Staff

Amber Williams

Amber Williams, LAADC-CA,CADC-CS, ICCS, ICAADC

Chief Executive Officer

Amber has worked as a Counselor, Discharge Case Manager, Admissions Director, Special Projects Manager, and Accreditation Specialist at Janus for over 17 years. As Chief Compliance Officer and Business Development Director at Janus, Amber was responsible for business relations, quality improvement and compliance for the organization. She is an active surveyor with the Commission of Accredited Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

In the role of CARF surveyor, Amber traveled around the country to provide consultation to other organizations that aspire to achieve the CARF gold standard of care for their clients. Amber holds a degree in Psychology with a sub-specialty in Substance Use Disorders and is currently working toward her MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Administration.

Stephanie Macwhorter

Stephanie Macwhorter

Chief Operating Officer

Stephanie has contributed positively to the health of the Santa Cruz community, working in both private and public health services in Santa Cruz County since 1989. She is a dedicated public health professional, focused on ensuring that accessible, high quality and effective healthcare services are available to all, so our community is thriving and healthy in mind, body and spirit. Stephanie’s experience includes over 6 years in operations leadership with Santa Cruz Community Health as well as an integral role in the design and planning of the 1500 Capitola Road Project, a state-of-the-art medical and behavioral health center bringing a shared campus with Dientes and MidPen Housing to Live Oak.

She has extensive experience working collaboratively with County health partners on initiatives aimed at strengthening systems of care for under-resourced, at-risk and vulnerable populations. Stephanie has been involved in program development and process improvement within community-based programs, serving individuals struggling with behavioral health challenges, chronic homelessness, substance use disorders, perinatal and pediatric care, and primary care for adults. With her passion and inherent skills in recognizing and improving system gaps, Stephanie plans to continue to expand and improve Janus’s behavioral health and SUD/AUD services for the Santa Cruz community and surrounding area.

Jason Wasche

Jason Wasche, M.D.

Medical Director – Residential Programs

Dr. Wasche earned his medical degree at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine before completing his residency at Natividad Medical Center.

Holly Hughes

Holly Hughes, LCSW

Chief Program Officer

Holly is a highly accomplished behavioral health clinician with over 20 years of experience offering high-quality care to her patients. She is known in California as a skilled behavioral health leader with the ability to execute large-scale initiatives in complex environments. Holly’s system-change work is rooted in integration principles, emphasizing true collaboration among disciplines. She is a faculty member of the Institute for Healthcare Communication, and an experienced trainer of Motivational Interviewing and Trauma Informed Care models.

Holly’s work was inspired by her grandmother, who dedicated her life to the care and advocacy of Holly’s uncle, who lives with developmental disabilities. Holly is a member of the LGBTQI community and she is a partner and an advocate dedicated to shifting systemic racism and other types of oppression to support the health and wellbeing of the community.

Bill Morris

Bill Morris, M.D.

Medical Director – MAT Services

Dr. Morris has been with Janus since October of 2003 and is certified to prescribe methadone and buprenorphine. Dr. Morris’ professional background covers many years of study and experience, including a two-year residency at Johns Hopkins and working in Puerto Rico and Jamaica. Dr. Morris enjoys working with the people at Janus, touting the collaborative approach to providing effective treatment.

Clinton Sandoval

Clinton Sandoval, LCSW

Clinical Director of Outpatient Services

Clinton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about connecting with people in the community he lives in and sharing tools that are evidence based to support lasting change for patients. Clinton’s approach accounts for a patient’s humanity, identity, biology, spirituality, and resiliency. Having earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work, Clinton learned social work practice in community health clinics, veterans affairs, community housing, mental health, and hospice for the past 15 years.

Jessica Nichols

Jessica Nichols, LMFT

Clinical Director of Inpatient Services

Jessica Nichols is a lifelong Santa Cruz County resident who has dedicated her career to working in the field of Substance Use Disorder Treatment. Jessica has worked in various programs and treatment modalities throughout the County and has provided program management and oversight at many levels to local non-profit organizations. Jessica earned her Masters in Counseling in 2012 and became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 2015. She believes in the ability of all people to make positive changes in their lives – one day at a time and one step at a time – using a trauma-informed and strength-based approach.

Nancy Krauss

Nancy Krauss, LVN, Ph.D.

Medical Services Director

Under supervision and in collaboration with Medical Director Dr. William Morris, Nancy plans, directs and implements medical services across all Janus programs (Detox Unit, Residential Treatment, Perinatal, Residential Treatment, and Janus MAT Clinics). Nancy received her nursing degree in 2011 and began her career at Janus as a staff nurse in 2012.

Tony Farrell

Tony Farrell

Facilities Director

Tony Farrell, a Janus alumni class of 1995, began working for Janus as a sub-contractor in 1996 and was hired as an employee for Janus in 1997. Tony began his career in the trades field in 1978 in Santa Clara County, working for property management companies and private parties. He made Santa Cruz County his home in 1981 and continued building and remodeling homes. In his role as Facilities Director at Janus, Tony works to assure compliance of our facilities with building and fire code standards for the State, City and County. He has successfully increased the Janus sober living homes from one to three over the years and works with landlords, County case workers and Janus counselors in providing our clients and the community with safe, sober housing for individuals in need. Tony has helped to expand Janus, working on the remodeling and building set-up of both North and South County MAT programs, the Perinatal Program, the former Sobering Center and, most recently, the expansion of our Residential program. Tony also works to support the day-to-day needs of our staff and clients with supplies, office needs and ongoing maintenance of our four facilities. Tony is affectionately referred to as MacGyver, when he needs to save the building from collapsing with just a bottle cap and a rubber band.

Jesse Gifford

Jesse Gifford

IT Director

Jesse started his IT career in 2000 at McCormick and Company in Salinas as a desktop support technician. Around the same time, he became an IT Consultant/Contractor with Janus of Santa Cruz. After 6 years at McCormick, Jesse moved to a Santa Cruz software company as a Level 2 Support Engineer, then took a position at PMG as Senior Systems Engineer and finally moved to Universal Audio in Scotts Valley. Through all of this, Jesse maintained his contractor obligations with Janus. In June 2016, Janus was looking for an IT Manager. Jesse was offered the position and the rest is history. Fun fact most people already know – Jesse loves his RC Flying!