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.

Rachel Warren

Rachel Warren

Project Coordinator
Rachel is a certified peer support specialist, and a person in long-term recovery. She has been in and out of recovery and treatment centers since the age of 17. She eventually walked into the doors of We Care House, which forever changed her life. She found laughter, attraction, strength, belonging, and HOPE. She finally saw that there was a different way to live that wasn’t centered around drugs and alcohol. The women there taught her how to be a mother, a friend, a daughter, and an overall decent member in society. She got the opportunity to work there for a time, after she completed the program. It made her fall in love with helping others. When she found APG in July of 2018, she was beyond excited to start a journey in helping kids. Being the project coordinator, and peer specialist, she gets to set up a program that will show them a new way of living that is still fun while also working one-on-one with them to develop their own individual recovery plan with their own goals.
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.
Sarah Juarez

Sarah Juarez

Marketing Director

Sarah is a native to a small town in California. She has been living in Las Vegas since 1998 when she began attending college at UNLV. She has been teaching for the Clark County School District since 2005. She became a teacher at Mission High School when it opened in 2017. Sheis a person in long term recovery who enjoys traveling and hanging out with her daughter and friends.

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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