Staff

  • Jess Villarreal

    - by Jesper Dinesen

    After graduating from the University of Virginia, Jess led teens on unsupported bike tours through Maine and Canada before relocating to Seattle at the end of 2016. She then turned her focus to non-profit work in after-school programming and community engagement in the South Seattle area. Most recently, Jess worked as the Youth Programs Manager at the Seattle Bouldering Project where she developed pricing structures and accessibility frameworks to address barriers to climbing.

    As an avid rock climber, biker, and someone who enjoys a good walk, Jess has found solace and inspiration in the outdoors. She brings this love of fitness and nature to the Senior Program Manager role at Recovery Beyond where she focuses on program development and relationship building.

  • Maury Robertson

    - by Jesper Dinesen
    Maury grew up in Pullman, where he graduated from Washington State University with a degree in music. After a year of playing French horn professionally with the Boise Philharmonic, he moved to California for seminary. There, he started River Valley Church, which he led for over 20 years. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in New Testament and to serve on the faculty of Gateway Seminary. He is fluent in Biblical Greek.
    As a pastor, Maury led his church to develop a recovery program in which he actively participated. No stranger to his own weakness, he loves to listen to people’s stories and reflect with them about new possibilities. A lifelong backpacker and nature lover, Maury sometimes disappears into the wilderness for days. His passion for nature and people come together beautifully in his role at Recovery Beyond.
    He and his wife, Julie, have been married for 30 years and have three grown children.
  • Brooke Russell

    - by Jesper Dinesen

    Brooke began her passion in the non-profit world at a young age when she hired an individual with intellectual disabilities. The mentoring relationship quickly resulted in the priceless knowledge that the most rewarding things in life can be accomplished one step at a time with simple, structured planning, and proper support. Her daily dose of patience is refueled with a simple smile and Disney quote from the expressive autistic 21-year-old in her life.

    Brooke moved to the Pacific NW from South Carolina where she spent 5 years as the Senior Director of Operations of the Babcock Center, supervising Vocational and Residential Services.  She was responsible for the oversight of operations to ensure the delivery and success of programs and services.  Brooke also served 10 years as the Executive Director/COO for the South Carolina National Safety Council, where she built one of the largest non-profit safety organizations.

    Brooke brings 25 years of experience planning and managing programs for non-profits organizations in Arizona, Florida, and South Carolina where she delivered training, consulting, and facilitation services for social change organizations, helping them to build their capacity in the skills and processes of collaboration.  She has an outstanding record of directing non-profits, working with volunteers, staff, and volunteer boards and the business community.  Brooke is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Phoenix with a Business Management degree.  

    Brooke enjoys spending her free time with family and friends, playing cards, watching movies, or binge-watching her favorite series. She loves to travel to the sunshine and can’t believe that PNW natives don’t use umbrellas.  When weather permits, you can find her cycling the Burke Gilman Trail or on long walks but admits the Seattle rain usually contains her to an at-home elliptical or gym workouts.

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