Title: Building & Sustaining a Successful Sober Home Business – Best Practices for Sober Home Management
Date: Thursday, September 13
Time: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM


C4 Recovery Foundation, in collaboration with One Step Software, is excited to offer a full-day of learning and discussion for sober home owners and professionals at CCSAD. Be ready to:

  • hear directly from treatment centers on key criteria for being part of a continuum of care organizations
  • find out from the experts the latest regulatory changes and updates and how to stay ahead of upcoming regulations
  • learn how to form and nurture great referral relationships from some of the best treatment centers
  • participate in a Q&A with industry leaders that can help you better operate and manage your facility
  • gain knowledge of how to create a sober living setting that supports and sustains recovery
  • hear from doctors and others in the industry about MAT and its role in the sober living community

The cost for this special event is $125. Simply use the link below to register. You may add this to your CCSAD registration or choose to attend this event only. After making your selection from the main menu, make sure you select the “Sober Living All Day Event” checkbox on the options page that appears on step 2 of the registration process to be able to select the relevant workshops.


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What is Recovery Coaching, Mentoring and Case Management? (No CEs Available)
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Asher Gottesman
Trey Laird
Marsha Stone
Melissa Killeen
Moderated by Eva Hibnick

Recovery coaching, mentoring and case management are starting to be offered by sober homes. Learn what it is and how to build a program to offer your residents.


Regulatory Landscape (No CEs Available)
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Jesse Centamore
Anelia Shaheed
Andrew Tine
Blair Tinkle
Moderated by Eva Hibnick

The regulatory landscape is constantly changing. Local governments are imposing restrictions on what sober livings need to do to continue to operate. The panel will be discussing: certification of recovery residences; the standards necessary for insurance compensation and how to be compliant with those standards as well as housing standards; patient brokering and the appropriate development of referral relationships. Hear from some of the experts in the field about what is currently happening on the regulatory front so you can make sure to stay ahead of upcoming regulations.


MAT Panel (No CEs Available)
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Zach Miller
Richard Summers
Mark Green
James Finch
Moderated by Eva Hibnick

Learn more about what is happening in the world of medically assisted treatment. Hear from doctors and other leaders in the industry tell you more about MAT so that you can determine whether offering housing to MAT clients is right for your house.


Networking, Referral Sources and Marketing Your Sober Home (No CEs Available)
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Woody Giessmann
Gabriel Grimalt
Rick Hubbard
David Mosberg
Moderated by Eva Hibnick

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get into a room with some of the leaders in the industry and ask any questions you want. We will be focusing on how to generate referrals to have a consistent flow of people coming to your sober home. We will hear from treatment centers on how they vet sober homes they work with as well as sober homes on how they developed the relationships.


Featured Faculty Biographies

Jesse Centamore

Jesse Centamore is the President & CEO of Open Arms Recovery. Open Arms Recovery is a company that provides sober living and recovery related services to men in Plymouth, MA. Being a person in long term recovery, Jesse lived in 15 sober homes throughout his journey. Since working in the field of recovery Jesse has managed and overseen 17 sober homes. Jesse sits on the board of directors for Massachusetts Alliance of Sober Homes. Jesse also assists in training curriculum development and is a trainer himself for MASH.


James W. Finch, MD

Dr. Finch was initially trained in Family Medicine. Following a fellowship at Duke University, he stayed on the faculty there with joint appointments in Family Medicine and Psychiatry and helped found and co-direct the Duke Addictions Program.

After leaving Duke he worked for many years in community mental health settings before opening a collaborative addiction and mental health practice in Durham called Changes-By-Choice, which provides both counseling and medication assisted treatments.

Dr Finch is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and Past-President of the NC Society of Addiction Medicine.

Throughout his career, he has been active in clinician training and is Director of Medical Education for the NC Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse, where he co-directs the regional Addiction Medicine Conference held in Asheville each spring.


Woody Giessmann LADC-I, CADAC, CIP, CAI

Woody Giessmann is the founder of Right Turn – Intensive Outpatient, Medication Assisted Treatment, and an Extended Care Housing Program. Right Turn provides a continuum of evidence-based treatment with complimentary experiential therapies of music and the arts. Woody is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Certified Interventionist who became an addictions specialist in 1993 after his experience as the drummer for the rock band, The Del Fuegos. Woody began as an employee of HOPE HOUSE, a DPH/BSAS program in the South End of Boston. In the following years, he attended The University of Massachusetts for his BA in Human Service Management followed by Suffolk University for a Masters Level Certificate in Community Human Service Management. He worked at The Cambridge Health Alliance, Outpatient Addiction Services (OAS) program where he first met Mark Albanese MD. In 2000, Woody was instrumental in establishing the Cambridge Program of Assertive Community Treatment Team (PACT) for DMH, which works with people who have severe and persistent mental health issues. Woody was introduced to Dr. Anne Alonso in 2002, whose philanthropy and encouragement spurred Woody to open Right Turn. Woody trained with Dr. Judith Landau as an ARISE Certified Interventionist. Woody serviced on the Client Advisory Board (CAB) for Michael Botticelli for 5 years starting in 1996, The MOAR Board / Maryanne Frangules since 2008, and appointment as the ethics chairperson for the national Association of Intervention Specialist (AIS) in 2014. Woody was appointed to the Board of Registration in Medicine by Governor Baker as a “Public Seat” member in February 2016.

