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Central Recovery Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Stuart Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Central Recovery  

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LAS VEGAS—Central Recovery is excited to announce that Lynn Baumann has accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Central Recovery. Lynn brings to her new role thirty-five years of experience in the accounting field, working with both private and not-for-profit companies. She joined Central Recovery more than fifteen years ago and has been serving as the Corporate Treasurer.

As CFO, Lynn will be responsible for overseeing all accounting and financial functions, business planning, and budgeting efforts for the CR family of companies. In addition, this transition provides an opportunity for the executive leadership team to implement changes to the organizational structure of the finance department in a manner that will strengthen our operational efficiency and support the continued growth of the business.

About Central Recovery:

Central Recovery (CR) is the parent company of CRP and a network of companies, including the evidence-based treatment center Las Vegas Recovery Center and the property management company Recovery Properties. Central Recovery’s mission is to educate Southern Nevada and the public at large that recovery is real, recovery is possible, and recovery is lasting.

Central Recovery Appoints New Corporate Compliance Manager

Kristine Gatski

Chief Operating Officer

Central Recovery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

LAS VEGAS—Central Recovery is excited to announce that Hortensia DeJesus has accepted the position of Corporate Compliance Manager for Central Recovery. Hortensia was has been with Las Vegas Recovery Center, a subsidiary of Central Recovery for over a decade serving as Family and Outpatient Services Manager.

In this new position, Hortensia will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s corporate compliance program. She will review and evaluate compliance concerns and implement necessary actions to resolve any outstanding issues. She will work closely with executive management to ensure the organization meets the requirements of all regulatory agencies and achieves the objectives of an effective compliance program.

 

About Central Recovery:

Central Recovery (CR) is the parent company of CRP and a network of companies, including the evidence-based treatment center Las Vegas Recovery Center and the property management company Recovery Properties. Central Recovery’s mission is to educate Southern Nevada and the public at large that recovery is real, recovery is possible, and recovery is lasting.

Central Recovery Press Expands With Acquisition of Mac Publishing

CRP Author Claudia Stuart Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Central Recovery  

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LAS VEGAS—Central Recovery is excited to announce that one of its companies, Central Recovery Press (CRP), has acquired the assets of of Mac Publishing, an independent book, audio, and video publishing company founded by the award-winning author Claudia Black, PhD.

Under Dr. Black and Jack Fahey’s leadership, the Washington-based Mac Publishing has been at the forefront of addiction and mental health literature for more than 30 years and has produced numerous bestsellers, including Dr. Black’s million-copy bestseller It Will Never Happen to Me and her popular children’s book My Dad Loves Me.

“We’re honored to be bringing Mac Publishing to CRP,” stated Central Recovery’s CEO, Stuart Smith. “Many of Mac Publishing’s titles have become standards in the field of addiction. Our experienced sales and marketing team is looking forward to becoming champions of so many beloved and widely-read titles.”

Mac Publishing is also delighted about the acquisition. In a joint statement, owners Jack Fahey and Claudia Black commented: “CRP and Mac Publishing share a similar vision, and we believe CRP and their forward-thinking editorial and production skills will maintain the clinical relevancy you have come to expect with our company.”

Dr. Black’s work, teachings, and trainings have earned her a reputation as an esteemed and valued voice in the field of addiction recovery. Dr. Black was named “Educator of the Year” by the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Addiction and has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Marty Mann Award.

In taking the helm of Mac Publishing, CRP aims to deliver Dr. Black’s current and future work to a new and even wider audience. Beginning March of 2017, CRP will release a new edition of Dr. Black’s relapse prevention workbook A Hole in the Sidewalk.

About Central Recovery Press:

Central Recovery Press (CRP), a full-service publishing and intellectual property clearinghouse specializing in addiction treatment and recovery and behavioral healthcare topics, is part of the Central Recovery family of companies that are dedicated to recovery from addiction. CRP has cultivated a reputation for publishing unique materials related to addiction and chronic pain recovery and treatment and currently has over 100 titles in print.

