Staff

Meet the Alternative Peer Group Las Vegas (APGLV) team.
Joe Engle

Joseph Engle

Founder

Joe’s family moved to Las Vegas in 1978 when he was 11 years old. He graduated from Western High School in 1985 and has worked for Safe Electronics since 2002 as an IBEW Low Voltage Senior Technician. Joe’s 19-year-old son Reese died in 2011 due to an overdose of heroin. The unbearable loss and profound pain that Joe experienced tormented him for a year. Upon the first “Angel Anniversary” of Reese’s death, a group of grieving parents with similar stories decided that they needed to help other families impacted by the opioid crisis. In June 2013, the nonprofit There is No Hero in Heroin Foundation formed to provide support and financial assistance for those seeking long term sobriety from opioid addiction. In the last five years, TINHIH Las Vegas has become a leader in the recovery community as well as a vocal advocate for sustainable recovery programs at the local, state and federal level. Along with Board Members Donn Jersey and Jeffery Horn, Joe advocated for the creation of the Clark County School District’s Mission High School in downtown Las Vegas which opened in the Fall of 2017.

Kaylyn Vautrinot

Kaylyn Vautrinot

Executive Director
Kaylyn is a person in long term recovery, and believes that the most important aspect of sustainable recovery is identifying one’s “tribe”. Her goal is to expand the APG’s message and values throughout all high schools in the Las Vegas valley. Kaylyn comes to APG with the experience of helping adults within the recovery community to find and maintain employment after their struggle with returning to the work force. Through a respectable job placement program, she has helped many establish employment. Having helped employ hundreds of people in a variety of industries, she is now turning her focus on the city’s youth. Kaylyn is a wife and mother of three – Kay, Jaxon, and Keira.
Recovery Leadership

Keegan Dhue

Marketing Director

Keegan has been in Las Vegas for over 25 years and isin long term recovery. Sobriety has saved his life and provided him with a new one where he can now make positive use of his technology skills. Keegan started his own computer repair service right here in Las Vegas by the time he was 17 and has been involved in several emerging technology markets year after year. He is excited to provide his experiences in recovery & technology to further help APG in providing a safe and fun place for the youth to explore ways in establishing their own recovery.

Jordan Norwood

Jordan Norwood

Programs Director

Jordan is a person in long term recovery. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, she spent her teen and young adult years battling with her addictions. Her early recovery brought her to Southwest Florida where she finally found a different way to live. She was finally able to see that not only can you have a great life in recovery, but also have a lot of fun in the process. Jordan recently moved to Las Vegas eager to get involved with helping others in recovery and has fallen in love with the local recovery scene. She loves to help others and hopes to show that there is a happy, safe and super fun way to live your life in recovery! Jordan hopes to help the youth in recovery find the joy and fun in sobriety through the various programs and activities offered right here at APG, and wants to help them thrive in their own lives. “Working a program in recovery brought me a life beyond my wildest dreams, and I only hope that I can help others find their own version of that”. Jordan has two fur babies- a rescue cat named Machete and a Miniature Australian Shepherd named Atticus and they are the light of her life. “I always tell them, when I needed a hand, I found your paw, and I mean it from my heart every time. They have brought me so much joy and love and I personally believe animals are such a great form of emotional support, I don’t know what I’d do without them”

Melonie Spalding

Melonie Spalding

Youth Coordinator

Melonie is a person in long term recovery, originally from San Francisco, she moved here in 2003 without much of a plan. After some time she found herself on the road to recovery, while managing a sober living house. When Melonie isn’t being of service to the recovery community, she spends most of her time with her family. She loves the movies, especially action movies. The one thing she loves to do most is to help others, which is what broughther to the Alternative Peer Group.

Tyler Parish

Tyler Parish

Youth Coordinator

Tyler spent his childhood living back and forth from Soldotna, Alaska and Las Vegas. He has been a permanent resident here since 2012. He participates in his own recovery on a daily basis. Tyler is passionate about reaching his hand out and helping the next one in line. In 2017 he completed Freedom House in-patient program where he was introduced to a 12 step fellowship that he is an active member of today. He loves working in the recovery field both as the house manager for Nicks House soberliving and as the Youth Coordinator for Alternative Peer Group Las Vegas.

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Donations are an important part to ensure our program runs well. Your donation will go towards supplies needed, field trips, etc.

Despite our best efforts, with the Governor’s most recent announcement, we have been forced to close the doors at the Alternative Peer Group effectively immediately with an indefinite end date. We wanted to be able to provide our youth with a safe space to spend this time while school is out. It is very unfortunate that we are in this situation but we must follow recommendations. Please feel free to reach out as needed and we will do our best to assist. #TINHIHLasVegas #AlternativePeerGroup