ABOUT

Who Are We? Bridges to Recovery is a grant-funded, non-profit, community organization that offers support, services, and connections for individuals affected by, seeking or are in recovery from substance use disorder. The individuals we serve have Substance Abuse Disorders and our services are provided at no cost to the individual.

Our Culture: It is the evidence-based practice of Bridges to Recovery that there is not one right way to recovery and, therefore, we support all avenues of recovery.

 

Kayla Steeber

Kayla Steebers (Executive Director)Executive Director

kaylas@mmbridges2recovery.com

My biggest priorities are my faith and my family. My husband and I have been married since 2017. We have a 5-year-old son, a 4-year-old daughter, and a dog. We currently live in an RV and it’s a crazy adventure that has brought us even closer as a family.

I also enjoy nature, sports, puzzles, board games, and watching TV. My go-to shows are Gilmore Girls, Heartland, and Friends.

In addition to working with Marinette County Group Home Association, I coach varsity volleyball at STAA, co-own a business with my husband (Steeber Solutions), craft wood engravings (Fortitude Flame Engravings), and am looking into starting a Montessori school.

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”

Meghan Rutherford

Meghan Rutherford (Director)Project Director/Case Manager

meghanr@mmbridges2recovery.com

Meghan Rutherford is a Marinette native who is passionate about bettering and connecting our community. Meghan is a Certified Social Worker who sits on several community boards and has worked locally throughout her professional career. Meghan’s goal for Bridges to Recovery is for all individuals impacted by substance abuse in Marinette and Menominee to be welcomed in and supported through its agency. Meghan believes that bettering one’s life in our community will better them all.

Bobbi Jo Mashlan

Bobbi Jo Mashlan (Case Manager)Case Manager

bobbijom@mmbridges2recovery.com

Book lover, crafter, writer, sister, mother, and wife, I have worked in a Nonprofit for nearly 15 years, primarily in a shelter. I grew up in Green Bay and moved to Madison, WI, area for 25 years. After losing a family member to an overdose and serving clients within the violence and homelessness field, I noticed a trend of individuals needing more support and options on their journey to recovery and self-sufficiency. I aim to create a supportive place for people to come and feel heard without fear of judgment. My door is always open! 

Barb Powell

Wellness & Recovery Coordinator

barbp@mmbridges2recovery.com

I’m a Mom, grandma, wife, and daughter of an amazing Father who loves her faith, family, friends, water, camping, nature, learning and is passionate about personal growth and helping others. I have found life and purpose in long-term recovery.

Originally from Minnesota- NOT a Viking fan! Go Pack Go! I moved to this area in 1992 after College Graduation (my first major accomplishment/proud moment in recovery, as I never even graduated from High School). I immediately fell in love with this beautiful area (God’s Country) and decided here was where I belonged.

As a child, I grew up in the military and as a result acquired the nickname “Airforce brat”. Never did I think I would grow to love this name, but I did. Although the name held special meaning within me for the many wonderful memories, mostly traveling and meeting wonderful people from many walks of life, but many non-military folks always thought I was different. This so-called different way of life proved to be where I found my passion and love for people from many different cultures and backgrounds. I also found my lifelong love of water, who wouldn’t, living in Tripoli, Libya, just three short blocks away from the Mediterranean Sea, right?!

As a teenager, age 15, I was introduced to Alateen.

At 22, seven short years later, I was introduced to Alcoholics Anonymous but shortly after learning how very sick, messed up, beat up, this single mom with an out-of-control alcohol and drug problem truly was I found myself in a highly structured, nationally well known, Hospital Treatment Center. Here is where my whole world changed. As incredibly painful and scary as it was, it remains to be the best, most painful experience that has ever happened to me! And so the story goes, in my newfound life of recovery! It’s not been an easy journey, but it certainly has been a meaningful and rewarding one.

Being of service is an honor, it’s not a Military honor, like what I grew up with, but being of service in recovery is an honorable stand, a fight that I strongly believe in! Recovery is everything…for without it, I am nothing!

