Meet Our Team at Spero Recovery Center

At Spero Recovery Center in Evergreen, Colorado, our expert team is dedicated to guiding individuals through a unique and challenging path to recovery. Well-versed in the complexities of addiction, we provide informed guidance and unwavering compassion, fostering a supportive community. Our immersive 12-step programming for addiction, integrated into every aspect of our approach, offers a holistic method addressing the mind, body, and spirit for lasting transformation.

[ultimate_modal modal_title=”Dave Johnson, Managing Director” modal_on=”image” btn_img=”id^16994|url^https://www.sperorecovery.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/dave-johnson.jpg|caption^null|alt^David Johnson|title^null|description^null” modal_size=”medium” modal_style=”overlay-doorhorizontal” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ header_bg_color=”#98afa7″ init_extra_class=”hovermod” img_size=”80″ header_text_color=”#ffffff” header_font=”font_family:Quicksand|font_call:Quicksand|variant:500″ header_font_style=”font-weight:500;” header_font_size=”desktop:20px;”]Dave has spent 25 years as an owner, operator and senior executive in Behavioral Health organizations.  He is a popular national speaker and recognized as an Industry expert in Addiction Treatment.

As Founder of an industry leading Behavioral Health consulting firm clients have included private and institutional investors with projects focusing on merger & acquisitions, due diligence, operational and market strategy, specializing in treatment center financial and operations efficiency.  Most recently Dave has worked with prestigious Private Equity firms such as Audax, Edgewater Funds, Pine Tree Equity on large multi-state, multi-site portfolio companies.

Before beginning the consulting venture, he was owner of San Cristobal Treatment Center outside Taos, New Mexico.  Dave’s innovative approach combined Twelve-Step modalities with unique outdoor adventures in a long-term program, eventually leading to him negotiating its sale in 2011.Prior to San Cristobal, he held multiple senior level executive position building valuable experience in respected stops like Chicago Public School District, Denver Public School District, The Hazelden Foundation, to name a few.  His business acumen, training, and experience came from a post with the Fortune 100 Pitney Bowes.

Dave has been in personal recovery since 1996, attempting to practice what he preaches. He holds a BA from Elmhurst College and a Masters in Education Leadership and Administration from Northern Arizona University.[/ultimate_modal][ultimate_heading main_heading=”David Johnson” heading_tag=”h3″]Managing Director[/ultimate_heading]

[ultimate_modal modal_title=”Christian O’Donnell, Chief Marketing Officer” modal_on=”image” btn_img=”id^16996|url^https://www.sperorecovery.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/Christian-ODonnell-Chief-Marketing-Officer.jpeg|caption^null|alt^Christian O’Donnell|title^null|description^null” modal_size=”medium” modal_style=”overlay-doorhorizontal” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ header_bg_color=”#98afa7″ init_extra_class=”hovermod” img_size=”80″ header_text_color=”#ffffff” header_font=”font_family:Quicksand|font_call:Quicksand|variant:500″ header_font_style=”font-weight:500;” header_font_size=”desktop:20px;”]Coming Soon.[/ultimate_modal][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Christian O’Donnell” heading_tag=”h3″]Chief Marketing Officer[/ultimate_heading]
[ultimate_modal modal_title=”Marty Ferrero, Executive Director” modal_on=”image” btn_img=”id^55931|url^https://www.sperorecovery.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/Marty-Ferrero.jpg|caption^null|alt^Marty Ferrero|title^Marty Ferrero|description^null” modal_size=”medium” modal_style=”overlay-doorhorizontal” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ header_bg_color=”#98afa7″ init_extra_class=”hovermod” img_size=”80″ header_text_color=”#ffffff” header_font=”font_family:Quicksand|font_call:Quicksand|variant:500″ header_font_style=”font-weight:500;” header_font_size=”desktop:20px;”]

Experience:

With over two decades of experience since beginning his career in 1996, Marty has worked extensively across the United States, contributing significantly to clinical leadership teams at multiple respect organizations including The Hazelden Betty For Foundation as well as the Caron Foundation.  Marty’s commitment to patient care has established him as a pillar within the national Behavioral health treatment community. He Frequently collaborates with industry leaders to discuss and advance treatment strategies. Throughout his career,  Marty has successfully managed, developed, and implemented specialized services in behavioral health, mental health, and addiction treatment.

