The Freedom Center was originally a premier outpatient alcohol and drug addiction treatment program in Denver started by Laurence Freedom in 2000. Laurence started it, “as an alternative to traditional treatment. Going beyond recovery and teaching self mastery skills to build greater whole health” Laurence passed away in 2016, leaving a legacy of helping families suffering from addiction. In 2017, a passionate group of women picked up his torch and re-launched The Freedom Center with the mission to assist mothers and their families who have been affected by addiction.
Every mother who chooses to seek recovery and finds her inner strength is a superhero to her family and her community. There are many ways for you to help mothers who want to overcome addiction. Donate or volunteer today by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Team of Passionate Supers…
Program Director: Becky Gordon
Becky Gordon is a highly motivated mother in recovery who is dedicated to helping other women who struggle with the disease of addiction. Becky has been working for the last six years in the treatment field for several organizations in the Roaring Fork Valley. She is a Certified Addictions Counselor, level II, a 500hr level yoga teacher and studied with Nikki Meyers to obtain her Y12SR certification, which combines yoga and the 12 steps to help people heal. She aspires to help people understand that everyone struggles and suffers with something, and that healing is possible. She lives with her husband in Carbondale. They have two young children, a cat Turbo, and a big dog named Remo.
Board President: Mandy Owensby
Amanda Owensby is a mother, an addiction counselor, a social worker, a fundraiser, and a person in recovery. She has been working with non-profits and small businesses for over 10 years, in grant writing, administration, financial management and business planning. She lives in the Roaring Fork Valley, with her partner, two children and italian mastiff. She is passionate about bridging the gap in services for mothers and women in addiction treatment, mental health and wellness.
Vice President: Heather Nichols
Heather Nichols has experienced addiction first-hand with her family. Watching her single mother struggle, she took on the role of taking care of her younger brother. When a position opened at the original Freedom Center with Laurence and Suzan Freedom, she jumped at the chance to be a part of their work. Her background is in customer service, so this was a natural transition for her. She is very thankful to see The Freedom Center come back to be of service to those struggling with addiction again, especially mothers.
Board Secretary: Kelly Cleaver
Kelly Jonas Cleaver grew up in Cape Cod and is proud of her Wampanoag heritage. Her education took her from University of Massachusetts, Boston to graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Florida Atlantic University. Kelly has worked as a social case worker, vocational evaluator, and placement professional with state and private organizations and has well over one thousand hours of informal case work with women in recovery here in the Roaring Fork Valley. She presently parents and manages family real estate and other assets while volunteering in various capacities. Her interest in both at-risk adolescents and women in recovery has led her to serving on the board at Aly’s House. Kelly lives in Glenwood Springs with her husband, step-son, her daughter, and her foster son. Kelly is an avid outdoor sports enthusiast. She enjoys spending time with her family including their dogs and goats.
Board Treasurer: Naomi Peters
Naomi Peters grew up in Carbondale, moving to the valley at the young age of 1, after being adopted from China. Naomi is a graduate of Colorado Mountain College, where she received a bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis in accounting. She plans to complete her CPA license. Naomi was recently introduced to the industry of addiction treatment and has come to recognize the limited services and resources offered to women, particularly mothers, who battle this disease. She is excited and eager to contribute to the Freedom Center’s mission of supporting mothers who battle addiction. Naomi is currently working as an Office Administrator at YouthEntity. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and playing with her three-legged dog Korra and her spunky cat Chance.