Asher Gottesman

After a period of disillusionment with real estate and investment, Asher sought to do something more meaningful for others and himself.

In following suit with his desire for fulfillment, Asher decided to create a place where people could be “heard” and could receive help to improve their lives. Asher has maintained this commitment and has sought teaching from some of the best and brightest in the field of recovery to provide optimum care for his clients.

Gabriel Grimalt

Gabriel Grimalt is a Treatment Placement Specialist partnering with local practitioners to present informed treatment options when their clients are in need a higher level of care. I act as a trusted colleague to triage cases involving mental health concerns, substance abuse, chronic pain, trauma, and eating disorders.


Eva Hibnick

Eva Hibnick is the founder of One Step Software, which provides software and services to sober livings to help them manage their homes more efficiently. Over 300 sober homes use One Step. One Step also offers an app for residents that has geolocation and allows residents to keep track of meeting count and get notified of upcoming events. Previously, Eva ran a successful digital agency and was a corporate lawyer in New York. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Rick Hubbard

Rick Hubbard was employed in the commercial banking industry for over 20 years before he began his career in behavioral healthcare in 2002 at a highly respected, Texas based addiction treatment facility. He worked in various aspects of addiction treatment administration, including admissions, utilization review, marketing, and business development. Rick moved to Florida and worked for a local addiction treatment facility in 2005 before moving back to the Texas facility in 2006 as Director of Business Development. In 2012, Rick joined Origins Recovery Centers as a Community Relations Representative, became a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern in 2013 and was promoted to Western Region Director of Business Development in 2014. In 2015, Rick was moved to the role of Corporate Director of Business Development, and was named Vice President of Professional Relations in 2017. Rick serves on the Board of Directors of C4 Recovery Solutions, he is a member of The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselors, The Texas Association of Addiction Professionals and he also serves as co-chair of the DFW Behavioral Health Symposium.

Melissa Killeen

Melissa Killeen is an established Recovery Coach with broad understanding of this new field of recovery coaching. Killeen has written the first book on recovery coaching, Recovery Coaching – A Guide to Coaching People in Recovery from Addiction. She received her Master’s Degree in Executive Coaching and a Master’s of Philosophy in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. Killeen is the past president of Recovery Coaches International, an international association of recovery coaches. In 2015, she received the Vernon Johnson Award from Faces and Voices of Recovery for her recovery coaching work. Ms. Killeen focuses on working with individuals with addictions, behavioral addictions e.g. sex, love, workaholism and other compulsive behaviors. She lives outside of Philadelphia, PA.

Trey Laird

Trey Laird is CEO and Co-Founder of The Lighthouse Sober Living and Recovery Coaching.

Founded in 2016, The Lighthouse is comprised of unique high-end sober living residences for professionals and high net worth individuals seeking a safe and supportive environment from which they can focus on early recovery, rebuild relationships with families and friends, and re-enter demanding careers all amongst a vibrant like-minded fellowship. The Lighthouse is based in Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA and currently serves the NYC tristate metropolitan area. The Lighthouse’s second residence opened in January 2017 and The Lighthouse Recovery Coaching launched in December 2017. The next growth phase of The Lighthouse will include additional residences for men and women in the New York metropolitan area.

Prior to founding The Lighthouse, Mr. Laird was a Wall Street equities trader for 22 years, starting this first career with Bankers Trust and exiting with Lazard. Prior to banking, Mr. Laird attended the Trinity School in Manhattan and Dartmouth College. Mr. Laird has three children and lives in Rowayton, Connecticut with his wife. He is an avid marathoner, travels regularly to share his story of sobriety and treatment best practices, and appears regularly in the press on addiction issues.

Zach Miller

Zach was the first client to walk through Real Recovery’s doors in 2009. He experienced problems with drugs and alcohol throughout his childhood and at 17, he joined the US Coast Guard as a way to run away from his issues. While there, Zach studied Finance and worked at the US Coast Guard Finance Center. However, after completing four years in the Coast Guard, he realized that his issues with addiction were still present. He went through multiple treatments until he found himself in Asheville, NC, where he met Real Recovery’s founder at a local 12-step meeting. From that moment, he knew his calling was to help others.

After five months of being sober, Zach started working at a behavior wilderness program for troubled adolescents, where he learned that life was the greatest classroom. This led him to take a job as a senior guide at one of the top adult wilderness rehabs. Zach obtained his CSAC (Certified Substance Abuse Counselor) in 2013, CSAFRD (Certified Substance Abuse Residential Facility Director) and has graduated with a BS. He is currently enrolled in his third year at Wake Forest University in their Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s program and is graduating Dec of 2018. Zach joined the sober living team as the Program Director, meaning he oversees all Real Recovery programs, including traditional,MAT Program and CARF Accredited Outpatient Services. He views the main responsibility of his position as creating a safe and fun environment for young men striving for sobriety that is supported by clinical services through continuity of care.

