Dona M. Dmitrovic
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.
Advocacy and Data Collection
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
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.
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.
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.