Alumni Coordinator Team

Morgan Werner

Alumni Operations Coordinator for Corporate

If you would like to get in contact with Morgan, please email mwerner@recoverycoa.com.

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. Now, Morgan happily serves Recovery Centers of America as the Alumni Operations Coordinator based out of our corporate office in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Morgan currently holds a degree in Interpersonal Psychology and is working to complete a second degree in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Public Policy. From there, her goal is to complete a master’s degree in Public Policy to help implement necessary changes that will positively influence the lives of those who have been affected by the system.

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

Recovery Centers of America is a well-known and well-respected group of treatment centers in my community. It is an honor to be a part of such an extraordinary team and to serve our alumni by showing them that recovery is not only possible but that it is an incredible way of life.

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 is your favorite quote, and why?

My most favorite quote is “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt. To me, this quote has a lot of meaning. Never quit and never give up are the obvious piece, but also the reference to the knot is what really draws me to this quote. The knot, in essence, means to find something to hold onto – whether it’s an accomplishment or a goal, tying that knot is an act of refocusing on the things we can control when life feels out of control.

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 ask for help.

Christy Eichinger

Alumni Coordinator for Devon

If you would like to get in contact with Christy regarding alumni volunteer opportunities, events, or meetings for RCA at Devon, please email ceichinger@recoverycoa.com.

Christy Eichinger was one of the original 44 employees on board when RCA at Devon made its debut. In 2017 she accepted an offer as a Recovery Support Specialist which is where she found her passion and purpose by helping patients navigate a new life in recovery. In 2018 Christy accepted the position of Financial Counselor at RCA, which gave her the opportunity to work with patients one-on-one and alleviate some of the outside stressors that contribute to addiction, so they could focus on their treatment. In 2019, Christy left her Financial Counselor position to be the first Alumni Relations Coordinator at RCA where she can assist patients and their families in the journey of recovery by offering support through the Alumni Association. 

What do you hope to accomplish as an Alumni Coordinator?

I hope to help as many people as I can obtain long term sobriety. The mission of saving one million lives is near and dear to my heart, and I believe that my role as an Alumni Coordinator can help us get closer to that goal every day.

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

We know that the disease of addiction is incredibly isolating. For our Alumni Association, a key part of what we do is offer our alumni the opportunity to connect with likeminded individuals who have been through similar experiences, will help people reconnect and feel supported in a way that only people in recovery can.  

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

I most enjoy when I meet someone for the first time when they come into inpatient treatment, and them seeing them come back as to volunteer their time with a newly founded clarity and light in their eyes that wasn’t there before. 

What are the major driving forces in your life?

The major driving forces in my life are without a doubt my children. I have spent most of my adulthood raising my children to be the incredible adults they are today, and I could not be prouder. Now, it is my turn to make them proud by following my passion and helping those who are ready to find a new way of life.

Jaye Rodenbush

Alumni Coordinator for Indianapolis

If you would like to get in contact with Jaye regarding alumni volunteer opportunities, events, or meetings for RCA at Indianapolis, please email jrodenbush@recoverycoa.com

Jaye Rodenbush serves as RCA’s Regional Alumni Coordinator located in Indianapolis, Indiana. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music and Corporate Communication from the University of Indianapolis and a Master’s in Higher Education from Indiana University. She will complete a second Master’s in Mental Health Counseling in August from Indiana University – Purdue University Columbus.

Jaye began her career working in Corporate Communications at Trans World Airlines, and as a Senior Advertising Copywriter for the Famous-Barr division of May Company Department Stores. For the past 16 years she has worked for Indiana Bible College as the Dean of Administration and Director of Women’s Ministries. Before joining RCA she served as an Addiction Recovery Treatment Program Intern at Bartholomew County Jail.

What do you hope to accomplish as an Alumni Coordinator?

As an Alumni Coordinator, I hope to build a network of ongoing support for RCA Alumni and their families in the Indianapolis and surrounding areas. To accomplish this, it is important to practice compassion and show the RCA Indianapolis patients and alumni how invested I am in their journey.

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 volunteer opportunities 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 it 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 or what I can do alone.

Robert Whedbee

Alumni Coordinator for Lighthouse

If you would like to get in contact with Robert regarding alumni volunteer opportunities, events, or meetings for RCA at Lighthouse, please email rwhedbee@recoverycoa.com.

