Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Drew Horowitz, MA, LADC, LPCC

CEO and Addiction Specialist

Drew Horowitz brings a vast range of expertise working with and overseeing our clinical team. He gained a wealth of knowledge through his own recovery, extensive training, and a master’s level education from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Drew did his undergraduate degree at Hofstra University in NY, where he focused on psychology and human development. Most recently, Drew became an Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with the capability to diagnose and provide mental health treatment.

Within his decade plus of experience in the field, he has worked with a multitude of populations providing consultation, intervention, coaching, and counseling. Drew is most well known for his mastery in conducting clinical interventions. Over the past several years Drew has gained significant experience traveling the country and even internationally to assist individuals with accessing treatment. The intervention process, according to Drew, must be done with compassion, empathy and a strong understanding of the pain individuals are experiencing while active in addiction. Drew has assisted over 500 families with the intervention process. Primarily, focusing on young adult males and adolescents. Drew’s intervention and coaching style was shaped by a background and training in motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and client-centered care.

Justin Scharr, LADC CDCC

Chief Operating Officer

Justin is a Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor, a BBHT Approved LADC Supervisor, and a Certified Co-Occurring Disorder Clinician. He has worked in the SUD treatment industry for 10 years as both a clinician and an administrator. Before joining Elite Recovery, he helped create, and served as the Program Director for Roots Recovery, an intensive outpatient program for adults, adolescents and families operated by Minnesota CarePartner. Prior to that, he spent time as a primary counselor, clinical supervisor, and/or treatment director for various adult and adolescent treatment programs across the metro area including Kindred Adolescent Recovery, Huss Center for Recovery, River Ridge and Omegon Residential.

Justin is passionate about building and growing dynamic recovery programs rooted in evidence-based, trauma-informed and person-centered care. His experience and expertise includes 245G treatment program operation and business development, telemedicine implementation, clinical supervision, and administration. He currently resides in South Minneapolis with his two rescue dogs, Baxter and Jasper.

Nicole Friend, BS, LADC

Clinical Treatment Director

Nicole graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato and obtained a Graduate level certificate in Addiction Studies Through Winona State. Nicole has spent her career working with men in a intensive outpatient setting at River Ridge Treatment Center. Her previous employment included working in a co-occurring treatment facility with a specialization in trauma responsive care. She enjoys assisting clients in making positive changes in their lives. She does this by giving clients an opportunity to feel seen and heard while providing skills and knowledge to make lasting changes. Some of her hobbies include spending time with her dog, cooking, being on the water, and house projects.

Eva Christensen, LADC

Director of Clinical Development

Eva, originally from Texas, has been a resident of Saint Paul, Minnesota for over 13 years. Her journey to Minnesota in 2009 marked a pivotal moment in her life when she sought to address her substance use disorder and entered residential treatment. Completing the program, she then transitioned to sober living in St. Paul for six months. During this time, Eva made the courageous decision to permanently relocate to Minnesota, shift away from the service industry, and embark on her educational journey in the addiction field.

Eva graduated summa cum laude from Metropolitan State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. She went on to become a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and obtained certification as a Peer Recovery Specialist. Currently, Eva is pursuing her graduate degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration at Metropolitan State University. Her professional career in the addiction field began at The Retreat in 2012, where she served as the Admissions Supervisor, simultaneously completing her internships at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Throughout her career, she has held roles such as Program Director at Saint Paul Sober Living, admissions counselor at NUWAY, and Women’s Program Coordinator at The Retreat.

Eva is an active member of the St. Paul Recovery community and has served on several boards including St Paul Intergroup and Women in Recovery. Her work with staff and clients is deeply informed by her wealth of personal recovery experience. When not immersed in her professional pursuits, Eva finds joy in spending quality time with her partner Tylor, their daughters Logan and Dylan, their dog Jack, and indulging in her passion for fishing.

Recognized for her enthusiasm and commitment, Eva serves as an advocate, guide, and mentor, driven by her profound passion for assisting individuals in rebuilding their lives in ways that are more enriching and fulfilling in recovery.

