WHAT THEY KNOW
WHAT THEY KNOW

A self-destructive cycle of dependency and homelessness.

WHAT YOU KNOW
WHAT YOU KNOW

Insufficient funds, incomplete programs and recidivism.

WHAT WE KNOW
WHAT WE KNOW

How to build Recovery Ecosystems that work.

UNMATCHED TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

The Don Ball Technical Assistance Center offers unrivaled technical assistance on a wide range of issues that can improve your organization's performance, capacity, and efficiency. To learn more, click on "Technical Assistance" in the top menu above.
THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE
From reduced recidivism to increased employment and improved mental and physical well-being, the effectiveness of the innovative recovery model used by the Fletcher Group can be seen in the 19 charts and graphs below showing...
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IT’S ALL ABOUT PARTNERING
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” The truth of that saying is born out by the remarkably effective partnerships the Fletcher Group is known for....
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LET’S GET STARTED
Building an effective, comprehensive Recovery Ecosystem may be easier than you think. That’s because of the unique expertise the Fletcher Group applies in leveraging, linking and optimizing programs and funds that might otherwise go underutilized....
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RECOVERY KENTUCKY
Kentucky—where our innovative model first took shape.
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HOPE VILLAGE
Life and purpose return to a beloved Georgia campus.
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RHOAR
Bridging the gap between recovery and employment.
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DIRECTORS
Guided by an abiding passion to help the less fortunate.
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PARTNERS
If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.
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ADVISORS
To reach for stars is ambitious. To reach hearts is wise.
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CONFERENCES
Making our case at the nation’s most influential forums.
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OUTCOMES
Multi-year annual reports document our model's success.
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AWARDS
Excellence is measured simply: in the lives we restore.
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OUR TEAM

ERNIE FLETCHER
Founder

Fighter pilot, board-certified physician, statesman, and healthcare visionary, Ernie Fletcher was elected in 1998 to the first of three consecutive terms in the United States House of Representatives. In 2003 he was elected the 60th Governor of Kentucky. As Founder of the Fletcher Group, Ernie continues a legacy of innovative public service that promises to extend the company's unique model of "Recovery Ecosystems" to states across the country.

efletcher@fletchergroup.net

Read Governor Fletcher's extensive Wikipedia Bio
GLENNA FLETCHER
Co-Founder

From her early practice as a Register Nurse to her position as Kentucky’s First Lady, Glenna has always been driven by a passion to help others. Untiring in her concern for the health and safety of children, she championed the “Get Healthy KY!” program, guided the “Keep Children Alcohol Free” Foundation, and led the establishment of the “Read To Achieve” program at over 150 elementary schools. At the Fletcher Group, she divides her time between operational management and strategic initiatives.

gafletcher@fletchergroup.net

DAVE JOHNSON, MSW, ACSW
CEO

Dave has over 35 years of experience leading program development with a specific focus on holistic service models that address physical health, mental health, substance abuse, and social determinants of health. His successful grant writing experiences include being awarded over $7 million in funding from Federal and State Agencies and Private Foundations.

djohnson@fletchergroup.org

GRANT MEYER
Director Project Management

Grant is Director of Project Management, a role in which his unique blend of experience in public policy, real estate finance, and economic development facilitate the building of cost-effective Recovery Ecosystems. Grant is devoted to finding solutions, creating employment, and advancing innovation in the treatment of substance-abuse disorders. He holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning with a concentration in Real Estate Development from Harvard University.

gmeyer@fletchergroup.org

LORI BAIER
Director of Employment Services

Twenty-five years as a Registered Nurse have given Lori a keen understanding of healthcare’s diverse population base. In the five years before joining the Fletcher Group, Lorie devoted herself to creating second-chance career opportunities for the most vulnerable by developing and teaching AOKY/GED+ (Accelerating Opportunity Kentucky/General Educational Development) programs at Ashland Community and Technical College in Kentucky. Her ability to reduce barriers and bridge gaps in education plays a key role in the Fletcher Group’s promotion of recovery through the kind of meaningful employment that rebuilds lives, restores families, and revitalizes local communities.

