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Greg Hannley

Founder

Greg Hannley is the Founder of Soba and all of its’ affiliated programs. His goal with Club Soba was to create a similar facility to the original Soba Malibu model; which emphasizes specialized aftercare for long term success. Participants of Club Soba can live and work in the extraordinary city of Los Angeles while simultaneously… View Article

Jennifer O’Hara

Program Director/CEO

Jennifer O’Hara serves as Program Director and CEO for the Club Soba substance abuse treatment center.  She has been with Soba in multiple capacities of their treatment environment over the last 6 years.  Jennifer holds a vast array of technical skills which have been acquired from working a decade in public accounting as well as… View Article

Delena Zimmerman, MFTi

Therapist

Delena joined Club Soba as a Case Manager in 2015. She has worked with the recovering population for more than 19 years. She values the 12 step process and uses it to be effective at Club Soba in Relapse Prevention and Step Study groups. Delena completed her Master’s in Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage… View Article

Lissa Merkel, ASW and LAADAC

Primary Therapist

Lissa Merkel joined Club Soba in February 2015 after completing her Master of Social Work with concentration in mental health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor and is a registered Associate Clinical Social Worker in the State of California. Lissa also holds a Bachelor of Science in… View Article

Jeff Christensen

Senior Operations Manager

For ten years, Jeff served as Executive Director of the Sober Living Network, the national leader for standards and quality assurance for sober living environments nationwide.  He believes that the environment and architecture of sober environments serves a critical function in the lives of those early in recovery.  Jeff has expertise in fair housing and… View Article

Maralena “Lena” Christensen

Program Supervisor

Lena has been working in the substance abuse clinical administration field for over three years helping to run efficient alcohol and drug treatment programs.  As Program Supervisor at Club Soba, Lena develops and implements detailed tracking and auditing systems, creates and coordinates treatment and staff scheduling and evaluates and monitors program needs to ensure that… View Article

Barbara Crofford, LCSW

Primary Therapist

Barbara Crofford, LCSW, has over 25 years of experience working as a therapist, specializing in the areas of alcohol and drug recovery, couples counseling, health psychology, and both HIV and Hepatitis C information, prevention, treatment efficacy and support. She has facilitated a number of weekend workshops for those who have recently tested positive for the… View Article

Sherri Caruso, CADC-II, ICADC

Group Facilitator

Sherri Caruso brings her personal experience in 12-step recovery, more than 10 years of case management work with recovering women in sober living, her drug and alcohol counseling degree, and her yoga practice to the Meditation and Spirituality classes she has taught at Soba since 2012. She believes that it is the combination of these… View Article

Gina Fabiano

Business Development

Gina Fabiano has a deep-rooted passion for working in the substance abuse industry. Soba in particularly has been a substantial part of her personal journey and she continues to reciprocate her experience with clients and staff on a daily basis. Her professional background of marketing and brand management is utilized in the office environment to… View Article

Lawrence Price

Group Facilitator – Developing Community

Lawrence Price graduated with a B.F.A. from New York University and spent many years writing in Los Angeles, acquiring over a decade of sobriety along the way.  He went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Antioch University, working in the field of drug and alcohol treatment, as well as maintaining a private… View Article

Christine Nolan

Assistant Program Supervisor

Christine is a graduate from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Criminal Justice. She previously worked as a Service Coordinator for youth in Delaware’s juvenile justice system. She grew up in West Virginia and moved to California from Delaware. Christine enjoys being outdoors, spending her free time on the… View Article

Will Wilke

Operations Manager

Willyn Wilke is an alumni of Soba, who found that his calling was to work for the same company that helped change his life after going through treatment. Having been a resident himself, he has a great amount of empathy for those struggling with addiction. His role is to help with day to day operations,… View Article