Certified Instructors

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STEVE DILLON - FOUNDER
Missoula, Montana - Ventura, CA

Hi, I’m Steve Dillon, a former addict and punk-rocker from Bakersfield, California — now a Certified Intervention Professional, Masters Level Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist, and the founder of Vision & Future Focus. I developed this program as a template to rewire our subconscious to serve as our ally, rather than our enemy, allowing us to focus on our future goals without falling back into our old, unwanted programs and belief systems. To test my new program, I set three goals and gave myself three months to achieve them. These goals were so huge that — if accomplished — I would have empirical evidence that the Vision & Future Focus Program had effectively rewired my subconscious. It only took 60 days, not 90, for me to achieve all three. Case closed. I had the proof I needed.

Now, with Vision & Future Focus entering its sixth year of transformative treatment, I have helped more than 150 clients take their lives to a whole new level, regardless of their goals or aspirations. But, to this day, the most important case study for Vision & Future Focus is my own story. I owe my life to this program, and I will forever be grateful for the second chance that these techniques have given me. I was able to pull myself from the depths of addiction and remove the weight of some deeply rooted childhood programming. And, I will tell you this, if I can do it, there is no doubt that you can do it too. Together, we can kick ass and create an entirely new you.

EDUCATION

 

Post Graduate Studies:
Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA.

 

Master of Arts:
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN.

 

Bachelor of Arts:
California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA.

 

Associates of Science

Oxnard College, Oxnard, CA

CERTIFICATIONS:
Full Member Association of Intervention Specialists
Pennsylvania Certification Board

CIP (Certified Intervention Professional) 
Pennsylvania Certification Board

CATC IV (Masters Level Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor) 
California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators

SDUCC (Substance Use Disorder Certified Counselor) 
National Commission for Certifying Agencies
 
Addiction and Trauma
Oxnard College, Oxnard, CA

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HEIDI WATANABE 
Ketchum, Idaho

Heidi is a former NCAA All-American alpine skier hailing from the University of Wyoming, where she received a degree focused on international business and accounting. Upon graduation, Heidi continued her studies in Paris, France — earning a Master’s in International Business while adventuring throughout Europe — fulfilling both her love for learning and exploration. After pursuing career opportunities in New York City, New Jersey, and Oregon, Heidi decided to settle in the city of Ketchum. Here, Heidi has ran her own independent consulting business with a long list of executive clientele.


In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Heidi has challenged herself mentally and physically in her personal life by swimming the Bay of Marseilles, swimming from Alcatraz to San Francisco, and racing in Nordic ski competitions across the Arctic Circle. With Vision and Future Focus, Heidi was able to further hone her competitive mindset and leadership skills to set and achieve goals that even she previously felt were impossible. Now, as a certified Vision and Future Focus instructor, she looks forward to helping others unlock their own potential.

JIM DURAN 
Ventura, California

Born and raised in Ventura, California, Jim has a passion for helping people find their purpose to enjoy a life of individual freedom. In addition to being a certified Vision & Future Focus instructor, Jim currently serves as the president of the board for multiple non-profit organizations. Over the years, due to his work within his community, Jim has been honored with the “Heroes Among Us” award from the Ventura Police Community Foundation, the Golden Triangle Award from the YMCA, and the “Hometown Hero” award from the Ventura Chamber of Commerce; Jim was also honored in 2020 with the first-ever Legacy Award given by the City of Ventura where he was also presented with a Key to the City.

Jim and his wife Pam have been married for more than thirty years and together they share six children, two daughters-in-law, and three incredible grandchildren. Jim strives to serve his community and to be a blessing to others through partnerships and collaboration. Jim holds a BA in Biblical Studies and an MA in Theology from Channel Islands Bible College & Seminary.

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SHARI RIGG 
Missoula, Montana

A lifelong Montanan, Shari is the founder and president of a thriving therapy practice located in Missoula, where she also attended the University of Montana. In addition to running her own practice, Shari serves as the VP of her state’s professional organization as well as the regional VP for her profession’s national organization. After completing the program for herself, Shari decided to become a certified instructor in order to help others go through their own discovery process. “I was working hard and had a growing business, but I was feeling overwhelmed and not really enjoying my life. Then I met Steve. Steve guided me in a discovery process that has changed my life forever.”

Shari can help you realize your dreams, be your best self, and live life with integrity, faith, hope, and love.

CHRISTINE SMITH 
Hamilton, Montana

A successful entrepreneur, multimillion-dollar network marketer, and full-time mother, Christine knows what it takes the navigate the demands of life. She is both a graduate and certified instructor of the Vision & Future Focus program, which she credits with showing her how to “run her own show” — thanks to an understanding of the subconscious mind. Christine is excited to help impact the lives of others as she continues to make strides in her own professional career and personal life.

Christine hails from Montana with her husband Robert and four children.

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Robert Smith 
Hamilton, Montana

Robert is the very definition of a self-made individual. From a young age, it was apparent to him that if he was going to succeed in life, he was going to have to do it himself. Having been born in Idaho, Robert moved to Montana as a child and effectively raised himself. At the age of 17, he started working for a local Les Schwab tire store, where he quickly exceled and climbed the ranks of management. After four promotions and three interstate moves, Robert was able to return to Montana with his family and begin managing his own store in Stevensville. Robert’s location continually exceeds corporate expectations and Robert himself continues to break sales records year after year.

By chance encounter, Steve and Robert met one day at Robert’s store — and, as the saying goes — the rest is history. Robert shined as a student of Vision and Future Focus and now he looks to guide others through the program with the same dedication that he applied to his own VAFF experience. In his personal life, Robert is married to Christine Smith (another VAFF certified instructor); he enjoys fly fishing, camping, shooting, and anything else that allows him to spend quality time with his family in the beauty of Montana’s great outdoors.