Board of Directors

Dr. Seth Harkins
Executive Director
Dr. Seth Harkins is former chief executive officer of the Philip J. Rock Center and School in Glen Ellyn, IL. He is a career educational administrator, having served in a variety of leadership roles for over thirty-five years in public and private education and state government. Dr. Harkins received his Ed.D. from National Louis University Chicago, IL, where he has been adjunct professor for thirty-three years. He holds MA degrees in educational administration and special education from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL and earned his BA degree from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Dr Harkins is principal of Harkins Educational Consulting and Advocacy. He is has been active in group relations conference work since 1985 and is a member of the A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems. His community volunteer work includes: statewide leadership teams and task forces, past president of the Chicago Center for the Study of Groups and Organizations; legislative appointee and chair of the board of directors of the Illinois Community and Residential Services Authority; board member of the Chicago Virtual Charter School, board member of Serenity Academy Chicago, and vice president of the Midwest Group Relations Center. Dr. Harkins’ research interests include special education, educational leadership and group relations and recovery from addiction.
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Tim Devitt, Psy.D, CADC
Board President
Dr. Tim Devitt, Psy.D, LCPC, CADC, is an executive leader, clinician, teacher, consultant, and researcher with 30-year commitment to recovery-oriented systems change and advocacy for people with mental illness and substance use disorders. He is a Vice President of Clinical Operations at Thresholds, one of the largest recovery services organization in Illinois and has a private professional counseling and psychotherapy practice serving adolescents and adults. Dr. Devitt is a lecturer at the University of Chicago, School of Social Services Administration, an adjunct faculty member at Adler University (Online Campus), a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), and Board President of Serenity Academy of Chicago. His research interests include the integration of mental health and tobacco, alcohol and other drug treatment and recovery support, having conducted numerous workshops and co-authored 16 journal publications and a book chapter on the subject, and held an Adjunct Assistant Professor position at the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center from 2007-2015. He has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Adler University (formerly the Adler School of Professional Psychology), and a Master of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Dayton.
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Joseph Check, LCSW
Director
I am a licensed clinical social worker, Board Certified Diplomate in clinical social work with an office in the Hyde Park Bank Building offering psychotherapy by appointment. I am a retired school social worker and high school teacher. My dream is Serenity Academy of Chicago. MEd., Northeastern Illinois U. Center for Inner City Studies MSW, U. of Illinois Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work
Marcia Nickow, Psy.D, CADC
Board Member
As a psychologist specializing in addictions, trauma, eating disorders and family dynamics, l work with men and women to confront self-destructive behavioral patterns while healing and deepening relationships. I conduct individual, couples, family and group psychotherapy to help patients overcome struggles with intimacy and develop meaningful attachments. I empower patients to tap into their insight, creativity, intellect and vision to achieve therapeutic breakthroughs and enrich their lives. I am supportive and directive, compassionate and challenging, process-oriented and goal-oriented. I approach therapy with warmth, authenticity, and depth of concern for my patients' well-being. I work intensively with men and women to overcome barriers to recovery from substance abuse, sex addiction, eating disorders, internet addictions and trauma.
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Debra Reed, MA
Board Member
Debra Reed has a Bachelor's Degree in High School English Education and a Master's Degree in Secondary School Guidance and Counseling. She worked for 37 years in Chicago Public Schools as a High School English Teacher and High School Counselor. Her personal recovery from multiple addictions and family dysfunction combined with her clinical work deeply affected and helped teens, teen addicts, and children of addicts affected by the Family Diseases of Alcoholism and Addiction that she worked with at CPS. Her passion and commitment to "keep coming back" in the face of multiple obstacles that would have deterred someone of lesser character, demonstrated to her students that she not only "talked the talk but walked the walk"!

After completing a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse internship at Lutheran Social Services, she passed the CADC exam in 2014. Currently she is completing the required hours as an Addictions Counselor at the Bobby Buonauro Clinic in Evanston, Illinois. Her growth and transformation have shown up in her personal and professional life. Debra's dedication, commitment to service, spirituality, and education have motivated her to come out of retirement as an educator to work in the area of Addictions Counseling and serve on the board for this Illinois Sober High School - Serenity Academy of Chicago.
