Meet Our Team

Lori Aschraft, Executive Director

Lori Aschraft
Executive Director

Executive Director, Recovery Opportunity Center

lori.ashcraft@recoveryopportunity.com
My career in human services began in the mid 60s, when I accepted a job as a social worker in a county welfare department in rural northern California.  The work felt like a good fit to me, so I returned to school on a part time basis, earning a master’s degree in social work.   I continued working in the welfare, in the areas of adoptions and foster care, while directing a Big Brother’s program.

When an opportunity opened to develop new programs for people returning to communities from State hospitals, I signed up.  This was a very interesting time in the history of mental health services, since people were moved to communities before appropriate living arrangements were available.  I remember late nights of grant writing, arm-twisting, and deal making in an effort to establish decent programs for people who had been institutionalized for very long periods of time.  These experiences provided the foundation for what would become a fierce commitment, and a deep appreciation for those suffering from serious mental illnesses. READ MORE

Lisa St. George

Lisa St. George

Director of Recovery Practice
lisas@recoveryinnovations.org
When I  joined Recovery Innovations on September 5, 2000, I was excited but had no idea  that my new job would take me on such an amazing journey. My career with  Recovery Innovations, then called META Services, began with helping prepare,  present, and experience the joy of participating in Peer Employment Training.  The fifteen individuals and two other team members that were part of that first  Peer Employment Training gave me a fantastic opportunity to see recovery happen  and experience it first-hand! We have trained well over 3000 individuals  internationally since then.  READ MORE

Terrence JR Smithers, Director of Facilitating and Learning

Terrence Smithers

Administrator of Education and Employment
terrence.smithers@recoveryopportunity.com
Throughout my life I have enjoyed success in both the  Education and Behavioral Health fields. I have achieved State and National  certification and licensure in counseling with a specialization in Addictions,  Relapse Prevention and HIV/AIDS education and prevention as well as  certification as a Secondary Education Teacher. I have held positions of  leadership as a Curriculum Development Lead, Senior Therapist, and Certified  Trainer of Trainers for the CDC, Health Education Coordinator and Benefits and  Services Specialist.  Throughout all of  this, I also managed and mis-managed an addiction challenge as well as the  belief that there was a diagnosis waiting for me.  READ MORE

Lisa Anderson, Business Manager

Lisa Anderson

Business Manager
lisa.anderson@recoveryopportunity.com

Bio coming soon.

 

 

PJ Simonson, Support Services Coordinator

PJ Simonson

Support Services Coordinator
pj.simonson@recoveryopportunity.com
I started out working as an assembler in a plastic’s manufacturing plant and gradually began working in quality control as an inspector. Quality Assurance and Quality Control was my career for many years in different capacities from cosmetic’s to avionics to electronics.  In the early ‘90’s I took some college course’s that enabled me to move from working in manufacturing to the front office. At first I worked as a customer service representative and then became an administrative assistant.  Although I managed to be a responsible employee, my personal life suffered as my drinking progressed. READ MORE

Jen Anderson

Marketing and Support Services Coordinator
jen.anderson@recoveryopportunity.com
I graduated with a BA in journalism and communications from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2005, and then began a journey that would forever guide my career into social services. I served for two years as an AmeriCorps member with CommonBond Communities in St. Paul, Minnesota, coordinating after-school youth and family programs in an economically and ethnically diverse community. Working among a wonderful group of residents with a variety of needs inspired me to pursue a Master of Public Policy from Arizona State University. From 2009 to 2011, I studied and specialized in a variety of policy issue areas, including immigration, housing, welfare, and health care. My journey has led me to ROC as a Marketing and Support Services Coordinator, managing marketing and outreach efforts while providing administrative support for our team of trainers, helping to spread Recovery Innovations’ message of recovery and hope worldwide.

Dan Morrow, Associate Recovery Educator

Dan Morrow

Associate Recovery Educator
daniel.morrow@recoveryopportunity.com  
My introduction to Recovery Innovations came in 2011. As a peer myself and after hearing about the Peer Employment Training program at Recovery Opportunity Center, I enrolled. I completed the training in 2011 and completed an internship facilitating WRAP and WELL classes (this was my first taste of facilitating recovery related classes and I was hooked). I was now a certified Peer Support Specialist and ready to work in the field of peer support. I was offered a position in Wellness City Central to create and facilitate recovery related classes and activities for peers. I created and facilitated several successful recovery/strength based classes.  My dream and goal was to someday work with the Peer Employment Training program. I joined the Recovery Opportunity Center team in 2012. Today, one of my major functions is to assist others in their recovery goal of enrollment and admissions in the very program that had changed my life. I am working towards a bachelor’s degree in general education.

