Every one of us is here for the same reason, but none of us is the same. Just like you, we've walked through the trenches of our own darkness to be here and there's nothing we love more than standing in the light with you. This is the TLC team.
Author of the bestselling memoir, We Are The Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life and forthcoming Push Off from Here, Laura is a leading voice in modern recovery and the founder of TLC. She lives on the north shore of Boston with her daughter, boyfriend and cats.
Eric Johnson is an adventurer, writer, and certified coach. He is also the cohost of the podcast “Inside Job”. He draws his inspiration from his background as a leader in corporate America and as a teacher and coach at one of the world’s top business schools. He also believes that Mother Nature and 90's grunge music are among the greatest sources of wisdom available.
Brooke left behind a rat-race corporate marketing role to follow her passion for building brands that serve recovery and mental wellness communities. She's a mom, a Usui Reiki Master, and a spinner of wool and weaver of yarn. Brooke is a crusader for sobriety, and an evangelist for claiming a life beyond your wildest imagination. She lives with her amazing tiny human in Atlanta, GA.
Student first, teacher second, Dharamjeev is a heart centered woman who values the inner work that brings about an unshakable trust in one's self. Indigenous teachings, song and ceremony, Kundalini yoga and meditation are ways that she shows up to the path. Dharamjeev's soul purpose is to empower and hold loving space for others to come home to this place in themselves. She lives in a small ocean mountain town on Vancouver Island in Canada.
Tanya is an operations specialist who loves working behind the scenes of her clients' businesses to make their lives easier. She’s an independent introvert who jumped off the corporate train and paved her own path. Tanya’s passionate about living an authentic, alcohol-free life and enjoys walking with others on the same journey. She lives with her husband, 3 kids, 2 cats, and a dog in Minnesota.
Operations & Customer Support Specialist
Tammi is a mild-mannered insurance adjuster by day and a writer/blogger and yoga teacher the rest of the time. She focuses on the yoga of Karma which concerns itself with duty, right action and social justice. She is a recent empty-nester who lives in a rural mountain town in Southern California. Sober since 1996, Tammi is passionate about showing up for open-hearted, authentic living, and inspiring healthy meaningful connections.
Meeting Leader & Community Support
Kelvin is a Recovery Coach, Recovery Support Specialist, certified Sound Healer, author, and speaker. He was featured in the powerful documentary, Uprooting Addiction, and is the author of Finding Freedom Behind Bars: A Journey Of Self-Discovery & Healing. Kelvin is passionate about holding space for people to heal and is known for his warm, loving, and down-to-earth way of connecting with people.
Louise is still trying to decide what defines her and isn't afraid to say that she doesn’t know, or that she ever will. Sober since April 2009, she lives in the UK with her two children and has been building the foundation for what she calls Life v3.0. Having recently left the corporate world to write her long attempted novel, she joins the TLC team as an experienced recovery leader and mentor.
Meeting Leader & Community Support
Sarah is a lifelong teacher, leader, and lover of dirt. When she’s not mentoring kids and adults in the school setting, you'll find her puttering around in her garden enjoying the unique thrill that comes from growing beautiful things. Sarah understands the blessings of community and the joy and power that can be found in telling the truth about our lives. She hopes to use the decades of experience in teaching and leading to be of service to others in recovery. She lives in rural Connecticut with her wife, step-son, and Maccabee, the Maine Coon rescue cat.
Jessica Dueñas is a stigma fighter who shares her addiction and recovery story to help others. As a first-generation American, Jessica quickly believed that success required muting her feelings and leaned on alcohol for that silencing. When Jessica was awarded Teacher of the Year in Kentucky in 2019, she secretly drank a fifth of bourbon a day and lived with alcoholic liver disease – a fact she had to hide from her peers, loved ones, and students.
Jessica's sobriety finally stuck when she decided to fight the stigma and recover openly. She's shared her story on NPR, Red Table Talk, and CBS Evening News. Through her platform, Bottomless to Sober, Jessica blogs, shares people's recovery stories, coaches, and teaches writing courses.
