Elisa Matthews

Elisa Matthews

Activity Programs Coordinator

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.