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Larry Smith

Founder, Executive Director

Larry is a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Larry is from Chicago originally and has lived in La Porte for 8 years. As a young man, Larry played football, basketball, baseball and ran track in high school earning 7 varsity letters. He also played 4 years of college basketball at Gettysburg College. He has 3 daughters that live in the Chicago area and is active in the recovery community.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Certified Personal Trainer

  • Certified Peer Recovery Coach

  • Certified Community Health Worker/Peer Recovery Specialist

  • Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs

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Katie Surma
Program Coordinator

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Locations: La Porte, Starke, Pulaski, Marshall, Fulton, Miami Counties

     Fitness is an important part of Katie’s life. Since beginning her journey she has lost over fifty pounds, learned how to keep a healthy balanced lifestyle, and educated herself on how to improve herself and others. Fitness inspires her to live her life fully, while helping others along the way.

     Katie will always be a student of fitness and recovery.  When training clients, she loves to combine fitness, a spirit of playfulness, and a dose of inspiration to help her clients achieve their goals. She seeks to help others thrive in fitness and life by training them in their desired platform. This includes strength, cardio and / or flexibility, making fitness fun. Katie’s hope is that her clients leave a session feeling refreshed, confident, and balanced! 

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Personal Training License

  • Health Coach License

  • Life Coach License

  • Recovery Coach License

  • 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher License

  • Trauma Sensitive Yoga Practice Certification

  • Pound Certification

  • Pound Generation Certification

  • Group Fitness Certification,

  • Unplugged Pound Certification

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Molly R Isles
Program Manager, Program Coordinator

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Locations: Wabash Valley Recovery Center (Program Manager); Vigo County (Program Coordinator)

My passion is to help others in recovery reach their full potential and learn how to live a life free of substance use.

I'm a person in long term recovery. I have been sober for over nine years. Because of this, I am very passionate about recovery and reaching others who are struggling with substance abuse disorder.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Bachelors of Science Degree

  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Addiction Consultant II

  • CAADA Certified Addiction Peer Recovery Coach II


Connor Zelasko
Program Coordinator

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Locations: Lake County, Porter County

     Hey everyone! My name is Connor Zelasko and I am the program coordinator for Lake and Porter County for Intrepid Phoenix. I am a full time licensed addiction peer recovery coach and a full time student studying environmental science at Indiana University.  Most of my free time is spent at the beach, riding my motorcycle, exercising, and working on my spiritual growth.  My sobriety date is April 1, 2019 and over the last few years I have developed a passion for helping others on their journey to find a new design for living.

Licenses and Certifications: 

  • Certified Peer Recovery Coach

  • Certified Community Health Worker/Recovery Specialist

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