Our Team

A strength-based, person-centered approach to supporting those who are new to or struggling with their recovery.

Get To know Our Dedicated team

As a recovery community organization, our programs and initiatives are powered by a dedicated team of people in recovery, reflective of the communities we aim to serve.

Administration

Administrative, operations, and managerial support team.

Sean O'Donnell, M.S.

Executive Director
executivedirector@forrecovery.org
(702) 257-8199 ext. 950
(702) 461-09649

Laura Plowman

Director of Programs
programs@forrecovery.org
(702) 257-8199

Will Allphin

Training & Activities Coordinator
training@forrecovery.org
(702) 257-8199

Rich Redding

Controller
accounting@forrecovery.org
(702) 257-8199 ext. 952

Andrea Whaley

Operations Manager
operations@forrecovery.org
(702) 257-8199

Magda Hirsch

Director of Development
partnerships@forrecovery.org
(702) 257-8199

Office of Statewide Initiatives

Project directors and staff leading our statewide initiatives. Providing direct recovery support and building capacity in rural and frontier communities. Learn more about the Building Communities of Recovery project and Nevada Recovery Corps project.

John Newell

Project Director
Building Communities of Recovery Project
bcor@forrecovery.org
(702) 257-8199

Cindy Farnes

Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Building Communities of Recovery Project
bcor@forrecovery.org
(702) 257-8199

Mary Cannizzaro

Project Director
Nevada Recovery Corps
nevada@forrecovery.org
(702) 257-8199

Melissa Kennedy

Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Building Communities of Recovery Project
bcor@forrecovery.org
(702) 257-8199

Office of Community Integration

Building recovery-oriented systems of care throughout Nevada is a central focus of our mission. Through innovative initiatives, our office of community integration works with partners to improve the coordination of care and integration of recovery support services. Learn more about the Recovery-Friendly Workplace Initiative and Interfaith Recovery Initiative.

Samantha Steele

Ambassador
Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative
workplace@forrecovery.org
(702) 257-8199

Julie Barbieri

Ambassador
Nevada Interfaith Initiative
faith@forrecovery.org
(702) 257-8199

Ron Schnese

Peer Recovery Support Specialist
The LGBTQ Center of Southern NV
(702) 257-8199

Janet Lightfoot

Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Center for Behavioral Health
(702) 257-8199

Quinnie Winbush

Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Dignity Health | Empowered Program
(702) 257-8199

Wayne Simpson

Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Nevada Behavioral Health
(702) 257-8199

Lavell McIntyre

Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Nevada Behavioral Health
(702) 257-8199

Vanessa

Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Nevada Behavioral Health
(702) 257-8199

Recovery Community Centers

Enriching community spaces organized and operated by local communities of recovery and offering individualized and group support, trainings, activities, and workshops, all at no cost to the community. Learn more about our recovery community centers and how you can start one in your local community.

Southern Nevada

Tina Fennel

Center Manager
Las Vegas, NV
southcenter@forrecovery.org
(702) 257-8199

Avan Sachs

Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Las Vegas, NV
(702) 257-8199

Diane Peiffer

Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Las Vegas, NV
(702) 257-8199

Edward Carrier

Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Las Vegas, NV
(702) 257-8199

Sandra Freeman

Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Las Vegas, NV
(702) 257-8199

David Nooks

Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Las Vegas, NV
(702) 257-8199

Norris Scott

Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Las Vegas, NV
(702) 257-8199

Northern Nevada

Aaron Comeaux

Center Manager
Sparks, NV
northcenter@forrecovery.org
(775) 384-9513

Mary Charles

Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Sparks, NV
(775) 384-9513

Carl Carlson

Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Sparks, NV
(775) 384-9513

Tami Madison

Peer Recovery Support Specialist Intern
Sparks, NV
(775) 384-9513

Strength in Numbers

Volunteers, Advisory Councils, and Our Board

Our team doesn’t end with these talented and dedicated staff members. Foundation for Recovery welcomes hundreds of volunteers and partner organizations to support a shared vision to expand community-based recovery supports and help individuals and families struggling today. Learn more about our board members, advisory councils, and ways you can get invovled.

Samantha Steele

Recovery Friendly Workplace Ambassador

Southern Nevada Recovery Community Center

Our Activities Calendar

  • One-on-one Peer Recovery Support
  • Mutual Aid Meetings & Support Groups
  • Women’s Empowerment Workshops
  • GED or High school Equivalent Preparation
  • Overdose Prevention Training and naloxone (Narcan) Access Point
  • Computers
  • Library
  • Bus Passes
  • Recycled Clothing (Caring Closet)
  • Peer Recovery Support Specialist Training
  • Lounge Area
  • Classrooms & meeting spaces

The Southern Nevada Recovery Community Center offers several spaces open to the groups and organizations to rent for meetings, support groups, trainings, and events. Learn more or contact therooms@forrecovery.org for more information.

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Person-Directed Recovery

Person-centered recovery is directed, as much as possible by the person – including decisions about who should be included in the process.  The planning identifies just a few small, but meaningful, short-term changes that the individual can focus on helping to reduce some of the barriers or challenges moving forward.  Person centered care should be central to all recovery frameworks.

*Adapted from Person-Centered Care and Planning by Neal Adams, MD, MPH, and Diane Grieder, M.Ed.