Autumn Brown MS, CADCIII
Owner, Director of Business and Marketing
Autumn has worked in the addiction, mental health treatment field for the past 12 years. She has a passion for helping people find their purpose and break free from substance use. Autumn has a Masters Degree in Business and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor III Masters Level.
In addition to owning Recovery BLVD, Autumn is also the owner of Portland Sober Living Company which specializes in high quality sober housing. Portland Sober Living collaborates with Recovery BLVD to assure clients have mentorship and support which will help propel them into the recovery community. PSLC was not on Autumn's radar as a business but after months of struggling to place women in sober housing she decided to just open one house herself. "I could not believe what a shortage of structured, quality sober living for women we had here in the Portland, OR area. I was so frustrated I decided to just do it myself." Since that time the organization has grown quickly. I am not the person who created this housing organization alone. I have some of the BEST managers that anyone could hope for. Their dedication to their houses and helping people who are just starting of the journey of recovery has been a pillar of our success. On a daily basis I am filled with gratitude that I have been fortunate to have such ethical, responsible, motivated employees."
Autumn has a 17 year old daughter and loves working with young adults. Autumn coaches the Recovery Blvd Softball team and they are known to clean up on the competition. As a strong advocate of bringing up the next generation of leaders in the addiction advocacy community Autumn has empowered and sponsored Recovery Blvd alumni who have become Certified Recovery Mentors and are working in the field.
Solara Salazar, MS, CADCII
Owner & Executive Director
Solara Paschal moved to Portland, OR from California in 2006 where she worked as a martial arts instructor. Since then she has dedicated her life to helping those who suffer from the disease of addiction.
She started her career working in DUII treatment, and then moved on to work in residential treatment, medication assisted treatment, and drug court. She is passionate about helping addicts and alcoholics and truly believes that everyone is capable of change as long as they have the tools and support needed to build a strong foundation in recovery.
Her goal is to help every client who walks through the door achieve sobriety and lead a happy, healthy, and successful life.
In her free time Solara performs as a fire dancer, and loves spending time with friends and family. Her education includes an Associate’s Degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling, a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development, and a Master’s Degree in Management and Organizational Leadership. Solara also maintains her certification of CADC II as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor.
Ivana Jungic, AAS, PRC, CADCI
Director of Clinical Outreach & Admissions
Born in former Yugoslavia, Ivana came to the United States as a refugee of the Yugoslav Wars. As a child of war, Ivana experienced first-hand the horrors of war, childhood trauma and PTSD. Ivana’s personal experiences have imbued a rare level of compassion and understanding. She recognizes the importance of treating not only the symptoms of addiction, but simultaneously providing supportive strategies that factor in the whole person, as a unique individual; including life experiences, family background and any related trauma or personal setbacks.
Ivana is fluent in four languages. She holds an Associates Degree and is a licensed CADC1, CRM, and PRC. She is passionate about work, health & fitness, and helping others train.
Her passion for helping people and her own personal journey of addiction and recovery brought her to work in the treatment field. Ivana completed the Alcohol and Drug counseling program through Portland Community College while working at The 4thDimension Recovery Center mentoring young women in recovery.
While working as a CADC at Blvd Treatment Center Ivana was given the opportunity to become the Outreach and Admissions representative. Today Ivana networks and build relationships with other amazing providers. She absolutely loves and enjoys everything about her career today.
Autumn Morgan is a strong, young advocate for men and women in recovery. Autumn brings a large variety of skills and organizational talents to the Recovery Blvd team. Autumn posses a kind and caring heart for those who struggle and is a key member of keeping the Management Team flowing and functional.
Autumn loves to work out and does Orange Theory. As well Autumn serves on numerous recovery committees in the Portland area. Autumn is a full time college student and recently got two Bengal kittens who keep her on her toes!
Joseph "Joey" Chow
Counselor and Quality Inspection
Joseph comes to Recovery Blvd with a vast amount of knowledge and insight into strong clinical processes, the Joint Commission and Technical skills that make him a huge asset to Recovery Blvd. Joseph also is an insightful Counselor and able to counsel Clients on a strong, long term recovery program through planning and learning skills. As an active member in recovery groups Portland, Oregon Joseph uses his sobriety to teach and inspire others.
