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

Board of Directors

Jeff Davis

Jeff Davis

Chair

Jeff Davis graduated from New Mexico State University as an electrical engineer and received a Master’s Degree in electrical engineering from MIT. He worked for the federal government in Virginia as a high tech program manager before moving to Silicon Valley in 1985. He continued working as a program manager for a major defense contractor and then a commercial start up company before joining CityTeam Ministries as a development officer where he developed grant writing as a major new revenue stream.

Jeff served on CityTeam’s Board of Trustees from 1988 to 2003 and joined the Advent Board of Directors in 2012. He has taught a Bible study in the CityTeam Men’s Recovery Program for 11 years and has a heart for all who struggle with addiction. Jeff is enthusiastic about using his grant writing skills to assist Advent in identifying additional funding opportunities. He and his wife Becky were active at Saratoga Federated Church where Jeff served as President of the Council of Elders for 2 years. They have both served in leadership of Bible Study Fellowship for over 20 years.

Sherri Stuart

Sherri Stuart

Board Member

Sherri Stuart has served on Advent’s board since 1995. She runs her own one-woman grant writing company and has written grants for many local not-for-profits.

Sherri has donated untold amounts of labor and expertise to help Advent secure hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding and continues to be a staple of the fundraising that goes on at the agency.

She has shared her wisdom through being a mentor for troubled kids in her home town. She also serves as a key volunteer for St. Joseph’s food program in Gilroy, and is a member of Gilroy Arts Alliance. Sherri’s dedication and singular value to her community was recognized through her being named the 2007 Woman of the Year for the City of Gilroy.

Bob Connors

Bob Connors

Treasurer

Bob has served as CFO of several high technology companies in the Bay Area, both public and private. He has an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Washington University in St. Louis, and a BA in Physics and Math from Occidental College in Los Angeles.

He serves on the finance and audit committee at City Team Ministries and is Chair of the Local Outreach team at Saratoga Federated Church. He is part of the Village Forum in Saratoga.

Bob became acquainted with Advent through presentations by Mark Miller at his church and through working on the Local Outreach team. He says that when he visits Advent facilities and hears the testimony of students there, “I’m floored with how, through the work of the dedicated staff and the Holy Spirit, these students are in the process of changing their lives for the better– in miraculous ways.”

Gary Wimp

Gary Wimp

Secretary

Gary Wimp was introduced to Advent at one of the annual BBQ events and was “inspired by the testimonies” from current teen participants and the “positive impact that Advent has had on their lives”.

Gary is a commercial realtor with California Partners, Inc. in Mountain View, CA and joined the Advent board in 2012. He graduated from Regis University in Denver, Colorado and received his Masters Degree in Human Relations from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He is an elder in his church, the Highway Community in Mountain View, where he served for two years as Chairman of the Board. Gary lives in Los Altos, California with his wife, Shelia.

Robert Leonard

Robert Leonard

Board Member

Bob was raised in Indianapolis and graduated from Purdue University as a mechanical engineer. After college, he served in the Navy for two years. He then began working for Trane Co. in San Francisco, ending up managing the San Jose office. He is one of the founding members of Advent and has been on Advent’s Board of Directors since 1985 serving in many areas – Finance, Executive Committee and Golf Committee.

Bob has been active at Saratoga Federated Church for over 40 years. He and his wife Joan have three sons and seven grandchildren.

Sheyna Heard

Sheyna Heard

Board Member

Sheyna Heard is the Senior Pastor of Rohi Christian Church. She is a motivational speaker, entrepreneur, preacher, teacher, mother and avid business woman who has been involved in Christian ministry since 1995. She is a founding member of Rohi Christian Church and was ordained as a minister in August 2004. She and her husband also co-founded the San Jose Chapter of Midnight Basketball which served over 25,000 at-risk youth from 1995-2012. Sheyna has helped raise over $3 million in grants and private donations for youth programs.

Behind her compassionate concern and spiritual vigor is a story of tragedy and triumph, poverty and prosperity. Sheyna has overcome turbulent early years and has now dedicated her life to helping others do the same by transforming their circumstances to discover God’s unique promise of divine destiny for their lives. On October 5, 2008 Sheyna’s husband, Pastor Jeffery Heard, was called home to be with the Lord. It was at this moment the Lord called Sheyna to fill the role of Senior Pastor.

A native of St Louis, Missouri, she receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University and she hold a Master’s of Business Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She received her Master of Divinity from The King’s Seminary in May 2015.

Now a single mother of two dynamic boys, Jeffery S. Heard II, and Joshua Stanly Heard, Pastor Sheyna believes her first ministry is to her family and has served as a basketball and baseball coach for her son’s sports teams.

Sheyna is best known, not for the things above, but for her undying love for the Lord. She seeks to spend time alone with God each day but admits that it is often a challenge with a busy schedule and young children. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, reading, exercising, and watching her boys play baseball.

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.

Renee Brown

Renee Brown

Chief Clinical Officer- Compliance Officer

“For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome” Jeremiah 29:17

Renee has recently returned to Advent Group Ministries, having worked before in the late 90’s as a Case Worker. The verse from Jeremiah has proven true over and over again as her personal and professional journey reflects God’s clear hand of providence.

She is a graduate of JFK University Clinical Psychology program, and earned her license in California as a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. Renee has a wide variety of experiences such as private practice work, adolescent and adult inpatient psychiatric hospitals, community mental health clinics, recovery homes for teens, homeless shelter and day program for the severely mentally ill, and several different chemical dependency treatment venues. Renee is passionate about recovery, both from addiction to drugs or alcohol, and from unhelpful behaviors.

Renee is thrilled to be back at Advent as so many staff are still here! She is excited to be using her God-given gifts to assist in both quality of treatment to our clients as well as to provide a supportive environment for our staff.

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

Roberto Ma

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).

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