Meet the Recovree coaches! All of our coaches are certified peer recovery supports specialists (CPRS) with lived-experience. They bring empathy, resources, guidance, and numerous other benefits to people who are seeking recovery. They provide one-on-one, personalized coaching that can be delivered anytime, anywhere. Get to know them below!
Bio: After spending many years working in corporate America, I wanted to take a different course in life and do what makes me happy. With encouragement of a friend I attended the Minnesota Recovery Connection Peer Recovery Coach Academy in 2018. I started volunteering at Minnesota Recovery Connection (MRC) in January of 2019. Despite being employed by Recovree, I continue to volunteer at MRC. Today I am a peer recovery coach for both organizations, I do community outreach for MRC and I am also a pen pal to men that are incarcerated for MRC. I share my home with my amazing girlfriend Karen who is also in recovery, my son Bryan and my Boston Terrier Lily.
Sobriety Date: July 11th , 2013
Hobbies: I love music, meeting new people, learning new things, riding motorcycle and having fun with my friends.
Bio: Justin is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist who identifies as a person in long term recovery. He has been working in the recovery field for over a year now. He empowers others in their recovery by listening to their goals and specific needs. Justin has worked with many individuals from many different backgrounds. He believes everyone deserves a chance at recovery and having a happy life. It does not matter if you are young or old or where you are at in your life. He will “meet you where you are at” and together you will start to figure this recovery thing out. He always finds way to connect with the people he works with making sure it is not awkward or uncomfortable.
Sobriety Date: December 22nd, 2016
Hobbies: He enjoys exercise, being outdoors, cooking, reading, writing and helping others. He is very easy going with a great sense of humor.
Bio: I began work in the field of recovery as a Peer Recovery Specialist at Wayside Recovery Center. After a year partnering with clients, I transitioned to be the Education & Prevention Specialist with Wayside. I continue to work with PRS's and help build awareness about the work they do.
Sobriety Date: May 22nd, 2013
Hobbies: Reading, card games with friends, travel, running, being outside as much as possible in the spring and summer!
Bio: I am one of the co-founders of Recovree with my sister, Melissa (read the founding story here). I am also an Air Force veteran and a person in long term recovery. My passion is to help others find recovery from substance use disorder.
Sobriety Date: October 24th, 2016
Hobbies: In my free time I love spending time outdoors and with my dog, Titan.
Bio: My work in the recovery field began by volunteering at Minnesota Recovery Connection where I was encouraged to go through training to become an advocate for recovery and a Peer Recovery Specialist. I then served for Recovery Corps, for a year, as a Recovery Navigator at Avivo. Where I obtained my CPRS, along with the upgraded certification of Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Reciprocal. I am actively involved with the Peer Service Alliance, and now work with NUWAY, as their Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. I also attended college to study Psychology at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.
Sobriety Date: November, 22nd 2016
Hobbies: I enjoy being with my family, the cabin and fishing. Fall and Spring are the best times of year. I enjoy volunteering as a family for the community and being involved with the recovery community!