Jason Leslie is the owner and operator of Trinity By Traditions, a multi facet sober living community in South Florida. Trinity is one of the oldest and longstanding Recovery Residences in South Florida. Jason also has been in long term recovery since 2004. He holds a Bachelor of Science in public management with a minor in business from Indiana University. Jason possesses a direct approach of being on the front lines of combating and overcoming substance abuse issues in the surrounding recovery community of South Florida. Jason has obtained his CRRA as a Certified Recovery Residence Administrator.
In 2004, Jason began his journey in recovery and became a resident of the homes. Under the tutelage and guidance of Dennis Organ, who instilled into Jason a life of leadership through principles of recovery, he managed the homes for two years. In 2006, Jason was given the opportunity to take over ownership and founded Trinity By Traditions. Jason then took on the role of owner and developed one of the most successful recovery residences in the South Florida region.
Jason also maintains that upholding strong moral ethics in the way his recovery residence is run also is an integral part of its success. He maintains an “old school” approach and viewpoint on recovery. This is the primary focus of his process rather than solely profiting from the business of recovery. Jason instills into the men of his homes that a strong moral code of love and tolerance needs to be maintained daily.
John Lehman previously served FARR as an certification inspector, outreach chair and a liaison to the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR). Over the last two years, he has helped to develop the organizational infrastructure and continues to support initiatives to enhance the rights of residents who seek to enjoy alcohol-drug free housing that is safe, clean, and peer supportive. John was fortunate to reside in several excellent recovery residences early in his own recovery and has also managed several others. He is committed to assisting owner/operators in their quest to deliver nurturing environments to those they serve. John is also the managing consultant of Cashbox Solutions, a payment system developer that designs financial and management cloud-hosted software solutions for the recovery industry.
Jessi was a Behavioral Health Tech at SeaSide Palm Beach and quickly rose through the ranks. Jess Is dedicated to healthy recovery both on a personal level and a professional one. As an active member of Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, Jessi sits on a variety of committees geared to making the recovery community and industry stronger and more cohesive. Regardless of her professional accomplishments, Jessi is first and foremost a loving wife and a dedicated mother to her two young sons.
Robert Raab is the Program Director for the Nextep, Inc. Robert has been working diligently to meet the growing needs for quality recovery residences in SWFL. Robert has a passion to help the people whose lives are being destroyed by the disease of addiction. Robert has been dedicated in his efforts to learn, live and teach the principles of recovery to the newly recovering addict. He combines both life experience and education to empathize and teach the residents how to live a happy and contented life without using substances. Robert works with the residents to restore the family relationships, which are so important to sustain recovery for the individual. Robert is a Masters Certified Addictions Professional through the state of Florida # ADC-010855-2015 and a member of NAADAC, National Association for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors. His educational background includes, Masters of Science Addictions Counseling, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ and Bachelors of Science Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.
I bring diverse management experience with first-hand knowledge of recovery and the operation of transitional recovery housing to my position as Executive Director of Avenues 12 Women’s Recovery House. I attended Penn State University for Elementary Education. Although my resume reflects 25 years as a Certified Nursing Assistant and three years serving as a supervisor with the American Red Cross, specializing in material support services and national disaster logistics, it is my work with women in recovery that enables me to reach my full potential. I can share my knowledge and experience with others and assist them to achieve their full potential.
My affiliation with recovery began on September 29, 2002, when I found myself a resident of Sees-the-Day in York, Pennsylvania. Here I decided to face my problems and embrace the solution, choosing to complete a one-year residential program. In March 2004, I was given the opportunity to merge my managerial skills with my personal experience as a recovering alcoholic when I was appointed manager of Choices Recovery House in York, Pennsylvania. Quickly developing a reputation as a competent and successful leader in this field; and within five years, I was manager of four such facilities (two female and two male), with a cumulative average of 50 residents. Among them, Choices Recovery House was recognized as the #1 women’s facility of its kind in the state of Pennsylvania.
Since relocating to Florida, I held the dream of establishing a residential facility and continuing my work with women in recovery here. Avenues 12 is the realization of that dream. With his help and unwavering support, I was able to fulfill the dream of establishing a residential facility and continuing my work with women in recovery here. I was widowed in July 2011. Avenues 12 is a steady reminder of our shared vision.
In the course of four years we have maintained two houses and recently acquired a 10 unit apartment building to help further our efforts for the women of Avenues 12. Between the three properties we can house 40 women.
We have become involved in community projects and committees. We have a strong relationship with other nonprofit organizations in the area.
