BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer
Tom Aswad is the Chief Financial Officer and Co-Founder of Support4Recovery. He has been a tireless advocate for the recovery community since he successfully completed residential treatment in 1991. Tom is committed to serving those who do not have a voice, or feel that they have an important voice and expertise to share, with local politicians.
Tom currently serves (or has previously served) on committees and boards at national, state, county and local levels, addressing a broad array of issues in recovery - homelessness, adolescent treatment, needle exchanges and treatment in prison. He served as the State and National liaison for Partners in Recovery Alliance of Contra Costa County (PIRA) (a grassroots organization that trained its members on the power of the voice of recovery when it comes to advocating for local politics that effect treatment and prevention); served on the Contra Costa Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board (appointment by the County Board of Supervisors. starting in 1992); served on the Little Hoover Commission (Sacramento), where he was asked to address adolescent treatment; and sat on the HIV Prevention Planning group for Contra Costa County, whose work led to the successful advocacy of needle exchange.
Tom has been instrumental in making changes within the Alcohol and Other Drugs system; in the building of Discovery House in Martinez (a 41-bed men’s residential treatment program); founding the Sober Living Task Force of Contra Costa County which led to the building of the new Gayle Uilkema’s House transitional living facility in Martinez. Tom’s work has been recognized by the PTA, and the California Alcohol and Drug Program Administrators Association of California, among others.
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.
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.
Darlene 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 certified in Ecotherapy by John F. Kennedy University.
Support4Housing Committee Chair
Ginger Edwards is currently chair of the Support4Housing 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.
Support4Families Committee Chair
Melanie Watson is the chair of the Support4Families 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.
Logan Campbell is currently a Member-at-Large. He is an active volunteer in the recovery community. SInce 2019, he has served as the representative for California District 5 on the Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board. In addition, since 2016, he has served as the CEO of the Alumni Association at Discovery House, a residential treatment facility in Martinez, CA. He has been in recovery since 2009. He owns and operates a local landscape company.
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.