Meet The Alo House Staff – Alo House Malibu

Meet The Alo Staff

Program Co-Founder

bob forrest addiction treatment

BOB FORREST, PROGRAM CO-FOUNDER

Bob Forrest is perhaps best known as the straight talking, straight shooting counselor on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab with Dr Drew. Bob had a long journey in his struggle with addiction, visiting rehab facilities 24 times before finding sobriety in 1996. He has spent the last 17 years being of service, becoming one of the foremost… Read More

Lyndsey Vroman - Alo House Director of Operations

LYNDSEY VROMAN, CADC-II, ICADC, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Lyndsey Vroman has worked in many different positions in the treatment industry since 2009, including case management, after-care, alumni services, clinical coordinator, human resources and now Alo House Recovery Centers is very lucky to have her as our Executive Director! She found her true passion working in the treatment industry… Read More

Medical

Dr. Aneta Prince, MD

ANETA PRINCE, MD

Dr. Prince specializes in integrative psychiatry, focusing on a patient-centered approach that considers evidence-based pharmacological treatments as well as sociocultural factors, nutritional status, mind-body medicine, and preventative medicine in both the treatment of illness and the promotion of long-term mental wellness… Read More

Dr. Lisa Benya - Internal Medicine Doctor

DR. LISA BENYA, DO, INTERNAL MEDICINE DOCTOR

Dr. Lisa Benya is an internal medicine doctor servicing the Malibu community for many years. Her caring and compassionate approach has earned her a great reputation for being one of the area’s favorite doctors. She is a board certified physician who as an internist broadened her scope to include more serious and chronic conditions including… Read More

William Stanley

DR. WILLIAM D STANLEY, MD, ADDICTIONOLOGIST

William D. Stanley, MD, received his Doctorate of Medicine degree from UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, NJ. He did his Residency training at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pa. DR. Stanley received his Bachelor of Science degree from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md. He also did one year of… Read More

Melissa Apodaca

MELISSA APODACA, RN, BSN DIRECTOR OF NURSING

Melissa has been working as a Registered Nurse in premiere treatment centers in Malibu since 2002 and she specializes in psychiatric nursing. She has worked in a variety of mental health, addiction and medical treatment settings… Read More

Tamra Lutzker

TAMRA LUTZKER, RN

Tamra Lutzker is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years of nursing experience which includes working as a detox specialist in an exclusive Malibu treatment center and providing medically supervised private in-home detox to high profile clientele… Read More
nelson araujo

NELSON ARAUJO, RN

Nelson is a Registered Nurse with years of experience working in psychiatric inpatient hospital settings that focused on mental health and substance use disorders. He has excellent skills and insight working with dual diagnosis clients in crisis.… Read More

Clinical

David Cisneros

DAVID CISNEROS, LMFT, CLINICAL DIRECTOR

David Cisneros is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He got clean and sober in 1999 and began doing volunteer literacy work for Cri-Help, Inc. in 2000. He assisted in developing a literacy program for their sister program Socorro, in East Los Angeles… Read More

Dr Giovanni Aponte

DR. GIOVANNI APONTE, PHD, LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST, CLINICAL SUPERVISOR

Dr. Aponte is a licensed psychologist and has been practicing since 1979 in mental health centers, addiction treatment centers, hospital settings and intensive out patient centers where he has overseen the clinical supervision for a number of therapists and psychologists… Read More
Rudy Lugos

DR. RUDY LUGO-RIOS, PSYD, PSYCHOLOGIST

Dr. Rudy Lugo-Rios is a Psychologist and an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at his alma mater. He was born in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico, and immigrated to California in childhood. Dr. Rudy received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, and Doctorate of Psychology from California Lutheran University… Read More

Itay Kohane

ITAY KOHANE, PSYD, PSYCHOLOGIST

Itay moved to the United States to finish his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University in Santa Barbara, CA following eight years of service in the Israeli Air Force as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot… Read More
Marley Cohn

MARLEY COHN, AMFT, PRIMARY THERAPIST

Marley Cohn has had an innate sense of wanting to help others since she was about 10 years old. She made it her life’s purpose and went to school to obtain both her Bachelor’s Degree and Masters in Psychology. Marley is now a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist… Read More

