To engage, educate, and advocate for, the recovery community (peers, allies, and stakeholders).
EmbarkPCA envisions a world where all people in or seeking recovery are treated with dignity and respect.
WHO WE ARE
We are a 501(c)(3) organization striving to increase recovery support services for ALL individuals in/seeking recovery.
Peer Coach Academy (PCA) began in 2015 and increased providing recovery coach trainings in 2016 (through our mentoring with CCAR). Rod became a Core trainer in 2017 and began to provide the entire CCAR catalogue as well as train new trainers in Colorado.
In 2018, we expanded to Colorado Springs which served as a starting point for us to really collaborate with other agencies and increase services offered. Here we opened our first Recovery Community Organization (EmbarkRECO).
Our name, EmbarkPCA encompasses us “embarking on a new journey,” where we collaborate and provide various services across the state, and beyond.
What We Believe
People recover outside of treatment, so we need to extend recovery resources outside of treatment.
All individuals in or seeking recovery should be met where they are at
All individuals should be treated with dignity and respect
All individuals should have access to recovery support services to choose from
WHO (AND HOW) WE SERVE
We serve recovery peers, allies, and stakeholders through engagement, education, and advocacy.
Partner with various organizations
Develop recovery community organizations (RCOs)
Provide peer led services
Recovery Coaching Basics
The Many Pathways
Ethics & Professionalism
- Address Stigma
Put a face to recovery
Empower a recovery workforce
Share success stories
Promote recovery on social media platforms
We are committed to the Recovery Community and would love to speak with you, to discuss Recovery Coach Training options, upcoming events, Volunteer Trainings or to help you find the support you seek.
We are often traveling to conduct trainings around the state but we will make time to speak with you.
Rod Rushing is a Certified Addictions Specialist, a Certified Core CCAR Recovery Coach Trainer, a CHOICES Core Trainer, a Colorado Credentialed Peer & Family Support Specialist, and a community organizer with over 16 years of experience mentoring and supporting people as well as discovering new applications of peer to peer support. Rod works to strengthen access and remove barriers to recovery support systems and facilitate people’s reintegration into wellness/recovery.
For many years Sam Mills struggled with addiction and self harm and as a youth, found that there were little or no recourse to get help. After being in and out of the hospital and going in and out of recovery, she decided to get serious about being sober and went to a meeting—and kept going. That was in 2015. Six years ago Sam got sober and her life changed dramatically.
Currently Sam’s in the process of becoming a recovery coach and wants to help people find the recourses she didn’t have, and to provide a safe place for people to express themselves during recovery. Getting sober is a radically creative act!
Corinthiah Brown is the founder and Director of The Don’t Look Back Center and RAHAB Sober Living. After many years working as a counselor she learned that having a safe, trauma informed place to live, is necessary to overcome barriers to recovery. She opened House of RAHAB transitional sober living home for women and transwomen, in September of 2018.
Corinthiah collaborates with re-entry, probation, human services and self referrals to support the process of rebuilding lives one woman at a time.
Noel Chavez (he,his,el) has worked in the field of community development for over 15 years. As someone who identifies as Latinx and Queer, Noel believes deeply in the power of community to heal and mobilize groups for transformation and liberation.
Noel works as a Community Case Manager at Vivent Health and facilitates two weekly virtual support groups in Spanish for EmbarkPCA; CHARLA VIH+ and CONOCETE LGBTQ+ under the Promotores de Esperanza program.
Noel enjoys baking and trying new recipes, taking care of his platitas, and beautiful hikes outdoors, especially when he gets to see the Rocky Mountains.
Allison Harden, MS, CPFS, NCPRSS, CEO Beyond Betty
Allison has lived experience with addiction recovery which includes a foundation from the Twelve Step program of recovery. She has built a supportive community, found peace and ease, and is called to be of service to others as a private recovery coach. In 2019, Allison received the National Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist Credential (NCPRSS) through NAADAC. Her work experience in treatment includes representing the Betty Ford Center and CeDAR in community outreach positions. She is married and has two adult children and loves yoga, all types of music, golf, and camping in nature every chance she gets.
Rica Rodriguez-Hernandez has over 17 years in the case management and advocacy field working with individuals from diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. Rica is a fierce activist who sits on many community advisory boards as well as board of directors of organizations both locally and nationally. She is a certified trainer in peer recovery coaching and is a fearless grassroots organizer in the Denver area. As a part-time program coordinator in the Promotores De Esperanza program at EmbarkPCA, Rica aims to promote racial/ethnic health equity through the provision of culturally and linguistically competent services, designed to minimize barriers in the Latinx communities.
