privilege of coming alongside moms who have faced incredible hardships and have against the odds turned their lives around.

  • Bruce Pickett, Director of Counseling Services
  • Dr. Lydia Hughes-Evans, Director of Residential Services
  • Daren Casagrande, Director of Outpatient Services
  • Rocio Gonzalez, Director of Strengthening Families Program