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Jill Showers

Jill Showers

Alumni Coordinator for Lighthouse

Jill Showers serves as the Alumni Coordinator for RCA Lighthouse. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Richard Stockton University with her goal of obtaining a Master’s Degree and becoming a Licensed Addition Counselor.  Jill began her career in the substance abuse field at Lighthouse in 2018. In March of 2022 Jill joined the Alumni team after holding several positions in the facility including Lead Recovery Support Specialist, Admissions Counselor, Admissions Patient Engagement Specialist and Utilization Review Coordinator.  

Jill herself, is an alumna of Lighthouse and enjoys giving back to the recovery community not only in a professional capacity but also on a personal level. She relocated to the Atlantic County area in 2016 and has been involved in several of the local community groups in the area. Jill has a passion for reading, spending time with her puppy and spending time with her family and friends. 

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In your opinion, why do you believe an alumni program is so important for those who want to achieve long-term recovery? 

Connection and fellowship are vital to sustaining long-term recovery. Through providing fun activities and service opportunities Alumni programs strengthen bonds with a community who truly understand the unique situations and feelings an individual experiences after leaving treatment and during the continuation of their journey in sobriety. Connecting Alumni to our clients currently attending our inpatient programming is especially important as it shows recovery is possible for everyone. 

What is your favorite quote, and why? 

“The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand as what direction you are moving.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes. This quote has always resonated with me, throughout all aspects of my life. It raises the question – “What am I doing to move forward today?” which continues to motivate me to achieve my goals not only in my recovery but also in my personal and professional life.  

What are the major driving forces in your life? 

Faith in something greater than myself and the relationships I have cultivated drive me in my daily life. Belief in a higher purpose and a plan have guided me for many years. The love and support of my family and friends have led me through not only the great times but the uncertain times as well.  

Patrick Yarboro

Patrick Yarboro

Alumni Coordinator for Monroeville

If you would like to get in contact with Patrick, please email [email protected].

Patrick has been working in the Substance use field for 4 years. He began his career with RCA Monroeville in May 2022 as a Case Manager before transferring to Utilization Review. Patrick is enrolled at Clarks Summit University where he is pursuing his master’s in counseling. He joined our Alumni team in February of 2024 and has a passion for working alongside those in early recovery to provide education, encouragement, and a sense of community. Patrick is enthusiastic about 12-Step recovery and providing insight into the process and helping patients develop an understanding of the process as they navigate their own recovery.

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In your opinion, why do you believe an alumni program is so important for those who want to achieve long term recovery?

Early recovery is a difficult period for those who have struggled with substance use. These difficulties are compounded when there is no sense of community. Knowing this, it’s an honor to be part of a dedicated team that stays in contact with our alumni; providing support, resources, and encouraging our members to develop their recovery community. With frequent opportunities to connect with other alumni through meetings, service opportunities, and events, RCA really is a family away from family.

What is your favorite quote, and why?

“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.” – CS Lewis

Most of the quotes I would consider my favorite come from CS Lewis, but this one reminds me to seek truth over comfort. There are far too many things in this world that offer fleeting comfort with a hefty price tag. When I first seek out the truth it may be difficult to stomach, but eventually understanding what is true in this world allows me to live at peace with those around me.

If you could send a message to family, friends and loved ones of those with a substance use disorder, what would it be?

Recovery is possible. Reconciliation is possible. This disease can cause deep wounds, I know. Remain compassionate, but not complacent. Most of all, care for your own well-being.

Peter Gregory

Peter Gregory

Alumni Coordinator for Westminster

Prior to working at RCA, Peter was a teacher, coach and administer at a prep school in Maine. While at the school, Peter helped start a sobriety wing and facilitated groups with adolescents in early recovery.  In 2019, Peter joined RCA as a Peer Engagement Counselor, then moved into additional roles such as Case Manager and 12 Step Instructor prior. Peter now proudly serves RCA’s alumni community as Westminster’s Alumni Coordinator.

