Our work is guided by three national Community Boards. Our Community Boards determine the research priorities for recovery support services, determine the selection of early career investigators for our Fellowship and Trainee programs, give input on pilot studies and other research projects, and participate in sharing research findings with the broader community. Our three Community Boards are made up of individuals from all around the country who bring their diverse expertise to this work.
Justice-Involved Community Board
This board is made up of adults who are in recovery and who have former or current involvement with the juvenile or adult justice system.
Provider and Payor Community Board
This board is made up of staff from organizations that provide or pay for recovery support services.
Young Adult Community Board
This board is made up of young adults (age 16-25) who are in recovery from substance use.
Note: Community Board members had a choice of how much of their personal information to include on this page, including the option of providing an anonymous bio. Members also chose the language and terminology themselves.
Justice-Involved Community Board
Terrence S. McTier Jr. (Board Co-Facilitator)
Dr. Terrence S. McTier Jr., is currently the Interim Dean of Students at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Prior this role, he served as the Inaugural Director of the Prison Education Project at Washington University in St. Louis. McTier has an extensive background in serving and working with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth and adults. He started his career as a GED instructor in prison, sat as an observer for the state of Ohio Parole Board, and served as a mentor to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth.
Joseph (Board Co-Facilitator)
I am a first-generation Hispanic American, who was subjected to chronic discrimination and ethnic-related violence, which attributed to only successfully completing the 7th grade and indulgence with suboptimal criminal and drug-related behaviors. These risky decisions resulted in numerous arrests, stints in jails, rehab admissions, and a brief period of incarceration in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Today, I am a summa cum laude college graduate, mentor, academic tutor, and current PhD student based in the South.
Jose Flores spent almost 13 years incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Jose currently works with the State of Texas in addressing the opioid epidemic and assuring that those individuals with opioid use disorder receive treatment, prevention, and recovery support services. Jose is also a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (ICADC), and Internationally Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (ICCJIP). He has also held past certifications as a Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional, Recovery Support Peer Specialist, and Community Health Worker.
Brett Bray is the Mentorship Program Case Manager at Sponsors in Eugene, Oregon. Since 1973, Sponsors has been providing reentry services to people with criminal histories. Mr. Bray has worked at Sponsors for over 5 years and was a participant 2.5 years prior to that, utilizing their wrap-around services and transitional housing programs after a release from incarceration. He is also a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor (CADC I), Certified Recovery Mentor (CRM), and Peer Support Specialist.
Kendra is a person with lived experience in addiction, incarceration, and homelessness. Kendra has over 9 years in sobriety and during these past years was instrumental in changing the visitation rules for the Oregon Department of Corrections, the passage of House Bill 4009, creating a mechanism to reverse a Termination of Parental Rights, and Senate Bill 241 creating a Bill of Rights for children of incarcerated parents. She currently works for Lane County as a Peer Support Specialist in behavioral health and addiction. Kendra is also a volunteer Mentor for Sponsors Inc., which supports those being released from prison.
Thalassa Montemurro works for Relief Nursery in Eugene, Oregon. Her career started there ten years ago as a peer support working with parents that were involved with child welfare, something she had been all too familiar with. Thalassa went on to get her CADCI (associate level alcohol and drug counselor) then on to her CADCII (baccalaureate level). Now supervising that same team, her goal is not just to be a good leader but to be a mentor to the individuals coming in after her. "If it wasn’t for the people before me that told me how to navigate those background checks or that my criminal history made me more empathetic to my clients, I would have stayed stuck in that same factory job and stuck in that negative self-talk."…… We do recover and we have much to offer.
Gregory Berry is a North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist and SMART Recovery Facilitator, working with the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition as a Fayetteville (NC) Outreach Worker and member of the Fayetteville Cumberland Opioid Response Team. Mr. Berry is also a formerly incarcerated person in recovery, with over 20 years of lived experience in the criminal justice system. Additionally, Mr. Berry has over 7 years of successful recovery and is a full-time student working to obtain his credentials as a substance abuse counselor.
I am a Gun Violence Expert, opioid epidemic advocate, mentor (prison industry, juvenile justice), State Ambassador Missouri at From Prison Cells To Ph.D., Community Leader, Public Speaker, and Fashion Model/Actor. I have lived experiences (penal system, open air drug market), and I am also an Entrepreneur (E Hauling Services LLC). I let the people judge me and speak for my deeds and actions I pour into the community. On this board, I bring networking, resources, and investigative expertise to uplifting chemical dependency people.
Provider & Payor Community Board
Paul Solomon (Board Co-Facilitator)
Paul Solomon is the Executive Director at Sponsors, an Oregon based nonprofit organization that is recognized nationally, regionally and throughout Oregon as a model for prisoner reentry services. The agency operates 20 buildings on 7 sites with over 240 beds of transitional and long-term housing and ancillary programs for people with criminal histories. Mr. Solomon is dedicated to positive systemic change in the criminal justice system using research-based programs and interventions.