[/ultimate_modal][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Marty Ferrero” heading_tag=”h3″]Executive Director[/ultimate_heading]

[ultimate_modal modal_title=”Matt Louzon, Clinical Director” modal_on=”image” btn_img=”id^16997|url^https://www.sperorecovery.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/Matt-Louzon-Clinical-Director.jpeg|caption^null|alt^Matt Louzon|title^null|description^null” modal_size=”medium” modal_style=”overlay-doorhorizontal” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ header_bg_color=”#98afa7″ init_extra_class=”hovermod” img_size=”80″ header_text_color=”#ffffff” header_font=”font_family:Quicksand|font_call:Quicksand|variant:500″ header_font_style=”font-weight:500;” header_font_size=”desktop:20px;”]Matt Louzon has served as our Clinical Director since 2017.

Experience:

Matt has extensive experience and has been serving clients in the Denver area since 1993. Prior to coming to Spero, Matt worked with the Excelsior Youth Center for 23 years. While there, he developed their Community Based Services Program and coordinated alternative treatment approaches for families.

Matt also served as an individual addiction therapist and group facilitator at Saddle Rock Counseling for 17 years.

Education:

Matt holds an M.A. in Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado and a B.S. from Michigan State University.

Matt has completed the Substance Abuse LAC curriculum from the Colorado School of Family Therapy. He also extensive training in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and is a Certified Motivational Interviewing Therapist (CMiT).

Credentials: LPC #4364[/ultimate_modal][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Matt Louzon” heading_tag=”h3″]Clinical Director[/ultimate_heading]

