Meet Our Team

Founders

David W. Green

David W. Green

Founder & CEO

David Green enjoys building things – businesses and places. Over the years he has been involved in a variety of enterprises, including real estate, automotive, sports and marketing. In addition to practicing law, he directed the development of the Cape Eleuthera Resort in The Bahamas and serves as Chairman and Founding Director of The Island […]

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Rae Allyson Green, JD, LPC, CAADC

Rae Allyson Green, JD, LPC, CAADC

Founder & President

Rae Green’s extensive experience working in residential treatment centers inspired her to seek a new approach to addiction treatment. In collaboration with her husband David, Rae founded Sanford House Addiction Treatment Centers to serve as a beacon for recovery. And to inspire those suffering with substance use disorders, to achieve richer and more fulfilling lives […]

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Clinical & Medical Team

Omar Flores, LMSW, CAADC

Omar Flores, LMSW, CAADC

Clinical Director

Omar Flores “discovered” Grand Rapids as an undergraduate student at Aquinas College. He stayed to complete his Master of Social Work degree. And he has worked in mental health treatment in Grand Rapids for the past 11 years. Omar has spent most of that time working with adults who struggle with substance use disorders, trauma, […]

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John N. Campbell, M.D.,  P.C.

John N. Campbell, M.D., P.C.

Medical Director

Dr. Campbell has established a successful private medical practice in the Grand Rapids community over the past 35 years. This practice has grown to three healthcare providers, offering primary care services, internal medicine, behavioral mental health, addiction medicine, dermatology, allergy, and women’s health services. Dr. Campbell received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin and completed his residency at […]

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Brenda L. Kargel, RN, MSN

Brenda L. Kargel, RN, MSN

Family Nurse Practitioner

Brenda Kargel has had a personal interest in addiction therapy for quite some time. Her background has been in mental health care and she says, “I think many people with addiction problems started using their drug of choice because they could not or did not get the help they needed. I am happy to be […]

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Mary DeBoer, LPN

Mary DeBoer, LPN

Nurse Manager

As Nurse Manager, Mary DeBoer loves the fact she gets to meet people from all walks of life. She says, “I listen, comfort and help our clients see that addiction is a disease without shame or guilt.” She believes that with good medical care and the right medications, clients can meet their recovery goals for […]

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Rae Rabideau, MS

Rae Rabideau, MS

Therapist

Rae Rabideau received a master’s degree in psychology from DePaul University, with a concentration in human development. While in graduate school, Rae conducted coping skills group sessions for individuals living in disadvantaged neighborhoods. After living in Chicago for seven years, Rae returned to her hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan to be closer to family. She is […]

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Claire Victoria Graves, LPC, CAADC, AcuDetox Specialist

Claire Victoria Graves, LPC, CAADC, AcuDetox Specialist

Therapist

Claire has worked in residential addiction treatment for the past four years. She also has extensive experience with group therapy, Art Therapy and she is our AcuDetox specialist. Claire was drawn to the Sanford House “holistic and progressive” programming. She was also encouraged by her long-time mentor to join the Sanford House team. Claire says […]

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Jonathan Hunt, MA, RBT

Jonathan Hunt, MA, RBT

Therapist

Jonathan’s experience in the Army with the 16th Psychological Operations Battalion, and his work as a Paramedic serve as excellent qualifications for his position as a Substance Abuse Counselor at Sanford House at John Street. In the past, he also served as Milieu Consultant for adolescents who were involved in the court system. You might […]

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Natalie Sernick, LLMSW

Natalie Sernick, LLMSW

Therapist

Natalie has always known she wanted to work with adults seeking recovery from addiction.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Sociology from Michigan State University and her Master’s Degree from Grand Valley State University. She’s putting her education to good use, leading groups in both the men’s and women’s facilities at Sanford […]

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Alaina Smith, LPC, CAADC

Alaina Smith, LPC, CAADC

Therapist

Alaina works as a therapist at Cherry Street for Women. She says she loves getting to see the women “come out of the fog of addiction” and begin to start their journey of healing. Facilitating group therapy is a personal favorite. Alaina is fluent in Spanish as well as English and conducts individual and group […]

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Christine Walkons, MA, LPC, CAADC, CCS-M

