Jim Dopp – President
CADAC II, Executive Director: After serving with the US Army 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces (Abn) in Vietnam, I had a 30 year career in real estate managing shopping centers for ITT, General Electric, Prudential Insurance and The Traveler’s Insurance. My second career began with the Hazelden Foundation at their facility in West Palm Beach, Florida (Hanley-Hazelden).
I began working on the men’s unit nights and weekends until I left in my sixth year when I’d become a member of the Clinical Leadership Team, the Executive Leadership Team and chaired the Education Team. My responsibilities included supervision of the Addiction Professional Training Institute, the Physician Faculty Training Program, the Professionals in Residence Program and staff development, which included internship programs with eight Master degree programs. I was sent to Costa Rica in 2002 as a part of a group making a presentation on the Minnesota Model to governmental agencies responsible for health care. At that time I became the clinical director of ACERPA in San Jose, Costa Rica, having been asked to train the staff there in the application of the model as used at Hazelden. While in Costa Rica I introduced a women’s program and treatment in English. I am one of the founders of Costa Rica Recovery.
Edwin Herrera – Administrator
I learned about Costa Rica Recovery in 2009 and have since admired the effort and dedication that the institution places on helping others. I share with great enthusiasm their values and feel grateful to be here. The solidarity of the team at Costa Rica Recovery is another aspect which deserves honorable mention.
In 2010 I worked as House Manager and experienced firsthand the rewarding feeling of helping others. In a brief time the affinity that I had for Costa Rica Recovery grew exponentially. I’m also a huge advocate of 12 step programs and their simple but impactful wisdom.
With over 6 years of experience in recovery programs, I have seen many people from all backgrounds find a new way of life. At Costa Rica Recovery, this initial process is much easier as a great deal of support, guidance and structure is provided.
I’ve been studying Business Administration at Fundepos University for over 3 years and expect to complete my bachelor’s degree in November, 2015. I look forward to applying my formal education to many projects I have in mind at Costa Rica Recovery.
Mike Krizan – House Manager
I’m 29 years old, from the Ozark Mountains of northwest Arkansas.
I’ve been working as a House Manager at Costa Rica Recovery for close to a year now. I love my job and my co-workers but more importantly, I love life! I love going to the beaches, hiking, spear fishing and playing American Football. I am currently trying to learn Spanish. I would emphasize the word trying. Life is good and I am finally living it.
Jessica Silver – House Manager
My name is Jessica Silver, from Tamp, Fl. I’m a resident manager at Costa Rica Recovery. At work I get to do something I love, which is helping and supporting others to overcome the same nightmare I’ve overcome. I enjoy the environment at CRRecovery, because the staff works very closely as a team.
Working here is like being a part of a big family. On Sunday mornings I regularly find staff members in the stands cheering me on at my softball games. Today I have a very rewarding and full life, and I am happy to call Costa Rica my home.
Christopher Wright – Weekend Cook
Alicia Sibaja – Weekday Cook
Alicia has experience in the culinary fields from three of the major hospitals in Costa Rica. She worked for 20 years in Clinica Biblica, 11 years at Calderón Guardia and 3 years at Hospital Mexico. During her time in these hospitals she learned how to cook healthy and adequate meals for every type of need. Alicia enjoys spending time with her grandkids and taking them outdoors.
Alan Muir – Driver/Handyman
Robert Woolf – Sober Living House Manager.