Who We Are

Advent Group Ministries is a faith-motivated, non-profit, social-service agency providing counseling and addiction recovery services to people of all ages and income levels since 1985. As Christians, we strive to extend the love of Christ to our clients while meeting their specific treatment needs.

our mission

To empower people to restore relationships and break the destructive cycles of abuse and addiction through the hope and healing made possible by Christ’s love and quality treatment.

our Vision

Reclaimed Hope. Realized Potential. Restored Lives

Program Directors

 Daniel Mahan

Daniel Mahan

Executive Director

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” – Albert Einstein

Daniel signed on at Advent in July 2002 as Resource Development Associate. After graduating with a BS in Business Administration (with a concentration in Finance) from San Jose State University, he was promoted to Director of Resource Development, where he served for the next three years. In 2007, he took on the role of Chief Administrative Officer. Daniel become Advent’s Executive Director in August 2014.

Daniel enjoys sports, darts, cards, music, movies, politics, and financial markets.

Dr. Christian O'Neil, MD

Dr. Christian O'Neil, MD

Medical Director

Dr. O’Neil joined the Advent Group Ministries team July 2018. He oversees the quality of medical care provided in the Residential Recovery Program, The Nest, and StepUp! Outpatient Program. He is well versed in Substance Use/Abuse as well as Mental Health challenges that face our youth in treatment.

Bruce Pickett

Bruce Pickett

Director of Counseling Services

Bruce Pickett, Director of Counseling Services, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked at Advent since 1989. He has held positions in residential, outpatient, and counseling services as a clinician and supervisor. He grew up in San Jose and attended San Jose State University for his Child Development and Social Work degrees. Bruce is thrilled when working with a client who is discovering and growing as well as supervising new therapists to be the best they can be.

Carol Fryer

Carol Fryer

Director of Human Resource

“For me, being able to gain experience and knowledge in an atmosphere that is sensitive to God gives me a foundation on which to better help those children who are hurt, abused and confused.”

Prior to joining Advent, Carol worked for Bethany University in Santa Cruz, CA, and for 11 years assisted her husband in the Youth Ministry at Cathedral of Faith Church. Raised in Spokane, Washington, she attended Northwest Christian High School and went on to study Psychology at Bethany College here in the Bay Area. Carol has been a part of Advent Group Ministries for over 20 years, serving in the Foster Care and Human Resources Departments.

Carol enjoys sports, reading, and singing professionally with her husband through their ministry, DCF Ministries.

Rocio Gonzalez

Rocio Gonzalez

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Rocio Gonzalez has been with Advent since March of 2015. She has worn many hats in that time; she was hired as our Community Resource Liaison, then was promoted to the Director of Strengthening Families Program in 2016, and now she is the Director of Prevention Services.

Rocio is attending William Jessup University to obtain her B.A. in Organizational Leadership. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends.

“Entrust your work to the LORD and your planning will succeed” Proverbs 16:3

Terri Goehner

Terri Goehner

Director of Resource Development

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

Terri is excited to be part of the Advent team. She joined Advent in April 2016 as the Director of Resource Development. Prior to joining Advent, she worked for a Christian consulting company providing services in the areas of capital campaigns, leadership development, executive searches, and organizational development. She has worked in the managed health care industry, the financial industry, the high-tech industry, and served on a church staff.

She is a California native who enjoys reading, gardening, and is an avid Sharks fan.

Roberto Ma, M.A.

Roberto Ma, M.A.

Director of Outpatient Services

Roberto has been with Advent since September of 2014. He has worn different hats in the agency: Initially hired as an Addiction Counselor, later became a Family Counselor and Associate Director of Outpatient Services. Roberto also volunteers his time providing therapy to Spanish speaking clients at the Counseling Department.

Roberto attended UCSD (Biology, BS) and Western Seminary (MA in Marital and Family Therapy, and Addiction Studies Certificate).
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, exploring the outdoors, and reading about 3-ologies (psychology, theology and technology).

Bryanna Pellizzer

Bryanna Pellizzer

Director of Stakeholder Relations

Contact

90 Great Oaks Blvd., Ste. 108
San Jose, CA 95119

Phone 1-800-98-ADVENT
Phone 1-408-281-0708
Fax 1-408-281-2658

Monday – Thursday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Fridays from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Closed on weekends