Meet Our Staff

Executive Director

Vacant

Director of Operations

Vacant

Certified Recovery Specialist Supervisor

Janice Olson (She/Her), AS, CRS, FPS

Janice Olson joined Sage’s Army in November 2021 as our newest CRS Supervisor. Having provided peer support services for over five years in a variety of recovery & treatment settings, Janice brings to Sage’s Army a wealth of knowledge and experience working in the recovery community. With an associate’s degree in psychology and a wide variety of social services certifications, Janice is well placed to support both people who use drugs & their loved ones. As the CRS Supervisor, Janice advises & oversees our dedicated team of peer support staff, collaborating with them to support our service participants with empathy and respect, with a focus on trauma-informed care.

Since joining Sage’s Army, Janice has spearheaded a variety of new services available at Sage’s Army, including our new Re-entry Program. Janice is passionate about criminal justice reform and our Re-entry Program aims to keep people on parole and probation out of jail and into appropriate treatment and/or recovery avenues. She is a firm believer in de-stigmatizing people who use drugs and the formerly incarcerated, continuing our commitment to encourage multiple pathways to recovery. Janice also coordinates our new Wednesday evening Positive Peer recreation night, where our service participants take a break from introspection to enjoy various tabletop games and food. 

Business Manager

John Paul Newman (He/Him), CRS, CFRS

John joined the Sage’s Army team in August 2021 as a part-time Certified Recovery Specialist and quickly found a knack for assisting us with administrative and technical duties. He transitioned to our Administrative Assistant position after only a few months and then took over as our Business Manager when the position became available. Growing up in the Greater Philadelphia area, John saw the consequences of our countries failed response to the opioid epidemic and the indifference shown to the economically disadvantaged. Now it is his mission to advocate for people who are often forgotten by more traditional programs of recovery, specifically the formerly incarcerated and those living in poverty. 

On top of his administrative duties, John also facilitates our Tuesday evening SMART Recovery meeting, a popular alternative to more traditional programs of recovery.  John is passionate about offering alternative roads to recovery, as he has experienced firsthand how a “one-size-fits-all” program can alienate people in early recovery. John is an advocate for harm reduction services and believes we need to find new ways of addressing drug use that doesn’t stigmatize, shame, or infantilize people who use drugs and instead empowers them to find their own unique path to recovery.  

Recovery Support

Jacqueline Walton (She/Her), CRS, CFRS

Jacqueline (aka Jacquie) joined Sage’s Army in February 2022 after working in a half-way house for women and developing a passion for helping others in recovery. The things she has experienced in her life have created opportunities to cultivate compassion and connect with people on their level. Committed to fighting the opiate epidemic, she is well informed in all pathways of recovery, especially harm reduction. She is active in service to her community through outreach programs and advocates against the stigma of those living with substance use disorder. Jacqueline works closely with other women who have experienced trauma.

Originally from Atlanta, she has enjoyed living in Pennsylvania for several years, and has decided to make it her home. Her adverse childhood experiences and challenges as a person in recovery has inspired her to pursue a degree in social work to provide assistance to others with competency, empathy, and a dedication to achieving social justice. She wants the participants at Sage’s Army to have an inclusive, nurturing environment in which to recover, and believes that everyone can realize a meaningful life through empowerment and support.

Recovery Support

RoseAnn Zepeda (She/Her), CRS

Rose Ann joined Sage’s Army on October 11, 2022. She is a Certified Recovery Specialist, with experience in working both inpatient and outpatient, along with other drug and alcohol treatment settings. Rose Ann is currently attending college for a degree in Social Work. She has a strong passion for helping people with substance use disorders. Along with her own recovery experience she wants to help make a difference in the lives of those who need extra encouragement along the way.

Recovery Support

Sheryl Morgan (She/Her), CRS, CFRS

Sheryl (aka Sheri) joined the Sage’s Army team in August 2021. She brings with her experience working in an inpatient treatment facility and lived experience as a person in recovery from substance use disorder and a family member of a loved one who uses drugs. Sheri is a Certified Recovery Specialist and soon to be Certified Family Recovery Specialist. She quickly discovered her passion of supporting family members who have similar experiences to her and has become our Family Relations Coordinator. She facilitates our Monday night SMART Family & Friends meeting, our Thursday night Family Group, and several other meetings throughout the week.

Working as a Recovery Specialist has become Sheri’s passion in life. She is committed to always learning and growing in her own personal recovery so that she can continue to guide folks along their own personal journey of recovery. Sheri believes that the entire family unit needs support while a loved one is actively using, so she hopes that by sharing her own personal story and connecting with people who use drugs and their family members, she will leave a lasting impact on our communities.

Recovery Support

Vacant

Event Coordinator

Ronda Wagner (She/Her)

Ronda joined the Sage’s Army team in September 2022, after working at another recovery center and developing a passion for helping those in recovery. After some experiences in her personal life with drugs and alcohol, she felt a connection and calling to help those on their path to recovery. Her exposure to drugs and alcohol addictions was through loved ones so this gave her a personal understanding to aid in supporting families. 

Growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania, she never realized so much help was available for recovery. Ronda realized in the midst of her trials that using her story to encourage others was a way to her healing. She was inspired to pursue a degree in Psychology and is actively a student at Liberty University. She currently has her Associate of Arts in Psychology degree and will have her Bachelors in Psychology in the Spring of 2023. She is excited to be a part of Sages Army as our newest Event Coordinator and will be the facilitator for our Thursday evening Family Group moving forward. Ronda feels she’s had a lot of support in her recovery path and is excited to give back in any way she can.

Administrative Assistant

Shane Heckman (He/Him)

 

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ABOUT US

Sage’s Army, Inc. was founded in 2012 by Carmen Capozzi following the death of his son, Sage. Sage’s Army is committed to providing a safe and inclusive recovery environment for all people.

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