Amanda Walburger

Director of Utah Business Development

Territory: Utah
Cell/Text: (385) 315-0014

Having experienced addiction and mental health challenges personally and with loved ones, I know how beneficial Recovery Ways is to the clients we serve. I started with Recovery Ways in 2011 and immediately became passionate about serving this industry. 

Soon after starting to work in this field, I have been able to work with the surrounding hospitals to ensure our clients receive the highest care. I have enjoyed building relationships, not only with our clients, but with doctors and staff at hospitals we partner with. My background is in outreach and admissions and I have been certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. I enjoy being a mother as well as a professional in the recovery community.

matthew mcbrier staff member at recovery ways

Matt McBrier

Regional Referral Relations Specialist

Territory: UT & surrounding central region
Cell/Text: (801) 809-9505

I was born and raised in Erie Pennsylvania and moved to Utah in early 2011. I have been working in the treatment industry for 7 years 6 of which have been spent working with Recovery Ways. As an alumni of our program I care deeply for the work we are doing and believe in the approach Recovery Ways takes in helping build strong foundations for our patients. 

I enjoy skiing, crossfit and running. Getting out into nature with my dog is one of my favorite things to do with my off time. I work hard to have the opportunities to travel when I can and love finding delicious new food where ever I may be.


Daria Montgomery

Market Director | VA Liaison | Director of Utah Outpatient

Territory: Utah
Phone: (801) 915-0260 


Rudy Ascuncion

Referral Relations – Labor Liaison

Cell/Text: (773) 294-7790

Rudy Ascuncion was hired by United Airlines in December 1969, and became a member of the International Association of Machinists at the same time.  Rudy became involved with the Machinists EAP in 1984, and began full time EAP work in 1989. 

He became the National Director of EAP for District 141 in 2003, representing members on United Airlines, USAirways, Hawaiian Airlines, Aloha, and Phillipine Airlines.

He retired from UAL in January of 2012 after 41 years of service.  While Director, the IAM/UAL EAP program twice won the Ross Von Wiegand award for best labor/management program, and he was recognized as the Labor Member of The Year in 2009 with the John J. Hennessey award from EAPA. 

He holds the following certifications, CEAP, NCAC1, SAP, LAP-C.

Rudy has worked as a EAP consultant for the Grand Lodge of the International Association of Machinists from 2012 to 2014.  Rudy now works as a Labor Liason consultant.  



Kari Evans, CADC-I, Clinical Yoga Provider

Referral Relations Specialist

Territory: Oregon
Cell/Text: (541) 760-5080 

My passions combine in helping those who are justice-involved, trauma-impacted, and at-risk for or struggling with mental health or substance use disorders. I am honored to Represent Recovery ways through meaningful referent relationships. I feel immensely proud of our Valor Healing Program for First Responders, Veterans, and Active Duty Military. Healing IS possible.  I am your direct line to accessing treatment services.

Working in close partnership with:
• First Responder Support Network
• West Coast Post-trauma Retreat
• Lines for Life
• Construction Suicide Prevention Partnership
• QPR for Construction

• First Responders
• Military/Veteran
• Labor Industries

• Health, Wellness & Resiliency
• Workplace Well-being Initiatives
• Community Engagement and Events



Daniel DeGryse B.A., B.S., CADC, CEAP  

National Referral Relations Specialist

Territory: National
Cell/Text: (773) 875-3560

Dan is a retired Battalion Chief following a 30-year career with the Chicago Fire Department. Presently, Dan is the National Referral Relations Specialist with Recovery Ways which offers the Valor program to treat first responders, veterans, and frontline workers facing substance use and mental health issues. 

Since 1986, Dan has been providing substance use and mental health services for all demographics with a focus on frontline personnel. Dan has always been a strong advocate for the awareness, education and best practices in the treatment of this population. He has presented and led training for fire and police departments locally and nationally and has collaborated with state, national and international organizations to build behavioral health and peer support curriculum. 

