Indianapolis inpatient team
Alumni Coordinator at Indianapolis
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I’ve always felt in my heart that my purpose in life was to help other people but I had no idea that life would take a turn in the direction that it did – that my substance abuse disorder would become the driving force and helping others would become the last thing on my mind. The irony is, that when I finally received help, the passion to help others returned. This path has led me to RCA and I’m extremely grateful to have the opportunity to work with patients; to see their hope begin to rise. I also get to then be a part of their continued journey once they leave; to see the light turn and watch them experience joy.
Getting connected was vital for me early on as well as in long-term recovery. Having supportive people to help guide me along this path and show me how to live because if I knew how to live, I would’ve done it a long time ago. As an Alumni Coordinator, I am privileged to do the same thing with our alumni that was done for me, and stress the importance of building a fellowship to not only enjoy the great times, but to have a group to lean into when the trials of life hit.
What is your favorite quote and why?
“This too shall pass”. To be honest, I hated this quote, but today this is the quote I choose to think of to stay present in the day, appreciate the circumstances of each day and be grateful for what it is. You’re having a great day…this too shall pass. You’re having a bad day…this too shall pass. This quote allows me to release anxiety and gives me proof that no matter what is going on, I have the faith I’ll get through it because…this too shall pass.
What are the major driving forces in your life?
My driving force in life is to become famous in my own home. What this means is that I put in the work each day to be a good father and a good husband: to lead by example, make my words match my actions, and to see what I can offer to stream of life.
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 say one thing to the families of those who have a loved one struggling with the disease of addiction is that there is hope – that people do recover from a hopeless state of mind and body, and they are able to recreate their lives.
Donald Schroder, MBA, LPC, CPRP, CEAP, has joined Recovery Centers of America as CEO of our Indianapolis treatment center. Schroeder has more than 30-years’ experience in behavioral health treatment at the senior management level.
Prior to joining RCA, Schroeder managed treatment centers for Perimeter Behavioral Health in Arkansas and Missouri, totaling 188 beds. He also led Palmetto Behavioral Health’s Summerville, South Carolina treatment center. As Executive Regional Director for Symetria Recovery, he established 12 comprehensive behavioral health treatment centers in Texas.
Schroeder earned his B.A. in Psychology, and his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois. He earned his MBA from Colorado Technical University. Schroeder is a licensed professional counselor in Missouri, Georgia, and Texas.
I joined RCA Indianapolis in November of 2020 as a Receptionist and became the Administrative Assistant and Supervisor for Reception in September of 2021 for inpatient treatment. I am currently enrolled at Ivy Tech Community College working towards a degree in Business Administration.
When I joined RCA I was not sure what my future would be within the company, but I knew I wanted to work for an organization with a mission to help others and RCA aligns with that mission. I am so thankful for the opportunities RCA has given me and looking forward to more future opportunities.
Outside of RCA I have a passion for nature and animals. My partner and I are outdoor enthusiasts, we camp, hike and kayak every chance we get and rescue animals that are in need of help. We are also avid gardeners growing herbs, vegetables and fruit trees.
Darius Brannon, MSEd, LCAC, LICDC (OH), joined Recovery Centers of America (RCA) in December of 2021 as a Clinical Supervisor and promoted to his current position as Clinical Director in April 2022. Prior to joining RCA, he worked at New Vista Outpatient Recovery Center (Opioid Treatment Center) as Program (2021), Program Manager of an Inpatient Detox Unit at an Acute Behavioral Health Hospital (Valle Vista) (2020-2021).
Darius has worked in the Addictions field for approximately eleven years in several different capacities including the Forensic Treatment Services Clinical Director of the Recovery Works Program for the State of Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA), Addictions Therapist at Edgewater Health (Gary, IN), Addictions Specialist at Regional Mental Health Center (East Chicago, IN). He also has 14 years’ experience in law enforcement as a Gary and Cincinnati Police Officer.
Darius earned his Master’s (2017) and Bachelor’s (2015) degree from Purdue University. He is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC) in Indiana and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC) in Ohio.
Darius is very passionate about working with people who struggles with a substance use disorder and/or mental illness. He is a person in long-term recovery with over a decade of sobriety and enjoys speaking at recovery events and was featured in two public service announcements for recovery month and the know the “O” campaign.
Darius and his wife have four adult children between the two of them from prior marriages and two grandchildren. He enjoys working out, reading, attending church services, and taking long walks with his wife. Finally, Darius is strongly considering returning to school to pursue an MBA.
HR Business Partner
Jennifer Sharaba is the S HRBP at Indianapolis. Jennifer holds both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Concordia University, St. Paul where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Jennifer has been an HR practitioner for 11 years and has worked mostly in the healthcare industry. Jennifer is a Certified Agile Professional (CAP), has her Six Sigma Black Belt (SSBB) certification, Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) certification as well being a certified practitioner and advocate of Veterans at Work (VAW) from The Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).
