Staff

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

Recovery Staff

Sebastian Martin, RAD-T

Program Director

Sebastian has been working in drug and alcohol treatment for the past 5 years and has a passion for assisting people as they work through areas of life similar to the ones that he has struggled with. Sebastian has worked with New Life House in a variety of roles, and spent time both directing the houses and focusing on the alumni, as well as working with the clinical team at Clear Recovery Center.

A New Life House alumni, Sebastian is currently attending school, and is RAD-T certified. Sebastian takes pride in having the opportunity to help young men transform their lives while working with their families.

Howard Barker

Director of Community Relations

Howard Barker handles all of the 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.

Max Miner

Manager

Max Miner manages New Life House LA. An alumni of the program Max is committed to helping individuals transform their lives and repair their relationships with their families. Max is extremely passionate about the work he does on a daily basis and looks forward to helping others attain the same freedom and confidence that he enjoys in his recovery today.

Jackson Farentinos

Manager

Jackson Farentinos manages New Life East. His passion lies with leading young men out of the darkness and into the light one day at a time. He prides himself on walking hand in hand with the guys and building a high level of trust to help them on their journey to recovery.  It is important to him that the guys not only get sober, but excel in all areas of their life and find things they are passionate about. He is originally from the South Bay and has been involved in the community for over three years.

Dave Lewis

Manager

Dave Lewis has been associated with New Life House for almost 25 years. Through the years he has been a sponsor, teacher, confidant, manager, chef, carpenter and plumber. He has had many wonderful experiences through his time as a manager at New Life House.

When not at one of the South Bay houses, you can find Dave supporting the Stanley Cup Champions the Los Angeles Kings. If it’s football season he will be sitting at home watching the Cornhuskers. More often than not, he is often giving rides to meetings nearly every night.

New Life House has brought Dave a sense of gratitude and satisfaction from watching the guys who come into the house who are beaten and broken as a newcomer to transitioning to graduation and being told they have completed the program. Dave takes great pride and joy in being a small but hopefully successful part of the process.

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.

Additional & Outside Services

Basel Shadfan, LMFT

Group Facilitator

Basel serves as one of the group facilitators at New Life House. He holds a Masters of Arts degree in counseling from Antioch University and is a licensed therapist as well as the Program Director at Clear Recovery Center. His firsthand experience and in-depth knowledge of recovery make him an invaluable resource for young men getting sober.

He has over seven years of experience working with both adolescents and young adults specifically struggling with substance abuse. His compassion, professionalism and personal drive make him an exemplary role model for the young men of New Life House. In his spare time Basel enjoys snowboarding, exercise, hiking and spending time at the beach.

Scott Dohren, CADC-II

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.

Irina Jodzio, LMFT

Family Group Facilitator

Irina Jodzio is the family group facilitator at New Life House. With her extensive experience and background working with young men and her years spent as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, she brings an incredible perspective and knowledge to helping clients transform their lives.

Alexander Salman, MBA, MPH

Director of Education

Alex Salman is the Director of Education for New Life House. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University.

As a former clinical researcher at the National Institutes of Health with a diverse professional background as a chef at Clear Recovery Center’s detox program as well as a business development and strategy specialist at a digital health start up, Alex has strong experience in a range of occupational fields. He has also served as a mentor, career development consultant, as well as an interviewing guide for his peers at Johns Hopkins University.

Alex is passionate about helping others reach their professional goals. He finds nothing more rewarding than meeting with New Life House residents, solving problems and overseeing their learning and professional development process.

Administration

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.

Outreach

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