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Staff

David Van Der Velde

Executive Director

David got clean and sober when he was 19, close to death from his own struggles with addiction. Now 30 years clean and sober, he has been consistently active in his recovery community being mentored and mentoring others, served on recovery and youth related non-profit Boards such as LifeWorks and the West Hollywood Recovery Center, and served on panels at institutions speaking from his own experience about recovery.

In 2015, David chose to transition from a 25-year career in producing large-scale corporate events for the sports, entertainment and non-profit sectors, through founding Awakening Recovery and serving as a Board member and its Executive Director.  He now devotes his personal and professional life fulltime to helping people get clean and sober and learning how to build a new life in recovery from the ground up.

Greg Gelber

House Manager

Greg has been with Awakening Recovery from its inception in 2016 and helped develop our process having graduated from a similar recovery process over six years ago.  Prior to coming to us, Greg worked in operations at an Intensive Outpatient Center for a year and half.  Greg brings great leadership skills to our team both with staff and residents, being able to speak from his own experiences in our recovery community and his prior operational work in treatment.

Sam Sabour

Assistant House Manager

Sam has been with us since the house opened in 2016 and brings a very intuitive perspective to our process.  Sam has an incredible ability to relate to our residents based on going through a similar process in his own recovery and having worked at sober living for two years prior to coming to work for us.

Christopher Mataisz

Overnight Coordinator

Chris is a graduate of Awakening Recovery.  His knowledge of the process and his unique ability to understand what our residents are going through helps make the guys feel safe going through our process.

Eddie Garcia

Weekend Overnight Coordinator

Eddie is in the process of getting his CAADAC, and works in this field full time for a different treatment center.  Eddie is a great example of someone who is motivated, determined, and has an innate ability to connect with our residents as a manager.

Matt Hass

Administrative / Marketing Assistant

Matt is our part-time administrative assistant working on accounting, marketing and development for the non-profit.  Matt has been in our community for years and has a close relationship with management and our residents.  Matt is a dedicated employee who plays a big role in our process personally in addition to his employment at Awakening Recovery.