Alumni Team

Jaye Rodenbush

Director of Alumni Engagement

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

Jaye Rodenbush serves as  RCA’s Director of Alumni Engagement.. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music and Corporate Communication from the University of Indianapolis and a Master’s in Higher Education and a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Indiana University.

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.

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.

Morgan Werner

Alumni Operations Manager

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. 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 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.

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 accept the help they so willingly deserve.

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 accept the help they so willingly deserve.


Vincent Douglas

Alumni Coordinator for Bracebridge Hall

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

Vince joined RCA back in 2018 as a Recovery Instructor and is loved by our patients and his colleagues for his passion and dedication to helping others achieve and maintaining recovery.  Prior to working at RCA he was a peer support specialist at a local county health department. 

Vince also enjoys playing sports and coaching youth sports in the area. He also fishes, hikes, loves to travels and always aims to inspire others to reach their fullest potential. 

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

I believe in the vision of RCA. The alumni program is another bridge towards the goal of recovery, and to be a part of it is an absolute honor and privilege to be of service to those walking this path.

What is your favorite quote, and why?

“Nothing changes if nothing changes.”Simply because it is a simple reminder that if nothing changes within me, the results that I get will remain the same. Which ultimately places me in a position of willingness to take action in my life, no matter what the issue may be.

What are the major driving forces in your life?

My higher power has placed in me a divine purpose and passion to be of service to anyone who struggles in this life. This driving force was gifted upon me at the lowest spot in my life. A new life was breathed in me that moment; One of life, purpose, passion, service, inspiration, and love. I am grateful for that, so I shall give back and live in a way that proves life is a gift.

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

There’s hope and it’s contagious. Give it a chance and it will spread into a creation of a life you could not dream of. Give yourself a chance. What do you have to lose? What do you have to gain?

What do you hope to accomplish as an Alumni Coordinator?

My hope is to build a community of support that is there for the next person coming out of treatment into the next step of their recovery, having all shared directly through the same program.

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

What I enjoy most about the work I do is seeing LIVES restored. To bear witness to those walking out of the hell that addiction is and to commence towards a life in which will be filled with restoration, for I know it firsthand.

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.

April Clark

Alumni Coordinator for Indianapolis

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

April Clark is an experienced Behavioral Health Clinician with an extensive background in Crisis Intervention. April has over 10 years experience working in the mental health and addictions field. April has a background in program development and previously managed an evidenced-based re-entry program at the Marion County Sherriff’s Office.  April obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Psychology from IUPUI.  April has a passion for helping others, specifically those with the disease of addiction and their loved ones.  

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

People on the road to recovery need to know there is a life outside the world of drugs and alcohol. The alumni program provides sober activities, resources, and a safe environment to cultivate healthy, solid friendships with other likeminded individuals. The Alumni Association here at Recovery Centers of America gives our alumni the support needed to achieve long-term recovery.   

What is your favorite quote, and why?   
 

“And still I rise” ~Maya Angelou   

To me this quote means you keep going even when you’re down at your lowest. You get up every day, choose to be grateful, and keep going. You rise from whatever trouble, hindrance, darkness, or sadness is in your life.    

What are the major driving forces in your life?  

The major driving force in my life is my family. I live each day remembering and honoring those in my life that lost their battle with addiction. My drive also comes the passion I have in honoring and supporting those loved ones that continue to fight each day to maintain a sober life.   

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

I would tell friends and family of loved ones not to give up hope and to always have faith. I would let them know there are people that understand what they are going through. I would let the families know we are aware of how addiction destroys families. I would let them know people are always here to help; recovery is possible and you’re not alone.   

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

I chose to work at RCA as an Alumni Coordinator because I believe several pieces are involved when addressing the disease of addiction and RCA helps with healing and helping with those pieces. RCA genuinely cares about their patients and the families. I believe the programs and neighborhoods that focus on the individual are intricate parts that start the individual on their path to recovery. The Alumni Association brings a sense of community to the alumni and their families.  In this position not only do I have the pleasure of working with the alumni, but their loved ones as well. I’m able to be one of their supports as well as provide resources to those in recovery. I’m able to assist in showing our alumni and their families they are not alone in this journey and open the doors for a new way of living!  

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.

Marguerite Warner

Alumni Coordinator for 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 mwarner@recoverycoa.com.

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.

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 – “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.

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.

Debbie Riccelli

Alumni Coordinator for Monroeville

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

Debbie Riccelli began as a Behavioral Health Technician more than four years ago at an inpatient treatment program in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was later promoted to Alumni Coordinator, providing resources and continued engagement after patients’ completion. It was there she found a passion for treating the individual as a whole by providing, resources, community, and encouragement, as well as supporting the healing of the family system. Debbie also has a breadth of experience as an Outreach Specialist, bridging recovery and service for alumni throughout the community. In August of 2021, Debbie joined Recovery Centers of America as the Regional Alumni Coordinator for Recovery Centers of America at Monroeville because she appreciates a life-long approach to treatment, recovery, and aftercare. RCA understands that the Alumni Association has a critical role in the transition from patient to alumni, rebuilding relationships with family, becoming involved in community, and fostering relationships built in treatment – all of which create a strong foundation for long-term success in recovery.

Debbie’s personal recovery journey began in January of 2012. She worked her recovery in several 12-step fellowships, along with Celebrate and SMART Recovery. Working through different pathways allows her to meet our alumni exactly where they are in their process and believes that working with recovering individuals is her life’s calling.

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

RCA’s mission of “saving one million lives” is attractive to me. The idea of being a part of something bigger than me is humbling. I firmly believe that God picked my profession. It is an area in my life that I have walked through, and now I can share my journey with alumni and their families!

What is your favorite quote, and why?

“God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” by Mark Batterson.
This quote is one I always go back to because it rings true in my life.

What are the major driving forces in your life?

Addiction runs deep in my family, and I make a commitment every day to help break the cycle. I am also a mother of three sons and have been married for 20 years. They are my driving force.

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

 If there is breath, there is still HOPE! We do recover!

What do you hope to accomplish as an Alumni Coordinator?

I hope to create a program that offers a safe and familiar place to continue the recovery journey after treatment. There is a better way of living, and I want to be a part of showing our alumni the way as they walk the path towards rebuilding their lives. My goal is to provide encouragement, resources, and support through the Alumni Association that keeps our alumni committed and connected to their recovery.

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