Board

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My 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 and was a founding member of the organization. I serve on our board because I have seen firsthand what alcoholism and addiction can do to people’s lives. Since beginning this journey, I have seen complete hopelessness turn to hope for so many people, which continues to motivate me every day. The level of commitment among board members and volunteers is unlike anything I have ever been a part of, and I 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 drew me to this cause is my personal experience and the love I feel for people afflicted by drug addiction. This epidemic has touched my heart in many ways. I have experienced the hardship of losing friends and have seen an amazing light grow in peoples’ hearts and eyes. I have not ever seen an organization of people who care more about the community they’re 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.

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Ashley grew up in Island Lake and currently resides in Cary. Ashley has experience with organizational skills and multi-tasking. She presently works for an insulation company full time in Wauconda. She is also 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. As time passed, Ashley got more involved, wanting to be part of the bigger picture of what New Directions was doing with the community. 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 am 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. New Directions 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 outdoors-related. 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.

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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 he soon grew to include all facets of running a small business. The three 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 of industries like healthcare, professional services, home improvement, food service, retail, not-for-profit and more. In 2014, Joe started an internet marketing agency, Frontier Marketing LLC, with the idea of providing small business owners with a professional marketing partner for growing their company.