Below, you will find contact information for Center for Open Recovery’s indefatigable staff. From the dedicated management team, through our untiring program coordinators and managers to the hard-working counselors and core office staff. The entire team at COR is available to the community to help encourage, support and communicate about long term recovery in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area.
MBA, Executive Director
Fay is the driving spirit behind the emergence of the Center for Open Recovery. A woman in recovery with a broad background in management, Fay joined the Bay Area affiliate of the National Council on Alcoholism and other Drug Addictions, Bay Area as Executive Director in 2014. Within the past year, Fay has been awarded the 2016 Courage Tribute — recognized by her peers for contributions, advocacy and leadership in the mental health and addiction recovery fields. She has appeared on KPIX-TV CBS San Francisco’s – Bay Sundays and Bay Area Focus – current event programs; Interviewed by Inflection Point’s Lauren Schiller, shared her perspective on KQED, and profiled in Marin Magazine’s June edition for her work in Open Recovery.
Fay earned her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Fay’s previous management experience in the San Francisco Bay Area spans engagements with Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, Brandeis Hillel Day School, The Gap, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, American Friends of The Weizmann Institute of Science, and SelectQuote Insurance. Though originally from New York City, Fay has lived the majority of her life in the Bay Area. She is the mother of two daughters is passionate about helping others find opportunities for growth and empowerment, by utilizing her own experiences in long-term recovery from addiction, to guide her work.
MPA, Director of Operations & Programs
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Pedro joined Center for Open Recovery when it was the National Council on Alcoholism and other Drug Addictions-Bay Area in March 2010. He earned a BA University of California, San Diego and a Master’s in Public Administration from Norwich University. His career ranges from laboratory medicine and clinical research to social work. Examples of Pedro’s commitment to advocating for social justice include his involvement with the Tenderloin Healthy Corner Store Coalition, and Safe Passage. He serves on a steering committee for the San Francisco Health Improvement Alcohol Policy Partnership Working Group and on the Boards of the St. Francis Living Room and the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation. He also is a member of the Chicano-Latino-Indigenous Health Equity Coalition. Born in Peru, Pedro grew up in Miami Beach, Florida.
Veronica joined COR in 2014. She began in Drug Testing Services and now works with the Strengthening Families Program in addition to being an operations coordinator. Veronica is a compassionate person always willing to help others. She is also family-oriented and loves spending time with her daughter and husband.
Patrick has been working with youth for the last 6 years, and has been working at COR for 2 as a youth educator and leadership facilitator. He has worked as a TA in a preschool and as a residential counselor for troubled youth before coming to COR. Patrick grew up in Grass Valley, went to school in Santa Cruz, and now lives in Berkeley.
Denise has been part of NCA/COR team since 2005 and has served in a variety of roles from AOD Counselor to Client Flow Manager. She is proud to be part of this organization which is devoted to serving the community. Her greatest fulfillment is working with individuals promoting healthier behavior & improving the quality of lives. When not at work, Denise enjoys swimming and riding motorcycles – though her greatest passion is spending long days riding her horse, Knuty. Denise feels blessed to be clean and sober for 19 years.
Scott has been with COR since February 2015. Scott recently worked as a supervisor in a rehab setting on the San Francisco Peninsula. Scott grew up on the East Coast, went to school in San Francisco, and finished his CAADAC training in San Jose, California. He has lived in San Francisco for the past thirty years. Scott is in long-term recovery, and loves to travel the world.
Counselors & Staff
Nazneen joined COR in 2012. She has played various roles here – including DUI Program Coordinator and most recently, Director of Program Administration. Today, Naz serves as a AOD Counselor so that she may work directly with clients. She has been working in the social behavioral health field since 2000. Naz holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles and a BS from San Francisco State University. Her professional focus is on violence prevention, mental health, HIV/AIDS, and substance abuse. She attributes working in these fields as playing a significant role in her own wellness and recovery.