Michael Coelho (Board Co-Facilitator)
Michael Coelho is the Deputy Commissioner-Programs at Massachusetts Probation Service. He has held senior leadership and management positions in state government for over 17 years, serving two different Governors and four different Secretaries of Public Safety and Security in the executive branch for over eleven years, and now the last six years in the judicial branch. He has expertise in legislative affairs, public administration, criminal justice, and emergency management.
Cynthia Moreno Tuohy
Cynthia Moreno Tuohy is the Executive Director of NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals. She previously served as the Executive Director of Danya Institute and the Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center and as the Program Director for Volunteers of America Western Washington. In addition, for over 20 years, Cynthia has been the administrator of multi-county, publicly-funded alcohol/drug prevention/ intervention/treatment centers with services ranging from prenatal care to the serving the elderly.
Dr. Amy Mericle is an addiction health services researcher with expertise in recovery support services. She received graduate degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago and completed post-doctoral training at University of California, San Francisco. As a Research Scientist in the Alcohol Research Group at the Public Health Institute, her work focuses on identifying unmet need for treatment and recovery support services as well as examining innovative approaches to meet these needs.
Ken Sanchagrin is the Executive Director of the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. Prior to joining the Commission, Ken was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Appalachian State University, where he taught courses in criminology, criminal punishment, law, and statistics. He also authored peer reviewed articles examining juvenile delinquency, economic impacts of prison building, and statistical methods. He has a PhD degree in sociology from the University of Iowa, a juris doctor from Michigan State University, and a BA in history from the College of Charleston.
Dr. Eric Geisler received his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University and completed postgraduate training at Grant Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He managed his own family practice in Springfield, Oregon for more than 20 years. Board Certified in Addiction Medicine since 2014, he became Director of Medical Services at Serenity Lane in 2016. He is responsible for overseeing the medical staff at Serenity Lane and providing medical care to patients at their residential facility in Coburg, Oregon.
Dr. VonZell Wade is an Advanced Implementation Specialist (AIS) with the Opioid Response Network (ORN), and the Co-Founding Director of Lost Dreams Awakening (LDA) Recovery Community Organization in New Kensington, Pennsylvania. Dr. Wade is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and the owner of Luo Counseling Center, Lower Burrell, PA. Dr. Wade is a person in active, ongoing, long-term recovery, established in 1991, and he has been an active participant in various recovery pathways, self-help, and change groups.
Dave Sheridan is the Executive Director of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences. He is a Board Member and Treasurer of the Chandler Lodge Foundation (North Hollywood, CA) and served for a decade on the board of Southern California’s Sober Living Network. He is a national speaker and writer on recovery residence issues, with a particular focus on the development of statewide systems for supporting quality recovery residences. He is also an advocate and resource on fair housing issues.
Angela Sparrow is a Behavioral Health Specialist for the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services. Angela has a Masters in Social Work with experience in case management and project coordination. As a member of the Medicaid Behavioral Health Team, while developing policies that incorporate evidence-based practices, Angela partners across state agencies to explore options for expanding services and collaborating at a state level to improve quality of behavioral health services for Kentuckians.
Young Adult Community Board
Saige (Board Co-Facilitator)
I have been in the recovery community since 2016. I am a person living with substance use disorder and want to engage in helping other young adults find community. In 2019 I worked for the Alcohol and other Drugs Department at my university in the Northeast through a grant on opioid use in which I was able to gain experience with policy, advocating, and creating safe spaces free of drugs and alcohol on a college campus.
Micaela is a young adult living in Southern California working in the field of mental health education and advocacy. She started working in this field after her own lived experience with co-occurring disorders put her on the path to recovery at the age of 18. She started advocating for herself at the age of 18 and has earned awards for her advocacy, and now works teaching other young adults to advocate for themselves.
I'm based in Massachusetts and I am currently in recovery and have been for almost 3 years. I want to use my experience and perspective to benefit the community. I am very passionate about providing support to those who have struggled and who still struggle with a substance use disorder; it is what I am striving to do in both my personal and professional life.
Hello, my name is Isaac. I am a sophomore at Grossmont College and I am planning on becoming an International Business major. Throughout my recovery journey, I gained a strong sense of self through mindfulness. I practice meditation and yoga daily, I am a strong advocate for mindfulness since it has changed my life for the better. Sharing my experiences is a passion of mine so I can encourage others to take care of the mind, body, and spirit. My favorite quote is “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” - Nelson Mandela
Morgan Humberger is a recovery advocate with experience in adolescent substance use counseling, recovery peer support, and collegiate recovery programming. They are the collegiate recovery coordinator for the University of California San Diego and are pursuing their Masters in Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington. Morgan’s life mission is to positively serve those impacted by substance use disorder and create recovery friendly environments wherever they go.
Allie has been in recovery for 3 years. She struggled in college with finding her sobriety, managing an internship and classes, and living under the rules of probation. She is starting graduate school at the University of Denver in the fall and hoping to achieve a Masters in Social Work. Allie is trying to live her life for others by connecting with people in recovery and advocating for people whose voices are diminished by the justice or healthcare system.