Who We Are

Shaaren Pine
Founder & Executive Director
Screen Shot 2018-06-23 at 9.43.08 PMShaaren brings with her over 10 years of FOH restaurant management experience, as well as several years of business ownership.
After addiction tore her family apart, she became a fierce advocate for those affected by another’s addiction and those battling substance use disorder. Especially in the industry. She is both a Founder and Executive Director of Restaurant Recovery, and believes that change in the industry is possible.
In her free time, she enjoys running, biking, knitting, and advocating for adoptee rights. Her work has appeared in Masala Mommas, Upworthy, and The Washington Post. She also co-authored a book about addiction in the restaurant industry.
She lives in Washington, D.C. with her Al-Anon black belt daughter. Together, they are working on a children’s book about addiction. You can follow her @shaaren.

 

Dave Domzalski
President
Screen Shot 2018-06-23 at 9.46.40 PMIn 2004, David Domzalski jumped ship from a promising career as an acoustical transducer design engineer to wait tables.
21 years of experience in the hospitality industry later, he met a man with a vision to change the way alcohol consumption is perceived, discussed, and treated in the hospitality industry.
Like many of us, he has lost more than one friend in the industry to substance abuse and believes that there is a better way.
Outside of Restaurant Recovery, David currently owns Barmetrix Miami, recently purchasing the territory after working with the company for 10 years.

 

Jack McGarry
Vice President
Screen Shot 2018-06-23 at 9.49.21 PMJack is the co-founder and managing partner at the globally recognised Dead Rabbit in NYC, where he is responsible for bar systems, benchmarking and operations. In addition to the many accolades The Dead Rabbit has won – including two World’s Bests at Tales of the Cocktail – Jack himself was named International Bartender of the Year in 2013. Jack is also managing partner of BlackTail at Pier A, a bar he created with Sean Muldoon.  In 2017 BlackTail was named Best New American Bar at Tales of The Cocktail. Prior to opening The Dead Rabbit, Jack worked at the acclaimed Milk & Honey London and The Merchant Hotel in Belfast, which was named World’s Best Cocktail Bar in 2010.

 

Ellie Groden
Board Member
Screen Shot 2018-06-23 at 9.57.06 PMEllie Groden was born and raised in Miami, Florida, where her passion for food ripened like the low-hanging fruit on the tropical trees. After graduating from the University of Florida in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, she moved to Rome, Italy to teach English. There she traded mangos for figs, lychees for cherries and became enchanted with the diversity of simple flavors in the dishes of each region. Foraging through the countryside for wild asparagus and harvesting olives for olive oil cultivated her passion for food and her respect for the land and its bounty.
For the last 8 years Ellie has done PR & marketing, branding, writing and photography for James Beard Award winning chefs, restaurants, five-star hotels, and one of the world’s best bars. She currently lives in Boston with fellow industry alum, chef Josh Elliott and their son Jack.
She encourages any family members who have been touched by addiction to seek support through Al Anon or another way. She believes that those who devote their lives to bringing joy to others through the food and beverage craft deserve the same peace and joy within themselves. She knows recovery happens just one day at a time.