Stephen Clement— As the founder of Rockland Recovery Homes, my passion to see this succeed, is driving this forward. I experienced my son’s relapse multiple times due to the fact he did not have a safe supportive environment to share with friends in recovery. He would leave rehab programs or prison and go back on the street with “friends” that were still using drugs. I have studied many articles about recovery homes over the past year. Our operation, standards, ethics and policies have been based on those of other successful organizations and the National Association of Recovery Residences. Our goal is to improve the success rate of recovery.
My business experience is over 30 years in Healthcare Technology Management. I managed biomedical technicians, scheduling, budgets and service contracts for multiple hospitals in health care systems to ensure proper operation of medical equipment and systems for patient care and safety. I have also completed training in performing home inspections and have many years of experience in all levels of home construction, renovation and maintenance that I can use in the homes we operate.
Matthew Clement, CFP is President of Emerald Retirement Planning Group, Inc., a financial advisory firm in Rockland County. He has more than fourteen years of experience in the areas of financial planning and retirement planning. He holds degrees in business and financial planning from Fordham University and was named in 2006 as one of Rockland County’s “Forty Under 40” community leaders. Matthew is a dedicated husband and father, grew up in Stony Point, NY and lives in Tomkins Cove, NY with his wife Gail and son Andrew. He became involved with Rockland Recovery Homes because his brother Paul, who had developed a passion for beginning this organization, passed away in March 2018 from a drug overdose. In Paul’s absence, Matthew and his family endeavor to carry forward that legacy.
Marci-Kurtz – with over 40years experience working in the health care field Marci’s background includes adult home administration, health care consulting, medical equipment and closed door pharmacy marketing and reimbursement, retail management, home health care management and most recently in her position as Executive Director of Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation she has been responsible for donor development and fund raising for this nonprofit.. Her family and friends have been touched by drug abuse and she wants to be part of the effort to ensure a safe and supportive environment for people in recovery. Marci holds an M.P.A. in Health and Hospital Administration from Long Island University.
Brion Hayman — President of Gateway Building Services
Erik Beresnoy-As a person in long-term recovery, Erik has been an active member in the recovery movement since 2008. Erik began his journey working closely with younger people in recovery at the New Hope Adolescent unit, where he volunteered his time for a number of years. In 2014, he became involved with the New Brunswick chapter of Young People in Recovery (YPR) to eventually take the lead role in 2016. Doing advocacy work with YPR has enabled him to work directly to implement strategies for youth coming into recovery. Some of these include his contribution to the development of the mentor-ship program at the Raymond Lesniak Experience, Recovery High School where he is currently an active mentor and adviser to that program. His current endeavors include the Aspire youth recovery program at the Montclair YMCA as well as the Dare to Dream recovery educational program in NYC. Erik completed his Associate of Arts from New York University, is a CCAR certified recovery coach, and continues to pursue ongoing training and education to help with the growing task of empowering a generation of young people coming into recovery.
Maureen Hyatt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the past 23 years working primarily with individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. Maureen has been connected with the recovery Community in Rockland County for over 15 years. Maureen graduated from Dominican College of Blauvelt in 1995 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and continued on to Fordham University where she graduated in 1996 with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Maureen started her career as social worker for adolescents with mental health and substance use disorders in 1996 at Stony Lodge Hospital. After moving to Putnam County to start a family, Maureen continued working with adults with mental health and substance use disorders at Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel NY. She moved back to Rockland in 2003 and joined the Mental Health Association of Rockland County as the QA/Education Coordinator, and then the Director of Recovery Services/Project Rainbow. Most recently Maureen was the Intake Coordinator at Jawonio PROS and then the Director of Case Management at Jawonio.
Maureen has been involved in various volunteer activities in the community including coaching youth soccer for the North Rockland Soccer Association, Volunteer for Haverstraw Elks Club, and the Rockland Assist Team where she has been a volunteer for the pas 10 years. Maureen was a graduate of Leadership Rockland Class of 2005, and was named one of Rocklands 40 under 40 in 2005.
Maureen has a passion for working with individuals and families in recovery and has been an instructor at the RCADD CASAC school for the past 7 years.
Mara Medicino is a Certified Alcohol &Substance abuse counselor with a specialty in Gambling Disorder. She is also a Substance Abuse Professional for Clarkstown, NY, and is a board member of the New York Counsel on Problem Gambling. Mara holds a Life Coach Certificate toward helping folks with life stressors and motivating them toward a life that brings them happiness.
Mara has been working for Lexington Center for Recovery for the last 10 years. She is a counselor ,helping men and women who struggle with substance abuse .She also runs the gambling program in Rockland County, including helping gamblers, and their family members, toward education , prevention ,and understanding how gambling can negatively affect their lives, and the lives of their families.
Mara is compassionate and caring and enjoys spending time with family and friends. She has been married for almost 30 years to her high school sweetheart, has 2 beautiful daughters who just completed college & grad school.
Kathleen Katt-Bennie is Prevention/Recovery Service Coordinator at Rockland Council on Alcoholism & Other Drug Dependence, Inc. She has NYS OASAS CASAC-T and CRPA certification. As Prevention/Recovery Service Coordinator, I am committed to educating, supporting and advocating for anyone experiencing negative consequences because of substance use. Through prevention education, we can reduce the incidence of substance use disorders. le I believe that appropriate information and resources has a profound positive impact on the trajectory of addiction. Removing barriers and reducing the stigma surrounding addiction through advocacy has been my greatest reward. As a woman in long-term Recovery I personally have experienced the effects of stigma and lack of support services.
I know firsthand that supportive housing is critical to achieving long-term recovery. I have advocated on the local, state level for supportive housing in Rockland County.
Ruth Bowles spent many years as Executive Director of the Rockland Council on Alcoholism and other Drug Dependence, Inc. Ruth has a Bachelor of Science Degree from State University of NY and is a NYS Credentialed Prevention Professional (CPP-G) with a specialty in problem gambling. Ruth is a NYS Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC).
Ruth has more than twenty years’ experience in the field of substance use disorders. She has trained on all issues of addiction both locally and statewide. She was appointed by the Commissioner of NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to serve on the Community Advisory Board for both Blaisdell and Richard C. Ward Addiction Treatment Centers. Ruth is a member of the steering committee of Rockland County Family Treatment Court. Ruth is the President of the Board of Directors of Open Arms. Open Arms is a men’s and women’s halfway house in Haverstraw NY. Ruth is the President of Council on Addictions of NYS. She is a member of Friends of Recovery/Rockland.
Ruth was awarded the Woman of the Year award for her development of a substance abuse prevention coalition in the Highland Falls community. She received the Orange County Prevention Professional of the Year Award in 2005. In 2008, the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council of Orange County awarded Ruth their Annual Service Award. Ruth received the NYS Problem Gambling Prevention Professional of the Year Award from the Commissioner of NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services in 2013.
Prior to her work in the field of addiction, Ruth had a 20 year career in the banking industry. Ruth is a long-time community volunteer. Most importantly, Ruthie has been a woman in long-term recovery since 1988.