Vicki Rainey, Recovery Education Specialist

Vicki Rainey

Recovery Education Specialist
vicki.rainey@recoveryopportunity.com
I would like to take a moment to share my story with you. Like many of us in the Behavioral Health field I come to you with my own personal story of struggles, substance use, and abuse throughout my life.  But thankfully my story also comes with a happy ending. I grew up in Phoenix, AZ, along with two older sisters and an older brother. I had a good childhood and have a lot of fond memories of that childhood. I believe my struggles began about the age of twelve; I started drinking alcohol and throughout my teenage years experimented with a few drugs. After high school I started working, I got married at the age of 24 and then in my late twenties my husband and I were introduced to methamphetamine. My life went on a downward spiral from there and I ended up losing everything I had worked for by the age of 36. This lead to a life on and off the streets, struggles with periods of sobriety and relapse, criminal activity, and finally prison time.  READ MORE

Mike Runningwolf, Recovery Education Specialist

Mike Runningwolf

Recovery Education Specialist
michael.runningwolf@recoveryopportunity.com
I received my BA from Boise state university in Secondary  Education with an emphasis in History, Kinesiology, and Biology.  Upon Graduation, I worked as a High School  instructor and football coach for a school district in southwest Idaho. In  February of 2010, moved to Phoenix Arizona and worked for the National Alliance  on Mental Illness. I am presently a Recovery Instructor at Recovery Opportunity  Center teaching Peer Employment Training Classes, and work part time as an In  Our Own Voice presenter for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Max Rowland, Recovery Education Specialist

Max Rowland

Recovery Education Specialist
max.rowland@recoveryopportunity.com
I received my Associates Degree in Commercial Art and Advertising from Gateway Community College. Upon my graduation I began working for the Regional Behavioral Health Authority for Maricopa County, and community stake holders with a focus on the integration of mental health services in the community. I joined the Recovery Opportunity Center team in September 2012, where I am currently a Recovery Education Specialist teaching Peer Employment Training classes.

Spender Tinder, Recovery Education Specialist

Spender Tinder

Recovery Education Specialist
spencer.tinder@recoveryopportunity.com 
As a Peer Employment Training student with Recovery Innovations in 2006 (it was then called Meta Services), I was interested in the idea of using my own experiences as a recipient of mental health services to support others in their recovery journey. The class touched and changed my life in ways that I never would have predicted or even thought possible, and I’ve since been fortunate enough to serve many other people in various peer support roles in Maricopa County. I have been a Recovery Coach in a number of programs and departments over the years, and nothing has impacted or enriched my life greater than the experience of developing authentic, mutually healing relationships with others.

Jeff DeAvila

Multimedia Specialist and Videographer
jeff.deavila@recoveryopportunity.com
I received my Associates in Film/Television Production from Scottsdale Community College.  I am currently working on my second Associates in Fine Arts, also at Scottsdale Community College.  I have worn many different hats on film sets: acting, directing, producing, editing, writing, camera, lighting and even sound design.  I work as the Media Specialist in the ROC, helping to create fun, innovative and inspiring films about recovery.  I love movies and the stories that they tell.  I feel honored to help others tell their stories to the world.

Ron Brewer

Ron Brewer

Class Assistant
ronald.brewer@recoveryinnovations.org
Hi! My name is Ron Brewer. I work in the Recovery Opportunity Center. I had some dreams, some goals, and some ambitions before I had a turn in my life that took me off track. I have a new life now and I find myself blessed with a new path forward. Life is pleasant now, and my life includes relaxation, meaning and purpose, spirituality, financial security, self-worth, love, and recovery opportunities. I graduated from Peer Employment Training in 2005 with class number 38 in Phoenix, Arizona. My class called itself the “Meta Explorers.” I have met many of my classmates since then and they too have succeeded in life, maintained the choice of being unique, pleasant, good-hearted, and mentors to this day. I now have a great outlook, self-worth, and friends that I love. I have been working at Recovery Innovations for 4 years now and life is GOOD! If I can do it, you can do it!

 

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