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 and holds the unique position as Director of Operations. 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 Assistant 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 in dual diagnosis. Having held a variety of roles in the field, including compliance, admissions and intake, and business development, Connie recently joined the Soledad staff in a business development position. She’s excited to continue helping others overcome life’s challenges.

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.

Chrissy Chopin

Director of Health Information Management

Ms. Chopin joined our staff in the spring of 2014. She holds Bachelor’s degrees from the University of California, San Diego in Neuroscience and Music. Ms. Chopin has a background in hospital administration and university student affairs. Her experience and technical expertise offer direct support to our staff and leadership team. She has a heart for recovery and considers it a privilege to be a part of the healing and transformation process for women here with us. Ms. Chopin’s compassion and commitment to our program, our residents and their families are a tremendous gift to the community.

Monica Persons

Clinical Administration Manager

Ms. Grimanelis is a Soledad House graduate and joined our staff in early 2015. She is currently finishing her undergraduate education at the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Sociology: Science and Medicine. Ms. Grimanelis wants to pursue a career within the drug and alcohol rehabilitation field as a counselor. She is involved with H&I work and believes sharing her story honestly will help other young women recover from drug and alcohol abuse.

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

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

Chemical Dependency Counselor

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

Chemical Dependency Counselor

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.

Lori Allen, LCC, CATC, RAS, CGS, CCDS

Chemical Dependency Counselor

Lori has been working at Soledad since 2012. She brings with her vast experience in addiction and recovery counseling, life coaching, and grief counseling. She has also obtained her license as a Clinical Chaplin. Her credentials and certifications include CDAAC (Certified Drug Alcohol and Addiction Counselor) through the Association of Christian Alcohol and Drug Counselors Institute, CCDS (Certified co-occurred disorder specialist) RAS (Registered Addiction Specialist) State certified through the Breining Institute, CCC (Certified Codependency Counselor) through ACADCI, CGC (Certified Grief Counselor) through Glendale Adventist Medical Center, CGF (Certified Grief Facilitator), CCLC (Certified Christian Life Coach (diploma and advanced diploma program) through the PCCCA (Professional Christian Coaching and Counseling Academy), and over 500 additional hours of various certification programs offered through the AACC (American Association of Christian Counselors). She utilizes holistic, client centered approaches to addiction treatment while integrating various disciplines that assist in the individual’s recovery. Lori’s passion is to help the client develop new cognitive and behavioral skills while facilitating restoration in other areas of their life.

Ellora Nyhan, CATC-I

Chemical Dependency Counselor

Ellora Nyhan graduated from San Diego City College with an Associates of Arts in Behavioral Sciences with a focus in anthropology as well as an Associate of Science in Biology. Additionally, she has a Certificate of Achievement in Behavioral Sciences pertaining to Alcohol and Other Drug Studies.

Ellora is passionate about volunteering, having worked with CRASH: Community Resources and Self-Help as well as the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. Through both programs, she’s helped provide a variety of counseling services for individuals struggling with addiction and mental health issues. When Ellora isn’t offering counseling services to the women at Soledad House, she enjoys studying yoga, nutrition, and ways to help preserve the environment.

Jeannette M. Gilmore, M.A., MFTI, PCCI

Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, Professional Clinical Counselor Intern

Jeannette is trained in the powerful healing modality of EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and is passionate about connecting the brain and the body to clear emotional pain and trauma which allows healing for the entire body system. Jeannette believes we all have the capacity to recover from our traumas and to experience joy again.

Jeannette has a Master’s degree from Azusa Pacific University specializing in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and in Clinical Counseling; and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Springfield College specializing in Addiction and Counseling. Jeannette has had extensive training in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Substance Use and Abuse, and Addiction Counseling.

Jeannette strongly believes in working with the mind, body, and spirit to help clients become healthier and more integrated. Jeannette’s approach is relaxed and client centered because she realizes every problem is unique and its own experience.

Dorian Hudson

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.