Phone: (561) 299-0405 Email: info@farronline.org
  • Lyle Fried, CAP ICADC, AAS, ISAAC
    Lyle Fried, CAP ICADC, AAS, ISAAC
    Board Chair
  • Rick Riccardi
    Rick Riccardi
    Treasurer
  • William Atkinson
    William Atkinson
    Executive Board Member
  • Michael W. Blessing, M.A.
    Michael W. Blessing, M.A.
    Executive Board Member
  • Michael Cabot
    Michael Cabot
    Executive Board Member
  • Dr. Richard (Rick) Dávila
    Dr. Richard (Rick) Dávila
    Executive Board Member
  • Dr. John C. Eustace, MD
    Dr. John C. Eustace, MD
    Executive Board Member
  • Mike Gordon
    Mike Gordon
    Executive Board Member
  • Dr. Tom Griffin
    Dr. Tom Griffin
    Executive Board Member
  • John Lehman
    John Lehman
    Executive Board Member
  • Jason Leslie
    Jason Leslie
    Executive Board Member
  • Neal McGarry
    Neal McGarry
    Executive Board Member
  • Susan Nyamora MSW, NCPRSS
    Susan Nyamora MSW, NCPRSS
    Executive Board Member
  • Dr. Courtney Phillips M.D., P.A.
    Dr. Courtney Phillips M.D., P.A.
    Executive Board Member
  • Ray Rapaglia
    Ray Rapaglia
    Executive Board Member
  • Michael Schlossman
    Michael Schlossman
    Executive Board Member
  • Patrick Slattery
    Patrick Slattery
    Executive Board Member
  • Michael Walsh, MS MCAP CIP
    Michael Walsh, MS MCAP CIP
    Executive Board Member
Lyle Fried, CAP ICADC, AAS, ISAAC
Board Chair

lylefried@bellsouth.net

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
Treasurer

rriccardi@fellowshipliving.com

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.

William Atkinson
Executive Board Member

william.atkinsoniv@gmail.com

William Atkinson is the owner of Associate Recovery Communities (ARC), the first FARR accredited sober living program on the West Coast of Florida.  In operation since 2011, ARC is the combination of Tampa Bay Sober Living and The Next 24.  With over 100 beds available to our community, ARC has homes in Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough counties.  William is a CCAR trained Recovery Coach (CRC), a Certified Recovery Residence Administrator (CRRA) and a Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS).

William is the Executive Director of a Recovery Community Organization (RCO), Recovery Epicenter Foundation, which provides authentic peer recovery services in Pinellas and Pasco Counties and is a principal Narcan distributor throughout the region.  As well as an active board member with FARR, he is a board member of Saint Petersburg College’s Department of Human Services and the Vice Chairman of the statewide RCO, Floridians for Recovery.

In Recovery himself since February of 2006, William has developed multiple levels of care and community support throughout the greater Tampa Bay region with the mission to provide greater access to recovery services for persons suffering from a substance use disorder.

Michael W. Blessing, M.A.
Executive Board Member

michael@soberlivingindelray.com

Michael is currently employed with Lutheran Services Florida Health Systems (LSFHS) as the Regional Director of Housing and Community Inclusion; committed to providing innovative, flexible, results-oriented services tailored to address the unique needs and cultures of our consumers.  LSF Health Systems seeks to improve productivity, reduce costs, and improve lives through the provision of innovative and cost-effective Substance Abuse and Mental Health services, acting as the “Managing Entity” of state-funded mental health and substance abuse services for 23 counties of Florida / Northeast Department of Children and Families (DCF) Region.

Additionally he has served as a Housing Systems Coordinator, a Community Engagement Specialist, a Family Intervention Specialist, a Medical Social Worker, a University Professor, a Program Counselor and Multi Systemic Therapist.

Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Sociology, both from the University of Florida.

Michael Cabot
Executive Board Member

michaelcabot@gmail.com

Michael is an active member in the Palm Beach County community.  He is a commercial real estate broker associate with a practice that focuses on the behavioral health industry.  He assists his substance use disorder treatment center clients with all aspects of their real estate businesses.  Michael owns a forty (40) bed, all male, FARR certified recovery residence in Lake Worth Florida.

Michael enjoys giving back to the community and has been involved as a board member with several nonprofit organizations over the last twenty years, which includes The Hanley Foundation, Comprehensive Alcohol Rehabilitation Program, Inc. (CARP), Gulfstream Goodwill, The Gratitude House and The Palm Beach Theater Guild.  Michael believes that a purpose filled life is achieved by service to others.

Dr. Richard (Rick) Dávila
Executive Board Member

rick4shs@me.com

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 www.Amazon.com. 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
Executive Board Member

mdjce@aol.com

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
Executive Board Member

mgordon@sunsetrecovery.com

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
Executive Board Member

tom@thetransitionhouse.org

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.

John Lehman
Executive Board Member

jlehman@farronline.org

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
Executive Board Member

trinitybytraditions@gmail.com

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.

Neal McGarry
Executive Board Member

namcgarry@flcertificationboard.org

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.

Susan Nyamora MSW, NCPRSS
Executive Board Member

susan@sfwn.org

Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ashford University, Clinton Iowa and a Master of Social Work from Florida International University, Miami Florida.

She is the President and CEO of South Florida Wellness Network, Fort Lauderdale Florida, where she oversees the development of ongoing comprehensive strategic plans for creating, implementing and sustaining consumer driven education and advocacy efforts.

Previously, as the Director of Community Services for the Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center, Pembroke Pines Florida, she supervised case management, admissions, nursing, residential and recreational wellness progamming.

In addition to being a FARR board member, she is also a board member for Broward Behavioral Health Coalition, United Way of Broward County, Consumer Advisory Council and Floridians for Recovery.

Dr. Courtney Phillips M.D., P.A.
Executive Board Member

crowling@hcdpbc.org

Dr. Phillips is the Director of the Integrated Behavioral Health Care program and the Substance Use Program at the Health Care District of Palm Beach County.

As a Lead Psychiatrist and an Addiction Psychiatrist, she has worked with teams of mental health counselors in primary care and in medicated assisted treatment clinics.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier University, Cincinnati Ohio, in Biology and Chemistry and a Medical Doctorate from Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit Michigan.

Ray Rapaglia
Executive Board Member

rayrapaglia@gmail.com

Ray was a former Senior Vice President for Paine Webber & Shearson Lehman Brothers during his 20-year Wall Street career.  He achieved much financial success; however, he was unable to stop abusing drugs and alcohol.  Ray has sustained his recovery since 2011.

Ray founded James Club Recovery on September 11th, 2016 and is dedicated to giving back to the community.  During his time in recovery, Ray has been presented with the “2014 Recovery Man of the Year” award and the “Golden Rule Award” recognized by the United Nations and the African Council.  In 2016, Ray was asked to share his story on Capitol Hill and received the 2017 ‘Shomrim Man of the Year’ Award (the nation’s largest Jewish law enforcement society).  More recently, in August of 2019, Ray received a “Proclamation” from Mayor Mark Bogen in Broward County, Florida.

Ray was featured in November of 2016 on the hit series “Intervention,” and was interviewed on NBC News discussing his efforts to battle drug addiction and how he looks to save lives.  Ray is determined to provide a solution to the opiate crisis, lower overdoses, reduce homelessness and the recidivism rates.

Michael Schlossman
Executive Board Member

michael@soberlivingindelray.com

Michael is the CEO and General Counsel at Sober Living in Delray and the Executive Director of the Living Sober program.  He is an experienced Executive and Clinician who has worked at every level of care including Detox, Residential, Day/Night, IOP, and OP.  Michael is a person in long term recovery and a member of the Delray Beach Drug Task Force.  In addition, he is the Chairperson of the Palm Beach County Opioid Response Plan Steering Committee.  Having dedicated his life to helping others recover from alcoholism and drug addiction, Michael is also an Attorney, admitted to both the New York and Florida Bars, as an Authorized House Counsel.  This unique combination of skills affords Michael the opportunity to serve clients with excellent care as they seek to re-create their lives as sober men and women of integrity.

Patrick Slattery
Executive Board Member

patrick@realrecoveryfl.com

Patrick Slattery is the owner and operator of Real Recovery Sober Living, the largest provider of recovery residences in the state of Florida.  The Real Recovery program has 300 male beds across six locations in the greater Tampa Bay area.  Since starting Real Recovery in 2016, Patrick has obtained his CRRA (Certified Recovery Residence Administrator), CRSS (Certified Recovery Support Specialist) and his CRC (Certified Recovery Coach).

Previously, Patrick was on the Board of Directors for Recovery Epicenter, where he helped oversee both community activities and events for people in early sobriety to practice teamwork and understand fun in recovery.  Patrick continues to be involved in the day-to-day operations of the Real Recovery program in partnership with his staff of four full-time Program Administrators.

Patrick has been in recovery himself since 2015 and was once a resident at one of the sober residences he now operates. His strong foundation in recovery informs his approach and passion for the work he does. Patrick’s philosophy with men in early sobriety comes down to instilling the principals of the 12 steps along with a “direct, concise, polite” attitude.

Michael Walsh, MS MCAP CIP
Executive Board Member

mwinterventions@gmail.com

Michael Walsh brings 20+ years experience in the addiction/behavioral health services industry.  He currently serves as Director of Clinical Outreach for Landmark Recovery and as Senior Interventionist for Crisis Case Management, LLC.

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 and Recovery Homes.

A former associate of John Southworth (Southworth International), he has worked extensively 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.