William Atkinson is a person in long term recovery from substance abuse addiction. Clean and sober since February of 2006, he moved to Pinellas county Florida in 2008 and started working as a behavioral health technician at a local treatment program for adolescences. In 2009, after only working in the field for six months, he was promoted to the recreational counselor position for adults, and would become the lead behavioral tech, a case worker, and substance abuse counselor in training until he opened his own business, Tampa Bay Sober Living, Inc., in Nov of 2011. In December of 2012 he graduated Cum Laude from Springfield College’s school of human services with a bachelors in human services concentrated on addictions. In the spring of 2013 Tampa Bay Sober Living, Inc. became the first Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR) accredited program on the West Coast of Florida, and he has helped multiple programs in his area gain FARR accreditation since then. In 2014 he was a founding member of the non-profit Recovery Epicenter Foundation which gained its 501-c3 status in 2015 and of which he is currently the executive director. In 2016 he became the 25th Certified Recovery Resident Administrator (CRRA) in the state, and in 2017 achieved his Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) certification.
Since opening Tampa Bay Sober Living, Will grew his recovery supportive practice from a six bedroom duplex into close to 100 beds throughout Pinellas, Hillsborough, and for a time Manatee Counties. In the fall of 2017, he chose to partner with the leaders of the FARR accredited program The Next 24 located in Pasco. With his new partners, both Tampa Bay Sober Living, Inc. and TN24 are no longer operational, and a new company Associate Recovery Communities (ARC) has been created. As the CEO of ARC, Will works with an amazing team of professionals to provide over 100 recovery supportive beds throughout Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco counties.
Lyle Fried, CAP ICADC, AAS, ISAAC
Lyle, a third generation native of Miami, Florida, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Psychology degree from Liberty University. He is a Florida Board-Certified Addictions Professional (CAP); Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (ICADC); member in good standing of a member of the Alliance for Addiction Solutions (AAS) and the International Substance Abuse & Addiction Coalition (ISAAC); an Approved Training Provider through the Florida Certification Board; and a member, Florida Association of Drug Court Professionals. He has served as a Consultant & Licensure Specialist to numerous facilities and has served as a Drug Court Panel member. Lyle also served as a Primary Therapist in high-end facilities as well as in homeless shelters.
Lyle, currently works as CEO of The Shores Treatment & Recovery and has previous experience as the Executive Director and Clinical Director of several residential substance abuse treatment centers in Florida and has served on the board of several homeless coalitions and other community organizations.
Lyle has extensive experience helping substance abuse treatment centers become state-licensed and improve programs and services. As a part of his consulting work Lyle works closely with local government agencies and officials to help create a positive image for the recovery community and resolve zoning, fire, health & safety issues to create a mutually beneficial relationship between the municipalities and the recovery community.
He has worked extensively in social services with the homeless, the addicted, the mentally ill, and persons with disabilities. Civic activities include the following…
President, Rotary Club of Okeechobee, FL; 2011-2012; International Projects Chair, Rotary District 6930, 2012-2013; Former Life Groups/Small Groups Director, Calvary Chapel, Port Saint Lucie; Vice President, Florida’s Heartland Rural Consortia for the Homeless, Inc.; Board Member, Heart-For-Haiti Foundation; Board Member, Diversified Intervention Group; Founding Member, Mental Health Action Team (MHAT) of South Dade; Member, Miami Homeless Coalition; Member, Highlands County Coalition for the Homeless; Founding Member/Board of Directors, Kings Way Community Church; Ordained Minister of Christ; Board Member, Mont Sinai Ministries, Bayonnais/Gonaives, Haiti
Lyle also has worked on international projects providing a variety of services to those most in need; most recently in Haiti where he has been traveling to help locals receive and education, clean drinking water, and medical assistance. There, he has been helping to develop self-sustaining villages and supporting education and orphanages since early 2010. He has served as President of his previous Rotary club and as the Rotary District 6930 International Chair for 2012-2013. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and an ordained pastor. He remains passionate to help others obtain a better life for themselves.
Michael is originally from Maryland and has resided in Florida since 1999. Michael has a background in business operations and has been in the recovery field for 14years. He is the Executive Director of Sunset House Inc. a 34 bed non-profit licensed level IV program for men in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He was instrumental in Sunset’s transition from halfway house to licensed transitional program in 2000. Michael maintains contact with supporters, donors, and alumni both in the local area and throughout the country to continually improve the Sunset House Program. In addition, Michael developed an independent quality assurance committee to review the Sunset House program, policies, and procedures to ensure current and future clients continue to receive quality and ethical services.
