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.

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.

Billie P.

Programs Director

🤙🏼Alohaz🤙🏼 My name is Billie P. and I AM an addict!! My clean date is Thanksgiving of 2005. I am a mother of 4 blessings, which 1 of them is my forever angel👼🏻. I was home grown on the beautiful island 🌴Hawaii🌴 and began my life here in Vegas in 1994.
I am a survivor and warrior! I have lived a trialing life for many years, which I’m sure most of you can relate to. Life was never handed to me on a “silver platter” I had to struggle and fight for what it is I always dreamt of having. And trust me it wasn’t easy, that’s what lead me into the world of dispair and darkness. The “fast life” making “easy money” doing things I never dreamed of doing, but by the grace of God and my will power I turned my life around. It was a power greater than myself that changed my whole view of the life “I Choose to live” today.
To be able to help someone out by sharing my experience strength and hope, is why I continue to move in the forward direction. Just as my spirit animal, the 🐢HONU 🐢(turtle)! I do my best to change every negative into a positive and keep it pushing.
I know that if I can overcome and face fears that seemed 100 percent impossible, Anyone else can. 💯 So join me in a life worth living because YOU ARE WORTH IT!!! I believe God puts his strongest warriors in his hardest battles to only strengthen them!!! Also doing the next right thing will only give me the next right outcome, not on my time or terms but his!!! I will continue to push and strive for a better 2maro. So should you!!!!
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