Finding Inspiration in Every Turn
Our mission is to promote recovery principles for individuals and families to strengthen recovery advocacy, peer engagement, and community collaboration in the Northern Illinois area.
Dr. Mary Roberson
Chief Executive Officer
Northern Illinois Recovery Community Organization
Project Director, SAMHSA Grants
Debra Lewis, MAHRD
NIRCO Program Manager, Lake County ROSC Project Coordinator, Health Educator
Debra is a 20-year Navy Veteran with over 12 years in nonprofit experience. Serving the Lake County area as a CPR Instructor, Diabetes Educator, and Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Using her Master’s degree in Human Resources Development provides organizational development and training across several organizations, nonprofits and faith-based organizations.
Organization Accountant ~ CPA
Delta, LINK and NAUW Member
Tina Dunn, MBA
Organizational Liaison Capacity Building Project
Tina serves on our new Capacity Building project developing processes and initiatives to build our organization capacity building and sustainability efforts. Using her years of corporate knowledge and experience, she hopes to assist NIRCO in striving for future growth and opportunities.
Recovery Coach/Operations Manager
Person with lived experience
Retired Salesman, Army Veteran
Deacon at Jesus Name Apostolic Church
Actively involved in Mens Department
Arlander Mitchell, CADC
RSJII Program Manager
Arlander has been working with individuals to promote the principles of recovery for the past 15 years.
He specializes in recovery support, gang intervention, and is a trainer for many evidenced-based practices that support individuals along their recovery journey.
Dr. Modena Stinnette
RSJII Program Coordinator
Professionally MoDena has worked in social services since 2004. Her contributions have been a combination of lived experience, education, and professional development. Her current roles include Social Worker/PRC for University of Illinois Chicago, Reducing Opioid Mortality in Illinois project (ROMI), Project Coordinator for the Recovery Support for Justice Involved Individuals (RSJII) w/ Northern Illinois Recovery Community Organization (NIRCO).
Marie A Washington-Hall, MPA
Recovery & Community Advocate, Program Coordinator Building Communities of Recovery (BCOR)
Marie is living out her experiences daily; evolving on this healing journey. She is perfectly- imperfect, combined with education and professional development, Marie has become a multifaceted professional behavioral health and community advocate. Her work in public service administration has claimed a “seat at the table” to help create impactful change in underserved- disenfranchised- communities. She believes that recovery has endless internal and external benefits. The mission is to build on individual strengths, promote self-sufficiency, providing supportive services to navigate through the process of change. Empowering individuals served to participate in their life and celebrate their path to recovery. I am honored to serve under the leadership of Dr. Mary Roberson and the NIRCO team.
PRSS, Public Notary, Administrative Assistant & Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Amanda brings a wealth of lived experience and compassion to her role. She is currently the facilitator for our “Family Advocacy” group that focuses on assisting families with children during the recovery journey. Her passion for working with families & children has enhanced the services NIRCO provides to the community. Her skillset in marketing & media helps to enhance NIRCO’s branding and messaging.
NIRCO Administrative Assistant
Wanda is a person with lived experience in recovery. She is devoted to helping others on their journey to seeking & maintaining recovery for themselves.
Wanda has over 20 years of administrative experience working for state organizations. Currently working on obtaining training and certification to become a recovery coach, she is driven to help others. She is the facilitator for our “Sister2Sister” group that provides support and services to women across Lake County.
Education Administrative Assistant
Workforce Development Lake County Intern
Pam has lived experience in recovery and uses that experience to help all that we serve at NIRCO. Serving as an administrative assistant and member of the NIRCO Advisory Council, Pam is “boots on the ground” helping to assess the needs of the community with Narcan training and recovery support services in the community. Pam hopes to be a role model in the community, so people can see that Recovery is possible!
Ira Shinn, CADC
Governors State Intern
Ira has extensive experience in recovery support, as a person with lived experience; he brings his personal journey along with his vast recovery educational background to best meet the needs of the clients served in our programs. Currently enrolled at Governors State University in the peer recovery Support Specialist program, Ira is working towards his certification by completing an intensive internship. Having completed over 60 hours through the internship, Ira is developing into well-rounded support specialist.