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.
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.
Eboni Jewel Sears
Peer Recovery Support Specialist / SMART Recovery Facilitator / Veterans Advocate
Eboni grew up immersed in the Gullah culture in the Low-Country of South Carolina. But she has lived in 30 cities over the years, from Boston to Long Beach and everywhere in between.
Her resume is as diverse as her list of residence. Her first job out of high school was as a news reporter for WGTN in Georgetown, South Carolina. She’s done everything from an enlistment in the US Navy, tractor-trailer truck driver, network marketing professional, as well as serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA.
She credits her participation with SMART Recovery for giving her the tools she needed to start her journey into long-term recovery, which began in 2007. She’s currently the SMART Recovery Facilitator for the teen and adult meetings public meetings at APG.
Eboni is working toward certification in addiction counseling and currently a Ph.D. student in Transpersonal Counseling. Her professional areas of interest are process addiction and positive psychology.
TINHIH Admissions Coordinator / Systems Administrator
Dylan is a Las Vegas native, growing up in a full house—three brothers and a host of animals. He went to SECTA for high school, studying Culinary Arts. Being exposed to recovery for the first time at 20-years old, he has spent the majority of his adult life involved in the recovery community of Las Vegas in some capacity. Working in the treatment field since September 2019 and being one of the first volunteers at APG-he is uniquely equipped to help youth and young adults struggling with substance use disorder.
🤙🏼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!!!!
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.
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