Michelle Wolff

Director of Admissions

Michelle joined our team bringing over 10 years of experience working in the chemical dependency field. She was previously with Meridian Behavioral Health as their lead intake coordinator. Michelle worked primarily in the women’s residential program where she worked directly with referents, patients, families, funders, etc. to assist in accessing the care they need as quickly as possible. During her time in the field she has built a network of resources and relationships that are ongoing. Michelle has passion and a deep understanding of chemical dependency and mental health. Aside from the years of experience and all she has gathered, what drives Michelle is her heart and dedication to see others succeed.

In her free time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 daughters and variety of pets. She is an animal lover. They enjoy traveling, attending the Indy 500, camping and plans on taking up golf this summer…FORE!

Kara Frahm, BA

Horowitz Health – Director of Business Development

Kara obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1991 from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She spent over 25 years after college in account management roles, both in the information technology field and the Behavioral Health field. After entering a life of recovery herself in 2014, Kara began using her experience to serve others still suffering from substance use disorder. For the past nine years, she has worked in residential and outpatient addiction facilities coordinating resources and collaborating with individuals to embark on a healthy journey in recovery. She also works as a Certified Treatment Coordinator, Sober Coach and Companion and Intervention Transporter to walk beside women who are beginning a life in recovery. Kara has 24-year old twins who are adulting in the world and are her greatest gift. In her free time, you can find her in the woods either hiking or cross-country skiing.

David Stoy, MBA

Horowitz Health – Director of Finance

David holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2018, he obtained an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he concentrated in investment management while managing a portion of the University’s endowment with a team of 9 other professionals. He has worked in middle market debt and equity for 8 years, running operations and credit monitoring teams for various organizations in Charlotte and New York City. After entering a life of recovery, David moved to St. Paul and decided to separate from the financial industry to join a team dedicated to helping others make headway in their recovery journeys. When David isn’t working, he can be found behind a drum set or walking his dog, Moose, in St. Paul while listening to music.

Samantha LeMieur

Horowitz Health – Director of Human Resources

Samantha LeMieur is the Director of Human Resources. She has over 13 years of Human Resources experience in the healthcare field and in areas such as full employee life-cycle needs, organizational development, and HR Administration. She has worked with both nonprofit and for-profit organizations, most recently with Associated Clinic of Psychology as their Human Resources Supervisor. Samantha has a strong passion for helping others and supporting colleagues to succeed. In her free time, Samantha loves spending time with her family, traveling, and spending time outdoors.

Anna Lipinski, LPCC, LADC

Licensed Program Manager

Anna is a skilled professional with a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota’s Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) program. Holding active licenses as both an Alcohol & Drug Counselor and a Professional Clinical Counselor, Anna brings a wealth of expertise to her work. Additionally, she is recognized as a BBHT-approved LADC supervisor, demonstrating her commitment to ongoing professional development and mentorship.

Historically, Anna has provided direct client care with male-identifying clients in residential and outpatient settings. Anna is dedicated to providing personalized, Person-Centered Care. Her approach emphasizes empowering clients to cultivate independence and autonomy, ultimately enhancing their quality of life. Anna’s practice also incorporates exploration of The Self, fostering self-awareness and personal growth on both internal and external levels.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Anna finds joy in spending time with loved ones, exploring new destinations through travel, and exploring new restaurants.

Choice Pickins Newstrom, LADC

Elite Men’s Program Supervisor & Counselor

Choice has a variety of experience working in the substance use treatment field. He has worked as a counselor with both women and men at Reflections in Stillwater and at Gateway Detox in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. Choice also worked closely with men at The Recovery Academy and Drew Horowitz and Associates as an Addiction Specialist, Sober Coach and Mentor. He considers himself on a life-long learning quest, He enjoys music, nature and spending time with loved ones as well as being a volunteer at KFAI radio in Minneapolis.

Karen Johnson, LADC

EmPower Program Supervisor & Counselor

Karen attended Minneapolis College and earned her Associates Degree in Addiction Counseling. She attended Saint Mary’s University and completed her B.S. in Psychology with an interest in Art and Animal Assisted Therapy. Prior to coming to Elite Recovery, Karen worked at Park Avenue Center Men’s IOP, and NUWAY CO-ED IOP. Karen has over 10 years of experience working in the addictions field and is passionate about recovery. In her spare time, Karen enjoys antiquing, thrift shopping, spending time with her nephew, going on hikes with her German Shepherd Luna, and spending time with her partner.