About Central Recovery:

Central Recovery (CR) is the parent company of CRP and a network of companies, including the evidence-based treatment center Las Vegas Recovery Center and the property management company Recovery Properties. Central Recovery’s mission is to educate Southern Nevada and the public at large that recovery is real, recovery is possible, and recovery is lasting.

Employee Spotlight: Lynn Baumann, Corporate Treasurer

Employee Spotlight: Lynn Baumann, Corporate Treasurer

Lynn Baumann handles the day-to-day cash management as well as internal auditing across the Central Recovery Companies. She also assists on special financial and HR projects as needed.

1. What made you decide to come to work at Central Recovery?

Prior to Las Vegas Recovery Center opening, I was already working for Mr. Smith in another capacity, so this was a natural extension of my job.

2. What do you like best about your current position?

Every day is different; there is always something new and exciting going on. I have learned more working for Central Recovery than in all the other jobs I have previously had.

3. Describe how your position contributes to the CR mission.

Even though accountants are not usually in a position to help those suffering from a substance use or mental health disorder, making sure all bases are covered in the background allows the client to receive the help that they need from the professionals at LVRC.

4. How do you measure your own success?

I measure success by doing the best possible job I can do everyday.

5. Describe the leadership skills you feel you have.

I try and really listen; right now this is my most important leadership skill. I am also a great researcher and I think I work well with others.

6. What is the wildest idea you have had in the past year outside of work?

My wildest idea is to follow the path of Stu Redman in the Stephen King novel The Stand, from Maine to Boulder, then on to Las Vegas.

7. What do you like to do in your free time?

Read, read, and read! I also like hanging out with my family and three kitties.

8. Tell us one thing that people may not know about you.

I love Heavy Metal music.


Want to learn more about CR employees? Read about Melinda Hixon, Central Recovery’s Senior Accountant.

Highlights from the International Nurses Society on Addictions 2016 Conference

Highlights from the International Nurses Society on Addictions 2016 Conference

This past week, the Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC) staff attended the annual conference of the International Nurses Society on Addictions. It was wonderful to connect with members of the nursing community and share with them our expertise in the field of addiction. We had a great time!

Dr. Kasey Dean, Dr. Dan Shiode and Hortensia DeJesus gave presentations and Dr. Mel Pohl presented the conference’s keynote address. LVRC Counselor Paul Hinshaw was in attendance as well as LVRC Community Relations Representative Vanessa Starr-Comiskey.

The following are some highlights from the event:

Hortensia DeJesus gave an insightful and passionate presentation

Hortensia spoke about the role codependency plays between those with substance use disorders and their family members and friends.

DeJesus discussed some of the wisdoms and insights she’s gained working as Family Services and Outpatient Manager at LVRC, including the need for friends and family to set clear and strong boundaries.

“Family members often tell me: ‘I can’t kick them out’ or ‘I can’t get divorced’,” DeJesus explained to the audience of nursing professionals. “But I tell them that ‘I’m not saying that.’ Codependents often go to the extremes. But that’s not what I’m asking people to do. I’m just asking them to set boundaries. Addicts need boundaries or else they’re going to die from this disease.”

Towards the end of the workshop, DeJesus demonstrated the damage addiction and codependency has on the family through a powerful reenactment.

DeJesus had a volunteer hold a heavy bottle labeled “addiction” over her head. She then explained that the addict can only maintain their addiction by themselves for so long before they need support, which is where family members and friends usually come in. A family member (or family members) will help the addict continue to “hold up” their addiction by providing financial and emotional support and other enabling behaviors.

DeJesus’s demostration was a simple yet effective way to show the ways in which well-intentioned loved ones can prolong the disease of addiction through misguided and codependent behavior.

Dr. Dan Shiode facilitated a thorough and fascinating discussion

Dr. Shiode, Clinical Director at Las Vegas Recovery Center, shared with the group some of the knowledge he’s gained from nearly 30 years of experience working as a clinical psychologist. He continued the discussion on co-dependency, commenting:

“The addict is addicted to the substance. But one question that isn’t asked is: ‘Who is the family member addicted to?’ The answer is, of course, ‘the addict’.”

