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Meet Our Peer providers

There for you during your road to recovery

YOU'RE NOT ALONE, WE'RE HERE TO HELP

meet our peer providers

Our providers are either people in long term recovery from substance abuse and/or mental health issues, or have loved ones that have been affected by addiction or mental health issues. Each peer provider is trained though the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) and Wisconsin Certified Peer Support Specialists.
Each peer provider has their own story and own reason for becoming someone that can be an advocate, peer and confidante for those looking for a path towards recovery.

Tanya Kraege

Director of Peer Services

I have worked for Safe Communities MDC, serving our community since 2017. This has by far been the employment that resonates with my favorite version of me.

I am so humbled and grateful to have met every person on their journey to wellness and work alongside partners whose interests align with those of creating well communities.

My hobbies are hanging with my kiddos, partner and family, reading books, playing volleyball and singing off key to music (all the time).

Kristina Vaccaro

Director of Peer Operations

I have been with Safe Communities since 2017. I love my job and the people I get the honor to work alongside.

I am passionate about the recovery community and enjoy working with partners and community stakeholders to better outcomes for those working towards recovery.

My kids and husband mean the world to me and outside of work I enjoy spending time with them.

Davita Walker

Aaniin (Hello) my name is DaVita P. Walker. I work with Safe Communities of Madison-Dane County. I am a Certified Peer Support Specialist & Recovery Coach.

I have an Associates’s degree in Human Services and Addiction Studies Certification. I am also a proud member of The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians. I sit on the African-American Opioid Coalition board.

In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering throughout our community for non-profit organizations and events.

Michelle Haumschild

Peer Services Supervisor

I have worked for Safe Communities since 2020. I primarily work with justice-involved persons and am very passionate about treatment over incarceration. 

Outside of my work at Safe Communities I am a counselor at Tellurian Detox Center. I also referee high school basketball and umpire softball/baseball. 

I have two children and 3 dogs. I have been told that I have an impressive taste in music and that I’m a “fun recovery coach.” All jokes aside I love my job and I love walking alongside people on their journey to obtaining a better life. 

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My name is Lily and I am a person in long-term recovery and also have personal experience struggling with mental health. 

I have been with Safe Communities since 2023. I work as a recovery coach with folks in the community who struggle with substance use and mental health. I am so passionate about working with the community to let them know there is a brighter tomorrow and they can succeed no matter what. There is nothing greater than watching the light come back on in someone who has struggled for so long.

Outside of work I like to stay active and play pretty much any sport. I love to swim and lay out in the sun when it’s warm. I am also a rugby coach. In the winter I enjoy cozying up with a good book and hot chocolate but I also love to snowboard. 

Rebecca Foss

My name is Rebecca, and I am a person in long-term recovery.

I am a Certified Peer Support Specialist and work with people who struggle with substance use and mental health challenges to assist in making changes in their lives.

I have a passion for working with pregnant women and their babies, guiding them in their recovery process to experience better outcomes for both mom and baby. Grateful to be a part of the Safe Communities recovery coach team.

Imani Jackson

Hi all (: I’m Imani and I am a Certified Peer Specialist. I am a Black queer cis-gender woman. I am also a daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, and friend. 
I have lived experience with chronic mental health challenges and navigating mental health and crisis systems here in Dane County, both as a youth and adult. It is because of the challenges that I’ve faced in my own recovery that I’m passionate about peer support work. 
What I’d like you to know is that I may not have been exactly where you are, but I have been somewhere and I want to share space with you & witness you on your journey. 
In my personal life I enjoy spending time with loved ones and pets, exploring my creative side, traveling, trying out new foods, places and experiences. My goal this year is to spend more time in nature.”

Dexter Lane

I have worked for Safe Communities since 2017. I’m so grateful to be a part of this team(family). I am constantly astonished by the selflessness of our team, and the resilience of the individuals we serve. Watching someone turn their life around is one of the most beautiful things I’ve had the privilege to witness.

I have been in recovery since November 2015. I enjoy traveling anywhere and anytime I get the opportunity. I love everything hockey! I play with a local league and never miss a Boston Bruins game! 

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Lana Hamilton

My name is Lana Hamilton and I am honored to be a Recovery Coach/Certified Peer Specialist/Doula for Safe Communities since 2019.

I work in the Jail2Recovery, ED2Recovery, Comprehensive Community Services, and Pregnancy2Recovery programs. I am also a part of Madison’s new Addiction Resource Team.

I enjoy time with my family, biking, hiking, cooking, sewing, and my first time adding the joy of cats into my life.

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Andrea Everett

My name is Drea and I am a  Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist. 

After being in active addiction for so long and finding recovery I always knew I wanted to give back. It is my passion to help people struggling in addiction and to show them that recovery is possible. 

Saving lives and helping people in addiction is what keeps me in recovery today, and I want to continue to spread hope and awareness to everyone I work with.

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Jewel Adams

Hi, my name is Jewel Adams. My pronouns are she/her.

I have been in recovery since 08-24-2004. I have been with Safe Communities since August of 2018. My passion is helping others and my hobby is dancing.

My favorite part about my job is knowing I can make a difference in another persons life when I show up for them!

