Sarah Beth Gallenberger grew up in the Hendersonville area and was a former high school Latin student of Hope Coalition's Director. She has several years of experience working with and being on the board of a nonprofit, a puppy rescue based out of Fort Collins, Colorado.
She started working with Hope Coalition in June of 2021 and currently runs several MARA (Medication Assisted Recovery Anonymous) meetings at Hope Coalition each week.
Sarah Beth has one son, Gabe, who is 2 years old and is the absolute light of her life.
She is currently a Patient Advocate for MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment) and is in training to be a CMA (Certified Methadone Advocate) with NAMA-R (National Association of Medication Assisted Recovery). She is working on her certification to be a Peer Support Specialist and is also a member of the CAG (Citizen's Advisory Group) of the Hendersonville Police Department.
Sarah Beth has had over a decade of lived experience with substance use disorder and comes to Hope Coalition with 3 years of recovery to date. She wishes to share her experience and story with anyone that may still be struggling, or with people that are also in long term recovery. She understands firsthand how overwhelming and debilitating addiction can be, but strongly believes that recovery is possible for anyone if they have the right tools and receive the right support.
Courtney Stepp Lowery serves as the Treasurer and Secretary of the newly formed board for the Hope Coalition of Henderson County. Her involvement with the coalition began in 2017 when she shared her own story of substance misuse and subsequent recovery, as well as her experiences of trauma and healing, during the Week of Hope in the Henderson County Public Schools. Courtney represents the coalition as a community member in recovery. She has lived experience of the destruction of addiction in her own life, and also knows the powerful healing that is possible through recovery. Her story and involvement with the Hope Coalition underscores the value of investing in prevention and the recovery of our community members. Her story tells us that there is hope for those who suffer. She is passionate about the cause of substance misuse prevention and recovery, and she brings this passion to her involvement with the coalition board. She is a native of Henderson County and is a banker by trade. She is a Vice President of First Bank as a Commercial Portfolio Manager. She brings her 10 years of banking expertise to her role as treasurer on the Hope Coalition of Henderson County Board. Courtney holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Psychology from Appalachian State University. She resides in Flat Rock with her husband, Sean, and 11 year old son, Tyler. Outside of finding ways to be of service through her personal recovery journey, she can generally be found out running, hiking, biking and seeking all manner of adventure in our beautiful Western North Carolina and beyond!
Stephen Mace moved to Hendersonville with his parents in 1981. He is a graduate of Hendersonville High School and University of NC Asheville. He has been an advocate for substance abuse recovery for over a decade, quietly working one day at a time. Stephen wants to serve and is honored to become a part of Hope Coalition. His career has taken many twists and turns from being a machine operator at what is now Borg Warner to Operations/HR at Hendersonville Pediatrics to Southeastern Container in Enka, NC. He is now working his dream job helping large and small companies navigate change and grow through the consulting company he started in 2009. Stephen has been blessed with his wife Tippi and their two children Christian and Carlisle.
Dr. Kevin Marino has over 20 years of experience in mental health, substance misuse, social work, and leadership in public and private agencies. Most recently he served as the Social Work Program Administrator in Henderson County, North Carolina. He oversees a robust service delivery system that includes the traumatic arenas of child and adult protection. Kevin has served on several state boards and local government boards and is well recognized by his peers and colleagues for innovations in systems work across the state. He is serving on the Hope Coalition Board to do his part to ensure that our community is safe and healthy for the next generations to come.
Deb Pittillo has been working as a Nurse Practitioner for 20 years and as an RN 18 years prior. She is committed to helping patients achieve their maximum level of health. She has an understanding heart for those who struggle with substance use disorders and is committed to helping them on their path to recovery. Deb is grateful to join hands with Hope Coalition to make Henderson County stronger by closing gaps to services that will ultimately help promote success and a life worth living.
Robin Reed moved to Hendersonville around 1999. She ran her own photography business and started a grass-roots organization called Bares It ALL for Breast Cancer to raise money to help local women with expenses while going through breast cancer treatment. She is also Henderson County's first Athena Award recipient. She graduated from Radford University in Virginia where she studied Journalism with concentrated studies in Public Relations and Advertising. Her life changed in 2011 when she got sober and started the journey of recovery, for which she is eternally grateful. She has two sons - Morgan, who is 27 and recently married, and Austin, who is 23. Her hobbies include working with power tools, working in her yard, hanging with her dog Finnegan and anything that includes her boys!
Jessie Ramirez is a native of California and moved to Hendersonville over 22 years ago. She is a married mom of four beautiful children, whom she homeschools. She worked as a medical assistant for two years and is currently a full-time nanny and owner of H&J Ramirez Roofing. Her heart is to help those who struggle with substance misuse, especially with diverse populations. Her desire is to support people in recovery and help them reintegrate into the community.
Kate Weber is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of North Carolina and Illinois. She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago Illinois in 2013. Kate worked as a Lead Therapist and Supervisor at Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare for 8 years before moving back to her hometown of Hendersonville. During her time at Trilogy, Kate worked one on one with individuals struggling with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. Recently, Kate has started a private practice in Hendersonville where she works with individuals and couples struggling with past traumas, mental health and/or substance misuse. Being part of Hope Coalition, Kate is excited to spend time working with others on ways to enhance preventative services and recovery tools to provide to the community.
Freddie Westphal moved to Henderson County in 1991 after serving in the U.S. Army and attending The University of Nebraska at Omaha. He retired from the Henderson County Sheriff's Office after 25 years of service.
He has served as a Safelight board member for five years. More than half of his law enforcement career was served investigating narcotics crimes and seeing that drug traffickers were brought to justice. Now that he has retired, working with Hope Coalition allows him to serve with an organization committed to preventing substance misuse and its impact on the youth in Henderson County.