2018 RECOVERY AWARDS DINNER

THE POWER OF COMMUNITY

SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2018
TUSCANY SUITES AND CASINO

The 2018 Recovery Awards Dinner will be remembered as the best event yet in Foundation for Recovery’s history.
The event brought together a diverse group of 300 guests representing the recovery community as well as its allies.
The event raised more than $30,000 in revenue for Foundation for Recovery’s peer support services
Take a moment to look at this video to understand more about Peer Support Services.

John Shinholser, the President of McShin Foundation and this year’s keynote speaker, delivered an energetic and inspiring speech that received a heart-felt ovation from the crowd. He said: “Now more then ever before we must be united in our efforts to over come stigma, agree on harm reduction and multiple pathways, but most importantly fund the grass root organizations, the organization providing daily triage services in our communities…we are your soldiers in this movement, no soldiers no victory, nothing about us with out us and this includes respect at all levels of policies and funding, period.”

John Shinholser

A person in long-term recovery since 1982, John Shinholser has always given back. He has spoken to inmates and staff at correctional facilities in over 20 states, including Alaska. John, who is a proud United States Marine Corps veteran, likes to deliver a message of hope and recovery to inmates, many of whom are incarcerated for drug-related offenses. He updates them on current resources, advocacy efforts and tools for recovery. John has developed specific programs, designed to help both inmates and administration, which have been implemented in his home state of Virginia.

Catered toward prison inmates, his Freedom Behind Bars program is motivating and inspiring. John shares a heartfelt message of freedom and hope. He candidly talks about the cycles of drug addiction and arrest, and then launches into a motivating and interactive discussion about recovery and hope.

John is also President of The McShin Foundation. Founded in 2004, it is Virginia’s leading non-profit, full-service Recovery Community Organization committed to serving individuals and families in their fight against substance use disorders. The McShin Foundation’s mission is to deliver a message of hope to recovering addicts and alcoholics and to facilitate their journey to a healthier life. Under John’s watch, the McShin Foundation has grown to include more peer-to-peer recovery supports, recovery housing, recovery high school, family support services, advocacy and recovery coach training as well as providing additional resources.

Passionate and very devoted to the recovery community, John has motivated thousands of people to improve their lives. John has served on many advisory committees and boards to contribute to the ongoing discussion on addiction and recovery supports. He has won multiple prestigious awards and has been recognized nationally for his work in the recovery community.

He knows all about southern hospitality. In his leisure he loves to laugh, tell stories and barbecue for new friends and old and of course, talk about… recovery.

On June 2nd, we also celebrated 11 individuals who made significant contributions to the recovery community.

THE BOB GRAY COMMUNITY PARTNER AWARD

Myrna Winslow, Oxford House

Myrna Winslow is a person in long-term recovery. She moved to Las Vegas over 20 years ago to be close to her family. When her mother became ill, Myrna decided to leave her position at U.S. VETS – Las Vegas to be her caretaker. After her mother passed in 2006, a girlfriend suggested that she open a recovery house, and Myrna decided to do just that.

Following the Oxford House model, Myrna began with one house; and today she provides safe, supportive housing to men and women with multiple houses. Her houses provide a safe environment for people who are afflicted by substance use and want to change their lives. Oxford Houses have no professional staff and are run by the residents, as a democracy. Residents must practice recovery, attend daily 12-step meetings, do chores and participate in a “House Meeting” every week. In addition, they must pay their rent and contribute an equal share toward the purchase of household items such as cleaning products and paper products for the house.

Helping others is Myrna’s passion; the reward she receives from watching others recover from their maladies is unfathomable. She had no idea that she would ever be able to help others in this manner. Myrna is grateful for the blessed life she lives.

Magnolia Drew,
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Officer Magnolia Drew has over 20 years of education and experience in Corrections. She has been with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department since 1997, working a variety of assignments including: Detention Support Staff, Direct Inmate Supervision Module Operations, Crisis Intervention, Alternatives to Incarceration (Home Detention), and Resource and Reentry Officer. She is currently assigned as the Reentry Coordinator for Detention Services. Her areas of responsibilities include collaborating with local and national community partners and building networks designed to aid inmates in a more effective transition to the community.

Officer Drew is a graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she received a Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice Science with a minor in Psychology. She is also a retired veteran of the US Air Force.

STEVE SIGMAN RECOVERY AWARENESS AWARD

Carolyn G. Goodman,
Mayor of the City of Las Vegas

Carolyn Goodman and her husband moved to Las Vegas from Philadelphia in 1964. While raising four children, she earned a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. On July 6, 2011, she became the mayor of the city of Las Vegas and was re-elected in 2015 to another four-year term.