Megan Boster, BS, LADC

Access Supervisor

Megan graduated with a Bachelor’s in Law Enforcement from Metropolitan State University in 2005. She worked for Scott County Community Corrections until she went back to school to earn her Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor license from Minneapolis Community and Technical College in 2014. She has worked as a chemical health assessor and intake clinician for most of her career and really enjoys working with clients at the beginning of their sobriety journey. Megan is also a certified Driving with Care instructor and has been instructing classes since 2015.

Megan enjoys spending time with her dog Leela and going for long walks with her. She also loves traveling, spending time with her family and cooking.

Nicki Zeidner, M.Ed, RDN, LD

Health Promotion Services Manager

Nicki earned her master’s degree in Health Promotion and Education from Vanderbilt University and is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian.

In addition to providing individual and group nutrition education for Elite clients, Nicki leads a team of providers that include a Recreational Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Registered Nurse and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. This unique team of clinicians help clients adopt practical and enjoyable lifestyle behaviors that better support their recovery.

Elise Melancon, BA, LADC

Quality & Compliance Supervisor

Elise is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who graduated from Century College with an Associates of Science degree in Addiction Counseling and continued her education at Bethel University where she graduated with honors with a degree in Human Services. Elise previously worked at a high intensity residential program doing intakes, assessments, and has been in an assessor role for most of her career. Elise enjoys helping clients take the first steps in their recovery and meeting them where they are.

In her free time, Elise enjoys spending her time on the water and traveling.

Kyle Hurt, CPRS

Advantage Housing Manager

Kyle graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Metropolitan State University in 2019. Kyle is a Certified Recovery Specialist. Kyle joined the Elite Recovery team with three years of experience in the recovery field, supporting individuals new to a life in recovery. Kyle is eager to learn and grow and is dedicated to help others find their path to recovery.

Kyle enjoys spending time with his friends and family, being outside, and listening to bluegrass.

Ashley Dank, LADC

Counselor

Ashley graduated with honors from Minnesota State University Mankato with a Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Studies and a Minor in Communications. She started her career working in the all-women’s treatment program at Wellcome Manor as a Parent Aide. She has worked as a primary counselor in an IOP level of care, but most recently has been providing gender-responsive care for men in a high intensity outpatient treatment setting. Ashley strongly believes in a holistic approach when working with her clients and works from a trauma-informed lens. Ashley enjoys spending her free time trying new recipes, paddle boarding up north or spending time with her pets, Rockie and Akira.

She is one of the primary counselors in the Advantage men’s program and her credential is an LADC.

Betsey Degree, LADC

Counselor

Betsey graduated from Metropolitan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree and has been licensed and working as an LADC since 2014. Betsey has worked in various settings as a primary counselor and as an admissions counselor. She has experience with recovery from all sides of substance use disorders, personally and professionally. She believes it is a privilege to walk with those seeking a better life and enjoys seeing the miracles every day as a primary counselor. It is her passion to create a safe space for her clients to heal.  She brings a client-centered approach to her work and believes in all pathways to recovery.

Betsey enjoys spending time with her husband of 30 years, her four children, and her two dogs. She loves to garden and travel as much as possible. She cares about her community and tries to be helpful to everyone she meets.

Breanna Dedeker, LADC

Counselor

Breanna graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Studies from the University of South Dakota. She started her career working in a high-intensity residential program at Project Turnabout, as an intern and primary counselor. She then spent three years at River Ridge Recovery working in their high-intensity residential program and their IOP program. Breanna finds purpose in empowering clients to be their own healers within their healing journey. Breanna believes in creating a safe space for clients to heal and grow into the individuals they desire to be, while also demonstrating a non-judgmental, respectful, and educational setting. Breanna works from a trauma-informed lens, relational cultural therapy approach (healing through relationships), and holistic approach.

In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and friends, adventures in nature, singing, dancing, and learning about herbalism.

Brian Whitson, LADC

Counselor

Brian graduated from Metro State with a BA in Organizational Communications in 2000 and recently completed the substance use disorder baccalaureate program at Metro State. While attending Metro State, Brian worked as an addiction technician at RCCS and ADC-T at Cedar Ridge inpatient treatment center. Brian has found his passion in life supporting individuals struggling with addiction. Providing comprehensive knowledge of evidence based treatment including individual and group therapy with compassion, honesty and empathy. Brian is a strong advocate for addiction awareness and prevention, actively participating in community programs and delivering presentations to share his experience, strength and hope. Brian plans to continue working toward becoming an LPCC. Brian enjoys spending time with his wife and three children eating good food, traveling, exercising and walking their two dogs.

