There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter - Mother Teresa
Kurt has worked in the substance abuse treatment arena for a number of years. A dynamic and inspirational counselor, Kurt has successfully overcome his own struggles with addiction many years ago, and has made it his life’s calling to help others do the same through rigorous outreach, education and empathy.
Sauda is a Licensed Mental Health Clinician and a Qualifying Supervisor with many years of relevant leadership experience in the behavioral health industry, working both in the public as well as private sector. Throughout her impressive career, Sauda has worked in diverse settings including as Program Director of Case Managment services for DCF, and as Clinical Director and Chief Compliance Officer for other substance abuse treatment programs prior to joining us.
Jessica brings her many years of experience as an Admissions Coordinator and Administrative Assistant in the substance abuse industry to Spark of Hope. Always eager to help others, Jessica plays an integral role in our Admissions department as the “voice and face” of client entry and re-entry into our program. Jessica is a motivated individual, who for the past 8 years, has enjoyed working with adults and families in various roles from assisting with admissions for detox, inpatient and outpatient substance abuse / mental health services. Her ambition for helping recovery addicts stems from her own personal passion in family life experiences in helping clients reach their full potential in their journey to recovery, striving on making a difference in people’s lives.
Paula is an experienced clinician specializing addiction and mental health counseling. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Paula demonstrates a strong desire to work with those who suffer from mental health and substance abuse, particularly the millennial generation, with whom she is fiercely passionate about helping. Focusing on removing the stigma associated with addiction, Paula works diligently with young addicts in the areas of coping skills and behavioral modifications to ensure they are successful in their recovery process.
Behavioral Health Tech
Craig is an experienced and dynamic Group Facilitator with many years of experience in inspiring and motivating clients seeking change in the recovery community. With a penchant for working with young adults in recovery, Craig is a passionate professional whose mission is to uplift those struggling with substance abuse and mental health.
With an extensive background in business administration and real estate managment, Bryan is our client advocate and provides critical case management and social services to those in need. Passionate and compassionate, Bryan is a champion for those battling the disease of addiction.
Reginald “Reggie” Baker
Behavioral Health Tech
Reggie is an experienced behavioral health technician with multiple years in the South Florida treatment industry. With a strong background in substance use and mental health disorders, Reggie is steadfast in his approach to help those under his care. Always leading by example, Reggie has demonstrated the ongoing characteristics of what make a place like Spark of Hope such a caring facility.
Director of Spanish Outreach
Born in Argentina, Raul retired to Florida in 1985 after a long career in finance. His penchant for community involvement and helping people led him to his current position at Spark of Hope. He is also a photographer and donates his time to several community organizations.
Behavioral Health Technician
Isabella assumes the role as our Behavioral Health Tech after working in various behavioral health positions with leading behavioral health organizations locally and regionally. Always personable sporting a big smile, Isabella’s demeanor is an example of what truly makes Spark of Hope uniquely caring.
Director of Cindi McCue Initiative – First Responders’ Recovery Program
Faith is an eighteen year law enforcement veteran and a close friend of Cindi McCue. Following Cindi’s passing, Faith was determined to find a way to honor her memory while help fellow first responders cope with the issues of trauma, mental health and substance abuse. As the Director of the Cindi McCue Initiative, Faith hopes to nationalize Spark of Hope’s First Responder’s Recovery Program where acceptance replaces stigma and hope replaces despair for our heroes seeking help.
David is a lifelong entrepreneur with multiple startups to his credit. A former Marine veteran coping with PTSD, he is dedicating his time and energy in helping to bring the diseases of addiction and mental health out of darkness and into the light of acceptance.