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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.

History

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 37 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.

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Our Vision

Mariposa Women and Family Center is a safe harbor for women and families from diverse socio-economic communities who receive a high standard of supportive care.

Our Mission Statement

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


Programs & Services

At Mariposa, Spanish for “butterfly”, counselors help clients through their metamorphisis of healing and learning new life skills.

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. Not long after joining the leadership team at Mariposa, Krista became CEO.

During Krista’s seven 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 has a new book coming out in 2019 called ManTrap.

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

Ann Rankowitz


Director of Operations

Lindsey Crook

Community Counseling Program Manager

Megan Lovingier, MSW, ASW

Community Counseling Program Manager

Theresa Steiner, MFTI

Board of Directors

FY 2017 - 2018

Officers

Board Chair
Jeff Singletary

Attorney at Law – Snell & Wilmer

Secretary
Darcy Lewis

Pacific Life

Treasurer
Diane Wittenberg, CPA

Partner – Audit & Business Advisory Services Haskell & White LLP

FY 2017 - 2018

Board Members

Murray Schrantz
Principal

True North Transitions

Michelle Pavone
Mariposa Consulting

Governance Chair

Tricia Dow, CIC,
Barney & Barney

A Marsh & McLennan Insurance Agency LLC, Company

Susan Dixon

Senior Vice President/Investments, Branch Manager, Stifel

Diana Janis

Executive Director, Compensation & HRIS, Memorial Care Health Systems

Nickie Tran

Owner, IQ Risk Insurance Services, LLC

Jessica Burst

Account Associate, Institutional Client Management, PIMCO

Financial Information

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.

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