OUR STAFF

We’re a diverse and passionate team of professionals working to make effective mental health treatment more accessible to adults and adolescents

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Laura

CFO

Laura is part of the leadership team at Avery’s House where she oversees the operations and finance departments. Laura has a passion for empowering others and ensuring that all levels of operations run as smoothly as possible. Laura brings almost a decade of experience in the drug and alcohol treatment industry to the organization.

She has a strong working knowledge of the unique components that it takes to run a successful treatment center including, Joint Commission, policies and procedures, and Insurance billing. Originally from Connecticut, Laura moved to Arizona when she was 20 to pursue her own journey of Recovery. In her free time, Laura likes to spend as much time outdoors as possible. She also has a passion for fitness, music, and cats.

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Michele Canale

CEO

Michele is the CEO and part of the leadership team for Avery’s House. She has worked in treatment for over 17 years in many different capacities. Michele was born and raised on Long Island in New York. Michele’s own drug addiction and alcoholism has inspired her to help others. She ended up in treatment herself at the age of 18.

Michele surrendered immediately and started her own journey of recovery. She has been sober and active in recovery since January 24, 2000. After a few years of recovery, Michele pursued her degree in Counseling. Michele specialized in adolescents and young adults for 5 years. She also graduated from NAU and received her degree in Elementary Education. Michele taught 1st grade for 10 years but always missed helping others achieve long term recovery.

Michele left public education to enter back into the mental health and substance abuse treatment world. She saw a need for long term remote on call support for post discharge from a facility.

In her free time Michele enjoys spending time with her daughter, her husband, and their 3 dogs. She also loves yoga, hiking, and traveling. Michele loves being active and sharing the things that bring her joy and create positive mental health with others.

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Robert Castan

President/Chief Marketing Officer

Robert Castan is a member of the Executive Leadership Team at Avery’s House. Robert started his professional career as a house manager and has become an industry leader and trusted voice in the treatment world. He brings extensive knowledge of organizational growth, industry-leading outcomes, and comprehensive marketing to Avery’s House. Robert has been walking his own path of recovery for over 10 years. This path has truly driven his ambition to help make treatment available to others who are struggling with addiction. Robert finds great joy in traveling and keeping physically active, with an emphasis on biking. Robert resides in Arizona with his husband and two four-legged children.

Articles Written:
The U.S. Alcohol Crisis, Still Deadlier Than the Opioid Epidemic
Zombies and Other Future Threats to the Health of American Youth
Dire Mental Health: A Catalyst for Post-Pandemic Drug Addiction
The Benefits of Rehab Center Staff Working Their Own Recovery
Opinion: The Opioid Crisis + COVID-19 = The Perfect Storm
Robert Castan on Successful Addiction Treatment and Entrepreneurship
Castan: The road less traveled of addiction & recovery in Scottsdale
Opioids & COVID Driving Phoenix’s Rising Fatal Drug Overdoses
Opinion: The Opioid Crisis + COVID-19 = The Perfect Storm
Successful Addiction Treatment Programs & Entrepreneurship

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Shawna

Clinical Director

Originally from Wyoming, Shawna Chandler, MSW, LCSW, serves as the Clinical Director for Avery’s House, offering our team and clients 25 years of experience working within the addiction and mental health industry as well as 12 years of leadership experience. Shawna completed her master’s degree at Florida State University and began specializing in clinical social work. Having realized her passion for addiction and mental illnesses early on, Shawna began her journey providing clinical service to a diverse variety of populations in rural communities and residential treatment centers.

Shawna is dedicated to providing high-quality care to meet the unique needs of clients and their families. With extensive training in trauma, EMDR, dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance commitment therapy, family-focused therapy, mindfulness, internal family system therapy, and leadership, Shawna provides Avery’s House’ clinical team with intuitive, expert training and supervision.

In addition to her professional experience and training, Shawna utilizes her personal experience of family addiction and trauma in working with professionals, clients and families. Using compassionate understanding and acceptance, she is able to help clients and families heal from addiction and become whole again.

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Steve Laats

Chief Operating Office

Steve is the COO at Avery’s House. He oversees all the different aspects of the marketing efforts and is heavily involved in the efficiencies and quality control of the business.

Steve has been in recovery for over 20 years. His own experiences in recovery have driven him to work in the treatment industry and to ultimately help the still-suffering addict.

Steve enjoys traveling with his wife to new destinations, along with keeping physically active with their dogs.

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Lena Moses

Director of Community Relations

Lena Moses holds a Masters degree in Adult Education and a Bachelors degree in Psychology. Lena also has extensive training and credentials in Child Development, Reiki, Birth and Postpartum Care, Peer Support and Adolescent and Adult Transport.

After working for years as an Early Childhood Administrator and College Admissions Counselor, Lena is now a Recovery Coach, Trauma-Informed Transporter and the Director of Case Management for Avery’s House Services.

