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Board Chair

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 in Professional Relations at the Transformations Treatment Center, where he also has a clinical role. Lyle previously worked 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.

Rick Riccardi


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 the 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.

Dr. Richard (Rick) Dávila

Dr. Dávila is a Recovery Life Coach Professional who helps individuals seeking regular ongoing coaching and/or recovery support as people in recovery build a solid foundation. He is the President of Recovery All, Inc., a company that focuses on Recovery Support Services for all pathways to recovery.

Dr. Dávila has been an International/National Certified Gambling Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. Currently he is a Recovery Coach Professional, Trainer and Trainer of Trainers (TOT) for the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy. He is renowned international lecturer in adult education, alcohol & drugs, and diversity.

He is a person in long term recovery.

Dr. Dávila received his Masters (MSW) and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. With more than thirty-five years of experience in education, addictions training, and community work, Dr. Dávila brings unparalleled experience and expertise in the Addiction and Recovery Studies field.

Dr. Dávila has held faculty and management positions in the fields of addiction studies and educational leadership. He has served on local, state, and national agency boards in the field of addictions, including Initial Review Groups (IRG) for the office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). He is the co-author of three books: “Living Your Life Not Your Story, (2nd edition), A Holistic Look at Substance Use Recovery; a book to encourage the recovery wellness model” and the “Recovery Family Mentor-Workbook”. All can be ordered through He has also written numerous articles for respected academic addiction journals. Further, Dr. Dávila has presented at several national addiction conferences.

Dr. Dávila served as the Associate Dean for the School of Human Services for Springfield College. For the 2006-2007 academic year, was appointed Distinguished Professor of Humanics, the highest faculty distinction as a faculty person at Springfield College. Recently, Dr. Dávila retired from his position as Professor and Campus Director at Springfield College, serving as a full, tenured professor for the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, Tampa Bay Florida Campus. He is currently Professor Emeritus. He is currently helping treatment programs implement enhanced “recovery support services”. He is a sought after Recovery Life Coach and a deliverer of quality training to persons wishing to become a Recovery Coach Professional (RCP) and a Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS).

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.

Mike Gordon

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.

Dr. Tom Griffin

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.

Kay Hayes

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.

John Lehman

John Lehman previously served FARR as a 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. From 2012, John served as FARR Board Chair. Over a five year period, he helped to develop organizational infrastructure, establish a comprehensive credentialing process and forge alliances with federal, state and local agencies. In January 2018, John stepped down from his leadership role to help launch the Recovery Outcomes Institute.

Jason Leslie

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.

Shanon Materio

Shanon Materio served as West Palm Beach City Commissioner in District 5 from 2013 through 2017. 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 Board of Directors for 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.
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.

Neal McGarry

Neal McGarry has a proven track record of effective management at various levels of non-profit management including planning, policy development and implementation. He has substantial background in advocating for social services. With the Florida Certification Board, Mr. McGarry has had a successful career progressing from a volunteer position to consultant, assistant director and currently the executive director.

Robert Raab

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 Southwest Florida. 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.

Senator Kevin Rader

As FARR’s first and currently the only Honorary Board Member, Senator Rader has the power  to advise and to hold the honorary title without the usual requirements. 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, for the 2019 session, the Senator has been assigned as the Vice Chair on the Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee, the Agriculture Committee, the Appropriation Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Children Families and Elder Affairs Committee and the Joint Legislative Auditing 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.

Derrick Schofield

Dr. Derrick Schofield serves as the Executive Vice President for the 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, Dr. Schofield had a distinguished career working in state correctional systems in Tennessee and Georgia for more than 26 years. In his last government assignment he served as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC). As Commissioner, Dr. Schofield managed more than 6,000 employees who supervise more than 108,000 offenders both in prison and on community supervision. Dr. Schofield was instrumental in the successful passage of legislation that created a system of seamless supervision of adult felony offenders. As a result of the passage 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. Dr. Schofield’s work 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 overall reentry efforts and increased the use of alternative sentencing and sanctions which resulted in a reduction of prisons beds for technical violations.

Prior to being appointed Commissioner, Dr. Schofield held numerous positions in the Georgia Department of Corrections that included: Warden, Assistant Commissioner and Chief of Staff at the Georgia Department of Corrections.

Dr. Schofield served as President of the Southern Region of the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA). He has been at the forefront of key correctional 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. He serves as a member of the American Correctional Association (ACA) Standards Committee. Additionally, he has been elected to serve as a member of the ACA Board of Gorvernors in the area of Correctional Administration.

Dr. Schofield is an active board member for the Florida Association of Recovery Residences and for KaZee, Inc. He previously 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 Dr. 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 graduated from Georgia’s Law Enforcement Command College. Dr. Schofield received his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Piedmont International University.

Michael Walsh, MS MCAP CIP

Michael Walsh brings 20+ 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 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.