About Us

At Vegas Stronger our guiding principle is that the optimal pathway for opioid addicted people to be restored to productive membership in society is the wholistic combination of Medication Management, Psychosocial Therapy, housing, employment transition & training, and linking to social services. We at Vegas Stronger will aim to remove funding constraints and supply every addicted or newly recovering person with oral, injectable or an implant for free.  The only caveat will be that the individual has no medical contraindications and each of them must remain active in an approved behavioral counseling course of treatment.

Vegas Stronger headquarters

                            OUR PROGRAM

The Vegas Stronger program is 30 to 90 days of intensive outpatient treatment followed by up to a full year of a combination of counseling and 12-Step meetings during the evenings.  We ensure housing and provide employment transition & training to all program participants and will link those clients to crucial social services. Vitamin, nutrition, and fitness support are offered in tandem with the housing, counseling, and employment transition & training services to optimize outcomes.

Utilizing our network of community partners, Vegas Stronger is uniting medication, therapeutic treatment, case management, housing and work training, along with a wide variety of social services to create an effective web we are certain will greatly diminish detrimental impacts from the opioid epidemic.  Utilizing data aggregation and analysis we track and monitor each client through a series of milestones and related metrics. This data compilation and tracking will include urinalysis, clinical markers and progress through abstinence and employability. By tracking program outcomes, we have created an efficacious program that can be scaled for expansion and implementation at a state and federal level.

The Proposed Vegas Stronger Network

In order to achieve the desired outcome – that every opioid addicted person will be provided an easily accessible pathway to seek out, find and live their own best life through an individualized recovery process – a robust hub-and-spoke network of community partners will be required.  The proposed Vegas Stronger Network includes the Las Vegas Rescue Mission for immediate housing, food, and counseling services; Crossroads Treatment Center for detoxification service and rehabilitation treatment; Silver State Health Services for Primary Healthcare; Catholic Charities for Food, Housing, Rehabilitation and Counseling services; Veterans Village of Las Vegas for holistic, comprehensive housing for Veterans; Goodwill Enterprises of Southern Nevada for vocational training and placement, and the UNLV School of Social Work for evaluation of outcome.  Vegas Stronger will be the hub and clearinghouse for facilitating allocation of these various crucial services to those suffering from opioid addiction.  We will provide project management services, communications and public relations, fundraising as well as data collection and analysis. Medication delivery will include state of the art non-opioid-based Medication Assisted Treatment with Naltrexone in oral, injectable and implantable versions as well as psychotropics (i.e. generic Abilify, Seroquel, Risperdal, etc.) in oral and injectable versions to address co-occurring needs.  

Founders & Board Members

Tom R. Skancke


Tom is the CEO of MetroMotion, a strategic consulting company headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He has worked at the intersection of public policy, intentional communications, government affairs and start-ups for over twenty-five years. 

John Seeland


John serves as the Executive Director and a Founder here at Vegas Stronger, with over thirty-five years in long term recovery.  Prior to this position, Seeland worked for fifteen years in the healthcare sector, and four years as a COO/CEO in Addiction Treatment, while earning an MBA, MHA and JD along the way. 

Nyla Christian
Board Member
Senior Manager, Strategic Business Development
James Payne
James Payne
Board Member

John Stahmer
Board Member
Director and Head of Investor Relations at Flat Rock Global
Mike Adams
Board Member
Vice President of Clinical Affairs
CrossRoads of Southern Nevada
Kim Miller
Kim Miller
CEO, Life is Sweet Cookie Co.
Youth Sunday School Teacher & Homemaker
Jose Solario
Board Member
Entrepreneur & Latino Community Advocate
Daniel Hill, Esq.
Board Member
Hill Firm Lawyers

Dr. Vic Rueckl, Board Member
Dr. Vic Rueckl
Board Member
Lakes Dermatology

Our Staff

Joseph Rhodes
Dr. Joseph Rhodes, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Toni Seeland
James Payne
Director of Operations
John Stuart Rabon
Data Analytics Officer
Debra Leavitt, Executive Assistant
Debra Leavitt
Executive Assistant
John Headley (Johnny H.)
Substance Abuse Counselor
Nicole Christie
Head of Development
April Adams
Grant Writer & Administrator
Chris Gordon
Community Outreach & Admissions
Shawnee Morris
Case Manager
Tony Carter, Therapist
Tony Carter
Kelsey Elizabeth Matthews
Kelsey Elizabeth Matthews
Community Outreach Liaison
Ralph Washington
Driver & Administrator
Jennifer Pierotti
Jennifer Pierotti
Yoga Therapist
Lance Griffin
Lance Griffin
Bicycle Ministry Volunteer
Lianne Nishida Costello
Lianne Nishida-Costello
Executive Assistant
Darlene Cui
Darlene Cui
Shelter Outreach Specialist
Vegas Stronger does not discriminate and does not permit discrimination, including, without limitation, bullying, abuse or harassment, on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or expression or HIV status, or based on association with another person on account of that person’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or HIV status. Learn more here