With more than 20 years of experience in the addiction field, both as a clinician and as an administrator, Brenda Iliff enhances treatment at Hazelden in Naples by bringing strong clinical experience into a setting with real-life recovery. Prior to her career as a chemical dependency professional, she worked in management positions in centers with older adults. A native Minnesotan, Brenda received her B.A. in Gerontology and Chemical Dependency from Metro State University in Minneapolis, MN. She went on to obtain her M.A. in Counseling from Regent University, VA.
Brenda first joined Hazelden in 1994 and, over the years, has served in different roles including: counselor, case management supervisor, program supervisor, and executive director of Hazelden's Fellowship Club in St. Paul. In 2006, she was named the first clinical director of the Women's Recovery Center on Hazelden's Center City Campus. She was also part of the start-up of Hazelden in Naples, and was the clinical director for the first year of operation.
Brenda is the author of A Woman's Guide to Recovery (Hazelden, 2006), as well as many other articles on addiction and recovery concerns. A public speaker and presenter on addiction issues nationally, Brenda is also a media spokesperson for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation on the topic of addiction and its impact on women and older adults.