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  • 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.

  • Bruce Pickett, Director of Counseling Services

    Bruce Pickett, Director of Counseling Services, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked at Advent since 1989. He has held positions in residential, outpatient, and counseling services as a clinician and supervisor. He grew up in San Jose and attended San Jose State University for his Child Development and Social Work degrees. Bruce is thrilled when working with a client who is discovering and growing as well as supervising new therapists to be the best they can be.

  • Daren Casagrande, Director of Outpatient and Residential Programs

    Daren Casagrande is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Director of Outpatient and Residential Programs. He attended San Jose State University for his Bachelors in Communication Studies and Western Seminary for his Masters in Marriage and Family Studies with an Addiction Certificate. He has been at Advent for 7 years and after a period of doing clinical work as a counselor, he moved into management and has never looked back. He also volunteers in our sliding scale counseling center as a therapist to stay fresh in the field!

    He really love being on the management end of things, and being able to equip and prepare Advent staff for the very difficult work that we do. In his spare time he really love playing/watching basketball, playing music, backpacking, and spending time with his wife and son. You can always offer Daren the prayer of wisdom if you feel so inclined.

    He loves being on the management

  • Rocio Gonzalez, Director of Prevention Services

    Rocio Gonzalez has been with Advent since March of 2015. She has worn many hats in that time; she was hired as our Community Resource Liaison, then was promoted to the Director of Strengthening Families Program in 2016, and now she is the Director of Prevention Services.

    Rocio is attending William Jessup University to obtain her B.A. in Organizational Leadership. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends.

    "Entrust your work to the LORD and your planning will succeed" Proverbs 16:3

  • Terri Goehner, Director of Resource Development

    "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." Psalm 147:3

    Terri is excited to be part of the Advent team. She joined Advent in April 2016 as the Director of Resource Development. Prior to joining Advent, she worked for a Christian consulting company providing services in the areas of capital campaigns, leadership development, executive searches, and organizational development. She has worked in the managed health care industry, the financial industry, the high-tech industry, and served on a church staff.

    She is a California native who enjoys reading, gardening, and is an avid Sharks fan.