Brittany Moselle, LADC-S

Counselor

Bio Coming Soon!

Cheryl Bourgeois, LADC

Counselor

Cheryl worked for 17 years at a local human services research non-profit organization after completing her Master’s in Sociology from Texas State in 1994. Her focus was implementing research projects and project coordination. Later, she was the survey center supervisor working closely to recruit, hire, and train staff from diverse cultural communities. She wanted to work more closely with finding solutions for people and working more directly with individuals, instead of just learning more about the problems. She has been an active part of the recovery community for over 20 years and eventually decided to return to school so she could work professionally in the recovery field. She worked for Meridian Behavioral Health in both residential and outpatient with the LGBTQ specific programs there prior to joining the Elite team.

She continues to be active in the recovery community or spending time with family and friends. She has 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren. In her spare time, you’ll find her hanging out with her dog and a good book or eating ice cream.

Jackelyn Pike, ADC-T

Counselor

Bio coming soon!

Karla Selness, LADC

Counselor

Karla Selness is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor (LADC) with a BS in Addiction Studies from Metropolitan State University. She is passionate about walking with those struggling with addiction and mental health to help them build a life that they don’t want to relapse from. She believes in treating the individual, not by just removing the substance from their life, but finding out the root cause to their use.

She is a member of, and vocal advocate for, LGBTQ+ communities and is passionate about supporting humans as they grow and change, taking pride in empowering her patients.

Meg Coughlin, LADC

Counselor

Meg graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Sciences from St. Cloud State University in 2011 and went back to school to earn her Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor license from Mesabi Range Community College in 2019. The last several years she worked at the LGBTQ+ specific high intensity treatment program at The Pride Institute as a primary counselor.

Her passion in life is to help individuals struggling with addiction. It has been a joy and honor for her to be a part of her client’s recovery journeys and strives to meet them where they are at with acceptance, love, and open mindedness.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, walking her dog Q-tip, and being outside.

Michael O’Brien, LADC

Counselor

Bio coming soon!

Richard McCullough, LADC

Counselor

Richard graduated Minneapolis Community Technical College in 2017 where he obtained his AS in Addiction Counseling. On to Metro State to obtain BA in Art in 2020. Richard started his career at 1800 Chicago Detox as an intern, then hired. From detox his goal was to gain experience working with people in a group setting which led to Meridian Behavioral Health where he moved onto inpatient counselor role at Cedar Ridge and Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Richard is an active member in the sober community where he shares people’s hopes and struggles to find a better way to live through Recovery.

Sean Graham, LADC

Counselor

Sean graduated with high honors from Metro State University with a certificate in Alcohol & Drug Counseling. He has a prior BS from UW-Parkside and plans to further pursue his education in hopes of one day becoming an LPCC. Before this, Sean was a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist at Avivo in Minneapolis, MN where he was able to work with a diverse population of individuals with both housing as well as recovery needs. Sean has a passion for bringing wellness, recovery, and peace into peoples lives as well as helping each individual he works with reach a state of empowerment though a holistic, compassionate, client centered, fundamental, and strength based model.

In his free time Sean enjoys being in nature, reading, playing guitar, and stand up comedy.

Terrance McDonald, ADC-T

Counselor

Bio coming soon!

Jalisa Glynn, ADC-T

Float Counselor

Jalisa graduated with her diploma in Addiction Counseling from Minneapolis College in May of 2020. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from North Central University. Jalisa is currently enrolled at Saint Mary’s University to earn a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychological Services. Jalisa is eager to continue her education to better serve her clients.

Jalisa is passionate about serving each individual and facilitating a safe space where clients can grow and support one another. She believes in the power of community. Jalisa has a variety of experience working with people including: various child care positions, Personal Care Assistant with individuals with special needs, and Independent Living Skills Specialist working in mental health. Jalisa is of Native American decent and thrives to assist people that may seek to engage in their personal culture and heritage. Jalisa is passionate about meeting clients where they are in their personal journey and further assist them as they seek their own life fulfillment.

