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Cody DeLorenzo Brown.


I was born in College Station and spent my childhood in Midland Texas. I currently reside outside of Baton Rouge Louisiana with my wife of 10 years and our little baby girl. I graduated from Louisiana State University with my bachelor’s in business management in 2017 and again in 2020 with my master’s in Analytics. I have done consulting work for numerous organizations like ExxonMobil, LSU Alumni Association, and BBQGuys. I specialize in data translating for businesses by bridging the gap between analytics and executive management.


Pat Brown 

Executive Director; Co-Founder

I was born in 1958 in Midland, Texas. My parents were classic Oil Wildcatters. My family is known for their civic heart and generosity. 

I graduated Texas A&M with a Petroleum Engineering Degree in 1980. I worked 30 years for Wagner & Brown and its subsidiary Pinnacle CNG. I worked recently as an Evaluation Engineer for Legacy Reserves for 5 years.

I entered recovery in 1990. I struggled with continuous sobriety until June 12, 2005. I have been blessed with sobriety ever since.  I attended numerous treatment centers and a halfway house and have spent many hours in therapy.  I have addressed my issues of addiction and self-dependency (codependency).  I continue with active involvement in recovery by frequently attending meetings, working steps with a sponsor and sponsees, ongoing Internal Family Systems therapy, and giving back to the recovery community.  My peerness shows itself as a valuable asset for working with others in experience, relatability and compassion.

Bobby Jones 


Currently a Managing Director/Private Wealth Advisor with Americana Partners. Prior to joining Americana, Bobby was Chief Investment Officer for a Texas-based family office. His prior work experience include T.A. McKay & Co., a distressed credit hedge fund, Morgan Stanley, and the United States Department of the Treasury. He graduated from Texas Christian University with a B.B.A. and earned an M.B.A. at the University of Texas at Austin. Bobby grew up in Midland but now lives in Houston with his wife and three children.



Jennifer Sherman Priddy

Program Director

I currently hold the position of Program Director for Thriving United, a Recovery Community Organization (RCO) and house manager of Angel Haven 4516, a Peer Support Recovery Residence. 

I am a woman in long-term recovery, since 9/25/2018.  What that means to me is that I have not used anything outside of myself to alter my mood, thoughts or feelings and am living a self-directed, healthy and balanced lifestyle.  I obtained my Bachelors in Child and Family Studies and my Masters in Autism and Early Childhood Developmental Delays from University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB). 

I put my heart and soul into teaching for 9-years with Midland Independent School District (MISD).  My classroom was the only place I felt alive.  Outside of the classroom, I felt alone, not good enough, worthless and like a failure.  I felt like I had no one I could tell these feelings to, nor did I know how to communicate them.  My own behavior was the only thing communicating these feelings for me. I remember telling my sister, “I don’t know what is wrong with me. I just feel like I have lost my heart.”  My sister recommended a peer run recovery community.

It was not until I was completely hopeless and broken that I finally took the steps to go to the community.  I was welcomed with open arms and the words “We are going to love you, until you learn to love yourself.”  I learned I had been attempting to us everything outside of myself to fix the spirit inside of me.  I was shown how to take care of my whole self from the inside out.  Peers showed me through their lived experience how to truly live and be alive! 

My education has given me the tools to listen to how/what behavior is communicating and my heart and experience have given me the “peer-ness” to walk with my peers as a role-model, support and guide to a holistic, healthy and balanced way of truly living and being alive.  It is my turn to give back the love that was so freely given to me!


Slade Skaggs


I’m Co-Owner / Director @ Recovery Centered Living & a Peer Recovery Support Specialist. 

I struggled with Opiate Use Disorder & Substance Use Disorder for 25-years – most of those years here in Austin. I have overdosed and I have been hospitalized more times than I can count. I have felt angry, scared, and hopeless. I haven’t known how to deal with my feelings and sometimes I haven’t had any feelings at all.

I have been in long-term recovery since July 3rd, 2016. I wanted to improve the quality of my life. What made a difference in my recovery was connecting with a new experience that allowed me to see and feel hope for the first time in decades. That new experience was in a Peer Recovery community that I stayed at for 11 months. The peer-ness there helped me see that people with lived experience just like me could recover and flourish.

I went on to live in a Recovery Residence and later on was spirit led to open up my own Recovery Residence to hold space for people in Recovery. During that time I had the opportunity to get a Peer Recovery Coach & get deeply involved in the Recovery Community as a whole. My coach helped me feel hopeful, set goals, and advocate for me.

I am a product of Peer Recovery Support Services & became a Coach in order to do for others what was so freely done for me!



