Advisory Board


Colleen Capistrano

Shadoe Stevens

Jamison Monroe

Faine Lartigue


 

Colleen Capistrano

Colleen Capistrano has been in the Mental Health and Addiction Field for over a decade. She received her BA in Psychology and Child Development from Mount St. Mary’s College.

Colleen has experience working with resources in the field of psychiatric disorders, addictive disorders and trauma. Her background includes working with patient care, Assistant Director of Intake/Admissions and community relations locally as well as in the United Kingdom. She is passionate about working with in the field of Recovery and currently serves as a Board Member for Women’s Association of Addiction Treatment as the Chapter Liaison.

“I’m thoroughly grateful for the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of people and feel blessed to be involved in G.A.P.”

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Shadoe Stevens

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Jamison Monroe

With years of personal recovery experience, compassionate and effective treatment of adolescent substance abuse is mission critical to Jamison Monroe. Raised in what might have appeared like an idyllic childhood environment, Jamison began his decent into alcohol and drug abuse as a teen, while hiding behind that all too familiar ‘happy family” facade. As a adolescent, Jamison was admitted to a number of well-known treatment programs where he would remain sober for a handful of months before relapsing. Despite a supportive family, Jamison remained in this life-threatening cycle until he was admitted to a treatment center that focused on personalized, comprehensive and holistic treatment that allowed him to safely address his individual underlying issues, while balancing an effective amount of family involvement. Today, Jamison lives mindfully in his recovery, coming to the realization early in his sober journey that working in the field and helping other adolescents and young adults find the gift of sobriety was what gave him the most personal satisfaction. As a result, Jamison has held a number of positions in the field, such as Counselor, Director of Operations and Executive Director at facilities that assist others battling addiction. Jamison is now fulfilling his vision by creating a center of excellence for the treatment of adolescent substance abuse and comprehensive family reconstruction. A facility where adolescents and their families are treated with care and respect, while one of the most highly qualified treatment teams in the field guides their collective and unique journey. Newport Academy is the culmination of Jamison’s journey and desire to create an unrivaled setting to help adolescents and their families recover from the destructive effects of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Beyond overseeing the vision of Newport Academy, Jamison is immersed in multiple facets of the battle against addiction and is recognized by his peers as a conduit between the past, present and future of recovery. Jamison is exceedingly passionate about education and awareness and to that end, serves on the board of directors for several non-profits and some of the world’s most progressive creative thinking projects such as C4 Recovery Solutions, Los Angeles’ StartingBloc Founding Circle, Writers In Treatment and is a Recovery Month planning partner for SAMHSA worldwide. Currently, Jamison is working on his first book about recovery and can be seen on CNN (HLN), where he regularly appears as an addiction and behavior correspondent.

Faine Lartigue

Faine worked at the displaced persons camp in Petionville immediately after the 2010 Haiti earthquake and befriended our G.A.P. kids with his whole heart.  He is very valuable in sharing his cultural insights and support of both staff and participants at G.A.P.

 

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