Michelle Bomberg, BA, LADC

Float Counselor

Michelle is a licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor with a background and license in Special Education, with a focus in Autism Spectrum Disorder. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; her Special Education license from the University of St. Thomas; and her Alcohol and Drug counselor license from Century College.

Michelle spent most of her career in classrooms focusing on behavior management, life skills and crisis intervention. About six years ago, she decided to change careers about after coming into recovery herself.  She uses her acquired skills to help others struggling with addiction achieve a life in sobriety with meaning and purpose. Since then, she has worked as a technician at Avivo Women’s Residential and NUWAY Men’s Residential. She has experience as an LADC at Progress Valley Men’s Residential and River Ridge Recovery Outpatient. Her newest role as a float counselor at Elite Recovery gives her the chance to touch the lives of many individuals in recovery through group facilitation where she helps clients form meaningful connections through the common bond of addiction.

Timothy Grathwol, LADC

Casual Counselor

Tim is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor with over 20 years of experience counseling SUD clients in mostly residential and some outpatient settings. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from New College of Florida and a Juris Doctor degree from Hamline University Law School (now Mitchell Hamline). He completed the coursework for addiction counseling at MCTC.

Tim spent over 15 years as a primary counselor at Vinland Center in Loretto, Minnesota. Vinland is a residential program that focuses on working with clients with cognitive deficits caused by traumatic brain injury, mental illness, fetal alcohol syndrome, stroke and other causes in addition to addiction issues. While there, Tim became a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and in addition to helping clients with their recovery from SUD, he focused on helping them secure funding and services such as supportive housing to allow them to live their best lives.

Tim enjoys his role as a float counselor at Elite because it allows him to be in the groups where the fundamental work of recovery happens.

In his free time, Tim enjoys golf, biking, sailing and otherwise being on water in any capacity and spending time with his two adult sons and other local family members.

Heather Day

Counselor Intern

Bio coming soon!

Alex Rhees

Counselor Intern

I am currently an intern through my grad school at Augsburg University. I expect to graduate in 2024 with a Master of Social Work and an LADC license. I have been studying social work since 2014, and I have been working in homeless youth/adult shelters since.

In my free time outside of work and school I enjoy playing multiple instruments, composing music, going for walks in the winter, traveling, and reading.

I am excited to start my journey with Elite to expand my career and knowledge about addiction recovery.

Patrick Johnson, MS, MSW, LADC, LGSW, RDN, LD

Advantage Counselor and Dietitian Nutritionist

Bio Coming Soon!

Cherste Eidman, MSN, RN, PHN

Registered Nurse

Cherste has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota, along with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Aurora University. She earned her Master’s in Nursing Education from St. Catherine University.

As part of the Health Promotion team, Cherste hopes to provide clients with knowledge to make confident decisions about their health and wellness.

Danielle Sweany, MA, CTRS

Recreational Therapist

Danielle is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul. Danielle went on to obtain her master’s degree in parks, recreation, and leisure with an emphasis in therapeutic recreation from the University of Minnesota.

Prior to joining Elite, she worked at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in the inpatient mental health unit. Danielle enjoys assisting individuals with finding out what their leisure interests are and encouraging others to focus on what they can do. Danielle has a passion for animal-assisted therapy, laughter, fun, and hot chocolate.

In her free time, Danielle enjoys traveling, walking her two dogs, trying new restaurants, listening to music, spending time with family and watching her favorite tv shows.

Helen Matsoff, OT

Occupational Therapist

Helen is a Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapist. She earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy and her bachelor’s of science in neurobiology from University of Wisconsin—Madison. Her background is in research and neuroscience. Helen has prior experience as an OT in the schools, in hospitals, and in outpatient clinics, as well as experience teaching anatomy and physiology. Helen is passionate about assisting people to find balance and empowerment in their health journeys.

In her free time, Helen enjoys skiing and spending time outside with her husband and her dog Nudge.

Annie Russell, LADC

Access Coordinator

Annie is a dedicated professional with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, which she earned in 2009. In 2013, she furthered her qualifications by obtaining licensure as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor from Metropolitan State University. Throughout her career, Annie has focused on helping a diverse range of clients, including seniors and individuals affected by the criminal justice system, as an intake and assessment counselor. Her passion lies in assisting clients on their journey towards recovery. Outside of work, Annie’s interests include staying active, quality time with her family, reading, exploring new places through travel, and walking her dog, Bardie Girl.