Tammi Salas is a Sober. Dignified. Creative. Woman. She is a painter, diligent list-maker, gray area drinking + creativity coach and co-host of The Unruffled Podcast. She makes art every single day and documents her forays, sobriety milestones and creative offerings on her website. She lives with her son in a small town in Northern California, where they boast there are more cows than people.
Sober since 2007, Chris is a national sober event producer, mental health advocate, and former licensed substance use counselor based in Austin, Texas. In 2017, Chris founded Sans Bar, the first sober bar in Texas which seeks to offer support to individuals across the sobriety spectrum.
Vernon is the beloved TLC mascot. Like any true raven, he bears a long, mysterious history of mythology and prophecy. Some say he's a messenger of darkness and death, but that doesn't scare us. In fact, that's why we keep him around. We know big transformation requires a trek into the dark and we take comfort in Vernon's keen eyesight and superior intelligence, not to mention his dry-as-a-bone sense of humor.
Vernon's stardom spiked when he and his family were cast into leading roles on GoT. After all those years of Hollywood stardom, Vernon far prefers the more humble life overseeing the magnificent monsters of TLC. In his free time, you can find him learning TikTok dances and playing the keyboard in his all-raven band, A Kindness Not A Murder. Vernon is on your side.
Whitney Bishop is a curious, creative, and courageous woman in recovery, on a mission to make a positive difference in the lives of others. She believes in the power of asking great questions and the practice of answering them honestly. Whitney is a full-time Change Management Consultant and active volunteer, facilitator, and trainer for nonprofit organizations all across the country. Whitney lives in Louisville, KY with her husband, 3 guinea pigs, and a grand-dog. Her favorite thing to be called is Nana by her 3 very energetic and delightful granddaughters.
Alexander is a licensed clinical social worker, mindfulness teacher, artist, and hosts the podcast, Viral Mindfulness. His work embraces spiritual practice, quietude, creativity and uncovery. Featured on CNN, MarieForleo.com, HIV Plus Magazine, and the cover of Positively Aware, Alexander believes meditation and mindfulness can revolutionize your relationship with life, and viruses. He's been living positive with HIV/AIDS since 2003 spreading inspiration through words, watercolours and his piano.
Originally from the Midwest, Anthony is living life with purpose and joy in the beautiful mountains of Southern California. He works at a camp where he gets paid to play music, dress up like a crazy fool, chase goats but more importantly- impact the lives of people who come up to camp to experience peace and hope. He finds joy in knitting, music, laughing, road trips, and connecting with people. Anthony is always searching for new music, send him ALL your suggestions!
Amy is a journalist, author, and former comedian as well as a recovering addict and alcoholic. A columnist for The Fix since 2012, her first book My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean received rave reviews from readers and critics alike.
Ayanna is the owner of B FREE Coaching and Wellness on Cape Cod, MA. Her goal is to change people’s lives through movement, mindfulness, and fun! Her goal for meetings is "to hold space for BIPOC folks to find breath easier, more peace in the moment, and trust that they have everything they need to find healing in their own bodies." Ayanna is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and 500 hr. Registered Yoga Teacher. She lives in Cape Cod, MA with her husband Jason, daughter Blessing, two older stepsons Sean and Holden, and dog Sawyer.
Natalie is a Holistic Recovery + Life Coach, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Trauma-Informed/200hr Yoga Teacher, Mindfulness Facilitator, and Alchemist. Sober since 2015, she’s an introverted-extrovert and truth-teller. She’s a lover of plants, crystals, oils, tarot, the moon, and all things woo. She’s deeply passionate about supporting people in recovery and believes that connection and community are paramount and that recovery is not one size fits all – that each person requires different modalities and pathways to creating and living a life they no longer want or need to escape from. Natalie lives in Northern California with her teenage twin daughters and a sweet but slightly neurotic cat.
We’ve all had our beginning. Our day we decided we’d had enough. Or maybe we’re needing more connection than we’re getting in other meetings. Whatever your reason, we’re so glad you’re here. We can’t wait to meet you. Welcome to the club.