“Until you do what you believe in, you don’t know whether you believe in it or not”

Leo Tolstoy

Meet the Team

We believe

LAUREN BROCK

FOUNDER

CEO & Founder Lauren C. Brock is no stranger to advocacy. It’s her mission, her purpose, and her life’s work. Lauren started on this path in 2000 volunteering with Hollywood’s homeless population. Personally mentored in advocacy by philanthropist Aileen Getty, Lauren met people from all walks of life seeking services through Aileen’s GettLove organization as it scaled from a breakfast line to a full service day center complete with two hot meals, showers, and case management for bridge government services. Working with homeless children and families there was also Lauren’s introduction to her decades of work with foster youth and court advocacy, with exposure to the Los Angeles’ Children’s, Conservatorship, and Mental Health Courts, and where her relationship with NAMI began.
Simultaneously working in entertainment, Lauren attributes her business sense and entrepreneurial determination to the years she spent working with Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre. From there, she went on to launch her own production company, developing her first project for Sean Puffy Combs. A serial entrepreneur, Lauren has founded multiple businesses with an eye to serving the community. In 2017 she started a conscious apparel clothing line that partners with non-profit organizations in the community to help raise money where there is need.
In her nearly two decades of advocacy work serving the mentally ill and chemically dependent, Lauren has built a level of expertise with the treatment resistant population that is unmatched. She has a depth of experience in assisting people struggling with addiction to reach appropriate and effective levels of care with successful integration into a life of sobriety. A member of NAMI for five years and CADC trained, Lauren has facilitated multiple groups on addiction, relapse prevention, and grief. She is also an accomplished court advocate.  Seeking to share her expertise to meet the needs of millions of families facing addiction, Lauren formed The Advocacy Group to provide the gold standard in advocacy services. She developed TAG’s range of offerings to specifically meet the needs of those struggling to help addicted loved ones who lack the experience to know whom to trust and where to turn for support and care.
Her ability to create a heart connection through compassion allows Lauren to serve all populations in all situations. Lauren began traveling regularly to Haiti to assist in the efforts after the 2010 earthquake inspiring and aiding youth. She is still an active mentor to many of those she connected with, who are now thriving young adults. She has had similar experiences in Iran, Turkey, Lebanon, Tanzania, Ethiopia, the Congo, and Kenya. Lauren is also an active member on the board of ONE Recovery, a nonprofit program of inspiration and connection for young adults and teens to seed abstinence, sobriety, and recovery in the next generation.

THE ADVOCATES

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity…”

Simone Weil

CANDY FINNIGAN

PRINCIPAL INTERVENTIONIST – FAMILY PROGRAM

 

Ms. Finnigan is a nationally recognized addiction specialist, interventionist and author. She received her Certification in Chemical Dependency from UCLA and did her internship at Cedars-Sinai Hospital where she worked in Addiction Services. She was certified in Sex Addiction and Codependency by Dr. Patrick Carnes.

Candy is a Board Registered Interventionist, and she received her intervention training from the man who developed the process, Dr. Vern Johnson. “Intervention is a relatively new concept,” she explains, “it’s only been in use about 50 years. I feel extremely fortunate to have been personally trained by Dr. Vern Johnson.” Some of Candy’s affiliations as an interventionist include; the Betty Ford Center, Sierra Tucson, The Meadows, Promises West and Malibu, Hazelden, Talbots, Caron, Astoria Point/Rosebriar, The Ranch Recovery in Desert Hot Springs and many others.

Candy has been involved in all areas of recovery for over 23 years not only as an interventionist, but also in relapse prevention, family and individual counseling. Additionally, she has extensive experience in assessment, placement, and aftercare treatment.

She herself has been in recovery for 30 years. “I was inspired to go into this work because I saw that as a recovering woman, I might be able to connect with people in need” she says. “It’s not just my work, it’s my life.”

Ms Finnigan has been married for over 45 years. She and her husband Mike have two grown children; son, Kelly, and daughter, Bridget. In 2008 Candy wrote a comprehensive guide to intervention called “When Enough Is Enough”. The book is available through Penguin/Avery Publishing or Amazon.com.

