MAGNOLIA NEW BEGINNINGS

WHO WE ARE

Maureen Cavanagh

Maureen Cavanagh

Founder and President

Maureen@MagnoliaNewBeginnings.org
855-95-RECOVER / 855-957-3268

About Maureen: Maureen Cavanagh is the founder and President of Magnolia New Beginnings, Inc., as well as the President of Magnolia Consulting Services. She is also the Director of Community Engagement for Recovery Centers of America's Boston Center for Addiction Treatment.

Maureen holds a B.S. in Communications from Weber State University, a M.P.A in nonprofit management from Suffolk University, an M.Ed Special Education/ESOL from Salem State University, is a certified mediator in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 233 section 23C, a CCAR trained recovery coach, and is currently pursuing her CADC 1 at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

She is currently on various Massachusetts task forces, chapter lead for Young People in Recovery Boston chapter, and on the parent advocacy committee for Facing Addiction and subcommittee to end the stigma through changing the language around substance use disorder. She is also the primary contact for sober living scholarships given through Magnolia New Beginnings.

Maureen founded Magnolia New Beginnings in 2012 hoping to give opportunities to those struggling to reach their full potential. Within a short time of incorporating Maureen discovered that her daughter had a substance use disorder. Having come from a family of those with the disease Maureen tried to take action but found it extremely difficult to find help and negotiate the healthcare system surrounding substance abuse treatment, or the lack thereof. The lag time acquiring knowledge contributed to the quick progression of her daughter's disease which had escalated by 2014 into full scale heroin addiction, homelessness, and multiple overdoses.

Maureen has focused the efforts of Magnolia New Beginnings on helping to offer support and knowledge to as many people as possible along with advocating for changes in the healthcare system, legislation, and the current perception of substance use disorder in general.

Chance Ashman-Galliker

Chance Ashman-Galliker

Vice President

Chance@MagnoliaNewBeginnings.org
855-95-RECOVER / 855-957-3268

About Chance: Chance is the mother of two children; one of which has suffered over half his life from substance use disorder.

Chance's professional background is in contract management; both in the private and government sector.

Chance denied her son's illness for many years but when it became apparent that his behavior was not adolescence or "acting out", she finally had to admit to herself that her son suffered from substance abuse disorder. Chance felt she had nowhere to turn and felt completely alone.

Chance's desire is to not let another mother suffer alone and afraid, as she did. Toward that end, she would like to pave the path for resources, education, understanding, and most importantly, advocate for an end to this disease. Chance is also a Nationally Certified Recovery Coach and Certified Intervention Professional.

Marion Tina

Marion Tina

Director

Marion@MagnoliaNewBeginnings.org
855-95-RECOVER / 855-957-3268

About Marion: Marion is retired from Verizon Communications having worked there for 34 years in various positions. At the time of her retirement, Marion was an IT Manager, whose team was responsible for billing of long distance services for the entire northeast corridor of the United States.

Upon her retirement, Marion attended Marian Court College and obtained an AS from Marion Court College in medical office administration. Shortly after graduation, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and courageously fought this fight and won. She is proud to be a cancer survivor for 6 yrs. And currently volunteers at MGH Cancer center, in an effort to pay it forward and bring some level of comfort for those now seeking treatment of this disease and is a certified recovery coach.

After 4 years of fighting his addiction, Marion lost her son in 2016. In her journey navigating thru the health care system, to find services for her son, she discovered that the services that were available had very long waiting lists. Very different from when she was diagnosed with Cancer and saw the oncologist and had a treatment plan within 2 weeks of diagnosis. To that end, Marion has vowed to work with people to stop the stigma of addiction and to get the people afflicted with addiction the services that they so desperately need in a more timely fashion.

Marion Tina

Rhonda Lotti

Director / Grief Support

Rhonda@MagnoliaNewBeginnings.org
855-95-RECOVER / 855-957-3268

About Rhonda: Rhonda is the proud mom of two daughters with Substance Use Disorder. One daughter is flourishing in recovery after over ten years of active addiction. The other daughter, tragically, lost her life to overdose in 2011.

Rhonda found little support and guidance in how best to help her daughters when it became apparent that they were in trouble with drugs and alcohol. Isolation and shame resulted from believing that they were the only family in her community dealing with this disease.

Rhonda's mission has become to advocate for those that have no voice; those in active addiction and those lost to the disease. With that goal she volunteers with the non-profit Watertown Access to Treatment, Education and Resources to help spread awareness and eliminate the stigma associated with Substance Use Disorder.

She is a certified 'space holder' for Y12SR and is working to bring yoga and meditation to more treatment centers as additional relapse prevention tools. She also works with parents and families and facilitates a grief support group for those that have lost loved ones to substance use and is also an admin on the Magnolia grief support groups.

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