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High Fives

Our Team

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INTRODUCING THE EMBARK TEAM

Our team makes a difference throughout the state of Colorado. You can read their stories here.

We are committed to the Recovery Community and would love to speak with you, to discuss Counseling, Find a Coach, Recovery Coach Training options, upcoming Sober social activities, Volunteer Trainings or to help you find the support you seek.

 

We are often traveling to conduct trainings or doing outreach around the state but we will make time to speak with you.

 
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Rod Rushing

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Director  CAS  CPFS  RCP-F  Approved CHOICES Facilitator  Foodie

Certified Addictions Specialist, an Approved CCAR Facilitator, an Approved  CHOICES Facilitator , 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.

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Glory McDaniel

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LAC, LPC, LMFT, EMDR Crisalida Counseling Director

Glory McDaniel is a bilingual therapist working with specific treatment of substance use disorder (SUD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental illness, leading both English and Spanish groups, educating the community as well as individual counseling. Current President of the Colorado Association of Addiction Professionals (CAAP) board of directors and facilitator for Mending the Soul (MTS) groups for women survivors of abuse.

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Maeve Howling

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Recovery Coach Trans Outreach Program

Maeve began as a participant in social activities with Embark, became a volunteer, and then transitioned to staff member doing administrative work. She has been training with another program to initiate an outreach program for Colorado Springs and connecting to a statewide service. 

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Allison Harden

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Beyond Betty Director- Supervision & Outreach  Approved CCAR Facilitator

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.

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Juana Arroyo-Soto

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CAS II Bilingual Counselor, CHOICES Trainer Spanish/English

Bi-lingual; Spanish/English, Certified Addiction Specialist II,  brings twenty years of counseling and case management with HIV-AIDS and at-risk clients, homeless, ex-offenders and inmates, and substance abuse/dual diagnosis clients.

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Rica Rodriguez-Hernandez

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Promotores de Esperanza Co-Director

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.

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Noel Chavez

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Promotores de Esperanza Co-Director

(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.

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Shawn Martinez

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They, Them, Theirs Embark PCA Recovery Services LGBTQ Recovery Coach  

Im a real clown with a twisted sense of humor and a contagious laugh. I am sincere and often known for wearing my heart on my sleeve...we can't all be perfect. I get a kick out of shocking people and making them laugh! Watching movies and love to get lost in the mountains whenever possible. I love my relationship with my God and I crave to know myself more. I love my husband and furbaby more than sunshine and air. I pray each day that I am better than the day before. I always do my best, to be my best. CPFS, RCP

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Corinthiah Brown

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CAS   Consultant  Women & Trans Women Programming

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.

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Vince Lawrence

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Sober Housing Deputy, Sober Softball, Community Outreach

Vince is the current Sober Softball Steward and assisting the team prepare our 1st Recovery House. He drives the van to outreach events and provides the ideas for pop-up recovery groups. Vince met Embark as a participant in Sober Happy Hour last year, became a volunteer, and then became a member of our staff. 

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Jim Leingang

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Approved CCAR Facilitator  Approved CHOICES Facilitator

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.

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Chanel Berumen

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Data Deputy

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.

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Christopher DeWinter

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Graphic Designer- Webmaster

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.

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Erik Borrell

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Western Slope Recovery Network Director  Approved CCAR & CHOICES Facilitator

 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 Embark 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.