Medication and counseling alone is not enough. Recovery requires different tools for different people and the best outcomes occur when people have access to a variety of services. 

The Life Change Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has been providing recovery services for heroin and prescription medication abuse concerns since 1999. We offer a variety of services to help people to make the changes necessary to beat their drug addiction.

The emphasis of our recovery program is based on two primary themes; empowerment and improving quality of life. We have a talented group of staff members with expertise in recovery from opioid addictions.

The Life Change Center Reno Team

Success rates

Heroin and prescription pain killer abuse has increased to epidemic rates, and alarmingly high rates among young people. The problem is growing and the social costs are skyrocketing.

In response to this epidemic, researchers have shown that the rates of recovery without any treatment at all are around 20%. Yet, medication assisted treatment models exceed 55% drug free. Medication assisted treatment models have been the best practice for treating opioid addictions since the models were first introduced in 1968.

Recovery program

The recovery program of The Life Change Center takes medication assisted treatment one step further, and includes specialized counseling in addition to medication and case management.

The success rate of The Life Change Center is currently at 75%. Yes, 75% overall and 87% of the individuals seeking help have been able to stop using opioids within the first 60 days.

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Team members

At The Life Change Center, we pride ourselves on the quality of our staff. Our counselors are experts in the area of heroin and prescription medication addictions, and our counselors love their work. Our medical and administrative staff are experts in addictions in their own right.

Through their years of working with the people we serve, their training on recovery and their role in the team approach they provide incomparable service and insight.

Leadership team

John Firestone
Executive Director, Counselor

Eric Hare
Operations Director/Interim Sparks Site Director

Marilyn Stephan
Nurse/Nursing Supervisor

Ryan Zeller
Medical Director & Licensed Physician

Steven Hammonds
Workforce Development Director


  • Chuck Boston CADC Site Director
  • Heather Gonzales BA, CADCi Assistant Site Director
  • Ayla Miller BA, BS, CADCi
  • Chad Kirkland CADCi
  • Donald Crumm MBA, LADC
  • Eric Hare BSW, CADC Evening Hours
  • Jesse Fredzess MSW, CADCi Women’s Services Supervisor
  • John Firestone MSW, MBA, LADC Evening Hours
  • Markos Angelides, CADCi Rural Programs
  • Meghan Simons BA, CADCi
  • Rachael Adelekan LCSW Dual Diagnosis Counselor
  • Sarah McGill, MSW, LADC, CSW intern Clinical Director
  • Steven Hammonds MSW, CADCi Evening Hours
  • Victoria Lillegard, LADC, MFT Dual Diagnosis Counselor
  • Kelly Johnson BA, CADC
  • Aida Guerrero BA, CADCi
  • Ikela Lewis BA, CADCi
  • Jeanine Serusa BA, CADCi
  • Victoria Lillegard, LADC, MFT Dual Diagnosis Counselor

Behavioral and Emotional Health Team

  • Tamara Zuchowski APRN Psychiatric Certified
  • Rachael Adelekan LCSW
  • Sarah McGill, MSW, LADC, CSW intern Clinical Director
  • Victoria Lillegard, LADC, MFT Behavioral and Emotional Health Team Supervisor

Peer Recovery Support Specialists

  • Alison Dillard Women’s Services
  • Greg Anderson
  • John Saderlund PRSS Supervisor
  • Kevin Watts
  • Sam Glasgow Rural Services

Resource Counselors

  • Markos Angelides CADCi Rural Programs
  • Brooke Adams BA, CADCi Women’s Services
  • Catherine MacIntosh BSW, CADCi

Medical Staff

  • Barbara Wilson RN
  • Cheyenne Fletcher, RN
  • Clarisse Robert APRN
  • Denise Saulle, RN
  • Elvis D’Souza RN
  • Grace True Rural Services
  • Marilyn Stephan, LPN Nurse/Nursing Supervisor
  • Sahara Cruz, FD/MA
  • Renate Mize, RN
  • Rush Portero M.A.
  • Ruth Fox, RN
  • Ryan Zeller D.O. Medical Director
  • Scott Hamblin APRN
  • Tamara Zuchowski APRN Psychiatric Certified


  • Amanda Gordy Health and Safety Officer Carson City
  • Michelle Moreno
  • Ray Mabrier Health and Safety Officer Sparks
  • Rush Portero M.A. Evening Hours
  • Sam Glasgow Rural Services
  • Sahara Cruz M.A.

Women’s Services

  • Alison Dillard
  • Brooke Adams BA, CADCi
  • Jesse Fredzess MSW, CADCi >Women’s Services Supervisor
  • Nicole Anderson
  • Victoria Lillegard, LADC, MFT

Intern Supervision Team

  • John Firestone MSW, MBA, LADC
  • Sarah McGill, MSW, LADC, CSW intern
  • Victoria Lillegard, LADC, MFT

Financial Department

  • Carleila Kenner
  • Crystal Valdivia
  • Giskin Bertolani Billing Supervisor
  • Jake Sanford MPA, CPA
  • Monica Serrano
  • Sylvia Torres Finance Department Director

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130 Vine Street
Reno, NV 89503

(775) 900-8522

Mon-Fri: 6am – 12pm
Sat: 6am – 9am
(closed 10:30 – 11am for lunch)
(intakes Mon and Weds starting at 6am)

4:30pm – 7:45pm Mon-Fri;
Saturday evenings temporarily closed
(intakes Tues and Thurs starting at 4:30pm)


1755 Sullivan Lane
Sparks, NV 89431

(775) 355-7734

Mon – Fri 6am – 12:45pm; Sat 6am – 9:45am
(closed 10:30am- 11am for lunch)
(intakes Tues and Thurs starting at 6:00am)


1201 N Stewart Street
Carson City, NV 89701

(775) 350-7250

Mon-Sat: 6am – 12:30pm
(closed 10:30-11am for lunch)