Mr. Derrick Schofield serves as the Executive Vice President for GEO Continuum of Care and GEO Reentry Services. The Continuum of Care division overseas the delivery of enhanced in-prison rehabilitation programs. The Reentry Divisions supports correctional agencies nationwide with flexible options such as residential housing and treatment, day reporting programs, and in-custody treatment and training. The Continuum of Care Division coupled with Reentry Services provides meaningful programming to over 30,000 participants.
Prior to joining The GEO Group in 2016 Schofield had a distinguished career working in state correctional systems in Tennessee and Georgia for the last 26 years. He served most recently as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC). As Commissioner, Schofield led the more than 6,000 employees who are charged with overseeing more than 108,000 offenders both in prison and on community supervision. His vision resulted in the successful passage of legislation creating a system of seamless supervision of adult felony offenders. As a direct result of this seamless supervision model, Commissioner Schofield was responsible for a $926 million operating budget, 14 prisons, a training academy and 47 probation/parole offices. Schofield’s focus led to his appointment as co-chair of the Governor’s Taskforce on Sentencing and Recidivism. His work helped to shape public policy through the enactment of the Public Safety Act of 2016 for Tennessee. The act enhanced reentry efforts and the use of alternative sentencing and sanctions in reducing the use of prisons beds for technical violations.
Prior to being Commissioner Schofield held numerous positions in the Georgia Department of Corrections to include; Warden, Assistant Commissioner and Chief of Staff at the Georgia Department of Corrections.
Schofield served as President of the Southern Region of the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA). He has been at the forefront of several key issues and sat on the ASCA Racial Disparity Committee, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Committee, Performance Measures Committee, and was a member of the ASCA Executive Committee. Additionally, he continues to serve as a member of the American Correctional Association (ACA) Standards Committee.
Schofield served as a Presidential Advisor to the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice and is a member of the Advisory Boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, Volunteer State Community College, and Tennessee Voices for Victims.
After earning his Bachelor’s in Political Science Mr. Schofield’s commitment to public service took him to the United States Army, where he rose to the rank of Captain. He earned a Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) from Columbus State University, and he also graduated from Georgia’s Law Enforcement Command College. Mr. Schofield is a doctoral candidate with Piedmont International University.
Dr. John C. Eustace, MD
John C. Eustace graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1974. He completed internship and residency at the University’s affiliated hospitals—Jackson Memorial, Miami Veteran’s Administration Medical Center and National Children’s Cardiac Hospital. After his post-graduate training, Dr. Eustace was recruited to stay on as a member of the faculty at the University of Miami in the Department of Medicine. While attending patients in the Jackson Memorial Hospital medical wards, emergency room, clinics, medical and neurosurgical intensive care units, he taught students, interns and residents in training. In 1978 the American Board of Medical Examiners certified Dr. Eustace in the specialty of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Eustace began his career in Addiction Medicine, a newly arising subspecialty at the time, in 1982. Since that time, he has been involved fulltime in the care of patients presenting with Substance-Related and Co-Occurring Disorders. He was one of the first physicians in South Florida to be certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (1984.)
Over the course of his thirty-six year medical career, Dr. Eustace has been part of many medical and community activities. He has won numerous awards for his accomplishments and service. Now, Dr. Eustace is the Medical Director of the South Miami Hospital Addiction Treatment and Recovery Center. He is a member and Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is a past president and an active Board member of the Florida Society of Addiction Medicine; a Board member of Friends of the Drug Court of Dade County; a member of the Drug Testing Committee of the University of Miami Athletic Department. Dr. Eustace is a Voluntary Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He remains committed to the continuous study and implementation of the highest quality of treatment for complex neurophysiologic conditions.
Rick is a graduate of Colgate University, father of 4 and has 8 grandchildren. Rick has 23 years in recovery and married to Susan with 15 years. He was a Municipal Bond Specialist on Wall Street for 25 years and then spent a couple of years in commercial real estate in Broward County FL. Rick founded Fellowship Living Facilities Inc. started in 2005 and now a 215 bed residential residence for men and women in Margate and Ft Lauderdale. Rick is althe CEO and Founder of the Fellowship Foundation Recovery Community Organization (RCO). Fellowship Living has been awarded the “Best Business in Margate” for the years 2011 and 2012. He is the past President of the Margate Chamber of Commerce; past President of Unity Church of Pompano Beach and President of the Lakewood Gardens Association.
Jason J. Lloyd
As the Founder of Good Works Recovery(GWR), Mr. Lloyd has spent the past four years passionately growing the Organization’s Mission and Vision. Starting as a single, Level I residence in 2013, Good Works now encompasses 15 Level II & III residences in both Pennsylvania and Florida. GWR has established itself as a premier provider of recovery services to the residents, families, and communities it serves.
