I have always recognized the need for safe, sober housing in the community. With lack of insurance for individuals to go to treatment, there is a gap in services that may lead to those in recovery to return to unsafe/unhealthy environments. We offer an alternative! We offer recoverees short and long term options to embrace their sobriety for a better chance at long term success. I am so excited about the path that DarJune Foundation, Inc., is headed! We have come a long way from the community center to provide sober living houses and offer an "Off the Streets Program" to serve as an altenative to treatment. We offer an opportunity for people in recovery to become recovery coaches and peer specialists. They are able to help others and give back to the community that supports them. There are so many other opportunities that are on the horizon, and I am looking forward to each and every one of them.
We Offer Hope!
Jennifer Gozdzialski - MSE/G, MAC, LPC
Chief Operating Officer
Jennifer is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and also holds a Substance Abuse Counselor-In Training license, as well as Regular Education and Special Education licenses. She received her BS in Education from U.W. Oshkosh, MSE/G in Special Education from U W Stevens Point, and MAC in Community Counseling from Lakeland College. Jennifer spent the past year working for UCLA as Site Director for their FOCUS program in South Carolina. Jennifer’s passion for helping those with mental health and addiction issues lead her back to the Northeastern Wisconsin area where she is very excited to continue her work as Chief Operating Officer for DarJune Foundation.
Chris McNeill Bivins - MS, CCLS, CTP, CPS
Director of Programming & Human Relations
Chris McNeill Bivins has been helping children and families navigate challenging life events for over 20 years. Chris has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, an M.S. in Child Life and Family Centered Care from Wheelock College in Boston and is a nationally certified Child Life Specialist and Certified Trauma Professional. She has worked with children and families dealing with a wide variety of concerns in children's hospitals, hospice programs, schools and under child protection orders in the court system. Chris is the co-author of several articles and a textbook, and recently completed the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Certification, Mandt System Instructor training and CCAR’s Recovery Coach Trainer’s Academy. She enjoys sharing her knowledge individually with clients as well as in larger groups; presenting to diverse audiences from local seminars to international conferences. Chris utilizes her knowledge of medicine, anatomy, child development, stress & coping, therapeutic & expressive play activities, as well as resilience & recovery to teach clients of all ages and their family members successful and healthy ways to understand and cope with difficult situations.
Website Design/Creative Marketing
After she lost her son to a methadone overdose in 2016, she decided to take her life in a different direction. She become a recovery coach in 2017 and worked with DarJune from July 2017 to November 2018, with jobs ranging from Executive Assistant, Program Manager, Cafe Supervisor, in addition to being a recovery coach for DarJune with Bellin Health. She is a Certified Parent Peer Specialst Trainer working through Access to Independene in Madison, Wisconsin. She is currently pursuing a degree in Substance Abuse Disorder Counseling at Fox Valley Technical College. She is now an independent contractor for DarJune starting in 2019 working as the website designer and is responsible for the creative marketing initiatives for the DarJune Foundation.