I name is Chris Reed I am 25 years old and have been a resident of McHenry County my entire life. I currently live in Fox River Grove with my fiancé and two kids. I have been sober since September 2009 myself and was a founding member of the organization. I continue to serve on our board because I have seen firsthand what alcoholism and addiction can do to people’s lives first hand. Since beginning this journey I have seen complete hopelessness turn to hope in so many people which continues to motivate me everyday. The level of commitment among board members and volunteers is unlike anything I have ever been a part of and hope to serve for many years to come.

My name is Michael Ledvora and I have been involved with New Directions Addiction Recovery Services for five years. We deal with the lack of services surrounding the drug treatment community in the Chicago land area. What has drawn me to this cause is my personal experience and personal love I feel for the people that are afflicted by drug addiction. This epidemic has touched my heart in so many ways, the hardship of losing friends, and the amazing light I have been able to see grow in peoples harts and eyes. I do not nor have ever seen an organization of people who care more about the community there in and helping the people of that community without personal gain. I’m proud to say that I am a trusted servant for this group of individuals and will continue to be one as long as I am allowed. Thank you.


Ashley grew up in Island Lake, and currently reside in Cary.  Ashley has experience with organizational skills and multi tasking. She works currently for an insulation company full time in Wauconda.  Also, Ashley is involved in recovery with a 12 step program and is very involved in the recovery community. Ashley got involved with New Directions over a year ago, after meeting a few people who were throwing events at The Other Side a sober venue in Crystal Lake. Ashley got more involved after time wanting to be part of the bigger picture and what New Directions was doing with the community and recovery to go along with New Directions mission. It’s a blessing to be part of an organization that’s growing and helping others. She is excited to see what the future holds for the organization.

My name is Nick Castagna. I live in Woodstock, IL and I see myself as a Communication Expert. I specialize in team building, leadership coaching, and talent recruitment. I graduated with a B.S. in economics from Northern Illinois University. I am most passionate about helping people see their potential and then unlock it.. My deepest passion is to empower others to do their best.

As Director of Organizational Development of New Directions Addiction Recovery Services I have had the opportunity to support sobriety for those in need here in McHenry County. I feel great knowing that there are more soldiers on the front and I am grateful for my part in it. NDARS is a unique non-profit treading the uncharted waters of addiction recovery close to your home.

I enjoy fishing, canoeing, road trips, and anything else that is related to outdoors. My fiancé, Samantha and I live in Woodstock, IL and we love to go camping. Usually we camp somewhere not so close to home, that way we get to road trip and enjoy the outdoors.


Joe has lived his whole life in Illinois, growing up in the northwestern suburb of Algonquin. He graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing with a specialization in Professional Selling and a Minor in Environmental Sciences. During his time at NIU, Joe became heavily involved in organizational leadership roles for numerous groups like the Collegiate Sales Advisory Board (CSAB), American Marketing Association (AMA) and Knights of Columbus.

After graduation, Joe worked a variety of odd jobs before being hired as the first employee for a local internet marketing start-up. His primary responsibilities were marketing and account management but soon grew to include all facets of running a small business. The 3 years at the company would prove to be an invaluable experience to prepare Joe for the next steps in his career. At the beginning of 2013, he was elected to a board position as Marketing Director for New Directions Addiction Recovery Services.

Throughout his career, Joe has been responsible for coordinating marketing efforts for clients in a variety industries like healthcare, professional services, home improvement, food service, retail, not-for-profit and more. In 2014, Joe started his own internet marketing agency, Frontier Marketing LLC, with the idea of providing small business owners with a professional marketing partner to grow their company.