Meet the Speakers

Get to know the panel of experts leading our February family forum discussion

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Sazha Alexandra Ramos

Recovery Organization Resources, Founder

A U.S. Navy veteran in recovery, Sazha Alexandra Ramos works in the addiction recovery field, specializing in the recovery housing and collegiate recovery communities. By utilizing her personal recovery journey and professional experience, she creates solutions and connects organizations to global resources. Sazha has owned and operated two recovery homes and spearheaded the nation’s first recovery housing locator with the national non-profit SAFE Project. In 2019, she created the National Recovery Housing Collective with known leaders and experts in the recovery housing space. Sazha deeply believes in multiple pathways to recovery. Through her work, she aims to provide education to those looking for resources that better address barriers to recovery.

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Eric Fretz, Ph.D.

Michigan State Selective Services, Director

Dr. Eric Fretz served in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, two Joint Service Achievement Medals and two Navy Achievement Medals, with multiple deployments. As a three-time graduate of the University of Michigan and a faculty lecturer, Dr. Fretz serves as a mentor to U-M student veterans. His additional volunteer roles include: Washtenaw County Veteran Treatment Court as Mentor Program Director; founder/president of two 501(c)(3) veteran charities; the editorial board of the Journal of Veterans Studies and chair of the State of Michigan’s Region 9 Veterans Community Action Team.

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Jamaine Atkins

Any Lengths Sober Living, Founder

Before being elected as Washtenaw Families Against Narcotics (FAN) vice president, Jamaine Atkins dedicated several years of his life to the recovery community of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Jamaine is an Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom U.S. veteran who served eight years in the Navy and was diagnosed with PTSD and substance use disorder. He received help from Veterans Affairs (VA) in Ann Arbor and Battle Creek through specialty programs, and uses his lived experience to help others in the community who struggle with similar issues.

 

While pursuing a psychology degree at Eastern Michigan University, he simultaneously supported clients of local treatment centers, taking them to daily 12-step meetings, religious services and personal appointments. It was while allowing former detox clients, who were waitlisted for transitional housing, to sleep at his home, that Jamaine decided to launch Any Lengths Sober Living, housing more than 150 men since 2018. Jamaine has continued to engage with those in early stages of recovery as an employee of Home of New Vision and Growth Works, Inc. of Wayne County. He is dedicated to giving continued love and support to those struggling with addiction, while also raising children of his own.