Clinical Team

Maureen Langshaw, LMHC, MCA

Clinical Director

Maureen came to Hope & Grace with hopes of inspiring others to learn how to be most effective in managing their emotions, life’s problems and turning ongoing issues into solutions and success.  She brings a vast amount of experience and knowledge to her role as Clinical Director to Hope and Grace. Maureen brings more than twenty (20) years of experience, working in the field of substance abuse as a clinical therapist and Clinical Director.  Maureen studied at Trinity International University where she received a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Maureen is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Master’s Addiction Professional.

Today, under the supervision of Maureen, Hope & Grace provides clients and their families who are looking for true individualized care with a low client to staff ratio and a highly-qualified clinical team. The clients are given excellent care and individual needs are met. Under the supervision of Maureen, clients are introduced to a variety of activities not offered in mainstream treatment. Our clients have high satisfaction rates and their families are gaining the support, education, and encouragement they need throughout the treatment process.

Maryssa Lindsay, MSW, MCAP, Registered Mental Health Intern

Primary Therapist

As a primary therapist at Hope & Grace, Maryssa demonstrates a strong passion for working with those struggling with addiction. She has worked in the substance abuse/addiction industry for several years, since graduating from  Florida Atlantic University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Maryssa brings a new and fresh approach of connecting with her clients. She believes it is important for clients to be empowered, build self-esteem and develop self confidence.   She takes a strength-based, solution-focused approach with her clients, while providing a safe, empathetic space for them to work on their core problems and address unresolved issues. Maryssa’s knowledge, combined with her passion for helping others, allows her to instill the belief that anyone can reach success.

Jacqueline Baker

MS, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern)

Primary Therapist

Jacqueline “Nashida” Baker, a primary therapist at Hope and Grace Recovery comes to us as a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern who has worked in the field of addictions since 1998. Nashida’s goal is to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor by June of 2019.  She began working in the addictions field as an administrative assistant focused on the “behind the scenes” aspects of treatment later realizing the desire for direct contact with the clients. Nashida went back to school at 38 years old to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services at Springfield College, the Birthplace of Basketball. She has since then accomplished acquiring two Master’s degrees one at her alum where she was awarded Magna Cum Laude and the other at the University of Phoenix, a Masters of Science in Psychology.

Nashida has worked with individuals from a diverse population of social, cultural, and ethnic background who are struggling with substance abuse, trauma, anxiety, depression, life transitions, spirituality and other issues. She has a strong belief in empowering individuals to awaken their confidence and live their purpose despite what has occurred in their lives. Nashida uses an eclectic mixture of therapeutic modalities to include client-centered, CBT, and solution focused therapy. She believes in providing individualized treatment tailored to the needs of the person. Besides being passionate to help those in need, she is also passionate to provide guidance and support to those who work one on one with her in the field of substance abuse and mental health. Nashida’s believes that “if you have the desire, you can attain it no matter what”.

Eloisa (Loycee) DaCruz

Program Coordinator

Eloisa (Loycee) DaCruz has had a passion for working in the field of addiction since 2009. As the program director at Hope & Grace Recovery Center, Loycee is able to provide our clients with a wealth of information based on her years of experience.

She began working in the field of recovery as a Behavioral Health Tech and later gained experience facilitating group therapy. Her area of expertise includes providing comprehensive case management services to clients including treatment planning, progress reporting, aftercare planning, providing direction to the clinical staff and making sure all of our client’s needs are met.

By using her personal experience and clinical training, her goal is to help each client reach their full potential through spiritual progress and learning to live life sober one day at a time.

Janet Johnson

Group Facilitator

Janet Johnson has over 29 years of continuous sobriety in recovery. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BWS) and Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) accreditation. Janet has worked with Drug Court and private treatment facilities since 2004 and is very passionate it – believing that recovery is always attainable – because she understands the struggle.

Janet gives empathy and compassion along with words of hope from experience, she continually helps people understand that they can find their own path to recovery. Her motto is, “WE” never give up.

Meet Our Administrative Team

Ken Fitzemeyer

CEO

Before starting Hope & Grace Recovery Center, Ken worked in the Financial Services industry for over 23 years.

While Ken is not in recovery himself, his life has been greatly impacted by chemical dependency through loved ones, which is his primary driving force for getting involved in the addiction treatment industry.

Ken has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Mainer at Orono and a Masters of Business Administration from Boston College.