Stella Cuomo

STELLA CUOMO MSW, ASW, PRIMARY THERAPIST

Stella Cuomo discovered a passion for helping others in high school where she volunteered at a suicide hotline for three years at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. During her undergraduate studies in Psychology, Stella worked at a women’s domestic violence shelter and assisted in research projects that investigated the relationship between eating disorders.… Read More

Gabrielle Samuels

GABRIELLE SAMUELS, LMFT, PRIMARY THERAPIST

Gabrielle received her BA from UC Irvine and has her MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University as well as a Certificate in Horticultural Therapy from the Horticultural Therapy Institute…. Read More
tracy gottbetter

TRACY GOTTBETTER, LMFT, PRIMARY THERAPIST

Tracy Gottbetter is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in the treatment of addiction. She earned her Master’s Degree in Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute in 2005…. Read More
Carl Schroeder

CARL SCHROEDER, PSYD PRACTICUM STUDENT, PRIMARY THERAPIST

Carl Schroeder is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at California Lutheran University. He began working in psychology and substance use disorder treatment during his undergraduate career at the University of Alabama… Read More
Jodi Wagner

JODI WAGNER, CADC-II, CSC, DIRECTOR OF CASE MANAGEMENT AND AFTER CARE PLANNING

Jodi Wagner is a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor as well as Clinical Supervisor Credentialed and has worked in the recovery field since 1999! Jodi worked at Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health for co-occurring disorders with women as a Primary Counselor for over 6 years and from there was at Journey Out for 8 years, prior to… Read More

Corey Cardenas

COREY CARDENAS, EQUINE SPECIALIST

Corey Cardenas has been horse crazy for as long as she can remember. Regularly riding and being with horses since she was three, Corey has been well shaped and trained by the horse. She is continually learning the subtle art of body language and reading energy. With a genuine love of people, trust in the… Read More

Lynn Tumpa - Registered Dietician

LYNN TUMPA, R.D, REGISTERED DIETICIAN

Lynn is very passionate about nutrition. So much so that she gives inspiring speeches nationwide and is well-known for her motivating talks on the subject. She is an active member of the American Dietetic Association and has practiced nutrition counseling since the year 2000… Read More

Administration

Greg Rigali

GREG RIGALI, OPERATIONS MANAGER

Greg Rigali has been working in the field of dual diagnosis treatment since 2015 and has a background of working with adolescents and teens. He is currently in the process of obtaining his CADC-II and is also in college working on a BA in psychology. Greg then plans to attend graduate school for LPCC. He… Read More

Richard Song

RICHARD SONG, PROGRAM MANAGER - MAR VISTA

Richard Song was born in New Jersey, raised in North Carolina, and has lived all throughout California. In all of the different places he has lived, he recognized that substance abuse was a factor in many people’s lives. Richard has seen close friends lose their lives to addiction and all the negative effects that substance abuse has on families… Read More

Support Staff

Jody Waxman - Family Program Coordinator

JODY WAXMAN, FAMILY PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Jody Waxman was a pre-school teacher for over 36 years when one of her children called her and told her they were a heroin addict and needed help. She went back to school at 55 years of age to receive her Drug and Alcohol Counseling credential. Jody has 2 children whom she loves very much… Read More

Heidi Pherson (Heidi Lopez)

HEIDI PHERSON, SILVER LAKE IOP COORDINATOR

Heidi Pherson has been working in the field of recovery since 2014 and sober since November 2012, while attending late-night AA meetings in NYC’s West Village. She realized the necessity of whole-person healing early in her journey, and with dedication established a nourishing daily practice of meditation and kundalini yoga as the twin engines of her sobriety… Read More

Arnie Sallan

ARNIE SALLAN, SHIFT LEAD

Arnie Sallan has worked in the field of dual diagnosis treatment since 2015 and has been sober since 2014. He is active and involved in Alcoholics Anonymous and enjoys participating in his recovery. Arnie loves working at Alo and being engaged in the recovery community and giving back what has been given to him. He… Read More

Saige Freie

SAIGE EVANOW, RADT-I, SHIFT LEAD

Saige Freie managed a sober living facility in Ventura prior to coming to Alo House and has been with us since 2017. Her passion is helping people to understand the nature of addiction and what drugs and alcohol do to the body and mind. Saige is currently in school studying psychology and has been sober since… Read More

