Executive Director Heather Greko, MA, LPC, CAADC, CCS, ADS, worked at Our Hope Association from 2009-2010 and is returning now in a new capacity after spending a number of years at Salvation Army's Turning Point Programs where she began as therapist, was promoted to Operations Manager and then Executive Director. Heather holds a Master's degree in counseling from Western Michigan University. Professional credentials include Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, specialized in Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma Informed Care. Heather says, "I am very passionate about helping individuals struggling with Substance Use Disorders. I want to empower women to holistically heal and support them in person-centered recovery. Our Hope is a wonderful resource for these women." Heather is, "eager and excited to rejoin Our Hope! This is a beautiful program that makes such a powerful difference for individuals, families, and communities!"
Advancement Director Marcella Scott, M.Ed., joined the staff in April of 2014. She has over 25 years of experience working with women in recovery in various capacities. With experience working at several other non-profits as well as in the field of education, she brings a broad perspective to her work here at Our Hope. Marcella is excited about developing and maintaining funding streams, grants and marketing programs that help to ensure Our Hope continues to offer women a safe environment to begin their recovery journey. She also works to stay connected with women once they graduate from our program. She says, "I am grateful to be working on behalf of women's recovery here at Our Hope".
Clinical Therapist Claire V. Graves, MA, LLPC, CAADC, has a BA in Psychology and Women's Studies and a Master's in Counselor Education. She did her internship for Western Michigan University with Our Hope starting in September 2014. Once completed, Claire was hired in December to continue working with the women here on a part-time basis. Claire began working full-time at Our Hope in May of 2015. She feels the mission of Our Hope "is totally aligned with my personal values."
Adjunct Therapist Lauren Puckett, MA, LLPC, began working with Our Hope in September of 2016 through an internship. She received her Masters in Counseling with a specialization in addiction. Lauren loved working with the women in treatment here, and is honored to be continuing as contract staff. She believes, "Our Hope has a very well-rounded and holistic in its approach to recovery."
Intake Coordinator Beth Piersma, BA, RSW, joined Our Hope in June 2015, starting as Clinical Services Specialist and moving into Intake Coordinator position in September of the same year. She is often the first contact new clients have with staff upon making the decision to seek treatment. Beth has 20 years of experience working in the field of Social Work. She interfaces with the different agencies necessary to help clients get the services they need. She has served as a Public Guardian, Resident Services Coordinator in subsidized housing, Mental Health Clinician at Touchstone Innovare, and got her start in the field supervising a 6-bed residential treatment home. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Calvin College and is pursuing her Master's in Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University. Beth is a team player and says she enjoys, "working with the staff at Our Hope, who share my passion for fostering recovery and healing while empowering women to reach their full potential".
Our Hope is also supported by a dedicated group of staff members, some of whom are in recovery themselves.
Administrative Services Coordinator Erica Hernly joined Our Hope in April 2014 as a Resident Services Specialist and was promoted to Administrative Services Coordinator in August 2014. Erica was given the Supervisor role of the resident staff in July 2016. Erica has an Associate degree in Applied Arts, is a certified Recovery Coach, holds an Addictions Studies Certification working toward CADC, and is also attending Ferris State University to obtain her Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree. Erica is an alumna of Our Hope in long term recovery, and she believes it is important to show women that recovery is possible. “I am a life that has been changed by this one of a kind program. I am truly honored to be part of the Our Hope staff”. Erica’s primary responsibilities include billing and accounting, office management, welcoming clients and guests, client transportation, and resident staff scheduling. Erica will probably be the friendly and knowledgeable voice you hear when you call
Health & Safety Coordinator and Maintenance Specialist Sheryl Schotts joined us in May 2013. She holds a Bachelors degree in Medical Administration and two Associates degrees, one in Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) and the other in Medical Billing & Coding. Sheryl first learned of Our Hope in 1991when she was a client at WEMAC and did mirror imaging at Our Hope as part of her treatment plan. When she relapsed in March 2012, she relocated to Grand Rapids and was able to receive Residential Treatment at Our Hope. She says, "Everyone connected with Our Hope has mentored me over the last 19 months and they are always willing to help not just me, but all of the women they serve. They have given me a new lease on life."
