As person in long-term recovery, Jesse is an advocate for others who struggle with addiction. Starting drug use at the age of 14, opiates took a total of 10 years of his life before recovery gave him the promise of a better future.
In 2012, with no formal education or non-profit experience, Jesse began volunteering at The Rising Community Outreach Center. In under a year he had built a thriving, financially self-sustaining youth program. During his 5-years at The Rising, he successfully led an advisory board and a youth program and headed both program development and outreach development. Jesse left The Rising to pursue his bachelor’s degree in psychology at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and recently graduated in May 2018. While a student, he helped to start the College’s first collegiate recovery community and served as its President. In this role, he participated in the formation of a recovery coalition and bringing the campus’ first Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting. Jesse is also an avid public speaker, working with Generation RX, the American Pharmacists Association and various local coalitions and groups to talk about addiction, education, and social stigma.
Jesse began his involvement with The Ammon Foundation in January 2018 as one of the first trained Empowerment Coaches. Jesse worked hard and displayed tremendous dedication to the Foundation’s mission and ultimately served as Lead Empowerment Coach for the Southern NJ Region for about 6-months, before coming onboard full-time as a Community Relations Specialist. Jesse’s proclivity to self-educate and predilection to break down barriers motivates him to consistently be better and do better.
Jesse is planning on returning to school to get his master’s in clinical social work, so when he is not working with the public he can offer counseling to those in recovery. As a hobby, Jesse loves to drum and teach his dog Zoey awesome tricks, like putting away her toys. In his free time, He and his wife, Amanda, love to go into Philly for a bite to eat.