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Matthew Teubert

 Hello! My name is Matt and I’m a Peer Support Provider and Recovery Coach at Safe Communities. I too am a person living with Substance Use Disorder, PTSD and mental health challenges. I am both honored and excited to serve my community in this capacity. Having walked(and still walking) the road to recovery, I am a dedicated, hands-on advocate committed to lending my experiences in life to walk hand in hand and empower others on their own recovery journeys.
I am a dedicated listener and believe that together, we all can find our own paths to recovery, healing and renewal. 
-Matt 
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Brad Pitzner

Hi, my name is Brad, Recovery Coach/Certified Peer Specialist, mainly working in the Jefferson County area and Jail2Recovery in Dane and Jefferson counties.

I’ve been in my present recovery since December of 2018. I have lived experience with addiction, and depression. I want to give others hope, and experience the good feelings that happen in recovery.
 
Work with individuals that have had challenges with substance use and mental health. I am thankful to have this opportunity to give back and support individuals of all backgrounds. Every life is precious.
 
Personal interests include sports, music, volleyball, golf, and the outdoors. I enjoy spending time with family and friends.
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Wesley Arnett

It is an honor and privilege to work as a Certified Peer Support Specialist and Recovery Coach with Safe Communities. I have been in long-term recovery since January 29, 2020, and it is my goal to provide hope and support to individuals with substance use and mental health conditions. Partnering with my peers as they embark on their own journey to wellness, whatever that may look like to them, is my professional passion.
While serving the recovery community is a deeply rooted passion, my other passion is walking alongside my four children as they grow and develop into their own unique beings. In my spare time you will find my nose stuffed inside a good book (thrillers and historical fiction are my jam), my fingernails dirty from
gardening, and enjoying nature while hiking or fishing.

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Ellie Skupniewicz

Hello! My name is Ellie (she/her) and I’m a recovery coach. I received my BA in Psychology and minored in Communications at the University of Colorado-Boulder. I’ll soon be working towards getting trained as a peer support specialist.
Getting involved with Safe Communities was a pivotal point in my own recovery journey. I have a passion for helping people grow and achieve their goals. I’m a big advocate for meditation, tapping, and shadow work; I support all pathways to recovery.
When I’m not serving the community, I enjoy being creative and active. I love making all sorts of art, playing just about every sport (especially tennis), hiking, reading, and spending time with my family and friends.
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Ashley Chavez

My name is Ashley. I am a certified recovery coach. I have been a person in recovery since 2014. After suffering for so long and losing so many beautiful souls that were close to me I knew that I wanted to give back to the community and reach as many people as possible. It is my passion to show anyone who struggles, no matter where you came from that recovery is possible. I enjoy being with my family and reading.

Dani Miller

My name is Dani Miller and I am a Certified Peer Specialist/Recovery Coach and Narcan trainer. I have been in long term recovery since November of 2019.

Although I personally work a 12 step program and am very active in Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, as a Certified Peer Support Specialist, I remain open minded to multiple-pathways that allow me to meet those that I work with professionally where they are at on an individual level. My goal when working with others is always to provide support while striving for the improvement in the quality of life. 

My life is not always service and community though, I am a mother of three and an avid basketball player/fan. Most would say I’m a fish because during the warmer months, I practically live in the water! Today, I often get to enjoy a life I am no longer trying to escape from and hopefully planting some seeds along the way to help others do the same!

Adria Payne

My name is Adria. My pronouns are she/her. I am a Certified Peer Support Specialist with lived experience in mental health and substance use disorders and have been in recovery since March 2019. 
 
I started with Safe Communities in October 2023 and walking alongside my peers is my purpose today; to support them in the path they would like to take. 
 
I’m grateful for the opportunity to support my peers just as I had support from a peer when I needed it. Everyone deserves to feel safe.
 
I’m interested in psychology and Spirituality as well as being able to laugh. I enjoy reading (only since recovery) and spending time with friends and family. 
 
I try to see what positivity I can add to life and to live with integrity. Lastly , I have a pet turtle named Pistachio Machio. His favorite foods are shrimp and apples.
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Andrew Mullen

My name is Andrew and I am a Recovery Coach and Peer Support Specialist.

Some of my interests are Psychology, Philosophy and Spirituality.

I enjoy Traveling, Art and to support others by sharing my lived experience.

DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION

our programs

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RECOVERY COACHING

Our aspiration is by sharing our strength and courage with other people who are struggling, we are able to emphatically support those seeking recovery in making changes in their lives. 

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African American Opioid Coalition

Our main focus is to improve the overall wellbeing of black families in Dane County.
To accomplish this goal, we focus on educating and raising awareness about the impact of opioid addiction in the African American Community.

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RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE

Treatment Key

Safe communities has complied a list of abbreviation definitions for finding the right treatment for you.

MAT: Medication for Addiction Treatment.
OP: Outpatient Treatment – person lives at home or in the community, attends. individual and group therapy, these can include or not include MAT.
IOP: Intensive Outpatient Treatment – person lives at home or in the community, attends individual and extended groups, 9-12 hours a week.
Residential: person lives at the facility for a period of at least 14 days, some last as many as 45 days.
PHP: Partial Hospitalization Program is a structured mental health treatment program that runs for several hours each day, three to five days per week.
DBT: Dialectical behavior therapy is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that integrates mindfulness techniques.