LIFE OF PURPOSE
Beth Ann Rue, MSW, LCSW, 200YT
Elizabeth Rue, known by the staff and clients as Beth, is an experienced Clinical Director, Therapist, and Yoga Instructor. Driven by a passion to help others become comfortable with being within themselves, Beth takes pride in providing the most quality care that addresses the whole person while addressing sobriety. As a Clinical Director, her goals include creating culture for the Life of Purpose Clinical team, highlighting staffs strengths, and providing an environment of evidence based and cutting edge treatment modalities to address the symptoms of co-occurring substance abuse disorders. In addition to being the Clinical Director, Beth is known for her understanding the importance of bodywork for trauma and prioritizing movement to aid in healing and ownership of one’s body. Outside of work hours, Beth enjoys hiking, rock climbing, being in nature and journaling.
Antoinette brings over two decades of customer service experience to her role as Director of Financial Services. She has been working in the substance abuse and mental health treatment industry for close to 10 years. She strives in creating a warm and welcoming environment for our clients, from the time of admission until the end of their treatment stay. She brings an understanding of the importance of creating a space for our clients to feel safe and comfortable while on their path to recovery. Antoinette assists clients and families with their insurance and financial needs. She displays compassion while working with our clients ensuring finances are not a barrier to receiving the treatment they need and deserve.
Mallory has worked in the behavioral health industry since 2013 gaining experience in brand development, marketing, operations, and creating relationships with clients and their families. While at Rutgers University studying Special Education, Mallory experienced the devastating loss of a loved one to a drug overdose, and shifted her academic focus to Addiction Treatment & Prevention, Public Health & Sociology. As Alumni Services Coordinator Mallory is able to reach clients, Alumni and their families when they are facing the unknown. Mallory applies her personal experiences to her role and utilizes all of the resources she has come to know. Mallory also facilitates weekly support groups for the community and private meetings for the Alumni at Life of Purpose working on their addiction recovery.
Randy Trauger – BA, CADC
Randy has worked in the addiction treatment field for over 21 years. His prior roles include Inpatient and Outpatient Counselor, Director of Admissions, and Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization Program Coordinator and Community Liaison. His current role is as a Regional Outreach Director. Randy is a Certified Addictions Counselor and holds a bachelor’s degree from DeSales University. Randy serves as a board member of the North Penn YMCA and Hope Against Heroin. Randy enjoys sharing his experience with other local grassroots organizations. He has been involved on committees for legislation and fundraising which benefit the community and those seeking treatment. His focus is always offering help for any person caught in addiction and support and advice for their affected family.
Emily carries 9 years of experience with some of the leading treatment providers in the Philadelphia area. Emily’s efforts have helped hundreds of local addicted persons enter treatment and begin their path to recovery. Realizing that deciphering substance abuse health coverage can be sometimes frustrating and confusing Emily prides herself on her familiarity and knowledge of substance abuse benefits and the ability to help guide families through the process as seamlessly as possible. Emily brings vast experience in delivering client-focused solutions to referral sources including hospitals, prisons, private therapists, and inpatient treatment facilities. Emily’s experience and passion to help promote healthy recovery bring her to Life of Purpose with an excitement to be a major piece of our growth and success.
Amanda Keenan – LPC, CAADC
Amanda is an experienced licensed clinician specializing in addiction treatment for young adults and adolescents. Amanda has been in the field for eight years. Amanda’s specialty has a strong emphasis on treating co-occurring disorders. As Facility Director of Life of Purpose at the Fort Washington location, Amanda is responsible for about supervising clinicians and support staff and ensure excellent client care. Her goals consist of offering compassionate and comprehensive care to those affected by addiction, as well as their loved ones. She believes addiction is a family disease and that it is important to create a safe and supportive space for motivation and hope to grow. Amanda’s interventions are designed to help people believe that they can truly live a purposeful life.
Camille DeRose-King – MA, LPC, CAADC, CCTP
Camille is an experienced addictions treatment professional and clinical supervisor. Camille received her education at Rosemont College earning a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. She deepened her studies there with a concentration in addiction counseling. Driven by the belief that recovery is possible, she takes pride in providing the best trauma-informed clinical care possible. As a facility director she is passionate about supervising clinicians and support staff from a strengths-based approach to continue to improve the quality and delivery of client care. In addition to supervising, she is continually improving her own clinical skills for the clients she works with individually. Outside of the office, Camille enjoys tap dancing, yoga, reading and singing.