Josh Andre
Board Member
Josh is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in social work at Northeastern Illinois University. In the past, he has served as an intern at The Abbott House in Highland Park, IL, which provides housing and services to the mentally ill. He has also been a classroom assistant and mentored at-risk youth at North Shore Academy, a therapeutic school for middle and high school students. This past year, he was a tutor at Sister Jean Hughes Adult High School helping individuals recently released from prison. Josh serves a unique role because he has the perspective of a student and has access to University resources. Josh is personally connected to recovery and wants others to know, “Through my own journey, I have learned the importance of giving and receiving help, and it’s my mission in life to reach out and help those struggling to get by. I have been fortunate to receive support and help from many people including educators, social workers, friends and family. I know from my own experience the positive impact a therapeutic school setting can have on a person. Serenity Academy represents a critical resource to adolescents and young adults in recovery. I’m honored to be a part of the only sober high school in Chicago."
Mary Egan
Board Member
Mary Egan, Director of Outreach for Rosecrance, manages the assessment and outreach efforts in the Rosecrance Chicago land offices. Mary joined Rosecrance in 2008 as Community Relations Coordinator responsible for relationship building and business development in the southern Chicago land region and Northwest Indiana. She speaks to professionals and parents on the topics of drug trends, parental influence and adolescent addiction. She previously worked as Student Assistance Program Coordinator at Oak Lawn Community HS for 17 years where she developed the school’s Student Assistance Program; counseled students, parents and staff on youth substance issues; conducted support groups for students; and provided training for the school community on substance abuse and related issues. With over 25 years’ experience working in the substance abuse field, Mary is committed to helping teens, adults and families access resources for a healthy life. Mary holds a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield, a BS degree in Alcohol Education and a BA degree in Psychology from Quincy University. Mary is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has received several recognition awards including the Award for Community Excellence from the Oak Lawn Community Partnership, the Partnership Award for Excellence from the Partnership for a Safe and Drug Free Community and the Illinois P.T.A. Distinguished Service Scroll.
Kate Mahoney, LCSW
Board Member
Kate Mahoney is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 30 years of experience in behavioral health. Kate earned her Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. She completed her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Michigan. Kate is the Executive Director of the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is active in the community, a frequent presenter at conferences and a strong advocate for reducing the stigma that for too long has prevented many individuals impacted by substance use disorders and other mental health struggles from accessing treatment and being fully integrated into their community. Kate has dedicated much of her career to increasing access to care. She currently serves on the Illinois Opioid Crisis Response Advisory Council. For eight years, Kate served on the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence Board of Directors. She is a past president of the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health and is also a past president of the Illinois Association for Medication Assisted Addiction Treatment. Kate’s contributions to the field have been acknowledged by colleagues at the state and national level. She has received two awards from the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health. In 2013, Kate was awarded the prestigious national Nyswander/Dole award for her leadership in addressing the opioid epidemic. In 2017 Kate received Mental Health America’s George Goodman and Ruth O. Brudney Social Work Award.
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Christopher Mayer
Board Member
Christopher Mayer serves as a Recovery Counselor at Trilogy Behavioral Health, where he works on an Assertive Community Treatment team with people recovering from mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders. Christopher is also a Senior Consultant with Productive Strategies, Inc., where he leads the nonprofit practice area. He has consulted on fundraising strategy and grant proposal development with a wide array of nonprofit organizations.
Carter Kofman
Board Member
Carter is a management consultant passionate about helping organizations grow and broaden access to a variety of resources. Carter is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was co-chair of Live Free, UW-Madison’s Collegiate Recovery Program. During his time with Live Free, Carter worked with the leadership team to secure funding and grow its connections through partnerships with other student organizations, UW departments and local high schools and recovery programs. Additionally, Carter has worked with legislative bodies regarding several legislative drafts, most relevantly, for the creation of a state-funded recovery high school in Wisconsin. Carter is a person in long-term recovery and grateful to be a part of the only sober high school in Chicago.
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David John Coleman II, LCSW, CADC
Website Developer
John is a Software Engineer passionate about scalable, robust & open source software. John is also an LCSW board certified clinical social worker specializing in recovery from trauma and addictions. John has over 15+ years of outstanding experience working cooperatively with families in over 30+ organizations based in and providing services to people from Africa, Middle East, Europe, Asia, and the Americas. I am bilingual (Spanish) and an IRONMAN finisher (Coeur d'Alene 2015 – hottest IRONMAN on record).
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