Amber is an accomplished professional with a passion for healthcare administration and substance use disorder treatment. With a diverse educational background and over 21 years of field experience, she has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and a commitment to providing high-quality addiction medicine care.
Amber has a strong track record of driving organizational growth, fostering staff development, and ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements. As the Chief Executive Officer at Janus of Santa Cruz, she oversees a $16 million non-profit organization, guiding strategic development and direction.
Amber is a versatile and creative leader who fosters a culture of mutual support, respect, personal responsibility, and empowerment. Her expertise in policy development, accountability, and vulnerability has contributed to successful service delivery, team building, staff satisfaction, and positive community perception. She embraces calculated risk-taking and a person-centered model of care, continuously seeking creative improvement and the delivery of exceptional addiction medicine care.
Stephanie has contributed positively to the health of the Santa Cruz community, working in both private and public health services since 1989. As a dedicated public health professional, she remains focused on ensuring that accessible, high-quality and effective healthcare services are available to all to keep our community thriving and healthy in mind, body and spirit.
Stephanie has been with Janus since July 2021 and was instrumental in launching the “Open Access” model of care for our withdrawal management program. 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. This state-of-the-art medical and behavioral health center brought a shared campus with Dientes and MidPen Housing to Live Oak in Santa Cruz County. She has extensive experience working collaboratively with Medi-Cal Managed Care Plan Administrators, County health partners on initiatives aimed at strengthening systems of care for under-resourced, at-risk and vulnerable populations.
Stephanie has also 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 for recognizing and improving system gaps, Stephanie plans to continue to expand and improve Janus’s behavioral health programs and SUD/AUD/OUD services for the Santa Cruz community and surrounding area.
Jason Wasche, D.O., FASAM, is the Chief Medical Officer at Janus of Santa Cruz and Chief Physician & Surgeon of the Integrated Substance Use Disorder Program for California Corrections Health Care Services.
He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine. He is also a member of the California Society of Addiction Medicine Opioid Committee, American Society of Addiction Medicine, California Society of Addiction Medicine, American Academy of Family Physicians and American Osteopathic Association.
Jason has dedicated his time and efforts to treating those who are generally underserved with empathy and compassion, using data-driven information and medical advancements to offer best practices to those in the community.
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.
As a lifelong resident of Santa Cruz, Courtney Montgomery is driven by her commitment to caring for underserved residents in the community and challenging the stigma surrounding medication-assisted treatment and harm reduction methods. Her primary focus is to revolutionize addiction treatment delivery locally, regionally, and nationally, particularly addressing opioid use disorders in marginalized populations.
Courtney earned her bachelor’s degree at San José State University and graduate degree from UC San Francisco. She is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), Certified Addiction Registered Nurse-Advance Practice (CARN-AP), and Medical Services Director. She leverages her personal experience with 12-step recovery and harm-reduction practices, ensuring a holistic and supportive approach to addiction treatment.
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.