Administrative Staff

Shana Shaterian, MS – Executive Director

Shana Penny has over 10 years of experience directing and operating substance abuse treatment programs. She has been responsible for developing multiple treatment tracks across expanding programs while creating an intimate“community setting” for all clients.  She has several years of marketing and account management experience in the addiction treatment field and her passion for business has contributed to the program’s growth in stature, profile, and admiration within the industry. Her interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills have become an invaluable asset in moving the company forward. Her interests in the chemical dependency field include being a role model and motivator to women who were once hopeless, having now created a life filled with purpose, meaning, and serenity.

Shana holds a Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) from San Diego State University and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children..

 

Renee Capela – Director of Operations

Renee has extensive history working in administrative and operational roles. She spent years working at the law office of a public defender before transitioning her skills to the treatment field. Over the past few years, she has been able to help oversee the administrative end of a facility. Her knowledge of management, administration and operations are a key asset to our program. Renee’s goal is to always create an environment which fosters respect, value and appreciation for everyone around her. This culture enables clients to grow, and in turn creates a space for recovering women to achieve long-term sobriety while living fulfilling and prosperous lives.

 

Connie Shyng – Director of Business Development

Connie graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in cognitive psychology and a minor in criminology, law and society. She knew from the beginning that her passion resided in saving lives and helping others and now has over 10 years of experience working in behavioral healthcare. Her career started at a women’s eating disorder program followed by many years at a dual diagnosis program. She has now been working with women in transitional care for the past two years. Having held a variety of roles in the field, including compliance, admissions and business development, Connie is passionate about empowering women and helping them better themselves.

Jenny Penny- Business Development
Jenny has over 4 years of experience working in the behavioral health field. She has held a variety of roles and has now found her passion working in admissions and business development. She has first-hand experience with the struggles associated with substance abuse but also the positivity that comes with long-term recovery. Jenny is dedicated to guiding women and their families through the difficult process of seeking treatment and is committed to helping others with the battle against addiction.

Clinical Staff

Ashley Hinesley, CADC II – Program Director

Ashley is a huge asset to the Tranquil team. She previously worked in residential treatment for 3 years where she was a behavioral health technician and discharge planner. This experience has helped her immensely with her role today. She assesses and counsels our clients, facilitates groups and is always available for our clientele if they need assistance. Her strengths include intake assessments, discharge planning, client care and intervention protocols. Ashley not only works extremely well with our women, but also connects with families and other treatment providers to ensure that we are communicating appropriately. Her goal is to give our clients the best experience possible and to ensure their transition in and out of our program is smooth and stress-free.

 

Rebekah McCammon – Primary Therapist

Rebekah McCammon is a licensed clinician who works with and for those individuals currently struggling with chemical dependency and mental health issues. Rebekah has been involved in the field of chemical dependency and mental health since 2009, starting her work initially as an intern with the Soroptomist House of Hope, a women’s sober living facility in the Coachella Valley. Rebekah utilizes a client-centered approach that focuses on an individual’s ability to achieve true autonomy, self-awareness, self-worth, and ultimately self-love through utilization/application of strong and concrete skill sets representative of Dialectical Behavioral, Cognitive Behavioral, and Trauma-Informed Care technique/approaches. The application of Mindfulness as a core skill that supports client utilization of additional skill sets/concepts, is integral to Rebekah’s clinical practice.

Prior to work as a clinician with Tranquil Palms, Rebekah worked for three years at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage California where she assisted individuals, families, and loved ones through the admissions process. After beginning clinical work at Betty Ford, Rebekah moved on to work at multiple other dual diagnoses and primary mental health facilities where she was given the opportunity to continue utilization and teaching of effective evidence-based techniques in community, group, and individual settings. Rebekah has extensive clinical experience working with a variety of client populations to include children, adolescents, young adults, mature adults, couples, and families.

Rebekah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from California State University, San Bernardino, and a Master of Arts degree with honors in clinical psychology from Cardinal Stritch University; Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Rebekah is licensed as a Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

 

Sandra Curry, PsyD – Therapist

Sandra Curry was born in Vancouver and graduated from The Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing. She worked in Operating Rooms at hospitals in Portland, Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Indio. After a back injury, she enrolled in college and earned degrees in Health Science, Marriage and Family Therapy and Clinical Psychology. She worked in Psychiatric Emergency Rooms for 15 years and at the Betty Ford Center, as Staff Psychologist. She is a currently a Licensed Psychologist with a private practice in Palm Springs. She is very pleased to have joined the Staff of Tranquil Palms to continue work she is passionate about, helping women who are newly in recovery.

 

Christina Riemer, LMFT – Therapist

Christina Riemer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She currently supervises a multidimensional staff who provide care for consumers of Behavioral Health Services. She has worked as an Adult Clinician and Children’s Clinician. While attending California State University San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus, earning a degree in Psychology, she worked in Substance Abuse, providing intake counseling. In 2009, she earned a Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology at California State University, San Bernardino.

 

Suzanne Johnson, CADC II – Operations Manager & Counselor

After she began her personal recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, Suzanne became certified in Addiction and Domestic Violence treatment at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, California. Suzanne is working towards her Associates in Science and plans to continue to her Bachelors in Human Services. Her passions run deeper than being a mother and grandmother and she has dedicated her life to helping clients discover their strengths, removing barriers, and develop a healthy lifestyle that sets the foundation for life success through accurate empathy and teaching clients self-love and acceptance.

 

Mark Accomando – Spiritual Guidance Counselor

Mark is the founder of Evoke Peace Now, a spiritual education organization that shares positive and practical spiritual practices in conjunction with the traditional 12 Step recovery program. His goal is to assist clients with aligning with peace and wholeness. He shares the effective use of spiritual tools like daily peace practices, meditation, and affirmations. Mark has extensive experience working with clients in early recovery and in all stages of treatment. He even started a local AA 12 Step meditation meeting based on the 11th step. Mark’s mission is to share practical and interesting tools to help clients live a confident, grounded and successful sober life.