[ultimate_modal modal_title=”Riley Chowning, Program Manager” modal_on=”image” btn_img=”id^22500|url^https://www.sperorecovery.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/Riley_Chowning.jpg|caption^null|alt^Riley_Chowning|title^Riley_Chowning|description^null” modal_size=”medium” modal_style=”overlay-doorhorizontal” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ header_bg_color=”#98afa7″ init_extra_class=”hovermod” img_size=”80″ header_text_color=”#ffffff” header_font=”font_family:Quicksand|font_call:Quicksand|variant:500″ header_font_style=”font-weight:500;” header_font_size=”desktop:20px;”]Coming Soon.[/ultimate_modal][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Riley Chowning” heading_tag=”h3″]Program Manager[/ultimate_heading]
[ultimate_modal modal_title=”Steven Reed, Program Specialist” modal_on=”image” btn_img=”id^37851|url^https://www.sperorecovery.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/Steven-Reed.jpg|caption^null|alt^Steven Reed|title^null|description^null” modal_size=”medium” modal_style=”overlay-doorhorizontal” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ header_bg_color=”#98afa7″ init_extra_class=”hovermod” img_size=”80″ header_text_color=”#ffffff” header_font=”font_family:Quicksand|font_call:Quicksand|variant:500″ header_font_style=”font-weight:500;” header_font_size=”desktop:20px;”]Steven, originally from Stillwater, Oklahoma, started his journey shaped by compassion, resilience, and a passion for community service. Steven spent his early years focusing on international mission trips with churches, focusing on providing nourishment and support to children in need. Steven also worked as an oilfield welder and a residential carpenter until he eventually became burned out. Steven was also involved in many different music projects, as this is a personal passion of his. Steven relocated to Colorado after the passing of his mother. Steven’s addiction took off from there in which he became homeless. After discovering Spero and going through residential treatment at Spero, Steven found a new way of living by being involved in the community. Steven dedicated his time to volunteering and sharing his experience strength and hope with those struggling with addiction, which in turn landed him working for our organization. We are grateful to have Steven part of our Spero team.[/ultimate_modal][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Steven Reed” heading_tag=”h3″]Program Specialist[/ultimate_heading]
[ultimate_modal modal_title=”Rellian Merrin, Counselor and Case Manager” modal_on=”image” btn_img=”id^17001|url^https://www.sperorecovery.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/Rellian-Merrin-Counselor_Case-Manager.jpeg|caption^null|alt^Rellian Merrin|title^null|description^null” modal_size=”medium” modal_style=”overlay-doorhorizontal” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ header_bg_color=”#98afa7″ init_extra_class=”hovermod” img_size=”80″ header_text_color=”#ffffff” header_font=”font_family:Quicksand|font_call:Quicksand|variant:500″ header_font_style=”font-weight:500;” header_font_size=”desktop:20px;”]Rellian is a trauma-focused clinical social work candidate (CSWC) currently working towards LAC and LCSW licensures. Rellian received their Master’s in Social Work from the University of Denver and Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Brown University. Before coming to Colorado, Rellian co-authored a paper on attachment theory and worked as a research assistant on the clinical addiction study at the New York Stat Psychiatric Institute. Rellian has 8 years of experience facilitating consent, boundary, and communication workshops. After moving out west, Rellian interned at City Year, overseeing AmeriCorps volunteers working in Denver public schools. The following year, Rellian worked with Jewish Family Service, supporting Holocaust survivors in the Denver-Metro area, before landing at Spero Recovery in May of 2022.[/ultimate_modal][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Rellian Merrin” heading_tag=”h3″]Counselor and Case Manager[/ultimate_heading]
[ultimate_modal modal_title=”Cody Matney, Sober Living and Alumni Manager” modal_on=”image” btn_img=”id^17002|url^https://www.sperorecovery.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/Cody-Matney-Sober-Living_Alumni-Manager.jpeg|caption^null|alt^Cody Matney|title^null|description^null” modal_size=”medium” modal_style=”overlay-doorhorizontal” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ header_bg_color=”#98afa7″ init_extra_class=”hovermod” img_size=”80″ header_text_color=”#ffffff” header_font=”font_family:Quicksand|font_call:Quicksand|variant:500″ header_font_style=”font-weight:500;” header_font_size=”desktop:20px;”]Cody was born and raised in Northern Colorado, where he spent most of his life until moving to the Denver area to seek treatment for his addiction. It was here that he found solace and support within an extraordinary recovery community. Recognizing the profound impact of this newfound support network, Cody made the heartfelt decision to make Denver his home. Driven by his fervent dedication to recovery, Cody’s path eventually led him to Spero, where he initially served as a behavioral health technician before embracing multiple roles over the years. Moreover, his profound love for the great outdoors has not only shaped his personal life but also influenced his professional endeavors, underscoring his holistic approach to wellness. In his pursuit of growth and service, Cody undertook courses to attain certification as a recovery coach, completing programs through both CCAR and Adventure Recovery, further enhancing his ability to support others on their paths to healing and renewal.[/ultimate_modal][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Cody Matney” heading_tag=”h3″]Sober Living and Alumni Manager[/ultimate_heading]
[ultimate_modal modal_title=”Jean Healey, Administrative Director” modal_on=”image” btn_img=”id^17003|url^https://www.sperorecovery.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/Jean-Healey-Administrative-Director.jpeg|caption^null|alt^Jean Healy|title^null|description^null” modal_size=”medium” modal_style=”overlay-doorhorizontal” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ header_bg_color=”#98afa7″ init_extra_class=”hovermod” img_size=”80″ header_text_color=”#ffffff” header_font=”font_family:Quicksand|font_call:Quicksand|variant:500″ header_font_style=”font-weight:500;” header_font_size=”desktop:20px;”]Jean has been working in the SUD treatment field for 7 years

Experience:

Jean has extensive experience and has been serving SUD treatment facilities in the Denver area since 2015. Prior to coming to Spero, Jean worked with AspenRidge Recovery as the Director of Data, Outcomes and Compliance. While there, he developed various systems for ensuring safe, efficient and effective treatment services for clients.

Education:

Jean studied engineering and accounting at Colorado State University. He is currently pursuing a degree in mathematics.[/ultimate_modal][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Jean Healey” heading_tag=”h3″]Administrative Director[/ultimate_heading]

[ultimate_modal modal_title=”Alex Seng, Admissions Coordinator” modal_on=”image” btn_img=”id^37855|url^https://www.sperorecovery.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/Alex-Sengs.jpg|caption^null|alt^Alex Seng’s|title^null|description^null” modal_size=”medium” modal_style=”overlay-doorhorizontal” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ header_bg_color=”#98afa7″ init_extra_class=”hovermod” img_size=”80″ header_text_color=”#ffffff” header_font=”font_family:Quicksand|font_call:Quicksand|variant:500″ header_font_style=”font-weight:500;” header_font_size=”desktop:20px;”]Alex is originally from Chicago, and moved to Colorado at a young age. Despite early struggles with substance abuse, Alex embraced recovery in a 12 step community, becoming sober and committed to supporting others on their journey to sobriety. Passionate about helping people, Alex channels this dedication into his role in the admissions department, offering compassionate assistance to those seeking help, whether with Spero or elsewhere. Alex is devoted to making a positive difference in the lives of others.[/ultimate_modal][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Alex Seng” heading_tag=”h3″]Admissions Coordinator[/ultimate_heading]
[ultimate_modal modal_title=”Bret Rausch, Outreach Coordinator” modal_on=”image” btn_img=”id^17008|url^https://www.sperorecovery.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/Bret-Rausch-Outreach-Coordinator.jpeg|caption^null|alt^Brett Rausch|title^null|description^null” modal_size=”medium” modal_style=”overlay-doorhorizontal” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ header_bg_color=”#98afa7″ init_extra_class=”hovermod” img_size=”80″ header_text_color=”#ffffff” header_font=”font_family:Quicksand|font_call:Quicksand|variant:500″ header_font_style=”font-weight:500;” header_font_size=”desktop:20px;”]Bret currently serves as our Men’s Residential Program Coordinator.