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In your opinion, why do you believe an alumni program is so important for those who want to achieve long term recovery?

I believe that connection and fellowship are two key factors in maintaining long term sobriety. The opportunity to work with our alumni and see their transformation is such a valuable tool in connecting their success with others who have been in their shoes.

Why do you choose to work as an Alumni Coordinator at RCA?

I find it so rewarding to be able to work with our patients, not just at the facility but after they have been discharged. This role affords me the opportunity to see and participate in the success of our alumni, then help pass their message of hope on to our patients.

What do you enjoy most about the work that you do?

The greatest joy I have in this role is bearing witness to the connections and achievements of our alumni. I find a great deal of joy in communicating their successes with our team, as it highlights the significant impact of our hard work.

Elijah Maassen

Elijah Maassen

Alumni Coordinator for Bracebridge Hall

If you would like to get in contact with Elijah, please email [email protected].

Elijah Maassen started her personal journey in recovery in 2013 and has been working in treatment since 2019. Her career began with RCA as an RSS and quickly became a 12 Step Recovery Instructor. She enjoys educating others about different perspectives on how to live life on life’s terms through spiritual principles and a program of action. All while learning more effective ways to help. Elijah is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and is currently working on becoming a Certified Community Health Worker.  Her passion lies with her family, her personal recovery, skydiving, and ultimately helping others through a lense of unconditional love.

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What is your favorite quote and why?

“We are not supposed to be the light at the end of the tunnel, but rather the lantern that lights the way.”

I will never forget when a previous client shared this quote with me. It serves as a powerful reminder that I gain more knowledge from those I help, which surpasses what I could ever teach them myself.

What do you enjoy the most about the work you do?

Every day, I get to bear witness to living miracles in the form of our alumni – individuals who walk, talk, and breathe with a newfound light and purpose. Watching the spark reignite in their eyes is a beautiful experience.

What do you hope to accomplish as an Alumni Coordinator?

My goal as an Alumni Coordinator is to actively combat the stigma surrounding addiction and shift perceptions that living sober is anything but dull – it’s exciting, vibrant, and full of possibilities!

Chris Rubio

Chris Rubio

Alumni Coordinator for Greenville

If you would like to get in contact with Chris, please email [email protected].

My name is Chris Rubio, and I am a Certified Peer Support Specialist working with Recovery Centers of America as an Alumni Relations Coordinator. I have been working as a peer support since 2015 – in California, and for the last two and a half years here in South Carolina. My experience as a CPSS has been primarily in Homeless Outreach. Connecting folks that are housing challenged battling with substance use and/or mental health challenges. Being in long term recovery from substances myself, it excites me to work in substance use recovery, helping the next person come out of active addiction.

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In your opinion, why do you believe an alumni program is so important for those who want to achieve long term recovery?

I believe that here at Recovery Centers of America, the Alumni Association is one of the most important pieces for people new to or coming back into long term recovery. The disease of addiction wants us isolated. So, the Alumni program offers community around those beginning their recovery journey.

If you could send a message to family, friends, and loved ones of those with substance use disorder, what would it be?

If I could send a message to the family and loved ones of our patients or those who love someone that is still struggling, it would be to continue holding the hope. Where there’s breath, there’s still hope!

What do you hope to accomplish as an Alumni Coordinator?

What I hope to accomplish as an Alumni Coordinator is to be one small part of our patients’ stories and helping them believe that long term recovery is not only possible, but possible for them!

Marty Dunphy

Marty Dunphy

Alumni Coordinator for Danvers

If you would like to get in contact with Marty, please email [email protected]

On May 5, 1999, I began my own journey of recovery, and it was the best thing I could have ever done for myself. Since then, I have found my purpose and calling in life by working in the field and helping those who struggle with addiction. Throughout my tenure in the treatment space, I have held many positions from Recovery Specialist to Patient Advocate, and more. Today, I have the honor of being in service to our Danvers alumni, serving as their Alumni Coordinator.

