At Homes of Personal Enrichment & Sobriety Services (H.O.P.E.S.S.), we have a team of dedicated and licensed professionals who partner with you on your journey to health. Our dedicated staff are experts in treating addiction and co-occurring disorders.
We have the desire to guide you in your recovery. Contact us to know more about our programs and how we can help you.
Kathy Bynum, LPC Executive Director
Kathy is the Executive Director of Hopess. She serves as the agency’s Clinical Expert in dual-diagnosis treatment for mental health conditions. She has worked in the mental health field for the past 25 years. Kathy specializes in CBT, NLP, CPT and Trauma Therapy. Kathy is dedicated to serving the Arizona community and her mission is to help others create a life that they want to Live for. Kathy is the recipient of the Arizona Governor’s Award for Quality Programs and she ensures that individuals that come through our programs receive the best care possible.
“2022 Mercy Care RISE Award Nominee in the area of Compassion.”
Zach PerrinoOperations Director
Zachary came to Arizona by way of New York. Zach has had many ups and downs in his life including drug addiction and incarceration. Since working on himself and transforming from the person he was into the person he is today, Zach has realized that his passion is to help others see that there is a better way to live. Zachary loves to connect with other and help show them that with hard work, determination, and humbleness, nothing is impossible.
Rhonda Kiphuth Clinical Director
Rhonda is a native to Arizona. Born and raised in Arizona, she has a strong love for our state. She recently completed her Master’s in Substance Abuse Counseling internship with Hopess and has now been promoted to Therapist. Rhonda struggled with her own addiction for 23 years and finally found the strength to turn her life around at the age of 44. With God’s grace and six months in treatment, the seeds of wanting to become a counselor were planted. She is a graduate of Grand Canyon University and is passionate about helping others turn their lives around. Rhonda as been working in the field of addiction for sometime. She has worked in residential treatment settings as a Behavioral Health Technician, and most recently a Case Manager Supervisor. Rhonda began her recovery journey and then went after her dreams. She recently celebrated 11 years of sobriety at Hopess and is a fantastic mother, friend, and therapist! Rhonda uses a unique blend of her own life experiences and education to help guide our residents through the ups and downs of recovery.
“2022 Mercy Care RISE Aware Nominee in the area of Innovation.”
“In early recovery one of the most important concepts is to give back what was freely given to you, I feel like I am blessed to be able to do that daily.”
Jai FrancisMA Therapist
Jai is a Navajo Native American, born and raised in Arizona. He is from a small town outside of Chinle AZ. He relocated to Phoenix after High School where he pursued many careers to find his passion. He completed his Associates in Science Automotive and Diesel Technology and he ran a detailing business for 10 years. He received his certification in medical records and worked in warehouse environments. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Human Services and started a career in case management. Throughout his work experience he knew there was always something more he wanted to do. His desire to help others increased through his case management experience so he obtained his Master’s Degree in Counseling. With thoughts of getting his PhD in Psychology, Jai has found extreme enjoyment in helping others overcome addiction and get their life back on track. Jai started out as an intern and was hired on full-time after seeing the great effect he had on Hopess residents. Jai’s cultural and educational influence on our residents has been an amazing part of our team.
Ali Bosworth BA Clinician
Ali is a native of Phoenix, Arizona. She worked many years in Public Relations and received her Associated in Business Organizational Management from Rio Salado. She is currently in the process of obtaining her Master’s Degree through Grand Canyon University. Ali is currently in recovery herself. She struggled with a debilitating addiction for more than 7 years. Through hard work and dedication, she has remained sober since 2/14/2018. She has a strong spiritual faith and works the 12-Steps Program of Recovery. She continues to make time to be of service by sponsoring women at local treatment centers here in the Valley. Ali’s personal recovery journey has brought first-hand knowledge of resources, programs, services, tools, and tips to rebuild lives. She is passionate about her own recovery and is enthusiastic to share her spiritual strength and hope to others. “I believe in the healing power of fun, friendship, and laughter–that treatment should be a positive and uplifting experience.” Since getting sober she has rebuilt family relationships, including those with her children. She is currently engaged and enjoying life to the fullest in her sobriety.
