Meet Our Recover Virginia Team

Recover Virginia Board of Directors

Jacob Bruck

President

Contact: bruck.jp@gmail.com

Alice Woods

Vice President

Contact: Frnyc2va@aol.com

"After watching many of my friends from school and my hometown suffering with substance abuse disorder growing up, I decided something needed to be done. I'm thankful to be on this team so we can work together to bring change to our Virginia communities."

"I got involved with Recover Virginia because of the lack of resources available to people struggling with SUD in our area. I believe Recover Virginia can help bring awareness to that through live entertainment and art by honoring those who have died, supporting those who are struggling and celebrating those who are in recovery."

Lallon Pond

Treasurer

Contact: lpond@marybaldwin.edu

Katrina Broughman

Secretary & Executive Director

Contact: recoverfest@gmail.com

"I support Recover Virginia because I support criminal justice reform. Many people are in jails and prison because they do not have access to or understanding of the recovery process. When we treat people who are suffering from addiction for their underlying illness rather than lock them away, we are creating a more just and equitable society, which for me is of prime importance. Recover Virginia works to make that a reality.


P.S. And because Katrina has put together an awesome board and is wonderful to work with!"


"I have lost several friends to overdoses and know many people still struggling actively with substance abuse, mainly opiates and meth. I want to support those people and their families anyway I can by connecting them to resources and opportunities that will reduce social stigma and celebrate recovery.

As a public school teacher and active community organizer, I am grateful to be able to put my skills and experience to use to support those who need help across Virginia."

Recover Virginia Board Members

Amber Magalis

Waynesboro, VA

"I was a vendor and sponsor of the first annual Recover Fest. My business contributed an advertisement in the local newspaper promoting attendance of the event. I received Narcan training at the event as well. I truly have an abundance of passion and resources to contribute to this movement. I currently serve on the board for Destination Downtown Waynesboro and lead the events committee within our organization. I am well-connected to venues and event space opportunities as well as vendor recruitment. Personally, I have been affected by addiction as I grew up with addicted parents. My mother died of an overdose in 2014 . I endured a childhood full of grieving a parent who was lost in addiction. Presently, I am operating a CBD wellness boutique that puts emphasis on natural alternatives. I have retail stores throughout the Shenandoah Valley. It’s not too often I open up about how addiction has affected my life; it’s hard for me to portray how much this topic means to me. I have a specific interest in helping people recover for their benefit but also to benefit their children. I have a very soft spot for children affected by addiction. I am available to contribute my input, resources, and here to serve. I believe in Recover Fest as an event to rejoice in health, wellness, growth and accomplishments. It’s more than event but a milestone and a movement for many individuals. I also believe in Recover Virginia as a mission and would serve its purpose with honor and pride. I also am interested and passionate to be involved at any capacity."

Mary Cunningham

Afton, VA

"I am working on community issues in Nelson County as an activist citizen and have an extensive service history. I am also a trained Foster Parent with experience of different youth and a current Board Member of Rockfish Valley Community Center. I have personal 12 step experience ( 3 years) and completed Youth Mental Health First Aid Training in 2013."

Chad Stancil

Covington, VA

"I am an active participant in Recover Virginia by sharing my experience, looking and finding funds, musicians, insurance . . . whatever I can do to help people know where help is. I've been affected by substance abuse in a lot of ways. As a child I grew up around it with a addicted father. As a young teenager I wanted to change the way I felt, I wanted attention, I found that through bad behavior and drugs. That lead me to countless struggles, broken relationships, and almost 8 years locked up. I've had to go to several substance abuse treatment classes and centers through the years. I never wanted to do any of it until 2 1/2 years ago. I totally changed people places and things. I became accountable for my decisions through the years. The pain and fear made me want something else. I've been going to 10 recovery meetings a week since I've been in recovery. I have a district position in alcoholics anonymous and a group position narcotics anonymous. I've been a part of starting/restarting 3 meetings from Covington to Lexington. I have a sponsor and sponsor people to work the 12 steps. I have the healthiest relationships I've ever had with people. I've found safe and healthy ways to change the way I feel. It's my responsibility to make sure someone that reaches out for help knows where it's at. I joined Recover Virginia as a board member so my voice is heard."