David Mosberg

David Mosberg is the COO & Cofounder of Starbent Recovery a Women’s Recovery Residence located in NYC. David comes from a successful career in business & healthcare administration. He has been personally involved in the recovery community for over 11 years. David & his father Dr. H Mosberg opened Starbent Recovery in January 2018. They set out to fill a void for women looking for a structured recovery residence in New York.

Anelia Shaheed, Esq

Anelia Shaheed is an Associate with the Law Offices of Julie W. Allison P.A. Joining the firm in January of 2015, Ms. Shaheed brings a variety of skills and experience in the managed care, insurance reimbursement, provider risk management and other areas involving healthcare providers and insureds.

Ms. Shaheed attended the University of London for her undergraduate studies, where she received her LLB or Bachelor of Law Degree. Subsequently, Ms. Shaheed was admitted to Nova Southeastern University’s Law Program where she graduated Cum Lade in July of 2012. During law school she was an active member of the Moot Court Society and presented at the International Caribbean Court of Justice. Subsequently Ms. Shaheed was admitted to the Florida Bar in April of 2013. She is currently a member of American Bar Association as well as the National Health Lawyers Association.

Marsha Stone, JD, LCDC

Marsha Stone, JD, LCDC, is a world renowned speaker, visionary, and respected leader in the field of addiction recovery. Marsha is the Chief Executive Officer of BRC Recovery and in January 2016 she founded Spearhead Lodge, an extended-care treatment facility for young adults. Spearhead Lodge offers a completely new approach to treating the young adult population and their families, based upon the tried and true principles found in every BRC Recovery program. BRC Recovery is a pioneer in the addiction recovery industry, and has successfully been Bringing Real Change to the face of addiction for over 10 years. Marsha integrates her own battle with and triumph over addiction into providing the most effective and quality rehabilitative process possible to those struggling with addictive disorders. Marsha holds a Juris Doctorate with the distinction of Academic Excellence from North Carolina Central University, a Bachelor of Arts in English from Elizabeth City State University, and is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in Texas.

Richard Summers, LSW

Richard Summers, LSW, is a licensed Social Worker and Private Case Manager in the Greater Boston Area. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Safe Landing, a transitional home for women in need of Mental Health or Addiction Support.

By way of background, Mr. Summers has worked at some of the leading dual diagnoses treatment facilities in the country, including McLean Hospital (1986-2004) and Emerson Hospital (2004-2013). Most notably, while at McLean Hospital, Mr. Summers worked specifically as a psychiatric counselor in the Dissociative Disorder Post-Trauma unit for women.
Furthermore, his experience also includes management of children through adulthood, on a wide range of issues including addiction, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, altered thought process, relationship challenges and trauma.

Mr. Summers has also successfully run a private behavioral coaching business for the past 14 years. His business is aimed toward working with individuals to help identify their triggers and support them as they sort through these thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

Mr. Summer’s style is interactive and collaborative. Throughout his training he has found that in order to help change the self-destructive behaviors that accompany addiction and mental health, it is necessary to work on changing self-defeating attitudes.

Andrew Tine, Esq.

Andrew J. Tine has been litigating sober living issues within Massachusetts since 2006. He has experience before local zoning boards, the Sprinkler Appeals Board, and the Building Code Appeals Board with respect to sober living issues. He obtained a favorable decision in Federal Court against the City of Brockton to prevent the installation of sprinklers in a sober house that was deemed by the City’s standards to be a lodging house. Andrew has general litigation experience in various complex matters, including health care, securities law, and construction disputes and has litigation experience in State and/or Federal Courts in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, California, Oregon, Washington, Georgia, Texas and New Hampshire. While maintaining his own practice, he started Alpha Labs, Inc. to perform urine drug testing. Alpha Labs, Inc. was acquired by a larger, out-of-state laboratory, during 2016. Prior to 2016, he was general counsel to an independent laboratory in Massachusetts providing a broad range of legal advice. Before establishing his own practice, he worked in Boston for a boutique law firm practicing construction and engineering law. He was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1996, Rhode Island in 2003 and New Hampshire in 2006. His undergraduate degree is in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

Blair Tinkle

Mr. Tinkle provides legal support for Oxford House, Inc. (OHI), the nonprofit umbrella organization at the forefront of recovery in the United States and around the world with more than 2,400 self-help recovery houses designed to assist individuals to help themselves to achieve comfortable, long-term sobriety without relapse. He serves OHI outreach workers across the nation and assists OHI management on a range of issues from the Federal Fair Housing Act, zoning, personnel/human resources, state and federal government relations and preserving the civil rights of those in recovery from substance use disorders. Clean and sober since 2013, Mr. Tinkle began his career at OHI in 2014 after having served as General Counsel for the National Association of Attorneys General for 12 years. Prior to that, Mr. Tinkle served as Legal Counsel to the Governor in Illinois, Assistant Attorney General in Illinois and Assistant State’s Attorney in Chicago. Mr. Tinkle received his JD from Loyola University of Chicago and a BA in Philosophy, French and Political Science from the University of Kansas. Mr. Tinkle was also Liaison to Congress and General Counsel to the National Association of Attorneys General.

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