Dawn Nickel is an accomplished and versatile leader with strong interpersonal skills and over twenty years of professional and business experience. Dawn has been in recovery since 1987. Alcohol free since that time, she struggled until 1989 with a marijuana addiction and was then both alcohol and drug free for nearly 11 years before relapsing on prescription drugs for several days in May 2000. Dawn celebrated seventeen years clean from all drugs and alcohol in May 2017. In Dawn’s view, we are all recovering from something, and we’re stronger together. She is a strong advocate for the view that each woman in or seeking recovery must be supported to find the tools and pathways that will work best for her as an individual.In the summer of 2011, while recovering from a serious case of workaholism, Dawn decided to apply what she knew about recovery to that area of her life. On an extended leave from work, Dawn began to blog and created the Facebook page She Recovers to share her journey and to reach out to other women wanting to recover their lives and their potential. Since 2012, Dawn has dedicated herself to creating and holding space (online and off) for women in recovery to connect with themselves, and with other like-hearted women. Dawn is trained as a professional recovery coach and also works as a research consultant in the areas of mental health, addiction and intimate partner violence. For more on She Recovers, check out the September 2016 article in The Huffington Post.
Taryn Strong is grateful to be in recovery from drug addiction, self harm, disordered eating and codependency. Taryn was raised by recovering parents (Dawn is her mom) so recovery has been a part of her everyday life for a long time. She completed her 300 hour yoga teaching training program in her home town of Victoria, British Columbia in 2007 after falling in love with yogic philosophies and the power of transformation through the mind/body/spirit connection. Taryn received her “Yoga of Recovery” certification at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm and her “Yoga for Trauma” certification in 2014. She has since developed a unique “Yoga for Recovery” program which integrates yoga and meditation with spirituality and recovery principles from a wide variety of recovery pathways (including but not limited to the 12 step pathway). In addition to teaching yoga classes across Victoria and leading the Yoga for Recovery program for She Recovers Retreats, Taryn’s latest role is as the creator and artisan of She Recovers Malas. For more about Taryn have a look at her video.
Sharonlee Latham is originally from British Columbia but moved to Playa del Carmen, Mexico in 2008. She is a co-creator of the She Recovers Retreats (Mexico). A woman in long-term recovery, Sharonlee has been on an intensive spiritual and healing journey that has included certifications in Reiki, Marma Points Reflexology, Ayurvedic Massage and in 2009, Dharma Lessons with the Dalia Lama at his temple in Dharamsala. Most recently, Sharonlee completed the Pathway to Happiness Program, an intensive spiritual retreat based on the Four Agreements held in Teotihuacan, Mexico. Sharonlee has been a key collaborator as well as the “Goddess on the Ground” for all of the She Recovers retreats in Mexico. In Mexico, Sharonlee operates Paradise Wellness, a business that offers alternative wellness treatments and healthy adventures in the beautiful Riviera Maya.
Payton Kennedy is a strong woman in recovery and an events professional with 20 years’ experience in event planning, production and management in music, fashion, media, arts & culture, fundraising and culinary. Her expertise includes financial oversight and the development and implementation of infrastructure and processes for both events and start-up businesses. Payton’s calm and steady troubleshooting skills, and attention to detail make her a valuable She Recovers team member. Her scope of work includes managing the international She Recovers Retreat program as well as the She Recovers Yoga and Connection (One-Day) Workshop series held in cities across North America. Payton is co-producer of the She Recovers Signature Events (NYC in May 2017 and upcoming LA in September 2018). She creates, implements and manages the event registration system and front-of-house communications. She provides creative development and process for the building of each event program (keynote speakers, presentations and performances). Payton is an artist at heart – a former musician and dancer; writer, yogi (studying to become a yoga teacher), and an ‘autism mama’ to her wonderful son Greyson.
Dara Meyer is a woman in long term recovery and a former production events director for the National Football League, MTV and Billboard. Dara has produced events ranging from small intimate tapings to large-scale nationally televised concerts. Over the past 20 years, Dara has separated herself as a market leader in the production events industry. After leaving Billboard in 2015 to start her own production firm, Upfront Productions, Dara was asked to work on the first UNITE to Face Addiction Event – a concert for 25,000 people on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Producing this event, the first of its kind focused on dispelling the stigma associated with addiction, was especially meaningful to Dara. Since that time Dara has committed herself to working on other small and large-scale projects that combine her skills and her passion for recovery. In May 2017, Dara’s work as an event producer were instrumental to the success of She Recovers in NYC. She is also producing She Recovers in LA in September 2018. When not acting as a champion for those in recovery Dara enjoys spending time with her two daughters and husband.those in recovery Dara enjoys spending time with her two daughters and husband.
Erin Wickersham is the managing editor and lead writer for the She Recovers blog. She lives in Virginia where she has been working on and blogging about recovery since 2013. After years of trying to do recovery alone, she discovered the beauty of connection and friendship through She Recovers in 2017.