Rosemarie Sullivan Sandman – TQM
Rosemarie joined Life of Purpose in 2018 as the Quality and Compliance Director. Rosemarie has worked for over 15 years in the addiction treatment industry and is skilled in developing quality and compliance programs. She oversees the organization’s licensure, accreditation, quality initiatives and clinical risk mitigation. She also serves as the HIPAA Privacy Officer and in that role ensures your personal and medical information is protected. She previously was employed by Caron Treatment Centers as their quality director for Pennsylvania. Prior to working at Caron, Rosemarie was employed by Agere Systems/Lucent Technologies/AT&T and the Director of Organizational Effectiveness. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Alvernia University and an associate degree in business management from Penn State University.
Charles is the Director of Operations at Life of Purpose. He has grown up in the Philadelphia area, and attended Ohio University. Charles is passionate about helping those in the area who are struggling with addiction, as well as their loved ones find the help they need. His role as the Director of Operations is to ensure that our capable clinicians and staff have all the tools and resources they need to succeed. He is responsible for maintain our beautiful facilities, manage new technology, and incorporating analytics to help streamline processes to better serve our community. Charles believe the most rewarding part of his day is seeing families reconnect and clients become productive members of our city.
Jayme works as a Regional Outreach Director for Life of Purpose in PA. She came to Life of Purpose with three years prior experience in the treatment industry and six years prior experience in the toxicology lab industry. Jayme brings extensive knowledge to our marketing team with her diverse background in Operations, Sales and Management experience. Throughout her career, her renewed fervor and unwavering dedication has guided Jayme towards the substance use sector. Her unique ability to build relationships, passion for helping others and dedication to superior customer service, has both inspired and provided her success. Outside of the office, Jayme enjoys spending time with family/friends, her dog and traveling to warm destinations.
Dr. Tracy Blatt, DO
An alumna of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with significant concentration in molecular and cellular biology, Dr. Blatt is an avid proponent for preventative health and strong patient/physician relationships. With a true passion for helping those with addictions, she successfully helped grow and lead the program as the Medical Director of Summit Behavioral Health, in Doylestown PA. In addition, her experience with addiction also includes providing MAT services for patients in a private practice setting. With a great knowledge of MAT, Dr. Blatt is able to develop individualized treatment plans that best suits each client. Life Of Purpose offers Dr. Blatt the opportunity to see that her patients are getting the therapy that they truly need and support them through the process. Her passion for her work stems, in part, from her dedication to internal medicine but, in large part, from her relationships with her patients.
Nicole is the Nursing Coordinator at Life of Purpose. Nicole is a native of the Pennsylvania area and has worked in the addiction treatment field for the past 3 years. She has also served in the military as a combat medic and military police for ten years. She wanted to pursue a different career and later went to obtain her licensed as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Once her nursing license was received she began to work as a full-time treatment nurse. Her military experience and organizational skill have led her to go above and beyond her normal duties, taking the leadership role in the medical department. Her goal as nursing coordinator is to always have client interest and safety as a priority. She works closely with all departments to provide the client with the care that will give the best opportunity to succeed.
Dr. Robert Wenger
Dr. Robert Wenger is a Board-certified psychiatrist who has been practicing 40+ years. He has been in both private practice and held academic appointments at the Hospital of the University of Pa and Drexel University School of Medicine. His areas of practice have included psychodynamic psychotherapy, adult and adolescent psychiatry and community psychiatry especially treating dually diagnosed individuals. He was the former Associate Director of University of Penn Student Health and later the University of Penn Counseling and Psychological Services. He has also previously served on the Montgomery County Board of Directors of NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness).
Michael Potter – CI, CRC
Michael has been in the field of addiction and providing treatment options to the community for several years. He is a certified Recovery Coach and a Nationally Certified Interventionist. Michael is currently working towards obtaining a CADC to become a certified counselor. He received his B.A in Religion and Philosophy with a minor in Ancient Hebrew from Radford University in Virginia where is also played 4yrs of DI Baseball. Michael then continued to play 3 more years of Professional baseball after. Michael has had his own struggles with addiction stemming from sports injuries which help him understand and relate to the individual that might be going the same thing.
Sara brings with her 16 years of Communications and Public Relations experience and her passion for technology to her role Previously, Sara spent 10 years in various Communications roles with the New Jersey Senate where she wrote legislation, earned positive media attention, and assisted during elections to ensure a majority membership in both houses. After leaving politics, Sara went on to work in addiction treatment as a Public Relations Manager for Seabrook House. Sara now holds over 6 years of experience working in addiction recovery. Sara graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in 2002 from Rider University, and her Master of Arts in Business Communication in 2010. Sara has seen, first hand, how the stigma of addiction affects family and hopes that one day we can change the perception of the disease.