mark delong, msed., lcac
Mark has been in the field of substance abuse for the past 30 years. He received his Bachelors Degree from Wilmington College (Wilmington, Ohio) in 1989 and his Masters Degree in Counselor Education from the University of Dayton (Dayton, Ohio) in 1997. For the 12 years prior to his position at Amethyst House, Mark worked as the Clinical Supervisor of Aurora Addiction Services at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Indiana. He served as a Board Member on the Addiction Resource Network of Indiana, Inc. from 1998 to 2006. Mark joined Amethyst House in November 2006 as Clinical Director and became Executive Director in 2010.
nancy nerad, lcac
Nancy Nerad serves as Clinical Director of Amethyst House. In this position she supervises a team of clinicians who provide assessment, therapy, life skills and care coordination to adults in support of their recovery from alcohol, drug, and gambling addiction. Prior to this Nancy worked as Coordinator of Adult and Family Services for a community mental health center in Morgan County. Throughout her career, Nancy has provided clinical services and created new programs in support of a population of men, women and children who have experienced multiple layers of trauma, poverty, addiction and physical and mental health issues. Nancy received both her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Loyola University Chicago, and is a Licensed Certified Addictions Counselor.
GINA LOVELL, BS
Originally from Logansport, Indiana, Gina has lived in Bloomington since 1984. She graduated from Indiana University in 1988 with a degree in Quantitative Business Analysis. After graduation she worked at a couple of local banks until 1992 when she became a stay-at-home mom, although she continued to work part-time as an independent bookkeeper. Gina joined Amethyst House in November 2004 as a part-time, temporary bookkeeper and was hired full-time in February 2005.
Jerri is a lifelong resident of Bloomington, IN. She obtained her Undergraduate (BM) and Masters Degrees (MM) from Indiana University’s Jacob School of Music. Prior to joining Amethyst House as Office Manager in July 2017, she worked in the Property Management field for the past 15 years.
Michaela was born and raised in the Bloomington, IN area. She obtained her Associate of Applied Science from Medtech College with a focus as a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist in 2014 and is currently obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration. In the past, Michaela has worked as a CNA, medical assistant, and administrative assistant in addition to billing and coding. Her background includes dermatology, geriatrics, interventional radiology, radiology, DME services, dental, physical therapy, emergency services, and general practice. She joined the Amethyst House team in February 2019.
DESIRAE DRALUCK, MS, LMHCA
Residential Overnight Tech Supervisor
Desirae earned two Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Religious Studies at the University of South Florida. She moved from Florida to live in a place with seasons and to pursue her Master's degree in Counselor Education at Indiana University. She began working with Amethyst House in January 2015 as an intern at the outpatient office, where she was able to provide substance abuse counseling services. Desirae was hired part-time in December 2015 as a women's house case manager for Amethyst House's residential program. She has since become a counselor with Outpatient services residential night tech supervisor.
JAMES WALKER, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Coordinator & Outpatient Counselor
James was born and raised in the Bloomington area. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and certificate in Criminal Justice from Indiana University in 2011. In his pursuit of a Master of Social Work degree, he began working with Amethyst House for his initial internship in 2015. He continued volunteering with Amethyst House after completing the internship until June 2016, when he became an outpatient intern once again. James was hired part-time in September 2016 as a counselor for Amethyst House’s outpatient program, then hired full-time in December 2016, where he has been able to provide substance abuse counseling services.
KIERA WILSON, LSW
Kiera comes to Bloomington from Maine and Western Massachusetts. She studied many things including Anthropology, Psychology, and Health & Society at Hampshire College, earning her BA. After taking a year to work in a residential program, she returned to school and earned a Master's in Social Work from Smith College. In her internships as a clinician for children and an outpatient counselor for adults she discovered her clinical passions for working with folks with trauma and substance use disorders. She has also worked completing assessments for inpatient services. Kiera began working at Amethyst House as an outpatient counselor in July 2019 and enjoys art, cooking, and reading.
Dr. Walter Keller, HSPP
PEGGY YORK-GARCIA MA LSW
Outpatient Group Facilitator
Peggy lives in beautiful Brown County and has a BA in Psychology from Purdue University and an MA in Expressive Therapy from the University of Louisville. She has worked with addicts since 1984 with a particular interest in Dual Diagnosis. In the past, she has worked in addictions Inpatient and IOP for Koala Hospital and IOP for Quinco Behavioral Health. She works as an outpatient therapist for Catholic Charities Bloomington specializing in trauma informed care and depression and anxiety.
Men's House Case Manager
Kim moved to Bloomington in 2011 to attend Indiana University. She majored in Community Health and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Public Health. Before Kim became the Men’s House Case Manager for Amethyst House in 2017, she helped people with developmental disabilities find jobs in the Bloomington community. Kim lives with her husband in Spencer, IN and enjoys gardening and baking.
Men's House Case Manager
Jared moved to Bloomington in 2013 to pursue a degree in the field of Geography. Jared is a Certified Recovery Specialist and Community Health Worker. Jared began working with Amethyst as a tech in 2018 and became a case manager later that year. Jared began his work in behavioral health at Centerstone. There, Jared learned that he is passionate about SUD treatment and continues this work with Amethyst today.
Case Manager, Women's House
Lisa studied biochemistry at Indiana University and accounting and tax preparation at Ivy Tech. Since 2013 she has worked as a Night Tech and managed groceries for both men's and women's houses and in 2018 became a full-time Case Manager. She has been a person in recovery since 2006, and a former resident and actively participates in the Bloomington 12-Step Community, and is a core member of the Amethyst House Alumni. She feels very grateful to be a part of the Amethyst House Family.
Case Manager, Women's House
Maureen is originally from the Hudson Valley, NY. She moved to Bloomington in 2006 to pursue an MFA in painting at Indiana University after receiving her BFA in painting from MICA. Maureen started working for Amethyst is 2012 as a part-time night technician and waiting list coordinator and joined Amethyst as a full- time case manager in 2019. Previous employment experiences include teaching college level drawing, painting and art history courses at Indiana University, Ivy Tech, Herron College of Art, the University of Alabama and Samford University. In addition to painting, Maureen also spends her free time taking ballet classes at the University.
Jill is a Bloomington native who began working with Amethyst in 2018. Jill is committed to breaking barriers to treatment in her position as the Admissions Coordinator. Jill’s educational background is in criminal justice and looks to use this knowledge to help clients navigate the criminal justice system.
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