My recovery began in June 1996. After two relapses I began a new start on June 25, 2005 returning from a rehab in Altoona PA. I started going back to the 12 Step Meetings and found a sponsor and never looked backed.
On July 9, 2019 I became the Executive Director of United Community Services. Prior to coming to UCS I founded a Youth Center here and now Group (H.A.N.G) in 2006 that started my career in Berks County. I started working at the Caron Foundation in January 2008 starting out as a counselor assistant for 3 years and then transferred to the Recovery Support Specialist Department where I followed up with the adolescent population returning back to their families post treatment. In 2011 I became a Certified recovery Specialist through the Pa. Certification Board. I left Caron in 2013 in good standings and became employed at Council on Chemical Abuse as a Certified Gang Consultant in which I created and facilitated an evidence-based curriculum to inner city youth that were exposed to gang violence.
In 2015 I left Council on Chemical Abuse to pursue and finish my educational dreams. In 2016 I graduated from Reading Area Community College with an Associate Degree in Addiction Studies, and I continued my studies online at Capella University where I did complete several courses in Child Psychology. After graduating in March of 2017, I worked at a Community Correction Center in many diverse roles starting as a Counselor in the Drug and Alcohol unit. Opportunity presented itself and I became Supervisor of the Community Center overseeing 13 security monitors. In my 2nd year I became Acting Operations Manager in charge of all operations of the Center.
I continued to be a Champion and Community Activist for my community. In 2012 I received the Unsung Hero Award from the Caron Foundation and in 2017 Council on Chemical Abuse Annual Algot “Al” Eckstrom Recovery Award! This award is presented to individuals and/or organizations who demonstrate the ongoing commitment to the recovery of addiction disease. I am also a Board Member of the Club House a local Halfway House and Recovery Center in Berks County. One thing that is important to note is that Recovery cannot begin by oneself it takes a support system to be successful in the process of recovery.