Who Are We?

We are a group of people who have come through the recovery treatment community and have succeeded in becoming productive members of society.  As Peers we step up to provide support for the clients and recovery community in general.  We are driven to fill the gaps of the system to help ensure that those starting in recovery stand a better chance at success.

Tree of Hope Association is a newly formed non-profit organization built by people of the recovery community, friends, and family.  We are interested in helping the disadvantaged get a fresh start by offering peer services, workforce development, social integration and providing clothing for those in need.

LaTonia Rich currently serves as the Co-Executive Director of the Tree of Hope (formerly known as Avery Road Alumni Association).  She is a person in recovery for 18 years.  She previously has served on the Peer2Peer committee lending her technical and organizational skills in building the organization.  Peer2Peer progress in recovery, helping build our Peer Community in Montgomery County.  She has served on the board at Cornerstone as a representative of the recovery community.  LaTonia is the webmaster for Recovery Partners Montgomery and also maintains the Facebook presence of Recovery Partners Montgomery and the Tree of Hope. She has facilitated recovery groups to various recovery facilities in the area over the last 14 years.

LaTonia also runs her own for-profit organization that provides workforce development programming for those in disadvantaged communities.  Providing life and work skills to those starting their life anew.

Co-Executive Director

LATONIA RICH

Edwin Rich currently serves as the Co-Executive Director of the Tree of Hope (formerly known as Avery Road Alumni Association). Has been a long-standing voting member of the AODAAC (Alcohol and Other Drug Advisory Council) committee where he is also has served the Chair of treatment and recovery committee for as many years.  He has also served as the Vice chair for the AODAAC committee. Edwin was also a founding member of Peer2Peer and served as the Vice-Chair for 4 years.  Edwin is a person in recovery of 20 years.  For the last 20 years he has served to bring hope to the recovery community through mentorship and support, volunteering to facilitate groups in various facilities in Montgomery County.  He has volunteered for the last 14 years at the Clarksburg jail where he facilitates groups in the Jail Addictions Service program.

 

Co-Executive Director

EDWIN RICH

Robeena Walker is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Program Manager of Journey’s Outpatient Treatment Facility, with 15 years experience in Addictions Counseling, Mental Health Therapy, and Program Management and Development.

Under Robeena Walker’s leadership, Journeys has been able provide intensive outpatient services to adults in the evening as well as provide services to special groups such as women, adolescents young adults and clients with legal barriers

Acting Chair

ROBEENA WALKER

Since 1989, Eric E. Sterling has been the Executive Director of The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, a private non-profit educational organization that helps educate the nation about criminal justice issues and failed global drug policy. Mr. Sterling frequently lectures at colleges, universities, and professional societies throughout the nation and is regularly interviewed by the national news media.

 Mr. Sterling helped found and serves on the boards of directors of FAMM -- Families Against Mandatory Minimums (Secretary) and Marijuana Majority (Vice-Chair). He also serves on the boards of directors of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and the Andean Information Network. Mr. Sterling also serves on the advisory boards of Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP), DrugSense, Drug Reform Coordination Network (DRCNet), and Flex Your Rights Foundation. He helped found FEAR -- Forfeiture Endangers American Rights in 1993, the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) in 1995, the Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative in 2003, and the Voluntary Committee of Lawyers, and served on their boards. Mr. Sterling was Editor-in-Chief of NewsBriefs, the newsletter of the National Drug Strategy Network, for ten years.

In 2017, he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and the award was re-named in his honor. In 2015, he was presented with the NORML Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. In 1999 he was honored with the Justice Gerald LeDain Award for Achievement in the Field of Law by the Drug Policy Alliance (then the Drug Policy Foundation). 

Committee Member

ERIC STERLING

Larry Simmons is the President & CEO for Business & Financial Solutions. He holds an undergraduate degree from Auburn University in accounting, with a minor in computer technology. Mr. Simmons also holds, from Auburn University, an MBA in Finance. Before founding Business & Financial Solutions in 2002, Mr. Simmons worked for Deloitte and Touché as the Director of Government Contracts and Non-profit Services.

In addition to his professional credentials, Mr. Simmons serves the community in various areas. He is the Chairman of the Board for Women Who Care Ministries, and Executive Director for XYZ Services, Inc, both for which are Maryland non-profit organizations. Mr. Simmons serves as a Board Member for the Jamisons Center of Kindness in Texarkana Arkansas, a non-profit community outreach program. He is a General Public Representative for the Montgomery County Alcohol and Other Drug Addiction Advisory Council to the Montgomery County Council, appointed by County Executive Isiah Leggett.

Mr. Simmons is committed to the assistance of those who are less advantaged, or vulnerable to society and the economic systems. He serves in several other capacities in the non-profit community in his attempts to help effect change.

Treasurer

LARRY SIMMONS

Dr. Darrell Bratton started his recovery process started more than 31 year ago and has been an IT professional with federal courts for more than 17 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Organization and Management from Capella University. Moreover, his is an adjunct professor at multiple colleges at both the graduate and undergraduate level. The focus of his research is about how power is shared among co-owners through the practices of planning, organizing, staffing, and leading within a co-operative that practices egalitarianism and workplace democracy.  There is no community service project that he does not love, especially related to recovery. Currently, he visits the Jennifer Rd detention facility in Annapolis on a regular basis to carry the message of recovery. As an entrepreneur and real estate investor, he is the CEO of DL Bratton Enterprises LLC in Bowie and a principle partner of Mink Properties LLC in Baltimore.

Committee Member

Dr. DARRELL BRATTON

Meghan Westwood has been the Executive Director of Maryland Treatment Centers Montgomery County Programs since 2006.  With over 20 years experience in the delivery of addiction treatment services, she formerly served as the Director of the Avery Road Treatment Center, Journeys for Women and the Journeys for Adolescents outpatient programs.  She brings particular experience and expertise in program leadership, including attending to the complexities of the regulatory environment, managing complex braided funding streams, and collaborating effectively with key community and government stakeholders at both the County and State levels.  Meghan has been an advocate for treatment services in the public sector in Montgomery County through her active involvement in the ROSC change leadership team and support of the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Advisory Council.  She is a CCAR certified trainer of Recovery coaches, participates in the County’s newly formed Overdose Intervention team and is a member of the Montgomery County Overdose Fatality Review Team

Advisor to the Board

MEGHAN WESTWOOD

PEER SERVICES

Peer services provides those new in recovery with guidance for those who have come before them.  Clients are given a listening ear of someone in recovery to help them navigate their next steps to ensure success. 

CLOTHES CLOSET

Temporarily closed due to pending construction.

SOCIAL INTEGRATION

We have Coffee Houses and dances regularly to give newcomers a safe place to socialize and have fun.  These events also serve as a fundraiser for our organization.  No one is turned away whether they can pay or not. 

We also provide specialized programming for various facilities, such as professional makeup application, self esteem workshops, and haircuts for those preparing for interviews

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Tree of Hope has developed programming for clients to prepare for the workforce and has become a trusted provider of Peer Recovery Specialist Training.  One of the biggest obstacles for those seeking a new start is that they have been out of the workforce for a while we help our members get ready for work through various training paths.

  • MAPBC Approve trainings

  • Basic  Microsoft Office Training

  • Entrepreneur training

  • Resume building

  • Desktop publishing

  • Website design and management

© 2018 by Tree of Hope Association

Contact us:

P.O. Box 654
Olney, MD  20850

admin@treeofhopeassn.com
(240) 390-6405