Prior to his work at RCA, Bob served three years in the US Army, and upon discharge, he started his own successful business in construction which he operated for over 20 years. Bob’s passion for helping others along their journey in recovery began when he found himself battling the disease of addiction. In 2016, Bob got sober with the help of RCA, and once he became an alumnus, he happily served as the first chair for the Alumni Association at Lighthouse. In 2017, Bob accepted an offer to work as a driver for RCA and from there he held many positions within RCA including RSS, Clinical Intern, and Recovery Instructor. Now, Bob has truly come full circle in his journey to join the Alumni Team and assist in building the Alumni Program at Lighthouse where he serves as the Alumni Coordinator.

What do you hope to accomplish as an Alumni Coordinator?

I hope to create an atmosphere that allows RCA to be integrated into the community as a whole and the recovery community specifically. I also feel that being Alumni Coordinator puts me in a position where I can help educate the community about addiction, reduce the stigma, and be a part of the solution. This is very exciting to me seeing firsthand what a little guidance and hope can do for someone.

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

 I believe lack of connection is one of the main driving forces of addiction. When a patient comes to RCA we try to help them rebuild those relationships that were lost while in active addiction. I feel strongly that having a strong Alumni community will help to further this process. With the many activities and volunteer opportunities the Alumni Association offers, the patient will be able to reintegrate back into the community and therefore have a much better chance at long term recovery.

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

I love working with people, getting to know them and be part of the process that helps them achieve long term recovery. The joy I get when I can see in people’s eyes that they have begun to have hope again is beautiful to behold. So many have lost hope and what I have realized is a lack of hope is tied to not knowing of anyway to solve their problem. I believe recovery is a process of rediscovery. If I can be just a small part of that process that would be most rewarding to me.

What are the major driving forces in your life?

My wife, children and grandchildren are the reason I get out of bed each day. They are what keeps me motivated to help others. I am very blessed to be given another chance and I do not take lightly. Being given the opportunity to help give what has been given to me is such an amazing thing.

Kristy Naughton

Alumni Coordinator for Raritan Bay

If you would like to get in contact with Kristy regarding alumni volunteer opportunities, events, or meetings for RCA at Raritan Bay, please email knaughton@recoverycoa.com.

Kristy Naughton is the Regional Alumni Coordinator for Recovery Centers of America at Raritan Bay. Before joining the Alumni Team at RCA Kristy was an Administrative Assistant for RCA at Devon. Kristy began her career in the addiction treatment field in 2015, where she worked tirelessly to advocate for patients and share with them the many gifts that sobriety has to offer. It is with compassion and understanding that Kristy meets our patients and alumni where they’re at to help them understand how incredible life can be without picking up a drink or a drug.

What do you hope to accomplish as an Alumni Coordinator?

As Raritan Bay’s Alumni Coordinator, it is my mission to build a strong connection with likeminded individuals. I intend to create fun and educational events and activities that allow our patients and alumni to stay connected. Doing so will promote and reinforce the ideology that recovery is fun!

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 important to me because through my own participation in an alumni program, I was given the opportunity to live the 12th step, which is to be of service to others. Taking part in something bigger than my own recovery really strengthened the relationships and ties that I have to my recovery community today.

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

Recovery Centers of America is the place where your journey begins and where you can share your experience and strength with your peers. Witnessing the growth and gifts patients receive in recovery is undeniably the greatest gift of my career path.

What is your favorite quote, and why?

One of my favorite quotes is “If you stay angry about yesterday and worried about tomorrow, you will never enjoy today”. This quote reminds me to live in the moment and continue to stay present without dwelling on the things I cannot control.

Tiphany Clark

Alumni Coordinator for Capital Region

If you would like to get in contact with Tiphany regarding alumni volunteer opportunities, events, or meetings for RCA Capital Region, please email ticlark@recoverycoa.com.

Tiphany Clark has been a Behavioral Therapist for over 10 years. In her career this far, she has served as a counselor, a Community Support Specialist, and a Parent Educator. Now, Tiphany joins the Alumni Team serving as Capital Region’s Alumni Coordinator to help bring the program to reach its fullest potential. Tiphany will say that nothing brings her more joy than to connect with people in recovery and carry the message of the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.

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

As a child of two parents in recovery, I know how difficult it can be to reintegrate into daily life after treatment. It is so important to me that we here at RCA make that transition as seamless as possible, and I know that is something I can accomplish as an Alumni Coordinator.

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 so important because if we don’t show our patients and alumni new and healthy ways to stay sober on a day to day basis, they will likely fall back into negative thinking and behaviors.  

What is your favorite quote, and why?

“Genetics loads the weapon, and the environment sets it off” I love this quote because it exemplifies that even though we come from all walks of life, we can still end up in similar situations. We cannot change our past, nor our genetics, but we can control how proactive we are and how we react in the future.  

What are the major driving forces in your life?