Adam Zontok


Facility Manager

I am the facilities manager of Springboard Center in Midland Texas. I am a licensed electrician with experience as a supervisor for an underground utilities company and as a job foreman for new site development for a construction company. Prior to this, I worked as an Operations Manager for The Brickman Group, the largest landscaping company in the United States. At that time I was a Master Gardener, overseeing four IBM facilities over the course of four and a half years. In addition to this, I worked in the recovery field for the past three years as a Recovery Tech, Sober Living Coordinator, and Operations Manager for various companies. As a man in recovery myself, I am deeply passionate about the work I do, saying “I believe that a healthy and clean environment is essential to a powerful treatment experience.”







Gregg Glass, LCDC


My name is Gregg Glass, and the events of my life have culminated with me becoming passionate about helping others find their way. I battled with an addiction to Cocaine/Methamphetamine for almost 30 years. I have a lasting clean date of September 1, 2016. I feel very fortunate to have been able to turn my addiction into something positive, now, and for the future. My experiences have allowed me to help others in developing productive lives, and meaningful, lasting relationships with others. I am currently privileged to work with an amazing treatment team at Shades of Hope Treatment Facility in Buffalo Gap, Texas. I am dedicated to helping clients break the cycle of addiction, retain positive changes, and live the healthy, successful lives they deserve.


BRIAN KELLY 

 

Born in Chicago, Illinois in November 1962. Graduated Steinmetz HS 1980 joined the US Navy in 1982 and served for 3 years, then rejoined 2 years later. Retired in October of 2004. Brian’s education is from DeVry Institute of Technology of electronics from 1980 to 1982 along with various college courses during active duty. He earned his LVN nursing degree in 2012 through Kaplan College. Brian also earned 2 associates degrees from Mesa College with general studies and general science.

Brian has had over 10 years of accounting and bookkeeping for the US Navy, over 10 years of alcohol and drug abuse program advisor for US Navy and he is proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Quick Books. Brian enjoys giving back to the community through chairing meetings, helping children out at Angel Haven, and just being a staple in the recovery community. He enjoys laughing and being a part of with recovery in his long-term sobriety.


Harrison Orr

Mr Orr has served on several boards based on recovery principles.  Currently an Environmental Physicist with Tetra Tech.





Jeffry A. Smith - 


Consulting Geologist, Master Degree in Geology

I have been involved in the oil & gas business and numerous discoveries for over 50-years. I have drilled wells in 24 states. My heart has always been called to help others. I have been interested and involved with numerous non-profits over the years.

I have always given to and served on boards. I believe it is important and an honor. Below is a list of some of the activities I have been honored to be a part of or provide service for:

Big Brother Big Sister / President Board (3-years)

La Floracita Head start / President Board

United way / Served on Board

City of Midland Parks Commission / Served on Board

Joined with community members to get walking pathways, park benches, trash cans, no alcohol/no glass in city parks

City Midland Water Parks / Served on Board

Sibley Nature Center

Committee to help design Petroleum Museum

(West Texas Geological Society helped design the exhibit that mirrors walking on sea floor)

Give monthly contributions to St. Judes Children Hospital, Natural Parks Conversation, Texas Children’s Hospital and others.

Outside of work, I am in love with the natural world. I have spent a lot of time hiking in the Guadalupe mountains. I love studying plants and discovered a new flower in Big Bend. I love spending time in the outdoors. One of my favorite places in Midland is the Sibley Nature Center. Ever since I was a small child, I found joy in the natural world. My Higher Power is found in the Awe.



Garrett Stewart


Director of Operations

I was born in 1984 in Midland, Texas. Throughout my life, I have always been a kind and caring person, even though I have gone through many adversities. The way I was raised is that smoking marijuana and drinking beer was acceptable and encouraged. However, I did not want to be like my father, I wanted to be better than him. I exceled in school and artistic expression through photography, poetry, and music. Graduating from Midland Lee High School in 2002, I decided to use my scholarships to go to Midland College, however not for long due to drinking and using drugs. After some legal issues, I discovered recovery and latched onto it. In 2014 I received my Associates in Applied Sciences and obtained my License Chemical Dependency counseling intern license and worked as an LCDC-I for almost a year and a half before relapsing. Again, the legal issues came as a result from me using and I used the legal issues to fuel my recovery and use it to keep me accountable, learn from the past, and to help others not to get in that place or how to get out of that place. Today, I have been clean from all substances since January 31st, 2019 and I owe that to my connection with God, connection to myself, and connection to others. Connection is vital to my recovery and I am grateful that I can share that with many others and work as the Director of Operations for Thriving United. I hope to help others one day at a time for as long as I have days to do so.







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