MEET THE TEAM
Hello I'm Stacie the president and founder of Drug Free All Stars. My mission, and purpose is to help others into recovery and break the stigma of addiction. I am a recovering heroin addict that finally found my way with Medical Assisted Recovery (methadone). I'm also a Counselor, Certified Peer Recovery coach, Motivational Speaker, Advisory Board Member for Novi Community Coalition, Certified Narcan Trainer, and Radio Talk Show host for Cave Radio.
Hello, my name is Lisa and I am the treasurer for the Drug Free All Stars. I am a person in long term recovery and my clean date is 12/7/17. I also work at a treatment center! It is heart breaking to see how many people die each and every year because of addiction. I feel that one of the biggest reasons that continues to happen is because of the stigma that society places on people who are dealing with addiction. So it makes it very hard for people to react out and ask for help. I became part of this organization because I wanted to be able to help others see that recovery is possible! Everyone's journey will not be the same, and that is okay!
Hello my name is Sarah and I am the VP for Drug Free All Stars. I'm a grateful recovery addict and alcoholic. I am married with 2 children. I have been sober since March 25,2018. After losing someone close to me to addiction, it was an eye opener for me, and I vowed to help fellow addicts to see the life on the other side of the drug. If I can help one person, then I'm doing what my higher power is allowing me to do to help keep myself sober.
Agnes Yarsike MA,TLLP
Executive Admin Director
S.U.D. Therapist/Supervisor for a treatment center in Oakland County, Michigan. I have my masters in Clinical Psychology. My part in Drug Free All Stars is to bring assistance to the family, and anyone affected by the Disease of Addiction/ Mental Health.
President -Men's Chapter
I am a person in long term recovery with over 6 years clean. For over 20 years I struggled to get any significant amount of clean time. I was in and out of numerous jails and treatment centers. I really got serious about my recovery in 2006 and managed to accumulate almost 5 years clean when an injury sent me to the hospital. I was immediately given opiates at the hospital and that sent me off on another 2 year relapse cycle. On September 9, 2013, the run ended with a wake up in the county jail and I decided that was it for me. Now I advocate for people who are seeking help with their addiction. I speak at jails, treatment centers, drug courts and 3/4 houses to share my experience and let others know that even though you may feel hopeless there is a way out. As President of the Men's Chapter of DFAS in Genesee I have helped people get into treatment, 3/4 housing, 12 step fellowships or faith based organizations to help them find their own personal path to recovery. I always tell people only you can make that decision to reach out for help. I do whatever I can to make sure that I and the DFAS team are here to assist you when you do.
President - Women's Chapter
The Genesee County Drug Free All Stars Chapter provides information and networking for people seeking help with their addiction. I have been in recovery for over 30 years and have watched the disease of addiction become more devastating with the influx of stronger more lethal substances including the opioid epidemic. I work to help people find their personal path to recovery. I advocate for all people affected by mental health and substance use disorders. I have been on the Genesee Health System Board of Directors for over 20 years. I am the current substance use disorder committee chair for both Genesee Health System and Region 10 PIHP. I voice concerns for people who run into barriers getting help within the system to the carious boards I am apart of. My personal mission is to ensure that services are being provided and to assist people in recovery services, breaking down the barriers and stigma that are prevalent in our society. Being part of the community leadership is my way of being that example that WE CAN AND DO RECOVER!
Vice President - Men's Chapter
As a person who spent almost 20 years in active addiction, with only brief periods of abstinence during that time, I know all about the hopelessnesss of the disease of addicigon. But i also know about the beauty of recovery. I am very involved in the local recovery community and I try and help anyone I can in whatever way they may need. I believe that nobody's journey is the same and that's why multiple pathways is so important. I am a Certified Peer Recovery Coach and am here to shout from the rooftops that WE CAN, AND WE DO RECOVER!