Ariana Gravanis

Family Group Facilitator

Ariana Gravanis, LPCC

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Ariana Gravanis is a licensed professional clinical counselor who specializes in working with young adults struggling with addiction and trauma, as well as supporting their families learn and develop ways to build healthy relationships with their loved ones as they recover. She is trained in EMDR therapy and approaches her clinical work from a trauma-focused lens. Since families are an integral part of the recovery process, Ariana’s passion for assisting families move forward as a unit while building healthy boundaries for long term connectedness is a key component of her work

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Mike Wood

Client Services

Mike Wood

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Mike grew up just outside of Washington D.C. in Montgomery County, Maryland. After graduating high school he attended the University of Maryland, but quickly fell victim to opioid addiction like so many others. His education and everything else that was important to him took a backseat to his addiction. He struggled for many years and after multiple attempts to get sober, he has finally found stability and happiness here in Los Angeles. After going through The Last House,  Mike now has multiple years of sobriety. He is eager to help people and to provide struggling addicts the tools that were given to him to help him stay sober.

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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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Cole Walsh

Client Services

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 the 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 bring 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 Manor weekend manager.

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William Prince

Manager of the Manor

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 into the role as manager of the Manor. 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 the Compound

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 to 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 our program, so following completion we brought him on as a manager of the Compound. 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 graduated from The Last House program in 2015 and has since led a blossoming career in recovery, first working at a local residential treatment program in various key roles of facilities management.

Matt joined The Last House in 2017 as our Admissions and Outreach Coordinator . Matt has the unique ability to communicate the intricacies of our program to prospective clients and loved ones, which allows them to feel they are prepared for what is to come in the early days and months of their recovery process. Matt’s ability to connect with families during crises and be an on-call support system for them helps establish a successful transition into The Last House Recovery Program. Matt engages in yearly continuing education on co-occurring disorders and seeks to identify mental health and behavioral risks during the assessment process.

Matt came to Los Angeles from Chicago and has set up roots and a recovery family here. During his off time, Matt is still very involved with the alumni program at the last house and regularly organizes gatherings to get graduates together. He is an avid dog lover and loves to travel.

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Chris Kirby

Director of Admissions

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Chris Kirby came to The Last House first in 2013 as a client and has since worked in various roles throughout his career at The Last House. He has brought his personal experience and intimate knowledge of client care to his role now as the Director of Admissions and Community Liaison for The Last House.

As a recovery advocate, Chris has honed his skills working as a counselor and in facility management. In 2016 came back to where he considers his home, doing outreach and assessment work for The Last House. Chris brings a wealth of knowledge in motivating clients and loved ones to engage in treatment. He provides education to medical and clinical professionals on methodologies to treat the growing population of young adults suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. He is a trained interventionist who uses opportunities during the assessment process to utilize family systems interventions and create boundaries to assist in the successful completion of treatment.

Chris has traveled the country touring treatment facilities and has a wide network of treatment support services. Chris believes that everyone who calls our intake line deserves to be heard and given resources for change regardless of their diagnosis or financial status.

In his free time, Chris is an avid surfer and fly fisher. He believes strongly in using the power of nature to aid the healing and recovery process. He can often be found at the beaches close to The Last House riding the waves. He has developed our surf program and personally instructs our residents in learning to surf. He often draws parallels between riding the ocean waves and the waves of life and emotions in recovery.

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Andy Allen

Program Director

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Andy Allen has been a member of The Last House team for over a decade. As our Director of Programming, Andy has cultivated much of the structure and program that The Last House implements with much success with their clients over the years.

Andy provides oversight to house structure and programming and training new staff. Andy’s skills and knowledge in family systems and dynamics are used to conduct individualized support for the residents and families. Andy is trained in invitational interventions, which utilize tools that give residents esteem building and responsibility goals of making their own good decisions. He is well-versed in the process of recovery with expertise in leadership and communication.

Andy’s passion for athletics and coaching shows in his ability to motivate residents to acquire new habits. He creates clear-cut goals with residents, loved ones, mental-health professionals, and after-care programs. He’s a creative problem-solver and has a knack for communicating with residents in a way that they respond to and respect, which is key during the early stages of recovery.

Andy was born and raised in Columbus Ohio, moved to Los Angeles to get sober, and has made this his home ever since. Andy has many passions that allow him to find common bonds with everyone who enters the program. He is very passionate about sports and leads the charge in organizing outings playing basketball and softball. He has seen anxiety and depression in residents lessen with the physical health and community that team sports bring.

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