Bill Alexander is a writer and retreat leader. He has led retreats at the Dan Anderson Renewal Center for 20 years. In 1995, Bill was ordained by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. He has studied deeply in many world religions, with an emphasis on Christianity, Buddhism, and Taoism. His book, Ordinary Recovery, is considered a “classic” and has been in print continuously for 19 years. Paul Anderson is the manager of programs and spiritual care at the Dan Anderson Renewal Center. He has worked in the field of addiction for the last 30 years. In addition to his work in addiction, Paul has spent 11 years in public education working with students in many different capacities. He has a deep passion for helping people recover from the damaging effects active addiction has had in their lives and find hope through the spiritual principles of the Twelve Steps. Allen Berger, PhD, is a psychotherapist who has written extensively about the experience of recovery, emotional sobriety, and the psychological forces operating within the Twelve Steps. He is author of 12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery, 12 Hidden Rewards of Making Amends, 12 Smart Things to Do When the Booze and Drugs Are Gone, and 12 More Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery. Roger Bruner is a renewal specialist at the Dan Anderson Renewal Center, a 40-year member of the recovery community, a spiritual director, and founder of "The Gathering with Roger B." He also serves as director of Gopher State Tape Library, Inc., a nonprofit recovery-based recording service. JoAnn Campbell-Rice is a spiritual care professional at Hazelden in St. Paul and worked at the Dan Anderson Renewal Center for eight years. A writer with a private practice in spiritual direction, JoAnn lives in Minneapolis. Joseph Caravella earned his Master's Degree in Addiction Counseling from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies in 2013, for which he would later serve as adjunct faculty. Joe is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor who has been working in residential care since 2014. An esteemed lecturer, public speaker, and educator; but more importantly, a seeker of truth and communion with the Divine. Ben Connelly is a Soto Zen Buddhist priest and dharma heir with 20 years' experience in the Twelve Step community. Author of Inside the Grass Hut, he travels across the United States teaching Zen and secular mindfulness. Donald Elverd, PsyD, LP, has been a senior staff psychologist with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation for 26 years. He was a sergeant with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam. He spent two years in army hospitals due to injury, and he has practiced a program of recovery for the last 44 years. Russell Forrest, MA, worked and trained with Hazelden for nearly 20 years. After that, he served as Program Director of Sunshine Coast Health Centre in British Columbia. Russell currently works as a therapist in the Toronto-based Bellwood sex addiction treatment program. He is co-author of Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Survivor's Guide for Men, and has written a study guide to the book, Alcoholics Anonymous. Russell's belief that "our stories tell us what we need to do," is a cornerstone of his clinical work. He currently resides in Nova Scotia, miles and years from his birthplace of New York City. Rusell regards his walk on the sober side of life as his greatest accomplishment. Mary Hayes Grieco is a respected spiritual teacher based in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Author of Unconditional Forgiveness and The New Kitchen Mystic, Mary works as an intuitive counselor and coach at The Well Healing Arts Center in Minneapolis. Kevin Griffin is a Buddhist teacher and longtime Twelve Step participant. He is the author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps and Recovering Joy: A Mindful Life after Addiction. He teaches internationally on this synthesis. Fred Holmquist recently retired after a 40-year career in the field of addiction and recovery services. He directed the Lodge Program at the Dan Anderson Renewal Center since its inception in March of 2002 . Fred draws on a variety of sciences and wisdom traditions in teaching the life principles of the Twelve Steps. Will Hudson is a renewal specialist at the Dan Anderson Renewal Center. A popular presenter and lecturer, Will brings authentic love, knowledge, humor, and compassion with him wherever he goes. Heather Jeffrey, CTC, has been with Acres for Life since 2007, working with individuals, groups, families and youth in a variety of experiential learning modalities. She holds advanced certification with EAGALA and is pursuing LADC/LPCC licensure. Herb K. was given the gift of freedom from alcohol February 21, 1984. As a result of the application of the Twelve Steps as contained "precisely" in the AA Big Book he experienced a profound spiritual awakening in 1988. Since then he has been very involved in carrying the message of recovery through presentations, facilitating workshops, and leading retreats. Carrie Kappel, BS, RN, LADC, is the