Our Staff - USARA

Administrative Staff

Mary Jo McMillen

Executive Director

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Javier Alegre

Development & Communications Director

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Javier joined the USARA team in April of 2016 as Director of Development and Communications. He holds a College degree in Business Administration and the fall of 2017, he graduated from the Nonprofit Academy of Excellence Program at the University of Utah.
Javier has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 15 years, in various roles and positions and for many diverse organizations. He feels passionately about being of service to others, his community and has committed his professional life to this purpose.
Javier moved to Utah in 1991 and lives in Salt Lake City. He is an active member of the Utah Recovery Community, and is the proud father of Nikko Alegre, a 10+ year old Schnoodle (miniature Schnauzer/Poodle) puppy that roams free and greets all visitors at USARA.

Lisa Walker

Recovery Support Services Director

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Lisa Walker holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah which she completed in 2014. She brings her experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker to provide supervision and support to USARA’s Recovery Leadership Initiative and Addiction Recovery Management teams. Lisa has been in long-term recovery since December of 2005 and has passionately worked in various behavioral health settings over the last decade. She uniquely understands the barriers to becoming fully self-supportive after her personal battle of active addiction. She credits supportive services within the community to her long-term success. Lisa enthusiastically brings leadership and advocacy qualities to USARA that she has garnered through life experience and higher education. Lisa’s mission in life is to show others that recovery is possible by continuing to show support, advocate for and empower individuals seeking recovery. Lisa is most proud of her husband and two children who have thrived right alongside her and been her biggest cheerleaders.

Evan Done

Community Outreach & Empowerment Coordinator

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Evan Done began as a volunteer at USARA in 2015 and has extensive experience in the non-profit sector. Originally a systems administrator and programmer by trade, he has used his wide array of information technology skills to assist non-profit, social service, and public policy organizations to further their mission and heighten their impact.
Evan is a person in long-term recovery from both a substance use and mood disorder and has been on USARA’s staff since April 2017. With over ten years of experience in social justice advocacy, he is dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable world.

Addiction Recovery Management for Families (ARM) Staff

Trevor Cook

Peer Recovery Coach

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Trevor’s addiction started at the age of 12 when he started taking diet pills, which lead him into an eating disorder. He was a “non-discriminating addict” by the time he was 15 with cocaine as his substance of choice until he was introduced to meth. His later years included alcohol, opiates, spice, and bath salts. 17 years of using, multiple treatment programs, and a volunteered 31 months in Drug Court made him into the person he is today. He was the 2016 Recovery Ambassador for Utah, and is a full time single father of 3. He has been a Dad for 12 years, and a father for 4, and he owes this to recovery. Being in long term recovery means he hasn’t had a drink or drug in his body since Jan 5th, 2013.

Becca Brown

Peer Recovery Coach

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Rebecka Roberts

Peer Recovery Coach

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Recovery Leadership Initiative (RLI) Staff

Ed Schwartz

Peer Recovery Coach

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Ed is from New Jersey and moved to Utah in 2005. Prior to beginning his new career with USARA, he spent over 25 years in postsecondary education serving in executive level positions for several accredited schools throughout the country. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and is a Certified Peer Support Specialist. His passion has always been to help people from all walks of life with special emphasis on individuals with substance use issues. Being active in the recovery community has brought focus on how important it is to ensure that everyone is able to speak out for themselves. He is committed to helping individuals reach their personal best in this arena. He recently celebrated 29 years of recovery.

Evan Fields

Peer Recovery Coach

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Evan is in long term recovery from drugs and alcohol. He is a proud graduate of family dependency drug court in 2014, a full time single dad of a 4 year old boy, and passionate about helping families. Evan loves hunting, fly fishing, riding his horses, and anything outdoors. He is a trained SMART recovery facilitator.

Bluesette Ossana

Peer Recovery Coach

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Bluesette Ossana joined USARA as a Peer Recovery Coach on the Recovery Leadership Initiative team. Bluesette personally understands the devastating effects of substance use disorder from her own struggles, as well as the loss of her daughter to heroin. Bluesette is extremely grateful to be in recovery since 2013, which has given her the tools to overcome her own addiction and set an example for her children and peers. She is passionate about all pathways to recovery and enjoys her life with energy and laughter. Bluesette has gratitude for her family, friends, freedom and the connections made in sharing her experiences with others. Bluesette enjoys swimming, reading novels, finding new jokes, going to movies, hanging with her kids and connecting with others in recovery. “The greatest gift one can give is to be of service.”

Opioid STR Project Staff

Sabra Nelson

Opioid STR Project Coordinator

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Sabra recently joined USARA as the, Project Coordinator for the State Targeted Response (STR) to the Opioid Epidemic, focusing on health care settings. She is an individual in long term recovery. For her this means on June 3, 2009 she chose to change her lifestyle involving the abuse of substances to one without. Eight years later she has yet to turn back to that destructive way of living. Along with her personal journey in recovery, Sabra has a Bachelor’s of Science in Clinical Psychology from Westminster College and 15years of experience working in various social work settings including VOA Adult Detox, Youth Care of Utah, YWCA, and the Pingree School for Autistic Children. Sabra is a proud parent of two wonderful children and takes pride in being present, both emotionally and physically, for them every day. Sabra aspires to combine her love of serving vulnerable populations with her love of animals by training and utilizing a therapy animal to enhance her advocacy work.

Courtney Averett

Peer Recovery Coach

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CRAFT Family Support

Darlene Schultz

Family Support Facilitator


Jan Lovett

Family Support Facilitator


Kristin Garbett

Family Support Facilitator


John Garbett

Family Support Facilitator


Honorary Staff

Nikko Alegre

Recovery Mascot

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Nico is a puppy in long-term recovery.
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