Herb was given the Gift of freedom from alcohol on February 21, 1984. As a result of being guided through the Twelve Steps as contained “precisely” in the AA Big Book he experienced a profound spiritual awakening in 1988. Since then he has been very involved in carrying the message of recovery via a Spiritual Awakening through presentations, facilitating workshops, and leading retreats. He has authored:
• “Twelve-Step Guide to Using the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book.”(2004)
• “Twelve Steps To Spiritual Awakening; Enlightenment for Everyone ”(2010)
Many have found them helpful for accessing the instructions and confirming the actual process contained in the Big Book.
Herb is married (48 years to the same woman!), has three adult children, seven grandchildren, and lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
His personal journey includes seven years in seminary, a graduate education in psychology, and a 40 year career in human resources consulting, from which he retired in November, 2006.
He has conducted workshops on a variety of topics in LMU’s Los Angeles Center for Spirituality. He is an adjunct professor at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California teaching a two unit full semester course on Twelve-Step Spirituality to their 4th year theologians.
He completed the three year training program in 1990 at Mt. St. Mary’s College (Los
Angeles) for Certification as a Spiritual Director and has an active practice.
Herb is the Outreach Coordinator for the Intensive Outpatient Program of Torrance Memorial Medical Center – the Thelma McMillen Center. TMC provides treatment for Adult and Teen alcohol and drug abuse or dependency. He also provides Spiritual Counseling at Living Rebos, an IOP in Culver City.
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