I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Massachusetts, but I like to think I learn most from the people I have had the privilege of helping to guide through this incredible journey of recovery.

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What do you hope to accomplish as an Alumni Coordinator?

I hope to provide a safe haven – a voice at the other end of the phone with a sincere desire to help and ability to suggest solution.

If you could send a message to family, friends and loved ones of those with a substance use disorder, what would it be?

It is never too late! We learn from our experience, and the journey is individual and different for everyone. Don’t give up hope – with love and support recovery works!

In your opinion, why do you believe an alumni program is so important for those who want to achieve long-term recovery?

I truly believe that continued care and support is essential to long term recovery. When our patients leave the treatment environment and enter back into their daily lives, the recovery piece is still so new. Having a support system already in place and knowing where to turn when things get tough, is a tremendous weight lifted. I feel that an alumni program is a wonderful guidance system, supporting our alums while they spread their wings and experience how to live a life of recovery.

Henry Love

Henry Love

Alumni Coordinator at St. Charles

If you would like to get in contact with Henry, please email [email protected].

Henry’s recovery journey began in 2013. As he walked the path of recovery, he found his passion – helping others recover. He then entered Southern New Hampshire University where he earned my bachelor’s degree in human services with a concentration in substance abuse. After receiving his degree, Henry found Recovery Centers of America, where he was brought on initially as an RSS. After some time, he accepted the position of Alumni Coordinator, following his passion in helping our alumni maintain a new, sober life.

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In your opinion, why do you believe an alumni program is so important for those who want to achieve long term recovery?

Based on my own experience no one is an island, and no one can do life alone and remain sane, an alumni program is a program of connection, connection to likeminded people who are trying to achieve the same goal, the goal of long-term sobriety, and an alumni program offers the assistance the fellowship and support to reach such a goal.

Why do you choose to work as an Alumni Coordinator for RCA?

I know that recovery is possible, I believe in the message of RCA – to save a million lives. The Alumni Association is a vessel to do just that and I can be an asset to bring the message of saving lives by being a part of the work that is required.

What do you enjoy the most about the work that you do?

The transformation, crossing over from addiction to recovery can be a lonely journey even when done with others at your side, but once you make it to the other side, the light bulb of transition comes on and you get to witness the change in someone’s life, and that is why I do it.

Bob Gibson

Bob Gibson

Alumni Coordinator at Devon

Bob has worked for RCA Devon since June of 2019, initially starting as an RSS. He then became a Lead RSS and eventually moved into the Recovery Instructor position before becoming an Alumni Coordinator. Bob has a strong passion for 12-step recovery and helping patients to navigate their own path and have their own recovery experience.

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What is your favorite quote, and why?

“If you want something you have never had before, you have to do something you have never done before.”  I like this quote because applies so well to not just my own life, but I can’t think of too many situations that it doesn’t apply to.

What are the major driving forces in your life?

Honestly, nothing brings me serenity like being of use to other people. That’s what I strive for in my professional and personal life. I was very selfish most of my life, but today I have the opportunity and the knowledge to act as the exact opposite and help others.

If you could send a message to family, friends and loved ones of those with a substance use disorder, what would it be?

Do not forget about your own mental health and well-being while trying to work through your loved one’s addiction. There are many resources available to support the family and loved ones of people suffering from addiction. Use them. You are not alone.

Why do you choose to work as an Alumni Coordinator for RCA?

In all my roles at RCA, except for this one, my relationships with our patients ended when they left treatment. In this role I am afforded the opportunity to be a resource to our alumni for the long haul.

What do you enjoy most about the work that you do?

Being able to carry a message of hope to people that need it is an honor and a privilege and brings me a great amount of joy. There is nothing more exciting than getting to watch people become the best versions of themselves.

Jill DeMaio

Jill DeMaio

Alumni Operations Coordinator

If you would like to get in contact with Jill, please email [email protected].

