Meet The Founders

Brianne Fitzgerald

Brianne Fitzgerald

Brianne Fitzgerald has been a nurse for over 40 years. She is dually certified as a psychiatric, a family nurse practitioner and a CARN-AP (certified addictions RN-advanced practice). Her background includes work within the substance abuse and AIDS arena in a variety of settings; methadone, detox, street outreach including needle exchange dating back to 1986, as well as home care and teaching.  Currently she works in a variety of settings:  a recovery foundation, a community health center, a large city hospital and at a local detoxification unit. She worked for over twenty years at The New England AIDS Education and Training Center as a program planner and clinical support staff and was instrumental in providing clean needles to injection drug users during the early days of the AIDS epidemic using harm reduction techniques.  She is a founding member of Recoverymatters. 

Jake Nichols

Jake Nichols, Pharm.D., MBA

Jake Nichols is a pharmacist in long‐term recovery with extensive experience in community pharmacy, academia, primary care, managed care, and pharmaceutical industry. He specializes in the treatment of substances use disorders, with a focus on medication assisted treatment. Through his fifteen‐year struggle with substance abuse, he found his calling in this field. Dr. Nichols has spoken at well over 100 pharmacy, nursing, and medical schools across the country in the past 5 years. He has recently established his own education and clinical consulting group called Strategic Recovery Resources of which he is owner and CEO. Jake is also currently employed by Pear Therapeutics as a Clinical Specialist in Substance Use Disorders. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 2000 and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from UMass Boston in 2007.


Ron Hill

Born and bred in West Baltimore, Ron is a retired union glazer and grateful recovering man of dignity and grace.  He was part of the original harm reduction posse back in the mid 80's when HIV/AIDS was raging. He was also involved during those years with a grass root organization called Treatment on Demand.


Marie Trenouth RN , BSN, CARN

A Registered Nurse for 30 years who has worked in the fields of HIV and addiction for 24 years.  She is a person in long-term Recovery for 25 years.  She has worked in addiction in many venues including detox, research, and opiate treatment programs.  Marie is the Nurse Manager of an OBOT program and is pursuing training In Mindfulness Based Treatment for substance use disorders.  She works to encourage, support and educate about the many paths to recovery and believes in the importance of integrating behavioral health and responsible prescribing of medications to assist people in achieving long term recovery. 

Donna McCarten White

Donna McCarten White

Was a consultant Addiction Specialist for the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, a Public Health Hospital for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  She has held positions in Healthcare in the clinical realm, staff development, education, research, administrative and executive level.  She was the Director of the DMH and Harvard University Commonwealth Research and Evaluation Unit and has developed many programs to assist individuals towards a sustainable life in recovery.  She has earned 2 Fellowships, retains 2 licenses and 5 certifications, and certified by the ANCC as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Public Health. Dr. White is the statewide Chairperson of the Massachusetts Nurses Association Addictions Council and oversees the Peer Assistant Program for Professionals seeking help in recovery.