Gilbert S. Abdalian, MS, MBA, MFT, CRC
Divisional Director, Portals
As Divisional Director of Portals, Gil provides oversight and direction to Portalsí clinical programs and administration teams and leads the implementation of Portalsí recently-awarded Full Service Partnership (FSP) Programs.
Gil comes to Portals after a distinguished career at Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center, having most recently served as Vice President of the Forensic Mental Health Division managing a $7.5 million division operating a group of mental health programs that included Community Care Licensed residential programs and Medi-Cal certified outpatient clinics. His oversight included clinical services, quality assurance, fiscal efficiency, contract negotiations, budgeting, and adherence to regulatory guidelines.
Gil has over 22 years of direct experience in clinical delivery and administration of mental health services Ė specializing in community-based rehabilitation using a bio-psychosocial/relapse prevention model in both mental health and substance abuse programs. In 1986, Gil began administering forensic mental health programs for Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center and in 1990, was appointed by California State Department of Mental Health as the ďCommunity Program DirectorĒ (pursuant to Penal Code 1605) administering the Los Angeles County Conditional Release Program (CONREP) for those patients found not guilty by reason of insanity or incompetent to stand trial.
Gilís experience extends beyond clinical service delivery and executive business operations. He is Past-President of the Forensic Mental Health Association of California and has provided testimony to the California State Legislature regarding involuntary treatment laws. He was appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to the Mentally Ill Offenders Crime Reduction Committee and served five years on the UCLA School of Medicine Institutional Review Board. He was an elected public official for the Beach Cities Health Districtís South Bay Hospital (a 200 bed medical/surgical hospital and medical campus with $100 million in assets) serving two terms as Board President and Treasurer and most recently he was appointed to CSULA Graduate School of Social Work Advisory Board to help develop a Forensic Social Work tract.
Gil attended California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) and the University of Southern California (USC). He is licensed in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and is nationally certified in Rehabilitation Counseling.
Greg Swift, LMFT
Associate Divisional Director
As Portalsí Associate Divisional Director, Greg focuses on staff hiring, training, quality assurance and UOS delivery/monitoring across all Portals programs.
He comes to Portals with over 14 years of experience in the mental health field including direct service delivery, clinical supervision, and program administration related to fiscal and regulatory requirements. He is experienced in delivering services in adult residential programming, in-patient older-adult IMD programs, Transitional Age Youth (TAY) programs and adult outpatient programs including Homeless Case Management (AB 2034), MHSA Full Service Partnership (FSP) and Intensive Community Services (ICS).
Prior to joining Portals, Greg served as Regional Administrator at Telecare in Ventura County where he supervised a multitude of mental health programs. While working at Telecare, Greg assisted in the organizationís ten year plan to end homelessness. Greg also held positions at College Hospital, Bellflower Hospital and Homes For Life Foundation. He is experienced in the bio-psychosocial rehabilitation model and has training and experience in DBT and Recovery Model services.
Greg has a Masterís degree in Counseling Psychology from National University and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT).
Peter Cashorali, MFT
Director, Mariposa Clubhouse Recovery & Wellness Center
and Field Capable Clinical Services
Peter assumed the role of Director at Portalsí Mariposa Clubhouse and Field Capable Clinical Services (FCCS) program in November 2008, a position he had held on an interim basis since August 2008. He brings more than eight years of experience in the field of human services, and currently manages a variety of direct outpatient mental health services to adults, including group and individual counseling, psychiatric consultation, medication monitoring, employment training and placement and socialization. Peter also oversees the outreach services the FCCS staff provides in the greater Los Angeles area, and has recently developed a Wellness Center at the Clubhouse using Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funds.
Prior to his arrival at Portals, Peter was a social worker, therapist and case management supervisor for six years at AIDS Service Center in Pasadena, where he still facilitates a support group for HIV-positive men over the age of 45. A gay rights and AIDS/HIV advocate, he also provides independent therapeutic services tailor to those populations four nights per week.
Peter has been a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFT) since 2006. He has a bachelorís degree in psychology from Antioch University and a masterís degree in counseling psychology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute. Peter is also an accomplished author of two books which focus on the gay community and the issues that arise there.
Edna Mercorios, Psy.D.
Community Connections Clubhouse Recovery and Wellness Center
Edna became Interim Center Director for Community Connections on April 18, 2007. She also continues to serve as Mental Health Clinical Supervisor for Community Connections, a role she has played since October of 2005.
Edna has spent the last 19 years in the mental health field, working with severely and persistently mentally ill and dually diagnosed individuals. She has been at Portals since 2003, starting as a Licensed Service Coordinator and Clinician for the AB 2034 program in Service Area 6. Two years later, she began overseeing both the AB 2034 and Community Connections Clubhouse programs.
Prior to her arrival at Portals, Edna spent five years at Pacific Clinicsí PARTNERS (now ACT) Program in Pasadena as a registered psychologist and clinician. At PARTNERS, Edna worked with the young-to-middle aged, ethnically diverse clients who were dually diagnosed with severe mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Edna conducted both individual therapy and skill-building sessions as part of these clientsí recovery.
Edna has been licensed as a clinical psychologist since 2000. She has a Bachelorís degree in Psychology from the University of California at Riverside, and Masterís and Doctorate degrees, with an emphasis in Marriage, Family and Child, and Multicultural Community and Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and California School of Professional Psychology (C.S.P.P.), Los Angeles, respectively.
Victoria Onwualu, MBA, MSW, LCSW
Director, Wilshire Recovery & Wellness Center
Intensive Community Services and Transitional Age Youth
Victoria serves as Director of Portalsí Wilshire Recovery and Wellness Center, which includes overseeing the Intensive Community Services (ICS), FSP (Full Service Partnership), CLP (Community Living Program), and Transitional Age Youth (TAY) programs. She manages the supervision of a staff of psychologists, case managers, social workers, Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs), registered nurses (RNs) and psychiatrists.
Victoria started her social work career as a Child Behavior Specialist at Dubnoff Center for Child Development. She later worked in various clinical, behavioral and social work positions with the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic, the Inner Circle Foster Family Agency, and Kedren Community Mental Health Center.
Victoria is a graduate of the University of Nigeria with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education Biology and an MBA in Management. She completed the required course work for a Master of Science degree in Guidance and Counseling at the University of Benin, Nigeria, before relocating to the United States of America. She also graduated with a Masterís degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Southern California and she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).