Robert Salcedo has worked in the recovery field for almost 13 years. He has extensive experience serving those who struggle with addiction, and his mission is to lead clients on a new path towards recovery. Robert expresses extreme compassion for all individuals, and clients know from Robert’s sweet spirit that they are loved and cared for.
Robert began his journey in the treatment field in 2008 and has worked his way up to Program Director through his strong work ethic, integrity, and commitment. He uses his experience and individualized approach to ensure exceptional client experience from their first day to a successful discharge. Robert can often be found hiking with clients and helping them open up on heavy topics in a safe space. Robert creates an environment where both men and women feel comfortable in being vulnerable so they can start the healing process. He lives to teach clients how to achieve sobriety by building a solid foundation in recovery. Robert inspires Compass Recovery’s team to strive for excellence in client care by promoting awareness of individual needs. Robert’s goal is to ensure that Compass Recovery builds the most sincere and exceptional quality service that fulfills the expectations of our clients and their loved ones.
Robert is from Garden Grove, California. In his spare time, he coaches high school football and softball and attends his local church. Robert is the father of an 18-year-old son who plays football and wrestles and a 14-year-old daughter who plays softball and basketball. Robert’s favorite quote is “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” – Psalms 34 V 18.
Kendra Hayes is a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor by the California Association of Alcohol/Drug Educators and Addiction Counselor Certification Board of California. She graduated top of her class at Saddleback College with a major in Human Services and a focus on Alcohol and Other Drugs. Since graduating, Kendra has worked with clients in inpatient and outpatient settings to treat substance abuse, mental health, eating disorders, codependency, and family issues.
Kendra has personal experience with eating disorders, toxic relationships, and other issues that stand in the way of recovery. The hardships Kendra faced only solidify her fierce belief in guiding clients towards their purpose so they can live fulfilled lives. Kendra knows that the epidemic of suffering can be addressed through compassion, understanding, and education. She provides a safe space where her clients can find their voice, unlock negative thoughts, and move forward into a positive lifestyle. Kendra uses a direct, compassionate approach to find the root of clients’ issues. She remains open and real with her clients and invites them to be real right back at her.
Kendra found her home at Compass Recovery in early 2020. She utilizes relapse prevention strategies, craving management, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based approach, and self-discovery to help clients recognize their new truth. Kendra’s recovery method can be surprising to clients at first, but they find that she engages them in a productive and healing way. When not working with clients, Kendra enjoys meditation, yoga, being outdoors, connecting with others, and teaching her daughter about the world.
Kenny Schaefer is a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor licensed through the state of California. He is passionate about his role as Case Manager. As a disabled veteran, Kenny has a working knowledge of how addiction and PTSD affect our nation’s veterans. After the military, Kenny received his bachelor’s in Science and Secondary Education from New Mexico State University. Kenny spent 15 years working with “At-Risk” populations, where he discovered the devastating effects of addiction on children and their families. Kenny realized that he wanted to do more for these communities, so he acquired a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction through the University of Phoenix and an Addiction Studies Certification from Cypress College.
Kenny has a great deal of respect, empathy, compassion, and understanding for his clients. Connection is the key element to his interaction with them. Kenny is very knowledgeable about a vast array of personal interests and experiences. Clients find it easy to cultivate a deep and meaningful connection with him as they move into the next season of their recovery journey. Kenny focuses on creating a relapse prevention plan for each client. Every plan is tailored to the client, and Kenny uses their unique strengths as the secret ingredient to their relapse prevention master plan.
Kenny has worked in dual diagnosis treatment for 3 years, but the past 20 years of his career path prepared him to work with our clients and hear their struggles. He believes that there is no quick fix for recovery. The process requires community resources and the combined efforts of many stakeholders. Kenny challenges clients to go deeper into their recovery work and to develop a healthy daily routine that balances psychological, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs, and aftercare. Kenny also knows that finding purpose is a critical part of the recovery process. With appropriate guidance and the willingness to get better, anyone can achieve a happy, fulfilling life.