Meet the Team at Mare’s House

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. She further received her Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling at Point Loma Nazarene University and received extensive clinical training at Sharp Mesa Vista Trauma IOP program for her...

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...

Alana Hecker, LCSW

Alana Hecker, LCSW

Therapist

Alana Hecker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and EMDR therapist with over 30 years of experience and specialized training in treating addiction, trauma, depression, anxiety, and codependent relationships. Her formal education includes degrees with Honors in Psychology and Social Work. Alana’s healing approach is founded in the marriage of compassion and...

Natalie Nibler, LPCC

Natalie Nibler, LPCC

Counselor

Natalie Nibler is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC 6394) in the State of California with more than eight years’ experience working with individuals, couples, families and groups. She has worked in both inpatient and residential treatment facilities for adults and adolescents, providing individual, family and group therapy services. Her specialized training includes...

Annette Malveaux-Smith

Annette Malveaux-Smith

Overnight Support Staff

Annette is committed to uplifting others and building positive communities. Having worked in counseling for twenty-plus years, she has found that working with adolescents and young adults is most rewarding...

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...

Dawna Gonzales

Dawna Gonzales

Women’s Self-Defense Coach

Dawna Gonzales is a black belt in 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu and Certified Life Coach. She co-founded 10th Planet Women’s Self Defense in 2016 with the mission to empower all women to feel stronger, safer and more confident in their bodies. She travels nationwide teaching self-defense...

Holly Beck

Holly Beck

Surf Therapy Instructor

Former professional surfer, Holly Beck spent eleven years living in Central America running women’s surf and yoga retreats. She identified the ways that time spent in the ocean while learning to surf led to increased positivity, feelings of mastery, and empowerment in participants...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...