Staff Bios

Our dedicated team of professionals is ready to help you transform pathways for lifetime wellness and recovery in your community.

Stacie MathewsonFounder, CEO and President

Stacie Mathewson is the founder and driving force behind Transforming Youth Recovery. Stacie is a visionary whose dedication to prevention and recovery support for our youth is making a significant impact on Northern Nevada and the nation. Stacie is personally connected to the cause, witnessing since childhood how substance use disorders can tear families apart and span generations. With the loss of her son, Josh Montoya, who first faced the disease of addiction in his early adolescence, Stacie’s commitment to preventing substance use disorders and protecting the health of our youth has been unwavering.

To date she has received 29 awards for her innovative efforts from national, state and local organizations in the areas of recovery advocacy, education and evidence-based research. In 2013 Stacie was honored with the Humanitarian of the Year Award by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and in 2016, George Washington University awarded Stacie the prestigious Recovery Philanthropist of the Year Award. Stacie has served as a board member of the Betty Ford Foundation since 2012.

 

Pam ClarkDirector of Special Projects

Pamela Clark serves as a point of contact between senior team members and employees and directs, monitors and contributes to strategic projects as identified by the CEO. Recognizing the severely unmet need of access to recovery support for young people leaving treatment, she joined TYR in 2013 to become part of the solution.

She brings to TYR her extensive experience working in the field of behavioral health and addiction treatment in nonprofit settings. She is an internationally certified drug and alcohol counselor, and a certified opioid overdose prevention and response trainer. She is also a regularly featured writer for two national recovery magazines. Pam served as a board member of the San Diego chapter of the Women’s Association of Addiction Treatment Professionals (WAAT) for two years. She is a person in long term recovery who will celebrate 10 years of sobriety this year. Her passions are helping people, the natural world, art, and jewelry.

 

Stephen CornellGraphic Design and Media Coordinator

Stephen Cornell is the key contributor behind TYR’s social media identity. He uses his creativity in graphic design and video to help amplify TYR’s work and message, and to interact with the community through social media channels. Prior to joining TYR in 2015, Stephen furthered his love of graphic design as the owner -operator of his own promotional products company. As a music lover, whether it’s 80’s new wave, 90’s grunge, or modern alternative, you’ll likely find music playing on his computer, car or phone!

 

 

Marja MartingDevelopment Director

Marja is responsible for fundraising and friendships at TYR! She has extensive experience in raising funds for local and national non-profit organizations.

Born in Indonesia and raised in the Netherlands, Marja is a long time resident of Reno, NV, and brings to TYR her wealth of experience and knowledge of the Nevada scene. Along with this experience, her unparalleled strength is her sincere ability to connect with individuals and establish long-term community and personal friendships, including those who share TYR’s mission.Marja is responsible for fundraising and friendships at TYR! She has extensive experience in raising funds for local and national non-profit organizations.

Marja has a B.A from the University of California, Irvine, and a B.S. degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, in Pre-Med. She has been awarded several community awards for her extensive community work, speaks four languages fluently, is a fabulous chef, and an avid skier, dance teacher, and bridge player.

 

CJ SimpkinsAdministrative Assistant

CJ Simpkins provides help to anyone and everyone around the TYR office, including usual operation tasks, taking care of office organization, and making sure the team always have enough paper. She is eager and willing to learn more about the non-profit world, one step at a time. CJ is currently earning a bachelor’s degree in Community Health Science from the University of Nevada, Reno. She loves spending time in the mountains, whether it be hiking, skiing, or on the beaches of Lake Tahoe.