Christine Walkons, MA, LPC, CAADC, CCS-M

Advisory

Christine Walkons has been working in the addiction treatment field for over twenty-five years. She embraces a welcoming approach that eliminates barriers to treatment. As Clinical Director, Christine encourages partnerships between clients and staff, resulting in individualized, person-centered recovery management. Prior to Sanford House, Christine served as the Executive Director for a residential treatment facility. She […]

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Adjunct Counselors

Jess Kimmel, MSAT, LLPC

Jess Kimmel, MSAT, LLPC

Marketing and Publications Manager, Art Therapist

Jess Kimmel has always had a passion for art. In fact, she’s an artist herself. Abstract painting and figure drawing are her hobbies. When she received her dual license in Art Therapy and Counseling, it made sense that she would apply her creative skills to all aspects of her counseling responsibilities. Jess’s versatility is apparent at Sanford […]

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Outreach and Marketing

Marilyn Spiller

Marilyn Spiller

Executive Director of Marketing, Editor-In-Chief

Marilyn Spiller has been a marketing professional for more than twenty years. She has helped organizations promote their products and services, from automated litigation support systems to contemporary art. For the past five years, she has directed her talents toward the addiction treatment field. Most recently as Marketing Director and Editor-in-Chief of Excursions Magazine for Sanford House. Marilyn is […]

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Admissions

Lindsey Grant

Lindsey Grant

Director of Admissions

Lindsey brings insight and knowledge to her position at Sanford House. As our Director of Admissions, Lindsey is often the first point of contact for potential clients and their families. Lindsey’s warm and engaging personality and experiential empathy often turns a difficult phone call into a life changing one. Before coming to Sanford House, Lindsey served as a Withdrawal […]

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Marrissa Sheehy

Marrissa Sheehy

Admissions Specialist

Marrissa has worked in the administrative field for the past 5 years, serving individuals seeking mental health and addiction treatment. A former recovery liaison, Marrissa has a passion for addiction medicine and personalized care. As a woman in recovery herself, she brought firsthand knowledge to her role as House Manager of Sanford House at Cherry […]

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Hospitality Services

Kathy Morrow

Kathy Morrow

Wellness Coach

Kathy Morrow’s passion for all things physical, shines through the minute you meet her. She looks like someone who runs marathons for breakfast, and in fact she has finished five marathons, including the Boston Marathon. Kathy holds a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education and a Master Degree in Educational Administration. Kathy has spent her entire career directing, teaching and coaching women […]

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Alec Green

Alec Green

Director of Operations

Alec brings creative and organizational talents to his role as Director of Operations for Sanford House. During the renovation of Sanford House at Cherry Street, he was tasked with bringing new life to the long neglected outside spaces. Thinking big, Alec ordered 220 arborvitae and boxwood trees from Washington State, and led a brigade of friends […]

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Leslie Rulewicz

Leslie Rulewicz

House Chef

Leslie opened Sanford House at Cherry Street in 2014 and has rejoined the team as House Chef. Leslie has gained experience over the past two years working with Grand Valley’s Phi Sigma Sigma sorority chapter. Leslie also has experience working with several prominent restaurants in the area (including Nantucket Baking Company, Charley’s Crab, Reserve Wine […]

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Brooke Baker

Brooke Baker

House Manager - Sanford House at Cherry Street

Brooke loves being a House Manager at Cherry Street. She says she has met so many strong and resilient women in her position. And she loves playing a part in providing a secure, therapeutic space for the women in her charge to recover. Brooke is the “first line” at Cherry Street, meeting and interacting with […]

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Roderic Townes

Roderic Townes

House Manager Sanford House at John Street

Roderic (Rod) Townes loves his job as the House Manager at Sanford House at John Street for Men. He enjoys interacting with clients, keeping the house in order and and keeping his clients safe. Rod started with Sanford House as a part-time Resident Support staffer after 3 1/2 years as a Resident Care Provider for […]

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Administrative Services

Lisa Nargi

Lisa Nargi

Director of Finance & Administration

Lisa Nargi earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography with a minor in Business Management, from Western Michigan University. Afterwards, she moved to San Francisco, where she worked for a California based corporate event planning firm, managing large scale conferences for major Silicon Valley software companies. She spent the next 10 years as an “It Girl” at […]

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