lbaier@fletchergroup.org

DANNY FLETCHER
Director of Faith-Based Initiatives

After 22 years as an Air Traffic Control Officer in the Air Force, Danny served on numerous airborne drug interdiction missions in and out of South America. Increasingly frustrated by the inability to prevent drugs from flowing into the United States, Danny became convinced that the only way to combat the nation’s growing drug epidemic was to address demand. Today, through his efforts with Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered recovery program, and his work with local halfway houses, Danny works to improve the mental health treatments and community support needed to combat addiction and rebuild lives.

danny@fletchergroup.net

 

DEBBY KEENER
Administrative Assistant

Debby is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and has resided in Lexington, Kentucky most of her adult life. For the past 19 years she served as Don Ball’s assistant until his passing in 2018. Together with Governor Ernie Fletcher, Don Ball spearheaded the Recovery Kentucky program throughout the state of Kentucky. Debby feels fortunate to have assisted in such a noble effort. In her current position as Administrative Assistant with the Fletcher Group, Debby is pleased to help realize the grand vision of her former employer by expanding the Recovery Hope model to other states across the nation.

dkeener@fletchergroup.org

John D. Rees
Criminal Justice Specialist

John is the Fletcher Group’s SME (Subject Matter Expert) regarding criminal justice and treatment and recovery options. His experience is vast. As Kentucky’s Commissioner of Corrections he worked with recovery centers to provide alternatives to incarceration for misdemeanor and Class D felony offenders. He has held leadership positions with the Department of Corrections in Florida, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Tennessee and has served as a Facility Administrator in Texas, Louisiana, and Kentucky. At the Corrections Corporation of America, he served as Vice President of Business Development, overseeing governmental affairs on the state and federal level. John has published several articles related to the criminal justice system such as Establishing Partnerships Between Correctional Agencies and University Researchers to Enhance Substance Abuse Treatment Initiatives and is the author of the book, My Life: John D. Rees's Four Decade Career in Corrections. His expertise, experience, and networking abilities play a key role in the Fletcher Group’s ability to offer alternative paths to those with drug-related crimes so that they can find the treatment they need to recover.

 

Sarah Adkins, BS, MS, LCADC
Program Specialist

Sarah Adkins holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, a Master of Science Degree in Corrections and Juvenile Justice Studies, and is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has served as a Classification and Treatment Officer at the Green River Correctional Complex in Central City, Kentucky and as a Substance Abuse Counselor, Probation Officer, and Social Services Program Consultant with the Georgia Department of Corrections. More recently, she served as Director of the Owensboro Regional Recovery Center, a 100-bed substance abuse facility within the Recovery Kentucky network. In addition to her work for the Fletcher Group, she serves as Chairperson of “The Alliance For A Drug-Free Owensboro and Daviess County” and Secretary/Treasurer of “Daviess County Treatment Providers.” In 2015, Sarah received the Lighthouse Recovery Beacon Award for her contributions to substance abuse recovery and advocacy.

sadkins@fletchergroup.org

Richard Faylor
Communications Director

Trained as a journalist, Richard has served as writer, editor, and communications specialist for numerous Fortune 1000 companies. At the Fletcher Group he oversees all messaging, marketing, and communication efforts, including the design of the company’s new website and the creation of the distance learning and staff training materials that will become increasingly important as the company expands its unique business model throughout the United States.

NATIONAL ADVISORS

Mira Ball
Chief Financial Officer and Secretary-Treasurer Ball Homes, LLC

Known for her contributions to philanthropy, human development, and education, the Honorary Chairman of the Fletcher Group’s National Advisory Board has served as the first woman president of the Lexington Chamber of Commerce, the first woman ever elected to the Kentucky Utilities Board of Directors, and the first woman to serve as chair of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees.

Luther Denton
CHAIRMAN/PRESIDENT/CEO OF CENTRAL BANCSHARES, INC. AND CENTRAL BANK & TRUST CO., LEXINGTON, KY

In addition to contributing to numerous civic and community organizations, Luther serves on numerous Boards of Directors including the Lexington Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Bankers Association, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky State Police Foundation, the Judicial Compensation Commission, Transylvania University, the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics, and the U. Hospital Board.

