June 14, 2018
Onawa LaBelle is one of those people that inspires others without trying. A noticeable cornerstone of her life is gratitude and service. She always remembers the folks who believed in her before she could believe in herself and she pays it forward daily without fail.
Onawa LaBelle is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Personality and Social Contexts Program in the Psychology Department at the University of Michigan. Drawing heavily upon Positive Psychology, Onawa's work broadly aims to better understand the link between social processes, health, and well-being, with a special interest in underrepresented and at-risk populations. She investigates this link in three ways: First, by examining associations between individual differences in adult attachment styles and health. Second, by extending this work to explore links between attachment, gratitude, and positive outcomes (e.g., post-traumatic growth, social support, health) among people in recovery from Substance Use Disorder. Third, by exploring the role of gratitude and other positive psychology processes (e.g., prosocial behavior, self-efficacy, self-esteem) in the health and wellbeing of people in long-term recovery. After earning her doctoral degree, Onawa plans to continue conducting research and teach at a university.
To connect with Onawa:
* Research lab: www.onawalabelle.com
* Onawa LaBelle research lab contact form
June 7, 2018
Jen Ross it one of those people with whom you immediately feel connected. She has a warm and affirming presence that allows you to feel that your best self and living your freedom is possible.
Jen Ross is a Body-Centered Psychotherapist, Spiritual Teacher, Modern Day Shaman and Social Justice Advocate. She serves as an archaeologist of the soul and a doula to your transition. Jen has been in the field for over 20 years and she currently runs her psychotherapy practice out of Boulder, CO and online. She holds sacred space for others to unwind chaos, connect to their centers, step onto their paths, heal their lineages, and peel back the layers of their lives so that they can live a truly free and purposeful life.
To connect with Jen:
May 31, 2018
Jake Conroy is an insightful soul. He's very concerned about how his actions impact the environment and humanity. He also is willing to hold companies - large or small - to a higher standard which they do not like as evidenced by his story.
Jake Conroy is a long-time activist, designer, and writer based in San Francisco, California. As a co-founder of Ocean Defense International, he helped lead the first ever disruption of a whale hunt in US coastal waters, putting himself between the hunter and the hunted. He also helped build the foundation of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty USA (SHAC USA), one of the most successful grassroots animal rights campaigns in history. Due to his involvement with SHAC USA, he was a co-defendant in the SHAC7 case and was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison. Jake is currently working at an international environmental non-profit campaigning against corporate polluters. He can also be found speaking around the US, and working on the projects he helped co-found— Bite Back Magazine, theAnimal Defense League San Francisco, and the blog Plant Based on a Budget.
To connect with Jake:
* Website: www.jakeconroy.com
* Twitter: Jake Conroy
* Rainforest Action Network (look up "rising tide")
* Seattle Burrito Coalition
* 5 Calls
May 24, 2018
I got a chance to speak with Scott Strode and I was blown away with how such a seemingly simple idea could have such a huge impact on recovery. And it makes sense, right? We were created for community and that's what he's created with The Phoenix. I'm looking forward to checking it out next time I'm in Denver or Boston!
Scott is the founder and national executive director of The Phoenix. Phoenix offers a unique approach to combat addiction by fostering a sober, supportive, physically active community for individuals in recovery
from substance use disorder. Phoenix is based on Scott’s own experience and his discovery that a healthy, active lifestyle has a transformative effect on long-term sobriety. Scott also realized the critical component of surrounding oneself with a new sober supportive network of friends. Phoenix is unique in that its programs are free to anyone who has at least 48 hours of continuous sobriety. This removes a significant financial barrier to sobriety. Free programs include yoga, climbing, cycling, running, CrossFit, boxing, and socials. Since 2007, Phoenix has served over 24,000 individuals in 11 cities and 9 states with plans to expand into new communities in the near future. Scott was named a Top 10 CNN Hero in 2012, received the “Advocates for Action Award” from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and was a TEDxMileHigh speaker in 2016. Scott’s passion in life is to help others rise from the ashes of their addiction
and live a full life of sobriety in long-term recovery.