My family and God are what keeps me going every day. Throughout the years, I have noticed that when I am faced with a challenge and struggling to overcome it, one or both of those crucial elements were missing.                                                                                                                                                                                                          

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

My message would be to keep loving them. Loving someone does not mean that we’re enabling them or putting their needs before ours. It means that you can love them, even from a distance. Sometimes, all a person needs to know is that there is someone out there that still cares.

Scott Browning

Alumni Coordinator for St. Charles

If you would like to get in contact with Scott regarding alumni volunteer opportunities, events, or meetings for RCA at St. Charles, please email sbrowning@recoverycoa.com

Scott Browning serves Recovery Centers of America as the Alumni Coordinator for our treatment center in St. Charles, Illinois. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature with an Emphasis in Creative Writing. Currently, he is continuing his education to become a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor before transitioning into Master’s Coursework for either Art or Recreation Therapy. His passion for helping those who struggle with the disease of addiction makes him an asset to the Alumni Team and the patients at St. Charles.

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

I chose to apply for the Alumni Coordinator because when I worked as an RSS, my favorite part of the position was getting to run groups and helping our patients figure what their personal recovery was going to look like, but once they left treatment, I had to say goodbye. The Alumni Coordinator position now allows me to stay in contact with the patients that I created connections with during their inpatient stay and continue to provide guidance as they pursue a recovery-focused lifestyle.

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

I really enjoy group work. Helping other people realize their potential and the ways in which they were hiding it is so rewarding. I also love seeing the dichotomy between who a person is during active addiction and the first few days of detox versus who they become once they discover a life in recovery, figure out who they want to be moving forward.

What is your favorite quote, and why?

“Change poison into medicine.” – Nagarjuna. This quote embodies what I want each of our patients to do: take the poison they have built up inside, the poison life has dealt them, and turn it into medicine to help themselves and others.

What are the major driving forces in your life?

I am driven by the desire to help others, improve myself, and overcome struggle. I want to be the best son, husband, and friend I possibly can.

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

This disease, if treated properly, can be an asset. Individuals who experience difficulty in their lives are hardened by it, but once they’re able to overcome it, they become better, more empathetic humans beings because of it. Struggle is a necessary piece of a worldly individual, and with it we can understand the struggle of others. We help ourselves most by helping others. If we choose, the negatives we experience can be used for the greater good as a means of improving our own lives and inner strength, as well as show others recovery is possible and leads to an improved version of the life you thought you lost when you started using.

Lindsay Hassett

Alumni Coordinator for Westminster

If you would like to get in contact with Lindsay regarding alumni volunteer opportunities, events, or meetings for RCA at Westminster, please email lhassett@recoverycoa.com

Lindsay Hassett serves as RCA as the Regional Alumni Coordinator for RCA at Westminster in Westminster, Massachusetts. Prior to Lindsay’s arrival to the Alumni Team, she received a bachelor’s degree in Business at Nichols College in Dudley, MA. Before joining the team at RCA, Lindsay diligently worked in operations and collegiate alumni relations as well as at an inpatient residential treatment center for women. Her background and experience in both alumni relations and substance use disorder makes Lindsay an exceptional, welcomed addition to the Alumni Team here at RCA where she works passionately to help connect our patients to their peers and grow a strong community of volunteers at Westminster.

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

It has been a long-time goal of mine to combine my experience operations the substance use treatment field. Not only do I now have a career that I am truly passionate about, but I have the pleasure to work for a company that takes pride in helping their patients achieve a full, happy, healthy life in recovery.

What do you hope to accomplish as an Alumni Coordinator?

I hope to connect and foster relationships with patients during their time at RCA so when they leave treatment, they still want to come back and get in service by assisting their peers in their recovery. Recovery is not just about going to meetings, it is about changing your life entirely, and this includes the way in which we have fun. Fun for us in recovery no longer includes drugs and alcohol, so it is important to me that I bring fun and a new way of life to our alumni through events, outings, and exciting experiences.

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 is crucial for two reasons: the first being tha RCA can serve as a safe place for anyone in recovery to form a network and forming new healthy habits. Secondly, having an alumni program can show the patients who are currently in our care here at RCA that recovery is possible.

What is your favorite quote, and why? 

My favorite quote is ‘even the darkest night will end, and the sun will rise,’ – Victor Hugo, Les Misérables.

There were days where I felt trapped in the dark, but when I got to the other side of that darkness, it helped me realize that even on the most difficult days, I can overcome anything.

What are the major driving forces in your life? 

The major driving forces in my life are my family, my pets, and the responsibility I have for keeping the memory alive of someone close to me whom I have lost to addiction.

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