Board of Directors
Michele S. Gerber, Ph.D.
Michele Gerber retired from the Hanford Site after a long career in World War II and Cold War history. She researched and documented the nuclear and radiochemical wastes that resulted from those wars to assist in Hanford Site cleanup. In retirement, she devotes her energies to the causes of addiction treatment and recovery and is a parent advocate. She has lived in Richland, Washington since 1987.
Jason Bliss is the Executive Director of the Washington Alliance for Quality Recovery Residences formed in 2017 to promote the establishment of high quality community based recovery residences in Washington. Jason was formerly the Regional State Coordinator for Oxford House, Inc. He has been in long term recovery since 2010. Jason serves on several boards and has coordinated with substance abuse organizations, housing organizations, law enforcement, drug courts, CPS, and the Department of Corrections to build and maintain a strong recovery network for our community.
Jaime Carson has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Idaho and an AA degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling from Columbia Basin College. After working as a Chemical Dependency Professional specializing in treating adults with co-occurring disorders in substance abuse and mental health, she joined Somerset Counseling Center in Richland, WA. As Executive Director, Jaime remains committed to ensuring all patients receive individualized, whole person, evidence based care. She often provides training and education to help the community understand and address substance use disorder issues.
Joel Chavez recently became the Regional Manager, Integrated Managed Care for Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW). Prior to joining CHPW, he worked at Greater Columba Behavioral Health and Benton/Franklin Counties for 25 years, where he administered a County-based Integrated Care Service system for substance use disorder treatment programs. Joel is a Chemical Dependency Professional and graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Social Sciences with a minor in HR.
Amy Person M.D.
Dr. Amy Person is a licensed and board-certified pediatrician with advanced training in public health informatics and population health. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed her residency at Medical College of Wisconsin. She has spent her career in pediatrics until relocating to the Tri-Cities, where she became the Benton-Franklin Health District Officer in 2011. Amy is also the President of the Washington State Public Health Association.
Cynthia Preszler, LMHC, D.Min.
Cynthia Preszler is a licensed mental health counselor and holds a doctorate in Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. She has had a long career in counseling and currently is director of Counseling at Grace Clinic in Kennewick, Washington. She has lived in Kennewick and Richland, WA her entire life.
Lizzie Rosen is a young woman in long-term recovery. She was a drug-addicted infant and, not surprisingly, was afflicted with Substance Use Disorder as a teen. Today she is a Washington State Certified Recovery Coach and Trainer. She also serves on the Public Information and Hospitals and Institutions Committees for another local non-profit organization. Lizzie likes to dedicate her time to helping others reach their goals in recovery.
Mary Rosen worked as the Controller for Garrett Electric for 20 years. Previously she had more than 15 years of financial and administrative experience in the federal government and 5 years of experience in the private sector. Mary was introduced to substance abuse disorder when she adopted two drug-affected children who, after many years of addiction, are both in recovery today. Mary serves on many boards active in bringing help and hope to our community.
Danielle Stenehjem is a graduate student in Addiction Studies at Eastern Washington University. She works as a Substance Use Disorder Professional Trainee at Merit Resources in Kennewick, WA. She grew up in Richland, and graduated from Washington State University.
William Waters, Psy.D.
Dr. William Waters is a licensed psychologist and practices in the Tri-Cities. He is the Benton Franklin campus director for Comprehensive Healthcare. His team works primarily with outpatient behavioral health treatment. Dr. Waters has diverse experience in working with people and systems involved with mental illness and addiction in Washington, Kentucky, Indiana, and Australia.
Janet White is a retired Certified Public Accountant. She worked in financial management for Benton Public Utility District for 13 years and the City of Kennewick for 17 years. Janet has a BBA from Pacific Lutheran University and is a parent advocate for recovery.
Michele S. Gerber, Ph.D.
Jason Bliss, Washington Alliance for Quality Recovery Residences
Jaime Carson, CDP
Christine Stacy (alternate)
Janet White, CPA-Retired