To connect with Scott:
* Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Website: www.thephoenix.org
* The Meadows
* How the War on Drugs Has Changed Tunes
May 17, 2018
I've known Tia Clinton for almost two years and she's one of the amazing ones. Her light radiates and draws you in. She works hard for the things she wants. Her brilliance, intellect and drive is inspiring and Tia is funny AF. You'll always have a good time with her.
Bio coming soon...
May 10, 2018
When I spoke with Michael about his story, I was struck by his zest for life, his humility and his general positivity. His story is a 'fall from grace and get back up and do some good in the world' type. Definitely another story of redemption as a result of not drinking. Whenever I'm in the Pacific Northwest, I will definitely do my best to meet him.
Michael King is the National Director of Outreach & Engagement with Facing Addiction, a national non-profit organization dedicated to unifying the voices of the 45 million Americans and their families directly impacted by addiction. Michael's work with Facing Addiction includes national coalition building, oversight of resource development, as well as grassroots and community organizing engagement.
Prior to working for Facing Addiction, Michael worked for over a decade in the political arena, managing political campaigns in numerous states. His work included Presidential, United State Senate, and Gubernatorial elections. He served as both the Director of Communications and Campaign Director for the Washington State Democratic Party, as a political consultant for a Seattle based firm, and as the Executive Director of Washington state's Senator Democratic Campaign Committee. Additionally, Michael served as a co-chair of Faces & Voices of Recovery's Public Policy Committee, and is a 2018 JustLeadershipUSA Leading with Conviction fellow. He's the proud father of two young children and a person in long-term recovery from alcohol and gambling addictions.
To connect with Michael:
* Twitter: @michaelking1981
* Facebook: Michael King
* Email: email@example.com
* Website: www.facingaddiction.org
May 3, 2018
Mariel Hufnagel is a humble soul filled with grace and dignity, but it wasn't always this way. She has an easy way about her that makes people feel comfortable in her presence. She is inspiring, down to earth and lots of fun.
Mariel battled with alcohol & drug addiction, bipolar disorder and bulimia nervosa for all of her teenage years – leaving her bankrupt emotionally, financially, physically and spiritually. Mariel is formerly incarcerated, a convicted felon, formerly homeless and a sex trafficking survivor. Mariel entered recovery in May 2007 and has maintained abstinence-based recovery since then.
Since 2012 in an effort to bring a face and a voice to recovery – as well as demand the civil rights of those who suffer, those who have lost their battle and those in recovery – Mariel has immersed herself wholeheartedly in mental health, addiction and criminal justice reform work. Mariel believes in health equity, person-centered systems of care and the importance of recovery support services. Mariel graduated Kean University summa cum laude with her Bachelors of Arts in Public Administration and is currently seeking her Masters of Arts in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management. Mariel attributes much of her personal and professional success to returning to school, and believes that education is the great equalizer. Mariel has previously worked as an Advocacy Organizer with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence – New Jersey (NCADD-NJ) and as the National Chapter Manager for Young People in Recovery (YPR). Additionally, Mariel has been recognized locally and nationally with numerous awards and featured in countless media outlets; and is recognized nationally as a dynamic and passionate advocate, servant leader, trainer and motivational speaker.
She is driven by her deep desire for all people to be able to access and maintain recovery regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation or criminal record. Mariel is also a certified yoga teacher and a marathon runner; and during her spare time can be found traveling, drinking black coffee, or laughing and snuggling with her amazing husband Anthony.
To connect with Mariel:
* Instagram: @marielharrison
* Facebook: Mariel Samantha Hufnagel
* Twitter: @HarrisonMariel
* LinkedIn: Mariel Hufnagel
April 26, 2018
Taryn Strong is an amazing soul, bursting with life and positive energy. A firm member of the badass brigade, she advocates for multiple pathways of recovery for women. Her energy is contagious and is a source of solace and hope for women across the globe. As a recovery advocate, she hosts events all over the world specifically dedicated to creating a space for women to recover.
