Staff

  • Bullet

    Bullet is the Recovery Beyond Team Mascot. When you see our Director of Programs, Mark, you’ll likely spot Bullet close by.

    Bullet can most often be found in the office or on Recovery Beyond hikes. In his free time, he loves being outside, hanging with his human family, and swimming in the PNW lakes and rivers.

  • Elisabeth Fischer

    Elisabeth first joined Recovery Beyond as a participant in long term recovery in the summer of 2023 after moving from the East Coast. She quickly fell in love with the community, vision, and mission and started as a volunteer who not long after started came on board as a part-time administrative coordinator and Recovery Coach. She has now transitioned into a full time role managing Marketing and Administration duties as well continuing to coach.

    She is a seasoned project manager with 5 years of experience in high end residential and commercial construction and formerly served as the operations specialist for Adventure Recovery, a Massachusetts based outdoor guide and coaching service, where she received her outdoor guide and coach certifications in 2022. She also attended the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) Recovery Coach Academy and is a certified breathwork facilitator, artist, and novice mountaineer.

    Her goal to continue to spread the hope and healing of life in recovery and let every person know they are valued and are never alone.

    She currently resides in Thurston County and besides exploring the great outdoors, can be found painting, playing with her nieces, checking out a live show, or curled up with a 19th century novel.

  • Taylor Richards

    Since 2019, I’ve volunteered in social work to grow and support others. Dealing with addiction and homelessness was challenging. I’m thankful to have been substance-free for over 5 years. Additionally, I’ve worked for two years as a substance use counselor in Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), where I learned about group sessions and aiding recovery. This taught me that recovery, like love, means different things to different people.

    Nowadays, I’m dedicated to being a positive force. Ever since I joined Recovery Beyond in 2022, I’ve discovered the joy of teamwork and staying active, especially through hiking. One of my most memorable achievements was reaching the summit of “Mailbox Peak.” In 2023, I eagerly embraced indoor bouldering and boxing, enjoying the challenges and sense of community they bring.  

    Right now, I’m studying behavioral science and working towards my bachelor’s degree. I’m also on track to become an SUDP (Substance Use Disorder Professional). I’m excited about planning more activities for our community. Being a certified peer counselor, I believe in many ways to recover. My goal is to support as many people as I can on their recovery journey. 

     Moreover, I’ve had the privilege of climbing Mt. St. Helens and participating in a dog sledding event in Minnesota. The moments and memories I’ve created in this organization have been truly transformative, shaping me into the person I am today. Every day, I’m grateful for my journey and committed to helping others find hope and healing.

     

  • Angie Buggert

    Angie Buggert has been a participant with Recovery Beyond since 2015, joining just as the program was finding its way to Tacoma, WA. Since joining she has had the honor of standing on the summit of some of the greatest mountains, staring out at some of the greatest views the PNW has to offer, including Mount Rainier, Mount Hood, and Mount Adams. Although her journey in recovery since 2015 has been filled with some low valleys and high peaks, she is thrilled to report she just recently celebrated 3 years of recovered living in December 2023!

    She is a certified Peer Support Specialist in the state of Washington helping us welcome and onboard new participants, foster community partner relationships and provide recovery coaching services, as well as being involved in the 2024 Mountaineering Program.

    She has always had a special place in her heart and soul for Recovery Beyond and attributes the volunteers, members, participants, and leaders all as instrumental in her decision to first join the Peer Advisory Board,  become a Peer Lead, and eventually become a Staff Member. She is a bright light carrying the torch forward to encourage and lift others up in this new life experience and recovery adventure!

    She currently resides in Pierce County with her two daughters.

  • Elisa Matthews

    Elisa manages the Activities, Events, and Programs for Recovery Beyond. She is our boots on the ground, interacting with and managing Participants, Peer Leads, and activities. She comes with a background in District Management, Program Management, and Recovery Coaching with a Bachelor’s in Business Communications.

    Before joining Recovery Beyond, Elisa was a District Manager for 2 years for Healthcare Services Group specializing in Environmental Services, and a Program Manager for DDA Residents in Pierce County before that.

    Her inspiration comes from when she started as a Recovery Coach in 2018. At this time, Elisa was one of the first twelve Recovery Coaches to be introduced to Washington. She helped run her program in Pierce County with a focus on helping the youth in the community that struggled with substance use.

    Elisa began wanting to help others at a very young age. She was very eager to help youth because that connected with her own life story. Being able to give back to the youth in her community was very uplifting for her as she felt she did not have that resource when she was young as many others didn’t as well.

    Using her own life experiences, Elisa worked with and supported many of the youth in Pierce County to work toward sobriety, graduating high school, finding housing, getting jobs, finding their meaning of being in recovery, and learning how to change and correct the future they believed they were given. Elisa also was a youth advocate for youth being released from juvenile detention centers as well as a seat at the table for the Tacoma Gang Project.

    Elisa has a passion for creating safe environments to encourage positivity. She likes to use unique tactics to incorporate fun and excitement into events and activities that heal and strengthen the inner child in us as well as encourage, validate, and motivate the person we are now.

    Living in Snoqualmie, WA, Elisa has many hobbies, some of which are hiking, rock climbing, many different sports, colorguard, and running around while making funny faces with her daughter.

  • Mark Adams

    Mark Adams has a passion for living true wholeness in health and life. He has spent nearly 20 years creating and leading programs, experiences, and communities that teach and guide people toward living better, healthier lives in a more natural, joyful, and holistic way. His driving question for folks is, “Can you live it?

    A college athlete and personal trainer back in the day, “Dr. Mark” earned his doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University and has always focused on whole health living instead of clinical treatment. Mark also earned a master’s degree in Exercise & Sport Science from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and an undergraduate degree from Harvard University.

    Most notably, Mark co-founded ONVO, a boutique whole body health and wellness community in the Bellevue-Seattle area that attracted thousands of clients during its decade existence. During that time he was invited to speak at companies such as Starbucks, Microsoft, and Google.

    Raised in Indiana, Mark has lived in the Pacific Northwest for more than two decades. He and his three boys live in Issaquah, WA and have a love for hiking, camping, and outdoor adventures with their 125 pound dog, Bullet. In 2020, Mark and his boys founded a family non-profit called FAITH FUELED that brings together physical and spiritual health.

  • Bill Goodgion

    Bill’s journey with Recovery Beyond began in early 2019 when he joined a meeting to sign up as a volunteer to support our mountaineering program. He also started contributing as a donor and in January 2023, joined the Board of Directors.

    His career prior to Recovery Beyond includes his most recent role as the Chief Operating Officer (North America) for Scan Global Logistics. Prior to that, he served as the President of Ascent Global Logistics and spent over 16 years with FedEx Trade Networks, where he held the position of Managing Director.

    Beyond his professional achievements, Bill is a proud veteran, having served in the infantry in the Marine Corps. His commitment to service extends to his personal life, where he actively volunteers for several outdoor organizations.

    Bill is married with two daughters. He enjoys activities such as hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, skiing, climbing mountains, and trail running. Whether exploring the Pacific Northwest, Sierras, or Rockies, Bill’s love for the mountains is evident.

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