Chris brings a business operations and financial management skills background to Spirit Mountain Recovery. As an entrepreneur he has over 40 years of experience in business management. He has personal experience and knowledge in all aspects of substance abuse through a life lived in and around addiction since the age of 10 years old. Chris has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Minnesota and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Dallas. Chris started his career as a Certified Professional Accountant and then served as a Financial Officer for a variety of developmental companies after serving five years in the US Army as a Captain in the Finance Corp. Chris has also taught college as an Adjunct Professor of Accounting at the University of Maryland, European Extension Division.
Matt is the heart of Spirit Mountain Recovery. After many years of struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, he finally accepted that his own self-consumed way of living life was not working. After receiving the help he needed, Matt worked diligently, one day at a time to stay sober and to be of service. Matt credits the 12 Step Program of Alcoholics Anonymous as having saved his life.
Sober now for over 7 years, Matt lives out his passion to help others find the necessary tools needed to sustain their own sobriety. This passion of being useful each day to others drove Matt to become a Certified Peer Support Specialist where he is able to use his natural and learned gifts as a gentle, wise, enlightened, supportive leader, and confidant. Matt is the Co-Founder of Spirit Mountain Recovery and is grateful each day for his sobriety and the opportunity to serve others.
Seth graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business. He is also now a proud alumnus of Spirit Mountain Recovery but acknowledges that his current sustained sobriety was only learned after struggling in the most difficult of ways. Seth is living proof that someone can overcome substance addictions even to fentanyl the most powerful of all drugs. Seth’s recovery was only possible after he learned the hard way that it would take a complete surrender his own self-will, a willingness to take direction and by diligently working a consistent daily plan that sustains his recovery.
As the Director of Operations at Spirit Mountain Recovery Seth is in an excellent position to work with clients in finding the keys to their sustained sobriety if they are willing to do the hard work necessary to achieve it. No better example of someone coming into treatment at Spirit Mountain completely exasperated by their substance addiction but having the courage to do those things necessary to find sustained sobriety.
Seth is from Yuma, Arizona, where his family still lovingly supports him in his recovery. He also feels blessed to be in a healthy relationship now with his partner Sidney and a grateful father to his daughter, Elise. Seth continues to stay connected to his sober support community and to serve as an example to others that when you place a priority each day on being sober that good things happen.
Adam’s struggle with addiction started when he was 13 years old. Like many addicts he started with a drink and by his 20’s he was hooked on drugs. He was on a one-way trip to the bottom before his family intervened and sent him to Spirit Mountain Recovery. He learned a lot about recovery and gained many tools but in the end, he did not stay sober. Adam can see now that he was given the tools, but it was his job to pick them up and use them. He can identify that his relapse started after separating himself from the sober community that was holding him accountable. He checked himself back into Sprit Mountain but this time he was desperate and willing. Today, he is sober and free. He loves his family and has authentic connections today. He has 3 beautiful children and a fiancé that stood by him through all his ups and downs. He loves being outside where he connects with his higher power and playing sober softball with healthy friends. Adam’s sobriety date is November 8, 2017.
“I love working at Spirit Mountain because I get to help men that were like me go from broken and unhappy, to a new, beautiful way of living.” -Adam Johnson
Ryan was born and raised in Ignacio, Colorado. After a hard battle with his addiction, he was able to let go and let God intervene on his behalf. Ryan has a unique blend of personal characteristic that he brings to the service of others based on his personal path to recovery. Sober now for nearly 3 years he is currently studying Social Work at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. He is an athlete at heart and loves to play basketball in his free time. Ryan is a devoted husband and father to his beautiful daughter.
His goal: “I am passionate about helping those whom others have written off or cast away.”
Josh graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Therapy and Nutrition minor. He is currently serving as a medical technician with the United States Air Force Reserve Command and works part time as an emergency medical technician at Weber State Universities sporting events. He has a passion for serving others and has decided to go back to school to get a degree nursing.
Having grown up in the area, he enjoys spending his spare time with his surrounding family and being outdoors. He and his wife Katrina have recently been blessed with a newborn daughter, Alexi of which Josh has said his greatest satisfaction comes from being a husband and a father. At Spirit Mountain Josh works as peer support and a medical technician under the direction of Dr. Roundy. He enjoys seeing the change that occurs within clients during their stay at Spirit Mountain and the camaraderie between staff and clients.
Brett earned a Bachelor in Science Degree in Finance from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland. His personal experience with recovery is based on having recovered from his own substance addictions and other mental health issues at Spirit Mountain Recovery. His passion now is to devote his time and energy to helping others with their recoveries as a member of Spirit Mountain’s professional staff. Brett believes that self-acceptance, physical well-being, self-compassion, and a healthy connection to others and his higher power are the keys to his sustained recovery. Brett was a member of the Towson University Ice Hockey Team and loves to work out in the gym, hike and camp in the mountains.
Shon was raised by her father, John, a recovered addict/alcoholic, who has worked in the treatment industry for over 20 years. Even being so, Shon continued to struggle with addiction on and off through her teens and twenties. Having been able to sustain her sobriety for as long as 4 years she inevitably relapsed which then led to a journey through 9 inpatient and outpatient programs all over the United States trying to stay sober.
Shon is thankful to each program for their wisdom and support on her journey in sustained sobriety for giving her the tools to choose life. As a result, Shon relates well to the addicts who have been in and out of multiple treatment center programs. She understands the mindset of the addicts who think that their abstinence from drugs for however long and that they are not addicts anymore, or can control their drug use, is such a delusional myth. Shon’s compassion for these types of addicts and their loved ones was born from hard learned personal experience.
Solidly sober for over three years now Shon recognizes that being of service is one of the most important parts of her being able to sustain her sobriety. In addition to serving as Spirit Mountain Recovery’s National Accounts Director, Shon sponsors women in their recoveries and is the co-host of The Recover Rx podcast. She is also an artist. Her paintings have been featured in art shows, as well as on the cover of The Recover Rx Book published in 2020.
Cade began his career as a chef at the young age of 14. He grew to fall in love with the process of cooking food, creating new recipes, and having people gather together around a fresh meal. Cade, a local to the area, has been working in the mental health and treatment field since 2017. With this experience, he has become a certified nutritionist, with the core goal of building the bridge between nutritional education and the enjoyment of delicious meals. Cade’s cooking is inspired by cuisines around the world, but his main focus is on Mediterranean-style meals.
As a local, Cade takes full advantage of what the Utah mountains have in store. When not cooking, he spends his free time snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, and playing golf.
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