THIS IS US....
Tiffany Neuharth, LADC CPRSR
Founder, Executive Director
I’m a person who has been passionate about recovery since I first entered it at the age of 18. There have been a lot of twists, turns, bumps, and a multitude of pathways along my journey; ultimately culminating in the incredibly blessed life, I live today. I’m a living testimony of God using all things for the good, even the parts of my past that seemed beyond redemption. Some of my greatest joy comes from giving back to others out of the wellspring of gifts that recovery has bestowed upon me. Besides all things recovery, I love spending time with my family, CrossFit, playing with our two Corgis, hiking, camping, biking, cooking, reading my Bible, praying, and having deep, meaningful conversations with just about anyone. My life today is more than I imagined was possible,
and it just keeps getting better.
JoEllen Joa, CPRS
Community Center CPRS
Hi!, You can call me Jo! I'm a wife, a mom, and a grandma. Like most, our family has substance abuse issues. I greet visitors, answer phones, do miscellaneous office duties, and planted and tended our Hope Garden. It's a symbol of our participants, with their different personalities and needs. Our prayers and hope care for them. On the first day here, I decided I wanted to become a PRS so I could better understand and help those we come in contact with. It has been a fantastic learning and growing experience and I love it here. I feel it was God-directed, and I'm so grateful for each day and the variety, joy, and challenges it brings.
My name is Rena; I am the Administrative Coordinator at Rise Up Recovery. l coordinate housing intakes, getting assessments for participants, keeping our EHR updated, and creating marketing materials. Before this, I worked in the medical field for over 15 years. I have worked many jobs in my life, and God was preparing me to work here through all of them. I love working with the participants and seeing God working in and through them. In my free time I like to work on diamond dotz, drink coffee, and spend time with my family.
Ernest Stellingwerff, CPRS
Training and Development Coordinator
Hi, my name is Ernest; I came to Rise Up Recovery after 25+ years of leading and coaching people in the manufacturing sector. My love for God and passion to see people grow drives me to invest in the lives of others. I do this in my work, at church, and through community organizations. My wife Julie and I have been married for over 30 years, and we have one grown daughter. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, reading, and playing strategy board games.
Grace Hood, CPRS
My name is Grace and I am a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist at Rise Up Recovery. I have grown up in Hastings my whole life and then attended UW-River Falls to get my bachelors in Criminology and Sociology. I started as Rise Up Recoverys first ever intern, I then took the classes and became a certified peer recovery specialist. My goal is to help people in need. Throughout my life I have witnessed people who have suffered with substance use disorder and I am trying to help those in need get the help and support that they need to get sober and live a wonderful life in recovery.
Chad Neuharth, CPRSR
My name is Chad Neuharth; I am the co-founder of Rise Up Recovery and a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. I am a person in long-term recovery and a blood-bought child of the most-high God. My life before recovery was very messy. My life today is much less messy; it’s pretty great. I grew up in Hastings and am so blessed to be able to give back to this community through Rise Up Recovery. When I’m not working, I coach youth basketball and spend time with my beautiful wife, kids, and our corgis.
Misty Broady, Supv CPRSR-FE, CPP, RCPF
My name is Misty; I am the Housing Supervisor and a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. I am a wife and mother of 3 beautiful daughters. I was born and raised in Hastings and struggled with substance use disorder and mental health for the majority of my life. I want to use my life experience to help others learn about addiction. My passion and purpose is to help break the stigma of substance use disorder. I get to turn my "MESS" into a "MESSAGE.
Amber Davies, SUP CPRSR-FE
I'm Amber a hairstylist and peer recovery specialist. In my many years behind the chair, in the salon, I've always enjoyed connecting with people. Although, with my own sobriety and healing journey, I knew I wanted to help others with their recovery path. To find light in the darkness of addiction.
Being a CPRS I assist participants with anything from finding recovery resources, going to a meeting or navigating the legal system. With my Forensic Endorsement and Victim Advocacy Certification, I am passionate about advocating for participants in the justice system.
As program director I have the honor of working closely with the team to motivate, plan, and oversee the day to day tasks.
My overall mission is to assist and motivate others to be the best that they can be. Live life to the fullest with gratitude, positivity and sobriety!
In my free time I love reading, listening to music, spending time at my camper, or DIY projects. I am a mom of two amazing young men and two rescue pitbulls.
Adam Smith, CPRS
I am Adam Smith. I’m a man of God and a soldier of Christ. My recovery journey started in 2018 when God led me to Hastings. Recovery has been a battle for me, and after 23 years, God has finally given me an upper hand in the battle. It took His gentle nudge, or a boot to the rear, to get me on the right track. Now I have been sober since January 4, 2022, and life keeps on making more sense. God has blessed me with a beautiful wife, Savannah Smith, and the opportunity to walk alongside people at Rise Up Recovery. I’m passionate about Jesus, family, study, writing, service, food, and going to the gym.
Dr Kathy Sullivan Ph.D.
Community Outreach & Development Coordinator