MEET OUR TEAM
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 began his long-term recovery at 19. 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.
National Program Director
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.
Jenna Lee Gastineau
Business Operations Director
Business Operations Coordinator
Kailey Chillemi currently serves as the Business Operations Coordinator for Young People in Recovery; a non-profit organization that provides the training and networks all individuals, families, and communities need to recover and maximize their full potential. She co-founded a company that works with companies in different levels of development to help provide the resources, knowledge, and capacity to be successful. She has developed various systems, processes, and curriculum for multiple companies that improved their efficiency. She has led multiple teams over the years from completing specific projects to planning and hosting various events. She has also served as a service coordinator and youth event coordinator at a local church and a marketing manager for a local interior renovation showroom. Chillemi is finishing her Business Management degree at the University of Colorado, Denver and will graduate spring of 2019.
Emily graduated from University of Oregon with a BA in Psychology. She went on to pursue an MA in Professional Mental Health Counseling at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR with a focus on Social Justice and Children and Adolescents. Since graduating in 2014, Emily has served her native NW community in the field of mental health primarily working with trauma-affected youth and their families. Additionally, she has experience sharing her time and knowledge with leading mental health non-profits offering services around grief work and suicide prevention. Emily has dedicated herself to serving individuals and families living with mental health issues by partnering with hospitals, schools, and community agencies to increase support, eliminate barriers to treatment, and reduce social stigma. Having worked with the prevalent overlap of mental health challenges and substance use issues in her clinical work, Emily chose to pivot professionally upon relocating to Denver in 2018 into the role of RSS Program Manager. It is her privilege to serve with the recovery community and continue her work as an ally to those putting in the hard work every day to transform themselves and others through their leadership, compassion, and bravery.
BCOR - Project Director
Dana holds a degree in Anthropology from Wright State University, and has previously worked in operations management, editing, and virtual problem solving. Her research areas include comparative politics, grassroots organization, and resistance movements, and over the years, she has volunteered with several organizations trying to build a better world.
In 2018 Dana came on board as the Ohio Building Communities of Recovery (BCOR) Project Director, where she is working to help build a strong network of YPR programs and chapters in four major metropolitan centers of Ohio: Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Toledo. She is passionate about YPR’s mission, and believes that support for individuals in recovery is critical to their long term success.
In her spare time, she is active in a local non-profit roller derby league, engages in cooperative storytelling with a writing collective, and coaches junior roller derby.
Prior to joining YPR,
In the near future, she hopes to pursue a masters degree in political management and continue to further spread YPR’s message of hope, recovery, and sobriety through government relations and social media campaigning. In her free time, she enjoys curling up with a good romance novel, writing opinion editorials that may never be published, and spending time with her younger sister.
National Program Coordinator
MacKenzie graduated from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies in 2014 with an M.A. in International Development and a certificate in Global Health. In her tenure at the University of Denver, MacKenzie worked as a Jack-of-all-Trades in the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning in the Public Achievement, Puksta Scholar, and AmeriCorps programs. She served three internships during her graduate years as a campaign manager for Second Mile Water – an organization based out of Boulder, as a Health and Development Intern for SCOPE International, and as a thought partner with Students for a Free Tibet in Dharamsala, India.
Following her graduate studies, MacKenzie worked as a Program Coordinator for the Puksta Scholars and AmeriCorps programs, as well as an Instructor at the University of Denver. She taught a service learning course which examined the root causes of food deserts in the Denver community and how students could tangibly address these root causes through the community organizing process.
As the National Program Coordinator for YPR, MacKenzie is tasked with developing and scaling systems that work to disseminate recovery support services across the nation. She will be working with teams in prevention and recovery to make this happen.
National Chapter Coordinator
Brendon graduated from the University of Missouri, St. Louis in 2012 with a degree in History.