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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.

Dave Begler

Dave Begler

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.

David Blenk

David Blenk

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.

Desmond Kane

Desmond Kane

Interventionist Manager

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.”

Neil Amina

Neil Amina

QA Strategist

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. Scott Cook

Medical Director

Dr. Cook is Medical Director for RCA at Monroeville, PA and Greenville SC. 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.

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.

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