Resident Services Specialist and Recovery Coach Stephanie Townes, began with Our Hope in June of 2013. She has been working on her Bachelors Degree In Social Work and Addiction Studies in addition to her Recovery Coach Training. Stephanie believes in the Phrase "Each One Teach One Reach One". After a 25 year run of battling drug addiction Stephanie made the decision to never use again and began her journey of recovery on December 22, 2007. Stephanie has now been in the program over 8 years and has learned a new way to live without the use of drugs and alcohol. Stephanie enjoys helping women to recover mentally, emotionally and spiritually. She believes that Our Hope Association empowers women how to live life on its own terms and not use No Matter What. She says, "Our Hope gives women their will to live."
Resident Services Specialist and Recovery Coach Nicole Ward, joined Our Hope in January 2015. She has a degree in Addiction Studies in addition to Recovery Coach training. She says, "I believe the best way to teach someone about recovery is from someone who is living the life of recovery." Nicole began the journey of recovery 15 years ago and during that time has learned that sobriety is more than stopping the use of drugs, it becomes a way of life.
Residential Services Specialist Eileen Alexander, joined our team in September of 2015. She holds an Associate's degree in Criminal Justice and Addiction Studies from Grand Rapids Community College. Eileen is also certified in mental health first aid and has peer specialist training. She has supervised/managed a women's shelter at a local agency where she gave support to women who were not only homeless but were struggling with addiction as well as mental illness. In recovery herself for over 13 years she loves giving back what was so freely given to her. Regarding her work here at Our Hope, Eileen says, "I like the holistic approach of the mission statement of Our Hope".
Residential Services Specialist and Recovery Coach Sharmane Sutton, is a Certified Peer Specialist, Recovery Coach and Peer Recovery Mentor with a MCBAP Certification. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor's of Social Work degree while doing Addiction Studies. Sharmane loves the mission of Our Hope because it mirrors the work being done. Her belief is that, "Our Hope is the best women's treatment center in Grand Rapids. I refer all women to Our Hope. It's great!"
Residential Services Specialist and Recovery Coach LaTonya Jones, is a Certified Recovery Coach who has been working in substance abuse and mental health fields for several years. Hired in June of 2016, LaTonya is dedicated to the restoration of the women in residence at Our Hope. La Tonya says, "My first encounter with Our Hope came through my oldest sister who was a resident over 25 years ago. I never forgot the place. The home itself felt safe whenever I visited and the Victorian design of the house always reminded me of old-fashioned values that my Grandmother would teach. I always felt drawn to the house and am so grateful I get to share my recovery every time I walk through those doors."
Residential Services Specialist, Mackenzie Grutter, joined Our Hope in June 2016. She has been in recovery for over 2 years and has worked in the recovery field since August of 2015 due to a deep desire to help people recover from the deadly disease of addiction. She will be completing the Recovery Coach Certification in the next few weeks. Mackenzie also plans to attend Western Michigan University to pursue the Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse (SPADA). Her dream is to become an Addictions Counselor. Mackenzie says, “I’m grateful for this opportunity to help women who are new in recovery; it has been my dream since I first got clean and sober.”
Residential Services Specialist, Leslie Davis, joined Our Hope in December 2016. She began as a volunteer at Our Hope where her passion for supporting women’s sobriety developed. She will be completing the Recovery Coach certification in February. Leslie has an Associate degree in Applied Arts from the Ray Vogue Fashion School of Design, previously enjoying a career as Buyer for local department stores. For fun and relaxation, she enjoys reading, exercise, travel, gardening, and floral design. Leslie says," Everyone can have a new past by working towards a new life in sobriety today."
Residential Services Specialist Christina Karas, CADC, CCJP, came to Our Hope Association as an intern in May of 2016. She has experience working at Turning Point, and DA Blodgett. Christina has an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Grand Rapids Community College and is currently working on her Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from Feris State University, expected Spring 2017. She is a Certified Addiction Drug Counselor as well as a Certified Criminal Justice Professional. Christina says, "I love the Our Hope program for women, the structure of the programming and the dedication of the staff. For recovering women, Our Hope is the best program in our area."