Jill DeMaio graduated from Penn State University in 2019, and immediately entered the non-profit sector as a Special Events Associate for the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. There, she was able to develop skills in volunteer management, fundraising, and ultimately developed a passion for helping those in need. In March of 2022, Jill joined the Alumni Team at RCA as the Alumni Operations Coordinator based out of our corporate office in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

Jill currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with Minors in English and Political Science. She relocated to Philadelphia from Washington, DC in 2021 to be closer to family. She has a passion for fitness & exercise, binge-watching TV shows, listening to music, and being a positive force everywhere she goes.

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In your opinion, why do you believe an alumni program is so important for those who want to achieve long-term recovery?

An alumni program like RCA’s is so important because recovery continues after discharge. We want to ensure all of those who have gone through treatment have a sense of comfort, feel they’re not alone, and ultimately have the resources to thrive in their day-to-day lives. There is a community here, ready to welcome you in with open arms and remind you that you are not alone in this. The Alumni Program at RCA ensures everyone has a seat at the table, no matter what stage of recovery they might be in.

What is your favorite quote, and why?

My favorite quote is “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Everyone can make a positive impact, whether it be big or small. Leading with kindness & compassion is a great place to start.

What are the major driving forces in your life?

I am driven by a supportive family, amazing and loyal friends, a girlfriend that changed my life, and my two cats, Peach & Poppy. These pieces of my puzzle get me out of bed every day and remind me to work hard, stay passionate, and make me want to have a strong impact on the world.

If you could send a message to family, friends and loved ones of those with a substance use disorder, what would it be?

If I could share one message to family, friends and loved ones of someone struggling with substance use disorder, I’d remind them that they are NOT alone in this. This can be an isolating experience, so please know that you have RCA in your corner. We are here to listen, support, provide resources, and help you find comfort in this difficult time.

What do you enjoy most about the work that you do?

The fact that I wake up every day and come to a place that is both changing & saving lives is something I do not take lightly. Above everything else, RCA cares about the people who walk through their doors. To be a part of an organization that keeps the work focused on the well-being of patients, families, loved ones, and more is my favorite thing about the work I do!

Loreal Hamilton

Loreal Hamilton

Senior Alumni Coordinator for Capital Region

If you would like to get in contact with Loreal regarding alumni volunteer opportunities, events, or meetings for RCA at Capital Region, please email [email protected].

Loreal is an Air Force Veteran. She is passionate about helping others and inspiring them in their recovery journey. She has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health. Most recently, she worked for Blinded Veteran’s Association assisting Veteran’s in accessing services of all kinds.

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What do you hope to accomplish as an Alumni Coordinator?

As Capital Region’s Alumni Relations Coordinator, my goal is to establish an active Alumni community that provides a safe, welcoming, and supportive space to experience recovery and all it can offer. It is my hope that the Capital Regional Alumni will help break down the stigma associated with seeking treatment and pursuing recovery.

In your opinion, why do you believe an alumni program is so important for those who want to achieve long-term recovery?

The Alumni Association exists to help alumni achieve long-term recovery by providing a network of engaged individuals who encourage one another and ensure no one feels they have to do the work of sobriety on their own. I am also an advocate for helping families understand the disease of addiction and the systemic issues it causes within the family unit.

What do you enjoy most about the work that you do?

This position allows me to meet people at all aspects of their recovery journey. Whether they are on Step One, Step Twelve, or living in active daily recovery it is my goal to meet them where they are to encourage and give back to others.

What is your favorite quote, and why?

My favorite quote – “We Delight In The Beauty Of The Butterfly, But Rarely Admit The Changes It Has Gone Through To Achieve That Beauty”. – Maya Angelou

This quote makes me remember to take a big-picture view when looking at individuals and develop compassion at every stage in their journey.

Morgan Werner

Morgan Werner

Senior Manager, Alumni Operations

If you would like to get in contact with Morgan, please email [email protected].

Morgan Werner began her career in the Mental Health field, serving as a Mental Health Counselor for over 5 years at a psychiatric hospital for children. She then went on to find a true passion in helping those with the disease of addiction when she went to work for a local treatment center as the Regional Alumni Coordinator. In June of 2020, Morgan joined the Alumni Team as the Alumni Operations Coordinator. Now, Morgan happily serves Recovery Centers of America as the Alumni Operations Manager.