Dr. Shiode shared several stories from his childhood, highlighting how codependency can affect Asian cultures in ways many may not realize.

Dr. Kasey Dean got the audience laughing with a humorous speech

Dr. Kasey Dean, LVRC’s nurse practitioner and dual diagnosis specialist, spoke about how nurses can fall trap to codependent behavior in the workplace, placing their own patients’ needs before their own, for example.

“For some people, it’s a scary thought to think that being co-dependent and being a great nurse are too different things. They identify so strongly with the idea that being a good nurse means being everything for their clients.”

This, Dr. Dean explained, is what can cause nurses to skip bathroom or lunch breaks and not practice good self care. “How can you take care of people when your own cup is empty?” He asked the room of eager listeners.

Though Dr. Dean’s presentation highlighted a serious topic, his use of memes and humorous antidotes from his own life and nursing school experiences had the audience smiling and laughing.

Dr. Mel Pohl, the conference’s keynote speaker, discussed the opioid crisis and what the medical community can do to turn the tide.

After his presentation, Dr. Pohl was surprised by the announcement that he’d won this year’s prestigious “Spirit Award”.

The Spirit Award is given to a non-nursing professional whose work in the field of addiction has made a substantial impact in society. Dr. Pohl, LVRC’s Chief Medical Officer, was honored the members of the IntNSA nominated him to be this year’s award recipient, saying in a statement: “I was delighted and deeply humbled to receive this award. It was especially significant to learn I’d been nominated by members of the nursing community for whom I have the utmost respect. It’s truly an honor.”

Employee Spotlight: Melinda Hixon, Senior Accountant

Senior Accountant at Central Recovery

Melinda Hixon, Senior Accountant at Central Recovery, analyzes and prepares financial information and maintains a record of assets, liabilities, profits and losses, and other financial activities within the organization. Recently, Melinda sat down to answer a few questions about her role for this month’s “Employee Spotlight.”

1. What made you decide to come to work at Central Recovery?

Throughout my career my most rewarding positions have been geared towards strengthening communities. I developed a passion for community-focused initiatives through my experience with programs like the Public Safety Coordinating Council (PSCC), Oregon Commission on Children and Families (OCCF), and Lane County Domestic Violence Council (LVDVC). I wanted to come to work for Central Recovery because it was a natural extension of my desire to be a part of something that brings value to the lives of others.

2. What do you like best about your current position?

Aside from my awesome boss and co-workers, I have been impressed with the level of professionalism here at Central Recovery. Additionally, I love that this is a ‘family’ of people who are not only dedicated to the success of the company, but also to the success of each individual in their personal lives.

3. Describe how your position contributes to the CR mission.

My position assists in producing work that is not only of economic value, but also of social value, in that the work I do indirectly makes a positive difference in people’s lives.

4. What is your biggest success story at CR?

As a new employee coming to Central Recovery, my biggest success has been embracing and overcoming the new challenges that my position has offered me. I believe my biggest success, however, is yet to come.

5. Do you have any long-term goals for the department? If so, please describe.

As new contracts are acquired, my goal is to ensure compliance and maintain accurate record-keeping and accounting. I also plan on identifying gaps and streamlining processes to improve efficiencies.

6. How do you measure your own success?

When both my professional and personal values align to provide a work/life balance that is the perfect blend of happiness and productivity.

7. Describe the leadership skills you feel you have.

My leadership skills stem from humility and compassion. I tend to have a quiet confidence as my leadership is generally demonstrated by my example and the quality of my performance.

8. What is the wildest idea you have had in the past year outside of work?

A spontaneous last-minute road trip where I “Flew like an Eagle” to see Steve Miller in concert.

9. What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy spending time outdoors with my husband on the lower Colorado and weekend getaways to unexplored locations.

10. Tell us one thing that people may not know about you.

I married my husband six years ago and became an instant grandma of three beautiful children who call me ‘glam-ma’.

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