Choices Recovery Trainings

Our Trainers

bret Smith at Choices A Passion For Purpose

Bret Smith

Bret is a licensed CRSW and Certified Peer Specialist in the state of New Hampshire and a nationally Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist. He is the Lead Peer Specialist on the Intensive Transition Team with the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester. Bret is a member of the NH Behavioral Health Disaster Team, and a member of the Peer Review Committee for the New Hampshire State Board of Licensing for Alcohol and other Drug Use Professionals. Additionally, Bret is an Information Expert for the ICRC Peer Division.

Bret is a trainer for Choices Recovery Support Specialist Training and Choices Ethical Foundations for Peer Recovery Coaches, NAMI Connect Suicide Prevention, Choices HIV/AIDS for Recover Support Workers, BRSS TACS Peer Specialist Training, and an Organizational Trainer for Intentional Peer Support. Additionally, he is a Facilitator for WRAP.

Alex Fidalgo

Alexander Fidalgo

Alexander Fidalgo was born in NY, and later raised in Puerto Rico and Tampa, Florida. He is a person in long term recovery. Alex is the Recovery Coach for Adcare Hospital in Worcester, MA under the umbrella of Blue Cross Blue Shield. He also works under Health Resources in Acton as a Trainer Associated in the Opioids Prevention Grant, as well as a Mentor for Hampden County.

Committed to his church, Alex graduated from the Latino Behavioral Health Workforce Program and was trained as a Recovery Coach in 2014. Alex has been providing peer recovery services and supervision for more than six years with various agencies. He has been a Recovery Coach Trainer for five years with the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services.

Alexander Fidalgo advocates for Peer coaching and is well known in the community for his passion for the work. Mr. Fidalgo is CARC and MAPGS Certified. Alex has been in the Massachusetts area for about seven years and is invested in providing mentorship and support to this great state.

For bilingual trainings offered in Spanish, Choices Peer Coach Recovery Trainings relies on Alexander’s expertise and enthusiasm.

Ben Riker

Ben Riker Youth Recovery Program Coordinator

Ben is a father of two, a person in long term sustained recovery and a passionate advocate for intelligent evidence-based policy surrounding education, treatment and recovery from substance use disorders. His professional background includes all aspects of organizational peer-professional integration and program development, including training, coaching, and supervision as well as community and professional education and outreach.

Ben is a New York State Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA), a Certified Peer Specialist (NYCPS) and a Friends of Recovery – NY Best Practice Trainer.

“For me, sustained recovery came as I began to make honest human connections with others whom I shared similar lived experiences. Through those connections I found my voice and my purpose. As the Youth Recovery Program Coordinator, my goal is to empower my team to facilitate dynamic and engaging opportunities for youth and young adults from all over New York State to create meaningful and supportive peer-to-peer connections.”

Deb Rhoades Trainer

Deb Rhoades, LCSW, Master CASAC, CARC

Deb has worked in the Addiction and Recovery field for over 35 years.  She is a NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Master CASAC and most recently obtained her NYS Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC) certification.

She has worked as a clinician, manager, administrator, and trainer.  She is a family member in recovery and served on the Friends of Recovery -New York Board of Directors from 2014-2020.   She stepped down from the Board, where she was Vice President, to grow her consulting and training business.

After a long career in county government, and work in the public sector, Deb became self-employed in 2019 to pursue her passion for training, supervision, and consulting.  Her priority is to train and provide guidance and support to those in the workforce who provide direct clinical and non-clinical services to individuals and families impacted by substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions.

She dreamed of having a business using her married name since wedding her husband Donald Rhoades in 1986.  She and Don live in New York’s Capital District. The have one son, Daniel, who is the light of their life.  She is now the proud founder and owner of Rhoades To Recovery and provides consulting and training services across New York State.

Ron Bodendorf

Ron Bodendorf

Ron Bodendorf is the newest member to join the Choices Peer Recovery Coach Training team.  After 25 years of destructive alcohol and drug abuse, Ron got clean in 1998.  God was the last thing he tried and the first thing that worked.  Since 2000, Ron has worked with the homeless and SUD population in and out of the Church.  He easily relates to the homeless person and the corporate executive and is comfortable on the streets or in the classroom.

Ron has been Pastoring since 2002 and currently Pastors 2nd Chance Ministries in Derry and facilitates the “Free Indeed” Faith-Based Recovery Group.  He is a licensed CRSW in NH, an active Recovery Coach, and the 93 South Recovery Coordinator for the NH Good Samaritan Network.  He is close to finishing his 2nd Bachelor's Degree and is passionate about the Faith-Based Community partnering with Community Resources and Providers.  Ron’s Faith and Love for people make it impossible to sit on the sidelines.

Nicole O'Brien

Nicole OBrien

Nicole O’Brien's recovery process began in 2008 when she established a relationship with God. Her abstinence date followed one year later. She began to facilitate recovery groups and trainings in 2010 to empower others to develop their skills and find their voice. In 2014, she founded Ruth’s Way for Women, a nonprofit that provides recovery services and sober housing for women.

Nicole has a Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling, is a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach, Recovery Coach Supervisor, and Certified Community Health Worker. She is the Training Chair and Ethics Committee member of the Massachusetts Alliance for Sober Housing. She is a Drug Court team member, participating on a regular basis with several community based organizations and coalitions.

In addition, Nicole specifically serves the community of Choices Peer Coach Recovery Trainings by providing faith based peer coach trainings.

Rod Rushing

Rod Rushing

Rod Rushing is a Certified Addictions Specialist, a Certified CCAR Core Recovery Coach Trainer, a CHOICES Core Trainer, a Colorado Credentialed Peer & Family Support Specialist, and a community organizer with over 16 years of experience mentoring and supporting people as well as discovering new applications of peer to peer support. Rod works to strengthen access and remove barriers to recovery support systems and facilitate people’s reintegration into wellness/recovery. Rod is the founder and Executive Director of Embark, PCA.

Ron Bodendorf

James Leingang

Nicole O'Brien

Ronny Brown

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