Tommy Thompson
Former Governor of Wisconsin, Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Resources

The former governor of Wisconsin and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services brings to the table an abundance of experience in management, governance, and healthcare policy plus a keen understanding of social determinants. His contributions include the welfare reform that became the national model during the Clinton Presidency.

Dave Sheridan
NARR President and Co-Founder

Under Sheridan's leadership, the National Alliance of Recovery Residencies has proven adept at providing Technical Assistance and statewide recovery housing certifications. Sheridan has been active in the recovery field for over 15 years and has served on numerous recovery housing boards. In addition to helping develop oversight and legislation of recovery housing, he is also a nationally known speaker and writer on addiction recovery.

Terry Bunn
University of Kentucky Associate Professor and KIPRC Director

As Director of the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, Dr. Bunn oversees the eight-year collection and analysis of outcome data for all 18 Recovery Kentucky housing centers. An Associate Professor with over 17 years experience as an injury epidemiologist, she has published over 60 peer-reviewed publications on a wide range of subjects including the prevention of drug intoxication. Her surveillance of drug overdose fatalities and community interventions has resulted in the FindHelpNowKY.org website where those suffering from Substance Use Disorder can quickly find treatment.

 

Michael Fraser
Executive Director, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)

As Executive Director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), Fraser has developed considerable expertise in mobilizing communities to address major public health issues, including the opioid epidemic.

Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer
Hopa Mountain Founder and Director

As founder and leader of the Hopa Mountain nonprofit based in Bozeman, Montana, Sachatello-Sawyer directs the efforts of an organization renowned for its work with Native Americans.

Hilda Legg
Kentucky Director of USDA Rural Development

The Director of USDA Rural Development in Kentucky is dedicated to expanding broadband, telehealth, and distance learning to benefit rural Kentuckians. She also works with the USDA to repurpose surplus rural USDA properties for use in recovery housing.

Jonathan Hunter
Former Vice President of the Corporation for Supportive Housing

As the former Vice President of the Corporation for Supportive Housing, Hunter directed the development of major supportive housing facilities throughout the west, including over 3,000 housing units in Los Angeles. Currently working with LaSar Consulting, Mr. Hunter has a direct personal understanding of the pathways of recovery and developed a national survey on state efforts to build recovery housing.

Martin J. Vincent
Senior Advisor, CDC Policy Development Division

Dr. Vincent advises the Fletcher Group in a personal capacity apart from his duties with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As Senior Advisor to the CDC’s Office of the Associate Director for Policy and Strategy, he currently works closely with the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General to develop a soon-to-be published report on community health and economic prosperity.

Jeff Howard
Kentucky Commissioner of Public Health

The Kentucky Commissioner of Public Health has a personal passion for helping the least vulnerable, having grown up in a rural Kentucky family devastated by SUDs.

Greg Williams
Managing Director of Third Horizon Strategies

Williams is Co-Creator of Facing Addiction, an alliance with healthcare industry leaders dedicated to solving the addiction crisis. He has won awards for making feature length documentaries such as “The Anonymous People” and “Generation Found.” As a person in long-term recovery from addiction, he has dedicated his life to creating positive changes for the over 20 million Americans still struggling with addiction.

RECOVERY KENTUCKY ADVISORS

Michael Townsend
Recovery Kentucky Administrator, Kentucky Housing Corporation
Garry Watkins
Wabuck Development Co. Inc., Leitchfield, KY
Nicole Fields
CADC, VP Recovery Services, Women’s Addiction Recovery Manor, Henderson, KY; Men’s Addiction Recovery Campus, Bowling Green, KY
Van Ingram
Executive Director, Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy
Cecil Dunn
Executive Director, Hope Center, Lexington, KY
Austin Simms
Executive Director, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Housing Authority
Sue Chenault
Chrysalis House, Board of Directors, Lexington, KY
Susan Bucher
Gill Heart and Vascular Institute Director’s Council, Lexington, KY
Jeff Mauer
Chairman & CEO, Global Impact International, Inc., Rome, GA