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House Staff

McCall Haught

Director of Operations

McCall serves as the Director of Operations at Miracle House Foundation. Her attention to detail, organizational skills, ability to multi-task, and her overall investment in the betterment of humanity make her a valuable asset to the team.

McCall has worked in the field of education for the last seven years. She is methodical, enjoys helping others and consistently strives to be her best self in everything she does. McCall earned her Master of Arts in Special Education from Loyola Marymount University and her Bachelor of Arts in Special Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from Gonzaga University. In her free time, McCall enjoys going to the beach, hiking, rock-climbing, camping; basically, anything outdoors.

Marc Gessin

House Manager

Marc has over 7 years sober and has been working in drug and alcohol treatment for the past 5 years, he has a passion for assisting people work through their struggles to achieve long term sobriety. His experience with drug addiction allows him to relate with the individuals that go through the Miracle House Foundation on a level they are not used to.

His compassion and understanding of addiction have made him an asset for our program. Marc’s priority within the house is to provide the tools necessary for the house members to successfully immerse themselves back into the world once they graduate. Marc’s passion has helped build a strong graduate community for the guys once they make it through the program. Outside of working for the house Marc is active in the AA community and is actively sponsoring others to achieve sobriety.

Reid Hanlon, PsyD

Group Facilitator

Dr. Reid Hanlon has spent more than a decade working in the mental health field. His experience providing psychological assessments, psychotherapy and case management allows him to serve individuals, couples and families who struggle with substance abuse or mental health issues.

Known for being direct, authentic and deeply compassionate, Dr. Hanlon seeks to help break the dysfunctional behavior patterns that prevent people from becoming the individuals they are meant to be.

Dr. Hanlon lives in the South Bay of Los Angeles with his wife and children. He also had private practice offices located in Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach.

Board of Directors

William Joseph “Joe” Goodman

President

Senior Vice President, Chicago Title Company Commercial NCS; Executive Director B.O.D. Wonderseed Foundation

A true, personable leader, Joe is the recipient of the FNF Top Performer Award for 10 years running. He takes pride in offering unparalleled customer service and support while helping clients facilitate their complex real estate transactions. Joe and his team consistently deliver quality and resourcefulness to their customers while maintaining the utmost professionalism.

An avid outdoorsman, Joe enjoys spending his time golfing, fishing, and snowboarding. He resides in San Diego with Diane, his wife of 25 years, and son Brad.

Kendra Brunson

Secretary

Chair Support Sisterz

Before moving to Southern California in 2002, Kendra lived in Seattle where she enjoyed supporting her community. She is happily married with a son and recently became a grandmother. As a breast cancer survivor, Kendra is passionate about giving back to her community. Her journey in the recovery community began when someone very special to her was struggling with addiction. In an effort to best support them she sought out assistance and found New Life. She was so impressed by the level of care and treatment that was provided that she has remained involved in the recovery community through various capacities, including serving on the Miracle House Foundation’s Board.

In Kendra’s free time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and working in fashion. Kendra loves to visit her mother, father, and siblings in the Pacific Northwest whenever she can.

Marilee Pacelli

Treasurer

Director of Operations Rancho Santa Fe Youth Soccer; Chair Carmel Valley Rec Advisory Committee; Treasurer – Presidio Soccer League; Secretary – Pacific Highlands Ranch Rec Advisory Committee; Chair – 92130 Foundation

Marilee has been an active volunteer within the community for many years. Before entering the nonprofit sector over 30 years ago, Marilee formerly worked as an archeologist for 10 years.

Marilee and her husband Luca became associated with New Life when their son entered the house. She enjoys serving on Miracle House Foundation’s Board as it is her way of giving back to the recovery community. Marilee is forever grateful to New Life, as it is what saved her son’s life.

In Marilee’s free time she enjoys spending quality time with her two grandchildren, her children and her husband.

Howard Barker

Member

Director of Communication Neuro Wellness Spa; Community Liaison Clear Recovery Center

Howard works to engage, educate, and support the South Bay community of those in recovery. He is focused on spreading education and awareness on issues surrounding mental health recovery and has spent the past 8 years working in the mental and behavioral health field. He is passionate about helping individuals in need find their way to healing. Howard’s experience in administrative and interpersonal aspects of behavioral health called him to assist Miracle House Foundation. Howard’s leadership and knowledge in the field are invaluable and he has assisted countless people within the recovery community.

In Howard’s free time he enjoys traveling and golfing with his wife, and two dogs. His mission is to live a healthy life style.

Scott Dohren

Member

Director of Operations Neuro Wellness Spa; Director of Operations MJ Resource Management

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, outreach, admissions, and business development. Scott’s leadership and passion in the field of recovery and mental health has played a fundamental role in the expansion and development within the community.

In Scott’s free time he enjoys maintaining a healthy exercise regimen, attending concerts, spending time in nature, and traveling with his wife Karen.

Michelle Neu

Member

Co-Founder & President South Bay Junior Women’s Club

Michele Neu grew up in Torrance and attended Oklahoma Christian College where she studied Education. For many years Michele worked for the Torrance school district as a one-on-one paraeducator. She has been happily married for 35 years to her high school sweetheart and they have raised two boys who are now 33 and 31.

Volunteering and giving back were always priorities for Michele as she watched her mom be an active volunteer in the community. Michele is the co- founder of South Bay Junior Woman’s club, which was established in 2011. Addiction and drug abuse is prevalent in her family, New Life helped her son with sobriety and also to learn to be a hard-working member of his community.

In Michele’s free time she enjoys seeing family, traveling, and playing with her grandchildren. Michele is a cancer survivor and believes that helping those in need is her way of paying it forward.

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Miracle House Sober Living remains extremely cost effective for the services we provide and the success we offer. We are willing to help anyone who comes to us in any way we can, as long as we are able to maintain the security of all house members.

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