Gina Paone Case Manager
Gina Paone was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She has personally struggled with addiction, codependency and mental health issues. After spending 10 years fighting this disease, she was able to get the right treatment for her co-occurring concerns. Gina was able to overcome her hurdles, has maintained sobriety, and is a strong advocate for those struggling with co-occurring disorders. Gina gives the love, patience, and tolerance to the residents at H.O.P.E.S.S. that was so clearly given to her on her personal journey to wellness. Through Gina’s dedication and hard work she was promoted from BHT to Assistant Program Manager. She always remains teachable and is a great example to those in treatment who are learning how to navigate recovery!
“2022 Mercy Care RISE Award Nominee in the area of Compassion.”
Jaymi Thomson Program Manager
Jaymi Thomson was born in Chicago and came to Arizona when she was 11 years old. She struggled with her parents substance abuse problems from birth but by age 11 she was battling her own addiction and continued to do so for the next 32 years. Wanting a better relationship with her family she took control of her own life, entered treatment and has been free from drugs and alcohol for approximately 3 years. She is a firm believer in “THE BIG BOOK” and “THE 12 STEPS OF ALCOHOLICS ANNOYMOUS”. She is very passionate and dedicated to helping others avoid the path she struggled with for so long. She continues to work with her sponsor and attends 12 steps meetings regularly. She thanks “God’s Grace” which she feels continues to see her through each day. Jaymi loves helping others and her eagerness has promoted her from BHT to Assistant Program Manager at H.O.P.E.S.S..
Mike Davis Outpatient Therapist
Mike was born in Phoenix Arizona and spent most of his life in Arizona. Mike came from a great family. His father was a Baptist Minister and his mom is the “rock” of his family. In 7th grade Mike drank his first beer and was instantly hooked. His alcoholism lasted over 27 years. He lost everyone and everything dear to him. In 2005 he went to a treatment program in Florida where he learned how to have healthy relationships and reconnect with his Creator.
Mike received his AA degree in Ministry and Addiction Recovery. He ended up teaching Inner Healing at the treatment center he got sober at for 4 years. Through his work he learned the Joy of Giving Back to those in recovery.
Mike’s journey over the past 16 years has led him to the world of recovery and he now helps others at Hopess rebuild their lives. “When I hear someone that needs help, I can tell them that I have been there. And at times, this has made all the difference.”
Alisha GonzalesStaff Trainer
Alisha was born into a family that struggled greatly with alcoholism and untreated mental health issues. Because of this she was on her own at the age of 13. She became involved with gangs and into physically and emotionally abusive relationships. She found herself broken at an early age with no self-worth. This led to many years of drug addiction. With the grace of God however she was able to get sober. She is a Rape & Violent Crimes Survivor.
She wants to help women who have been in the same situation and help them realize their worth & teach others to learn to identify the issues that make them think that abusive relationships are the only types of relationships they deserve. Alisha is passionate about helping women, their children and she loves her God. She continues to work on herself, and by being almost 3 years sober she hopes that by continually improving herself she will lead the path for other women who are struggling. Helping others brings her Peace!
Amanda Rosales Case Manager
Amanda survived an abusive childhood. She witnessed domestic violence regularly and endured physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. The adults in her life were the farthest thing from safety and they engaged in drug use. Due to this instability in her life, Amanda turned to drugs. She continued to be in the cycle of abuse and endured severe physical abuse from her partners. She had her first son and vowed to never use again, however she ended up relapsing and placed into a drug induced coma. When she realized that she could have left her son without a mother, she got back onto the road of recovery. This is where she started living her life for herself. Feeling abandoned by almost everyone in her life, she started working and piecing her life back together. She found her soul mate and had her second child. Through sobriety she was able to mend her relationship with her mother and she drew upon the love of her grandparents to get her through difficult times. Today, Amanda is passionate about helping others get out of the cycle of abuse – from domestic violence to drug abuse. Today she celebrates with 10 years of recovery, and she uses her past to teach others how to clean up wreckage of your past and how to begin living the life of your dreams!
