MEET THE LIVE NEXT STEPS TEAM
“When people ask me about our recipe for success, I tell them, ‘It’s simple, we do WHATEVER it takes.’”
Dr. Ronaye Calvert DeSiena, Program Director of LIVE Next Steps, is an adolescent specialist with over 30 years working with adolescents and young adults with specific needs. Dr. DeSiena holds a doctorate in Psychology as well as Master’s Degrees in Guidance/Counseling, Administration and Spanish. As an Educational and Vocational Consultant, she prides herself on finding and utilizing innovative techniques and approaches to help her clients overcome challenges and reach success.
With vast experience and expertise in the educational system, Dr. DeSiena is a skilled advocate and pioneer of change for her clients and families. With her dynamic and knowledgeable approach, Dr. DeSiena is an expert at resolving issues that appeared to have no solution.
Her ability to speak Spanish fluently welcomes a diverse population to whom she can offer her services.
“My clients are heroes- brave, capable, amazing individuals. It’s my job to hold the mirror up until they can see that in themselves.”
As Client Coordinator of LIVE Next Steps, Ronaye’s personal philosophy is not to help clients see what is wrong with them, but rather to help them acknowledge and embrace what is right with them.
“Clients often need help, not only discussing their feelings and problems but, taking action toward living differently. You don’t get there nearly as effectively by simply talking. In developing comprehensive Success Plans for our clients, I am not simply utilizing my experience and education to help clients discuss problems and think their way toward resolution; I am helping them take ACTION toward changing their lives.”
MATT CONLEY, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
“There is no room inside a box.”
As COO of LIVE Next Steps, Matt plays a vital role in holding the team to highest standards of client-centered services a program can provide the community. With dedication to details and a deep understanding of both the service and organizational sides of a program, Matt helps LIVE Next Steps exceed expectations, every time.
“I have a genuine love for what I do, but the work that I have found most fulfilling has been supporting this incredible team in working with clients and families who are motivated to find solutions to the problems that they have been facing. The life transformations that happen right in front of my eyes never fail to amaze me.”
DAVE CANNON, M.S., WELLNESS COACH
“The body and mind are capable of amazing transformation and possess incredible healing power. We just need to learn how to get out of the way.”
He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master’s degree in Nutritional Science from California State Los Angeles. Dave is a Nutrition and Dietetic Technician Registered and is currently a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which oversees nutritional professionals in the United States. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table, and has worked in a number of different settings that have helped to sharpen his skills in the field. In the Los Angeles area, Dave has worked successfully with clients of all ages and is dedicated to creating balanced lives from the inside out.
As a personal trainer, Dave is certified by the highly acclaimed National Academy of Sports Medicine. He brings years of experience with physical fitness in both team and individual sports including ice hockey, tennis, cross country, and triathlon. Additionally, he is certified to teach both Pilates and yoga, and believes that achieving a balance between a fit body and mind are essential for achieving happiness and wellness. Dave’s unique and caring approach is both gentle and motivating, and has helped countless people of to reshape their lives.
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
She received her BA at Connecticut College studying Behavioral Neuroscience with a focus on the correlation of Diet/Exercise on Depression while simultaneously competing in 3 sports at the collegiate level (soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse).
She also interned in the office for Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Education and Advocacy through the Student Relations Department, at her university. Using this platform, Katelyn began her career in advocacy by organizing and directing programs aimed at educating college students on bystander intervention and healthy relationships
Katelyn’s passion for bettering the lives of others led her to seeking a position in the medical field as an Emergency Medical Technician. She worked in this emergency setting for three years but recognized her personal desire to build long-lasting relationships with clients whom she could witness grow and thrive as people.
She made the transition to the treatment industry and relocated to Los Angeles, where she felt she could make the greatest impact on others. She has grown to become an essential part of the treatment community serving as Director of Admissions and Client Care Coordinator at Revive Detox, LIVE Services’ sister company.
Katelyn personally understands the struggle with coming out and accepting her identity with an open heart and forgiveness for herself and those around her who didn’t adjust as gracefully. It is her privilege to help others achieve a sense of personal peace and a life worth striving for.