Advisory Council Members

Shauna Nason-Liberty, Chair

Mothers with Children, Family Resource Advisor

Ginger Edwards

Ujima Central

Phillis Pinkston, Vice Chair   

Fresh Start Alumni

Todd Bang

Fresh Start Alumni

Jenny Jennings

Retired AOD Counselor

Kristin Kilian Lobos

Youth Advocate

Toni Cooke-Wilder   


Advisory Council: Purpose & Responsibilities


The Support4Recovery Advisory Council members will work to build and strengthen the mission of the organization in a variety of ways:

The Advisory Council will serve as an advising body for the annual recovery walk; it will also serve as a network to the recovery community at-large; assess needs, trends and success of community services; conduct needs surveys and prepare reports to the Board of Directors; mobilize members of the recovery community; and advocate for beneficial services within the community across the spectrum of services related to successful long-term recovery.

Membership Recruitment & Retention

The Advisory Council will consist of three (3) members from each District (I, II, III, IV, V) within Contra Costa County if possible. No more than fifteen members shall serve at the same time. Members shall have an interest in furthering the mission of the organization and supporting the recovery community. Each member shall serve a term of 12 months (1 year), at which time; the Board can elect to ask the member to serve an additional 12 month (1 year) term. At the Board’s discretion, members may serve up to five (5) consecutive terms.


The Support 4 Recovery Advisory Council shall meet montly.  Other meetings will be determined as needed.


  • Attend all council meetings and functions, such as special events.
  • Be knowledgeable about the organization’s mission and support the growth of the organization.
  • Review agenda and supporting materials prior to council meetings.
  • Serve on special committees or task forces and be available to provide assistance on special projects.
  • Educate and inform others of the mission of the organization and network on behalf of the organization.
  • Follow conflict of interest and confidentiality policies.

What We Are Looking For In A Member

An organization’s primary link to the community, including constituents, the public, and the media, is the advisory council.  Clearly articulating the organization’s mission, accomplishments, and goals to the public, as well as garnering support from important members of the community, are important elements of a comprehensive public relations strategy.

  • Prepare for and attend board and committee meetings, ask questions, take responsibility and follow through on a given assignment, contribute personal and financial resources in a generous way according to circumstances, open doors in the community, evaluate oneself.
  • Possess honesty, sensitivity to and tolerance of differing views, a friendly, responsive, and patient approach, community-building skills, personal integrity, a developed sense of values, concern for your organization’s development, and a sense of humor.
  • Have the ability to listen courteously and attentively to all public discussions at council, committee or board meetings and avoid interrupting other speakers, including other council members.
  • Refrain from abusive conduct, personal charges or verbal attacks upon the character, motives, ethics or morals of other members of the board, council, committee, staff, or the public, or other personal comments not germane to the issues before the body. Members are to be tolerant of all views expressed at public meetings.

We are currently accepting applications for those of you who are interested in joining us. If you are interested in becoming an Advisory Council Member please fill out the Support4Recovery Advisory Council Member Application.



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