Our Team

  • John Peloquin, Ph.D., MBAPresident & Chief Executive Officer

    John Peloquin’s career spans more than 20 years of achievement in successfully building and leading behavioral healthcare organizations.

    During the late 1990s, as Chief Administrative Officer/Director of Operations for Vital Imaging, Mr. Peloquin developed and executed organizational growth initiatives, including strategic partnerships and alliances to expand preventive medical treatment throughout the western United States.

    He then became Division President of CRC Health Group, one of the nation’s largest behavioral healthcare providers. He joined the firm in 2004 and was responsible for multiple service lines integrally involved with the growth of company facilities which included a portfolio of premium and low-cost residential facilities treating substance abuse, mental health, eating disorders, and providing an array of ancillary services. A Bain Capital sponsored company, CRC was sold to Acadia Healthcare in 2015 for $1.3B. At that time, this deal constituted the largest organizational sale in the history of the behavioral healthcare field.

    Mr. Peloquin was named Division President for Acadia Healthcare, heading up Acadia’s national outpatient division, charged with servicing more than 58,000 patients per day across 27 states. In this capacity, he helped the division to nearly double in size through acquisition, de novo, and organic growth methods. As a result, the organization became the national market leader in medication-assisted treatment.

    After great success improving clinical and organizational systems at Acadia Healthcare, Mr. Peloquin became Chief Executive Officer of Cliffside Malibu, a network of evidence-based addiction treatment centers located in Malibu, California. In 2018, he facilitated the merger of Cliffside Malibu with Center of Discovery, resulting in the formation of Discovery Behavioral Health where he currently serves as our President and Chief Executive Officer.

    Mr. Peloquin is married with three children and lives with his family in San Diego. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in Finance and a Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences.

  • Matthew Ruble, MDChief Medical Officer

    Dr. Matthew Ruble is the Chief Medical Officer of Discovery Behavioral Health. Dr. Ruble has a deep passion for advancing the behavioral health industry through training, publication, innovation, payer relations and collaboration. He spent 20 years of his career working with the Cambridge Health Alliance, a health system affiliated with Harvard Medical School, responsible for training clinicians, residents and medical staff in core evidence-based practices including:
    • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
    • Psychiatric curriculum development
    • Research
    • Publications
    • Speaking nationally on evidence-based practices
    • Integrated behavioral and physical health care delivery
    As Lead Medical Director overseeing Clinical Behavioral Health Strategy and Operations for Humana, he was part of the team that reviewed and advised on all behavioral health technology innovations for investment and implementation. His expertise spans consistent delivery of innovative and value-based, industry-leading, and integrated behavioral health programs and services.
    Dr. Ruble earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. From there, he attended the Carver School of Medicine at the University of Iowa, earning his Doctor of Medicine degree. He then attended Harvard Medical School in Boston to intern at the Department of Medicine and became a resident at the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Ruble became Chief Resident of the Psychopharmacology at Cambridge Health Alliance as well as a physician educator at the Academy at Harvard Medical School.

  • Monika ValentinePresident, Discovery Medical Services

    Monika is a results-oriented senior executive with a proven track record of providing operations solutions for a number of corporations. She has successfully helped turn around and leveraged her experience to promote efficiency across business and healthcare operations. Monika is highly effective at conceptualizing and implementing processes and improvements to programs from the ground up to position firms for market growth. Before becoming president of Discovery Medical Services, Monika was director of regional and workers’ compensation consulting at The Redwoods Group/A Crum Forster Company in North Carolina; executive director/CEO of OccMed Colorado; executive director/CEO at OCCOLV, LLC, in Colorado; and director of occupational medicine and specialty practices at HealthOne Clinic Services, LLC, also in Colorado. Monika is a student of learning; she earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration, MBA and post-graduate certification in HR at Villanova, and is currently attending the Vanderbilt University Leadership Excellence Certificate program. Her pursuit is a PhD in human capital. When she isn’t working, Monika and her husband Jeff have a private nonprofit, The Valentine Foundation, Inc. Their philanthropy work supports various organizations like Mile High-RETAC, which provide placement of AEDs in underserved communities and making CPR training available in places where resources are limited.

  • Shalaura Soliai, MBA
    Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    Shalaura is a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) leader with more than 15 years’ experience implementing employee relations-based business solutions in multi-state, start-up, legacy healthcare and hospitality organizations. She uses a conducive and collaborative approach to sustaining engagement to provide optimal employee encounters. Her philosophy is to support and mitigate risk for companies while ensuring the voice of the employee is highly regarded. She believes that diversity in a company’s leadership is tantamount to a diverse workforce and customer base. In her current role, she is responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of initiatives that promote a climate that fosters inclusion excellence.

