It is hard to believe that more than a year has passed since I became the “new” Executive Director of Phoenix Programs Inc. I began this journey in January of 2017 and I am just as honored and excited today as I was when this journey began. I am thrilled at the opportunity to make such a life changing impact on such a vulnerable population. I am amazed every day at the level of commitment from the staff at Phoenix and the community in which we serve. Phoenix Programs is a very special place to me. I have been bringing potential clients to this program for many years.
Since this is our first newsletter, I thought I might just introduce myself and give you a little bit of my background: I am a non-profit administrative and management professional, committed to strengthening communities and saving lives. I have spent more than 25 years in public health and non-profit management.
Beginning in 1992 as a consultant/presenter on topics such as substance use disorder, perinatal substance use disorder and family planning. I went on to work for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services in 1992, held five different positions and stayed in the Department for several years. Only leaving to become the Executive Director for RAIN and again to become the Director of Missouri Recovery Network and the Sustainability Director for ACT Missouri. I returned to the State of Missouri and worked several more years and after I accepted the position as the Executive Director for Phoenix Programs, I retired from the State of Missouri.
My professional memberships have included the Governor’s Council on AIDS, Governor’s Council on Homelessness, Missouri Aids Drug Assistance Program Committee, Missouri Methamphetamine Task Force, Missouri Housing Trust Fund, and Missouri Diabetes Coalition and several other consortia and coalitions.
My formal education is in Business Administration/Sociology and Epidemiology/Disease Surveillance. I also held a Missouri Real Estate license for several years.
Just as important as my work experience and education is my identification as a person in recovery. Since going to treatment in 1989 I have managed to return to being a parent, go to college, have a productive career, retire and I just celebrated 28 years clean this past April.
This is a very simplistic view of course, but I hope that my commitment and gratitude speak for themselves.
I look forward to working at Phoenix Programs every day. Recovery is possible. I am living proof!