She is a board member on the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and serves on the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, Las Vegas Events, the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee, the Regional Transportation Commission, and the Clark County Regional Flood Control District. She is Chair of the Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency and serves on the UNLV Medicine Community Advisory Board, the Governor’s Technical Advisory Committee for Clark County School District Reorganization, the Governor’s Commission on Tourism, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Local Government Advisory Committee. She also is a founding member of the UNLV School of Medicine Community Engagement Board.

Holding national leadership roles as a member of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), Mayor Goodman is a member of its Advisory Board, Vice-Chair of its Task Force on Education Reform, and serves as the Chair of the Mayors’ Business Council. The USCM honored her with the Mayors’ 2014 Large City Climate Protection Award.

Carolyn has served the people of Las Vegas through volunteerism and through leadership on many community nonprofit boards, charities, and service organizations. She has proven her deep commitment to the community and continues to be devoted to the highest quality of life for all southern Nevadans by her efforts and dedication. She was instrumental in founding the Mayor’s Faith Initiative in the spring of 2012 focusing on six strategic initiatives, which includes connecting vulnerable populations to resources they need to break the cycle of addiction.

STEVE SIGMAN RECOVERY AWARENESS AWARD

Ryan Hampton,
National Recovery Advocate

Three years into recovery from a decade-long opioid addiction, Ryan Hampton has been rocketed to the center of America’s rising recovery advocacy movement. He is now a prominent, leading face and voice of addiction recovery; and he is changing the national dialogue about addiction through social media. With content that reaches over 1 million people a week, Ryan is breaking down barriers that have kept people suffering in silence. Through his #VoicesProject, Ryan is inspiring a digital revolution of people recovering out loud. He is also advocating for solutions and holding public policy makers accountable.

He was part of the core team that released the first-ever U.S. Surgeon General’s report on addiction, and was singled out by Forbes as the top social media entrepreneur in the recovery movement. Ryan connects a vast network of people who are passionate about ending the drug epidemic in America. His writing on recovery and addiction related issues regularly go viral in online journals such as HuffPost and The Hill. Ryan also serves as an outreach lead and recovery activist for Facing Addiction, one of America’s leading non-profits dedicated to ending the addiction crisis in the United States. In 2016, Ryan created the web series Facing Addiction Across America, documenting his 30-day, 28-state, 8,000-mile cross-country trip visiting areas hit hardest by the addiction crisis.

His interviews have appeared on NPR and HLN, and in the New York Times, Forbes, Slate, the Wall Street Journal, and others. Ryan’s first book, American Fix: Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis — and How to End It, published by St. Martin’s Press, is set to release nationwide in August 2018.

Louis Lacey, HELP of Southern Nevada

Born in Athens, Greece, in 1962, Louis came to the United States at 4 years of age. His parents being in the armed forces traveled frequently, and moved to Las Vegas in 1973. A professional musician for many years, his substance use disorder caused an end to that career. On December 31, 1996, after more than 20 years of addiction and homelessness, Louis had a life changing experience. As a result of his treatment, Louis was able to become a district manager at the center he attended and returned to pursue higher education. Louis also worked with U.S. VETS – Las Vegas for five years, and later was offered the opportunity at HELP of Southern Nevada where he has worked since 2007.

Currently, as the Director of Crisis Teams, Louis supervises three programs. Louis is grateful to God for the recovery he was granted and the many things he has been able to do along with giving back to the community.

EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH & EDUCATION AWARD

David Slattery, MD, FACEP, FAEMS,
Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

David Slattery is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Emergency Medicine Research at UNLV School of Medicine, and he practices clinically in the ER and Trauma Center at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada. He also serves as Deputy Chief and Emergency Medical Services Medical Director for the City of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue. He has been instrumental in bringing the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue (LVFR) into the \ recovery movement and has organized numerous LVFR-sponsored Naloxone trainings around the Las Vegas valley. As an outspoken recovery advocate, he has also been supportive of TINHIH (There Is No Hero In Heroin) over the last few years and is a regular attendee at local conferences involving recovery and treatment-oriented issues.

ROBERT REHMAR PROFESSIONAL AWARD

Chelsi Cheatom, Trac-B Exchange

Chelsi Cheatom has been working with Trac-B Exchange since its inception in 2016. As Program Manager, she has helped Trac-B Exchange open the first storefront syringe exchange in Clark County, NV. She also supported the rollout of the Impact Exchange vending machine project resulting in the first three public health/syringe vending machines in the continental United States being placed in the Las Vegas community. Prior to working at Trac-B, Chelsi was the STD and Adult Viral Hepatitis Program Manager for the state of Nevada. Chelsi earned a Master’s Degree in Health Promotion from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2010.

