Meet the Team


Effie Goldberg

Managing Director

Effie Goldberg has over 13 years of experience as a business executive and as a community leader. His record of decisiveness, initiative, and perseverance has made him into a creative, innovative, and effective leader, facilitator, and team player. His 20+ year commitment to teens is well known in the Jewish and non-profit

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Jess Beck

Clinical Director

Jessica comes to Ascend with over 10 years of experience in mental health treatment with both adolescents and adults. As the former Acting Director of the Addictive Behaviors Clinic at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center, she developed expertise in the field of evidenced-based addiction treatment. At the VA

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Joseph Essas


Joseph Essas spent over 25 years in Technology industry, currently serving as Chief Technology Officer at OpenTable, the role he holds since 2012. At OpenTable he is responsible for the development, operation, and growth of all products, driving data centric approach to engineering initiatives to ensure that OpenTable’s

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Brittany Cohen

Director of Operations & Planning

Brittany holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California and has over 10 years of experience working with adolescents in a variety of acute treatment settings.

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