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Senior Staff

Mission-Driven Leadership

The senior leadership team is comprised of a multi-disciplinary group of professionals, each of which lends industry expertise and experience to achieve the ultimate goal of helping people triumph over mental illness, alocholism, drugs and other addictions. They are responsible for oversight and implementation of the Agency’s strategic initiatives.


Seona Goerndt, MBA

President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Seona Goerndt joined Recovery Resources as President & CEO in 2021 as the agency’s 5th president. Prior to Recovery Resources, Seona had an extensive career in hospital and healthcare administration including leadership roles with MetroHealth, HealthSpan Ohio and Kaiser Permanente. She holds a bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management from Notre Dame College and a Master of Business Administration from Cleveland State University. She is a Recovery Resources Board of Directors alumni, a Three Arches Foundation board member, and board member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Northern Ohio Chapter.

To contact Seona, email her at sgoerndt@recres.org

Brandon Taylor

Associate Director of Finance
Brandon Taylor is the Associate Director of Finance at Recovery Resources. He has over a decade of experience in Finance and Accounting. His areas of specialty are Corporate Finance, Data Analytics, and Corporate Strategy.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Toledo, a Master of Liberal Arts degree in Finance from Harvard University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University. His goal is to ensure that the organization can effectively offer services and expand services available to all in need in Northeast Ohio.  
To contact Brandon, email him at btaylor@recres.org.  

Neera Gupta, MD

Medical Director
Neera Gupta, MD is a psychiatrist at MetroHealth and serves as its Director of the Center for Addiction.  Dr. Gupta received her medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio (Toledo) and completed residency training in general psychiatry at Emory University College of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. She specializes in psychiatry and addiction medicine.  Her specific interests include medication assisted treatment (MAT) and dual diagnosis with specific interest in the treatment of clients with addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Sandra Sims, MA.ED., LPCC-S

Director of Clinical Operations

Sandra Sims is a senior leader in mental & behavioral health administration at MetroHealth who serves in the role of Director of Clinical Operations at Recovery Resources. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Baldwin-Wallace University and her Master of Arts in Community Counseling from the University of Akron. Sandra provides leadership and oversight of the organization’s clinical operations. Sandra is a versatile professional with comprehensive experience spanning over 25 years. Her administrative leadership roles have included both operational and strategic dimensions in non-profit organizations, engaging in advocacy and having responsibility for developing, designing, and improving the systems that deliver the best clinical treatment. 

To contact sandra, please email her at both ssims@recres.org and ssims4@metrohealth.org.  

Creola Rice, MA, M.Ed.

Associate Director of Quality & Accreditation

Creola Rice is Recovery Resources' Associate Director of Quality and Accreditation. Creola holds a Master of Adult Education and Master of Curriculum and Instruction from Cleveland State University. Additionally, she holds the Certification in Nonprofit Management from the Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs at CSU. She received her undergraduate degree in Telecommunication from Kent State University. Creola has years of experience driving quality improvement initiatives and assuring organizational alignment to the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitating Facilities (CARF) and Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAHMS) Board standards and requirements.  She is on track to become a CARF Surveyor.  Creola is driven by her passion to ensure Recover Resources remains a high-quality organization serving all who seeks our services.

To contact Creola, email her at crice@recres.org. 

Mary Sax

Human Resources Business Partner

Mary Sax is the Human Resource Business Partner at Recovery Resources. She has worked in the Human Resources field for more than 25 years, working primarily in the for-profit space, supporting a global organization in the architectural, engineering and planning space. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business & Organizational Communication from The University of Akron. She currently holds the SHRM-SCP certification and has a broad-range of human resource-related experience. She is excited to venture in and support the nonprofit space, leveraging her business acumen to bring more success to the organization.

To contact Mary, email her at msax@recres.org.

Ethan Krasnow

Associate Director of Advancement & Communications
Ethan Krasnow has nearly a decade of experience in development, program creation and management, and administration of personnel in nonprofit organizations across various sectors.  He was most recently the Executive Director of the Barton Senior Center where he quadrupled the total contributions in one fiscal year.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master of Science Degree in Recreational Sports Administration from Indiana University.
To contact Ethan, email him at ekrasnow@recres.org. 

Nabil Pervaiz, MS, OCPS

Manager of Prevention Services

Nabil Pervaiz is the Manager of Prevention Services at Recovery Resources in Cleveland, Ohio. He holds both a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Cincinnati and is an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist (OCPS). He manages the alcohol and other drug prevention programming at Recovery Resources where he works with staff to meet the communities needs through social emotional learning and substance abuse prevention in Cuyahoga County. He oversees gambling prevention services which include coordinating with gambling clinicians for training, working with staff to present information and resources to the community, and co-chairing the only gambling-specific coalition in the state of Ohio. Nabil sits on the Board for Problem Gambling Network of Ohio as the Treasurer and Advisory Boards for both Statewide Prevention Coalition Association (SPCA) and Ohio College Initiative (OCI). Additionally, he is a member of the Problem Gambling Advisory Board for the State of Ohio and co-chairs the workforce development committee.

To contact Nabil, email him at npervaiz@recres.org

Christopher Tubbs, MSW, LSW

Housing Manager
Christopher Tubbs is Recovery Resources’ Housing Manager. Christopher holds both a Bachelor and Master of Social Work from Cleveland State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Cleveland State University and is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW). He manages the supportive housing and recovery housing programs operated by Recovery Resources, in which he interacts with peer support and housing specialist staff to help engage individuals who reside in various housing settings to promote self-determination, maintenance/development of daily living skills and pursuit of self-sufficiency. Christopher has over 18 years of professional experience in nonprofit work. He also serves as a liaison for Recovery Resources in collaboration with the Cuyahoga County ADAMHS Board to help facilitate enrollment of individuals in RAP funding for ADAMHS contracted Adult Care Facilities.
To contact Christopher, email him at ctubbs@recres.org.

Joellen Woodring, MS LPCC-S

Manager of EAP and The Training Institute

Joellen Woodring is the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and The Training Institute Manager at Recovery Resources. She has worked in the social services field for over 20 years for various community based mental health organizations in Northeast Ohio. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Baldwin-Wallace University and her Master of Science in Community Counseling from the University of Akron. She is currently licensed as a supervising professional clinical counselor and has worked in residential, outpatient, and private practice settings during the course of her career. She has specialized in working with traumatized individuals across the lifespan and conducting educational trainings throughout the Northeast Ohio area.

To contact Joellen, email her at jwoodring@recres.org