About

Who we are

Recovery Alliance Duluth was formed when a small group of community members came together, joining their collective experience and knowledge, to address the need for peer-based recovery support throughout the continuum for individuals and families experiencing substance use disorder. For years, our community has heard the resounding need for peer-based recovery support services. Peer recovery support services are appealing because they are adaptable and available at various stages of the recovery process. The services are provided by a peer having a shared experience and may precede, accompany, or follow treatment. Individuals facing barriers, or never wish to participate in treatment may avail themselves to peer-based support to recover.

We know this works.

In 2017, the MN legislature passed a Substance Use Disorder Reform plan making peer support reimbursable, to both provide a needed service and to help address the need for the additional workforce. The passage of this legislation brought greater community awareness of the need to develop the capacity to provide education, awareness, training, and peer-based recovery support services. To that end, Recovery Alliance Duluth was created, rooted in the authentic desire to inspire hope, create connection and support individuals through peer to peer interaction.

Meet Our Executive Team

Jenny Swanson

Jenny Swanson

Executive Director

Jenny Swanson, MPA is the new Executive Director for Recovery Alliance Duluth (RAD). Previously she was the RAD COSSUP grant Program Coordinator and the Network Director for the Ely Behavioral Health Network. RAD is a Recovery Community Organization providing peer recovery specialist services to NE Minnesota. Jenny’s broader focus is on network and coalition building for systems change to help Minnesota communities become Recovery Oriented Systems of Care.

Shawnacy Wells

Shawnacy Wells

Finance Director

Cellie Dudley

Cellie Dudley

Program Director

South Team

McCoy Salgy

McCoy Salgy

Team Lead & Peer Recovery Specialist

Amanda Helgerson

Amanda Helgerson

Peer Recovery Specialist

Sarah Molnau

Sarah Molnau

Peer Recovery Specialist

Jessica Niemi

Jessica Niemi

Peer Recovery Specialist

Shawn Wirta

Shawn Wirta

Peer Recovery Specialist

Taryn Bruce

Taryn Bruce

Peer Recovery Specialist

North Team

Tiffany Jenner

Tiffany Jenner

Team Lead & Peer Recovery Specialist

Melissa Arvola

Melissa Arvola

Peer Recovery Specialist

Ronnie Dianoski

Ronnie Dianoski

Peer Recovery Specialist

Travis Flynn

Travis Flynn

Peer Recovery Specialist

Crystal Googleye

Crystal Goggleye

Peer Recovery Specialist

Meredith Two Crow

Meredith Two Crow

Peer Recovery Specialist

You?

RAD is always looking for volunteers and donors who want to help individuals in recovery. We provide training for peer-to-peer recovery support, advocacy, and community education.

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Our Logo

A bold ‘R’ represents the primary letter in RAD. The semicolon stands for resiliance; it’s the end of an idea, not the end of your story. The subtle elements of the human figure speak to the personal connections that are made from peer-to-peer support.

RAD Logo Story