With a special understanding of loss and grief as an young adult Joseph is professionally skilled in trauma and loss.Many young adults have sustained losses that have left them hurting and grieving but manifesting this through defiance and substance use. Joey is a steady, calming presences to Clients and able to help bridge the pain of the past into a promising future through his therapies.
Dr. Phyllis Hursey BSW, MD, FAAFP
Dr. Phyllis D. Hursey has been as a physician for more than 25 years. She began her career in family medicine and worked with a wide range of patients from pre-natal and infancy to geriatric. As the years went by Dr. Hursey discovered that she had a passion for both addiction and pain management, and she began to seek additional education in those specific fields.
Dr. Hursey believes treatment for addiction should always be individualized and there is no “one size fits all” approach. Addiction treatment is both multi-disciplinary and multi-factorial. Often times addiction is caused by an undiagnosed or untreated psychological cause which needs to be addressed in order for the patient to be successful. Dr. Hursey believes in a wholistic approach, meaning that along with medication, patients need to learn new coping mechanisms to help them deal with life stresses, and that with these tools, her patients can learn to live a balanced and productive life. She believes in second chances for everyone and understands that there may be set-backs along the road to success, and it’s the job of the interdisciplinary team to support and encourage each patient to examine their life and make the necessary changes to achieve their goals. Dr. Hursey is well known for both her knowledge of addiction treatment and her compassionate and down to earth approach with her patients.
Dr. Hursey received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, majoring in Social Work. She then went on Howard University College of Medicine to receive her Doctorate in medicine in 1989 and completed her residency in Family Medicine in 1992.
In her free time she enjoys playing with her dogs Phoebe and Ruby, traveling, fishing, and singing.
Anthony Velasquez AGS, CADCI
Native American Counseling
Drumming and Ceremony
Culturally Specific Intervention and Counseling
Anthony was born in San Leandro, CA and was raised in Portland, OR by his mother and grandmother. Anthony was affected by addiction from the time he was a child and his experiences with family systems and recovery led him to look at life through a new lens. Since then he has been on a personal life journey which led him to his passion, working as a substance abuse counselor in the addiction treatment field.
Anthony believes that when people suffer from substance use disorder, it can manifest in a multitude of ways in their day to day lives. His aim is to walk the treatment journey alongside patients with empathy, compassion, and support towards every individual’s self-exploration.
Anthony ascribes to methodologies such as Trauma Informed Care, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and a working knowledge of twelve-step programs. His vision is to provide tools and strategies to patients, so that they can maintain a life without mind altering chemicals and become their authentic self.
Anthony’s educational background consists of extensive studies of addiction: Multicultural Counseling, Alcohol Use and Addiction, Motivational Interviewing, and Multiple Diagnoses to name a few. He graduated Portland Community College with an associate degree in General Studies, and a certificate of Alcohol & Drug Counselor.
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Dalton Williams BA, CADCII
Dalton comes with over 4 years of experience working in the drug and alcohol treatment field, after battling alcoholism for many years Dalton is able to inspire and lead others through his intuitive skills and deep understanding of how to reach Clients lost in the disease of addiction.
As Recovery Blvd's Clinical Director , Dalton enjoys the opportunity to inspire both hope and strength within each individual he works with. Dalton coaches the Clinical Staff, families and clients on how to best handle the insidious effects of addiction. Dalton comes with a strong connection to how to reach families and Clients who suffer from mental health and addiction and is an advocate of the dually diagnosis.
Dalton received his Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University of New Orleans in 2011. Originally hailing from San Diego, CA, Dalton moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2015. In his spare time, Dalton enjoys hiking, playing music at one of Portland’s open mic nights, going to concerts and spending time with his cats, Fozzie and Kermit.
Robert "Rob" Crippen MS, CADCII
Criminality and Addiction
Mentoring and Coaching
Young Adult Activities
Robert Crippen is one of Recovery Blvd's Primary Counselor, CADCII and has a Masters Degree. Rob is a single Father to a son, Jesse. Rob has over 15 years of continous sobriety. Rob has a passion for helping others find a firm footing in sobriety and a passion for living a substance free life.
Rob can be found riding his motorcycle or out with his son in his free time.
