Leslie Gold

Strides in Recovery, Founder

Leslie Gold

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Leslie is an RRCA-certified running coach who specializes in training the newly sober. As a volunteer at a residential addiction treatment program, she has coached hundreds of people in early recovery across the finish line of the Los Angeles Marathon, more than any other coach in the country. Years later, many of the participants still credit the group training and life lessons learned as critical to their long-term sobriety.

Inspired by these success stories and numerous testimonials about the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual benefits of training for a challenging endurance event with the support of a team, Leslie started Strides in Recovery. The mission of this non-profit is threefold:
1) Bring running/walking-based relapse prevention programs to more recovery communities 2) Strengthen and grow the community of sober runners/walkers 3) Educate addiction treatment providers about the healing power of goal-oriented group training

Prior to starting Strides in Recovery in 2018, Leslie spent three decades leading clinical and financial performance improvement projects, implementing decision support solutions, and generating analytics for hospitals and health systems across the US. She holds an MBA from UCLA and a BA from the University of Virginia. She regularly runs 40-50+ miles/week and has joyfully completed a 50K, 9 marathons, and numerous shorter distance events. She is also an avid cyclist.  Click Here to Learn more about Strides in Recovery.

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Josh Cornelius

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Josh Cornelius

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Josh Cornelius grew up in West Deptford, New Jersey. The middle child of 3 boys, life was a bit rough and unforgiving for Josh. Josh stood out as a young man in high school athletics. He played 3 sports and loved being part of a team. He was a leader in high school football and was offered scholarships at a few different colleges. His life off the field, however, took president over his future and drugs became number one in his life. He went through the ups and downs of addiction and some low-lows that landed him in treatment and then into The Last House program in 2019. Josh has continued to show his affinity to being a member of a team, and being a leader in promoting productive events and sports activities for the clients in the house. He enjoys creating an environment of competition and success through group sports, and we appreciate that Josh can cultivate that atmosphere to add to our program. We are excited to have Josh join us as a Junior Tech at The Last House.

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Derek Sauvageau

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Derek Sauvageau

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Derek Sauvageau was born and raised in Orange, California. Derek moved to Honolulu at 18, trying to get away from his addictions, but it continued to follow him until he entered The Last House program in 2018. Derek has been an outwardly helpful member of the clients in The Last House, always trying to find solutions to better the house and the relationships among the clients. We are proud to have Derek join us as a Junior Tech and a member of The Last House staff.

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Cole Walsh

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Cole Walsh

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Cole grew up in Palos Verdes, just a little way down the road. He came to The Last House as a resident experiencing his first go-round at getting sober and his first time in sober living. He quickly understood the fatality of his disease and situation and knew that The Last House would be his best option to have that life he wanted. Through all of his efforts, Cole graduated the program this past December.

Cole is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and was in the midst of obtaining his Masters of Business Administration from Long Beach State upon his arrival at the house. He is a huge fan of sports, music, and traveling.

“The Last House helped me to become a man. A man of integrity, character, compassion, and so much more. A man whose parents can be proud of him, whose brother can look up to him, and whose friends can respect him. I am eternally grateful for what The Last House did for me, and to have the opportunity to pay it forward to other individuals is a true blessing.”

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Nick Cusato

Support Staff

Nick Cusato

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Nick Cusato has been a local of the Los Angeles area since 2015, when he moved out here to attain sobriety and success as an engineer. He claims native to New Jersey, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Philadelphia, PA. After leaving the University of North Carolina at Charlotte during his senior year, he struggled to get back to college. Thanks to the structure of the Last House, Nick has been able to transfer to Santa Monica College. He plans to graduate from USC with a Mechanical Engineering degree.

During his spare time, Nick enjoys making stencils for art, producing music for his friends, tailoring pants and pillows, playing sports with the boys, reading, weight lifting/ yoga, raving at festivals, and amateur photography. He says his hobbies brings him closer to other people.
Nick graduated the Last House in the Spring of 2017. Since then, He has found new purpose to life. Nick Cusato is our East House weekend manager.

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William Prince

Manager of East House

William Prince

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Will Prince grew up locally in the nearby San Fernando Valley. From an early age, Will struggled with depression, addiction and alcoholism. Although he was a gifted musician and excelled in academics and sports, by his early twenties he had entered a vicious cycle of rock bottoms and could not stay sober. Faced with yet another ultimatum Will entered treatment in Palm Springs where he learned about The Last House™. He decided to give it a shot. Some months later Will had transformed his outlook and perspective entirely, becoming a reliable, compassionate, hard-working and honest individual. Within his stay he gravitated towards a new way of living sober and expressed interest in working in treatment and giving back. He is excited to be part of our team and to step in role as the East House Manager. Will is proud to uphold the integrity of our program and help-out the members of the house.

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Miles Sauvageau

Manager of West House

Miles Sauvageau

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Miles Sauvageau is from Orange County and originally came to The Last House as a resident. He experienced many ups and downs during his stay in our program, but ultimately showed his commitment to his recovery, as well as our program. During his time as a resident, he obtained his insurance brokerage license and pursued a career in the insurance industry. He showed great leadership qualities while in the program, so following completion we brought him on as a manager of The Last House West. He is a passionate person and truly cares about each and every resident in the house. Upholding the integrity of the house is a top priority for Miles. We are blessed to have him as part of our staff.

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Matt Fidlow

Admissions & Outreach Coordinator

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Matt Fidlow grew up in Chicago, Illinois. As a youth, he enjoyed playing soccer and was known as a social butterfly. His battle with addiction began at age 16, and soon he was trapped in a downward spiral. At 25 he had been through multiple treatment episodes and was homeless on the streets of Chicago. Thankfully, while attending residential detox in Los Angeles, Matt heard about the Last House and their success with young men. In a window of willingness, he decided to take a leap of faith, and try it someone else’s way, as his way had long track record of being unsuccessful. During his stay, he developed the life skills necessary for sustainable sobriety and long-term success. He also developed a passion for helping others, and has now been working in treatment since 2015. He has since adopted a beautiful pup named Jasmine, and lives with another graduate that he went through the house with. After completing our program, Matt went to work at Pacific View Recovery Center. He found immediate success there, and worked his way up to Lead Technician. We are super grateful to have him return to The Last House, where he got sober.

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Chris Kirby

Director of Admissions

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Chris Kirby came to The Last House originally as a client from the San Francisco Bay area. After he graduated from our program, he joined us as our live-in manager and has grown with us ever since. Chris now oversees our marketing department and is a big advocate for our program. He demonstrates strength of character and a peer understanding so residents often confide in him regarding problems or concerns. In his earlier years, Chris played water polo and attended Whittier College. Chris loves surfing and enjoys incorporating that and outside service work with clients and friends.

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Andy Allen

Program Director

Andy Allen

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Andy Allen is a well-versed individual in recovery with his concentrations in operations, leadership and communication, he creates clear-cut goals with the resident, their loved ones, mental-health professionals and/or after-care programs. Andy is a creative problem-solver and motivated to work and help expand the company. He has a knack for communicating with residents in a way that they can take the feedback and do something productive with it, which is key during the early stages of recovery. Andy was born and raised in Ohio. He moved to Los Angeles to get sober and has made this place his home ever since. Andy has a passion for professional sports, especially football and basketball, which has made The Last House “Basketball Saturdays” a commonplace theme for us.

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