“Wake Up With Phoenix House” Breakfast Brings Mid-Atlantic Staff and Community Partners Together

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

morning-meet-and-greetIt is often said that an organization is only as good as its people. With that said, we hereby declare Phoenix House Mid‐Atlantic undeniably great!

The Phoenix House Mid‐Atlantic (PHMA) Region hosted its inaugural “Wake Up With Phoenix House,” breakfast with clinicians on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The purpose of the breakfast was to introduce our professional and talented staff of clinicians to our community partners and expand our reach to educate people about the remarkable programs and services at PHMA. With heavy daily case loads, clinicians seldom have an opportunity to meet their community resource partners and get acquainted. This forum provided a rare occasion for them to get to know one another, and share best practices and ideas. The breakfast was held from 8am-10am and included introductions and networking for the over 30 people in attendance from the local community and Phoenix House Mid‐Atlantic staff.

After a brief welcome, Scarlet Gleeson, the Northern VA/DC Marketing Representative, asked for introductions and brief remarks from the staff and guests. Each person was also asked to share a fun fact about themselves, and what they revealed took everyone by surprise.

We learned that Abhik Saha, PHP Primary Counselor, plays and sings in a band and has performed at the Kennedy Center several times, while Shayna Daghigh, Marketing Representative, sings opera and has also performed at the Kennedy Center. Pattie Schneeman, Outpatient Programs Clinical Director, has two horses and takes clients to her stables for equine therapy. The dedicated George Knoerlein, Director of Operations, has commuted from Baltimore every day for the last nine years. Kelly Rankin from Demeter House is a black belt in karate. Michael Bowman from the Virginia Hospital Center plays in a psychedelic band and will perform at the National Harbour this summer. Bonita Bolden from Psychiatric Institute of Washington is always cooking something up on her very own show on the Cooking Network. And Moe Biggs from Kolmac Clinic took the award for the most jobs held in the history of Vanguard Services! There were many more stories, laughs, and new friends made.

“The Wake Up With Phoenix House breakfast is a great opportunity for us to introduce Phoenix House Mid‐Atlantic clinical staff, as well as our programs and services, to the community”, said Dayle vanderWerff, Regional Director of Business Development. “We are looking forward to offering the breakfast again.”

Please stay tuned for the next breakfast with our clinicians this fall. Who knows what you may learn about your fellow associates and referral sources. One thing for sure, it will be exciting!

Since 1962, Phoenix House Mid‐Atlantic has served more than 30,000 individuals struggling with substance abuse. Every day, Phoenix House Mid‐Atlantic helps hundreds of people who are suffering from addiction in programs in Virginia, Maryland and DC. To learn more about our programs and services please call us today at: 1 888 671 9392.

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