Staff

Meet the individuals who help make recovery for young men possible.

Recovery Staff

David Saruk

Director

David Saruk has been with the New Life House since 2009 and has over 10 years working in the substance abuse and mental health field. David received his ICADC and CADC-II through University of the Pacific and has always been passionate about remaining on the cutting edge of recovery. With over a decade in the industry, David has been able to experience and witness first-hand the different changes in the recovery world, and has always remained committed to providing young men the best possible opportunity for success.

Over the last decade, David has watched the expectations and stresses of today’s world change dramatically for young men and their families. David understands the struggles young adults face with co-occurring disorders and substance abuse, and his approach with these young men is relatable, fun, assertive, and transformational.

Howard Barker

Director

Howard Barker handles all of the operations, outreach and community engagement at New Life House. He works to spread education and awareness on issues surrounding mental health and substance abuse as well as help families navigate the difficult waters of getting a loved one help. Howard has spent the past 7 years working with young adults and their families, being a support during times of crisis.

A New Life House alumni, Howard went back to college and underwent CADC training in recovery. He has spoken on panels, in treatment centers, community centers, schools, with parents, students, teachers, law enforcement and mental health providers to give insight on issues that are impacting young people today. He works closely with the New Life House families and the management staff, helping to keep things innovative, add additional services for the guys, and deal with all of the logistics of running the New Life House programs.

Garret Eamer

House Director

Garrett Eamer is the House Director for New Life House. He has worked with New Life House for the past 3 years and also has experience as a mental health and addiction case manager as a drug and alcohol counselor at a local outpatient facility.

He initiated his path and career choice through majoring in Psychology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Garrett has plans to go on and receive his Masters in Clinical Psychology, all the while continuing to enrich the lives of others going through the New Life House process.

Ryan Garcia

Manager

Ryan Garcia is one of the managers for New Life House. With over 3 years in recovery, Ryan is passionate about the process of life transformation. Ryan uses his own history with drug abuse and his experience with recovery to motivate others to achieve sobriety and excel in all aspects of life. As an alumni of New Life House, Ryan is able to relate with the guys on a personal level and be a positive mentor for the members of the house.

Ryan has made it a priority to make recovery the centerpiece of his life. He is heavily involved in the recovery community in the local area and does a great job of making this way of life attractive and fun for all of the people close to him.

Lorenzo Rocca

Manager

Lorenzo is a Manager for New Life House. His experience with addiction and dedication to living a recovered life inspire him to reach out to those struggling in the grips of addiction and aid them in establishing the foundations necessary for a life in recovery.

Lorenzo is currently taking classes to pursue his goal of becoming an EMT/ Firefighter and enjoys time with friends and family, outdoor activities such as golfing, surfing, snowboarding and being involved in his recovery community.

Caleb Muench

Manager

Caleb Muench is the Overnight Manager for New Life House. Caleb has been with the company for over a year and is currently attending school in pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree for audio engineering. He is also the vocalist in a local punk rock band and performs live shows all around Los Angeles.

Caleb is a night owl and loves to be available for residents who may be struggling at odd hours of the night. He brings a unique perspective and his own personal experience to the table when assessing and addressing any issues, questions, or events that happen after hours.

Isaiah

Manager

Isaiah is a weekend manager for New Life House.  Isaiah, being passionate about recovery, helps guide young men back from the perils of addiction and leads by example of how to live a fulfilled life in sobriety.  Isaiah understands the difficulties and struggles young men go through when faced with addiction, which is why he offers his help to others going through the same struggle.

Isaiah is also a manager of a local health food restaurant and is a finance major at a nearby college.  Isaiah loves showing up for his local recovery community, exercising, snowboarding, meditation, and reading.

Brian

Manager

Brian is the weekend manager for new life house. His past of struggle and addiction has inspired him to pursue working in recovery and assisting guys in finding the life he has found in sobriety.

He is currently pursuing education for his ICDAC . He enjoy’s spending time with friends and in the outdoors fishing and dirt biking.