Dan has bachelor’s degrees in psychology and fire science management. He is certified as an addiction counselor (CADC), certified employee assistance professional (CEAP), certified labor assistance professional (LAP/C), and been certified as an ARISE interventionist. 



Cale Steines  

National Referral Relations Specialist

Territory: National
Cell/Text: (815) 847-0784

Cale Steines brings more than 30 years of experience to Recovery Ways as a National Referral Relations Specialist. Cale recently retired as the UAW Employee Assistance Program Representative at the Chrysler Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Illinois. For 10 years, Cale was the National Treasurer for Labor Assistance Professionals (LAP) while also serving as the Treasurer of the Midwest Chapter of LAP since 2005.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Northern Illinois University and his certifications include LAP-C and NCAC-II.  Additionally, Cale has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, including the Founders Award and Mickey Diamond Award from LAP. He currently lives in Roscoe, Illinois, with his wife, Jennifer, where they have raised three wonderful children and recently welcomed their first grandchild.

Cale has seen firsthand in his personal and professional life the effects of mental illness and addiction. He is passionate about using his life experiences to help guide individuals and their families toward a path of hope, healing, and recovery.



Stacy Creacy  

National Referral Relations Specialist

Territory: National
Cell/Text: (303) 564-8790

Stacy Creacy joins Recovery Ways as a seasoned professional in the field of addiction treatment, boasting a career spanning over 20 years of overseeing Admissions Departments that then led her into the role of National Outreach and Business Development.

Stacy believes that by working collaboratively with community leaders, referral partners, like-minded professionals, as well as admissions and clinical teams we will ensure seamless coordination, contributing significantly to the success of the individuals we serve and the organization as a whole.

Stacy has always felt that the trust she earns from clients, families and referral relationships is to be honored and respected. Trust is a gift only given once and is the foundation of all that we do.

With her passion and dedication stemming from her own personal struggles with addiction and mental illness, she operates with empathy and compassion as her core drive to help others into a life of healing, health and happiness.

Stacy is excited to be part of the incredible mission and services for both mental health and addiction that Recovery Ways offers and believes strongly in the company slogan that “Healing is Possible”.



Tomi Robie  

Referral Relations Specialist

Territory: Idaho
Cell/Text: (208) 571-8498

I am an Idaho native, I grew up in Kuna, ID and graduated from Boise State University. My passion for advocating for mental health and substance use initiatives is deeply rooted in personal experiences, particularly witnessing the impact of addiction on my own family. Through these experiences, I’ve gained a profound understanding of the importance of compassion, empathy and understanding, which drives my passion for making a difference in people’s lives.

Outside of work, you’ll often find me enjoying time with my husband and our fur babies, enjoying the sunshine and savoring life’s simple pleasures. Whether it’s exploring nature or experimenting with new recipes, I believe in finding joy in every moment.

I am a true believer in the power of human connection and community, I eagerly seek opportunities to forge new relationships and extend a helping hand whenever possible.








Jeff Burge  

Referral Relations Specialist

Territory: South Texas
Cell/Text: (832) 720-2241

Jeff was born and raised in Houston, Texas. In 2016, Jeff ventured into the behavioral health industry, driven by his passion for helping individuals navigate their mental health and addiction recovery journeys. He initially immersed himself in direct care roles, gaining invaluable hands-on experience and insight into the complexities of behavioral health support systems. 

In 2022, Jeff seamlessly transitioned into business development, capitalizing on his expertise to cultivate partnerships and propel organizational growth within the behavioral health sector.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Houston. He is also recognized as an Innovation Engineering Blue Belt, demonstrating his commitment to harnessing creative problem-solving techniques to drive innovation and efficiency.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Jeff is a dedicated jiu-jitsu practitioner and can often be found building and tinkering with computers, exploring the intersection of creativity and functionality. Above all, he cherishes quality time spent with his family, finding joy and rejuvenation in their company.