Stephen Mercurio Chief Operating Officer
Stephen’s unwavering commitment to excellence is the hallmark of his position as the Chief Operating Officer at Akua Mind and Body. His work in Drug and Alcohol Treatment has become a staple in the industry. His experience ranges from hands-on work with clients as a Case Manager and Director of Academic Development to Administrative positions directing programs and facilities. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and is an Internationally Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Stephen believes that the best way to honor his commitment to quality of care for every Akua client is to support his team of Directors, Clinicians and Technicians, so they may dedicate themselves to the work of transforming lives.
Lauren Cabaldon LMFT Clinical Director
Lauren is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and serves as Akua’s Clinical Director. Lauren secured a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and has extensive experience working in the addiction treatment industry. Lauren is passionate about helping clients get in touch with their spiritual selves and believes strongly in the power of community to promote healing and growth of the mind, body, and spirit.
Mayur Sampat V.P. Finance
Mayur Sampat has over twenty years experience in Finance and Budgeting. He is an experienced executive in Revenue Cycle Management. Prior to joning Akua, Mayur was the senior finance manager at All Star Metals, a defence contractor with over 250 employees . He has a calculated approach to risk management. Mayur has an exceptional track record for process improvements, financial planning analysis, and cash flow management. He has a BS degree, with a major in Accounts & Auditing.
Barbara Williamson Marketing Director
Barbara Williamson has been in the Marketing world for nearly twenty years, creating stories that connect to consumers and bring about positive results for companies. She strives to bring authenticity to the narrative that surrounds addiction and mental health and works hard to put the AKUA name in front of as many people as possible.
Connie Antenorcruz Human Resources / Accreditation
Connie Antenorcruz is a compassionate professional with more than fifteen years’ experience in leading operations, planning, developing and evaluating personnel and labor relations strategies including policies, programs and procedures to address the organization’s human resource and accreditation requirements. She considers herself a life-long learner, which has prepared her for the challenging position of Human Resources/Accreditation for Akua Mind and Body. Connie has keen and innovative insights in the areas of talent management, organizational development, and building and motivating teams. Connie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management and a Master of Science in Business Administration.
Board & Advisors
Kenny Dewan Founder & #1 Fan of the Best Clinical Team in California
Kenny Dewan, is the founder of Akua Mind & Body and of MondayOne. Kenny is an accomplished leader, motivational speaker, and a business executive. With over 27 years of business experience, Kenny brings a vast array of knowledge, passion, and leadership skills to Akua. He is also a popular motivational speaker who has been interviewed by Forbes and Builder & Developer in regards to his philosophy and business acumen. With the assistance of the best clinical team in California, Kenny has created an open, collaborative culture at Akua, which has directly translated into an environment of health and healing for all clients. With an unparalleled commitment to excellent and active fostering of ownership across all levels of the company, Kenny has helped Akua become a Leader in Mental Health & addiction Treatment.
Raj Takhar Board Member & Senior Vice President Strategy Provider Integration
His Role at Huntington to lead Corporate Strategy including Joint Ventures, Alliances, Payer Strategy including Network Affiliation(s), and to oversee relationships with Aligned Physician Networks who operate in San Gabriel Valley on a Global Risk basis. In addition, he is responsible for Physician Integration which includes directing and leading the Strategy and Operations of Huntington’s Foundation Model: 1206(L). He has over Twenty Five (25) years experience in Physician Delivery Operations, including Medical Group Model and IPAs, mergers and acquisitions of Delivery, network development and management of Physician Networks assuming Global Risk.