Andrew

Manager

Andrew is a miracle house graduate, who started his recovery process in May of 2018. He loves being part of the New Life staff and being in a position to give back to the community that has saved his life. As a result of his journey through miracle house, Andrew is able to bring an authentic and honest perspective on how the disease of addiction  impacts the physical and spiritual body, as well as how commitment to the recovery process can offer freedom from chemical dependency.

Using the principles that New Life House has taught him combined with his own personal life experience, he is able to give residents insight into their own disease, and offers an understanding of  the necessary tools that they need to live a productive meaningful life.

Robbie

Manager

Robbie manages at both of the locations in the South Bay. Robbie has been involved with he community since 2011 and uses his experience to help motivate and teach the guys in the house a new way of life in sobriety. Additionally, Robbie oversees the housemember’s involvement with volunteer opportunities, legal matters, and coordinating unique and fun experiential experiences to show the guys that anything is possible in sobriety!

Outside Services

Dr. Sean O’Hara

Psy D. and Clinical Director at Clear Recovery Center

Dr. Sean O’Hara is a Licensed Psychologist with 26 years of experience providing psychiatric services for individuals seeking relief from addictive diseases and mental illness.

He utilizes cognitive, psycho dynamic, and behavioral existential therapies to treat individuals with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. As Clear Recovery Center’s Clinical Director, Dr. Sean O’Hara spearheads a multidisciplinary staff of psychiatrists, therapists, clinical social workers, and certified counselors. Sean has worked with the New Life House guys for over a decade, and is loved member of the community.

Scott Dohren

Group Facilitator

Scott Dohren attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a focus in Business Administration. He also holds a CADC-II certification in addiction studies. Scott has a tremendous amount of experience with both administrative and interpersonal aspects of behavioral health. His background in the field of behavioral health extends to counseling, mentorship, and admissions.

Scott’s leadership and passion in the field of wellness allows him to bring a wealth of experience and insight into working with the young men of New Life House. In his free time, Scott enjoys maintaining a healthy exercise regimen, attending concerts, spending time in nature, and traveling with his wife Karen.

Anne Spinner

Yoga Instructor

Anne has been teaching yoga since 2009. Trained in the vinyasa modality of yoga, Anne brings all sorts of aspects of the yogic lifestyle into her practice to strengthen mind and body in an equal and balanced way. Using mindfulness and meditation in a variety of ways, Anne helps each student to find something within the practice that they enjoy and will take with them to use as a tool for many years to come.

Administration

Laure Linn

Director of Finance

Laure Linn has a background in operational efficiency, financial management, and works tirelessly to make sure that resources are being utilized as effectively as possible so that New Life House can always keep improving the quality of the services that it offers.

Gricela Mendoza

Administrative Assistant

Gricela joins the New Life House staff as an administrative assistant. Her past work experience in the hospitality industry as well as helping people get back on their feet with credit repair has helped move her into an even more empathetic role of helping others navigate through their own recovery.

Having a brother go through his own experience in recovery, her own personal experience and insight to addiction has motivated her to be a part of the New Life House program. Gricela enjoys being part of a team in order to make sure all of the New Life House families needs and requirements are not only met, but exceeded.

Amber Jones

Administrative Assistant

Amber Jones works to assist the administration team with a variety of tasks, and is passionate about helping to contribute to a team that allows young men to get sober and change their lives.

Monica Juarez

Human Resources

Monica handles all of the Human Resource responsibilities for New Life House. Prior to working here, she had experience in the Aerospace and Defense industries as a recruiter and human resources coordinator. She looks forward to bringing her expertise to New Life House in any way she can.

Monica is hard working, efficient, and understanding-a great combination to have for anyone within a Human Resources role. In her spare time she is either listening to music, at the movies watching the latest Marvel flick, at the beach or park with her puppy Chester or reading her favorite comics and books with her cat Pebbles.

Outreach

Kaivon Sherkat

Social Media Manager

Kaivon is our Social Media Manager at New Life House and has been in recovery since 2016. Kaivon is passionate about recovery and seeks to showcase life in sobriety to reach those in need of help and give them hope.

When not at work, Kaivon attends FIDM where he is working towards a degree in Apparel Industry Management and works a few jobs in the fashion industry.

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