Meet Our Staff

Executive Director

Richard Jones (He/Him), MA, MBA, LCAS, CCS, CEAP, SAP

Richard Jones is an experienced peer support specialist, therapist, clinician, and health care entrepreneur operating primarily in the behavioral health space. Richard has wide-ranging professional experience across nearly all behavioral health domains. This includes mental health, substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders, and intellectual disabilities. He has over 20 years management experience and has been instrumental in the launch and rebuild of multiple programs nationwide. Richard is passionate about providing quality care and supporting people in need. He has been the founding CEO of 2 non-profit organizations and 2 for profit businesses dedicated to disrupting the behavioral-health space for the betterment of people in need.

As the founding CEO of Faces and Voices of Recovery in South Carolina Richard took the organization from start up RCO to a national leader in the space. FAVOR was named program of the year by both SAMHSA (2017) and the Department of Justice (2018) and served over 50,000 individuals the past 8 years.

In addition to his work at Sage’s Army, Richard is currently the Executive Vice President of Heritage Health Solutions and Chief Clinical Officer for behavioral health services.

Director of Operations

Adam Beers (He/Him), BA, CRS, CFRS, NCPRSS

Adam joined the Sage’s Army team in July 2021 and brings his experience as someone who has worked in the field for several years to Sage’s Army to help positively impact people who use drugs and their family members. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Psychology from Clarion University and the following certifications: Opioid Treatment Specialist Certificate, Certified Recovery Specialist, Certified Family Recovery Specialist, National Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist, and a Certified Medication Assisted Treatment Advocate.

Adam has lived experience as a person in recovery and extensive history within the criminal justice system and a variety of substance use and mental health systems. He has seen firsthand the challenges that face our communities and is committed to changing the way people who use drugs are viewed and supported. He is very passionate about providing safe recovery spaces for all people and is a huge advocate for harm reduction strategies and meeting people where they are at. He believes that drug use should not be viewed as a crime and instead people should be given the support and resources they need to stay safe and alive.

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

Carol Spencer (She/Her), CRS, CFRS

Carol joined the Sage’s Army team in September 2021 after working in an inpatient treatment setting. She is a person in recovery and through her challenges with chronic pain, Carol has seen the opioid epidemic from all sides during her life. Through her life experiences of substance use and incarceration, Carol quickly found her passion in peer support of connecting with others who have experienced the criminal justice system. She regularly connects with women leaving a halfway house in Allegheny County who plan to come back to Westmoreland to make sure they have the support and resources they need to live a life of recovery.  

As a resident of Westmoreland County for most of her life, she knows the challenges that members of her community encounter, and is committed to providing trauma-informed care, fighting stigma, and improving access to essential substance use and mental health services. Carol believes in the power of recovery support services and is a huge advocate for a multiple pathways of recovery approach. Carol facilitates our Tuesday Family Group where she uses her lived experience to offer support to friends and family members of people who use drugs.

Recovery Support

Troy Jones (He/Him), CRS

Troy joined the Sage’s Army team in April 2021 and quickly found a way to connect with our service participants, becoming well known for his gregarious personality and his vociferous advocacy of people in early recovery. Troy is a former service participant of Sage’s Army and a person in long term recovery who has been an active member of the local recovery community since 2018. Today Troy uses his lived experience to assist people affected by drug use and helps his peers navigate the often-archaic landscape of mental health & social services. 

Troy is a combat veteran of the American Armed Services and is keenly aware of the difficult circumstances veterans face when seeking behavioral/mental health services. Troy founded & facilitates our veteran-centered Sage’s Army Veteran Empowerment & Support – SAVES meeting on Friday evenings, which is one of the only veteran-run groups in Westmoreland County.  Troy believes in “paying it forward” and sharing with his peers the knowledge & expertise that were so freely given to him. Troy is an advocate for trauma-informed care, preferring to take a holistic & multiple pathways to recovery approach. 

Recovery Support

Sheryl Morgan (She/Her), CRS

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.

Administrative Assistant

Jacqueline Walton (She/Her), CRS, CFRS

Jacqueline (aka Jackie) 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.

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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 dedicated to bringing awareness, compassion, and action to communities affected by the drug epidemic.

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