Mission Statement: Reclaiming teens from substance abuse and addiction by providing a sober high school and recovery support.
Vision Statement: Lasting sobriety for teens.
TRS has been providing long-term addiction recovery tools for Oklahoma City teens and their families since 2000. TRS began by offering financial assistance to qualifying parents unable to afford the high cost of residential treatment programs. Upon seeing how many teens relapsed into abuse after they returned to their home high schools, TRS began a recovery high school in 2006. Mission Academy High School is one of only 37 recovery high schools in the United States.
Seeing the need for a teen recovery community for after-school and weekend support, in 2012 TRS launched an alternative peer group. Mission Peer Group provides teens weekly and weekend positive social activities, family support groups, age-appropriate recovery meetings, and regular retreats.
Joe Don (JD) Fennell, Executive Director. JD is originally from Midwest City, OK after earning a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University, he set upon a career in Management Consulting where he worked across the U.S.A. for some of the nation’s industry leaders. JD is in recovery and actively mentors dozens of men as well as occasionally teaches workshops on various aspects of recovery. JD is passionate about the mission at TRS as he has served on our Board of Directors in several capacities as a member of the Finance Committee, chair of the Governance committee and most recently Vice President of the Board. JD couldn't be more excited to help steer TRS into the future.
Maggie Brown, Director of Development and Marketing, is a nonprofit professional with a passion for connecting people to causes they care about. She earned her BA from the University of Central Oklahoma and a master's degree from Oklahoma City University in Nonprofit Leadership. Her diverse experience with nonprofits includes long-term strategic planning, program evaluation, advocacy, digital and print marketing, and leading numerous events. She was led to Teen Recovery Solutions by a heart for youth with substance abuse disorders. She is proud to be involved with an organization that makes recovery fun.
Ana Lankford, Program Director, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s Degree in Family and Child Studies, Marital and Family Therapy from the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) in Edmond, Okla. and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Substance Abuse Studies. Ana has extensive experience in family systems, co-dependence, childhood and adult trauma, addiction recovery, and marriage and family dynamics. Ana's prior work experience includes extensive case management, primary therapy, group facilitation and serving as the clinical director of a residential treatment center for teenage girls. Ana has done extensive individual and group work on healing trauma, reconnecting with authentic self, understanding codependency, parenting, addiction recovery and family dynamics. Ana has extensive experience with adolescents.
Walker Milligan, Counselor, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has worked in the addiction treatment field since 2013. He has Master’s degrees in Mental Health Counseling and Counseling Psychology from the Teachers College at Columbia University in New York, NY. He also has a Bachelors degree in Film Studies from the University of a Colorado at Boulder. He has worked with adolescents, young adults and families at detox, in-patient, and out-patient levels of care, specializing in treating substance use and other co-occurring disorders through group, individual and family therapy sessions. He has also worked as a manager at a men’s sober living facility, where he helped clients to develop goals and implement action plans for achieving functional lives in recovery. Walker has clinical training in cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, trauma treatment, acceptance commitment therapy and has been trained in EMDR therapy. He applies all of these skills to his work with his clients, helping them to address their substance-use issues and also to develop the self-esteem, personal agency, and tools necessary to live the effective lives they see for themselves.
Robyn Meade-Ritter serves as Teacher and Academic Coordinator at Mission Academy High School. She received her BS in Biology Education and a BS in chemistry from the University of Central Oklahoma. Robyn has a passion for science and nature. She is a life time member of Girl Scouts of America and received her Gold Award as a teen. Robyn has spent many years volunteering with young people and began working at Mission Academy as a tutor while completing college. Through these experiences she came to feel that Mission Academy was the place she was called to teach. She believes that each student that comes through the door has a unique background and set of strengths and that encouraging students to explore and develop these strengths is a path to success.
Doug McPheron serves as Lead Teacher at Mission Academy High School and received his BA in Psychology from the University of South Alabama. Graduating with a Distinguished Military Cadet Award from the Army ROTC, he proudly served as Tank Platoon Leader and Brigade Recon Leader in both Germany and Kosovo. He strongly believes in the inherent worth of each of his students and the promise of their future. His experience in business management helps him encourage life skills in students as he individualizes instruction to maximize their strengths.
Laneta Going serves as Arts & Literacy Specialist for Mission Academy High School. She received her BS in Art Education from Oklahoma State University and her National Board Certification in 2003. She also is a Fellow for OKA+ Schools and leads teacher workshops across Oklahoma on the integration of the arts. Laneta was chosen Teacher of the Year twice and selected by Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence to be an ambassador to the National Art Education Association Convention. She has great rapport with students and believes in the power of the arts to bring about the greatest opportunities for meaningful learning.
Rachel Perrault, Lead Recovery Coach
Ian Dooley, Recovery Coach
Nigel Moore, Recovery Coach
DeAnne Dooley, Parent Recovery Coach
Sue Morrison, CPA
Luton & Co., PLLC, Auditor
Frank Turner, President
Ryan Thompson, Vice-President
Scott Brown, Treasurer
Chris Neuberger, Secretary
If you wonder whether a teen in your life might benefit from our services, contact our peer group director and schedule an assessment to determine the level of substance abuse and an individualized plan of next steps. 405-843-9100 or [email protected]
Come to a Lunch and Learn. Community members and professionals are invited to hear stories from our teens and staff. 405-843-2402 or click here to register.
Our comprehensive program is proven to help more teens maintain long-term recovery. Help us reclaim teens and reunite families by giving today! Tax credits are available through the Opportunity Scholarship Fund.