SOBA Recovery Center

Staff | Operations

Erin Thorley, Operations Manager

Erin Thorley assists in managing daily operations for the Villas and West Channel sober living communities. She has a certificate in addiction studies. She has worked in treatment since April 2004, assuming various positions in all levels of the treatment field from direct care staff to directing numerous facilities. She also has extensive experience regarding medication and medical care. Erin is a member of the recovery community and has been sober since 2003.

Marc Mahoney, Operations Manager

Marc is in charge of the daily operations of the treatment center for Soba Recovery Center. Marc has over 20 years of recovery and treatment experience, which he brings to Soba and our clients. Marc has worked in numerous positions in the substance abuse/treatment field as a Residential Technician, Case Manager, Interventionist, Outreach Specialist, Marketer, Sober Companion and Director of Admissions. Marc lived and worked for years as an actor in New York and Los Angeles as well as owning his own construction and design business. Marc feels his path through life and his own recovery has led him to this point of knowing his purpose, which is simply, “To Be of Service.” A “chance” meeting one day with Greg Hannley changed Marc’s life. He met Greg and knew he had met someone who feels the same way about helping others with the disease of alcoholism and drug addiction. Greg’s passion to help others is what Soba is about and Marc shares this sentiment. Marc is amazed and thankful “his job” is to help someone save their own life and is so grateful for this opportunity.

Debbie Brown, Tech Supervisor

Debbie has worked in the field of substance abuse recovery for many years.  She provides a full continuum of addiction support services and spiritual development. As a Crisis Management Counselor at Promises Addiction Treatment Center in Malibu, she managed and facilitated the daily operations, and served as the Alumni Coordinator. At the Salvation Army Harbor Light/Safe Harbor Center, she developed various treatment plans for both dual diagnosis cases and veterans. Her compassionate and trusting personality gives our clients and their families the confidence and comfort they seek.

Ian O’Guin, Tech Supervisor

Ian assists in managing daily operations for Soba’s sober living communities. Ian has worked in the field of treatment since 2008. Ian has held numerous positions in all levels of treatment ranging from residential manager, Marketing/Business Development Associate as well as case management/counseling. Ian enjoys being a part of a client’s recovery process and providing a safe, stable, conducive environment for that process to take place. Ian particularly enjoys working with his team to aid in developing a client’s life skills, as well as strengthening their commitment to recovery. Ian firmly believes that, “It’s easy to believe in others, sometimes we just need to believe in ourselves” and “Build a life worth staying clean for”. Ian also lived and volunteered in the country of Samoa where he worked as a preschool teacher.

Jeremy Stewart, Lead Tech

Jeremy Stewart comes to Soba from McMinnville, Tennessee. He is a Soba alumni and currently enjoys over four years of being clean and sober. His goal in his role at Soba is to facilitate an environment that is conducive to healing and recovery.

Harry Dixon,Tech Supervisor

Harry helped to open the first Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center in Malibu in 1977. In 2012, Greg invited Harry to come aboard at Soba due to his extensive experience in helping hundreds of clients work on their sobriety. Harry is able to give back that which was freely and generously given to him, the Freedom from Addiction.