MFI Recovery consists of an amazing team ready to provide services that will help struggling people into loving and productive individuals. Click a staff member below to learn more about them!
Craig Lambdin, MA MFT
For over 27 years Craig Lambdin has been the Executive Director of MFI (My Family, Inc.) Recovery Center, a comprehensive behavioral health nonprofit organization in Riverside, CA. Mr. Lambdin is an adjunct faculty professor at the Loma Linda University Marriage and Family Sciences Program, Graduate Division where he teaches marital therapy and supervises the university counseling program.
Mr. Lambdin received his undergraduate degree at the University of California Riverside and masters degree at the University of Redlands. Mr. Lambdin is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the State of California.
Mr. Lambdin is a devoted husband and proud father of one son. He is an avid soccer player and loves to jog with his two golden retrievers Marley and Jake. Though he is very committed to his profession he prefers to play guitar and banjo.
Denise began her employment at MFI May 22, 2006. She is responsible for all financial reporting to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors. This includes maintaining accurate and timely monthly financials, annual budget preparation, annual County cost reporting, assisting with the annual audit, and all other related fiscal and financial matters.
She brings with her 28 years of experience in the accounting field. Her work history includes 17 years with the media industry and 4 years with Harley Davidson. Her education includes a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from Cal Polly Pomona.
Denise is an organized, high-energy individual with an outgoing personality. She has the drive, persistence, and perseverance to accomplish her goals. She values time with her children, riding her harley, reading and outdoor activities.
Juli Kukulka, CAS-II
Juli has been working in the substance abuse field for more than 16 years. She began as a counselor providing direct services to women in need. After five years she advanced to becoming the Director of Operations for La Vista Recovery Center and held that position for more than 10 years. She received her CAS II credential and is a graduate of Mt. San Jacinto College where she received her Associates Degree in Alcohol Drug Studies. Currently, Juli supervises the San Jacinto outpatient offices of MFI as well as Program Coordinator of the LaVista location of MFI Recovery Center.
Juli's mission in life was to help give back to the community and help those who were suffering from substance abuse issues and other traumas surrounding women who suffered; helping to guide these individuals on a new path of recovery from substance abuse.
Banning Program Coordinator
Zahid did his internship at MFI, and in 2011 he began working here part time. After some time, he moved on to San Jacinto where he worked with adolescents and adults in substance abuse recovery. Zahid quickly worked his way up to counselor II, then to lead counselor, and finally to program coordinator. He attended Inter Coast College (ICC) in Riverside, where he received his CADC I. Zahid is certified in Anger Management and Triple P Parenting Level 4. Zahid has always had a passion to help others who are struggling with substance abuse and other life issues. He regularly volunteers at homeless shelters, and also enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and enjoying nature in his free time.
Lisa Molina, CADC-II
Lisa started at MFI Recovery Center in September 1991. After graduating from our very own Day Treatment Program, Lisa came to work as a Counselor Trainee. In 1992 she was instrumental in opening a new location in the Pass Area providing services to Banning, Beaumont, Cabazon and surrounding areas. Lisa currently ensures the smooth operation of the Administration building and outreach to other treatment programs to share the mission of the agency. Lisa believes that compassion and understanding is the key to making people feel comfortable in an otherwise difficult situation.
In 1993, Lisa was certified in Relapse Prevention and has completed much training to give her a well-rounded base of knowledge. Moving on to UCR Extension in 1996, Lisa began evening classes with the goal of becoming certified in substance abuse treatment. She completed the requirements and successfully passed the written & oral exams to become certified.
Lisa was born and raised in Orange County, California and has been in active recovery since October, 1990. She is the proud mother of Jessica, a bright, 22-year-old that is beautiful on the inside and out! The relationship with her daughter can only be described as beyond her wildest dreams... Like Jessica, Lisa is enthusiastic about helping others and always willing to go the extra mile in all she does.
Marlene Personett, CADC-II, CACCS
Marlene has worked with MFI for a total of 8 years. Initially she worked as a certified substance abuse counselor at our women's programs. She left the agency to teach the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Course at Intercoast Colleges and ultimately became the director of the West Covina campus. MFI was fortunate enough to have her return in a management position overseeing our men's residential treatment program in Woodcrest. She has since taken on the grand task of Program Coordinator of the Riverside Outpatient programs and gender specific residential programs in Riverside. Marlene is credentialed as a CADC-II and CACCS (California Certified Clinical Supervisor).
Marlene has been married for nearly 25 years. She has 3 grown children and a precious 11 year old grandson. Marlene is very proud of her youngest daughter who graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 2011 and is currently following in her mother's footsteps working in the field of Social Services.