Lena strongly believes in meeting people where they are on their journey and treating each family she encounters with the same respect she would show her own.

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CLINICAL TEAM

Jasen Black

Clinical Assistant

Hello! My name is Jasen Black. I recently graduated from college with my bachelor’s in science of Nursing. I am from Montana, and I am new to the Phoenix area. I enjoy fishing, kayaking, backpacking, sports, board games, and music. I am looking forward to meeting you!

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Jayci McConnell

Clinical Assistant

Hi my name is Jayci, and I am excited to be a BHT here at Avery’s House! I am an Arizona native and love to be outside. I ride horses and barrel race competitively- when I am not on a horse, I am rollerblading or listening to podcasts!

I grew up in a small town where mental health and substance abuse was not openly spoken about. I grew very passionate about helping the younger generation as I saw the lack of awareness in these areas. I am in recovery myself and find so much joy being of service to others. I can’t wait to help your journey by displaying healthy boundaries, a positive attitude, and helping you find hobbies to stay on the upside of life!

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Lucia Gronczniak

Clinical Assistant

Hi my name is Lucia (she/her) and I am a BHT here at Avery’s House! I was born and raised right here in the valley as an only child. I enjoy golfing, reading, video games, and adventuring outdoors. I am a huge Star Wars fan! I am also a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Recovery and mental health have been a huge part of my life. I have many family members as well as myself who have directly struggled with those battles. I can’t wait to help your journey by showing you compassion and genuine understanding from firsthand experience!

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MEDICAL TEAM

Stuart Riddle

Clinical Assistant

My name is Stuart Riddle, and I am a Clinical Assistant here at Avery’s House. I have experience with recovery at a young age and am local to the area. I enjoy hiking, camping, and spending time with my family. I look forward to being a part of your new journey.

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Kate Kleinkopf

Housing Director

My name is Kate Kleinkopf, and am the director of housing at Avery’s House. I have always been very passionate about helping others with mental health struggles and addiction. Overcoming my own battles with depression and anxiety as a teen has given me a desire to help others heal and grow as well. I live a pretty active lifestyle full of hiking, the gym, and yoga, but I also enjoy staying in and reading a good book. Family is really important to me. I am a mother of a beautiful 5-year-old girl and an energetic border collie who keep me on my toes. I am so excited to get to know you and help you on this journey of healing.

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Kimberly Pearson

Clinical Assistant

Hello, my name is Kimberly. I am a Clinical Assistant here at Avery’s House. I’ve been in health care for almost all my life. My passion has always been caring for people. My view is to try to be the change I wish to see in the world. I grew up all over the US. Though I was born here in Arizona. In my downtime, I love doing DIY projects and writing. My favorite things to do are hanging out with my kids and being creative. I look forward to the opportunity to help you along the way in your journey to recovery.

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ADMISSIONS TEAM

Josh Lemieux

Admissions Director

Josh Lemieux is Director of Admissions at Avery’s House. Josh oversees the admissions team and makes sure the admissions process is as simple and straight forward as possible.

Josh really goes above and beyond to make sure Clients and Families understand what treatment is, what treatment options are available, and to make it reasonably affordable for all income types.

Josh has multiple years in recovery and continues to grow and help addicts both at work and outside of work. Josh has a real passion to help addicts who are still suffering and help them to get to a place where they become who they were meant to be.

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Dillon Near

Admissions Coordinator

Dillon is an Admissions Coordinator at Avery’s House. As a person in long term recovery Dillon volunteers his time advocating to reduce the stigma of addiction in our communities. Dillon prides himself in his work and goes to any length to help those struggling with addiction find treatment, showing them that there is a way out of their addiction.

Dillon is from Mississippi and made Arizona his home 10 years ago. Dillon finds peace in nature and enjoys hobbies such as hiking, kayaking, camping and reading.

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Kristen McKenzie

Admissions Coordinator

Kristen is an Admissions Coordinator at Avery’s House. Fundamental to her ability to build trusting relationships is a commitment to unconditional empathy, an open-minded attitude, and a sincere passion for the wellbeing of the clients. Kristen is committed to delivering a high standard of professionalism and embodies the enthusiasm to make a positive difference in people’s lives.

Kristen is a lover of animals, reading, cooking, and traveling. She has a cat named Winston and they like to watch Australian reality television.

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Jason Sienicki

Admissions Coordinator

Jason is an Admissions Coordinator with Avery’s House and has been working in the substance abuse field for 4 years. Jason is in recovery himself and has a passion to give back the support that was once given to him. Jason grew up in Massachusetts and moved to Arizona to start his own recovery path. It is his goal to show those reaching out for help that they too can transform their lives. Jason spends his free time with his daughter and enjoys hobbies such as playing guitar and writing music.

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