Chief Executive Officer
Paul grew up in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts and spent most of his early career working in the publishing industry. He was hired by Michael’s House in 2012 as an Outpatient Counselor, and over the next several years, held many positions here, including Client Care Coordinator, Business Office Manager, Director of Outpatient Services and Director of Operations.
In 2020, Paul had the opportunity to become an Executive Director of both a Dual Diagnosis Detox/Residential program, as well as, its affiliated Outpatient program, at another treatment center. He was soon promoted to Regional Executive Director, overseeing three Detox/Residential programs and two Outpatient programs in the West and Midwest regions of the country. Paul was offered the opportunity to return to Michael’s House as its CEO in 2023, and he is very excited to bring many years of management and executive experience, in the field of addiction treatment, back to where it began for him.
Loralie Yzerman, RN BScN CCRN
Director of Nursing
Loralie grew up on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia. There, she completed her Nursing Degree and a certification in Critical Care, before relocating to California in 1991. Loralie enjoyed a career in Cardiac and Trauma Intensive Care and in 1999 received the prestigious Excellence in Caring Practices Award from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. A love of travel led her to pursue Infectious Disease research around the globe, including Australia and Asia. Loralie settled in Palm Springs, learned to golf, took an opportunity as a Director of Nursing in addiction recovery and discovered a new passion; both for the patients and the nurses who care for them. She has been at Michael’s House since 2022 and is very excited to be a member of the team that brings hope and healing to so many.
Ann Legierski, LCSW
Director of Clinical Services
Ann arrived at Michael’s House in 2012, with a Masters in Social work and a passion to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker to treat addiction with co-occurring conditions. Ann’s current clinical experience is complemented by a 25-year background in management positions, which included the high-end Hospitality Industry, Commercial Disaster recovery programs, and Commercial Tenant Construction. Ann’s educational background includes an emphasis on biology, psychology, and chemistry at UCSD, a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from University of Phoenix and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California.
Having worked at Michael’s House since 2012, Ann has honed her clinical skills and has earned Ann the respect of her colleagues, where she is regarded as an expert in the field of addiction with co-occurring disorders. Ann’s own personal recovery experience from alcohol, paired with her patient-centered humanist approach, has given Ann the understanding that developing treatment programming of the highest quality must be supported and delivered by a treatment team who have the capacity to carry a spirit of humanity, in order to provide and promote safety and acceptance, which can then create an environment of healing and hope.
Shayna Timothy, BA, CADC III
Director of Recovery Services
Shayna, a native of Palm Springs, Ca. received her education at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2011. Her passion to help others with mental health and substance use disorders was influenced by familial history of addiction. This drove her to continue her education to learn more effective approaches of working with individuals struggling in their lives. In 2016, she became a CADC III. Throughout the course of her career, Shayna has served in multiple capacities in the recovery industry from a Lead Mental Health Rehabilitation Worker, Supervisor of Addiction Technicians/ Site Safety Officer, Facility Risk Manager, and as of recent, the Director of Recovery Services for Michael’s House. Shayna, with 13 years of experience, is very appreciative for Michael’s House and proud to serve as a member of the team to bring hope and healing to those in need.
Lori Paris, SHRM-CP, PHR
Director of Human Resources
Lori Paris has more than twenty years of experience with non-profit and for-profit organizations in a variety of human resources roles such as Manager, Regional Manager, Director, and consultant. Ms. Paris has been a valued member of multiple leadership teams and a trusted advisor to CEOs and Division Presidents. She is well versed in human resources best practices, staff training, employee relations, leadership management, and strategic planning. Lori holds dual professional certifications, SHRM-CP and PHR. She has also been trained in Adult Mental Health First Aid and Harassment Prevention. Volunteering and giving back to the field of human resources is important to Lori and she has served in various board positions for a number of human resources organizations in California.
Sheila Hunt, MA, LPC
Director of Business Development
Sheila Hunt, MA, LPC is the Director of Business Development for Michael’s House. Sheila has worked in the behavioral health field for over 30 years and her unique mix of business development, administrative and clinical roles in a wide range of behavioral health settings has allowed her to advocate for populations in need as well as meet the needs of treatment centers. Sheila is a strong community advocate for behavioral health treatment and believes that working closely with community partners to provide a quality continuum of treatment services benefits the patients we mutually serve.