PROJECT NINETY STAFF

Jim Buckner
Executive Director

Jim joined the Project Ninety family as a Resident Manager in September of 2001. In the past six years Jim has taken on several roles including Administrative Assistant and Intake Manager. In August of 2008, Jim assumed the role of Intake Director, then was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in March, 2017.  Jim assumed the Executive Director position of Project Ninety Division on June 19, 2018.

Jim has resided in San Mateo County all of his life. Jim’s passions are his family and assisting those in need of treatment for addiction. He is an avid fan of local sporting teams.

Roberto Astudillo
Director of Finance and Human Resources

Roberto joined Project Ninety on January 8, 2007 and is currently its Director of Finance and Human Resources. Roberto holds an MBA degree from Saint Louis University, a Human Resources Management certification from the University of California in Santa Cruz, and a Paralegalism certification from Canada College. He recently published "Dream the American Dream" currently in circulation in the U.S. and in the Philippines. To date, he has written 3 fiction books, 2 childrens books, and 2 textbooks in banking.

Roberto had been a loans analyst with Bank of the Philippine Islands, a professor at Saint Louis University, and the Director of Administration and Human Resources at the Palo Alto, California office of the American Institutes for Research, headquartered in Washington, D.C.

James R. Bray
Director of Information Technology

James Bray started as an Administrative Assistant in April of 2005. From the ground up, he accepted a role that ultimately led him to a new challenge managing and safeguarding Project Ninety’s network infrastructure.

James gained his professional experience working for the United States Navy as a Data System Technician. Serving in the military for 8 years opened all opportunities for his professional growth, augmented by his experience working for Intel Corporation as a Technical Support Engineer. James has over 25 years of experience in the technology field.

Currently, he is working to position the organization to fulfill San Mateo County's requirements for enhanced Electronic Health Record (EHR) without compromising the organization's quality of IT services. 

Dave Clemens
Program Director

Dave joined Project Ninety as a Program Aide in March, 1994. In 1995 he became a Counselor. In 1998 he was promoted to the position of Program Manager with responsibilities for a multitude of Project Ninety's locations and a Dual Diagnosis Facility in South San Francisco. 

In 2005 he completed the required courses by The California Association for Alcohol and Drug Educators and became a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor. In August 2008 Dave became Program Director for San Mateo. Currently, Dave directs Project Ninety programs and staff throughout San Mateo County.

David Meeds
Director of Clinical Operations

David began work as a Counselor at Project Ninety on October 16, 1987. David has completed Alcohol and Drug Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and Advanced Alcohol and Drug Studies at University of California, Santa Cruz. David is Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) through the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors, a Nationally Certified Addiction Counselor (NCAC) through the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, and a California Certified Clinical Supervisor through the Certification Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.

David has experience as Counselor, Director of Program Operations, and is currently Project Ninety's Director of Clinical Operations. He directs Project Ninety's utilization of Evidence Based Practices and compliance with HIPAA statutes and client confidentiality.

Deanne Sarmiento-Bray
Controller

Deanne joined the Finance Department of Project Ninety in March, 2009. She obtained her bachelors degree in Computer Science from Adamson University with a minor in Mathematics. She also finished her Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from San Francisco State University, and is currently pursuing an accountancy degree leading to a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure.

Prior to joining Project Ninety, Deanne spent 3 years with a not-for-profit organization and over 7 years performing various finance and accounting work. She also performed volunteer work with Kaiser Foundation and is an active member and avid supporter of Kiva.org.