Staff

National

Scott Strode
Founder and Executive Director

Team Director & Founder: I am a PA boy who landed in CO after eleven years in Boston. I found sobriety on April 8 1997. One of the most influential factors in my sobriety was getting involved in boxing and climbing. I have since developed a passion for mountain biking, triathlon, running, ... View Full Bio


Michele Crane
Chief Operating Officer

Hello! After nearly three years of being a Phoenix Multisport team member and loving and supporting everything they do I have the privilege of now being able to support their mission and operations full time as one of the staff. I discovered sobriety back on April 15th, 2004 and with it a whol... View Full Bio


Jacquelyn Hillios
Director of Research

After bouncing back and forth between California and Massachusetts, I’ve found middle ground here in Colorado working with Phoenix Multisport.  I’ve been an avid climber and outdoor enthusiast for a number of years and met Scott Strode while climbing in Boston.  When talk... View Full Bio


Colorado

Angela Atkinson
Colorado Executive Director

I’m thrilled to join the Phoenix Multisport family as its new Colorado Executive Director!

I was drawn to Phoenix as a result of my search for an active, sober community in my own journey of recovery. For many years, the stigma associated with addiction kept me from seeking help ... View Full Bio


Tamara Marks
Colorado Director of Development and Marketing

Hi! My name is Tamara Marks and I was recently hired as the Colorado Director of Development and Marketing. I am responsible for creating and managing a broad-based fundraising program at Phoenix, cultivating individual and philanthropic support, including grants, major gifts, corporate and fo... View Full Bio


Joe Beninghof
Partnerships Manager

When I got sober at age 24, most of the people I met in in “The Rooms” were men who looked like I do now - wrinkles and white hair. As a result, it was sometimes difficult to connect. It seemed that all I shared with those other alcoholics was our common problem and the solution wh... View Full Bio


Jacob Carrithers
Military and Veterans Program Coordinator/Instructor
  • Denver Cross Fit Trainer – Jacob Carrithers served four years in the US Army as an Artillery Gunner with the 101st Airborne Division.  Jacob became an OEF / OIF veteran after leading soldiers into combat during his two tours in 2003 and 2004 as a Non-Commissioned O... View Full Bio

Betsy Casey
Development Associate

Hello everyone! I would like to begin by expressing my joy and excitement to be joining the Phoenix team! I got sober in May 2009 and became a Phoenix Multisport team member not long after. It has enhanced my sobriety, quality of life and support system in a way which is truly indescribable. I... View Full Bio


Boulder

Mike Britton
Boulder Chapter Manager

Hi, I'm Mike. I feel very lucky to be working for Phoenix Multisport! It is a dream job that fits amazingly well with my interests and experiences! I've always been passionate about the outdoors, nature and being physically active. On Sept 23, 2003, I made the decision to live a sober lifestyl... View Full Bio


Rob Baumgartner
Boulder Chapter Coordinator/Senior Instructor

I grew up in Boulder and spent a lot of time camping, skiing, and hiking. My love for the mountains was one of the reasons I chose to go to school at CU-Boulder, but while I still found time to ski, my priorities began to shift as I spent more and more time partying, then took a job as a barte... View Full Bio


Sean Cahill
Senior Instructor/Manager

I am very honored and excited to be a part of the Phoenix Multisport staff. This is truly a dream job for me. It is awesome to have the opportunity to work with an organization that I so strongly believe in. I was born in Connecticut and grew up bouncing between there and New York. After high ... View Full Bio


Denver

Rourke Weaver
Denver Chapter Manager

Phoenix Multisport’s main goal is to help give those in recovery a sense of accomplishment and community to help maintain one’s sobriety. I believe that what we do is give hope to those that have no hope. Sports are a crucial part of our program, but it is what comes out of being a... View Full Bio


Kristen Starra
Instructor

I am proud to say I am an instructor with the Denver Chapter of Phoenix Multisport, and my passion is being active, in motion, training for anything the great outdoors has to offer, and helping others on the path of recovery.  I started out with Phoenix as a team member and volunteer from... View Full Bio


Mario Rossi

I have always loved the outdoors and competitive sports! Having grown up hunting, fishing, hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking, I’ve always felt a deep connection with nature. When I began drinking and partying in high school, I slowly lost touch with what was important to me. I wa... View Full Bio


Kyle Nesbett

I remember the first night I walked into the Denver location of Phoenix Multisport very well. It was a Wednesday night, and boxing class was in full swing. I stood at the door, in awe of all the people so involved in the class. Heavy bags being hit, mitts being worked, people laughing, and som... View Full Bio


Rudy Martinez
Instructor

Hello, my name is Rudolph Martinez III I have been a part of Phoenix Multisport as a member and volunteer since 2012 and now as a staff instructor since August of 2013. I found Phoenix Multisport through the treatment center I went to and I am proud to say that I have been involved with Phoeni... View Full Bio


Colorado Springs

Cara Bussell
Colorado Springs Chapter Manager

Hello! I am happy to be involved with Phoenix Multisport. Cycling and Meditation were two of the many activities that have helped me tremendously with my sobriety. With cycling, I started off commuting and then got hooked into the road racing scene. I've since competed on the national level. I... View Full Bio


David (Todd) Jones
Instructor

Hi, I'm Todd and I am proud to be one of Phoenix's Colorado Springs instructors. I am a Colorado Springs native and am very excited for the opportunity to be a part of Phoenix Multisport growth in my home town. I came to many of the first Colorado Springs events as a participant, later as a vo... View Full Bio


Orange County, California

Jake Roberts

I was born and raised on the east coast right outside the city of Philadelphia and have always been involved in sports. During High School I played both varsity lacrosse and ice hockey yet found a passion for the outdoors during a trip across the country to attend a nature writing c... View Full Bio