Executive Team

Executive Team

Shawn Whitt

CEO

Shawn Whitt has served as the CEO for Milestone Detox for 3 years with an impressive background in both the treatment field as well as the financial realm. His passion to help others led him to proudly serving in the United States Marine Corps for 4 years. Post military service Shawn received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Vanguard University in Southern California and went on to pursue courses to become a Certified Financial Planner from Pepperdine University. He spent over 15 years in the financial sector earning various licenses and gaining experience in leadership roles. In addition to his vast breadth of knowledge in financial matters, Shawn possesses a heart for those in need. He strives to serve those struggling with substance abuse by opening his ears, eyes and heart.

A quote by C.T. Studd guides him in the pursuit of caring for the addict who still suffers, “Some want to sit within the sound of a church or chapel bell; I want to run a rescue booth, within a yard from hell.” The past 5 years have been spent working tirelessly in the behavioral health field to improve the lives of addicts and alcoholics from all over the country. Shawn’s humble heart and strong vision has uniquely positioned him to be at the helm of our Safe Harbor team.

Jamey Kureh

CFO

Jamey Kureh is the Chief Financial Officer at Milestone Addiction Center where she manages the company’s finances with all its subsidiaries. 

Prior to Milestone, Jamey worked in the engineering corporate world (i.e. Jacobs Engineering, Worley Parsons, etc.) where she spent fourteen years in finance and Project Controls leadership roles, and most recently worked as a PCM on the California High Speed Rail projects while continuing to perform her CFO role at the company. During her tenure, Jamey was instrumental in building out the finance business support capabilities and functionalities of the company.

Outside of work, Jamey loves to travel (especially throughout Italy) and enjoys medical research and helping others. Jamey received her BS in Accounting and Computer Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona.

Jamey’s eagerness of helping others guided her to the treatment and addiction treatment industry in the hopes of making a difference.  

Myles Whittaker

Vice President

Myles has been of service to people in recovery and the treatment community for the past 15 years. Myles business savvy and passion for helping those struggling with addiction is unparallel. Myles has a strong faith that he credits to guiding him in his life’s mission. He is a devoted father and husband to his family and spends his time supporting his children in their sporting activities and family functions. Myles is grateful for the opportunity to serve the community and those suffering from the disease of addiction. Myles humble attitude and kind heart are recognized by all who have the opportunity to be a part of his life.

Andrew Maloof

VP of Business Development

Andrew Maloof’s life experiences led him to the recovery industry in 2014 where he began his career providing direct client care as a drug and alcohol counselor. He is a proud graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management.

Andrew’s career path has taken him through multiple departments to enhance and further expand his knowledge in the behavioral health industry. He found his true calling as Director of Business Development, working directly with the teams who assist clients in their greatest time of need. Through humble promotions over the years, he now serves as the VP of Business Development at Milestone Addiction Centers. Andrew has a true passion for recovery and is grateful to be a member of the Milestone Addiction Centers team.

Cesar Cabera

Executive Director

Treating those who struggle with drugs and alcohol with dignity and respect while sharing experiences, strengths, and hopes are words to live by.  The trials and tribulations of Cesar’s life has taken him from the pinnacle of success to the depths of despair, but along the way, he was afforded grace. Thus, he has experienced personal growth that fuels his passion in helping people.

A native Southern Californian growing up in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, Cesar attended college at UC Irvine, and then The University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA where he earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1987.  By practicing pharmacy for over 20 years in the retail setting, he has gained valuable experience in helping people.  His struggles in the pharmacy field led him to pursue a more fulfilling and worthwhile career helping those who struggle with drugs and alcohol. 

He went back to school at Saddleback College and earned a certification in Alcohol and Drug studies and is currently certified with CAADE as a CATC V and CCAPP as LAADC-CA.  He is truly humbled to be in the position where he can help and impact lives of individuals who struggle with life in general.

Jessica Alejo

Director of Operations

In 2014, Jessica moved to Orange County after graduating with her bachelor’s in psychology from California University Monterey Bay and found herself working in recovery where she found a strong passion for helping those suffering from addiction. Jessica began working as a house manager and worked her way up to Director of Operations due to her passion and dedication. In her position, she uses her experience and personable approach to ensure an exceptional client experience from the first day through to successful discharge. Jessica strives not only to create a safe space for our guest but also for our staff. If you would have asked her 4 years ago where she saw her life going, she would have never anticipated working in recovery but now she can’t see herself in any other field. She’s devoted in helping make a positive change alongside her team members.

Bobby Santangelo

Program Director

Bobby graduated from American International College in 2012 as a double major obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Following graduation he worked in the human services field as a case manager for troubled youth in the foster care system. Bobby quickly recognized the need for quality substance abuse treatment as he saw firsthand the effect that drugs and alcohol have on not only the individual but the family as a whole. Bobby is passionate about bettering the lives of individuals struggling with addiction as a result of personal experience professionally and within his immediate family as well. 

Sedona Lazaro

Director of Admissions

Sedona has been working in the treatment industry for the past 4 years. Sedona started her career as a Support Staff, providing direct client care and gaining her foothold in the treatment field. She has held numerous positions including Lead Tech, Facility Supervisor and Marketing Representative, all which led her to her current role as Director of Admissions. Her passion for helping those struggling with addiction comes from her own personal recovery and relationships with family who struggle with addiction. Her fierce devotion to reaching people who need help and strong faith in God allow her to touch the lives of so many to help them find their path to healing and recovery.

Rick Hughes

Client Advocate

Rick Hughes serves on the Executive Team as the Client Advocate. After 35 years of active addiction, Rick turned his life around in 2008. He began his career in treatment with a relentless passion to serve the addict still suffering from their disease. Rick has held numerous titles spanning a decade of professional treatment service. Rick’s heart, passion and mission is to guide, nurture, heal and counsel both men and women to recovery and finding their life of purpose.

Alyson Brooks

Business Development

Alyson Brooks moved from Tennessee to southern California in 2014 with a background in the insurance industry. She found her niche in the drug and alcohol treatment field and quickly moved her way through the ranks of treatment facilities – working everything from detox tech to where her passion is now – business development. In this role she works tirelessly to provide treatment to those who seek freedom from the bonds of alcoholism. She has been in her current position at Milestone Addiction Centers for nearly a year and is humbled to be a part of a driven and passionate team. 

Jake Sutphin

Business Development

Jake Sutphin is part of the Business development and Marketing team for Milestone Addiction Centers. Jake takes a very strategic approach when developing relationships. With his outgoing personality and his ability to identify and target in on important partnerships he is a great asset to the Milestone team. 

Jake grew up on the Navesink River in Red Bank, NJ where he attended Red Bank Catholic High school and continued his studies in Business Management at Brookdale Community College and The University of Hartford. For the past 10 years Jake has worked in marketing, management and the logistics field. 

Outside of work, Jake is married to his wife Alyssa who is starting her career as a school teacher. He loves to surf, travel, camp, snowboard and going on hikes with his wife and their dog Lycan. Most importantly Jake loves to share his love and passion for life with others.