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About Us

Our Mission 

Our mission is to reduce homelessness in our city through treating its root causes - substance-abuse disorders and mental illness. Through our diverse staff, we educate the public on best-practices in addressing our homeless crisis and utilize our thirteen strategies for treatment to free our city’s most underserved citizens from addiction and mental illness. Through the application of our Credo, every opioid (and/or any other drug) addicted person, will be provided an easily accessible pathway to seek out, find and live their own best life through an individualized recovery process.

Our Credo

Our Credo is based on the principle that change is optimally effectuated when our community is fully engaged in pulling together toward the desired outcome. All Las Vegans, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other demographic factor, deserve the opportunity to live a fully productive life free from addiction to opioids and or other drugs of every sort. Interventions required to achieve this outcome will often include non-opioid-based medication assisted treatment, behavioral therapy, safe housing, case management as well as occupational and vocational training. In addition to those factors, we also recognize the crucial healing role of nutrition, physical fitness, spirituality, and fellowship. Vegas Stronger is dedicated to full facilitation and integration in the delivery of these remedies.

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Vegas Stronger is a team of people determined to help break the unhealthy cycle of substance abuse, mental illness and homelessness. 
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The Vegas Stronger Program

We offer more than just traditional groups and are a growing facility with a sober boxing gym, coffee shop, bookstore, bicycle mission, and our customized “13 Core Elements" method.

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Pro Boxer Mario Barrios Spars With Vegas Stronger President Dave Marlon

Meet our Leadership

Our vision is to transform the Las Vegas community by ending homelessness, treating addictive behaviors and providing accessible mental healthcare. Our staff aims to unite the Las Vegas community and bring solution-oriented action to bear on the challenges we face in battling the scourge of addiction. Nothing could be more important than saving and improving the life of even one woman, man or baby afflicted by the addiction and mental health epidemic. The repercussions and reverberation of each such result will multiply and impact myriads within and beyond our locality.

Nyla Christian

Board Member

Senior Manager, Strategic Business Development Mosaic451

John Stahmer

Board Member

Director and Head of Investor Relations at Flat Rock Global

James Payne

Board Member

Director of Operations

Mike Adams

Board Member

Behavioral Health Consultant

Kim Miller

Board Member

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

Lakes Dermatology

Clinical Staff

Jeff Sutton, LADC, CPC-I


Mike Otano

Case Manager

Dr. Sarah Schonian, PhD, LMFT

Clinical Director

Toni Seeland


John Headley (Johnny H.)

Substance Abuse Counselor

Tony Carter


Dave Marlon

Counselor & CEO

Medical Staff

Dr. Chris Cummins

Chief Clinical Director

Pedro Velazquez

Laboratory Service Assistant

Jordan Carley, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Our Team

Ryan Hamilton

Director of Government Relations

Dr. Joseph Rhodes, Ph.D.

Executive Director

James Payne

Director of Operations

John Stuart Rabon

Data Analytics Officer

Debra Leavitt

Executive Assistant

Nicole Christie

Head of Development

April Adams

Grant Writer & Administrator

Chris Gordon

Community Outreach & Admissions

Shawnee Morris

Case Manager

Tom Christopoulos


Kelsey Elizabeth Matthews

Community Outreach Liaison

Ralph Washington

Driver & Administrator

Jennifer Pierotti

Yoga Therapist

Hannah Kantor

Administrative Assistant

Lance Griffin

Bicycle Ministry Volunteer

Lianne Nishida-Costello

Executive Assistant

Darlene Cui

Shelter Outreach Specialist

Rhonda Sanjurjo

Manager of Case Management

Alex Cortes

Shelter Outreach Specialist

Sharnelle Patterson

Case Manager

Jo Thomas

Health & Wellness Director

Codi Weaver

Human Resources Director

Brandon Lite

Case Manager

Our Partners

In order to achieve the desired outcome – that every 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.

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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

- Margaret Mead, anthropologist, recipient of the Planetary Citizen of the Year Award in 1978. seal
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