“I am a person in long-term recovery from substance use disorder since December 4th, 1994. I got into recovery at 17 and have worked in the field of addiction/recovery since 1997.
I have volunteered, and then worked, at a non-profit agency for eighteen years; working with adolescents and adults in many capacities. I am a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, have a bachelor’s degree in social work, am a Recovery Coach Professional and I am a licensed master’s social worker.
I serve on the board for Community Recovery Alliance, Recovery NOTES and volunteer for several other groups and organizations. I work at Petoskey Outpatient as the site supervisor/lead clinician. I am dedicated to helping communities become more recovery friendly and support the recovery lifestyle.”
Secretary of the Board
Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in Washington, D.C., and a master’s degree in library science from Wayne State University in Detroit. She worked for nine years in Chicago at the Illinois Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and at the Harold Washington Library Information Center. She moved back to her hometown of Petoskey in 2002 to help take care of her mom who had cancer and passed away in 2007. She has worked at the Petoskey District Library since 2004 where she provided outreach services to Seniors and works as a Children’s Librarian in the Youth Department. She loves helping children and families find books and information that can help them learn about the world around them and themselves. Aside from her work as a librarian, Lisa has been involved as a volunteer in many community organizations throughout her adult life and has a passion for helping people.
“I want to help individuals get the support they need to get into recovery and maintain long-term recovery. I am serving on the board of Community Recovery Alliance because I want to help create a recovery friendly community where people can be healthy and support each other. I have seen how people can thrive if they have the support they need.”
“As the sixth of seven children, I learned early the art of negotiation, cooperation and how to rely on faith, humor and heart to get the best out of myself and others. After graduating from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree, I moved to Boston and spent the next decade and a half in the corporate world. During that time I also lived and worked in New York City and Toronto before returning Michigan. Through the years I gained experience in office administration, customer service, desktop publishing, marketing and sales.
In 2006, l moved to northern Lower Michigan where I worked in communications for the Diocese of Gaylord before moving into a development position, writing and reporting on grant applications, growing our legacy giving and coordinating the annual appeal. Currently I work for Northern Michigan Opioid Response Consortium as a project associate. In this position I am able to leverage my vast experience to provide awareness, create compelling messaging and advocate for recovery.”
A Licensed Professional Counselor, Ann serves as CRA Board Secretary. She is a retired School Counselor, Art, and English teacher and currently employed as a substitute for Char-Em. She is also a professional artist associated with Crooked Tree Art Center and Charlevoix Circle of Arts.
Having witnessed the devastation caused by addictions on loved ones, Ann is an advocate for therapeutic interventions and supports community action.
Fred was born in San Diego, CA, spent most of his childhood and early adult years in Rockville, MD, a (a suburb of Washington, DC) and moved to Petoskey in 1987 after meeting and marrying his wife, Kathy. Kathy had taught at Alanson/Littlefield schools for 7 years before meeting Fred, and she retired in 2022 after a passionate and inspiring 42-year career. Kathy and Fred are blessed with 5 adult children, two daughters-in-law, and 3 grandchildren, scattered from New Hampshire to Tennessee to Australia.
Since moving to Petoskey Fred has worked as an accountant and tax preparer, as well as having taught Economics and Business classes for NCMC from 1989 to 2001. Besides his heavy involvement with his kids’ music, arts, and sports activities over the years, he has volunteered for and served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity and the Manna Project, as well volunteering for various St Francis outreaches, including marriage preparation, migrant worker ministry, and Brother Dan’s Pantry. Currently he sits on the board of Northern Chaplain Services serving at the hospital and joined the Community Recovery Alliance Board in October 2023.
You might see him on a bicycle, jogging, or on a basketball court, and his keen interest in healthy living, combined with a family history of alcoholism, is what brings him to the CRA Board.