Chelsea Hawes CADCI, CRM
Young Adult Parenting
Young Women Self Esteem and Empowerment
Trauma Informed Therapy
Crisis Intervention and De-escalation
Families and impact of addiction
Chelsea is a Certified Addiction Counselor and has a talent for reaching young women who have lost their way. Chelsea is a strong believer in positive, esteem building through goals, positive reinforcement and redefining what it means for women to be happy and love themselves FIRST. Dealing with Codependency and unhealthy relationship patterns is something that Chelsea is skilled at and her Clients quickly create a strong therapeutic bond with her.
At 29 years old Chelsea has the wisdom and grace of a seasoned professional but her female Clients feel connected, safe and inspired by her.
Chelsea has worked with Young men and women involved in the Department of Human Services Custody Process and helped them access treatment. Chelsea also is experienced in young adult Medication assisted treatment and how to best use this tool to empower recovery.
Chelsea is married and has 2 young boys who keep her on her toes. Chelsea participates in numerous young people events in recovery and is an inspiration to all of us and our Clients.
Nathaniel Thomas, CRM
Certified Recovery Mentor
Peer Support Specialist
House Manager at Hamilton
"I work as a mentor at Recovery Blvd because this is where I started my journey to recovery and now I have
the opportunity to give back and save lives. As a mentor I get to challenge people and push them to become the best person they can possibly be.
Also, I'm someone who is always there for them and willing to listen to any and all ideas.
It is important for treatment and sober living and strong support group because if you’re fully ready to
surrender, you will go to any length to get uncomfortable and start to face your fears so you can
finally feel okay in your own skin. So all addicts can go onto be successful and live up to their potential and be
productive member of society.
I am passionate about helping people in early recovery because to show them there are people who
support and believe in them until they can believe in themselves. Also, I was once hopeless but broke
the chains of addiction and know anybody can change with the right guidance.
In my free time, I enjoy reaching out and getting involved in service which includes always answering
the phone, attending meetings and events like conventions or retreats and last always."
Nate is a leader of the young men at Recovery Blvd and a asset to the organization!
Maddie Shepherd, CRM
Certified Recovery Mentor
Peer Support Specialist
I work as a Mentor at Recovery BLVD because I went to treatment here and found my home, family and calling. I graduated the treatment center, managed multiple Women’s houses with Portland Sober Living Company, and ultimately came full-circle and became a Mentor at Recovery Blvd.
As a mentor I get to watch people grow and learn to love themselves. I get to see the light return and be apart of people’s journey.
I’m passionate about helping people in early recovery because I was young and broken at one point. I know what it’s like to get clean and sober and want to dedicate the rest of my life to helping others get to the other side.
It’s important for people to have a strong recovery foundation that includes: Treatment, Sober Living and community support groups in order to maintain long-term sobriety, stability and happiness.
Darla Weybright (far left in picture)
Director of Admissions and Outreach
BLVD's Big Brother/Sister Coordinator
Darla Weybright understands much more than many people do the pain of watching your loved one get sicker and sicker and being powerless to stop the addiction. As a family member Darla knew that recovery could save her loved one and after years of hope and disappointment her family member was brought to recovery. This experience and her genuine, good spirit has made her a beloved member of Recovery BLVD and Portland Sober Living Company. Darla is the Mother of two children, Claire and Carter. They are known to be laughing and playing in the hallway outside her office. Darla believes children are a vital part of recovery not only for their parents but for the community as a whole. Darla says, "Whether it is children's parents that are in recovery or it is just the other people who get to see them engage and experience life it is the fun, playfulness of children that can heal the soul."
Darla places men and women into one of the gender specific 4 houses located in Portland, Oregon. Darla will interview potential residents and then determine housing needs, providing the perfect fit for each client. Darla is an advocate for families who want to empower but not enable their loved one. Addiction and "Alcoholism is a family disease," she says, "we all need to be taught how to best love, support and uplift our loved one."
Darla is also the Big Brother and Big Sister Program Coordinator at Recovery BLVD. The program engages a stable senior peer in being of service and lending a hand to the newest member. Darla feels it is important to foster mentorship and relationship between the Clients. She says that Clients need to see that they can stay sober and watch a person who has been where they were now succeed.
Darla maintains close contact with all the Sober Living Homes by weekly walk throughs and meetings with staff and clients. Her dedication to the mission of Recovery BLVD has shown that all people need to embrace and understand recovery.