Daniil Khorunzhiy

DANIIL KHORUNZHIY, SILVER LAKE SHIFT LEAD

Daniil Khorunzhiy has been sober since 2015 and has many passions such as hiking, meditation and painting. He wanted to work in the treatment industry as it is a good reminder for him of where he came from and it gives him the opportunity to be an example of sustainable recovery to our clients. Daniil… Read More

Sal Michael Federico

SAL MICHAEL FEDERICO, BA, RADT-1, SHIFT LEAD

Sal Michael Federico didn’t take the usual path in life. He starting using alcohol and drugs at young age, and in the process, missed out on a normal childhood. After a lengthy 19 year battle with addiction, Mike has been clean since 2011. It took an outpatient program and help from a 12-step program to give… Read More

Mel Williams

MEL WILLIAMS, TRANSPORTATION

Mel Williams had seen and felt the impact of addiction occur in her family and became passionate about helping others struggling with substance use disorder in any way possible. This inspired her to work in the field of recovery. She has an AA in Social Science and Sociology and loves coming to work every day… Read More

ALEXIS HAINES, RECOVERY ADVOCATE

Alexis Haines completed her schooling to become a chemical dependency counselor in October 2011. Since that time, she has worked at several treatment centers, and is currently completing her practicum hours. Alexis got sober at nineteen years old, after facing up to six years in the California State prison system due to her addiction to… Read More

DREW DENNETT, RA

Drew was an addict and alcoholic for years prior to deciding to go to treatment and become an active member of alcoholics anonymous. He received his bachelor’s degree in jazz bass and loves to play music in his spare time and share his passion for music with clients.… Read More
Anne Bergstedt

ANNE BERGSTEDT, SOUND BATH FACILITATOR

Anne Bergstedt is a West Coast based artist who interweaves all of her passions together and works in various creative spaces. She worked as an actress for over a decade, and now is of service to others as a Sound Bath Facilitator… Read More

Admissions

Bob Howland - Director of Admissions

BOB HOWLAND, DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS

Bob Howland comes to Alo House with over 15 years in Healthcare/ Medical industry experience, 25 years in business development and a bachelors degree from George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia. Bob has dedicated his life to helping others in the transition to recovery. Bob suffered a back injury when he was 18 years old… Read More

Carley Bowen - Admission Coordinator

CARLEY BOWEN, ADMISSION COORDINATOR

Carley Bowen has been working in the recovery field since 2016 and has been sober since 2015. She was drawn to working in recovery due to her experience. Carley’s addiction started around the age of 16 and after a few years felt like she could not recognize herself. She suffered several overdoses and found herself… Read More

Brandon Lewis

BRANDON LEWIS, ADMISSIONS COORDINATOR

Brandon Lewis was an IV drug user for over 6 years before he got sober in 2015. In his recovery, some of the tools he has found useful are both therapy and psychiatry to address the underlying issues that drove his substance use disorder. Brandon is a talented musician and has been playing guitar and… Read More

Ali Morrow

ALI MORROW, DIRECTOR OF UTILIZATION REVIEW

Ali Morrow has worked in the field of dual diagnosis treatment since 2007 when she served as a Resident Advisor. Upon earning her LVN in March 2011, she transitioned into working in Utilization Review. Ali is passionate about Utilization Review and she thoroughly reviews client records and collaborates with the… Read More

Founders

Evan Haines

EVAN HAINES, MA, CO-FOUNDER

Evan Haines is a Co-Founder of Alo House, and specializes in admissions, and marketing and business development.  An active participant in the recovery world, it felt natural for Evan to transition into the sober living business, and help others obtain and maintain sobriety. In 2010, he and Jared founded Alo House, which, in less than… Read More

Jared Valentine

JARED VALENTINE, CO-FOUNDER

Jared Valentine is a Co-Founder of Alo House.  He is a Certified Developer and Operator of Sober Living Housing, and successfully operated Alo House sober living for a number of years before taking the company through the licensing process. Jared believed that it was time to offer a licensed substance use disorder and mental health program at… Read More

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