Juana Arroyo-Soto was born and raised in Cd Juarez Chihuahua, Mexico. Juana came to the USA in 1990 and in 2017 she received her CAC II credential. Previously, she worked at Colorado AIDS Project for 8 years in the Prevention and Education department. There she created and managed the “Heart of A Woman” series, an HIV prevention and education program for at risk women in many settings, such as government housing, jails and halfway houses. She was also program manager at MHCD, creating and managing LIFE for Latino injection drug users, to prevent HIV and Hep C transmission.
Juana is warm hearted and enjoys silliness, riding horses (sort of), watching movies of all kinds and most of all her family.
Jim Leingang, BA CDP WSCGCII, identifies as a person in long term recovery. He serves as a passionate advocate for the development of a stronger continuum of care in the behavioral health field. He is the Founder of Harmony Recovery Support Services in Olympia, WA.
Jim believes that Recovery Coaches and Peer Support Specialists can be instrumental in providing additional support to people -- once they become willing to pursue a recovery journey.
Currently, Jim offers CCAR Recovery Coach training programs for organizations and tribal communities throughout the Pacific Northwest region and nationally, with partnerships he has developed across the country.
Meghann Perry, CARC, RCP, is a Creator, Facilitator, Storyteller, Teaching Artist and Recovery Coach Professional. She's a CCAR Recovery Coach Academy facilitator and creator of the Recovery Storytelling workshop series, that combines the art and science of recovery coaching with the performing arts, for both youth and adults.
She is also the Co-Director of the New Plays Department at Improbable Players, creating theater and storytelling experiences grounded in community engagement, social justice and public health issues. She is a loud, proud recovery advocate.
In 2021, Natalia Viveros relocated to Colorado Springs from Connecticut. Through AmeriCorps, she will be working at PCA as a service member, doing outreach through the peer support programs we offer.
Natalia wants to see more folks use services for substance abuse recovery, so that they may reclaim their lives and rebuild family relationships. She became interested in healthcare access and substance abuse recovery after her experiences in college.
Natalia looks forward to working with young adults, to create a space to have open conversations about substance use and dealing with emotional stress.
Erik Borrell is a person with lived experience in both substance use disorder and justice system involvement. He is an Army veteran and has been a certified Recovery Coach since 2018. He became a Recovery Coach Trainer in 2019.
Erik was inspired after attending CCAR’s RCA through the Peer Coach Academy, and founded the first Recovery Community Organization in Western Colorado. He believes that recovery is a personal journey that is unique to the individual.
Erik is chairman of the Mesa County Jail Ministry, a member of Faith in Action, and Warrior at Heart. He recently joined Grand Valley Task Force Criminal Justice Group, working to address bias within the Justice system.
Christopher DeWinter is a graphic designer, webmaster, author, and maker. He has been helping Rod to promote recovery in Colorado since 2015.
Outside EmbarkPCA, Christopher teaches yoga and designs jewelry and other unique gift items that he calls “Jewels of Meaning”. He lives in San Francisco, CA, with his husband, and their Chihuahua Diego, who is barking and wagging his tail right now.
Christopher has been happily sober since 2016, and believes the best path to recovery is the one you discover for yourself.
Chanel Berumen is a Colorado Native. She loves going to concerts, playing video games, and being out in nature to explore new places. If Chanel could be any animal, she’d be a unicorn. Her favorite character from a book is the Rainbow Fish because he shares his sparkles with all the other fish so everyone can shine.
When she’s not working one of her four jobs, she spends time with her boyfriend, 2 cats and Great Dane. Her dream is to one day own a BnB and act as a guide to the hordes of tourists that flock to our lovely state every year.
Erika Nakabayashi-Henson was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She came to Colorado with her eldest son back in 2007 for a change of lifestyle, relationships, and environment. She’s experienced domestic violence and has experience with substance abuse.
Erika has received a lot of support and help during her journey, and has been inspired to do the same for those like her! She was lucky enough to stumble upon CCAR Recovery Coach Training in 2015, and has been wanting to give back and return the favor ever since.
Erika enjoys snowboarding with her family, and participating in Special Olympic events for their younger son.
Ryan Morgan’s goal in life has always been to remain true to himself, but unfortunately, along the way he got lost in the mix. He began to veer off at an early age, starting a relationship with alcohol and drugs at 15.
In and out of mental health and substance abuse programs, rehabs, and prison, Ryan eventually entered a re-entry program dedicated to dual diagnosis treatment, that changed his life.
As a single father, Ryan’s world revolves around his daughter. He is passionate about recovery and wants to be a support for at least one, if not many people.
Ryan says: “GOD is LOVE and LOVE is GOD”.