Board of Directors
Co-founder and Chief Financial Officer
In 1991 at age 31, Tom went through a 28-day residential program at Mt. Diablo Hospital in Concord and has been in recovery ever since. In 1992 he was appointed to the Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board where he has served the entire time except for a seven-year break while he co-founded S4R.
Over the years, Tom has been instrumental in adolescent treatment funding expansion, the reintroduction of Narcotics Anonymous into the Contra Costa County jail system, the building of Discovery House and Uilkema House both in Martinez, and which expanded residential treatment and sober living.
He was invited to Washington D.C. by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment to facilitate a workshop on ensuring that the grassroots voice is heard. In 1994 he founded the Sober Living Task Force which has led in part to the Support4Housing program through Contra Costa County. Tom’s commitment has always been to serve those who do not have or feel that they have an important voice and expertise to share with local politicians. For many years he’d seen the need for a support system for people in recovery and the need for their voice to be heard. That is why he co-founded Support4Recovery in 2007 along with Judy Bastin and Amy Alanes.
After learning that her middle child battled a serious opioid addiction, Anastasia became committed to bringing awareness to the disease. She joined the board of S4R in 2015 and is passionate about helping people in recovery. A graduate of JFK School of Law and a former deputy district attorney in Solano County, Anastasia refocused in 1999. She is currently a real estate agent with Dudum Real Estate Group in Walnut Creek. She has been a Contra Costa County resident since 1995.
Board Vice President
Tamara Steiner, Vice President, is the editor and publisher of The Pioneer newspapers. She has a BA in political science and an MBA from California State University East Bay (formerly Cal State Hayward). She has more than three decades of sobriety and served on the Board of Directors of BiBett Corporation, alcohol and drug dependency treatment facilities, for 13 years. She is married with six grown children and lives in Clayton with her husband of 43 years and Lily, the Boston Terrier.
Darlene has spent 25+ years as a finance professional, working in fields as diverse as consumer banking, commercial banking, equipment leasing and public finance. A UC Certified Master Gardener, Darlene combines her practical skills as a gardener with her desire to support health and healing in her community. She currently leads the Community Gardens Group for the Contra Costa Master Gardeners. Darlene actively brings nature-based activities to the recovery community, introducing gardening at residential treatment centers and sober living homes. She regularly leads classes on the healing benefits of nature, including through the Osher Life Long Learning Program (OLLI) at Cal State East Bay. Darlene has a B.A. from Stanford University, a Masters in Public and Private Management from Yale University, and a M.A. from John F. Kennedy University. She is a certified in Ecotherapy by John F. Kennedy University.
PhIllis Pinkston, Treasurer, has been involved with S4R for over 10 years since entering recovery from addiction to prescription opioids in 2009. She has served as president of the John Muir Fresh Start Alumni Association and as a volunteer on the S4R Advisory Council. Working with S4R gives her the opportunity to help fill a great need in the recovery community that is not being served by government agencies. Phillis currently works in Maintenance and Engineering with BART. She is a second generation Bay Area native.
Support 4 Housing Committee Chair
Ginger Edwards is currently chair of the Support 4 Housing committee and has been part of S4R since 2006, serving on the Advisory Council and joining the board in 2018. Drug and alcohol free since 1998, Ginger recently retired from a 15-year career with Ujima women’s recovery program where she worked the first nine years as a drug and alcohol counselor and the last four as program manager.
Support 4 Families Committee Chair
Melanie Watson is the chair of the Support 4 Families committee where she is committed to helping families re-unify and bond after treatment. Her dedication to this work is born from her own experience with the difficult work of rebuilding her family in sobriety. She has three children and two grandchildren. She is employed by BART She completed her residential treatment in 2012 and is a graduate of BiBett’s Wollam House and East County Ujima.
Ken Major began volunteering and working with S4R in 2011 and became a board member in 2015. After attending UC Davis in the 1980s, he moved back to the Bay Area and has worked in finance and real estate management since. Ken lives in Walnut Creek and has three children. His youngest is in high school.
Jason Zelis was born and raised in the Bay Area and attended De La Salle High School in Concord and Diablo Valley College. After earning his AA degree in 1988 he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served as Military Police Sergeant. After completing basic training, he moved to San Diego and completed a BA in Communications at San Diego State University. In 2003 he was deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. After discharge in 2004, he became a licensed real estate agent and began a 10-year period of heavy drinking.
In 2014 and with the support of family and friends, Jason entered inpatient treatment at the Veterans Resource Center in Sacramento followed by an intensive outpatient program. During this time, Jason knew he wanted to change direction and work in the field of recovery. He returned to DVC to earn a certificate in Addiction Studies and Counseling and is currently an addiction counselor at the Diablo Valley Ranch in Clayton.