Chris Reed

I name is Chris Reed I am 25 years old and have been a resident of McHenry County my entire life. I currently live in Fox River Grove with my fiancé and two kids. I have been sober since September 2009 myself and was a founding member of the organization....

Mikey Ledvora

My name is Michael Ledvora and I have been involved with New Directions Addiction Recovery Services for five years. We deal with the lack of services surrounding the drug treatment community in the Chicago land area. What has drawn me to this cause is my personal experience and personal love...

Ashley Buffano

Ashley grew up in Island Lake, and currently reside in Cary.  Ashley has experience with organizational skills and multi tasking. She works currently for an insulation company full time in Wauconda.  Also, Ashley is involved in recovery with a 12 step program and is very involved in the recovery community....

Nick Castagna

My name is Nick Castagna. I live in Woodstock, IL and I see myself as a Communication Expert. I specialize in team building, leadership coaching, and talent recruitment. I graduated with a B.S. in economics from Northern Illinois University. I am most passionate about helping people see their potential and then unlock it.. My...

Joe Bongiovanni

Joe has lived his whole life in Illinois, growing up in the northwestern suburb of Algonquin. He graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing with a specialization in Professional Selling and a Minor in Environmental Sciences. During his time at NIU, Joe became...

Aaron Cutler

Aaron Cutler, Born April 16th 1985, has been a resident of McHenry County since 2009. Aaron has attended the University of Tampa as well as McHenry County College.  In 2013 Aaron successfully graduated from McHenry County’s Specialty court program. Actively involved in 12 step based recovery; Aaron continues to work...

Cassandra Wingert

Cassandra Wingert is the Director of Advocacy for New Directions Addiction Recovery Services and the Founder and Executive Director of its Advocacy entity Wake the Nation. She has become a leading advocate in drug addiction education and prevention. Under her direction, Wake the Nation has become a driving force in...

Justin Brand

I am Justin Brand the Events Director for The Other Side and NDARS.  My involvement with the organization is to plan larger quarterly events and create a fun and positive atmosphere for the community to enjoy.  I was introduced to The Other Side through some friends in the sober community. ...

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