Benjamin Randolph MS, CADC III, CIP, CTT, BRI – II – Chief Executive Officer
Ben entered recovery in 1998 after struggling with substances for several years. After working in the construction trades for a number of years, he went on to school and earned his Master’s degree. Ben has a passion for recovery, the therapeutic process, and institutes recovery principles in all his affairs, including Oregon Trail Recovery. As the CEO, Ben and his wife Jennifer (COO), have applied their dreams of helping others into a reality. Ben has worked in methadone clinics, residential treatment, and intensive outpatient programs. Additionally, Ben has worked as the Director of Chemical Dependency at a 78-bed psychiatric hospital where he oversaw a 22-bed unit. Ben has been conducting interventions for almost a decade and a half and remains passionate about helping people get and stay clean and sober.
Jennifer Randolph, CAI-II, CIP, CTP, BRI – II, CADC II – Chief Operating Officer
As the Chief Operations Officer of Oregon Trail Recovery, Jennifer has turned her dream of helping others get sober into a reality. Jennifer’s addiction to drugs and alcohol started in high school. Without her personal experience with addiction, she would not be where she is today with over 18 years of being drug and alcohol-free. Jennifer also brings a vast educational experience with addiction to the table, and she has worked hard to achieve many nationally recognized certifications. Jennifer is a Certified ARISE Interventionist (CAI), Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), Board Registered Interventionist (BRI II), Certified Trauma Professional (CTP) and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC II). Her scope of practice is useful in all stages of recovery, including helping those she works with get sober and STAY clean and sober.
Porky – OTR Team Mascot
Porky has been a part of the Randolph family and the Oregon Trail Recovery team for 4 years. Porky was born and raised in Oregon and is known to the OTR team as a part of the family as he travels to work and spends his days at the office. You could say that Porky is a therapeutic animal as he comforts both staff and clients and loves to snuggle. Porky is also known as the OTR mascot.
Vicky Spear MA, CADC II -Clinical Director
Vicky’s passion for supporting individuals and their families who struggle with the disease of addiction learn and begin building trust and safety within and with one another began on June 9, 1990 when she attended a family session in the treatment program of a loved one. The information on co-dependency and underlying dynamics of the entire system that needed to be changed for positive and life changing growth sparked a fire within! Vicky began school at PCC in the fall of 1990 and continued her education by getting a Bachelors’ Degree from Marylhurst in 1996, Masters’ Degree from Lewis and Clark in 2000 and a CADCII. She has worked in private inpatient settings for adolescents through adults for 8+ years; twelve years working with females in a therapeutic inpatient treatment community in the Department of Corrections, and she spent 3 ½ years working on a farm with men who were seeking a safe place to build a foundation for a new beginning with peers in recovery!
Samantha Frey – Office Manager/HR
Local to the state of Oregon, Sam draws from her own past personal struggles with substance abuse and eating disorders to aid the women of Oregon Trail Recovery in finding a better way of life. Her passion for recovery is evident in the excellent work she exudes in and out of the program. Sam enjoys making the most of her newfound clean and sober life by filling her spare time with swimming, hiking and quality time with friends and family. Her accomplishments make her not only a valuable member of the Oregon Trail Recovery staff but also allow her to stand as a testament to young women in recovery and the wonderful life they can have upon conquering addiction.
Candi Balabon - Administrative Assistant
Joseph Chow – Joint Commission Compliance Specialist
Joseph started his journey of recovery at rock bottom. Completely broken by his addiction to the point of homelessness, Joseph was able to pull himself up, harnessing capabilities and skill sets he never knew he had possessed while in his active addiction. Being extremely active in 12 Step Based Recovery, Joseph found a great sense of purpose and gratitude by being a man of service in recovery today. Joseph prides himself on his work as our Joint Commission Compliance Specialist here at Oregon Trail Recovery, ensuring that the program is up to date with all regulations and compliance standards. When he is not at work, Joseph enjoys partaking in the culinary arts, which he has a particular flair and talent for!
