Meet the Team at The Grounds

Alex Zemeckis, MA

Alex Zemeckis, MA

Owner/Founder

For almost a decade, Alex has worked in the addiction treatment & mental health communities helping young adults find new ways to live. Alex’s earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University and a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Throughout his career, Alex has worked in various direct care and administrative roles...

Cannon Kristofferson, CADC II

Cannon Kristofferson, CADC II

Program Director

Raised in San Diego, Cannon has 10+ years of experience working within the recovery community. His extensive experience includes direct work with at-risk young adults through the City of San Diego, Veterans suffering with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues and the LGBT community where he received important trauma and...

Scott DeLeau

Scott DeLeau

Admissions Director & Outreach

In long term recovery, Scott has worked in various roles within the treatment field for many years. He enjoys sharing his experience, strength and hope with others as they navigate their own recovery journey. He also understands the importance of "the right fit" - pairing the right treatment experience with an individual’s unique situation, needs, and goals.

Cody Trout

Cody Trout

Senior Case Manager

Cody obtained his first sponsorship for competitive surfing when he was 14 years old. After attending Mesa College, studying sports medicine and playing water polo, he traveled the world as a sponsored surfer. He’s surfed all over the world, including Hawaii, Mexico, Fiji and Australia. Once back in the states, he began a career in the treatment field...

Beck Jolly

Beck Jolly

Counselor & Case Manager

Beck is a certified substance use disorder counselor. He has several years of experience working at a men’s residential treatment facility with men who have severe substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders. Throughout his own journey of recovery, Beck has found that...

Mark Trickett

Mark Trickett

Case Manager

Originally from Newfoundland, Canada, Mark comes to The Grounds with important life experience. Combining his educational experiences at Kennesaw State University, personal recovery journey and real-world work experience, Mark brings a perspective to Grounds members that they can relate to and connect with. Mark uses these experiences...

Grant Duguid

Grant Duguid

Case Manager

Grant grew up near the beach in San Diego and has always enjoyed activities like skating, surfing, camping, spearfishing, and scuba diving. He got sober at a young age by putting his recovery before everything else. He believes in the importance of...

Jenny Insixiengmay

Jenny Insixiengmay

Business Manager

Jenny has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Georgia State University and has worked in varying accounting and office administration roles for many years. As a volunteer advocate for domestic violence victims, Jenny has seen first-hand the consequences that often accompany addiction and trauma. She combines mindfulness, recovery experience and...

Eric Prevost

Eric Prevost

Mentor

As a mentor, Eric helps The Grounds residents with job seeking, financial responsibility, 12 step program support, and general guidance. Eric also maintains connection, through trips and activities, with active Grounds alumni...

Daniel Scholder

Daniel Scholder

Mentor

Daniel is a mentor with a history of recovery dating back to 1987. He has been part of The Grounds family for more than 3 years, and his experience, strength, hope, and wisdom have a positive impact on everyone around him...

Andrew Krotinsky

Andrew Krotinsky

Mentor

Andrew is an alumni of The Grounds. His experience on both sides of the curtain as an alumni and now a current team member gives Andrew a unique ability to relate to current members. Originally from New York, Andrew attended a wilderness program...

Jordan Wagner

Jordan Wagner

Chef

As a chef with ten years of experience working in many positions within the food industry, Jordan comes to The Grounds with a dedication to teaching and preparing food in a conscious and healing way. Jordan graduated from Culinary School in San Francisco in 2011 with a Culinary Arts Degree. After graduation, he worked for restaurants, catering companies...

Dr. Nicole Posner MD

Dr. Nicole Posner MD

Psychiatrist

Dr. Posner is a psychiatrist in private practice in San Diego, California specializing in both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. Dr. Posner completed her residency in Adult Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is consistently recognized as "one of America’s Best Hospitals" by U.S. News and World Report...

Rafael Cortina, MFT, MBA,

Rafael Cortina, MFT, MBA,

Therapist

Rafael is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and as a bilingual/bicultural therapist he has delivered clinical and consultation services in both Mexico and the United States. He has over 15 years of diverse experience serving individuals, couples, families and groups. Rafael has a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology and an MBA from National University and he is a...

Laurie Chapman, M.S., MFC35559

Laurie Chapman, M.S., MFC35559

Therapist, EMDR Certified, CSAT-1

Laurie Chapman is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 25 years’ experience and extensive training in the following evidence-based practice therapy models: strategic, solution-focused, multi-systemic, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, trauma resiliency, and eye movement desensitization...

Kathryn O’Brasky, LCSW

Kathryn O’Brasky, LCSW

Therapist

Katie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 32 years of experience. Guided by her belief that therapy is a collaborative process between counselor and client, Katie views her role as an assistant – helping her clients identify sources of pain and roadblocks to happiness. Katie’s therapeutic style includes creating a safe environment to explore painful emotions and...

Michael Giancola, MA, MS, LMFT

Michael Giancola, MA, MS, LMFT

Group Facilitator

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in men‘s sexual health, it is an honor to join the accomplished group of clinicians doing work with the residents of the Grounds for Recovery as of fall 2016. Since 2005, I have been doing counseling work with people who are better trying to understand how...

Alana Hecker, LCSW

Alana Hecker, LCSW

Therapist

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and EMDR therapist, Alana’s holistic approach naturally compliments the recovery process. Alana draws from her diverse professional career of over 25 years which includes: private practice, individual & family therapy in residential chemical dependency treatment settings; mental health and addiction treatment, and career counseling...

Kathy San Filippo, MA

Kathy San Filippo, MA

Equine Therapist

Kathy holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with undergraduate studies in Organizational Psychology. In addition to numerous experiential certifications and more than 30 years of equine experience, Kathy has worked in a number of different settings including private practice, colleges, churches, and other non-profits, having great success...

Brandon Parkhurst

Brandon Parkhurst

Rock to Recovery, Radical Aliveness Group Facilitator

Brandon Parkhurst is a musician, music expressionist, San Diego native and Certified Core Energetics Practitioner specializing in addiction and personal growth. He works with groups and individual clients, providing a safe space for people to heal trauma and work through blocked emotions. As a musician...

Whitney Whaley

Whitney Whaley

Yoga Instructor

For Whitney, health and wellness are an integral part of life. As a yoga instructor with more than five years’ experience, Whitney strives to make each person she connects with feel light, safe, and empowered...