When you feel unreachable, we are here. Reach out.

Staff and Board

Meet Our Team

We are trained specialists.

We love what we do. It’s not always easy, but that’s what makes it so meaningful. Reach’s clinical staff are all licensed masters level therapists, certified advanced alcohol and drug counselors, and are experienced in treating co-occurring mental health conditions and trauma.

Clinical Team

Jenna is a licensed master social worker who has served as a therapist in both outpatient and residential programs at Reach for Recovery. Jenna has a passion to see individuals develop a greater understanding of their true worth and value throughout all stages of the recovery journey. She currently serves as the Clinical Director at Reach for Recovery where she uses her passions to equip and support staff in their direct practice to meet the needs of individuals receiving services at Reach. Jenna values connecting with others and is eager to welcome you should you choose to connect with Reach for Recovery.

“I started working with to Reach for Recovery in 2021 after a career in business administration and human resources. In sustained recovery since 6/13/15, I am an active member of the recovery community and a Certified Peer Recovery Coach since 2022, working with with organizations like Ottawa County Recovery Court and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. Outside of my work, I cherish time with my wife, 2 daughters, and two grandsons.”

Alissa was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University and chose this work because of her passion for people. She enjoys finding ways to overcome life’s challenges and values seeing people find confidence in themselves and strength in their own journey. Alissa’s favorite activity is reading, watching movies, and listening to music. She also enjoys volunteering in her community and has volunteered with Girl Scouts for a number of years.

John received degree(s) from Grand Valley State, Ferris State, and Northwestern Michigan College in Social Work and Paralegal/Business Studies.  He hopes to be a channel of positive planned change for anyone in need.  John is an advocate for social justice designed to build a better future for everyone with no exclusions.  John enjoys reading, writing, and music.

Valerie begins her work with clients by establishing an authentic connection and validating their experiences. She has a focused approach for treating addiction, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, relationship issues, life transitions, and trauma. This includes mindfulness, values clarification, problem-solving, DBT (dialectical behavior therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Internal Family Systems, and body-based somatic experiencing for trauma healing and integration. LGBTQIA+ Ally. She finds purpose and meaning through helping others. Valerie connects with the world by being outside in nature, enjoys running, hiking, disc golf, fishing, and yoga. 
 

Tara received her Masters of Social Work from Western Michigan University and carries with her over 25 years of clinical experience at Reach. There is little that Tara has not seen. Tara believes in meeting people where they are at and recognizes the challenges and the courage it takes for people to reach out for help.

Jordan is a Physician Assistant specializing in Addiction Medicine. She is from Illinois and attended Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Michigan, graduating with a Biomedical Sciences degree and continuing her education with their Physician Assistant graduate program. Becoming a Physician Assistant allowed Jordan to help people lead healthy, fulfilling lives, which is a passion of hers. While she is not working, Jordan loves parenting her two Victorian Bulldogs, Gus, and Panini, and exploring new places with her husband. She also prioritizes staying physically active through walking, hiking, biking, yoga, and CrossFit activities. 

Linda earned her bachelor of science in nursing at Northern Michigan University and attended Grand Valley State University for her graduate degree and nurse practitioner education.  She has been a nurse for more than 40 years and spent most of her career as a provider in an emergency department. She also worked part-time providing medical-forensic evaluations for victims of domestic and sexual violence.  For Linda, providing compassionate care, encouragement and support to this patient population is extremely rewarding. Linda also enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, traveling, music, and skiing.

Traci graduated from Western Michigan University in June 2023 with her MSW-clinical with a concentration in substance use disorders. Traci believes that people who live with substance use or mental health disorders deserve to be heard and live life to its fullest. She wants to help at least one or two people find hope that they may not have otherwise. When Traci is not studying or working, she loves to spend time with her husband and daughter watching sports, she is an avid reader and is learning how to paint. 

Peter was born in Pontiac, MI, and raised in Grand Haven, MI. He earned both his BSW and MSW at Grand Valley State University School of Social Work. Peter’s hobbies largely consist of outdoor activities such as backpacking, practicing bushcraft skills, and walking with his dog.  In his journey of becoming an Eagle Scout, he had partaken in a great deal of mentoring. He later discovered that social work had a unique branch known as Adventure or Experiential Therapy. His passion for being outdoors and helping individuals had become a dream come true!

Recovery Coaches

“I understand through a wide range of lived experiences, that recovery is a multidimensional journey of action, discoveries, and maintenance and not a destination. I am passionate about walking alongside others at any stage of the journey, removing barriers, and sharing the many resources and gifts I’ve discovered through various pathways. Together we can be the voice of recovery and build the recovery community.”

“I have been in long-term recovery since 4/7/2017 and I am grateful to be alive today. I have gained so much living a life in recovery. I have stability, a career (Peer Recovery Coach for two different organizations), a husband and two beautiful daughters that I have the opportunity to see grow up. I believe my past experiences can be used for a greater good. I’m passionate about helping others recover, and my main focus is meeting individuals and supporting them right where they are at.”

Meet our Board

Reach is a community supported organization.

Reach for Recovery is governed by a board of directors who are dedicated to providing treatment and the hope of recovery for individuals and families struggling with alcoholism and chemical dependency. If you’re interested in opportunities to serve on our board of directors, reach out to learn more.

Our Board of Directors

Andrew Davenport, Executive Director
Tom Lagone, President
Linda Jacobs, Vice President
Steve Darrow, Treasurer
Chuck Kohlruss, Past President 
Leonard Fazio
Lindsey Gorsline
Bill Paxton
Dr. Mark Stid 
Terrence Taylor