Nicole Harrington

Nicole Harrington (Senior Recovery Coach)Recovery Coach Supervisor

When I got into recovery, I learned the most important thing I could ever learn in recovery, hustle recovery like you hustled dope and you will make it. So that is what I did. I went to meetings, became a Recovery Coach at 6 months clean, and became a certified Peer Support Specialist about a year into my sobriety.

Jessica Heinze

Jessica Heinze (Recovery Coach - Americorps)Recovery Coach (AmeriCorps)

jessicah@mmbridges2recovery.com

I am a recovering meth addict that has been clean and sober for 2 years. I have been through a lot including prison. I can’t express enough that recovery is the best thing I have done in my life. I choose to be a Recovery Coach because I have been through it all and I want to help others through their addiction and give others the same support that my family, friends, and fiancé give to me.

Beka Bussineau

Beka Bussineau (Recovery Coach)Recovery Coach

bekab@mmbridges2recovery.com

I’m Beka Bussineau. I’m a mom, a student, and a recovery coach in long-term recovery from opiate and stimulant addiction. Every day in active addiction I wanted to die, now in recovery, I have a life I love living- walking alongside others as they strive towards wellness is my favorite part of my recovery.

Crystal Caley

Crystal Caley (Recovery Coach)Recovery Coach

crystalc@mmbridges2recovery.com

My name is Crystal Caley. I grew up in Appleton WI and graduated from Fox Valley High School. I am a very proud mother of 4 children Justin, Jordan, Jayla, and Janessa. I found myself lost and alone in active addiction not knowing where to turn, but I found recovery with the help of my parents, groups like “Never Give Up”, and good friends. My recovery family are the most amazing people I have ever met. I help run a group called “Realistic Recovery” on Facebook. I host “All Recovery Meetings” via Zoom on Thursday nights. I am very passionate about helping anyone who suffers from addiction. I recovered OUTLOUD and I am not ashamed of my story because it has made me who I am today. I can only hope that my story can inspire others and that they see recovery as possible. I like the saying that Sobriety is not owned, Rent is due daily! And remember that you are not alone.

Paul Haasl

Paul Haasl (Recovery Coach)Recovery Coach

paulh@mmbridges2recovery.com

I’ve been working full-time as a Certified Peer Specialist since 2015. I decided to work in recovery after wondering if recovery had to be as difficult as I felt it was made for me initially. I’m a true believer in Person-Centered, Strength-Based recovery. We drive our boat, kids, but sometimes it’s nice having someone onboard who’s navigated these waters. Peer support. I’m talking about Peer Support.

I’m an avid fisherman, participating in walleye tournaments and guiding both open water and ice for walleye. I’m a dedicated shop tinkerer, firmly believing you don’t have to buy a new item that can be fixed. Bearded October-March. I’m married to my lovely wife, Pam, who is also working in Human Services.

Kendelle Nelson

Recovery Coach

kendellen@mmbridges2recovery.com

My name is Kendelle Nelson. I danced with almost every kind of substance at some point during my 28 years of active addiction. I thought I needed to be medicated in order to function. I felt lost, alone, and hopeless. They say the road of addiction ends in one of two ways…prison or death. I could see both of those exits getting closer and closer. Charges were piling up and news of friends passing had become normal in my life. I realized I did not want either of those as my final destination and so, I fully surrendered to the idea of sobriety. I had nothing to lose. For the first time in my life, I am alive. I’m not existing, I’m not surviving….I am living. Everyone deserves to live their best life. And though every person has their path to walk and life lessons to learn, I am here because no one should have to walk it alone. 

Donna Thiry

Recovery Coach

donnat@mmbridges2recovery.com

Recovery has taught me about self-love, self-care, & self-worth. Recovery is hard, but it’s worth it! I enjoy sharing my ducky love with others via rubber ducks & tiny ducks. I am a barefooter, a Yooper, a mom, a wife, a Christian, & a kid at heart. I have overcome a lot & want to see others succeed in recovery also! You are not alone, you are worthy, & you are loved!

