Miranda McQueen (Support Specialist RADT-1): It’s rare for Native American women to get sober because families and generations struggle with the disease. And drugs and alcohol are killing Miranda’s entire family...her father, her brother, her sister, her cousins. Where did she find the strength to seek recovery? Miranda explains, “I hit rock bottom when I lost my mom and then decided to drink myself to death. But I realized that I needed to be there for my children, and I was dying right before their eyes.”
Today, Miranda is healthy and loves spending time with her five children and step-children, two grandbabies and two Yorkies. She found recovery at CSRS, and has been working here since mid-2015 while pursuing her Addictions Treatment Counselor certification.
Miranda draws strength from the residents at CSRS. And she gives them strength, as well. “This is what I want new residents to know when they walk through the door: Have hope, be open-minded and honest, and learn to love yourself again.”
Shawn Luesing (RADT, Lead Aministrator) has taken on a new role as Lead Administrator at Clean & Sober Recovery Services. He’s transitioning from his role as Executive Chef, where he had spotted an opportunity to fulfill a higher calling: “It’s all about helping people,” explains Shawn. “And helping people helps me. It’s a good place to be.”
As Executive Chef, Shawn managed the kitchen and the purchase of food and supplies, which was a great training ground for his transition to Lead Administrator. But make no mistake: Shawn is hardly the new kid on the block. He's has been working at CSRS since its opening in 2008, first as a volunteer and then as a part-time attendant, while also managing a retail store full-time. Shawn even helped prepare the CSRS residence before the grand opening: doing yard work, painting, assembling furniture, setting up computers….Now, that’s what you call commitment!
In his new role as Lead Administrator, Shawn hopes to have an even bigger impact on people’s lives – both clients and staff. His goal is to ensure smooth and consistent operations that help everybody find their “personal best” at work. Shawn is also upping his own game as he pursues his CADC II credential. While he is currently focused on working with clients, he’ll be taking on more administrative duties down the road.
When he’s not at work, Shawn enjoys watching movies with his wife. He’s a big fan of movie director Christopher Nolan (think “Dunkirk” and “Memento”), as well as musicals. Two furry felines complete Shawn's family.
Deborah Campbell is Executive Chef at Clean & Sober Recovery Services. She’s a natural for a role that nourishes body, mind and spirit. Deborah has many years of experience as a food and beverage manager; plus, she’s raising a passel of Berkshire pigs and growing fabulous produce at Hog and Dogs Ranch, her family farm in Herald, California. She comes to CSRS with experience as a California Hospice Healthcare Advocate where she provided support for hospice patients and their families. Her experience with the heartbreak of loss gives her a great perspective on the promise of recovery.
Managing the kitchen at CSRS appealed to Deborah because, as she explains, “I’m drawn to the optimism of recovery. These residents are my guys, and I want to see them come out on the other side.” It’s a great gift to have her positivity and perspective in the kitchen.
Deborah keeps busy with her seven children and 11 grandchildren. Somehow, she manages to carve out four days every year to attend a Renaissance Faire-type event as the “Widow Flame” from the 15th Century.