Lynn Gardner, Acting Manager, MFT Intern/Family Therapist
Lynn Gardner is the Acting Manager at Horizons Family Counseling. She is also a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. Lynn graduated from Californa State University, Hayward in 2004 with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She also received a certificate in Child & Adolescent Therapy. She began in the Youth & Family Services Bureau, City of Hayward Police Department, working with individuals and families in crisis. She then moved to Fremont Youth & Family Services, part of the City of Fremont Human Services Department. This agency provides therapy for children and adolescents dealing with truancy, anger management and substance abuse issues at school sites. She knew this was the client population she wanted to serve.
Before being hired in 2006 by Horizons, Lynn worked for two years at Aging Family Services. This organization provides adult therapy for residents of the City of Fremont. It provided experience in working with clients suffering from depression, grief, physical and cognitive disabilities and anxiety and personality disorders. Experience was gained in teaming with case managers, clinical supervisors and volunteer staff. The ability to train senior counselors was an essential part of this position.
During Lynn's time at Horizons, she has presented and facilitiated workshops at local community outreach events. Efforts were made to redesign and expand the Horizons website to include community and national resources for Tri-Valley residents, families, police officers, school personnel and community organizations.
In 2000, Lynn was selected as a Mentor for 2000-2002 Mentee's in Mentium 100 Program. She was sought and selected to become an advisory board member to assist the O'Conner Hospital in assessing community based programs for annual funding; with special emphasis on serving underrepresented minority clients in the South Bay. Lynn also served as the Chairperson - Enterprise Accounts - North American African American Leadership Council.
From 2006 until present, Lynn has served as the President of L.I.F.E. Leadership Skills Training in Hayward. From 2002-2004, Lynn served on the Board of Directors of O'Conner Hospital in San Jose.
As Acting Manager of Horizons, Lynn is responsible for administrative management of the clinic, interfacing with Alameda County agencies, Probation Department, Deliquency Prevention Network and community based organizations. She works closely with the Livermore Joint Unified School District management and staff; also attending SARB meetings. She has budget and fundraising responsibilities. She designs community based programs, community outreach and project assessment. Lynn teaches and mentors staff and volunteers.
Ileana Soto, Acting Clinical Director, MFT/Family Therapist
Ileana Soto is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She graduated from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, CA in 1989 with a commitment to work with youth and their famlies. Her internships included work with children of all ages, family work and work with chemical dependency issues. One of those, Hayward Youth and Family Services Bureau, in their police department, included a collaboration between counseling and the police, a unique and important way to reach struggling families, exactly the environment she wanted to work in. When she was hired by Horizons Family Counseling in 1993, she had found her dream job.
Ileana earned a post-graduate certificate in Art Therapy from the UC-Berkeley Extension Program in 1997. Art augments Ileana's work during those times when a family has few words for their experience.
During Ileana's time at Horizons, she has continued to partner with other agencies and programs, beginning with six years of Chairpersonship for the Prevent Child Abuse: Alameda County Council Network Training Committee, ending in 2000. She has been active within the Livermore Police Department, serving on the Gender Relations Commitee, on the Strategic Plan Committee, and as co-creator with the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department in establishing the FireStoppers Program (for prevention of youth-started fires).
In March of 2003, Ileana reached well beyond local families. She was selected to present two workshops at the International Family Therapy Conference in Istanbul, Turkey - to help families around the world to build resilience with at-risk youth and to treat juvenile fire-setters.
In 2006, she received a "Partner Award" from the Alameda County Health Department for "tirelessly promoting culturally appropriate and comprehensive family services for teens with behavioral difficulties..." For the past six years, Ileana has been one of three facilitators of the Parent Project® to English-speaking parents, and consulant for our Spanish-speaking Parent Project®.
In July of 2008, Ileana became Acting Clinical Supervisor for Horizons, and she adds this to her full-time clinical work of seeing families in English and in Spanish. In 2010, she began a clinical training program for Master's level trainees in colleges and universities of the Bay Area. There are currently six trainees working in each of our LVJUSD middle schools. On February 17, 2011, Ileana received an Employee Award of Excellence for her work in developing and supervising this training program.
Adriana Lavinsky, Case Manager
Adriana graduated from LaSalle University in Colombia, S.A. with a Bachelors in Art; she worked for one year as a preseachool teacher and five years as a School Planner Administrator in San Jose, Colombia. She was directly involved in organizing school activities and programs for high school students and parents. In 1993, Adriana obtained her Masters in School Administration at the University of San Buenaventura. In 2000, she received her Masters in Business and Marketing from the University of Eafit.
In 2002, Adriana moved from Colombia to the United States. Her prior experience and her work with school, families and children have contributed to her effectiveness in her work with the Tri-Valley community as a Case Manager. She started working at Don Gaspar de Portola Elementary School in Livermore as a Parent Center Coordinator; shortly after, Horizons Family Counseling offered her work as a case manager, starting in January 2006.
During Adriana's time at Horizons, she has worked in partnership with other agencies and program in the Tri-Valley connecting families with local resources. For the last six years, Adriana has organized the Spanish Speaking Parent Project®. She is currently co-facilitating an after-school counseling group called Crossroads to Change. This middle school program in Livermore for young women is a collaboration between Horizons Family Counseling - Livermore Police Department and the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District. In addition, Adriana is active with Path to Picasso, a summer art program that focuses on engaging at-risk youth with artistic natural talent to use those talens in a postive way. The students, with the help of a professional mural artists, make artistic contributions to the City of Livermore, in the form of outside and inside murals. In 2010, the program was responsible for decorating the recycling bins in front of the Bankhead Theater. Path to Picasso is organized by the City of Livermore and Horizons Family Counseling.
Adriana is fluent in Spanish, making her an asset and advocate for work in the Hispanic community. In 2007, Adriana received an "Employee Award of Excellence" from the City of Livermore for her work and her passion in helping the Latino community, in part by engaging them successfully to participate in the Spanish Speaking Parent Project. For the last two years, Adriana has worked closely with the Alameda County Probation Department, primarily focusing on gang youth and their families.
Sylvia H. Cole, MFT, Family Therapist
Sylvia H. Cole is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has been with Horizons Family Counseling since 2006. She received her Masters in Counseling from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga. She worked for many years at the Community Counseling and Education Center in Fremont. While there she worked primarily with gang involved youth and their families. She has worked extensively with groups, families and individuals. While at the Community Counseling and Education Center, she worked with youth through a grant provided by California Youth Authority. She presented gang awareness workshops for both youth and families through the school districts and community based organizations. Being fluent in Spanish, has enabled her to work extensively with the Latino Community. She has worked in school settings with both boys and girls, individually and in groups. She is currently facilitating an after school counseling group at a middle school in Livermore for young women. This group has been collaboration between Horizons Family Counseling, the Livermore School District and the Livermore Police Department.
Matt Lund, MFT, School Counselor/Family Therapist
Matt Lund is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In 2005 he received his Masters in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. Matt has worked in a variety of diverse multi-cultural settings. Before coming to Horizons, he worked for Contra Costa County Head Start, a program that offers counseling services for low income 3-5 year old children and their families. Matt has been with Horizons since 2006 and works as a school counselor and family therapist. Most of his time is spent on campus at Del Valle-Phoenix Continuation High School in Livermore working with underprivileged and troubled teens.
Sinead Smyth, MFT, Family Therapist
Sinead Smyth is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her M.S. in Counseling from San Francisco State University and has been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 2000. She works part-time at Horizons, seeing families and providing clinical supervision to Masters Level Interns and Trainees in the agency's clinical training program.