assistant director of Hazelden’s Health Care Professionals Program and coordinator of the Nurse Professionals Program in Center City. She is a registered nurse as well as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and serves as a committee member for the Nurse Peer Support Network in Minnesota. Don Karsky, a former addiction counselor, is a drum circle facilitator with more than 50 years of drumming experience. He has facilitated drum circles for Hazelden, the Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health, and the National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Julie Karsky, yoga instructor at the Dan Anderson Renewal Center, is certified in all levels of YogaFit. She teaches "yoga for recovery," young children, elders, first-timers, experienced practitioners and those with chronic pain, sharing an extraordinary level of love and light. Kelley Kitley owns Serendipitous Psychotherapy, LLC in Chicago and is a sought after international women's mental health expert, author of an autobiography of survival "MY self," gave a TEDx talk, and has appeared in 100's of publications, podcasts, live news, and radio including WGN, NBC, The Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, and Dr. Oz. Elene Loecher is a spiritual director and mindfulness teacher with 40 years of experience leading retreats, including 31 years at the Dan Anderson Renewal Center. She has a private practice of spiritual direction in Minneapolis. James Wes McCleave, CPT, AR, USA has more than 12 years of sobriety. He has been in the military for 10 years, including deployment where he led combat missions in Iraq. James holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Mobile, Alabama and has attended numerous military schools. He currently serves as equal opportunity specialist for the Minnesota National Guard (MNNG). He is involved in several diversity initiatives and leads the Disability Council for the MNNG. Lynn Moore, LADC, cofounder of Acres for Life Therapy and Wellness Center, holds advanced certification with EAGALA, the global standard for equine-assisted psychotherapy. Marty O., LADC, is an addiction counselor with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. He helped develop the day treatment outpatient program in Center City, Minnesota and is passionate about helping others on their recovery journey. Prior to his career in addiction counseling, Marty worked as a motivator and trainer. Tim Portinga, PsyD, LP, is the Mental Health Clinic Supervisor at the Hazelden Betty Ford Plymouth, MN adolescent and young adult facility and also serves as an adjunct professor with Hazelden's Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Dr. Portinga's clinical interests include co-morbidity of depression and conduct disorder, developmental psychology, psychotherapy with oppositional adolescents, and health psychology. Tim is a 2005 graduate of the University of St. Thomas in Counseling Psychology. J. Carlos Rivera, Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians, is the Executive Director at White Bison, Inc. located in Colorado Springs, CO. He received his CADC-II degree in Chemical Dependency Studies at the American River College. Carlos is a former committee member for the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency State Committee for California, appointed by Governor Jerry Brown. Jay Stackhouse, LADC, is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor who has worked at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in a variety of positions since 2004. He lectures regularly on the disease of addiction, symptoms and phases of the disease, and Chapter 3 from the Big Book. Sara Stromberg is a dedicated member of the recovery community. She is passionate about helping people. Annetta M. Sutton, MA, AAPC, is the founder of Five Point Consulting. She brings more than 25 years’ experience in recovery, leadership, and spiritual counseling. Her professional life includes work in the private and public sectors as an educator, author, and speaker. She is the author of Catholic Alcoholic: A Witness to Addiction and Redemption, and she has developed several grief programs for children and adults. Sandra Swenson is the author of The Joey Song: A Mother's Story of Her Son's Addiction, and Tending Dandelions: Honest Meditations for Mothers with Addicted Children, Sandra Swenson is a voice for moms and parents living in the place where love and addiction meet. Teesie Vallero is a renewal specialist at the Dan Anderson Renewal Center and on staff at the Midwest Institute for Forgiveness Training. She has a private practice as a forgiveness coach and Reiki master practitioner at The Well: Healing Arts Center in Minneapolis. Fran Williams, PsyD, LP, LMFT, is a clinician, educator, and senior psychologist for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, where she works with individuals, couples, families, and groups. She is an adjunct professor at the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies in Center City, Minnesota, and St. Mary's University in Minneapolis, as well as a member of the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.