Our staff is comprised of highly educated and experienced personnel with many years of practical experience working at premier rehabilitation centers.

We believe every person coming into our program deserves the best possible treatment. Our staff has numerous years of experience working at premier rehabilitation centers, affording our residents the highest level of care possible.

Shana Shaterian, M.S.

Executive Director

Ms. Shaterian joined Soledad House in 2012 as the Director of Operations and is now the Executive Director. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Masters’ degree in Accounting. She has several years of marketing and account management experience in the addiction treatment field and her passion for business has contributed to Soledad’s growth in stature. Her interpersonal, communication and organizational skills are an invaluable asset in moving the company forward. Her interests in the chemical dependency field include being a role model and motivator to women who were once hopeless, and have now created a life filled with purpose, meaning and happiness.

Allie Farmer

Director of Operations

After 8 years of Operations and Logistics at Avalon Capital Group Inc, Ms. Farmer joined Soledad House in early 2017. Allie earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from University of Redlands. As the Director of Operations, she helps run the business side of Soledad House, overseeing company operations and finances. Allie is dedicated to helping women achieve recovery from addiction, grow into their divine purpose, and flourish in life spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

Connie Shyng

Director of Business Development

Connie graduated from the University of California Irvine with a degree in cognitive psychology and a minor in criminology, law and society. She knew from the beginning that her passion resided in saving lives and helping others.

Connie began working in the treatment field early on in her professional career, prior to graduation. She spent her first year and a half working with clients in an eating disorder program and followed up the next six and a half years working at a dual diagnosis treatment center. Having held a variety of roles in the field, including compliance, admissions and intake, and business development, Connie is now proud to represent Soledad in the community and is grateful for the opportunity to help women recover.

Erica Latyschow

Operations Manager & HR Associate

Erica is thrilled to be a part of the Soledad House team and further her passion for healthcare and administration. She works hard to ensure great care for the employees and your loved ones. She is currently taking classes at the University of California, San Diego obtaining a certificate in Human Resources Management to help further her Human Resources knowledge. The root of her passion is to help others through her creative perspective on life and help others see their strengths.

Monica Persons

Clinical Administration Manager

Monica is a Soledad House graduate and joined our staff in early 2015. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Sociology: Science and Medicine. Monica supervises the Soledad House Community Team and is the lead client liaison. Her interpersonal skills with staff and clients make her invaluable to our community. She is driven by a desire to help women attain wellness, and provides inspiration as a positive role model by remaining highly active in the local recovery community.

Fred K. Berger, M.D.

Psychiatrist

Dr. Berger joined the Soledad House team in the Fall of 2014. Dr. Berger earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He did his residency at Yale University and has been in practice for over 35 years. Dr. Berger was the Medical Director of the Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program at the VA Medical Center in La Jolla for 22 years and achieved the rank of Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD School of Medicine. For part of that time he was also the Medical Director of the Scripps McDonald Center, where he has spent over 20 years. He is board certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry and does expert witness testimony in Addictions on a national basis. The American Psychiatric Association has elevated him to the status of Distinguished Life Fellow. Dr. Berger’s passions for medicine and addiction recovery culminate in his expertise treating our residents with the balance of compassion and care needed to facilitate their passage through the stages of recovery.

Dr. Keith Burke, Ph.D.

Clinical Director

Dr. Keith Burke is a licensed clinical psychologist and Clinical Director of Soledad House/ABC Sober Living. In addition to his work at Soledad, Dr. Burke is a core faculty member in the San Diego City College’s Alcohol and Other Drug Studies (AODS) program, a widely-respected, state-accredited vocational training program for drug and alcohol counselors. Dr. Burke also conducts training in laws and ethics, and clinical intervention strategies for staff and administrators at drug and alcohol treatment programs throughout San Diego County. Prior to his clinical work at Soledad, Dr. Burke worked for over ten years at Father Joe’s Villages, the largest homeless services treatment provider in Southern California. Dr. Burke provided treatment and direct client-care to the co-occurring disorders population at Father Joe’s state-certified outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program and neuropsychological assessment at the St. Vincent de Paul Village medical center, a federally-qualified health-care provider. Dr. Burke also served as the Clinical Services Program Manager and subsequently as the Director of Supportive Services at Father Joe’s Villages.

Fred Murray, M.S., C.S.A.C. I.

Program Director

Fred has over twenty years experience in the chemical dependency field. Since the beginning, he has worked at Scripps McDonald Center in a variety of roles from House Manager to his position as Lead Relapse Counselor in the Residential Adult Treatment Program. Fred completed and received certifications in the Alcohol and Other Drug Studies Program and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADE) at San Diego City College. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s in Human Services from Springfield College, where he later earned Master’s Degree in Human Services and Organizational Management. In addition, Fred is a drug educator for nurses in diversion, he is a guest lecturer and educator at several San Diego area colleges and universities and at the San Diego Bar Association as well as other legal associations. He is a consultant to several treatment facilities including The McMillan Center in Torrance, California, and Soledad House, for which he designed and developed their program curriculum and treatment protocol. Fred is presently the Program Director of Soledad House Recovery; He received his last certification from the Association of Christian Alcohol & Drug Counselors Institute.

