Eden Garcia-Balis has been named the new executive director of Airport Marina Counseling Service in Westchester.
Garcia-Balis, who has worked in the mental health field for 15 years and is a licensed marriage and family therapist, succeeds Kathleen O’Leary Lefferman.
Garcia-Balis comes to the counseling service from the Pasadena Mental Health Center, where she served as executive director. While at the health center, she was instrumental in growing the internship/trainee program and developing a middle tier program for post graduate interns to continue to accrue clinical hours and receive quality supervision, a center spokesperson said.
Garcia-Balis was also the point person in directing the expansion of several community-impacting contracts, most notably the Youth Accountability Program, which works collaboratively with the Pasadena Police Department in helping at-risk youth in Pasadena, the spokesperson said.
The new Airport Marina Counseling Service executive director says she has a passion for working with the underprivileged, uninsured or underinsured and believes all people regardless of socio economic status deserve quality, mental health services they can afford.