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In your opinion, why do you believe an alumni program is so important for those who want to achieve long-term recovery?

Having an alumni program is so vital because it is an essential part of our mission to save one million lives from the disease of addiction and offers continuous support to those who truly want to find a new way of living. Where some treatment centers say goodbye to patients upon discharge, the Alumni Team and our growing community of alumni say ‘welcome, we’re happy you’re here.’ It is a safe, nurturing environment where alumni can connect with one another, share new experiences, and get in service which are three key pieces when we talk about success in recovery.

What are the major driving forces in your life?

What gets me out of bed is my daughter. Being a parent is one of the single greatest honors I believe we can have in life, and I am so grateful that my higher power gave me that opportunity. I wake up every day with the intention to show my daughter how far hard work and a kind heart will get her.

If you could send a message to family, friends and loved ones of those with a substance use disorder, what would it be?

If I could share one message with loved ones who have someone they care about battling substance use disorder, it would be to keep hope alive and never give up. When we continue to have hope for our loved ones, we leave the door open for them to surrender and accept the help they so willingly deserve.

Jaye Rodenbush

Jaye Rodenbush

Director of Alumni Engagement

Jaye Rodenbush serves as RCA’s Director of Alumni Engagement. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Corporate Communication, a Master’s in Higher Education and a second Master’s in Mental Health Counseling. Jaye is a licensed therapist, writer, speaker, and teacher who enjoys working to help others develop their full potential.

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In your opinion, why do you believe an alumni program is so important for those who want to achieve long-term recovery?

Alumni programs are important because they can help facilitate long-term recovery by providing opportunities for fellowship, fun activities, and service work that promote community and support. The Alumni Association at Recovery Centers of America is especially important for our alumni not only because we allow members to meet new people and have new experiences, but because we start engaging our patients with aftercare the moment they enter treatment.

What is your favorite quote, and why?

“The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. My father used this quote a lot and it always spoke to me that good things, things worth doing don’t happen overnight – they take patience and perseverance and may separate you a bit from the crowd.

What are the major driving forces in your life?

I am driven by faith and family. I want to be a part of something bigger than myself. I believe together we can accomplish so much more than we can alone.

Marguerite Warner

Marguerite Warner

Senior Alumni Coordinator at Raritan Bay

If you would like to get in contact with Marguerite regarding alumni volunteer opportunities, events, or meetings for RCA at Raritan Bay, please email [email protected].

Marguerite has worked in treatment for 9 years and joined the RCA team at Raritan Bay in May of 2019 as 12 Step Recovery Instructor. Educating patients on how to effectively work a program of action, treating the Mind, Body and Spirit. Marguerite’s passion for recovery and understanding of the importance in developing a strong sober network is what led her to the position of Regional Alumni Coordinator where she can support patients and their families throughout their journey to achieving long-term recovery.

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What do you hope to accomplish as an Alumni Coordinator?

As Raritan Bay’s Alumni Relations Coordinator, my hope is to guide our patients, alumni, and their families through the process of building a strong support network. While recovery does require work and commitment, we cannot lose site of the joy that comes with embracing a new way of life and having fun along the way.

In your opinion, why do you believe an alumni program is so important for those who want to achieve long-term recovery?

We can do together what we cannot do alone. Addiction breeds isolation, connecting with others focused on their recovery produces Hope and provides the needed strength along the way. Getting involved with Alumni activities and volunteer opportunities builds a strong foundation in recovery.

What do you enjoy most about the work that you do?

Having the opportunity every day to make a difference in another person’s life is what I enjoy the most about my work. Planting the seed of hope and watching it begin to grow is the greatest gift.

What is your favorite quote, and why?

My favorite quote is – “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” Carl Jung

This quote reminds me to look within each day and to live with an awakened Spirit.

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