MEET OUR TEAM
Justin Luke Riley
President & CEO
Justin Luke Riley serves as 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 29 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.
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
Jenna studied Philosophy and Interdisciplinary studies at Arizona State University for three years. She transferred to the University of Colorado at Denver where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. In 2015 Jenna worked as a paralegal at a Denver Law Office. Jenna has always wanted to pursue a legal education in hopes of becoming a criminal defense attorney and an advocate for change in the criminal justice system for young adult offenders. After personal experiences with addiction and recovery Jenna found a passion for the field. She strongly believes that there are many pathways to recovery and knows first -hand how difficult it can be for young people in or seeking recovery. In her free time, Jenna enjoys playing on an Ultimate Frisbee league, diving into a good book, and playing with her two dogs Vicious and Cricket.
Tara Moseley is a student at the University of Louisville, and completing a Bachelor degree in Political Science, Public Policy and Pre-Law, with a minor in Psychology. Tara has helped to develop two successful transitional living houses for women in the Louisville, Kentucky area. She facilitated trainings at a local Homeless Shelter with a Recovery Program, for people seeking higher education, and employment. Tara is also a person in long term recovery, in recovery since April of 2011. In May of 2014, she began volunteering for Young People in Recovery because she watched many of her peers struggle to maintain their recovery because of living circumstances, employment, and lack of support. She has established a chapter in her community in Louisville, Kentucky. The local Chapter has trainings that are open and free to the public for those seeking higher education and employment. She has worked with SAMSHA, BRASS TACS, the Department of Behavioral health to design a standard for youth peer supports services, and bring awareness of Recovery across the Midwest region. In 2016 Tara began working for Young People in Recovery as the Kentucky State Program Director, in partnership with the Department of Behavioral Health to implement YPR chapters and the “My Recovery is E.P.I.C.” program across the state to help enable recovery-ready communities.
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.
Jana Magee is a person in long term recovery, finding a new way of life without drugs and alcohol on April 5, 2003. She began her career in the field of substance abuse disorders in June, 2010 as an Alumni Coordinator at a residential and detox treatment center in Houston. In January of 2011 Jana took a training to be a Recovery Coach and immediately began providing peer services to women who were incarcerated or recently released from jail or prison. She is a Texas state certified Peer Recovery Specialist and Recovery Coach Trainer as well as a trained Recovery Coach Supervisor and Supervisor Trainer. Most recently she was the Recovery Support Services Coordinator for the Council on Recovery in Houston. Jana is extremely excited about bringing Peer Recovery Support Services and supervision to rural Texas in her role at YPR.
Jana lives in Houston and is a transplant from Florida since 1996. She has two teenage sons, three dogs and a cat, who are all kind enough to share their home with her.
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.
National Program Partnership Coordinator
A Japanese/Korean vocal musician by trade, Damien Christopher Warsavage, YE-CRS, CRS earned his Recovery Specialist credentials from The Council Of Southeast Pennsylvania & the Pennsylvania Certification Board in 2015 & was hired by Young People In Recovery as a Site Leader for its “My Recovery Is E.P.I.C.” program in the Greater Philadelphia area as of September 2015, working his way up to becoming YPR’s 1st National Program Partnership Coordinator as of December 2016. Supporting causes greater than his own self-interests, Mr. Warsavage is also a community leader in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, where he has met with local leaders & elected officials regarding equitable public school funding, LGBT+ youth rights advocacy, & increased access to recovery supports for the Upper Darby School District. While he isn’t providing recovery services to clients in need, Mr. Warsavage volunteers his time to PRO-ACT (an arm of The Council Of Southeast Pennsylvania) & the Philadelphia chapter of YPR, taking part in lectures, training sessions, & group/individual facilitations whenever possible.
Damien Warsavage’s passion for recovery community advocacy was born from the sudden losses of his brother, Allen Christopher, & father, John Christopher, both of whom passed away from drug-related circumstances, within a week of each other, in April 2014. It is Mr. Warsavage’s greatest hope that his family’s life story will empower others to turn their grief into positive change by any (productive) means necessary.
REGIONAL CHAPTER COORDINATOR