Don James, The Las Vegas Rescue Mission and
Hope Now Recovery, LLC

Don James, CADCII, NCACII, CATC, is the Program Director for the Las Vegas Rescue Mission and the Owner/Clinical Director for Hope Now Recovery, LLC. Don has received degrees in Alcohol & Drug Studies and Counseling & Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton. With over 14 years of counseling experience working with both adults and adolescents in residential and outpatient behavioral health facilities, Don believes in treating the whole person using a family – spiritual and person-centered approach. He is a proven professional and remains steadfast in the counseling and substance use treatment field. His superior motivational and leadership skills are prevalent throughout his many years of experience.

Don’s mission is to help the individual and their loved ones to receive the best treatment possible and get their lives back on track. Aside from providing services that are cutting- edge, impressive, and comprehensive, he is passionate about spending quality time with his two beautiful children, Landon and Chloe. Don is most definitely an outdoor enthusiast. He enjoys activities such as snowboarding, boating and attending various sporting events.

Don has dedicated his life to the individual suffering from addiction and their loved ones affected by this horrible disease, helping them get their lives back on track by becoming mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy.

FOUNDATION FOR RECOVERY BRICK AWARD

Lynn Baumann, Foundation for Recovery
Board of Directors, Treasurer

Lynn Baumann has thirty-five years of experience in the accounting field, working with both private and not-for-profit companies. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and is licensed by the State of Florida as a Certified Public Accountant.

A well-respected and admired leader who has been in long-term recovery for over 36 years, Lynn believes in the importance of supporting individuals in and seeking recovery, as well as family members, friends, and anyone impacted by the disease of addiction. Lynn is passionate about reducing stigma and eliminating discrimination through social change.

Foundation for Recovery simply would not be the same without Lynn’s leadership and expertise. A devoted single mother to four adult children, Lynn is a voracious reader, and enjoys spending time with her family, her cats and loves to listen to heavy metal music.

Adele Breedlove

At the age of 23 years old, she found recovery on active duty in the US Navy. She started her recovery journey in Norfolk, Virginia. At the beginning of her recovery, she moved around a lot, made many changes, and faced new situations. She found a new way of life through the 12-steps. Her support group helped her fill her toolbox with new ways of coping without substances. She learned how to live a life of rigorous honesty both with herself and others, and eventually to demand that from her relationships with others. She has traveled, married, divorced, had children, and gone to college, receiving an AA in psychology from CSN in 2014 and a Bachelor’s in Social Work from UNLV in 2016, during her thirty years in recovery. Today, she is a Peer Recovery Support Specialist at Foundation for Recovery and she feels this is how she gives back and pays it forward. Adele has been a Peer Recovery Support Specialist with the Foundation for Recovery for over a year. Her focus has been on helping women, much like herself; find a new way of life through the Women’s Success Program. She has volunteered at several FFR’s events and activities and sometimes brings along her adorable granddaughter. She is an incredible cook as well! Her dedication, passion, intelligence, and warm heart all shine through wherever she goes.

Highlights

FFR Staff

Event Moments

2018 RECOVERY AWARDS DINNER

A Selection of Guest’s and Honoree’s Testimonials

“FFR 2018 Recovery Awards Dinner gave me another outlook about Recovery. It showed me people not only need meetings to recover. They also need help with housing, doctors, medication, etc. I also learned that addiction affects everyone. It does not care who you are. There are so many people who help fund FFR and I wanted to thank them too.”
Tina Fennel, Peer

“The recovery awards dinner was wonderful with such amazing energy inside of it. Coming together to acknowledge the people who are making changes in our community, not because they seek being applauded, but because they truly believe in the strength of the people, was so encouraging for myself and I’m sure for so many others. I was able to bring my fiancé with me and it was his first time really seeing how amazing the recovery community is and brought to life for him the reality and strength within it. I am so grateful for your organization and for allowing me to volunteer my time to help those in need. I hope to work with you all in the future. Thank you so much!”
Emily Montgomery, Peer Coach

“That was a great event! Thank you for inviting me and my husband. This was very insightful and informative regarding the addiction recovery arena. My husband and I learned a lot from the speakers. It’s a small world, my husband, a Physician Radiologist, personally knows and works with one of the honorees that is an ER Doctor at UMC.”
Eva Secchiari, Founder & Executive Director, Life After Active Duty

“As being a long-term FFR board member, I’ve had the fortune experience to have participated in ten Awards Dinners and board meeting retreats over the years and, with that said, I couldn’t agree more with what’s already been stated…I felt that this past weekend’s Awards Dinner was the most moving, authentic, heart-felt and well-orchestrated event we’ve had to date (plus the food was great)!”
Billy Ryan, Board of Directors

a compelling call to action by Ryan Hampton upon accepting
the Steve Sigman Recovery Awareness Award

