Our Team

Experience and Compassion

At Teras, our experienced and compassionate staff help each client create a customized recovery plan specific to their situation. Our staff are in long term recovery and have chosen varied paths, including 12 Step, SMART Recovery, and Refuge Recovery programs. We intimately understand the challenges of substance use disorder as well as co-occurring mental health conditions. We provide a high level of accountability and personalized support, assisting each client with dignity and respect, while they build their life in sobriety.

We are here for YOU!

Dr. Gita Zarnegar, Ph.D., Psy.D., MFT  |  Clinical Advisor

Dr. Zarnegar has over 30 years of experience in behavioral health and clinical treatment. Dr. Zarnegar serves on the Advisory Board for Tharros House and Teras House and helps to direct resource and team development. Her clinical insight also provides guidance for the development of client support services. Dr. Zarnegar brings a wealth of intuitive and insightful knowledge rooted from a quarter century of clinical experience. Dr. Zarengar received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, from California School of Professional Psychology and a Psy.D. in psychoanalysis, from the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. She has a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University and has been a licensed M.F.T since 1988.

Darren Shaughnessy  |  Director of Teras Sober Living

Darren originally joined the Tharros House team in 2015 after spending 2 years working in the Los Angeles recovery community. In his leadership role at Teras House, Darren interfaces with clients, families, and our support staff. Darren’s primary focus is to promote client development of recovery skills that will serve their long-term sobriety. Darren holds a BA from Stonehill College and was most recently the Assistant Director at Tharros House.

Daniel O’Connell  |  Live-in House Manager

Dan understands the journey of recovery, having engaged long-term sobriety since January 2016. In recovery, Dan has returned to many of his athletic passions. Dan grew up in Duxbury MA where he was the captain of the varsity golf, hockey, and tennis teams. During his senior year, Dan was awarded the Fuller T. Marshall award which is reserved for excellence in and athletics and scholastics. Dan went on to graduate from Curry College with a B.S. degree in Communications. While at Curry, Dan was named NCAA Division 3 MVP for tennis. Prior to joining the teams at Tharros and Teras, Dan also spent 8 years as a financial advisor. Now, he finds purpose in helping others find their passions in recovery.

Donna Wolfe  |  Vocational Coach

Longtime consultant and salesperson for in-coming conferences to Boston, Donna has developed teams at Historic Museums and Venues, John F. Kennedy Library, Brandeis University, and many venerable and start-up businesses. Her successful motivational speaking/ workshops on Time Management, Personal Public Relations, Courage in Workplace, as well as Intern Programs at various non-and-for profit companies, have run concurrently with the work she does at Tharros House.