Joan Barnett, M.A., MFT

Therapist

Joan began her experience as a clinician at San Diego State University in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. She graduated with Honors and went on to complete two more years of graduate school in that field. As a graduate student she was in charge of the family therapy component of the Speech and Language Clinic. She continued another two years of graduate school at the Professional School of Psychological Studies and graduated with an M.A. with an emphasis in marriage, family and child counseling in 1984 and obtained her license as an M.F.T. in 1991. She has worked in numerous setting around the county with the social and medical models of recovery from alcohol and chemical dependency. She worked for the Dept. of Social Services- Child abuse and family reunification section. Also, while at the county she was selected to work in the Steps in Recovery program providing lectures, process and psycho-educational groups, case management, and reunification services in addition to providing extensive reports for Juvenile Court of San Diego County. She was a Program Therapist for the Vista Hill Foundation’s Vista San Diego Center residential treatment Center. She worked with a female population involving residents with multiple diagnoses including PTSD, severe sexual abuse, chemical dependency and eating disorders. Joan has also been in private practice.

Adrienne Abeyta, CAADE II

Chemical Dependency Counselor & Certified Life Coach

As a graduate of San Diego City College’s Alcohol and Other Drug Studies, Adrienne has diversified experience in the field of counseling. She has worked in recovery with the homeless population at St. Vincent de Paul’s and currently works in a woman’s recovery home for eating disorders. As a certified Life Coach, she has been working closely with people for over ten years. Adrienne helps people develop and explore their spirituality. Drawing from the wisdom of Eastern philosophy, she teaches her clients how to heal by weaving a new life story. Adrienne holds a B.A. in Religious Studies and her other studies include Addiction and the Brain, Yoga, Guided Imagery, and Mindfulness.

Jennifer Rotge, RADT

Counselor

Jennifer Rotge received her certificate of completion from San Diego City College AODS Program in 2017. She completed her internship at Soledad House and is excited to be a part of the team doing counseling and case management. Jennifer has personal experience with the heartache involved with substance use and has also witnessed the freedom that is possible. She has a passion for women and knows that healing and recovery are possible. Jennifer desires to come alongside women and empower them to heal and live the life they were created to live. She believes each woman has a unique purpose only they can carry out regardless of their past and they have the ability to turn their tragedies into triumphs and their pain into purpose. Jennifer wants to empower, encourage and support each and every woman who walks through these doors and see the miracle that awaits.

Dorian Hudson, CAODC

Case Manager & Art Therapist

Dorian got a full scholarship to The Art Institute in San Francisco with a major in Photography. She graduated from California State University, San Marcos with a BA in Sociology with an emphasis on Children and Families. She returned to school to get a substance abuse certificate from San Diego Community College where she graduated Phi Theta Kappa. Dorian’s passion is to assist women in the recovery process by using creativity and fun.

Teresa Whitney MHS, LAADC®. CCS, SAP

Therapist

Teresa joins the Soledad House with years of experience and a passion to empower women to find freedom from addiction. Teresa has a Master’s Degree in Human Services (MHS) with honors, from Lincoln University in Philadelphia. PA. She holds several certifications with the California Consortium of Addiction Program and Professionals (CCAPP) as a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADC) and Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) along with a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) Certification.

Teresa has over 20 years of experience working with addictions, mental health and trauma using Mindfulness Based Practices, and CBT. Teresa has experience working in a variety of settings that included inpatient, outpatient, criminal justice, recovery homes, therapeutic communities and long term residential programs. Prior to joining the Soledad team, Teresa worked as the Director of Program at The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC), which is a 130-bed residential program for men and women. Currently, Teresa works as an Adjunct Professor for San Diego City College’s Behavioral Sciences Department, Drug and Alcohol Studies (AODS) program teaching Law and Ethics.

Tricia Housley, CADC-II

Counselor

Tricia is a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor with over thirteen years of experience in trauma informed substance abuse treatment. She has experience in Al-anon family groups, working with treatment teams, interventions, dual diagnosis facility and outpatient programs where she used Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Model. Prior to her time at Soledad, she worked with Mental Health Systems for over seven years serving women and women in the process of reunifying with their children. Tricia specializes in trauma and abuse, relationships issues, co-dependency and recovery issues. She believes in a strength based, solution-focused counseling approach to help clients overcome internal struggles and reach their full potential. Tricia is passionate about her work as a counselor, helping others, and values taking the time to explore emotions and relationships in greater depth. Driven by her personal experience and strong desire toward healing Tricia has dedicated over thirteen years of her life to guiding women to live a healthy lifestyle free from alcohol, drugs and trauma. Her personal experience, her strong belief in a life being recovered, restored, reconciled and her passion for helping others reconnect with their families make her an incredible asset to the Soledad team.