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Patrick Murray

Patrick Murray

Executive Director

 
Born and raised in Demarest, New Jersey, Patrick’s early years were spent surrounded by two loving parents and a brother who was 10 years older than him. With such a large age gap between them, Patrick often felt like an only child, which could be lonely at times.
Baseball and golf were always his passions growing up. Fortunately, he was able to pursue them in college, but it was at that time that he realized his challenges with learning, confidence and self-esteem. These challenges quickly began to consume him. Patrick was able to develop friendships with classmates and teammates, but it was on the field and the course that he felt most comfortable, by himself. Shortly after starting college, he began taking opioids and over the course of a year, segued to heroin addiction. Constantly lying and stealing money from his family began to take over his life. Patrick was completely losing control. Of course, he didn’t recognize the negative behavior at the time. He wanted to feel GOOD, STRONG, LOVED, and above all, he wanted to “LIKE” himself. Sadly, his addiction gave him a false sense that all of those things were true.
Blessed with two incredible parents, they did everything in their power to help me. This involved a move to Florida where he entered into a treatment center. Taking this first step is what saved Patrick’s life. It was then that he realized he had two new passions in life – recovery and helping others. From that point on, Patrick has been dedicating his life to recovery and helping others cope with and work through their struggles.
With more than 10 years of sobriety, he learned a lot about the process of recovery, and experienced so much growth, both personally and professionally. Nate has been a tremendous mentor to Patrick, along with his close friends that he considers family.
Patrick packed up his clubs and left the warm Florida sunshine because he knew Sandusky needed his help, and he is prepared to help as many people as possible.
As Executive Director, Patrick is involved in every aspect of the daily functions that make the Recovery Institute a loving and productive home. This is where Patrick belongs, and he is excited to bring hope and meaningful change to the area.

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Zach Johnston

Zach Johnston

Director of Operations

Andrea Pappas, LCDC III

Andrea Pappas, LCDC III

Primary Therapist


Andrea has over 3 years of experience working in substance use treatment. Andrea obtained her Master of Science Degree in Forensic Psychology from Tiffin University in May of 2022. Prior to entering her masters program she completed an internship with The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy where she assisted with policy research and writing pertaining to addiction treatment. She worked as a State Opioid Response Grant Coordinator and case manager for a year with a community mental health agency. In November of 2021 Andrea earned her license as a chemical dependency counselor, and continued her work in community mental health as a substance use therapist and within the criminal justice system working with the county’s forensic treatment programs. Andrea is dedicated to and passionate about providing individuals with treatment to assist them in recovery.

 

Jennifer Harvey, M.S., LICDC, CCTP

Jennifer Harvey, M.S., LICDC, CCTP

Primary Therapist

 

Alexis Simmons, CDCA

Alexis Simmons, CDCA

Case Manager

Alexis started her journey with us as a Behavioral Health Tech in 2019. Driven by a deeply personal motivation—both of her parents have struggled with addiction—she has been unwavering in her commitment to helping others on their path to recovery. In 2022, Alexis obtained her CDCA licensure through the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board and joined the clinical team as a Case Manager. In this role, she provides vital support and guidance to clients throughout their recovery journey. Currently, she’s working toward her bachelor’s degree in social work, aiming to enhance the support she provides to clients. Beyond her professional life, Alexis is a devoted family person. She understands the importance of a strong support system and is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of those battling addiction.

Kate Sheppard, CDCA

Kate Sheppard, CDCA

Case Manager

 

Halle Mitterholzer, CDCA

Halle Mitterholzer, CDCA

Group Facilitator/House Manager

Halle is one of our alumnae that completed treatment at our facility in January 2021 and has worked for us for multiple years now. Halle was born and raised in Westlake, Ohio. Halle has dedicated her life to helping others recover using her personal knowledge of addiction, obtaining a CDCA licensure, and currently attending school for a bachelors in social work.
Halle experimented with substances in high school which led her to discovering alcohol at 19 years old. She immediately realized that she did not drink like other people, but used the excuse of “being young and having fun” until it wasn’t fun anymore. She had attempted sobriety several times attending multiple outpatient treatments over the course of 9 years. She was unable to stay sober for longer than 30 days. At the age of 28, she surrendered and decided to find help at an inpatient treatment facility which brought her to us.  Today, Halle has multiple years of sobriety. She gets to be a sister, a daughter, a Godmother, and a loving friend. She uses the tools provided in the recovery program and applies them to her daily life. Halle is now living a life of peace, meaning, and purpose; one that she never imagined was possible of living. She is devoted to helping others find their way in recovery and hopeful that they will discover a new way of life just as she did.

Jason Pignatello

Jason Pignatello

Admissions

 

Frank Barulli

Frank Barulli

Alumni Director

 

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