Tom co-founded Support4Recovery in 2007 (with Judy Bastin and Amy Alanes). He has been in recovery since 1991. He is committed to serving those who lack (or feel they lack) an important voice and expertise to share with local politicians.
In 1992, Tom was appointed to the Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board. In 1994 he founded the Sober Living Task Force. Tom has been instrumental in expanding adolescent treatment funding, reintroducing Narcotics Anonymous into the Contra Costa County jail system, and the building of Discovery House and Uilkema House both in Martinez, which expanded residential treatment and sober living).
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.
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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.