Saint Jude Retreats Staff

The Original Non 12 Step Program

Saint Jude Retreats Staff

For the first eight years of its existence, The Saint Jude Retreats were operated entirely by volunteers highly committed to helping others achieve freedom from addiction. Because of its success and growth, The Saint Jude Retreats now employ highly dedicated professionals who share that same commitment to serving our guests and their families. As a result, the Freedom Model Program taught at the Retreats has helped thousands of individuals to overcome their substance use problems and build the lives they truly want. Our proven record of success is the envy of addiction treatment programs worldwide. We have built the only program that empowers people to take control of their lives and shows them that they can put their substance use problems behind them for good.

The developers of The Freedom Model Program have collectively amassed more than a century of research and experience helping substance users and their families. We encourage you to contact us with your questions about The Saint Jude Retreats or about our personal experiences helping people who’ve come through our Non 12 Step program. 

You can view our full staff listing below. You will notice our professionals come from a wide array of educational and professional backgrounds. All staff have been trained extensively in The Freedom Model approach and are addiction experts with years of experience helping people to overcome addiction and rebuild their lives. All staff are required to actively participate in ongoing training to stay up-to-date on the latest research and innovations, and to ensure our guests and their families receive highest quality of services at all times.

Mark Scheeren

Chairman - Co-Founder - Author

Gerald Brown

Co-Founder & Researcher & Author


Ryan Schwantes

President - Treasurer

Michelle Dunbar

Executive Director - Author

steven slate

Steven Slate

Researcher - Author


Danny Wike

Business Development

Dave Pangburn

David Pangburn

Executive Chef

Libby Smith

Finance & Administration

Patrick Baurle