Get to know the panel of experts leading our February family forum discussion
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. 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, Jamaine decided to launch Any Lengths Sober Living, housing over 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.
Feinberg Health Care Solutions, C.O.O.
Steve Feldman Chief Operating Officer, Feinberg Health Care Solutions. He is responsible for leading the company’s business development initiatives, operations, and works closely with companies, individuals, and families as a coach and interventionist. His own recovery story from addiction began in 1992 and has become the foundation of his life. Through this process, he has continuously worked to heal and deepen relationships with those around him.
This healing has brought joy into his life and has been an extraordinary example of what is possible. He is dedicated to giving back and working with others throughout the course of his recovery. He has a deep passion for helping people connect with their purpose and meaning in life.
Recovery Experty & Program Participant
Tarah has been sober since July 25 of 2015. She got sober at the age of 22 after 7 years of alcoholism and drug addiction.
A one-time college dropout, she is finishing up a degree in social work to pursue her passion for helping others like her.
She works in the recovery field and has a special interest in helping young people find recovery early on like herself.
Recovery Experty & Program Participant
Diondrae is a single father to 3 boys. After returning home for the service he had several years where PTSD and substance abuse controlled his life. He hit rock bottom in 2015. Since then he has dedicated his life to helping others in recovery and his children. Doing what he can to help his children take a better path.
Attorney, Shand Law PLLC
David Shand has been sober since November 30th, 2008. He is a lawyer with over 25 years of experience.
His firm focuses exclusively on helping alcoholics and addicts clean up the wreckage and hopefully steer them onto a path of recovery.
He has also been a sports broadcaster, a professional hockey player and coach and a professor at University of Michigan teaching sports law. His greatest joy is helping people find recovery and becoming comfortable clean and sober.
The Manor, Executive Clinical Director
Dr. Chantel Thomas
Dr. Chantelle Thomas is The Manor’s Executive Clinical Director and a Clinical Psychologist specializing in addiction treatment, trauma and health psychology. With her experience in trauma work, Dr. Thomas guides the clinical team in comprehensive assessment and treatment. She is also a certified biofeedback practitioner, which provides an added dimension of insight and discovery to help individuals better understand the psychological impact of stress and chronic trauma. She began her career as the Program Director for a dual-diagnosis addiction and trauma treatment center in Malibu, California. After receiving her PhD in Clinical Psychology, she completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship in Health and Rehabilitation Psychology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Mental Health. While there, she gained specialized expertise in medical-surgical consultation, trauma- informed therapy and chronic pain treatment. Through the University of Wisconsin’s School of Family Medicine, Dr. Thomas then joined Access Community Health Center as a Behavioral Health Consultant to primary care physicians where she innovated the development of a substance use disorder consultation clinic embedded within primary care. Her background in research-supported treatment modalities directly informs her ability to ensure the most effective interventions are incorporated into The Manor’s holistic program.