Mike Wood

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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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Nick Knuth

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Nick grew up in Tucson, AZ and always excelled in sports and academics. While going to college, he only cared about partying and social life and quickly hit rock bottom. He avoided rehab for many years and tried every way to get sober on his own with no success. Desperate for help,  he discovered Last House. He has been sober since and is committed to being a good role model and helping other guys get on the right path. He is a big believer in physical fitness and nutrition to help with mental health and sobriety.

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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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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 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 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

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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

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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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