Director of Supportive Services
-- Manages Disease Management (DM), State Targeted Response (STR), Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), and Supportive Services for Veterans and Families (SSVF) programs.
-- Bachelors Degrees from Columbia College in Human Services and General Education with minors in Psychology and Sociology
-- Employed with Phoenix for 11 years and holds a Certified Reciprocal Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CRADC) and Medication Assisted Recovery Specialist (MARS) certifications with the State of Missouri.
-- Married 29 years (as of May)
-- Hobbies/Interests: trout fishing, cooking, spending time with friends/family
-- Pets: 1 Great Dane, 5 Pugs, 2 finches, goldfish, 3 cats
Feel good story: About 7 years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a client with such an interesting story. He had once known success, family, and was somewhat of a local hometown hero until his addiction left him homeless and alone. He would continue to return to the facility for treatment and do well, then drop off again and live on the streets again – back and forth, this went on for several years. Each time, I would greet him with a smile, an encouraging word, and offer my assistance to help him help himself. After nearly 30 years of off/on heroin addiction, he is celebrating 2 years of recovery, has an apartment of his own, reconnected with his estranged children – he just had his first family Christmas with his children and grandchildren this past holiday season, the first in over 20 years, and is now offering support and sharing his story to help others at state opioid events. It’s this kind of story that makes it all worth it – knowing that I was a tiny part of this success, offering hope is something I believe in, it’s something that I have witnessed over and over at Phoenix, what we do matters to those affected by this disease and I am proud to be a part of a program that makes stories like this possible.