Mr. Lloyd believes volunteer and service work is a cornerstone to successful recovery. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Association of Recovery Residences and sits on the Complaince Committee. He also serves as a Certified Recovery Residence Administrator for the State of Florida and Member of the first U.S. pilot project assessing Recovery Capital(REC-CAP) implementation.
In Pennsylvania, Mr. Lloyd is a member of the Pennsylvania Alliance of Recovery Residences, Lancaster Coalition of Recovery Residences, Lazarus Project, White Deer Run Alumni Association, PENNSYPA, and a World Wide 12-Step Fellowship. Mr. Lloyd formerly served as a 12-Step Alumni Recovery Contact for the Caron Foundation.
Prior to founding Good Works Recovery, Mr. Lloyd graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and spent 22 years in both the mortgage banking and technology sectors. In mortgage banking, Mr. Lloyd started his career with Household Finance Corporation and later held numerous executive positions within the industry. In technology, Mr. Lloyd worked for Verizon Business in their Enterprise Division, earning one if the company’s highest global honors, The President’s Club.
Mr. Lloyd resides in both Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Boynton Beach, Florida. He is the father of five daughters and two grandchildren. In his leisure, Mr. Lloyd enjoys fishing, biking, golfing, and spending time with his family and dogs. He is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and can often be found hanging out with Good Work’s guys.
The owner and founder of Sober Living in Delray, LLC, South Florida’s oldest and most structured Recovery Residence. For more than two decades he has dedicated himself to assist thousands of recovering individuals in their quest to gain and maintain quality, long-term recovery. His other passion is Higher Education and in 2014 after 21 years with Palm Beach State College, Professor Jahn retired as Chairman of the Department of Mathematics. He remains active in Higher Education as an Adjunct Professor at PBSC by his support of the Collegiate Recovery Community at PBSC and is involved with Clean Spring Break in Boca Raton, FL. and the Recovery Skiathon in Breckenridge, Co. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Crossroads Club in Delray Beach, Fl. and is also a member of the Delray Beach Drug Taskforce, the Palm Beach County Substance Abuse Coalition and is the Founder of the South County Recovery Residence Association. George’s other love is helping others to improve the professionalism and ethics of the Recovery Residence Community in Florida and the nation.
Michael Walsh, MS CAP BRI I
Michael Walsh, MS, MCAP CIP brings 20 plus years experience in the addiction/behavioral health services industry. He currently serves as Executive Director of Seaside House in Jupiter, Fl. He has previously served as President and CEO of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) and has held Executive Management Positions for various treatment centers. In 2004, Walsh founded and was CEO of Addiction Treatment Options, Inc., an addiction consulting and placement company, where he facilitated interventions for families and individuals. He worked as an associate of John Southworth (Southworth International) working with licensed professional boards and where he provided case management and monitoring services. Walsh, who has lectured nationally and internationally, is a graduate of Boston College, with a Masters degree in Substance Abuse Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. He is a Certified Intervention Professional and holds his Masters CAP in Florida.
Dr. Terrance Roland Reeves, MD
Doctor Terrance Roland Reeves, MD co-founded Destin Recovery Addiction Treatment Center and the South Walton Medical Group. He instituted Addiction Medicine Services at Sacred Heart Hospital of the Emerald Coast. He has served on the Public Policy Committee of the Florida Society of Addiction Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. After practicing as a Vascular Surgeon in the US Navy and serving as Head, Division of Vascular Surgery at Naval Medical Center San Diego he entered private practice in 2002. He focused his practice on Addiction Medicine full time in 2009. He is a featured blogger for Addiction Professional Magazine, speaks nationally several times per year. He is passionate about the evolving neuroscience and treatment of the disease of addiction.
Kelly Reeves, RN
Kelly Reeves RN, is CEO and co-founder of Destin Recovery Addiction Treatment Center as well as the outpatient medical office of South Walton Medical Group. She is credentialed at Sacred Heart Hospital of the Emerald Coast for addiction patients and mental health issues. Kelly has worked in the addiction field for over fifteen years. She has been Director of a 16 bed Detox unit, and also the Director of Nursing at a large inpatient addiction treatment center. Kelly has worked as a consultant for different facilities around the United States providing valuable guidance and direction for JCAHO, CARF and Tricare certifications. Kelly brings a genuine compassion for those suffering with addiction. She combines this compassion with an extensive clinical acumen and experience in detoxification, MAT, and treatment of this disease.
