Our Staff

Dona M. Dmitrovic

Dona M. Dmitrovic

Executive Director

Dona Dmitrovic, Executive Director of Foundation for Recovery in Las Vegas, was the former National Director of Consumer Affairs for Substance Use Disorders within the Product Innovation team at Optum, United Health Group.  Her current role incorporates leading FFR to the next phase in organizational development while developing and implementing additional recovery support services to ensure individuals in Las Vegas and surrounding areas achieve and sustain long term recovery.  Dona is in long term recovery and a family member supporting addiction recovery.  Her prior experience includes Chief Operating Officer of the RASE Project in Harrisburg, PA leading the nationally recognized, Buprenorphine Coordinator Program, supporting persons with opioid dependence in medication assisted recovery.   She served as the Director of Education and Advocacy at the Johnson Institute in Washington, D.C. organizing national educational programs and events to promote the power of recovery.  Dona holds a Master of Human Services from Lincoln University and is the former Chair of the Board of Faces & Voices of Recovery.   Dona also served as a mentor for the Developing Leadership in Substance Abuse Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is a current board member of Young People in Recovery and PRO-A in Pennsylvania.

Skip Farley

Skip Farley

Peer Recovery Support Specialist

Allan (Skip) Farley is a person in long term recovery since  July 2, 1985. Skip has been volunteering and working as a Peer Recovery Support Specialist since 2011 and as Foundation for Recovery’s Peer Service Coordinator in 2012 -2016.  After taking time off, Skip  realized the importance of supporting others in recovery in order to sustain his own recovery and came back to the organization in 2017. Skip is certified as a Recovery Support Specialist and has received training in SafeTALK Trainer, Suicide Assist, Mental Health First Aid, and Naloxone. As a veteran of USMC, Skip has been certified as a Veteran Service Advocate where he volunteered with different Veteran Service Agencies to help Veterans who suffer from PTSD and addiction.

Andrea Whaley

Andrea Whaley

Volunteer Coordinator

Andrea Whaley is the new Volunteer Coordinator at Foundation for Recovery.  Andrea is in long-term recovery and is very excited about her new role.  As the Volunteer Coordinator she will be managing and overseeing all aspects of the Foundation for Recovery Peer Recovery Center as well as assisting in the Women’s Program.    Prior to Andrea accepting her position at Foundation for Recovery, Andrea worked with Sprint for the past 15 years as a Credit Supervisor.  In that position she learned to work with different personalities and help her agents grow and to succeed. Andrea is very excited to start her new career path here at Foundations and she states that she can’t wait to assist others with their own recovery journeys.

Becky Willard

Becky Willard

Operations Manager

As Operations Manager I am responsible for the “behind the scenes” activities that keep the Peer Center open and running.  I make sure all the things no one thinks about occur:  the lights stay on, there is paper for the printers, the Rooms are active, safe and space isn’t double booked, vendors do the jobs they are paid for, the Resource Directory gets updated as appropriate and the like.  I’m not directly involved with the peers themselves but I make sure all those activities that the Foundation does for and with them can and do happen.

John Newell III

John Newell III

Peer Support Specialist

Hello my name Is John Newell III I am a person in long term recovery. What that looks like for me is that I have not used drugs or alcohol since May 25, 2001. It has been a wonderful ride full of ups and downs, I would not trade this life that recovery has given me for anything the world has to offer. I am currently a Peer Recovery Specialist for the Foundation For Recovery, where I coordinate appointments for coaches and peers, I train coaches to work with peers, I am also a coach, and a recovery advocate. My goal and mission in life is to help the sick and suffering addict/alcoholic who may never hear the life saving message of hope from the disease of addiction. I walk and breath the message of hope and the promise of freedom, I have been to some very low points and dark paths in my life, only through the recovery process have I been able to have a moment of clarity and get on the right path.

Lavatta Palm

Lavatta Palm

Women's Success Program Manager

Lavatta Palm is a person in long-term recovery since 2012. For years, Lavatta has volunteered with the Foundation For Recovery as a Peer Recovery Support Specialist to help our peers find recovery pathways to achieve long-term recovery for themselves. In her new role as Women’s Success Program Manager, Lavatta is eager to continue to support peers with self-directed recovery plans to achieve  living and financial independence, establish housing, build security with themselves and their families, set goals, and become better parents. Lavatta is a loving mom, wife and friend. She enjoys reading spiritual books, sight seeing, and coloring in an adult coloring book. She has a 3.54 GPA in college and is an honor student.
Chelsey Mony

Chelsey Mony

Peer Services Manager

Chelsey Mony is a woman in long-term recovery and a Las Vegas native. She began volunteering for Foundation for Recovery in 2011, as a founding member of HYPER, Helping Young People Experience Recovery. She studied business administration. Her current role at Foundation for Recovery is the Peer Service Manager since January 2016. She has worked in non-profit for her entire adult life. Chelsey is also a Peer Recovery Specialist Trainer, a Suicide ASIST interventionist, a SafeTALK Prevention Registered Trainer, and a Reiki Master. While non-profit is where her heart is, she enjoys the arts, meditation, and loving her French bulldog Indigo in her spare time.

Shannon Egan

Shannon Egan

Development & Communications Director

Shannon Egan is the author of No Tourists Allowed and Sex, Drugs & Recovery. She is a multiple time award-winning grant writer, a marketing and communications professional, a motivational speaker and a woman in long-term recovery.  Previously, Shannon worked as a Journalist and Press Officer for the United Nations based in Africa and New York City.

Will Allphin

Will Allphin

Director of Programs

Will Allphin is a man whose long-term recovery journey took him from the world of Aerospace to the world of Substance Use Disorder Treatment over the course of the last 30 years. Will’s work as a Process/MFG/Quality Engineer and Audit liaison with Talley Corporation, Teleflex and Klune Industries had him working with the DoD, Boeing, Lockheed and Learjet among others, to ensure procedural/specification compliance qualifies him for oversight of grant-funded programs however his work over the last few years in the SUD world qualifies him on a more personal basis to work on the ground with those directly affected by SUD.  Will’s work began as the House Manager of ARG at Zion Park where he cooked for and presented coursework to men seeking recovery against the backdrop of Utah’s red rock country.  This work moved him to Therapia Addiction Healing center as Program Supervisor, Men’s Program Coordinator and finally Men’s and Women’s Program Coordinator.

While with Therapia, Will was able work one on one with men and women seeking recovery in an inpatient setting, this is where developed several experiential activities utilizing the varied terrain of Utah, Arizona and Nevada.  Will created and presented an Early Recovery Skills course on a weekly basis to help clients ease the transition from inpatient treatment.  Will completed and maintains Utah’s Peer Support Specialist certification and began simultaneous work as a Sober Coach with the Renaissance Ranch outpatient center in St. George, Utah mentoring men in early recovery.  Will volunteers in local12 step and ecclesiastical outreach groups, he speaks openly about his recovery journey and is a vocal proponent of removing the shame from “Our Recovery Stories”.Will is excited to bring his experience to FFR and excited to learn from the experience of others while here.