Andres Chavez-Eras - Intake and Admissions
Andres was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He got an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and a Masters degree from Columbia University. A year ago, he moved to the Portland area so he can be close to his children. Andres has worked as a researcher for many years focusing on social issues such as educational rights, home violence, and others. He is always happy to find ways to help and serve others. Now he works as an intake and admission coordinator, while at the same time, creating statistical analysis to measure the effectiveness of our programs. When Andres is not in the workplace, he enjoys dancing and traveling but above all playing with his two wonderful boys. They enjoy playing soccer, swimming and Mario Kart.
Curtis DeVoursney, CADC Candidate – Counselor
Born and raised in Salem, Oregon, Curtis endured a long journey of his own struggles with chemical dependency before finding a solution in the community and fellowship of 12 step-based recovery. This experience has afforded Curtis with an undying passion for helping other men and women find a solution to their own battles with addiction; an important value that strengthens the Oregon Trail Recovery team. When Curtis is not in the workplace, he enjoys watching sports, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. Curtis’ presence in Oregon Trail Recovery serves as an inspiration to our clients, who work every day towards a successful life of recovery. Curtis has stated that he has found this success by applying the principles of 12 step-based recovery to his life.
Carrie Ackerman - Primary Counselor
Carrie has worked in the addiction treatment field since 2010. She has a passion for helping people find their purpose and break free from substance use. Carrie’s own lived experience with substance abuse has imbued a high level of compassion and understanding. She believes that when people suffer from a Substance Abuse Disorder, it can manifest in a multitude of ways in their day to day lives. Her aim is to walk the treatment journey alongside patients with empathy, compassion, and support towards every individual’s self-exploration.
Carrie holds an Associate’s Degree from Portland Community College and is a licensed CADC and CRM. As a client-centered, strength-based counselor, Carrie utilizes a variety of evidence-based practice modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. In addition, she has received specialized training in trauma-informed therapies and mental health first aid techniques.When Carrie isn’t working, she loves spending time with her 4 daughters, 5 grandson’s and husband. Her and her husband have a deep passion for traveling throughout the country attending annual Recovery events.
Jerald Manginelli - House Manager
Jerald was born and raised in Spokane, Washington, and he lived in Alaska for a large period of his life. He moved to Portland about 3 years ago to be closer to his family. Jerald is a spiritual man with a desire to give back what was so freely given to him. His experience struggling with the disease of addiction is what makes him so passionate about working in the field. Jerald loves working for Oregon Trail where he works alongside men to help them obtain freedom from addiction. When Jerald is not working, he runs a faith-based recovery home and spends time with his sons.
Chris Lex - Male House Manager
Chris was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Chris has struggled with his own addictions for 20 years finally reaching his limit after going to prison three times he decided to change everything and take on the commitment of learning about grief and forgiveness and after processing that he moved on to being of service to others becoming a Certified Recovery Mentor. Chris is about to take on the challenge of becoming a drug and alcohol counselor he is able to advise others to keep his own recovery strong while helping others. While not working Chris enjoys doing home improvements with his family and riding his Harley with his clean and sober motorcycle club being of service to his community.
Melissa Tucker - Women's House Manager
Melissa “Meli” was born and raised in Salem, Oregon. Being in recovery herself, she is enjoying the recovery atmosphere here in Portland. She states, “There is such a large and healthy recovery community here full of people helping people”. Meli leads by example for others during this season of their life, and her own personal journey of recovery allows her to give back to others. In her free time, Meli enjoys being of service in the recovery community, she is very active in her church and loves spending time with her daughter.
Jake Van Buren - Intake & Admissions Coordinator
Coming from a dark place of addiction and mental health crisis, Jake was given a chance at a new life through 12-step based recovery. His mental health issues continued far into his sobriety. Overcoming both addiction and severe depression, Jake found purpose in giving back to the same solution that saved his life. Participating in 12-step recovery and building a community of learning and growth, allowed Jake to truly love life. Jake currently is pursuing his CADC-I as well as a degree in the psychology field. He enjoys art and design, riding his bike throughout Portland, building computers, and other small tech projects.