Meet Our Team

Lisa

Executive Director

Lisa is a person in long-term recovery from substance use disorder and mental health challenges. She was granted a second chance at life (or maybe third or fourth) and is honored to use this opportunity to help others overcome their challenges. She believes recovery is possible for everyone who has enough desire and willingness to experience discomfort.

Lisa has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Michigan State University, is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Addiction Consultant, and a Peer Recovery Coach. She enjoys using this training, along with her lived experience, to help Café members discover their own potential for greatness. Her favorite part of her role in the cafe is seeing the light in people that they may not know exist and creating opportunities for them to rediscover that light within themselves and each other. Through School for Recovery courses, members can explore their abilities and interests. Through Café Companion roles, members are given the tools to help others feel heard and loved. Through our Member Leader program, members are promoted to a position of trust and responsibility and given an opportunity to truly shine.

Outside of the cafe, Lisa is a mama to two young children and is married to a fellow person in recovery. She enjoys strong coffee, walks in the woods with her family, and creepy TV shows. She is living a life she once didn’t believe was possible for a person like her. She hopes to show café members that recovery happens when we allow ourselves to be known and loved, one step at a time!

Justina

Cafe Manager

Justina is a person in long term recovery from substance use disorder and mental health challenges. She has worked very hard on herself over the last 6 years. Since losing the father of her kids to a fatal overdose, she has made it her mission to help others like her find that there is hope. She is very honored to be a part of the Café and show people that there is hope and life can get better if you’re willing to take one step in front of the other.
Justina is certified as a Community Health Worker, Certified Recovery Specialist, CAPRC 2, and is currently working on her Supervisor for Peer Recovery Coaches. She enjoys using her skill set to pave a way for others like her to see that recovery is possible. Her favorite part of her role in the café is to see that connection is the opposite of addiction. When people find connection, they start finding their purpose and that is when change starts to happen.
Outside of the Café, Justina is a wife to a hardworking man, and a mama to 4 beautiful and unique children. She enjoys playing with her kids, doing crafts, and taking time for herself to practice self-care. She is a huge advocate for people in recovery and enjoys working alongside them to offer what was so freely given to her.

Abby

Program Manager

Abby is in recovery from substance use, trauma, and mental health challenges. She hit her lowest point mentally while studying in college. With the help of her family, Abby addressed her issues by starting her recovery at the Safe Harbor Behavioral Health Crisis Center where she learned coping skills, was provided the right medications, but most importantly, she was able to learn self-respect and self-love again.

Abby graduated from Mercyhurst University with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. After graduation, Abby moved from Pennsylvania to Muncie to continue her self exploration. With this, Abby discovered the Recovery Cafe Muncie through a previous co-worker. It didn’t take very long for Abby to fall in love with her job, because it didn’t feel like a job at the Cafe. Being able to spend time with people from different walks of life is one of Abby’s favorite aspects of her job. She loves seeing the members and guests connect through each other’s unique stories, because at the end of the day, we are all just trying to feel loved and live a happy life.

Outside of work, Abby loves spending time with her family, friends, and her Golden Retriever, Aspen. Going to the gym, trying new foods, traveling, and attending concerts are some of Abby’s favorite hobbies.

Abby’s encouragement for new and current members of the Cafe are: “When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” Especially in recovery, it’s so important to acknowledge what your triggers are, and sometimes you need that change to take place with the people, places, and things that you surround yourself with. The Recovery Cafe Muncie respects the recovery journey, and you will always find people that love and support your full story, journey, and goals.