Lulu Sveen, LSW

Access Coordinator

Lulu is a Licensed Social Worker who received her degree in Social Work from Saint Catherine University in 2018. She started her work with her senior internship at the IOP level of care. After graduation, she spent several years working in a residential treatment setting before finding her way to Elite. Lulu is currently in the process of pursuing her master’s degree in social work.

Lulu’s passion for social work comes from her own personal experience with addiction and journey in recovery. She hopes to bring her own personal understanding, mixed with her education to bring about change for those she works with. She takes a person-centered and strengths-based approach to meet each client where they are at. Lulu works to support and assist clients to bridge the gaps in community connections with the goal of clients being able to enhance their recovery and overall well-being.

Outside of work, Lulu enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She lives in South Saint Paul with her husband, son and their pug named Gertie. Lulu enjoys going to live shows and exploring new music. She calls herself an “Emo Mom” and her son shares in the same love of music.

Nichole Okeson, LADC

Access Clinician

Nichole has been a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) since 2013 and has provided substance abuse services to adolescents and adults in both residential and outpatient settings. Nichole is currently completing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Alder Graduate School.

Nichole has a strong passion for working alongside clients during times of transition and change in their lives. Within her work as a counselor, Nichole has found the importance in encouraging individual goals based on the client’s needs and values, as we are more likely to challenge ourselves and identify obstacles when we value the process. Nichole believes in the value of social interest and encourages clients to seek support within a community that provides connection and similar values.

Nichole enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, gardening, being outdoors, hiking, biking, working out, crafting, and reading.

Spencer Melby, LADC

Access Clinician

Spencer graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 2019 from Saint Cloud State University and earned his graduate certificate in Addiction Counseling from Century College in the Spring of 2023. Spencer is new to the treatment field but is eager to learn a lot from his coworkers about how to apply some of the concepts that he has learned in school so that they best serve the clients that he works with. Spencer is focused on providing client-centered treatment that meets each client where they are at and has enjoyed learning more about clients using this method, as he believes that it can lead to individual success and feelings of connection over time.

In his free time, Spencer enjoys watching sports, running, listening to music, and cooking.

Taharah Hovey, LADC

Access Clinician

Taharah graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Studies and a Minor in Psychology from Minnesota State University Mankato. She started her career working in the all-women’s treatment program at Wellcome Manor as a Client Manager. The last three years she worked at the co-ed high intensity treatment program at Beauterre Recovery Institute as a primary counselor. Taharah finds great purpose in her life by assisting individuals in understanding their substance use and mental health. She is driven to help individuals who are searching for healing, hope, and purpose. She values a holistic approach to recovery and is compassionate with her patients by using motivational interviewing and person-centered care.

She loves outdoor activities, traveling and exploring new places, embroidery, fashion, exercising, yoga, and spending time with her family and friends.

Samuel Polivick, BA

Administrative Coordinator

Sam recieved his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. A Missouri native, Sam worked as a co-occurring disorders case manager for a community mental health clinic before moving to the Twin Cities in 2018. He also has experience in administrative roles and loos to bring all of those experiences to Elite. Sam is passionate about holistic wellness, working as a yoga teacher in his spare time. Sam also enjoys classical piano and taking care of his two cats.

Tracy Flynn

Administrative Support Specialist

Tracy joined the Elite team bringing over 10 years of experience working in the chemical health field. Tracy started with Meridian Behavioral Health at one of their inpatient facilities as a Chemical Health Tech, moving on to become the Tech supervisor, then promoted to their Program Assistant. After 2 years, Tracy transitioned to one of their IOP locations as an intake coordinator. She would eventually become their Program Manager, managing all eight of their IOP locations. Tracy has a deep understanding and compassion for chemical dependency and mental health.

In her free time, Tracy enjoys cooking, puzzles, music and traveling, but most of all spending time with her family.

Alice Lutz, CPRS

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

Alice is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist with a history of working in the recovery field. She moved to the Twin Cities from Asheville in 2022 to further her personal recovery journey. She began her work in the recovery field at the beginning of her first year of sobriety as well as began working towards her License in Alcohol and Drug Counseling at MCTC. Outside of work and school, Alice enjoys spending her weekends skydiving, in nature, or simply drinking tea with Boba her cat.

