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Jesse Williams

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Education:

  • Roger Williams University BA Psych

  • St. Charles Community College RN

 Current Practice:

  • ARCA

 Current Location:

  • St. Louis, MO

 Ages Served:

  • 18+

Certifications & Licensure:

  • RN

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Alex Hackworth

BA

Having personally experienced the ravages of addiction and the gifts of recovery, Alex seeks to instill in every patient the hope that they too can overcome their challenges and live a happier, more fulfilling life. Alex is a Case Manager and Community Support, Specialist. He graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Missouri St. Louis, worked in neurorehabilitation and psychiatric research and has been in the field of recovery since 2015.

EDUCATION

  • MSN, PMHCNS-BC, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville IL

  • BSN, Michigan State University, East Lansing Michigan

CURRENT PRACTICE

  • Assisted Recovery Centers of America, Telemedicine, psychiatry, and addiction

  • QSR Psych Solutions, Telemedicine psychiatry, and addiction

CURRENT LOCATION

  • O'Fallon, MO

AGES SERVED

  • 18+

CERTIFICATIONS  & LICENSURE

  • Board certified as Adult Psychiatric/ Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist

  • Active state licenses MO

  • DEA: MO

  • XDEA: Suboxone

Amanda Gebel

Peer Support Specialist

Amanda is a person in long-term recovery from substance use disorder. She has spent most of her time in recovery working in the St. Louis area in harm reduction, recovery supportive housing and now in a treatment setting with ARCA since October 2020. Her personal life experiences allow her to work to meet people where they are at and support all paths to recovery while promoting safety and eliminating stigma and disparities surrounding substance use and substance use treatment.

Education:

  • QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training, July 2019

  • Peer Support Supervision Training, June 2020

  • Mental Health First Aid, January 2021

 Current Practice:

  • ARCA

 Current Location:

  • St. Louis, MO

 Ages Served:

Certifications & Licensure:

  • Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), March 2019

  • Medication Awareness Recovery Specialist (MARS), July 2020

  • POST certification, October 2020

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Chris Ray

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Education:

  • Roger Williams University BA Psych

  • St. Charles Community College RN

 Current Practice:

  • ARCA

 Current Location:

  • St. Louis, MO

 Ages Served:

  • 18+

Certifications & Licensure:

  • RN

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Darrel St. Aubin

LPC

I have been at ARCA for the last four years. I have over 40 years in the Counseling Field that include:

  • Director of three Drug Treatment Centers

  • Program manager for the first Marriage and Family contract with the  U.S Army

  • Manager of Outpatient Services in a Psych. Hospital

  • Taught at the Senior Graduate Level at two Universities

  • Private practice

Education:

  • BA. Illinois Wesleyan University. Bloomington, Illinois

  • Masters. Garrett School of Counseling and Psychology. Northwestern University. Evanston, Illinois

  •  ABD Doctorate. Counseling and Psychology. University of the Redlands.  SanAnselmo, California

  • Advanced Studies in Counseling and Psychology. Central Missouri State University. Warrensburg, Missouri

  • ​All but dissertation on Doctorate

 Current Practice:

  • Assisted Recovery Centers of America, Lead Therapist

 Current Location:

  • ARCA- West County

 Ages Served:

Certifications & Licensure:

  • LPC Missouri

  • Board Certified Supervisor

  • Associate Fellow with the Institute for Rational Therapy

Irena Jance

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Education:

  • QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training, July 2019

  • Peer Support Supervision Training, June 2020

  • Mental Health First Aid, January 2021

 Current Practice:

  • ARCA

 Current Location:

  • St. Louis, MO

 Ages Served:

Certifications & Licensure:

  • Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), March 2019

  • Medication Awareness Recovery Specialist (MARS), July 2020

  • POST certification, October 2020

Joe Foege ​​

Peer Support Specialist

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As a peer support specialist, Joe started his journey by attending treatment at Gateway, where he was then referred to ARCA for MAT services. Joe also began living in one of ARCA’s sober living homes at Recovery House STL. Joe started using Vivitrol as part of his treatment in 2019. Joe became a manager of Recovery House STL in 2020. Joe has been working in the treatment field since 2020 and in 2021 he obtained his Certified Peer Support credential through the Missouri Credentialing Board. In 2021, Joe joined the ARCA team as a Peer Support Specialist to pursue his dream of helping others in their recovery journeys.

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 Certifications & Licensure:

  • Certified Peer Support credential through the Missouri Credentialing Board. In 2021

Karen K.

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Having personally experienced the ravages of addiction and the gifts of recovery, Alex seeks to instill in every patient the hope that they too can overcome their challenges and live a happier, more fulfilling life. Alex is a Case Manager and Community Support, Specialist. He graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Missouri St. Louis, worked in neurorehabilitation and psychiatric research and has been in the field of recovery since 2015.

Education:

  • Currently Enrolled at Syracuse University

 Current Practice:

  • ARCA 

 Current Location:

  • St. Louis, MO

 Ages Served:

  • 18+

Certifications & Licensure:

  • MARS (Medication Assisted Recovery Specialist)

  • CRADC (Certified Reciprocal Alcohol and Drug Counselor)

  • CPS (Certified Peer Specialist)

  • International Reciprocity Certificate

  • Missouri Credentialing Board Clinician Supervisor

  • Certified Peer Specialist Supervisor

Kelly Marx

BSW, Case Manager

This marks the sixteenth year in my field, I have enjoyed working with different populations throughout my career.  At the start, I was creating care plans for skilled nursing patients and Individual Support Plans for individuals with disabilities, and now have the pleasure of being part of a treatment team for the ARCA clients and providing them support, and encouragement in their recovery, and connecting them to resources in their community.

I am honored to be part of the ARCA team and being a part of touching the lives of our clients, and being part of their journey through their recovery.

Education:

  • Bachelor's in social work / Minor in Psychology

 Current Practice:

  • Case Manager

 Current Location:

  • ARCA- St. Louis, MO

 Ages Served:

Certifications & Licensure:

  • BSW

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Mitch Ackerman

LMSW

I have worked in the field of mental health and addiction since 2013 and have been conducting therapy since 2018.  Throughout this time, I have worked with individual adults and families as they struggle to move forward from addiction into recovery.  Coming from a background in social work allows me to look at a client’s situation from multiple angles and empower them to thrive in their lives.  I tend to utilize cognitive behavioral therapy strategies in order to assist my client’s in gaining insight into their addiction and mental health issues.  I help individuals take control of their recovery and move beyond survival into a place in their life that they can thrive. 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology and Sociology from Maryville University

  • Master of Social Work (MSW) from Saint Louis University

 Current Practice:

  • Therapist/Social Worker

 Current Location:

  • ARCA- St. Louis, MO

Certifications & Licensure:

  • ​Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)

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Rebecca Sheaoege

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Education:

  • Currently Enrolled at Syracuse University

 Current Practice:

  • ARCA 

 Current Location:

  • St. Louis, MO

 Ages Served:

  • 18+

Certifications & Licensure:

  • MARS (Medication Assisted Recovery Specialist)

  • CRADC (Certified Reciprocal Alcohol and Drug Counselor)

  • CPS (Certified Peer Specialist)

  • International Reciprocity Certificate

  • Missouri Credentialing Board Clinician Supervisor

  • Certified Peer Specialist Supervisor

Ryan Wiggins

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Education:

  • Bachelor's in social work / Minor in Psychology

 Current Practice:

  • Case Manager

 Current Location:

  • ARCA- St. Louis, MO

 Ages Served:

Certifications & Licensure:

  • BSW

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Mitch Ackerman

LMSW

I have worked in the field of mental health and addiction since 2013 and have been conducting therapy since 2018.  Throughout this time, I have worked with individual adults and families as they struggle to move forward from addiction into recovery.  Coming from a background in social work allows me to look at a client’s situation from multiple angles and empower them to thrive in their lives.  I tend to utilize cognitive behavioral therapy strategies in order to assist my client’s in gaining insight into their addiction and mental health issues.  I help individuals take control of their recovery and move beyond survival into a place in their life that they can thrive. 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology and Sociology from Maryville University

  • Master of Social Work (MSW) from Saint Louis University

 Current Practice:

  • Therapist/Social Worker

 Current Location:

  • ARCA- St. Louis, MO

Certifications & Licensure:

  • ​Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)

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Rebecca Shea

Community Support Specialist

I came to ARCA with the hope that I can make a difference in one person’s life. To give every client the care and support needed for a successful recovery. As a mother of a son who struggled with substance use disorder from the age of 16 years old until he succumbed to the disease at the young age of 20 years old, I know the care, the kindness, and the words of encouragement (and even the stern words of disappointment) from “mom” is sometimes just what is needed to push through another day of sobriety. I’m here to be your biggest cheerleader!

Education:

  • Currently Enrolled at Syracuse University

 Current Practice:

  • ARCA 

 Current Location:

  • St. Louis, MO

 Ages Served:

  • 18+

Certifications & Licensure:

  • MARS (Medication Assisted Recovery Specialist)

  • CRADC (Certified Reciprocal Alcohol and Drug Counselor)

  • CPS (Certified Peer Specialist)

  • International Reciprocity Certificate

  • Missouri Credentialing Board Clinician Supervisor

  • Certified Peer Specialist Supervisor

Ryan Wiggins

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Education:

  • Bachelor's in social work / Minor in Psychology

 Current Practice:

  • Case Manager

 Current Location:

  • ARCA- St. Louis, MO

 Ages Served:

Certifications & Licensure:

  • BSW

Tim Gorgman

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Education:

  • Bachelor's in social work / Minor in Psychology

 Current Practice:

  • Case Manager

 Current Location:

  • ARCA- St. Louis, MO

 Ages Served:

Certifications & Licensure:

  • BSW