Danielle Moore Case Manager
Danielle grew up in a family full of addicts and was predisposed to drugs and alcohol at an early age. While young, she started experimenting with drugs and alcohol herself, even though she witnessed firsthand how these substances affect the lives of others. After a 15 year battle of addiction, severe depression, and many arrests, Danielle went to rehab and changed her life. “I never thought I could recover, but with a lot of hard work, I have done what I once thought to be impossible. I had never experienced joy before sobriety. I now understand happiness and I live it every day. Being at Hopess has given me the opportunity to help my sisters and brothers on their journey.” Danielle started out at Hopess as a BHT, but her hard work and perseverance paid off and she was promoted to Program Manager. Danielle loves recovery, Hopess residents, and she is a great role model to those who want to change their life for the better.
Britni Mark Medical Coordinator
Britni was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. She was born into a family of addicts and was introduced to drugs and alcohol at a very young age. Britni began her battle with addiction at the age of 11 years old and she battled her addiction for the following 15 years. During this time Britni experienced incarceration, homelessness, and relationship abuse. She decided to turn her life around in 2019 and she has been remained in recovery ever since. Britni was hired as an overnight BHT at Hopess, but her dedication to our residents, her passion for helping others succeed and her excellent follow through on her employment requirements made her advance to a day shift and then into a management role. Britni is highly respected by her peers. Her strengths are organization and being an amazing team player.
Candace KiszcakProgram Manager
Candace grew up in Phoenix AZ and she started her drug use at the age of 13. Her use led her to being incarcerated as a juvenile and then later as an adult. Candace was homeless off and on all throughout her addiction since the age of 18. Candace has struggled with mental health issues her whole life. She was later diagnosed SMI and she lost the rights to both of her children through her drug addiction. Through extremely hard work, Candace was able to get sober and she obtained her peer support certification through Lifewell. Today, Candace can help others who struggle with mental health and addiction issues, and she is a testament that anyone can overcome these challenges. Candace has also worked to get her children back and she is present in their lives today. Candace’s passion is to show other mom’s that it is never too late to turn your life around, no matter how hopeless it may seem at times.
Kristy is a recovering addict. She got clean and sober in 1999 and achieved long-term sobriety for a decade and a half. In addition to pursuing her education, Kristy spent years as an advocate for people struggling with addiction through a non-profit organization in San Diego, as a grant writer, She also spoke publicly about her struggles with addiction and was an instrumental part of getting Prop 36, mandating treatment instead of incarceration for non- vkiolent drug offenders, passed in California. After marriage, relocating to Arizona and having 2 children, she went on to own a successful computer business and become a successful realtor, specializing in new home construction. Kristy has always been active in the community, sitting on the Board of Directors for organizations such as the YMCA, MOMS Club International, Habitat for Humanity, and Soroptimist International. A devastating relapse brought her focus back to recovery and to her ultimate calling – helping others achieve long-term sobriety and mental health. She promotes a holistic approach to recovery, walking people through the wounds of their past into healing and hope for their future.
Sabbath VogelProgram Manager
Sabbath grew up in Phoenix. She was around addiction from a young age and started her battle with addiction at the age of 11. She spent her Jr. High and High School years being on the honor roll, participated in many school clubs and activities, however, her addiction called her back. Sabbath ran away to do drugs just shy of graduating High School with honors. She had multiple run-ins with the legal system and ended up incarcerated for a short time. She stayed sober until she got cancer. After another run in with the law, Sabbath decided enough was enough and she has worked very hard to completely change her life. She has made it her life’s mission to encourage and help other addicts realize their potential and ability to change. She runs a very successful support group on Facebook called “Sober Soldiers ” where she also takes the time to encourage and support her peers. Sabbath is free from all her legal issues, in remission from her cancer, and has worked her way up from being a BHT to Program Manager.
