Board of Directors
Rachelle Gardner is the Chief Operating Officer for Hope Academy, a recovery high school located in Indianapolis, IN. She is also the Director of Adolescent Services at Fairbanks, a treatment center associated with Hope Academy. Rachelle has her Masters in organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. She has been in the field of addition and recovery for over 20 years. As the Chairperson for the Association of Recovery Schools, Rachelle leads this dynamic Board of Directors by being a humble example of how to be a servant leader, always putting what is best for the schools and the students above all else.
Sasha McLean, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Executive Director of Archway Academy, a high school for teens in recovery from drug/alcohol addiction in Houston, TX. She is also the Vice Chairman of the Association of Recovery Schools (ARS) and a huge advocate for recovery and education. Prior to Archway, Sasha was the Director of The High Road at The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston where she ran the adolescent intensive outpatient program. Sasha is a sought-after presenter by many organizations and speaks nationwide about addiction/recovery, recovery schools, teen development, failure to launch and media influences on youth.
Roger Oser currently serves as the Principal at ABCD’s William J. Ostiguy Recovery High School since its inception in October 2006, one of the first high schools in Massachusetts for young people in recovery from substance abuse addition and the first recvoery high school to receive national accreditation by the Association of Recovery Schools. He is deeply committed to the education of urban youth and has been working with youth in alternative settings for 15 years. Roger has served as the co-chair of the Boston Youth Service Network since 2004 and is also the Secretary for the Association of Recovery Schools Board of Directors.
Dr. Andrew J. Finch is Associate Professor of the Practice and School Counseling Coordinator for the Human Development Counseling Program in the Department of Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Finch is a leader in the development and research of recovery high schools in the United States, and he is co-founder of the Association of Recovery Schools. Among his published works are Starting a Recovery School and Approaches to Substance Abuse and Addiction in Educational Communities: A Guide to Practices that Support Recovery in Adolescents and Young Adults, on which we was a co- editor.
Rebecca Bonner, M.Ed., MUPP is Head of School of The Bridge Way School, Philadelphia’s first recovery school, which opened its doors in 2011. She has worked with non-profits for over 20 years in secondary and post-secondary education and currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Office of Addiction Services for the city of Philadelphia. Caron Treatment Centers awarded Rebecca the Brian H. Early community Leadership award in 2012. She earned her Master of Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Master of Education from Temple University. Rebecca and her husband live in Philadelphia and have three daughters.
Michael Durchslag is the Director of P.E.A.S.E. Academy (Peers Enjoying a Sober Education), the oldest sober school in the United States. He began working for P.E.A.S.E. in November, 1995 as the Social Studies teacher. Michael became the school’s Director in January, 2007. He is a licensed 7-12 social studies teacher and earned his Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of St. Thomas in 2002. Michael also holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Beloit College (1991). He is committed to making P.E.A.S.E. Academy a powerful learning community that is serious about recovery. Michael and P.E.A.S.E. Academy have been long-time supporters and members of ARS and he is looking forward to joining the Board in January 2015.
Devin Reaves is a proud native of Philadelphia, and is the founder of the Young People in Recovery (YPR), Pennsylvania Chapter. Devin earned a Masters of Social Work from The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. He is a person living in long-term recovery and is best known as a gifted community organizer and grassroots advocate. He is the owner and current program director of Brotherly Love House a recovery residence for men in Philadelphia.
Parker Cragg is the Executive Director of Three Oaks Academy in Houston, Texas. Prior to arriving at Three Oaks, Parker taught sophomore and junior English at Chavez High School in association with the Teach for America program. He’s a proud graduate of the University of Texas and is a person living in long-term recovery. As an emerging recovery high school professional, Parker is looking forward to sharing his expertise with other communities who are interested in creating an amazing, supportive environment where recovery and learning can floursih. In his spare time, Parker enjoys yoga, playing the ukulele, and bragging about how cool his job is.
Jonathan Salzburg serves as the Director of Collegiate Recovery Services at Caron Renaissance, which is part of Caron Treatment Centers Continuum of Care. Jonathan is the President and Founder of College Recovery Counselors®, which is engaged in the business of providing educational consulting for adolescents and young adults in a variety of areas. Jonathan has worked in the Office of Admissions for both the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania and Florida Atlantic University. Prior to working at Florida Atlantic University, Jonathan earned his MBA from the Wharton School of Business majoring in Finance and Marketing. He currently serves as a Board Member of the Penn Gold Coast Alumni Association, representing Palm Beach County and as a member of the Spanish River Community High School Career Academies Advisory Board. Prior to business school, he worked as a Supervisor and Senior Financial Analyst at Warner Brothers Entertainment. Jonathan earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder.