Syddell Wight - Lead Residential Coordinator
Syddell has been in the residential caregiving field for over 15yrs. She currently is going to Grossmont College to receive her associates in Administration of Justice and one day hopes to run motivational groups for individuals in need of rebuilding a solid, healthy foundation for their new sober life. She stands whole heartedly behind the choice for sobriety due to experiencing firsthand the hardships of what addiction can cause. She is proud to be a part of Apex and what Apex stands for.
You can catch her during her spare time soaking up the rays in San Diego with her three boys and supporting them during their basketball, football, soccer and baseball games. She also enjoys playing sports herself and going on random adventures with her family and friends.
Kim Gilkey - Residential Technician
Kimberly is a California native, and has lived in Southern California her entire life. After visiting Coronado for a family wedding, she decided to make San Diego her home. Kimberly was raised with strong family values and would describe herself as a compassionate and caring person. She has always enjoyed working with people, and helping people through whatever they may be walking through. After graduating high school, Kimberly knew that she wanted to work in the helping profession and decided to pursue substance abuse counseling. In 2014, Kimberly graduated from Mueller College of Holistic Studies with an Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification and is a California Registered Alcohol and Drug Trainee. After completing an internship at Veterans Village San Diego, Kimberly felt called to further her education and pursue a Bachelors of Social Work, which she is in process of completing at Brandman University.
On her down time, Kimberly can be found volunteering with many ministries within her church including working with disadvantaged youth in the local communities, as well as walking through life with other young, married couples. She enjoys spending days with her husband and dog, as well as trying new cuisines at local San Diego restaurants.
Brandon Whitaker - Residential Technician
Brandon has been in the healthcare industry since late 2015 when he began his training as a medical assistant. Previously Brandon had served in the United States Navy and upon discharge had been looking into a change in career path. He went into school first for Information Systems Technology and then decided that he would like to look into healthcare instead. After finishing school as a medical assistant Brandon worked in psychiatry under an administrative role.
Outside of his professional life, Brandon spends nearly all of his time with his wife, kids and extended family and works with computers and networking when he gets the chance.
Erik Weiser - Residential Technician
Erik Weiser graduated in 2016. He was born in New York and moved to San Diego in 2000. He chose to go into the medical field because it is his goal to become a medical doctor and work in the organization Doctors Without Borders. He is very familiar with drug addiction and addiction behavioral tendencies. For a very long time, since 2000, it has been something he has witnessed and dealt with among many friends. Erik loves to workout at the gym, surf, rock climb, listen to music, and capture photographs.
Francisco Rodriguez - Residential Technician
Francisco Rodriguez is a Medical Assistant with 6 years’ experience. Francisco graduated from high school while he was in the California Department of Corrections, and graduated with his Medical Assistant Certification from San Diego College. Francisco decided to become a medical assistant because he wanted to help people, and specifically works at Apex Recovery because he wants to help people who have been through the same stuff he has, and has been working for Apex for 2 years. Francisco is also the Office Manager for Dr. Jerry Ayers, who works closely with Apex. Francisco is proud to say that he has 9 years clean and sober. He likes to spend his free time with his family and dog.
Kealoha Jones, Residential Technician
Kealoha received her MA in 2009 with hopes to start her career and continue schooling for her BSN. In 2010 she found out she was pregnant with her daughter and put her career and schooling on hold to give her full attention to her growing family. When the opportunity to join, Apex was given to her, she was more than happy to take it.
In her spare time, you can catch her exploring beautiful San Diego with her family, building something with her husband, watching her daughter dance hula, or chasing after her son.
Mario Hermez, Residential Technician
Mario was raised in Iraq. His family decided to move to San Diego for better education options. He has always enjoyed helping people. Mario graduated from UEI College for Medical Assistants in 2016. He enjoys sports and meeting new people.
Rebecca Whitacre, Residential Technician
Rebecca was born and raised in San Diego. Her family has played an instrumental part in motivating her life path. There has been an extensive line of teachers in her family and education has always been important. Rebecca spent a few years at the Community College. She immersed herself in Human Service classes and fell in love with Social Work. She achieved her Associates degree’s in both Social Work and Alcohol and Other Drug Studies (AODS). She has strong ties to the recovery community and enjoys being of service.
Currently, she is a student at San Diego State University pursuing a Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Work with emphasis on Mental Health. She aspires towards working in the Mental Health field specifically working with people with co-occurring disorders. Recently, her life has changed and she has a new purpose. She is happily married and became a mom to a handsome little boy. They love to have family excursions and enjoy outdoor activities together. She enjoys spending time with her 1 year old and her husband. Presently she is teaching her son to swim. In her leisure time, she likes to go to the beach, attend community festivities, and exercise at the gym.
Steevy Danielsen, Residential Technician
Steevy was born and raised in San Diego, California so it’s safe to say she knows her way around San Diego. Growing up she would often deal with healthcare personnel as a patient, therefore decided to pursue a career in the healthcare field to provide excellent patient care along with offering help to ones who need it. After making her career decision she attended PIMA Medical Institute and graduated receiving a certificate in medical assisting. Having personal experiences with drug and alcohol addiction applying for APEX seemed to be a great place to begin her career. On her days off you will find Steevy enjoying San Diego weather as well as studying to better her career in becoming a Certified Medical Assistant.
Jeff Guillen, Head Chef
Jeff Guillen was born and raised in Southern California and decided to call San Diego "home" in 2014. Jeff attended Le Cordon Bleu immediately after graduating high school and graduated with his Certification in Patisserie and Baking in 2009. Jeff completed an externship at Roys Rancho Mirage and has found himself working in restaurants ever since. Jeff has worked in an array of jobs from small, independent restaurants in Temecula's wine country, to country clubs, and even well-known San Diego Restaurants such as Georges at the Cove in La Jolla, Ca.
Aside from cooking, Jeff loves to spend time with his beautiful wife of 5 years, adventuring local spots in San Diego, and taking day trips to Disneyland. Jeff is also very involved with different ministries at his church including the hospitality ministry and the high school youth ministry. Jeff has a compassionate heart toward people and find his experience of working at Apex Recovery the best of both worlds and unlike any other job he's had.
Anthony Berry, Assistant Chef
Anthony is originally from Los Angeles and had a career in Business and Marketing. Having felt something was missing, he decided to move to San Diego and follow his passion in the kitchen. He enrolled at the International Culinary Schools at the Art Institute to pursue a degree in the Culinary Arts. Anthony has since worked in both fine dining and rustic restaurants allowing him to showcase his versatility in his food.
In his free time, Anthony likes to continue his pursuit of culinary knowledge, cook at events with other Chefs and explore San Diego and its culture.