Sabbath is a “Sober Soldier” that continues to show others that “We Can Recover!”
Dora GandarillaProgram Manager
Dora was raised in a loving family in New Mexico. She had wonderful parents, and her childhood was filled with memories of camping trips and traveling. She finished high school and went to a 9-month accelerated college program where she got her certification in medical assisting. Everything was going great in her life until she found herself in an abusive marriage. She turned to drugs to cope and became trapped in addiction for 10 years. After many years of abuse and addiction, Dora ended up in legal trouble and vowed to never return to her addiction. Dora has been clean now for 3 years and has been working in recovery ever since. “Working in recovery lets me give back and has helped me heal.” Dora is proof that through healing, your life can flourish.
Bridgette HeyerProgram Manager
Bridgette grew up in a very strict home. At the age of 14, she began to rebel and was in and out of the juvenile system until she turned 18. When she was 18 years old, she stole a bag of cocaine from her girlfriend and taught herself how to smoke it. Her drug use led her to picking up misdemeanors and then felony charges. She spent the next 8 years in and out of the Federal prison system. In prison she was introduced to methamphetamines. Upon her release from prison, she started using meth intravenously. In 2001, she was sentenced to State Prison here in Arizona. While in state prison she continued to use meth. She was in and out of prison for the following 6 years. She remained out of prison for 10 years, but during this time she went further into her meth use. She married her drug dealer and in 2016 her home was raided by the Phoenix Gang Task Force. After finding out that she and her husband were selling drugs, Bridgette was sentenced to 5 years and her husband was sentenced to 24 years. But this time was different. Bridgette was done with the drug life. She made the best of her sentence by not doing drugs, staying out of trouble, and working. After 3 years and 11 months she was released on good behavior. She transitioned to sober living and began working in the field of recovery. Today, Bridgette is 4 years and 10 months sober. “I’m happy to say everything I have now is because I work very hard. People trust me, and people depend on me. This is something that I’ve never had in my life and I’m proud to be the person I’ve become today.” Bridgette is a testament that people recover and can change!
Jennifer ContrerasAssistant Operations Director
Jennifer is a native from Phoenix, Arizona. She grew up in the Valley in a home filled with alcohol and drug addicts. She was very neglected and started drinking at age 9. At age 14 she turned to drugs but found Christ at age 16. She praises God for turning her life’s disappointments into hope. Jennifer continued to crave alcohol and drugs though, and at age 29 she had lost her 3 boys to Child Protective Services due to her addiction. A year later, she got her 3 boys back into her custody. She is faithfully in her recovery and working the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and going to 12 step meetings. Today, she has 7 years of continuous sobriety. It is very important to Jennifer to give back to others what was so freely given to her – Hope and Love. Jennifer started out as a BHT, but through her hard work and dedication she has been promoted to Program Manager. Lateef is blessed to have someone so passionate about helping others on our team. Jennifer loves our residents like her own and she goes out of her way to ensure they are successful.
Alejandra RamirezHuman Resources Director
Alex was born and raised in Phoenix Arizona. She dropped out of high school twice but ended up graduating early in her Junior Year. The first time she dropped out was due to anxiety. She was treated and returned to school. During her sophomore year her mother was diagnosed with Cancer, and she had to drop out again to care for her. Alex however is a fighter. She continued to battle anxiety and depression and attempted suicide. After her mental health recovery, she decided that she wanted to help others by entering the healthcare field. She started out as a Behavioral Health Technician and has worked hard at promoting, where now she leads our HR department. Alex has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. She is a testament to others that your diagnosis does not define you and you can still accomplish all your dreams.