Autumn Brown MS, CADCIII
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 18 year old daughter and loves working with young adults. Madelyn attends college in Idaho and plays college softball. 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 & CFO
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.
Director of Outreach & Admissions
Clay started in the treatment industry in 2019 after many years working as a national account and sales manager. His desire to help others build a foundation for long term sustained recovery is driven by his own personal recovery journey. As a person in recovery he brings a unique perspective to outreach and admissions. Clay is continuing his education with the long term goal of obtaining a Master in Business Administration.
At 35 years old Clay brings a mature, young, stable force to the Clients of Blvd. Clay's past lends him a unmatched understanding of addiction treatment and the struggles facing young addicts. Clay is an expert in bridging the gap between young adults and their families. He works with people everyday in the first portion of early recovery and is able to motivate and calm our future clients so they can get in the front door and start working on their recovery. Clay is always available to anyone needing treatment or advice on how to get a loved one into treatment. Clay keeps track of all his people asking for help and regularly checks in on them to make sure they are doing well and have a contact for help if needed. Clay's genuine concern for others and commitment to helping both the Client and their family feel understood when entering our program.
Outside of his passion for working with those struggling with addiction Clay loves to spend his time with his two children and wife. Clay and his family enjoy hiking, exploring, beaches, sports and taking their children to see the beautiful scenery and sites of the Pacific Northwest.
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.
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.
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.
Robert "Rob" Crippen MS, CADCII
Director of Operations and Outreach at PSLC
Mentoring and Coaching
Young Adult Activities
Robert Crippen is the Director of Operations and Outreach for PSLC and liaison to Blvd. Rob comes to us with a CADCII and a Master’s degree. Rob also has 15 years’ experience in Portland, Oregon's largest detox facility Rob is a custom to the difficulties of early recovery. As well Rob is connected to multiple recovery agencies and referrals if you need detox, prescriptions, food, clothing, therapy, groups, mentors or just a recovery meeting. Rob is a single Father to a son, Jesse, and is skilled in the areas of living and case management that people in early recovery need. Rob uses a female management member when dealing with the needs of our women's home, THE LIGHTHOUSE. Rob brings a humorous, upbeat attitude to the team of both Blvd and Portland Sober Living Co. As the lead on all intakes, general operations, community outreach; Rob wears several hats for PSLC and Blvd. Rob leads the 10 Managers and 5 houses through motivational interviewing, life skills and recovery group- engagement.
Rob has over 15 years of sobriety and practices recovery on a daily basis. 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. Rob has been a part of the Recovery Softball League, multiple recovery group committees and step study groups. Rob enjoys the PNW outdoors, hikes, activities and spending time with loved ones.
Clinical Staff at Recovery Blvd
David Crosby, CADCI
Sports and Addiction
Self Esteem Building
David is excellent at reaching the under 40 crowd and has a passion to help people find recovery as
soon as they can. David is a believer in the Gestalt Therapies and believes every man (and woman) is the master of their own fate. Through positive encouragement and Client centered goals and actions David can engage Clients to see their true potential.
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.
Maria Coyner CADCI
Young Women Therapy
PTSD/Trauma in women
Maria is a CADC-R and has been in the field for about 3 years. Maria is an advocate for social
justice and reform and after seeing the huge disperity in access to treatment services in the community. Maria is passionate about every person finding real recovery and as a young adult herself she lives by example that young people can accomplish anything. she wanted to do was help. Maria is in pursuit of a Psychology degree at PSU and plans to continue education with a Masters of Social Work, CADC III.
Maria has worked in multiple treatment centers in Gresham, St. Helens, OR and Vancouver, WA. She loves working in treatment centers because of the client interaction, as well as being guide and witness to each individual’s growth on the journey they walk on. Maria has volunteered in the past with the YWCA's Between the Lines program, which she would go into the men and women’s prisons, YWCA Adopt-A-Senior and Adopt-A-Child, and Impact Teen Drivers where she would talk to high schoolers about the dangers of Distracted Driving.
Maria has three four-legged rescues that she loves dearly and talks about constantly; her pitbull, Meika, and two cats, Sherlock Holmes and Meatloaf. Maria attributes her success in life to her highly supportive mother, Dr. Kelly Browning, Director of Impact Teen Drivers, and all of the amazing men and women she has met and worked with in the recovery/social work/behavioral health field. On her free time Maria like to hang out with her pets, go hiking, hang out with her friends, and travel the world.
Hugh Leonard CRMi
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, manage at The Hamilton House with Portland Sober Living Company, and ultimately came full-circle and became Peer Support 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.