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The Saint Jude Retreats Staff

For the first eight years of its existence the St. Jude Program was operated entirely by volunteers highly committed to helping others achieve sobriety. Because of its success and growth, the Program now employs highly dedicated professionals who share that same commitment to service. As a result, the St. Jude Program has helped thousands of individuals to overcome their substance use problems. Our proven record of success is the envy of other programs, none of which has been able to match it. We are proud of the success of our guests and encourage you to contact any of us with your questions about the St. Jude Retreats or about our personal experiences helping people with the St. Jude Program. These are just a few of the caring professionals at our Retreats

Mark W. ScheerenMark W. ScheerenChairman and Co-FounderMr. Scheeren is the Chairman and co-founder of Baldwin Research Institute, Inc., the alcohol and drug research company that is the original creator of the non disease, non 12-step model of alcohol and drug education. For over two decades Mr. Scheeren has researched hundreds of different methods, facilities, and cultures worldwide in an effort to discover the many keys to improving the quality of one's life. Out of this research, the most effective residential program in the world was created in 1992: the St. Jude Program.

Gerald J. BrownGerald J. BrownCo-Founder & Senior Director of Research and Development & Senior Research FellowMr. Jerry Brown is a co-founder of Baldwin Research Institute, Inc. He is also BRI's Senior Research Fellow. Throughout his entire career, Jerry has been a researcher, whether it was with General Electric Co., or with one of the several privately owned and publicly traded companies. Jerry has served as chairman of several national computer conferences

Michelle DunbarMichelle DunbarExecutive DirectorMichelle Dunbar joined St. Jude's in 2002 as a Family Consultant. She brought with her more than 10 years of experience helping people to overcome substance use problems. Mrs. Dunbar attended the State University of College at Cortland and SUNY Empire State College studying psychology and mathematics. Since joining the St. Jude Retreats, Mrs. Dunbar has continued her education, and has taken an active role in researching and developing St. Jude programs

Ryan SchwantesRyan SchwantesPresidentMr. Ryan Schwantes joined Baldwin Research Institute, Inc. in 2001 with an expertise in Finance. Since 2001, Mr. Schwantes has managed several aspects of the businesses including Human Resources, Finance, Technology, and Management Training. In 2006, Mr. Schwantes was elected to Baldwin Research Institute, Inc. Board of Directors and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer of the company. He was named President of the company in December 2008

Richard SantelliRichard SantelliDirector of PREP ProgramsMr. Santelli is the Career and Academic Advisor at the Saint Jude Retreats, as well as the Director of our PREP Program. He has been with the company since April 2004. Mr. Santelli was a Principal at Johnstown High School and Superintendent at Wheelerville Central School District. Mr. Santelli holds a Master in Science of Education Administration from SUNY Albany and a Master in Science of Education from the College of Saint Rose. He is also a New York State Certified Teacher, School Administrator Supervisor, and School District Administrator, also a Veteran of the United States Army.

Gene TwardzikGene TwardzikDirector of EducationMr. Gene Twardzik is the Director of Education at the Saint Jude Executive Retreat. He has been with St. Jude's since October 2006. Mr. Twardzik started his career as the Director of Social Programs and Instructor for our PREP Program.


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