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Dr. Jeff Nalin, Psy.D. – Founder and Clinical Director

Dr. Nalin is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY17766), a Certified Chemical Dependency Intervention Specialist and a Certified Youth Residential Treatment Administrator. He has been a respected leader in the field of emotional health, behavioral health and teen drug treatment for more than 15 years. During that time, Dr. Nalin has been responsible for the direct care of young people at multiple institutions of learning including; The Los Angeles Unified School District, the University of California at San Diego, Santa Monica College, and Pacific University. He was instrumental in the development of the treatment component of Los Angeles County’s first Juvenile Drug Court, which now serves as a national model.

Dr. Nalin has appeared as an expert on shows ranging from CBS News and Larry King, to CNN, The Today Show and MTV and was also featured in an Anti-Drug Campaign for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Dr. Nalin is currently an adjunct faculty member at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, a Diplomate of the National Institute of Sports Professionals and a Certified Sports Psychologist. He lectures and conducts workshops nationally on the issues of substance abuse prevention, teen drug rehab reforms and innovative adolescents treatment.

Cole Rucker, MA - Founder and CEO | Paradigm Malibu

Cole Rucker, MA – Founder and CEO

Cole holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and has more than 20 years of experience in the creation and implementation of treatment programs for adolescents and their families. He previously served as the Director of Family Preservation Programs and as the Director of the largest teen treatment program in Southern California. He is a certified Youth Residential Treatment Administrator and a founding member of the Treatment Providers of Southern California Alliance.

In addition, Cole has served as Committee Chair for the Public Health Institute’s Youth Treatment Standards Commission, as a member of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Home Hospital School Advisory Council and as advisor to the School Attendance Review Board. He also served as a member of the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Juvenile Drug Court Oversight Committee, Los Angeles Business Council’s Leadership LA Alumni Board, Los Angeles County Department of Drug and Alcohol Program’s Youth Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment Programs Work Group, Los Angeles Children’s Hospital’s Mental Health Committee, the US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Youth Work Group and the California State University Drug and Alcohol Task Force. He is frequently cited as an expert in the treatment of adolescent mental health and behavioral health issues in publications ranging from Teen Vogue to  The Huffington Post and Good Housekeeping.

As co-founder of Paradigm Malibu, Cole strives to maintain a physically and emotionally safe space for youth and their families. He is responsible for insuring that the expectations held by participants and their families are met or exceeded.

Jerri Anna Phenix, MFA – Program Director

Jerri Anna holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Western Illinois University. Prior to joining the Paradigm Malibu team she was an adjunct professor at Barry University. She also served as an instructor at Washtenaw Community College and as a teacher at Rockledge High School in Florida.

Jerri Anna provides leadership in Paradigm’s Accelerated Learning Classroom. She works closely with each student, their family and home school to insure that all academic goals are met or exceeded. Her efforts are supported by tutors from UCLA and Pepperdine University who assist clients with challenges ranging from learning differences to advanced college preparatory work.

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Jeremy Manne, CTSC – Admissions Director

A native of New York City, Jeremy attended the University of Wisconsin and is a certified addiction counselor. Prior to joining the Paradigm Team, Jeremy served as a program manager at a Residential Treatment Facility for young people. Having traveled throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas, Jeremy offers a unique perspective regarding teen mental health and addiction issues as they relate to culture bound mores and norms. When seeking opportunities to be of service, Jeremy likes to lead activities that encourage young people to think globally to gain new perspectives about themselves.

 In addition to working with youth, Jeremy seeks out opportunities to work directly with their family members, providing feedback and guidance from pre-admission to aftercare services.

Derek Lemm, Admissions Coordinator

Derek is a native of Montana who brings a wealth of experience to his position. Prior to joining Paradigm, he served as the admissions director for two different mental health and chemical dependency treatment programs in Southern California. While serving in those positions, he developed extraordinary skills specific to assisting families in accurately accessing their specific circumstances, needs and options. Derek specializes in working with families with teens who are struggling with issues ranging from anxiety to depression, ADD, bi-polar disorder, addiction and PTSD. As a professional athlete, he is especially enthusiastic about opportunities to assist young athletes who are interested in Paradigm’s Teen Athletes Program. Regardless of a prospective clients strengths and interests, Derek is committed to helping families make the treatment choice that right for them; a choice that will ultimately result in the most meaningful and sustainable change.

Derek Lemm | Paradigm Malibu

Kathie Lester | Paradigm Malibu

Kathie Lester, Director of Business Affairs

Kathie has over 15 years experience planning and managing the operations of small businesses and organizations to improve productivity and efficiency. She is a graduate of The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN where her career in social services began. Kathie’s focus was nonprofit management, fund development, program development and evaluation, financial management, communications strategies, and event management. She managed a residential program, providing support and resources for clients, as well as leadership and direction to staff and volunteers. Prior to joining Paradigm Malibu, she spent 8 years with a private medical practice where she coordinated and managed the financial business practices while improving processes and policies in support of organizational goals. Kathie has a trained therapy dog, as well as regularly fosters local shelter animals. She enjoys the outdoors and is an avid runner.

Jim Holsomback – Director of Clinical Outreach & Marketing

Jim graduated from The University of Rochester with a B.A. in Psychology and has his M.A. ABT from Tufts.  Prior to joining the team at Paradigm, Jim spent 20 years at McLean Hospital in Belmont serving as the Director of Adolescent Clinical Education Services for 12 years as well as the National Director of Clinical Outreach.  He led placement services at McLean Hospital for adolescents needing additional residential care upon discharge from all adolescent hospital services at McLean.  Jim has also served as the Program Director at Triad Adolescent Services in Lexington, Massachusetts for five years.

Jim has participated in extensive training in Motivational Interviewing and DBT and enjoys working with adolescents and families seeking more effective ways to enhance support within family systems.  He has extensive experience leading family skills and support groups as well as adolescent group therapy focusing on chemical dependency, interpersonal effectiveness and process-oriented work.

Jim Holsomback | Paradigm Malibu

Scott Law | Paradigm Malibu

Scott Law – Chief Financial Officer

A native of Southern California, Scott earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration & Finance from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.  Following graduation, he earned his Certified Public Accountant license from the State of California.  Scott joins the Paradigm Malibu family with nearly 30 years of Finance & Operations experience from large, multinational entities including Price Waterhouse, Warner Bros. Studios and the University of California, Los Angeles.  Having traveled extensively and operated businesses throughout the world, Scott offers a unique, pragmatic and creative perspective to our business operations, administration and financial systems/controls that will help shape the company towards continued growth, success and prosperity. Now, after nearly 3 decades in the professional world, joining Paradigm Malibu is his way to “pay it forward”, by being part of a dedicated team whose core mission is to help identify, understand and treat the deeper, more difficult issues that impact adolescents and their families.

Jay Harris, M.A., – Director of Operations

Jay holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara with a focus on depth work with adolescents. He has devoted more than fifteen years to the the provision of clinical support services for teen’s struggling with drug addiction, emotional health and behavioral health issues in both outpatient and residential settings.

Jay welcomes the opportunity to share his experience, strength and hope with teen rehab participants at Paradigm Malibu. In addition to his work in teen drug treatment, Jay has served as a volunteer to assist adolescent cancer patients at Gilda’s Club Chicago.

Jay Harris