Athena entered the substance use disorder field in 2007 working as a preventionist for a non-profit organization called “Project Safer." While completing her internship, she was offered a counselor position working for an intensive outpatient program called Alterative Action Program, which at the time was contracted with the city to provide treatment for Pro. 36 participants.

In 2008, Athena became a certified substance use disorder counselor through the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE) and changed jobs to further her experience in the field. She began working for the Genesis Programs Inc., which is an outpatient substance use disorder treatment program, in June of 2008 and still works there currently. Initially starting as a preventionist and advancing to a Clinical Director has provided Athena with a well-rounded perspective and experience that is unique in the field.

Athena is currently a non-reciprocal Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADC) and Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC) through California Consortium of Addiction Programs and professionals (CCAPP). Additionally, she is a student at Purdue Global University pursuing her bachelor’s degree in psychology of addiction.