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Our Story

Mariposa Women & Family Center is a not-for-profit organization that specializes in women's health issues. These include counseling, mental health, drug and alcohol support, domestic violence, community workshops, and professional training. Since our inception, we have been passionate about improving the health of our local communities through the well being of women, their children, and their families.

At Mariposa, we offer therapy services to more than 2,200 women each year. We are one of the only women-specific substance abuse treatment programs in Orange County. We believe it is critically important to offer women-specific substance abuse treatment programs because women with a history of trauma or abuse are more likely to recover in gender-specific treatment programs that address these factors.

More often than not, women’s addiction comes with complicating factors such as mental health issues related to depression, anxiety, or trauma. Our counselors at are professional, caring women who take an integrated approach to treatment by addressing all interrelated issues with appropriate therapies and services.


Mariposa’s story is one of growth and evolution. Founded in 1977 by Fran McGowan, she saw a need for gender-specific alcohol abuse treatment for women; Mariposa staff quickly recognized the link between substance abuse and mental health, and soon added gender-specific mental health care to tackle these often-linked challenges for the women of Orange County.

Over its many years of service, Mariposa has diversified its counseling program to include services for the whole family. Today, Mariposa is considered to be a trusted source for counseling and therapy in Orange County and is working to become a leading organization in mental health services for the region.

Our Mission

Mariposa Women & Family Center is dedicated to improving the quality of life for women and families in Orange County by providing high quality, specialized therapy services.


Lives Changed




Board Members


Awards Won

Our Vision

Create a world of healthy minds and functional lives

Our Mission Statement

“Empowering women & families to achieve positive changes in their lives.”


Commitment - Accountability - Respect - Empower -

Executive Leadership Team

Dr. Krista Driver, LMFT

As the CEO of Mariposa Women & Family Center, Krista Driver has a natural affinity for empowering women and families to make positive changes in their lives. The first four years of Krista’s life were spent in foster care; her mother was just 15 years old when she gave birth to her. Despite her best efforts, Krista’s birth mother was unable to care for her baby, and Krista was adopted just before her 4th birthday. Krista determined early on that she was going to create a better life for herself and that has always fueled her work at Mariposa Women & Family Center: to create a place for people to heal and to discover a better life for themselves.

Krista earned a doctorate in Psychology from the American Behavioral Studies Institute at age 25 and became a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. She opened a private practice and worked in an inpatient facility before taking a Director position at Mariposa Women & Family Center in 2011. Not long after joining the leadership team at Mariposa, Krista became CEO.

During Krista’s years as CEO at Mariposa, she has become an expert in program development, nonprofit business strategies, and developing clinical best practices. In 2016, she was recognized with an award for outstanding contributions in the field of mental health by the Mental Health Association of Orange County. Krista is a published author and her new book is out in 2019 called Mani/Pedi - A true life Rags to Riches story.

In her time away from Mariposa, Krista enjoys reading, painting, and photography.

Krista Driver - CEO, Mariposa Treatment Center

President & CEO

Dr. Krista Driver, LMFT

CalWORKs Program Director

Tina Rossi, LCSW

Director of Operations

Lindsey Crook

Community Counseling Program Director

Megan Mallon, LCSW

CalWORKs Program Administrator

Marcela Lucero

Board of Directors

FY 2021-2022


Diana Janis

Board Chair
Executive Director, Compensation and HRIS Memorial Care System

Susan Dixon

Vice Chair
Senior Vice President, Stifel Nicolaus

Diane Wittenberg, CPA

Partner – Audit & Business Advisory Services Haskell & White LLP

Alisa Driscoll

Interim Vice President of Community Relations, Chapman University

FY 2021-2022

Board Members

Murray Schrantz

True North Transitions

Gail Nishida

Chief Compliance Officer
Chapman University

Sarah Ayad

Snell & Wilmer

Kimberly Wright

Revolve Law Group, LLP

Nickie Tran

IQ Risk Insurance Services, LLC

Shannon Lamb

Lawyer. Negotiator. Counselor. Advocate.

Michelle Pavone

Mariposa Consulting

Suzanne Krainock

Inspired Benefit Auctions

Eric Purmort

Vice President

Sponsors / Partners

Mariposa is proud to partner with a wide range of agencies, businesses, and organizations that provide important assistance in achieving our mission. We are extremely grateful for the relationships and partner network we have built.