Taryn is grateful to be in recovery from drug addiction, self harm, disordered eating and codependency. Taryn was raised by recovering parents (Dawn is her mom) so recovery has been a part of her everyday life for a long time. She completed her 300 hour yoga teaching training program in her home town of Victoria, British Columbia in 2007 after falling in love with yogic philosophies and the power of transformation through the mind/body/spirit connection. Taryn received her “Yoga of Recovery” certification at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm and her “Yoga for Trauma” certification in 2014. She has since developed a unique “Yoga for Recovery” program which integrates yoga and meditation with spirituality and recovery principles from a wide variety of recovery pathways (including but not limited to the 12 step pathway). In addition to teaching yoga classes across Victoria and leading the Yoga for Recovery program for She Recovers Retreats, Taryn’s latest role is as the creator and artisan of She Recovers Malas. For more about Taryn have a look at her video.
To connect with Taryn:
* Website: www.sherecovers.co
* Facebook: SheRecovers
* IG: @tarynstrong
April 5, 2018
Talking with Fay Zenoff was so much fun and time flew by. She's grounded and very spiritual person. It's clear her recovery has settled into every cell of her body and her soul radiates this peace that is contagious. I look forward to meeting her IRL when I finally make my way to NorCal.
Fay Zenoff is the driving spirit behind the emergence of the Center for Open Recovery (COR). Since being hired as the Executive Director for The National Council on Alcoholism and other Drug Addictions-Bay Area, in 2014, she has led the evolution of the 60-year old, San Francisco-based, non-profit – from that of a local direct-service provider to become a nationally recognized recovery advocacy organization focused on ending the stigma of addiction and championing life in recovery.
Fay’s work, views, and personal experiences have been the subject of articles and interviews in the New York Times, Bloomberg Business Week, The California Report, KQED’s Perspectives, Lauren Schiller’s Inflection Point, The Fix, Facing Addiction’s docu-series Out of the Shadows/Addiction Across America, Marin Magazine and others. She has been a speaker for private and public organizations, and an interviewed guest on radio shows and podcasts. She is the 2016 recipient of Constellation Behavioral Health’s Courage Award for her work in the addiction and mental health fields.
Fay earned an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College.
Fay lives in Marin, has two daughters, a dog named Nilla and loves to hike, bike, xc-ski and SUP. Fay has been sober and in recovery since 2007.
To connect with Fay:
* Website: www.openrecoverysf.org
* Facebook: Open Recovery San Francisco
* Twitter: @openrecovery
* Instagram: @openrecoverysf
* LinkedIn: Fay Zenoff
* Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 29, 2018
I have yet to meet Chef Bill Haley, a brother from another mother. He's insightful and thoughtful, generous and humble. His passion for food and recovery shines through in all that he does. His artistry touches not just food and nutrition, but his genuine connection with humanity, especially those that are struggling with a life-threatening disease of substance use disorder. He's been there so he can definitely empathize with those in early recovery. Personally, I cannot wait to taste some of his food!
Chef Bill Haley spent his twenties running high-end NYC restaurants with celebrity chefs, creating and learning with some of the leading culinary minds of the time. He also spent them doing drugs, losing himself in the "behind the scenes" party lifestyle. Now sober and an advocate for wellness-centered recovery programs, Chef Haley took note of a major issue in many treatment programs. While the priority was getting patients off drugs and alcohol, the junk food binging and frozen food dinners seemed to be the norm across the board. He quickly realized that you cannot put your recovery in a microwave and expect to be healthy, so why would you do it with your body? He knew that the power of healthy food could equate to a much quicker, longer-lasting, solid recovery built on permanent lifestyle changes. He has found a sustainable and extremely tasteful way to feed people so that it exponentially excels the recovery process while sparking excitement with the tastebuds! We are what we eat, so let's be beautiful and organic! Chef Haley started Culinary Recovery Food in 2016 and has been transforming the food offerings in recovery homes ever since. Changing the taste of recovery one dish at a time!
To connect with Chef Bill: