2015 – 2016 Board of Directors
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Dave’s professional background is in institutional investment management, with experience including quantitative portfolio management, investment strategy and new product development for investment firms and their institutional clients. Dave has held executive positions with firms including Bank of New York Mellon, Prudential Insurance Company and PIMCO. Clients have included large corporations, charitable foundations and fund management companies. He is also a consultant to middle market businesses on matters including capital structure, business combinations, new venture financing and business planning. Recent work includes engagements in entertainment and digital media, financial services, transportation, software development and behavioral health. Dave graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics, and MBA from the Haas Graduate School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.
Susan Blacksher, M.S.W.
Fred Way Jr.
Fred Way, MA, Founder and Executive Director of Philadelphia Association of Recovery Residences (PARR), Treasurer and Charter Board Member of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences, and the former Administrator for Special Initiatives for the City of Philadelphia Office of Addiction Services in which he worked for 18 years before leaving in December of 2012.
Fred has dedicated his career to working and assisting individuals with substance abuse and mental challenges and creating an atmosphere of change within his oversight of over 100 staff members that he lead by example and helped create and mold leaders within the behavioral health system. He is a Board Member of Mother Daughter Bonding and the Philadelphia Recovery Residence Baseball League.
Committees: Affiliate Services (Co-chair), Standards
George Braucht, LPC, CPCS & CARES
Jason Howell, MBA, BS, PRS
Beth Fisher, LCSW, LCAS, MAC, CCS
Susan Binns, LADAC, NCACII, NCRS
Susan O. Binns is an expert in the field of addictions, including alcohol and other dependencies. as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, National Certified Alcohol Counselor and a National Certified Recovery Specialist. Ms. Binns earned her degree in Human Development from Trevecca College. Susan has over 30 years of experience in developing and implementing treatment and prevention programs. During these years, she has been a therapist, manager, advocate, prevention specialist and held many leadership positions with various Nashville-based programs. She is currently a consultant, therapist and serves on several boards. Susan has been actively involved with all areas of the alcohol and drug field including, treatment, prevention, management, clinical and legislative action.
Ms. Binns is President of the Music City Recovery Resources Foundation, Inc. and in that capacity spearheaded the development and implementation of an extended care facility for recovering women. The creation of YANA, a safe home for recovering women, was the fulfillment of her long term desire to improve services for women in the Middle Tennessee Region. YANA stands for You Are Never Alone, which appropriately addresses the many fears women face in early recovery. In her role as the Executive Director of YANA, Susan has helped hundreds of women on a one on one and group basis. In addition to the work within the alcohol and drug field, Ms. Binns has had extensive business experience. She was the owner of two successful Nashville based businesses, one in printing and the other in investments and development. Susan is a Charter Board Member of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences.
In summary, Susan is a dynamic individual who understands addictions and the needs of chemically dependent individuals and is extremely practiced in her approach to the development and implementation of treatment and prevention services and programs.
Jeff Van Treese
Mr. Van Treese currently serves as Director and General Counsel to the Michigan Association of Recovery Residences, Inc., Building Men for Life, Inc. (a large faith-based recovery residence operator in Holland, MI), Lakeshore Recovery Voices, Inc. (a RCO) and is the past President of Michigan Recovery Voices, Inc. He also serves on various State of Michigan committees, including the committee tasked with the implementation of a curriculum and credentialing protocol for Recovery Coaches.
Mr. Van Treese’s ongoing mission is to advocate for stigma reduction for those in recovery from addiction, as well as the acceptance of recovery residences within our communities as a science-based tool to treat addiction. Mr. Van Treese is in long-term recovery and the beneficiary of having stayed at a recovery residence.