SHAWN gROVER -  PresidenT

Shawn Grover is a life-long Madison resident and UW-Madison graduate. He has worked in supply chain management in the construction and manufacturing industries for over 25 years and is currently working for Fristam Pumps.

Shawn’s own trek in recovery began in 2004.  Instilled in him is the principle of helping others just as he was supported on his own journey.  Shawn is passionate about giving back to the recovering community, having volunteered as a Mentor at Connections Counseling since 2007.

His focus on continued personal growth and building of relationships in the community around him are just some of the strengths he brings to the board to help grow awareness of Recovery Foundation's mission.

Shelly Dutch - Founding Director

Shelly Dutch has been dedicating her life work to young people and their families for almost 30 years. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her dedication to the alcohol and drug problem in our society. She is certified at both the state and national levels, and emphasizes mentoring and service as the key to recovery. She works with staff at UW Madison training residents on substance abuse and provides panels to speak throughout the country. She also founded Horizon High School, an emotional growth recovery school in 2004. Community is integral to recovery and Shelly has served as a consultant to Aaron House and Connect House. 

Shelly is the Director of Connections Counseling, LLC and has worked in the AODA field for almost 30 years. Shelly is in recovery and committed to helping others on their sober journey!  She is described as being compassionate, genuine and having zest for life.

Shelly enjoys being part of Recovery Foundation’s mission by providing scholarships for those in need as well as educating the community to help increase awareness about addiction.

Shelly especially loves road biking and travel!

Chuck Callender - Director

Chuck Callender is responsible for business operations and financial affairs at Connections Counseling, LLC outpatient clinic.

From a long career of technical sales and project management Chuck brings to Recovery Foundation a business development perspective and execution while respecting the foundation's mission to support compassionate, sustainable recovery from substance abuse. Long term recovery has a major recent impact on the quality and depth of Chuck's life.

Jim Wrich - Director

Jim Wrich has more than 50 years experience in business, government and community activism.

He is one of the pioneers in the field of Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) and managed care accountability, starting his career in those fields in 1972.

Since 1987 Mr. Wrich has managed his own firm, J. Wrich & Associates, LLC. (JWA) a health systems performance company which provides a broad range of consulting and cost analysis services to businesses, professional organizations and unions. Since 1992 he has audited the performance and effectiveness of health care delivery organizations and has become a nationally recognized authority on the subject. In 1998 he helped write a loss ratio legislation on mental health services enacted by the states of Maryland, New Jersey and Vermont.

In 2006 the Department of Defense enlisted him to help launch and manage the Post Deployment Health Re-Assessment program (PDHRA) for Service members returning from combat theater. Through 2015 it has conducted more than 1,500,000 such assessments.

As a consultant and frequent lecturer, Mr. Wrich’s services and concepts have been used by major corporations, unions, governments, health care providers and insurance companies throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Europe and South America.

A member of several professional associations, he was the founding President of the Employee Assistance Society of North America and served simultaneously on the program standards committee and on the Ethnic and Cultural Concerns Committee of EAPA.

Mr. Wrich has been interviewed on CBS “60 Minutes” and “20/20”; by Newsweek Magazine, the London Financial Times, the New York Times, and the New Republic. His work has been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, in the Harvard Business Review, and several other publications.

A graduate of St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota, he has been the recipient of numerous civic and professional awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Employee Assistance Society of North America, the Distinguished Service Award from Employee Assistance Professionals Association and induction into the "EAP Digest" Employee Assistance Hall of Fame.

Jeff Frye - Director

Jeff is a native of Madison attending UW Whitewater earning a bachelor degree in Business Admin/Mgmt. He pursued a career in the Madison Police Dept, serving Madison residents for 30 years lastly as a Captain. After retiring he worked at the Madison Federal court house for 15 years.

During his 45 years he witnessed hundreds of tragic cases where addiction related crimes left thousands of victims. He saw many addicted prisoners convicted and sent to prison only to reoffend upon release. Sentencing offenders with mental health and/or addictions generally does little to change their behavior once they reenter society. He also witnessed close friends and loved ones suffer with addictive behavior. He understands the pain of addiction.

He joined the local Families Anonymous group 6 years ago learning how important it is for people with addictions to receive treatment.  Jeff strongly supports Connections Counseling. He recently joined the Recovery Foundation board because the foundation supports efforts to raise funds to assist people who need financial help paying for treatment.

Mary Schneider, PhD - Director

Mary Schneider is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Kinesiology (Occupational Therapy Program) and Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a nationally recognized expert on the effects of prenatal alcohol and/or stress exposure on neurobehavioral development and brain function. Her current work uses state-of-the-art neuroimaging techniques to examine neuroadaptational changes after chronic alcohol consumption.

Mary has been a grateful member of Alanon for over 30 years, also facilitating meetings at the Dane County Jail. She has given numerous presentations over the years on the role of the family in adolescent substance abuse recovery.

          Erika Bierma - Director

Erika Bierma is an attorney with the law firm of Stafford Rosenbaum LLP. Her practice includes both criminal and civil litigation, and she has significant experience representing both adults and juveniles. Prior to joining Stafford Rosenbaum, Erika was an Associate Federal Defender where she represented individuals accused of a wide range of serious federal crimes.

Erika believes in working to make the community stronger. She believes everyone is entitled to a zealous defense, which can also encompass drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment or other assistance. Through her work as a defense attorney, she has seen how addictions can drive people to commit crimes also how addiction can cause people to get lost in the criminal justice system.  She makes a point to learn as much about her client and their circumstances to help navigate them through the system. She is a past board member of Girls on the Run. She believes in advocating for nonconventional outcomes so that the people she represents receive the treatment they need to help with drug and alcohol addictions.


Shannon has been a licensed CPA since November 2009 and specializes in business taxes. In June 2017 she moved to Madison from Chicago, and originally is from Dayton Ohio. She began her career at Ernst & Young, LLP, later to the corporate tax department at The Boeing Company in Chicago, and currently works as a Tax Manager at Smith & Gesteland, LLP in Middleton.

Shannon is an active member of Alanon and uses recovery in all aspects of her life.  She grew up with alcoholism in her home and believes that alcoholism is a family illness. Throughout her life she has watched people she loves struggle with alcoholism/addiction and its accompanying pain, hopelessness, and destruction. Before getting into recovery, fear and despair were prominent in her perceptions.  Since her active participation in Alanon, the recovery community has given her hope, and has permanently changed her life and perspective. Shannon is committed to her own personal growth and is deeply resolved to give back to the recovery community.


April has been working with the Recovery Foundation since the spring of 2016.  April enjoys providing the administrative support to the board.  In addition to the general support she provides on a regular basis, April plans the Foundation's fundraising events, manages the social media accounts and acts as the 'go to' person for the group.

April works as a non-profit administrator for 2 other groups in Wisconsin.  She holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.  

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