Mike Byron

Executive Director

Mike Byron is the Executive Director at Hope & Grace Recovery Center. He oversees the day-to-day operations and implements any changes that would better enhance the experience for the care of our clients. Mike also runs our Inspiration Groups every morning, which gives him the ability to perform one-on-ones with every client at Hope & Grace to check on their progress and continually build ongoing relationships.

Before working at Hope & Grace Recovery, Mike had a career as an actor in Hollywood. However, he walked away from working with some of the best actors and actresses in order to pursue and solely focus on his true passion – helping people recover. That’s because Mike is a living example of what recovery truly is. He has been in recovery for several years, in the addiction recovery industry for over a decade, and regularly participates in AA and the 12 Steps. His daily mantra is “Tough times don’t last – tough people do.”

At Hope & Grace Recovery, Mike finds that the true joy of working in addiction recovery is to, “watch broken souls go through the 12-step process, get healthy and reunite with their families.” His passions outside of Hope & Grace are fitness and woodworking and his inspiration for his continuing endeavors within the recovery industry are his wife, daughter and family.

Adam Byron

Clinical Interventionist, NCCAIP

Adam Byron is the Clinical Interventionist and NCCAIP (National Certified Clinical Addiction Intervention Professional) at Hope & Grace Recovery Center. He works with families that have loved ones who are suffering from substance abuse and addiction issues.

Adam keeps all of our client’s families updated on their continued progress, answers any questions they have about the recovery process, and teaches families about healthy boundaries when it comes to their loved ones in treatment.

Originally from Massachusetts, Adam relocated to South Florida with his wife and three children in order to dedicate and align himself with the philosophy of Hope & Grace Recovery. He has been working in the field of addiction treatment for over a decade and jumped at the opportunity to work with his brother Michael, who was instrumental in leading Adam into a life of recovery many years ago.

When Adam’s not at Hope & Grace Recovery Center, his passion is coaching youth football. While coaching, he identifies kids who need extra support, a good role model, and helps to keep them from making bad choices or turning to substance abuse.

Adam is truly grateful for the life that he leads and tries to give back what was so freely given to him – the life of recovery.

Mendi Riggins

Director of Human Resources

Mendi Riggins has been positively affecting the lives of families in the recovery community for more than 10 years. Mendi’s primary purpose at Hope & Grace Recovery Center is to assist our clients and their families make a comfortable transition into the program. Mendi plays a key role in the day to day operation of the program and assisting families with their financial responsibilities.

She acts as liaison with the client’s families and vendors. Mendi’s background in social services and human resources coupled with her commitment to helping those in recovery has fueled her success in building client/family relationships. Mendi is always available to answer questions, solve problems and assist those in recovery recognized their true potential.

Desiree DeMaio

Admissions Coordinator

Desiree DeMaio brings years of personal and professional experiences to Hope & Grace Recovery Center as the Admissions Coordinator. She pursues her passion for assisting clients & their families in getting the help they desperately need to start the healing process of recovery.

She enjoys working at Hope & Grace Recovery Center because she strongly believes in its core values and appreciates the opportunity to work with a team who shares similar aspirations. According to Desiree, she has the best position in the organization because she interacts with clients at admission and discharge – allowing her to bear witness to the progression in our clients’ recovery and seeing first-hand the difference our programs have made.

Patrick Beattie

Admissions Coordinator

Patrick began his career in the field of substance abuse in 2014 as a behavioral health tech, where he developed a desire to learn more about the industry.  He later obtained an internship with Hope & Grace Recovery Center, while attending Florida Atlantic University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration. His eagerness to help those in need of recovery, earned Patrick a position as an Admissions Coordinator. He reports feeling a great sense of accomplishment when he sees  clients complete the program. Client’s find Patrick’s enthusiasm and youthful demeanor relatable, which makes him a great asset to the admissions department.

Jason Sheppard

Business Development Coordinator

Jason Sheppard’s contribution to Hope & Grace Recovery Center as the Business Development Coordinator, is his wealth of knowledge in admissions and marketing in the treatment field. Jason believes that effective, open communication with referents, families and clients is the most integral part of the admissions process at Hope & Grace Recovery Center.

Jason is drawn to situations that provide hands-on access to the admissions process, allowing him to build symbiotic relationships that support the potential client’s admission into a program that benefits their sobriety and lifelong healing. By focusing on partnerships, Jason maximizes the resources available for clients in need of support.