Senator Kevin Rader
Senator Kevin Rader was a member of the Florida House of Representatives District 81 from 2012 to 2016. He is now a member of the Florida Senate, winning the 2016 Senate race for District 29. The district encompasses Boca Raton, Highland Beach, Parkland, Coconut Creek, Belle Glade, South Bay and Wellington. He also represents parts of Coral Springs, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Delray and Greenacres. In Tallahassee, the Senator serves as an alternate Chair for the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee, is Vice-Chair of the Agriculture Committee and sits on Health and Human Services Appropriations, Governmental Oversight and Accountability and the Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development Committee. Senator Rader is an Agency Principal at CKP Insurance, an independent agency in Boca Raton. He is a licensed Property & Casualty Insurance Agent (220 license) and a licensed Life Insurance Agent (216 license) in Florida. His area of expertise is insuring the nations beekeepers and agricultural products. He is also active in the Florida Association of Insurance Agents. Senator Rader is a graduate of Boston University with a B.S. in Business Administration and a concentration in Accounting. He resides in Delray Beach, FL and is inspired by his wife Rabbi Amy Rader and their four children: Caleb, Ruby, Yael and Ezra.
Dr. Paul Ahr
Dr. Ahr’s education and experience, including having served as Director of Missouri Department of Mental Health and, most recently, a decade long commitment at the helm of Camillus House, a Dade county nonprofit engaged in a mission to end chronic homelessness, qualifies him to lead a member organization seeking to fulfill the promise of the new recovery paradigm. In 2014, Dr Ahr received the Sapphire Award: Excellence & Innovation in Community Health, from the Florida Blue Foundation. A House in Town, a level II recovery residence founded by Dr. Ahr and partners, is poised to launch in Lake Worth, Florida. Under his leadership, the membership platform will facilitate partnerships between recovery support and addiction treatment providers, resulting in a recovery-oriented continuum that effectively supports consumers as they transition to self-directed recovery. Membership categories include: Recovery Residences (Certified and Provisional), DCF Licensed Behavioral Health Care providers, vendors who support these service sectors, residents and family, academic researchers and students, government agencies and recovery community organizations.
Dr. Tom Griffin, MD
Dr. Griffin is the CEO and founder of The Transition House, Inc. With over 25 years of experience in the addictions field, he has led the agency since its inception in 1993. Dr. Griffin encourages his staff to adhere to all of the new evidence-based treatment protocols that are available in this complex field. Dr. Griffin is a Board member of Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA), he serves on the Florida Certification Board for Certified Addictions Professionals, as well as many other industry related organizations.
Commissioner Shanon Materio
Commissioner Shanon Materio was sworn into office on April 4, 2103 as West Palm Beach City Commissioner in District 5. Materio’s service to the community began as a founding member of the South End Neighborhood Association (SENA), and served as a Board Member for six years. As SENA President in 2005, she worked on a variety of committees and issues related to improving the Dixie Highway corridor.
As a West Palm Beach Commissioner, Materio has worked on numerous economic development projects for the City. She currently serves as a member of the Florida League of Cities special transportation committee and formerly served as the West Palm Beach City representative on the Palm Beach County MPO. She is also the liaison for the Arts in Public Places Committee and most recently was appointed by State Attorney, Dave Aronberg to sit on the Pro-Viso, Sober Home Task Force, and was recently appointed to the Florida Association of Recovery Residences. Materio serves on the Coalition for the Blueway Trail initiative, and eco-tourism and economic development project that boast a membership of over 16 local governments including PB County.
Commissioner Materio previously served as a member of the Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency where she is credited for many of the CRA’s major accomplishments such as completing renovation of two major gateways at 6th Ave and 10th Ave North under a budget of $13-14 million combined, and serving on the committee responsible for developing the $24.5 million NSP2 grant.
A proud business owner, Materio, President of McMow Art Glass, leads a team of creative artisans in manufacturing custom art glass designs for commercial, residential and religious spaces. McMow Art Glass is a world renown art glass studio producing work for the global market place. In 2013, Materio was named as the Retailer of the Year, awarded by the Florida Retail Federation, recognizing retailer throughout the state of Florida for excellence in service and quality. She most recently was awarded the 2016 Athena Award Recipient presented by the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches.
Materio’s work as city commissioner has her focused on local initiatives with the MPO to study the Forest Hill exchange and corridor, requested and was granted the MPO start up fund for the south Dixie road diet, collaborating with neighborhood stake holders to build a new golf course club house and refine the current historic 10 hole West Palm Beach municipal course as well as the new design/build project for the south olive tennis facility.