Meet the Team at Mare’s House

Alex Zemeckis, MA

Alex Zemeckis, MA

Owner/Founder

For almost a decade, Alex has worked in the addiction treatment & mental health communities helping young adults find new ways to live. Alex’s earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University and a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Throughout his career, Alex has worked in various direct care and administrative roles...

Cannon Kristofferson, CADC II

Cannon Kristofferson, CADC II

Founder, Executive Director

Raised in San Diego, Cannon has 10+ years of experience working within the recovery community. His extensive experience includes direct work with at-risk young adults through the City of San Diego, Veterans suffering with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues and the LGBT community where he received important trauma and...

Ariel Munoz

Ariel Munoz

Program Director

Ariel has worked in the substance use/mental health fields for over 10 years, beginning as a House Manager at the age of 19 and throughout the years working with various populations/levels of care including detox, court-mandated treatment, private pay, health care professionals, young adults, homeless individuals, and those with severe and persistent mental illness...

Scott DeLeau

Scott DeLeau

Admissions Director & Outreach

In long term recovery, Scott has worked in various roles within the treatment field for many years. He enjoys sharing his experience, strength and hope with others as they navigate their own recovery journey. He also understands the importance of "the right fit" - pairing the right treatment experience with an individual’s unique situation, needs, and goals.

Jillian Kristofferson

Jillian Kristofferson

Admissions

Jillian has worked in healthcare marketing and business development for the last 12 years. A Midwest native, Jillian moved to San Diego in 2014 to launch a career in behavioral healthcare, specifically assisting families and their loved ones in finding treatment options that best fit their individual clinical needs. Jillian is passionate about educating communities nationwide about the...

Jenny Insixiengmay

Jenny Insixiengmay

Business Manager

Jenny has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Georgia State University and has worked in varying accounting and office administration roles for many years. As a volunteer advocate for domestic violence victims, Jenny has seen first-hand the consequences that often accompany addiction and trauma. She combines mindfulness, recovery experience and...

Jordan Krueger

Jordan Krueger

Case Manager

As a Case Manager for Mare’s House, Jordan is honored and excited to be a part of assisting young women to achieve their goals, and ultimately guiding them on their own journey to discover their sense of independence, confidence, and power. Originally from the Central Coast, Jordan has built her educational career in Southern California, studying Psychology and...

Nicole Kanaras

Nicole Kanaras

Mentor

Nicole is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. She is obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in sociology at the University of San Diego and plans to earn her Master’s in social work. Nicole is passionate about mental health awareness and tries to leave an impact on everyone she meets. After she lost a friend to addiction, she became an advocate for substance abuse treatment and recovery...

Tess Reardon

Tess Reardon

Mentor

Tess is a San Diego native and grew up in La Jolla. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Prior to working with women in recovery, Tess worked in sales as a recruiter for travel nurses. She made the switch to working in recovery because of her lifelong desire to help others and was craving to do work that positively impacted others and...

Jojo Alexander

Jojo Alexander

Mentor

JoJo is in recovery herself and has learned first hand the importance of healing the whole person including the mind, body, and spirit. JoJo is passionate about real connection and knows that the first, most crucial step to loving and connecting with others is developing a loving relationship with oneself. Having overcome struggles in her own life, JoJo’s mission is to...

Jarrett Wright

Jarrett Wright

Chef

Driven by an understanding of the importance of food in building community and nourishing growth, Jarrett pairs his passion for fresh, whole foods with exciting cuisine to facilitate healthier lives. After completing his advanced culinary degree from SDCI, Jarrett went to work in some of San Diego’s finest restaurants building skill in technique and deepening his knowledge of...

Whitney Whaley

Whitney Whaley

Yoga Instructor

For Whitney, health and wellness is an integral part of life. As a yoga instructor with more than five years’ experience, Whitney strives to make each person she connects with feel light, safe, and empowered. Whitney uses her position as The Grounds Recovery yoga instructor to share mindful practice and help her students unite the mind, body and spirit...

Meghan Bosse

Meghan Bosse

Reiki Instructor

Meghan is a 30 year old San Diego native who after getting sober 3 years ago turned her focus to holistic healing and recovery. She is an Usui Reiki Master, Sound Healer and Wisdom of the Earth Plant Medicine practitioner. Meghan benefited greatly from Reiki and sound healing early in her sobriety and is very excited to be able to help the residents of mare’s House experience the...

Rafael Cortina, MFT, MBA

Rafael Cortina, MFT, MBA

Therapist

Rafael is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and as a bilingual/bicultural therapist he has delivered clinical and consultation services in both Mexico and the United States. He has over 15 years of diverse experience serving individuals, couples, families and groups. Rafael has a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology and an MBA from National University and he is a...

Laurie Chapman, M.S., MFC35559

Laurie Chapman, M.S., MFC35559

Therapist, EMDR Certified, CSAT-1

Laurie Chapman is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 25 years’ experience and extensive training in the following evidence-based practice therapy models: strategic, solution-focused, multi-systemic, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, trauma resiliency, and eye movement desensitization...

Kathryn O’Brasky, LCSW

Kathryn O’Brasky, LCSW

Therapist

Katie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 32 years of experience. Guided by her belief that therapy is a collaborative process between counselor and client, Katie views her role as an assistant – helping her clients identify sources of pain and roadblocks to happiness. Katie’s therapeutic style includes creating a safe environment to explore painful emotions and...

Michael Kornberg, M.D.

Michael Kornberg, M.D.

Psychiatrist

Michael Kornberg, M.D. is a graduate of The George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. Dr. Kornberg completed his internship and residency in general psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Montefiore in the Bronx, New York. He returned to San Diego to complete his training in child and adolescent psychiatry at...

Beck Jolly

Beck Jolly

Counselor

Beck is a certified substance use disorder counselor. He has several years of experience working at a men’s residential treatment facility with men who have severe substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders. Throughout his own journey of recovery, Beck has found that...

Kathy San Filippo, MA

Kathy San Filippo, MA

Equine Therapist

Kathy holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with undergraduate studies in Organizational Psychology. In addition to numerous experiential certifications and more than 30 years of equine experience, Kathy has worked in a number of different settings including private practice, colleges, churches, and other non-profits, having great success...