Monroeville inpatient Team
Alumni Coordinator for Monroeville
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I started my work in the recovery field in 2019. In 2022, I happily accepted the position of Alumni Coordinator at Monroeville where I have the unique opportunity to see our patients flourish once they leave treatment and enter into their new, sober lives. I come to the RCA with eclectic experience in life coaching and healthcare. I am enthusiastic about helping those who are looking for help and guidance while obtaining healthy coping skills. On a personal note, golf, music, and gardening help keep me grounded and happy!
In your opinion, why do you believe an alumni program is so important for those who want to achieve long term recovery?
The alumni program is vital to the first step in maintaining recovery. When you are surrounded with support from those who have walked alongside you in your journey at RCA, there is a sense of camaraderie and understanding that you can’t get anywhere else.
Why do you choose to work as an Alumni Coordinator for RCA?
I chose to work as an Alumni Coordinator because I know the importance of feeling seen and cared for. My role is to continue to let our patients know they are valued as people, and we continue to support them.
What do you enjoy most about the work that you do?
Being able to witness the gratitude and joy that alumni and their families experience when they get their lives back on track is truly what I enjoy most about my role. When I see the healing that occurs, I become very emotional in the best way.
Director of Nursing
David has been the Director of Nursing for RCA Monroeville beginning with the first patient to enter the doors in February of 2021. He has watched the facility expand and grow their services for the Tri-State Region’s population of those suffering from Substance Abuse Disorders.
With over 30 years of nursing experience, David has a vast background as a direct patient care giver in acute care and intensive care. For the last 16 years he has held management positions in acute care, long term care and his current position as Director of Nursing.
David completed his BSN from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Along with his BSN, he was a graduate of Belmont University’s class on Lean Quality Improvement. He also studied extensively with St Vincent’s College’s program of Operation Excellence that features the Toyota Model of Process Improvement with real time problem solving.
His passion for RCA’s mission of saving one million lives is fueled by his 20 plus years of active participation in 12 Step programs in Western Pennsylvania and his ongoing desire to help the ‘still sick and suffering’ from Substance Abuse Disorder.
Francisco is the Clinical Director of inpatient treatment at Monroeville. Francisco brings nearly a decade of clinical experience ranging from direct patient engagement in the streets of various Pittsburgh communities, to contracting with government entities to render trauma informed clinical care, and to working with international refugee populations. He also works in private practice in order to continue honing clinical skill in his own bilingual work with patients from the full gender, age and diagnostic continuum.
Francisco understands that addiction treatment can be life and death work and this is ingratiated into the fiber of care provided to his patients. Motivation to carry out work in this field is fueled by his own family experiences with death due to addiction issues and the subsequent psychological/developmental consequences that it can have on children from those families. Regularly witnessing people change and recover in response to effective, collaborative, connection based treatment drives him to promote RCA’s mission of saving 1 million lives.
Chief Executive Officer at Monroeville
Blenk comes to Recovery Centers of America as the Site CEO with over 30 years’ experience working in human services. From an early career focused on community development in the hospital and university neighborhoods of Pittsburgh to a later career in addiction treatment,
Blenk has risen through the ranks in lead roles with progressively increasing responsibility in five organizations including Gateway Rehab and Livengrin Foundation. Blenk served previously as an executive director, an executive vice president, and a CEO. Originally pursuing a career in design, Blenk holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Architecture from Penn State University and the State University of New York at Buffalo respectively. With unique qualifications as a CEO, Blenk brings strategic thinking, service leadership, and sound knowledge of business operations to the role.
When asked about his interest in RCA, Blenk states he was motivated by the mission to save 1,000,000 lives and by the concept of delivering world class treatment in world class facilities. A 2012 participant in Leadership Pittsburgh, Blenk knows the varied facets of the Pittsburgh community and will work to make RCA the primary regional resource serving those struggling with addiction.
David is an avid outdoorsman. He owns a small cabin on 5 rural acres in western Pennsylvania. When he’s not working he can be found fishing, canoeing, hunting, picking berries or tapping trees for his next batch of homemade jelly or maple syrup.
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.”
In his role as Quality Assurance Strategist at RCA at Monroeville, Neil brings nearly a decade of Healthcare Quality Assurance and Process Improvement experience and a diverse background in hospital inpatient care, behavioral health managed care, and research. He has developed and implemented a variety of improvement plans and conducted statewide initiatives for 13 counties in western Pennsylvania aimed at reducing behavioral health readmission rates. Neil received a bachelor’s degree from Saint Vincent College in Psychology and then earned a master’s degree in Health Management Systems from Duquesne University. While obtaining his graduate degree, Neil conducted and published a cancer research study at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School involving dendritic cell immunotherapy. Additionally, he is Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified.
Dr. Scott Cook
Dr. Cook is an international lecturer and physician who grew up in a Pittsburgh neighborhood close to RCA at Monroeville. In his role of Medical Director for the center, he brings years of experience in Addiction Medicine, Behavioral Health, Family Practice, Emergency Medicine, and Public Health. He has practiced at multiple inpatient and outpatient addiction medicine centers throughout the United States. Additionally, he has worked as an ER/Urgent Care physician at several Western Pennsylvania Emergency Departments and Urgent Care centers.
Prior to joining RCA, Dr. Cook held roles as Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer at multiple addiction organizations. Additionally, he has commercial and government health administration experience serving as Medical Director at Highmark Health and at C2C Innovative Solutions (Medicare).
Dr. Cook has a special interest in the public health implications of institutional racism and its impact on the health status of African-Americans. He has lectured on Addiction Medicine in several European countries and has plans to speak at future international conferences in Central/South America, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean.