Office Staff

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Dolly Berges

Dolly Berges, Executive Assistant

Dolly began working with Save the Michaels as of February 2019. In her current position, she works directly under Avi Israel, President of STM. Her passion is helping others to make sure that they receive the assistance that they need. Dolly can be reached at [email protected] or by phoning (716) 984-8375.

Carol Flannagan

Carol Flanagan, Receptionist

Carol Flanagan joined STM in November 2018 as our Receptionist. Carol comes to us with 30 years of corporate clerical experience. Her last job was being eliminated during the same time that STM was looking for a full-time receptionist, and we both saw this as the perfect opportunity for Carol to join our team. Carol has family members in recovery and understands the need to help people who are suffering from addiction. Carol can be reached at [email protected] or by phoning (716) 984-8375.

Melissa Garcia

Melissa Garcia, Financial Director

Melissa joined STM in March of 2019 as the finance director.  She comes with almost ten years of banking experience from her full time job at M&T Bank.  She has worked in retail banking, commercial banking, banking services, and currently is a Canadian Commercial Relationship Liaison. Melissa has a passion for STM as she has family members that suffer from addiction and are in recovery.  She truly believes in what STM stands for and is looking forward to being with the organization as it continues to grow.  Melissa can be reached at [email protected] or by phoning at (716) 984-8375.

Barbara Howard

Barbara (Babs) Howard – Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA)

Barbara has been involved in the recovery community for the past 10yrs. She lost 2 brothers to alcoholism and addiction and has a son in recovery. She is passionate about providing support, education and resources to families that have loved ones with this disease. Barbara recently retired from a 40 yr. career as a clinical scientist at Oishei Children’s Hospital and has taken a part time position at Save the Michaels. She will continue to provide support as a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate for Families and their loved ones. Barbara can be reached at [email protected] or by phoning at (716) 984-8375.

Phil Luzio

Philip Luzio, Staff Photographer

Phil has been with Save the Michaels since its inception in June 2011.  He served as Vice President and now serves as Event Coordinator.  Phil served in the U.S. Military from 1966 to 1968 and is retired from the Niagara Frontier Transit Authority.

Brenna McDonald

Brenna McDonald, Intake Coordinator

Brenna joins STM as an Intake Specialist. Brenna has always been active in the service community. When not at STM, Brenna does volunteer homeless outreach year round, building relationships with those experiencing homelessness. In the winter months she works with Code Blue, bringing people into shelter. Brenna is passionate about working with and connecting with people of all walks of life. Brenna can be reached by phoning (716) 984-8375 or by emailing [email protected].

Suzanne Mix, Director of Family Support Services

Tasha Punch, Case Manager

Tasha has been with Save the Michaels since August 2018 starting as a receptionist.  Tasha very quickly established herself gaining knowledge and experience transitioning to Case Manager.  She is very passionate about helping others and making an impact in the world around her.  Tasha can be reached at Tasha can be reached at [email protected] or by calling (716) 984-8375.

Suzanne Mix, Director of Family Support Services

Angela Robertson, Court Representative and Insurance OMBUDS Representative, Certified Recovery Peer Advocate

Angela started with Save the Michaels in October, 2018. As the STM Court Representative, Angela travels to different drug courts, and advocates for justice-involved individuals to get into treatment for their substance use disorder. As the Ombuds Representative for Save the Michaels, Angela works with individuals seeking access to insurance coverage for substance use and mental health disorders. Angela informs people of their insurance rights, and assists them when they are denied coverage. Angela is available for speaking engagements at businesses and community centers across WNY  regarding her Ombuds work. Angela received her training through the CHAMPS program in Albany: Community Health Access to Addiction and Mental Healthcare Project. You can reach Angela at [email protected]  or by phoning (716) 984-8375.

Matt Thompson, Recovery Coach

Matt Thompson, CRPA, Certified Recovery Peer Advocate

Matt joined Save the Michaels in January 2019.  He lives in Lockport and has a passion for the people in his community.  Matt has been working tirelessly conducting outreach in the Lockport and Niagara Falls court systems. He completed his Associates Degree with a focus on Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling and will be applying for his CASAC shortly.  “I love being able to work in my community, helping people enter and maintain their recovery from Substance Abuse.  Save the Michaels is leading the way in New York State, and the United States, in the way we combat addiction in our communities. It’s an honor to be part of this team”. You can reach Matt  at [email protected]  or by phoning (716) 984-8375.

Suzanne Mix, Director of Family Support Services

Taylor Wadsworth, Courts Case Manager

Taylor began working with Save the Michaels shortly after obtaining her undergraduate degree from Duquesne University. As the Court Referrals Manager at STM, Taylor works with all the treatment courts of the NYS 8th Judicial District in 8 different counties, to coordinate treatment for individuals in various facilities all throughout New York State. Her passion for helping others is a driving force behind her work. You can reach her at [email protected] or at (716) 984-8375.

Karen West, Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA)

Karen West, Director of Family Support Services

Karen came to STM in 2018 as a Recovery Coach in Training, and is now a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) She helps families and individuals struggling with SUD. Karen understands first hand that it SUD is a family disease and she continually strives to educate herself on the multiple pathways of recovery. Karen’s background has expertise as in both business and marketing, as well as being a health and wellness practitioner. She believes in healing the mind-body-spirit as a whole. Karen has a passion for helping others find their strengths to live the life they were meant to live. Karen is embarking on getting her CASAC in the fall to further her education on this disease. She believes recovery is not a destination, but a journey where you can find peace within yourself to live a life of meaning and purpose. You can reach Karen at [email protected] or by calling (716) 984-8375.

Regan West, Administrative Assistant

Regan West, Administrative Assistant

Regan began working with Save the Michaels in November 2018.  It is her passion to pursue social justice and link individuals with the help they are so in need of.  Regan works directly with the Chief Operating Officer of STM.  She assists in managing the daily operations, as well as, the larger structure of the Save the Michaels agency.  Regan enjoys the administrative side of the nonprofit world and is hoping to continue on in this direction with her future career goals.  Regan can be reached at [email protected] or by phoning (716) 984-8375.

Nicole Zelazny, Courts Case Manager

Nicole began working with Save The Michaels in the Spring of 2019.  Working alongside Taylor Wadsworth as a Court Referrals Manager, she works with all the treatment courts of the NYS 8th Judicial District in 8 different counties to coordinate treatment for individuals in various facilities throughout New York State. Nicole finds inspiration and motivation from the individuals in the community, who are working to support and build each other up through endless, compassionate work. You can reach Nicole at [email protected] or by phoning (716) 984-8375