Jessica Plosczynski

Jessica Plosczynski (Career Navigator)Career Navigator

jessicap@mmbridges2recovery.com

I love to paint, read, and spend time with my family, I have more than 15 years of management experience and love working with people. I would identify as an ambivert, which means I am both outgoing and reserved. Like anyone I need my downtime, but I am also the life of the party in the right situation. I am a firm believer that anything is possible if you set your mind to it and that attitude is 95% of anything. I have a very human-centered approach to everything I do, not just my job. This is because, to me, everyone matters.

It is my goal to make this a safe place, free of judgment and bias, for you to obtain help in setting and meeting your employment goals. No matter how easy or complicated that may seem I want to give you the tools to succeed in whatever phase of life you are in and that starts with a simple conversation. Feel free to reach out to me and I will assist you in any way I can. Does not matter if you are just looking to fulfill court-ordered employment obligations or are looking to the future for your potential and possibilities. I am here to help you!

Trish Ruleau

Trish Ruleau (Volunteer Coordinator)Volunteer Coordinator

volunteercoordinator@mmbridges2recovery.com

My name is Trish Ruleau. I grew up in Cedar River MI, and attended Stephenson High School (Class of ‘96). In 97 I moved to Panama City Fl, returning to Cedar River in “18.

I loved Panama City and the beach. The Gulf of Mexico is a beautiful emerald blue-green, clear, and warm. The beaches are white (sunburn is guaranteed if you don’t wear sunscreen).

In 1999 I started college, not sure of what to major in. Finally, I found my love in teaching after I began subbing in the local district. I moved from sub to teacher assistant, and graduated in “07 with a BS in special education teacher of middle school science- yes that crazy age- it was AWESOME! I continued teaching until 2017 and one more school year in AZ.

My life was amazing until I turned 35, a late bloomer. I almost escaped the disease of alcoholism. I went from 0-60 in a matter of months. I still don’t know when it happened, I just knew I didn’t want to stop drinking and would go to unthinkable lengths to obtain more.

In 2 years, I would lose my kids, marriage, home, vehicle, and friends, almost my career. I’ve been in jail 3 times for an extended period. In 2022 I received my 3rd DUI, giving me a felony. This time it cost me my teaching career due to the felony.

Due to incarceration in February 2023 – July I started the journey of sobriety. It was difficult with work release going to a bar every day, but I never picked up, I am now 14 months sober.

I am thankful for Bridges to Recovery. It has given me light at the end of a very dark tunnel. I now believe I can create a sober, happy, great future. Free of the bottle and legal issues. I can have real, honest relationships, with myself and others.

I feel this quote is most appropriate for my life at this time:

I haven’t failed; my success has just been postponed. – Author Unknown

Ivy Sutek

Ivy Sutek (Data Coordinator)Data Coordinator

ivysutek.mcgha@gmail.com

I love people and I love my community! I feel blessed to be a part of the Bridges to Recovery team, working behind the scenes to collect data and analyze the impact that the Recovery Coach programs have.

What is a Peer Recovery Coach?

Peer support encompasses a range of activities and interactions between people who share similar experiences of being diagnosed with mental health conditions, substance use disorders, or both. This mutuality—often called “peerness”—between a peer support worker and a person in or seeking recovery promotes connection and inspires hope.

Peer support offers a level of acceptance, understanding, and validation not found in many other professional relationships (Mead & McNeil, 2006). By sharing their own lived experience and practical guidance, peer support workers help people to develop their own goals, create strategies for self-empowerment, and take concrete steps towards building fulfilling, self-determined lives for themselves.

A peer support worker is someone with the lived experience of recovery from a mental health condition, substance use disorder, or both. They provide support to others experiencing similar challenges. They provide non-clinical, strengths-based support and are “experientially credentialed” by their recovery journey (Davidson, et al., 1999). Peer support workers may be referred to by different names depending on the setting in which they practice. Common titles include peer specialists, peer recovery coaches, peer advocates, and peer recovery support specialists.

 

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