Background:

Bret grew up in Sterling, Colorado and has a profound passion for music. After interning at a recording studio in Westminster, Bret moved to Phoenix, Arizona to attend the Conservatory of Recording Arts school to study music production. Upon graduating, Bret moved to Los Angeles, California to begin his career producing soundtracks and recording albums for various artists. Bret eventually moved back to Colorado in 2015 to work on his recovery.

Spero:

Bret credits Spero with saving his life and that he is grateful to be part of our team helping others through their own recoveries.

Education:

Bret has completed a Recovery Coaching Course to become a Recovery Coach, and he is currently working toward becoming a Certified Addiction Counselor.[/ultimate_modal][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Bret Rausch” heading_tag=”h3″]Outreach Coordinator[/ultimate_heading]

[ultimate_modal modal_title=”Tanner Zitek, Transport Coordinator” modal_on=”image” btn_img=”id^17009|url^https://www.sperorecovery.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/Tanner-Zitek-Transport-Coordinator.jpeg|caption^null|alt^Tanner Zitek|title^null|description^null” modal_size=”medium” modal_style=”overlay-doorhorizontal” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ header_bg_color=”#98afa7″ init_extra_class=”hovermod” img_size=”80″ header_text_color=”#ffffff” header_font=”font_family:Quicksand|font_call:Quicksand|variant:500″ header_font_style=”font-weight:500;” header_font_size=”desktop:20px;”]Tanner was born and raised in Centennial, Colorado. Tanner graduated from Colorado State University in 2016 with a degree in History and after college he pursued a career in project management in the construction industry. Tanner’s issues with alcoholism and drug abuse continually plagued him throughout school and in his career. After many vain attempts to control his addictions, Tanner finally sought treatment at Spero Recovery Center. As his path in recovery became more clear, Tanner began working at Spero September of 2023. He enjoys his time working as a program specialist and in his free time enjoys being active, cooking and spending time with his cat.[/ultimate_modal][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Tanner Zitek” heading_tag=”h3″]Transport Coordinator[/ultimate_heading]
[ultimate_modal modal_title=”Jamie Leer, Case Manager” modal_on=”image” btn_img=”id^26436|url^https://www.sperorecovery.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Jamie_Leer_Case_Manager.jpg|caption^null|alt^Jamie Leer|title^null|description^null” modal_size=”medium” modal_style=”overlay-doorhorizontal” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ header_bg_color=”#98afa7″ init_extra_class=”hovermod” img_size=”80″ header_text_color=”#ffffff” header_font=”font_family:Quicksand|font_call:Quicksand|variant:500″ header_font_style=”font-weight:500;” header_font_size=”desktop:20px;”]Jamie hails from the heartland of Iowa and struggled with substance abuse throughout much of her life. At her core, Jamie is a devoted full-time mother to her daughters and her fur companion Daisy. Jamie’s journey towards recovery is intertwined with her commitment to fellowship and community with much involvement and passion to the 12 steps.   Jamie has embraced her role as a peer coach, extending a helping hand to those with similar struggles. Additionally, Jamie leads the case management department, helping those in our program navigate full continuum of care.[/ultimate_modal][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Jamie Leer” heading_tag=”h3″]Case Manager[/ultimate_heading]
[ultimate_modal modal_title=”Weston Flowers, Marketing Coordinator” modal_on=”image” btn_img=”id^37853|url^https://www.sperorecovery.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/Weston-Flowers.jpg|caption^null|alt^Weston Flowers|title^null|description^null” modal_size=”medium” modal_style=”overlay-doorhorizontal” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ header_bg_color=”#98afa7″ init_extra_class=”hovermod” img_size=”80″ header_text_color=”#ffffff” header_font=”font_family:Quicksand|font_call:Quicksand|variant:500″ header_font_style=”font-weight:500;” header_font_size=”desktop:20px;”]With expansive experience in business development and outreach within the substance use disorder (SUD) treatment sector, Weston Flowers  has been at the forefront of catalyzing positive change since 2020. Throughout his long term personal recovery, and his career, he has spearheaded initiatives aimed at expanding access to quality care, forging strategic partnerships, and raising awareness about the importance of effective SUD treatment. His profound understanding of treatment nuances and his unwavering commitment to advocacy has resulted in the establishment of crucial connections between treatment facilities, communities, and individuals seeking freedom from addiction. With a relentless passion for addressing the complexities of addiction, Weston continues to be a driving force in shaping a more compassionate and effective approach to SUD treatment.[/ultimate_modal][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Weston Flowers” heading_tag=”h3″]Marketing Coordinator[/ultimate_heading]
[ultimate_modal modal_title=”John Malavich, Chef” modal_on=”image” btn_img=”id^37854|url^https://www.sperorecovery.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/John-Malavich.jpg|caption^null|alt^John Malavich|title^null|description^null” modal_size=”medium” modal_style=”overlay-doorhorizontal” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ header_bg_color=”#98afa7″ init_extra_class=”hovermod” img_size=”80″ header_text_color=”#ffffff” header_font=”font_family:Quicksand|font_call:Quicksand|variant:500″ header_font_style=”font-weight:500;” header_font_size=”desktop:20px;”]“Boston” John Malavich comes from the streets of Boston, where he first encountered the allure of alcohol at a young age. What began as a teenage experiment soon spiraled into a tumultuous struggle with addiction, derailing his academic pursuits, straining relationships, as well as causing health issues. Despite setbacks, John found peace in the kitchen honing his culinary skills with over 25 plus years of service specializing in catering for large-scale events and country clubs. As an alumni of Spero, John now serves as the facility’s Chef, channeling his passion for cooking into nourishing both body and soul. Through his experience, John showcases his talents in the kitchen crafting delectable dishes as well as sharing his experience strength and hope, inspiring hope and resilience in others battling addiction.[/ultimate_modal][ultimate_heading main_heading=”John Malavich” heading_tag=”h3″]Chef[/ultimate_heading]

