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Justin Luke Riley
President & CEO
Justin Luke Riley serves as President & CEO of Young People in Recovery (YPR). YPR envisions a world where everyone can access the necessary tools to recover from substance use disorder and associated high-risk behaviors. Riley is 30 years-old and has been in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder since 2007. He graduated cum laude from the Honors & Leadership Program at the University of Colorado at Denver in 2013 and recently completed his Executive MBA at the University of Colorado. He is a former organizational development consultant and a youth and community engagement pastor in Denver; former secretary of the board of Faces & Voices of Recovery in Washington, DC; and past president of the board of Advocates for Recovery in Denver. He is also a White House Champion of Change award recipient. Most recently, Riley was featured as 1 of the 4 Social Entrepreneurs Advancing The Nationwide Recovery Movement in Forbes. He also sits on the National Advisory Council for the Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration and the Executive Committee for the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose.
Vice President - Institutional Advancement
Vice President - Programs
Hugh is a native Houstonian. He graduated from Kenyon College with a Political Science degree, played varsity football and baseball, and was the community service chair for his fraternity.
In 2008, Hugh was accepted into Teach For America and was placed in Denver, CO for his two-year teaching commitment. During this time, he decided to devote himself to the fight for educational equity.
Following his two years in Denver, Hugh returned to Houston to become Principal at Yes Prep Gulfton, where he was responsible for building a strong student and staff culture, for strengthening community relationships, and for instructionally coaching a cohort of high school teachers along the YES Prep Teaching Excellence continuum.
Hugh was admitted into the full-time MBA program at Rice University in the fall of 2015. Upon completing his first semester, Hugh deferred his MBA enrollment to become the New Schools Coordinator for the Association of Recovery Schools (ARS) before accepting his current position as Vice President – Programs at Young People in Recovery (YPR). He is incredibly excited to leverage his past experiences to continue to help build and implement high-quality, recovery-support curriculums and programs across the United States.
Communications and Chapters Director
Michael was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. After struggling for over a decade with heroin and alcohol use, several treatment episodes and time spent incarcerated, he began his journey of recovery. Upon entering recovery, Michael resumed a successful career in tech start-ups and after volunteering with Young People in
Today Michael serves as YPR’s Communications & Chapter Director, coordinating both external communication and volunteer leaders across the country. In addition to his work with YPR developing community organizing and advocacy efforts, Michael has served on Alkermes Inspiration Grant review board, serves with several Denver-area Recovery Courts and serves on the Denver Sheriff’s Department Advisory Board. He is currently pursuing his BA in political science. In his personal time, Michael enjoys spending time reading, painting, traveling and enjoying Colorado’s outdoors with his wife Kasha and their dogs Chula and Petey.
Jenna Lee Gastineau
Molly earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Gonzaga University in English, with a Writing Concentration and Women’s & Gender Studies Minor. She worked as a peer health educator during college, designing and implementing programs to promote several community needs, including sexual health, addiction recovery support, prevention, and harm-reduction. Molly also specializes in communications and writing. Her storytelling pursuits led her to an internship with the Pacific Northwest Inlander, a Senior Staff Writer position at her university’s newspaper, and several published creative works.
Upon graduating in 2016, Molly moved back to Colorado where she grew up. She joined the YPR team this year as a volunteer to support the underrepresented and under-served population of people with substance use disorders. The Recovery Support Services grant in Colorado is her current project as a Program Manager, which aims to equip adolescents and young adults for healthy recovery. Molly lives in Denver, happily surrounded by world-class ski resorts, some of the city’s best bike trails, yoga studios and craft coffee shops on every corner, and of course, her parents and older sister.
Franklin graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2013 with a degree in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature. After completing his degree, he worked with youth struggling with chemical dependency and mental health issues. In early 2014, He began his career as a Residential Counselor with Volunteers of America, working at a residential treatment center for youth struggling with dual chemical dependency and mental health diagnoses. Later that same year, he was recruited to join Meridian Services to provide direct care to youth populations across the spectrum of developmental and sensory disorders. In 2015, he joined the United States Peace Corps and moved to Namibia. During his two years in the Peace Corps, he taught English, advocated to engage youth in development programs, wrote and produced curricula to better disseminate HIV/AIDS education, and improved the infrastructure and health outlook in the community where was stationed. After finishing the Peace Corps in 2017, he decided to relocate to beautiful Denver, CO. He is excited to be working with YPR to help fight the scourge of addiction, and to help people find recovery options that will lead to happy and productive lives.
REGIONAL CHAPTER COORDINATOR