Jennifer is a People Enthusiast, Platinum Rule Evangelist and a Director of Positivity. She is passionate about driving company culture and HR initiatives to help drive the success of a business. She gets great satisfaction working in an environment where she can be a part of the magic and effort to boost morale and drive strategic change, including organizational development and employee engagement.
She loves working at RCA because the mission, value and organizational goals align to what she holds dear to her heart. She believes in contributing her background and her education to the success of the organizational goals and looks forward to a long career here.
Director of Admissions
Kelsi Linville, MA joined Recovery Centers of America at Indianapolis as the Director of Admissions in January 2022. She brings over a decade of experience in the behavioral health field, including work with children, families, and adults with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. While much of that time was spent in direct service, she also worked in program development as the Bureau Chief of Adults with Mental Illness and Co-occurring Disorders at the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction. Additionally, she served as the state’s Disaster Behavioral Health Coordinator and Director of Crisis Services, during which time she was instrumental in the launch of the Be Well Crisis Helpline, a statewide phoneline providing free, confidential 24/7 crisis counseling to anyone in the state of Indiana.
Kelsi is motivated by a wholehearted belief in the inherent worth and dignity of all people and feels it’s a privilege to play a role in helping people discover, embrace, and live out their worth. Much of her career has been focused on ensuring individuals in need have timely access to appropriate care and she is grateful to continue that work at Recovery Centers of America at Indianapolis.
Interventionist Desmond Kane MA, CADC joins the RCA Interventionist team with over 10 years of behavioral health experience. Desmond has held many roles that have contributed to his understanding and compassion for the disease of addiction, including outpatient counselor, clinical supervisor, residential counselor, program supervisor, and clinical outreach coordinator. He looks forward to bringing this experience to RCA, where he’ll dedicate his time to healing families and helping loved ones cope with the disease of addiction.
“The family dynamic is the foundation that creates support and construct for emotional growth, as well as the cohesive bond that helps deal with both good and difficult times,” says Desmond. “As an interventionist, I am able to navigate these topics and needs by showing the family dignity and respect, which usually addiction has been stealing from their family for way too long. Helping the family heal and grow with that same dignity and respect throughout the process is the goal.”
Kristin Gerber joined RCA Indianapolis in November of 2020 as the Administrative Assistant for inpatient treatment. She graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society and comes to RCA with extensive administrative and procurement experience. She supports the leadership team at RCA Indianapolis to ensure they have everything they need to most effectively treat patients and provide the 5 star level of care that RCA is known for. She is passionate about helping others and is proud to be a part of an organization that affords individuals the opportunity for addiction recovery.
Brian Foster began working in the Substance Abuse industry approximately 5 years ago, at Indiana’s oldest and largest men’s recovery house. As the Director of Operations for the premier recovery house in the state, he gained a vast knowledge of addiction treatment. As a person in long term recovery, he understands the challenges people with addiction face on a daily basis, which fuels his passion for working in this field. Brian will graduate next year with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from IUPUI, which he aspires to continue to use in his career at RCA.
Amanda Hildebrandt, BS, CADAC II joined RCA in November of 2020. Amanda received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Indiana University and used that to develop her career in child and family services. After seeing the impact that substance use disorders had on family systems she transitioned into the correctional setting as a substance abuse counselor for the Indiana Women’s Prison. There she moved from counselor to director and ran the Recovery While Incarcerated program for all of the female offenders that suffered from substance use disorders including the pregnant and parenting mothers.
Amanda believes in the biopsychosocial approach to treatment. She is currently obtaining her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is part of the Corporate Training Team and brings an educated and passionate element to training all of the new employees at RCA Indianapolis. She works alongside the other leadership and specialty areas in the building to make sure all staff are supported in their specific training needs so the patients have 5-star treatment in every realm of services while at RCA. Amanda was born and raised in Indiana and is proud to be part of the mission to bring quality substance abuse treatment to those in her home state.
Mark West brings over 25 years of hands-on experience in information technology supporting General Motors, Allison Transmission, and CHA Consulting Inc.
William Cooke, MD, FAAFP, FASAM, AAHIVS, is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Medicine and the American Society of Addiction Medicine, specializing in family medicine, addiction medicine, and HIV medicine. His work has been covered by CBS, NBC, PBS, the BBC, USA Today, the New York Times, NPR, and others. In 2019, he was named National Physician of the Year by the American Academy of Family Physicians and joined the ranks of two US surgeons general and a former secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services by receiving the Ryan White Distinguished Leadership Award. He was also the first physician in the nation to be awarded the Pillar of Excellence by Addiction Policy Forum.