We are so grateful to have an incredible team of staff to help support the everyday happenings at The RECOVER Project. Learn more about them below…


Abbi CushingProgram Director
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Abbi has held various roles here at The RECOVER Project over the past 2 years, including Office Manager, Recovery Coach Supervisor, Assistant Director and now Program Director! She has been a member and volunteer here for over 10 years and is looking forward to her new role. She has worked in the community as a Recovery Coach and has many years experience and education in Business Management. Abbi enjoys helping others learn how to live their most authentic lives. However, her biggest joy in life comes from being the best mom she can to her daughter, Olivia.

Larry ThomasOperations Coordinator and Peer Support
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Larry has been part of the RP team for over 4 years. His main focus is engaging with peers and keeping the RP’s general operations running smoothly. He came to the RP as a volunteer member then became a peer leader. Through his work and volunteering at the RP, he learned how to engage not only in Recovery but in life. Recovery to Larry means Recovery not just from substances–but Western civilization (i.e. racism, classism, sexism, stigma)–you know, life.

Jeffrey McLeod, Peer and Community Engagement Coordinator
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Jeffrey is new to The RECOVER Project and new to the valley, but not new to Recovery.  When he moved to the area from Cambridge he had fears of leaving his recovery community, but instead found a vibrant recovery mecca.  Jeffrey doesn’t “push” recovery, he meets people where they are at and help them realize that all of us have the light of recovery within us — that we all can turn toward the positive and improve ourselves.  He also likes to bring that message to the greater community and get people in recovery to the tables where decisions are made.  If you you don’t see Jeffrey in the community, he is probably recharging by communing with nature, biking, or meditating on a rock in the woods.

Kara Cavanaugh, Recovery Coach Supervisor:
Pronouns: She/her/hers |(413) 774-5489



Kara comes to The RECOVER Project with a background in event and project management in corporate, legislative, and non-profit companies.  To move closer to her family, she relocated back to Western Massachusetts in 2013 from Boston, where she lived for nearly fifteen years working professionally, and studying interior design.  After moving to Greenfield, Kara became an active volunteer in the recovery community, which has become an important part of her life.  Kara also enjoys art and DIY crafts, all movies good or bad, learning about history, tries her best at yoga and baking. Most of all, Kara loves her family and friends and being at home so that she can cook for them all.

Darlene LadaboucheOffice Manager
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Darlene comes to the RECOVER Project With over 25 years in both the public and private sectors, with experience and skills in office management, strategic office implementation, bookkeeping and payroll.  From 1987 through 2009 Darlene ran the office of the construction business owned by her husband and also provided several small businesses with the setup their office procedures and their bookkeeping systems through her own small freelance business.   In her free time Darlene enjoys ATVing in the Northwoods with her husband and hiking with their dog.

I was once told to always hold onto and never lose the blessing that a laugh and a smile can bring in life so always take the time to give someone a little smile it may be that small act of kindness that is the sunshine needed to brighten their day.

Peggy ArcePeer Support
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Peggy has been with the RECOVER Project since 2008. She started as a member/volunteer, and has been working with the RP since 2011. She truly enjoys enhancing people’s quality of life by supporting peers and working as a team to help our recovery community.

Lynn Norwood, Peer and Family Support
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Lynn Norwood, a person in recovery, has been at RECOVER Project since 2007 offering recovery focused, trauma informed, Family Support and Advocacy. Lynn loves her work! But her  greatest pleasures are spending time with grandchildren, being in the great outdoors and practicing mindfulness one minute at a time.

Brian Witherspoon, Per Diem Peer Support
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Cathie Llewelyn, Maintenance
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