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THE TEAM

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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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MEET THE TEAM

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Katie Surma
Program Coordinator

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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Mike Heuerman
Program Coordinator

Locations: St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties

     Mike Heuerman (pron. “Higher-man”)..Before joining our team Mike was a former Division 1 College Football full-scholarship student athlete. He played Tight End for the University of Notre Dame, his alma mater, and wore #9 for the Fighting Irish.

    Mike’s journey to joining Intrepid Phoenix started with a number of hip & core surgeries from injuries sustained on the football field; this led to a life altering addiction to opiates. Nearly 5 years ago now Mike made the decision, in a final attempt to save himself from the disease of addiction, to drive 8 hours to Minnesota and check himself into treatment at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. He’s proudly been sober from all drugs & alcohol since, and is happier & healthier today than ever before in his life. 

  Mike is an individual whose passion for recovery is astronomical. He lives for the everlasting connection with others & uplifting those around him in all aspects of life. Mike currently resides in Granger, IN, which is just a few minutes away from the campus of his alma mater Notre Dame. He lives with his dog, Hank, who he rescued in Minnesota when he was just a handful of months sober. Mike is an avid reader, a lover of golf & video games, and a family oriented man who seeks to bring joy & positivity to all those he crosses paths with.   

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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

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Michael Vander Sande
Program Coordinator

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Locations: Indianapolis Metropolitan Area

Michael is a lifelong entrepreneur with 40+ years of entrepreneurial adventures across a broad swath of industries, markets, brands and more! He is passionate about helping others realize, embrace and share with others that Recovery is Possible!

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Certified Recovery Specialist

  • Community Health Worker

  • Opioid Treatment Specialist

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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