Residential Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Colorado

Our team in Colorado provides residential addiction treatment that is tailored for you. We believe that individualized care gives people the best chance at long-term recovery. Currently, we treat men 18 years and older, but can provide guidance and care recommendations for anyone struggling with substance abuse.

We address and treat all major substance use disorders at our facility and create a recovery experience for all those in our care. For our team at Spero Recovery Center, this means providing expert, compassionate care while immersing individuals in their recovery. By completing our 12-step program and participating in experiential therapy here at Spero, men learn to cope with and overcome addiction to alcohol or drugs.

A recovery experience at Spero Recovery Center also includes a comprehensive alumni program to keep you engaged with your sobriety. Aftercare and sober living programs in Colorado are essential to transitioning out of residential addiction treatment and reintegrating into your regular lives.

Our sober living home provides a way of continuing addiction treatment with our Spero team while also regaining some independence. After completing our 12-step program, individuals can move into sober living and be surrounded by a supportive recovery community while practicing sober techniques learned at our treatment center.

Reach Out To Us For Quality and Affordable Addiction Treatment!

The team at Spero Recovery Center is truly dedicated to helping others overcome their addictions and lead happy, healthy lives. One way we accomplish this is by providing affordable addiction treatment, that is quality and effective. Learn more about how to get financial aid for your addiction treatment by reaching out to admissions.

If you are seeking substance abuse treatment for yourself or a loved one, we can help! Spero is Latin for Hope, which is what our team represents. Pursue recovery from drug or alcohol addiction full of hope for lasting sobriety with Spero. Call us today to learn more about our program and how to start recovery today!

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Support Spero Recovery Center

Our addiction treatment program in Colorado is a non-profit. We’re able to provide low-cost addiction care and offer scholarships to those who need financial support for recovery. This is made possible by donations from our community, Spero alumni, and generous individuals who support our mission. You can support our efforts by donating or shopping for Spero apparel.