Admininstration & Staff

Advance LA is proud to have a such a dedicated and experienced multidisciplinary leadership team.

Executive Administration

Barbara Firestone, PhD – President & Chief Executive Officer
Susan Berman, PhD – Chief Operating Officer
Diane Flannery, PhD – Senior Director of Design and Strategy


Admin & Staff

Jillian Tummons, MSW
Interim Director 

Jillian received both her Bachelor’s and her Master’s degree in Social Work from West Virginia University in 2005 and 2008, respectively. Since then, she has worked as a crisis counselor and advocate for children and adult survivors of crime and has completed an internship as a medical social worker at a state psychiatric facility. Most recently she was employed as a therapist providing individual, group and family therapy to adolescents with behavioral and emotional disturbances in a residential setting. Jillian possesses an intense enthusiasm for helping adolescents and young adults to live healthy, meaningful and happy lives. Her interests include positive psychology, travel and nutrition. In her spare time she enjoys exploring Los Angeles, spending time with family and friends, trying new foods and going to the beach.

Bonnie Auerbach, PhD
Clinical Director

Dr. Auerbach has spent over twenty years at The Help Group working with children, teens, and adults with autism spectrum disorder and other special needs. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Long Island University in New York and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Auerbach’s professional background includes overseeing The Help Group’s Project Six Residential Program, where she helped adults with developmental disabilities build the skills needed to live more independently; supervising therapists in The Help Group’s school programs on the Sherman Oaks campus; and participating in the doctoral intern Training Committee.

During her time at Advance LA, Dr. Auerbach has enjoyed developing relationships with Live. Advance. LA. residents and their families. She believes that Advance LA truly helps young adults achieve goals they have difficulty accomplishing on their own, and allows them to turn their dreams into reality. In her free time, you can find Dr. Auerbach reading, knitting, and cooking.