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.
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.
Tawnia Nelson, Certified Peer Counselor, Peer Support Leadership, and trainer. CVAB certified, FCS for Housing and Employment/ PCE University of Washington. Certified in Wrap, Seeking Safety, and through the Recovery Coach Academy.
Tawnia was born in Portland, Oregon, and was raised in sunny California. She is a devoted mother of three beautiful adult children. Throughout her life she has been a strong advocate and caregiver for the people she loved most in the world. It came as no surprise that she would start her next career with those same skills.
Tawnia Nelson has been a Certified Peer Counselor for over 7 years. She began her Peer career with Multi-Care Behavioral Health, in the Health Homes Program (CCM) with focus on intensive care coordination for individuals state identified as high-cost, high-risk Medicare-Medicaid enrollees. Tawnia focused on the reduction of disproportionate costs and emphasized on improved health outcomes by increased community coordination and reducing major gaps in services. In this position she provided in-home and community outreach, connecting individuals with service providers in mental health, substance use treatment, dental care, and other supportive services.
This work resulted in a comprehensive list of Pierce County resources that covered basic human services to quality-of-life care, which later was recognized as an e-resource utilized across the organization. Tawnia furthered her career with Multi-Care by switching gears toward community mental health. In this role she benefited from the guidance and direction of her supervisor and began specializing her skills working with people living with Schizophrenia, Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Domestic Violence. This worked launched her career into an informal approach to behavioral health.
Tawnia completed her journey with Multi-Care and shifted her attention to substance use treatment. She joined We Care Daily Clinics in 2020 and began working on the daunting task of building a peer program in a Medicated Treatment Facility. Aligned with the experiential knowledge and education she began studying the census and the needs of the population. She focused her attention over each departments interworking’s and dynamics.
Tawnia participated in state mapping of the organization and helped to develop policies and procedures throughout. She focused her with Patient Services and Transportation, being instrumental in trauma informed care, cultural appropriateness, and a stigma free focused environment. Armed with extensive data Tawnia began to build a program that focused once again on basic human needs and quality of life care. Through a three-tiered process, she cultivated outreach with community partners, encampments, and events. These three levels of intervention connected our Peer Support team to deliverable outcomes.
Tawnia also felt the importance of recovering gaps of knowledge and maturity as a supportive approach to education. Through her lived experience she created a 52-unit curriculum with 9 fields of study. The classes quickly developed into a university style learning experience with unit completion and certification and curriculum graduation.
Tawnia learned over the course of her life that her spontaneity and creativity led her to some of the most exciting adventures from hiking, white water rafting, to program development. Which was clear when she found Recovery Beyond. She is excited to be apart of building a program that is forever going to change the future of recovery and create an environment of hope through action.
Jess Villarreal leads Recovery Beyond’s marketing and communications operations. She is a copywriter with a 5-year background in non-profit coordination and management.
In her previous role with Recovery Beyond, Jess acted as the Senior Program Manager and was responsible for the creation and daily oversight of the Climb Team, expansion events, and personnel. Before joining Recovery Beyond, Jess spearheaded after-school programming and community engagement efforts, as well as created accessibility frameworks to address barriers to the outdoors.
As an avid rock climber, biker, and someone who enjoys a good walk, Jess has found solace and inspiration in physical activities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and currently resides in Seattle, WA.
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.
Megan C. Wright, LCAC, LMHCA, TTS is personally in long-term recovery and understands the significance of healthy alternatives to substance use, community engagement, and life-long support.
Megan has been professionally involved in the behavioral health field for over 12 years, with extensive experience in non-profit administration, program development and implementation, grant management, and leveraging community resources. She has worked in the clinical and administrative levels of residential, outpatient, community mental health, and corrections environments.
She is an active participant of regional and national coalitions, advocating for education and stigma reduction, as well as shaping policy related to substance use disorder treatment and resources.
Quite active in her personal life, Megan enjoys caving, obstacle-course running, boxing, and weight-lifting in her spare time. Megan is also a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer.