David Lee is a Board Registered Interventionist who is based out of Lowell, Indiana. Over 13 years ago, David formed Intervention Services, Inc. which is currently the largest substance abuse and mental health intervention provider in North America. Focusing primarily on treatment resistant, recovery resistant, and failure to launch clients, David developed the Emotional Model of Interventions, which seeks to explain the complex dynamics within family systems that occurs when someone engages in avoidance coping, substance abuse, or other dysfunctions.
Kevin grew up in a typical Northwest Indiana town in what he thought was a typical American life. He got good grades in school, worked a full time job through high school, played sports, and like most of his friends in school, dabbled with drugs and alcohol. One of the people Kevin partied with at that time was his older brother David. Everything seemed normal to him. Everything was normal- until it wasn’t. While Kevin breezed through high school, his brother, though more gifted academically, started struggling with school, jobs, and life. Kevin didn’t realize that his brother had progressed from light partying into a major cocaine addiction. By the time Kevin was a senior in high school, David had already entered his first drug treatment center.
Emily Kirk-Back, Program Director at Heartland Recovery didn’t always know that working in the field of addictions was going to be her passion. Growing up she was drawn to law enforcement and she wanted to work for the FBI like Jodi Foster in Silence of the Lambs. That dream slowly went away as she found herself cycled in one bad decision and one bad habit after another. It wasn’t until about 11 years ago when she changed and that same passion she had as a child came back, still wanting to be a little like Jodi Foster but now working in the field of addictions.
Jaime Rogers, Outreach Coordinator, is a life-long resident of NWI, graduating from Portage High School and earned her B.A. from IUN. From the time that she graduated from high school to the day that she joined the team at Heartland, Jaime’s path both personally and professionally has been one of experiential learning. It was as if Jaime’s personal life/struggles opened the door to a career reflective of that specific struggle.
Raquel Basile, Heartland’s Intake Coordinator, has had a long battle with addiction. As a teenager in high school, Raquel began drinking alcohol and abusing cocaine. After high school, Raquel went into her first of seven rehab centers. While she was in and out of rehab, Raquel was still abusing drugs even though she was also becoming a mother. At that time, Raquel also went from abusing cocaine to crack in her twenties.
Dr. Hubert has extensive experience helping people more effectively cope with major life adjustments due to stress, loss, transition, medical diagnoses, or trauma. Helping clients use their strengths and develop new ones to create acceptance, health, and resilience is her focus. Dr. Hubert is board certified in psychopharmacology, which allows her to advise a client about maintaining or restoring wellness with medications.
Lynda Sward, Clinical Director, grew up in New Jersey and committed to her professional career path in New York, eventually shifting her life journey into Indiana. She is a trainer, educator, humanist, Interventionist, and Addiction and Family specialist, with credentials and licensure in the field of Education, Addictions; Counseling, Dual Diagnosis, and Criminal Justice.
Jeanine Harley-Lee is an educator at heart. She began her educational journey at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she earned a Bachelor of Arts. She continued her education at DePaul University receiving a Master of Education and moved forward with her postgraduate work earning an additional Master of Instructional Leadership.
Alysha Rechlicz is one of the counselors here at Heartland Recovery Center. Alysha is a native to Chesterton, Indiana and graduated from Chesterton High School. Alysha’s initial career choice after high school was to become a teacher. However, due to unfortunate life circumstances, which includes the death of her grandfather, Alysha began a downward spiral of active addiction forcing her life in a different direction. Realizing that her life needed to change she sought recovery. After entering in her recovery, Alysha realized something was missing from her life became actively involved in the recovery community.
Christian grew up and lived in Hammond Indiana for 28 years. He graduated from Morton Senior High School in 2003 and started college at Herron School of Arts/IUPUI. When Christian started college, his drinking and drugging career began. Christian lasted only a year in college and then returned home. Over the next 10 years his addiction and alcoholism increased steadily. On September 11, 2013 he started his recovery journey and has remained clean and sober since that day.
Diana, Heartland Recovery Center’s Addiction Tech, was raised in the Will County where graduated from Romeoville High School. During and after her high school career, Diana experimented with many drugs. Through those years, Diana lost her brother to addiction and she experienced first-hand how the disease can tear a family apart. After losing more loved ones to addiction, she decided she wanted to help people beat their struggles with substance abuse.
SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR & CONTENT WRITER
Parry Papamihalakis is the Social Media Coordinator & Content Writer for Heartland Recovery Center, as well as their sister company, Intervention Services Inc. A Northwest Indiana native and member of the Greek-American community, Parry learned from a young age that a strong support system is a major key to success. Through his community, Parry has been involved in local outreach for as long as he can remember. Parry is also passionate in LGBTQ, mental health, and equal rights issues. Parry is also an advocate for the LGBTQ community promoting unity in diversity.
Sharron Van Kooten began her education in drugs and addiction thirty years ago when she became aware that her eldest son was abusing cocaine. For the next ten to fifteen years, her knowledge grew as he drifted between rehabs and relapses.