Andrew Dolan, CPRS

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

Andrew is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist with experience supporting individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. He is committed to empowering others through advocacy, person-centered care, and partnering with individuals deserving of dignity and quality of life.

Andrew received his certification from Recovery Institute International in 2018. Before joining Elite Recovery, he worked as a CPRS in men’s and women’s residential, outpatient, and crisis programs for People Incorporated-Mental Health Services. Prior to that, Andrew worked for the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Phoenix Residence. He has an Associate of Applied Arts degree and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Metropolitan State University. Andrew thrives on connections with loved ones and friends.

Cameron Boeckermann, CPRS

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

I received my bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Saint Cloud State University over five years ago. However, most of my work experience has been in the mental health and chemical dependency field. Since starting a job in a group home at 18, I have been interested in working in human services. I knew it was my calling and that this field is something I wanted to focus my career on. Since graduating from Saint Cloud State, I have worked various jobs, including chemical dependency, mental health, probation, and vocational rehabilitation. During all of this, I knew I wanted to continue my education to become a clinical social worker that works with those dealing with substance abuse and trauma. Only recently did I feel like the timing was perfect in my life to begin school again after living in Saint Paul for five years. Since beginning school, I have become a certified peer recovery specialist to work one on one with individuals seeking help from substance abuse. I am excited to find more connections and to work with something that I am truly passionate about.

Christopher Crouse, CPRS

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

Bio Coming Soon!

David Felsch, CPRS

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

A Minnesota native, David attended Bethel University, graduating in 2018 with a BA in Biblical & Theological Studies. David obtained his Peer Recovery Specialist certification in 2023 and has since been working in homeless advocacy and treatment centers. Prior to joining Elite, he worked in many fields, from being a barista to book editing. After wrapping up his Masters of Arts in religious sociology from Princeton Seminary, David intends on pursuing a Masters in Addiction Science. An avid reader and passionate about social issues, David enjoys spending his free time at coffee shops, hiking around the Midwest, spending time with his cat, Major Tom, and listening to music.

Geoff George, CPRS

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

Bio Coming Soon!

Jared Maring, CPRS

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

Bio Coming Soon!

Linda Towle, CPRS

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

Linda Towle received her CPRS certification from Twin Cities Recovery Project in 2021. Prior to joining the Elite team as a Peer Recovery Specialist, she worked as a Parenting Mentor for mothers struggling with substance use. She’s also worked 20+ years in the fitness industry, using fitness as a tool to improve mental and physical health. With a passion for wholistic wellness, Linda is deeply committed to helping clients discovery their own unique path to long term recovery. When she is not at work, she loves gardening, reading, yoga, and hanging out with her husband, five grown children, three grandchildren and one Australian Shepherd.

Sagal Abdi

Advantage Tech

Bio Coming Soon!

Mark Evans

Technology Support

Mark Evans graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1985 and has worked in the technology field since 1987. Prior to coming to Elite, he worked at Apple supporting business customers nationwide and with local Apple pioneer, FirstTech.  He has hosted a tech podcast, wrote tech articles for online publications, and appeared on local media covering emerging technology. He lives in Red Wing with his wife Susie and his dog Lincoln. He enjoys traveling with his family and exploring their favorite places including Lake Superior and New Zealand.

Mark also enjoys hiking, coffee, and reading.

Patrick Roe

Marketing & Business Development Coordinator

Pat has four years of experience in the Behavioral Healthcare field and an additional two years of professional Marketing experience. He received his degree in Business Management and Economics from Iowa State University. Patrick has an immense passion to help others, by giving back to the local community and growing professional relationships in the field. His mission is recovery focused; striving for continued growth in the behavioral health industry to demand better and making a positive impact whenever and wherever possible. In Patrick’s personal time, he enjoys being outside, on the water, in the gym, traveling, spending time with those close to him, and following the MN Vikings. To contact Patrick for a meeting or introduction, call (651) 600-0669.

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BY: Elite Recovery    |    May 3, 2024

I am Responsible for the Healing

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Minnesota Legalizing Marijuana Is a Big, Potentially Bad Deal

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