GEOFFREY A. BOOTH

Consulting Physician

 

Geoffrey A. Booth, M.D. is one of the most sought after addiction medicine physicians in Malibu and the Los Angeles area. He has extensive experience in providing expert medical detoxification for the most complex clients. After earning his B.A. in psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, Dr. Booth attended New York Medical College. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at UCLA Olive View Medical Center and is Board-Certified in Addiction Medicine and Internal Medicine. After residency, Dr. Booth went into private practice where he garnered a statewide and nationwide referral base for patients who suffered from difficult-to-treat diagnoses.

Dr. Booth subsequently dedicated several years to providing medical services to the poor and uninsured. During this time, Dr. Booth was the Chief Medical Officer of three large urban Federally Qualified Health Centers and oversaw dozens of physicians and licensed health care providers. His responsibilities included supervising alcohol and drug and behavioral health departments. Over the years, Dr. Booth has treated thousands of addicts and now has dedicated most of his clinical time to providing medical care and detoxification to clients who suffer from substance abuse. He is committed to helping them establish the foundations for long-term sobriety.

“It is a courageous and monumental decision to leave the drink or drug you’ve known for so long and to reach out for a chance at freedom and a new life,” says Dr. Booth. “We provide the love, hope, and professional care clients need to safely start this magical journey,” he says.

While not working, Dr. Booth has a rich personal life filled with activities surrounded by friends and family. You can often catch him running through Palisades Park or cycling along the bike path through Santa Monica. He loves his family and spends a lot of time with his son playing games and teaching him sports.

JONA GENOVA

Principal Meditation Teacher & Healer

Jona Genova is an energy healer and teacher of Sustainable Compassion Training (SCT) bringing more than 23 years of devoted study and practice to her work. Jona’s practice is rooted in the idea that work “on the cushion” can translate to life “off the cushion”.

Jona is the founder of Samadhi for Peace, which offers workshops and classes to executives, luxury health clubs, and professional athletes in Southern California.

In 2015, Jona was requested to share her gifts of energy healing which include SCT with a preeminent residential treatment facility for adolescents suffering from dual-diagnosis. The positive outcomes of this complementary form of care led to the formation of Reiki Collective, an internship program for her method of healing modeled after other clinical professions and focused on the specific needs of those suffering from complex traumas.

Her work combining energy healing, crystals and meditation has been featured on MSN, Good Morning America, and the Associated Press. Jona serves as the Vice President of The Foundation for Active Compassion and she is most interested in cultivating compassion to drive social justice.

COLLEEN MEDLOCK

Principal Brand Advisor & Executive Coach

 

Colleen Medlock is a writer and brand advisor who partners with Founder and CEO Lauren C. Brock on branding and marketing initiatives.

She brings two decades of work in fundraising, marketing, and sales to The Advocacy Group, including a decade in Washington, D.C. working in politics and 10 years in Los Angeles working in publishing and luxury goods.

In 2015, Colleen founded her own brand advisory consultancy to advise health and wellness industry clients on brand development and digital marketing. She has extensive experience in building and scaling entrepreneurial campaigns and ventures and developing personal brands.

Colleen lives in Los Angeles with her husband and her dog, Whistle.

ELISHA RIGGS HALL

Director of Volunteer Services

 

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Elisha Riggs Hall knows the journey of recovery from drugs and alcohol firsthand. As a woman with 19 years of sobriety and a mother of three young children, her gratitude for life is the foundation for her work in service.

Elisha has worked in philanthropy for over twenty years. She developed and executed a strategy to shift the focus from national to local giving for an internationally renowned Los Angeles philanthropist, ensuring support for emerging non-profit organizations providing crisis services to local families in need.

A leader within the Los Angeles sober community, she is an active member in her 12 step program, having sponsored dozens of women in their recovery from drugs and alcohol. Elisha has spoken at panels at female prisons and recovery events all over Southern California. She has run groups for women in recovery and led mentoring programs for teen girls. She currently spends time working with Alexandria House, a local transitional housing for women and children Koreatown.

Elisha’s vision is to help foster a greater awareness of and perspective on the needs of the community.