  • Kaydeese Washington (she/her/hers)Executive Director, Center for Discovery 

    Kaydeese is a San Diego native who graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Kaydeese was fascinated with the study of I/O psychology, which focuses on how psychology can be used to create a happier and more productive work environment. She has leveraged her experience working in customer service and sales to help create a warm, welcoming space for patients and staff. Kaydeese has worked for Center for Discovery since 2019 and enjoys working closely with patients and their families. She strives to make sure that every person who steps through the doors feels included, safe and heard.

    As a Black woman in leadership, Kaydeese believes that representation and understanding at every level is essential to making BIPOC patients and staff feel welcomed and validated in their experiences. She looks forward to creating a more inclusive space for all.


  • Rasheed Prescott
    Clinical Subcomittee
    Operations Specialist

    Rasheed has been employed with Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program (DMAP) since August 2011. Before he became an operations specialist, Rasheed was an on-call tech, full-time tech, school liaison and facility manager. Rasheed’s current role is within the Operations department.

    Rasheed has always been committed to advancing diversity, equality and inclusion, directly and/or indirectly. Being a Black man, Rasheed said his biggest fear was being judged, misunderstood or labeled based on the color of his skin. Due to that fear, it drove him to be respectful to everyone he encountered regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion or political views. By joining Discovery’s DEI, Rasheed looks forward to working with individuals within this amazing company that share the same views and uphold the same standards as he does.

  • Karen McDonald
    Outcomes Management Subcommittee
    Director of Quality Management

    Karen has been serving as a member of the Clinical Services and Quality Management (CSQM) department team since 2019, specifically as the director of quality management where she oversees policy and procedure development as well as complaints and grievances for DBH.

    Karen’s desire to serve on the DEI Committee was to help widen access to services through thoughtful inclusivity. “My hope is for us to grow to a place that promotes, grows and develops a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of our organization for both the patient, employee, leadership and, most importantly, the therapeutic alliance between patient and direct care staff.”

  • Johnna Hose
    Outcomes Management Subcommittee
    Admissions Advisor / VA Liaison for Cliffside Malibu and ARC

    Johnna joined the Cliffside Malibu team in May 2014. She works in the Admissions department as an admissions advisor and the VA liaison. Johnna joined the Admissions department to provide counsel and support to patients suffering from drug and alcohol dependency and to educate families in the best ways to help in the recovery process.  She enjoys her position and cherishes the fact that she can be that soft voice on the other end of the phone guiding patients and their families with hope for a better future.

    Johnna states that she is excited to be part of the DEI team and wants to assist in creating an environment that helps every employee be able to show up at work every day without fear of being themselves.

  • Dane Fisher
    HR-Recruiting Subcommittee
    Executive Director of Operations, Cliffside Malibu & ARC 

    Dane is the executive director of Cliffside Malibu and Authentic Recovery Center (ARC) in Los Angeles, California. With a lifelong commitment to helping others, Dane began his career working in the field of international development after completing his graduate education at Columbia University in New York in 2010. He joined the team at Cliffside Malibu in 2014 and became certified as a drug and alcohol counselor in 2017.

    Dane is responsible for the direction of the operations, nursing and alumni departments at Cliffside and ARC. His goal is to ensure that both nationally recognized programs offer patient care of the highest possible quality.

    Dane is proud to work on a team that strives for continuous improvement, within an organization that values diversity. He has a passion for helping the team members at Cliffside Malibu and ARC grow and achieve their professional goals.

  • Jonathan GrossVice President of Clinical Outreach and Referral Relations

    Jonathan began his behavioral healthcare career in 2009 while working on Life Designs Ranch for “failure to launch” young adults. In 2014, Jonathan was recruited by Spokane Heights Detox to develop their admissions and intake team. In addition to managing the admissions and intake department at Spokane Heights, Jonathan supervised the behavioral health technician team at Cascade Heights Recovery, offering PHP and IOP clinical services with the option of private, supportive housing. Following the programs’ successful acquisition, Jonathan was recruited by Acadia Healthcare and became a treatment placement specialist. As a top performer of the team from 2016 to 2018, Acadia relocated Jonathan for market expansion efforts in the Portland, Oregon, market followed by the San Diego, California, market. After much success at Acadia, he was recruited by Recovery Ways to be their national director of business development.

    At Discovery Behavioral Health, Jonathan supervises a national team of clinical outreach and referral relations representatives for more than 130 treatment programs across the United States. Jonathan started with Discovery in 2019, joining the leadership team as the national director of the clinical outreach and referral relations teams in the SUD Division. He focused on driving business with a robust clinical outreach team specializing in substance use disorders (SUD) for Discovery’s growing network of adult SUD treatment programs including Casa Palmera, Cliffside Malibu, Authentic Recovery Center and Pinelands Recovery Center. After a year of tremendous growth, Jonathan was promoted to the vice president of clinical outreach and referral relations for all four of Discovery Behavioral Health’s divisions which include eating disorder, mental health, SUD and psychiatric services. It is Jonathan’s personal goal and mission to make sure that every individual who reaches out to him and his team receives access to the quality clinical services that they deserve.