Who We Are

Firebird Transformation’s Sober Living Staff & Consultants Greatly Enrich Our Daily Lives

CEO and Founder

Getting fired from a chicken shack in 1998 was one of the greatest “strange gifts” ever given to me. No one likes getting the boot, but in hindsight, the opportunity was an open door to following my passions; starting Human Service work. A colleague estimated that in those 22+ years I’ve worked with over a thousand individuals struggling with Addiction and Mental Illness. I remember the stories, the baby steps and the quantum leaps. Of course, you can’t win them all, that’s where grace comes in. In 2015, I was ordained by my spiritual community of 20 years, and am also an interfaith Volunteer Chaplain for a neighboring county’s EMS Squad, with Critical Incident Stress Management training (a curriculum developed to manage crisis response for agencies and the public). For fun, I love photography, writing, and tilting at windmills. As a Mental Health/Substance Abuse professional, I jokingly call myself an “antique.” From the early ’00s to the mid teens, I worked in a clinical-medical crisis role serving at-risk youth and their families, prior to that in the foster/adoptive system. I’ve worked hard to gain ethical and progressive clout in regional professional networks, and am unafraid to speak out for what’s right, not what gets contracts. It all comes down to this one simple thing: walking your talk, and that elusive and hard-to-learn skill: owning your (rightly used) power. It’s an honor to serve.
Expressive Arts Therapist
Jennifer Worthen, LPC, MT-BC, FAMI

Jen achieved her certification of Fellow with the Association for Music and Imagery from the Mid-Atlantic Training Institute in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. Jen is a member of the Association for Music and Imagery and offered BMI trainings internationally. Jen also holds a Master’s Degree in Community Agency Counseling and her empathic and fun-natured personality helps client relax and then deepen into their therapeutic work, supporting their ability to be empowered to make personal breakthroughs. Her class is- hands up- the most raucous and laugh filled of the week! While also the most poignant.
Clinical Director/Supervisor

We are seeking candidates for this position who additionally specialize in Non-Profit Organization management. We utilize existing community supports for individual Staff supervision as we convert over the coming months.
Relapse Prevention Director
Chad Smith, NCPSS-R

Bio Coming Soon!

Director of Life Skills
Cameron Yarbrough, NCPSS-R

Bio coming soon!
Mindfulness and Wellness Guide
Anthony Antonecchia, QP

Anthony brings a passion for serving those in recovery with a zest for life to his Yoga, Qi Gong, and Calisthenics classes. Meeting outdoors whenever possible, he builds on teaching that vulnerability is strength through enthusiastic but concise group instruction. Following the meditations and workouts, Anthony helps everyone prepare unique smoothies for the day, packing a nutrition and soul into the time together.
Compassion in Action Teammate
Anamchara “Kara” Stravinsky, C.A.T.

Our Team is diverse in species, and with that Anamchara (“Kara”) joins us as our “therapy” cat! Anamchara is the personal variation on the Gaelic Anam Cara, for “Soul Friend,” and that’s who she is to us. She has her own survival story to tell & we’re grateful to a fellow community stakeholder and volunteer partner, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, for bringing us together. She specializes in giving nuzzles, laughter, and peaceful companionship. Her qualifications? Well, let’s go with that singular form of unfiltered, unconditional love that only non-human creatures can so swiftly & compassionately teach. She’s fully certified in that! Also, as part Russian Blue, she produces far less of the alkaloid that produces the feline allergen. In other words, you’re much less likely to have an allergic reaction to her than a typical cat. In so many ways, she’s far from typical! That’s why she’s with us!


David Carmean; Samuel Hayes; Dave Cutair (not pictured: Paull Hubbard MBA)


Matt Stone, Daniel Maxson

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