2015 – 2016 Board of Directors
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Lori Criss, MSW, LSW
Beth Fisher, LCSW, LCAS, MAC, CCS
Jason Howell, MBA, BS, PRS
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.
George Braucht, LPC
George Braucht’s three decade career spans the addictions, behavioral health and criminal justice fields in which he has served as a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, program evaluator, grant writer and federal grant reviewer, researcher, and systems consultant. On a national level, Mr. Braucht earns excellent ratings teaching psychology and counseling in college, professional and peer training settings. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor; a Certified Trainer with Dr. Barry Duncan’s Heart and Soul of Change Project that developed the Partners for Change Outcome Management System, a SAMHSA Evidence Based Practice; a Peace Officers Standards and Training Council Certified Trainer; and a Certified Recovery Coach Trainer who co-founded the Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES) Academy for peer recovery coaches with the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse.
George created and manages the Georgia Parole Board’s Transitional Housing for Offender Reentry (THOR) Directory, an online database of recovery residences that are approved for probationers, inmates and parolees. He also designed and provides clinical supervision and training for the Parole Board’s statewide parolee recovery and offender discharge program. George’s strength is assisting others with integrating into current practices recovery-oriented, person-directed, and outcome-informed services that improve outcomes and produce practice-based evidence of service delivery system effectiveness.
Mr. Braucht serves on the board of the Georgia Association of Recovery Residences, is a Charter Board Member of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences, and is on the Editorial Board of the American Correctional Association’s peer-reviewed journal Corrections Compendium. His M.S. from Georgia College focused on neuro-physiological and clinical psychology and post-Masters he studied community psychology and counselor education.
Nathan joined the Board of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences in 2012 after spending two years establishing and supervising Pavillon Place a Recovery Residence for Men in Greenville, SC. Nathan is a founding member and current President of the Recovery Residences of the Carolinas (RRoC), an organization dedicated to developing and maintaining the gold standard for Recovery Residences in the Carolinas. Nathan is a graduate student at the University of South Carolina completing a Master of Social Work degree where he is specializing in the field of addiction with an additional Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies. Nathan is registered with NAADAC as a Certified Addiction Counselor in process. Nathan is currently a counselor with Hope Homes, Inc. In addition to Nate’s experience in the field of recovery, he earned an M.A in History studying Educational Philosophy and has an extensive background in experiential education, which characterizes his work with clients in a variety of settings and environments. It is Nate’s passion in life to advocate, educate, and promote the practice of long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. He believes that there are many pathways to successful long-term recovery and hopes to spend his life helping others to find their path to a life free from addiction.
“As a direct result of my own Recovery Residence experience 6 years ago my early recovery was founded on the transitional period that supportive living provides, bridging the gap between getting sober and living sober, achieving successful long-term recovery with purpose.” – Nathan Tate
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.
Susan Blacksher, M.S.W.
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.