“Many of you have heard my story. It’s the same story as many other people. I consider myself one of the lucky ones. I’m a survivor of this public health crisis, and a person in sustained recovery from addiction. My family and I have experienced first hand the consequences of our broken system: lack of recovery supports, inadequate treatment, and unethical providers. So many times, I came close to not making it. Two of my closest friends, Greg and Mikey, were in treatment with me. My best friend Garrett got sober with us. Garrett is a month behind me and, like me, has found purpose in his own recovery. We both struggled for years, and finally found a way out after connecting with stable recovery housing and peer recovery supports. There’s another side to this coin, as we all know. Our friend Greg, who I just mentioned, is no longer with us. He was my first friend to die of an overdose in my first year of recovery. Losing him taught me an important lesson:

We cannot be silent about our recovery status.
We must speak out against this crisis and deal with the deep dysfunction that fuels it.
We need change.”

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2017 Bob Gray Community Partner

Judge Cynthia Cruz

2017 Bob Gray Community Partner

Steve M Altig, Esquire

2017 Steve Sigman Community Awareness

Senator Joseph P. Hardy

2017 Addiction Research & Education

Leah Brooks, LCSW

2017 Addiction Research & Education

Gregory Walls

2017 Robert Rehmar

Jennifer Gratzke, MPH

2017 Robert Rehmar

Jeffrey Horn

2017 Friend of Recovery

Attorney General, Adam P. Laxalt

2014 Brick Award

Bill Ryan

2014 Community Partner

Bob Coffin

2014 Community Partner

Dave Caloairo

2014 Community Awareness

Ted Moody

2014 Community Awareness

Jon Ponder

2014 Addiction Research & Education

Stacie Mathewson

2014 Addiction Research & Education

Jamie Davidson

2014 Robert Rehmar

Jeff Iverson

2014 Robert Rehmar

Bob Forrest

2010 Brick Award

Hunter Smith

2010 Community Partner

Jackie Glass

2010 Community Partner

Judge Leung

2010 Community Partner

Mo Denis

2010 Community Awareness

Carol McDaid

2010 Community Awareness

Kevin Quint

2010 Addiction Research & Education

Cortney Warren

2010 Addiction Research & Education

Bill While

2010 Robert Rehmar

Joe Cruse

2010 Robert Rehmar

Lesley Dickson

2007 Brick Award

2007 Community Partner

2007 Community Partner

2007 Community Awareness

2007 Community Awareness

2007 Addiction Research & Education

2007 Addiction Research & Education

2007 Robert Rehmar

2007 Robert Rehmar

2016 Brick Award

Chief Judge Cedric Kerns

2016 Community Partner

Judge Heidi Almase

2016 Community Partner

Rhonda Rios

2016 Steve Sigman Community Awareness

Jan Jones Blackhurst

2016 Steve Sigman Community Awareness

Congressman Joe Heck

2016 Addiction Research & Education

Stacie Mathewson

2016 Addiction Research & Education

Jamie Davidson

2016 Robert Rehmar

Craig Larson

2016 Robert Rehmar

Silvia Buckley

2016 Excellence in Addiction

Nancy A. Roget, MS, MFT, LADC

2012 Brick Award

Ken & Mary Woloson

2012 Community Partner

Lois Tarkanian

2012 Community Awareness

Aaron Drawhorn

2012 Addiction Research & Education

Mary Guinan

2012 Robert Rehmar

Claudia Black

2012 Robert Rehmar

Ron Lawrence

2009 Brick Award

2009 Community Partner

2009 Community Partner

2009 Community Awareness

2009 Community Awareness

2009 Addiction Research & Education

2009 Addiction Research & Education

2009 Robert Rehmar

2009 Robert Rehmar

2015 Brick Award

Bob Gray

2015 Community Partner

Jamie Ross

2015 Community Partner

Anna Cedro

2015 Community Awareness

Jimmy and Marna Monaghan

2015 Community Awareness

Myra Schultz

2015 Addiction Research & Education

Meri Shadley

2015 Addiction Research & Education

Kevin McCauley

2015 Robert Rehmar

Hortensia DeJesus

2015 Robert Rehmar

Arnie and Sheila Wexler

2011 Brick Award

Brad Greenstein

2011 Community Partner

Gary Fisher

2011 Community Partner

Steve Schorr

2011 Community Awareness

Kathleen Sandoval

2011 Community Awareness

Tom Coderre

2011 Addiction Research & Education

Charlene Herst

2011 Robert Rehmar

Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse

2011 Robert Rehmar

Arthur C. Evans

2008 Brick Award

2008 Community Partner

2008 Community Partner

2008 Community Awareness

2008 Community Awareness

2008 Addiction Research & Education

2008 Addiction Research & Education

2008 Robert Rehmar

2008 Robert Rehmar

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