Meet Our Staff

 

Executive Leadership

 
Stuart Smith

Stuart Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Stuart Smith is the CEO of Central Recovery (CR), the parent company to LVRC and CRP. Since founding CR in 2003, Smith continues to lead its vision and strategic direction towards excellence in addiction and pain recovery services and published materials.

Smith has been active nationally in a number of organizations focused on healthcare and recovery issues including serving as Board Member for Faces and Voices of Recovery, a leading recovery advocacy organization.

 

 

Kristine Gatski

Kristine Gatski

Chief Operating Officer

Kristine Gatski has over twenty years of experience within the medical field and has been with Central Recovery since February 2004. In her current role, she manages the corporate finance, I.T. and maintenance departments along with human resources, compliance and operations. Through Gatski’s management and supervision, services are rendered which contribute to safe and effective client care on a daily basis.

Lynn Baumann

Lynn Baumann

Chief Financial Officer

Lynn Baumann has thirty-five years experience in the accounting field, working with both private and not-for-profit companies. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and is licensed by the State of Florida as a Certified Public Accountant.

 

Josh Koop

Josh Koop

Sr. Vice President of Sales and Business Systems

Josh Koop has over a decade of experience within the behavioral health field and has been with Central Recovery (CR) since April of 2005. In his current role, he oversees advertising, web properties, business analytics, and business process architecture for CR and its subsidiaries. In his off time, Koop is a husband, avid golfer, and a father to twins.

Human Resources & Compliance

 
Hortensia DeJesus, CADC, NCACII, SAP

Hortensia DeJesus, CADC, NCACII, SAP

DIRECTOR OF QUALITY AND COMPLIANCE

 Hortensia DeJesus, graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. DeJesus is a level II National Certified Addiction Counselor and has been certified by the U.S. Department of Transportation as a Substance Abuse Professional. As the Director of Quality and Compliance, Hortensia is responsible for overseeing the Human Resources and Compliance departments, training, and medical records. 

Kimberly Bliderback

Kimberly Bliderback

CORPORATE COMPLIANCE MANAGER

 Bio Coming Soon!

Finance

 
Debbie Champine

Debbie Champine

Senior Accountant

Deborah Champine has been with Central Recovery since 2004. She is the Senior Accountant in the Corporate Finance Department. She first began her career in the mental health treatment field at age 19 and has worked over forty years in various finance and accounting roles. Champine’s life has consisted of many adventures, including raising a daughter, hot air ballooning, and starting a boxer rescue program.

Shirley Keel

Shirley Keel

Accounts Receivable Accountant

Shirley Keel has been with Central Recovery for over ten years. She previously worked for Blue Cross of California for twenty-three years and United Behavioral Health for over nine years. Shirley is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she has been married for over forty years, and has three adult children.

Cheryl Nichols

Cheryl Nichols

Medical Biller

 Bio Coming Soon!

Dennis Morgan

Dennis Morgan

Staff Accountant

Dennis Morgan is originally from the east coast and is used to fast-paced environments. He has over several years of experience in public and private accounting, and is dedicated to accurate and timely information.

Communications

 
Jeff Speich

Jeff Speich

Director of Communications and public relations

Jeffery Speich is Central Recovery’s Corporate Director of Communications and Public Relations. Speich has over seventeen years of experience in entertainment and marketing. Prior to Central Recovery, Speich was a senior agent at Creative Artists Agency, an entertainment, and sports agency based in Los Angeles and was the Managing Partner at Bespoke Growth, an entertainment services consulting firm.

Speich graduated from the University of Southern California and is currently furthering his studies in an Executive Business Program at Stanford University. He is also a competitive amateur triathlete.   

 

Jennifer Mutz

Jennifer Mutz

Content Developer

Jennifer Mutz is a multimedia specialist with a background in digital development, video editing, social media and marketing content development. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies. Before pursuing her career with Central Recovery in 2017, she was a multimedia journalist for a CBS affiliate in Amarillo, TX.

Victoria Moore

Victoria Moore

Graphic Designer

Victoria Moore is a graphic designer with a focus on brand and identity design. She graduated from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA with an MFA in Graphic Design. Moore is originally from in New Jersey but moved to Las Vegas in 2014. Before starting at Central Recovery, she worked for a local advertising agency that specialized in healthcare PR and marketing. In her free time, she likes listening to K-pop and 80’s hair metal, watching anime, trying new restaurants, and hanging out with her grumpy senior dog, Archer.

IT & Project Management

 
James Bishop

James Bishop

Director of Information Technology

James Bishop has served as Director of Information Technology since May 2015. Since 1984, he has worked for a number of corporations, both public and private, and he has served in various capacities, from entry level to management. Bishop holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Computer Information Systems from Northern Arizona University.

Bill Peiffer

Bill Peiffer

Senior Network Engineer

Bill Peiffer has been working for Central Recovery since September 2003. He currently works in the IT Department where he handles network infrastructure, including firewalls, virtual private network (VPN), switches, door access systems, security cameras, and Mac servers. On the side, he loves owning and maintaining a 180-gallon saltwater aquarium.

Matt Hayford

Matt Hayford

Lead Software Developer

Bio Coming Soon!

Carlos Baston

Carlos Baston

Software Developer

Carlos Baston has been developing software since 2012. He started his journey in software development after graduating from ITT Technical Institute in Henderson, NV. He considers himself to be a student of the web, since he is constantly striving to stay up-to-date with the web industry. During his free time, Baston enjoys playing billiards around the Las Vegas area.

Kip Schumm

Kip Schumm

IT Help Desk

Kip Schumm has served as Central Recovery’s resident IT Help Desk Technician since February 2014. He is responsible for providing desktop, printer, applications, and systems support to employees throughout the company.

Oscar Lopez

Oscar Lopez

Print Technician

Oscar Lopez runs the print shop at Central Recovery (CR). He has been in the printing field for years, and he’s always open to learning more about the field. He enjoys working at CR and appreciates his co-workers. In his spare time, Oscar likes running, swimming, and bicycling.

In Memory Of

 
Bob Gray

Bob Gray

1958-2015

Bob Gray, Senior Vice President of Communications for Central Recovery and Publisher of Central Recovery Press (CRP), worked in the addiction and mental health field for over twenty years. He helped develop the Basic Text of Narcotics Anonymous (NA), directed the strategic marketing and communications policies for Central Recovery and Las Vegas Recovery Center. He also proudly served as a founding member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the Foundation for Recovery, Inc., and guided Central Recovery Press to be a recovery company first and a publishing company second. Gray was much loved and will be remembered for his sense of humor and his dedication to recovery.