Gobi Support, Inc is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help teens and their families navigate through the issues of adolescent substance use. Our education based mobile app provides a self-administered guide to promote self-examination and a healthy lifestyle. Gobi is supported by charitable contributions.
Gobi is not a treatment program or intended to be a substitute for treatment. If your teenager is experiencing significant impairment in functioning because of the use of drugs or alcohol, or due to any other reason, they should receive a professional assessment by a trained clinician.
Meet FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Judson (Kim) Bemis, Jr.
Kim created Gobi because, as a parent of 4 and professional in the treatment business, he and his wife could not find any programs that were a suitable consequence for one of their children who was experimenting with substance use. He saw an opportunity to create a prevention/intervention program that would reach kids where they lived, online and through their smartphones.
Kim began working in the field of addiction recovery in 2005 as the Executive Director of New Business Development for the Hazelden Foundation where he led the effort to expand Hazelden’s online business opportunities. In 2010 he cofounded Clere Consulting LLC., focusing on interventions and long-term case management for families of wealth. He is also a serial entrepreneur having started 5 different companies and served on the boards of over a dozen local and national nonprofit organizations.
Kim is a person in long-term recovery, which means for him that he hasn’t used drugs or alcohol since August 13th, 1988.
Intervention/Prevention Board of advisors
Ken C. Winters, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Oregon Research Institute (Chair)
Rachel Castaneda, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Azusa University
Jeff Lee, M.Ed., Senior Consultant and former Executive Director, International Society of Substance Use Professionals
Richard MacKenzie, M.D., Adolescent Medicine, USC (ret.)
Eleni Grossomanidou, MA in Substance Abuse Counseling
Eleni is currently working on her CASAC. Eleni begun in this field as volunteer for Mt Sinai Hospital in NYC and worked her way from the bottom up. Eleni works for Greenhope Services for Women in East Harlem and specializes in working with clients who suffer from trauma and anger control issues. Eleni holds a strong passion for the field of addiction. Her passion is helping people orient themselves around their concerns and problems, realize their possibilities and support efforts towards better solutions--which is why she's so excited about working with Gobi!