Felita Jones, EdD, MPA
Dr. Jones has extensive experience working with community based organizations in regards to patient/client engagement, standardizing services across all sites, establishing best practices, eliminating barriers to access, meeting national standards, and documenting strong outcome measures. She has spent the last 10 years overseeing nonprofit operations, managing community-based programs, and leading teams. She has had the great opportunity to work with a variety of Boards of Directors, facilitating deliberations and leading strategic planning efforts. Additionally, as a professional fundraiser she has raised millions of dollars for organizations throughout California, utilizing her grant writing and proposal and manuscript preparation experience. She has developed and managed a variety of programs and multi-disciplinary teams in the health, legal and education sectors.
Jones holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration and a Master’s degree in Public Administration; she recently completed her doctoral degree in the Education-Organizational Leadership program at the University of La Verne. Her successfully defended dissertation was entitled, “Examining Parent Perceptions of AAC Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities.” She also penned an e-textbook on healthcare management and leadership with a tenured professor at California State University Long Beach for Ashford University. Jones has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed medical journals in the areas of pediatric asthma, allergies, health disparities and community based healthcare.
Rachael Bloom, LCSW, PPSC
Director of Behavioral Health
Rachael Bloom, LCSW has been working with children and families for the past 15 years. She received her B.A. from University of California, Santa Barbara, and her MSW from San Jose State University before joining FACT in 2010. She currently oversees FACT’s Behavior Intervention and Clinical programs.
As a therapist, Rachael specializes in treatment of mood and behavioral disorders in children and adults and well as psychotherapy for individuals on the autism spectrum. She has experience with dual diagnoses, trauma focused therapy, couples counseling, and parent training. Trained as a Social Worker, Rachael brings a strengths based, client centered focus to treatment and provides individual, couples, family, and group therapy in FACT’s Westwood office
Jillian Van Leuven, MPA
Director of Operations
Jillian has been a part of the FACT team since 2001. She has a vested interest in supporting individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental challenges maximize the the quality of their lives. Jillian has received her BA in Psychology and MPA Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in not-for-profit management. With these combined degrees she has been able to work directly with the individuals and families we support and also help FACT grow by developing programs and services while implementing the infrastructure needed to support this continued growth. Jillian now serves as our Director of Operations and is one of our key senior administrators. She strives to keep FACT moving forward towards its’ mission and is always forward thinking in how we can best serve our clients.
Sonni Bendetson, MEd
Director of Adult and Transition Programs
Hired in January 2017, Sonni has demonstrated a keen understanding of and alignment with FACT’s mission, and her specialization in adult and transition programs and services will be a major asset to the department.
Through her combined experiences leading transition services, adult day services, and employment services across several agencies, she has developed a strong understanding of these areas. As manager of employment services at WorkLink, she utilized her abilities to identify opportunities, collaborate with employers, and understand businesses’ needs to create individualized, competitive jobs for clients with an array of support needs. Additionally, her responsibilities included overseeing a Project SEARCH site, an internationally recognized vocational training program for transition age students and young adults with disabilities.
She received her Master of Arts in Special Education, Severe Disabilities at Vanderbilt University, and previously received her Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude at Tufts University where she majored in Child Studies and Human Development. At Vanderbilt, she joined a prolific research team in the area of transition and employment outcomes and wrote her thesis on customized employment and job development strategies for jobseekers with disabilities. Most recently at The Help Group, she supervised and consulted several transition and pre-employment training programs across the agency.
Assistant Director of Operations