Welcome to Amare, where we have brought together a remarkable team of individuals who possess a profound connection and a deep understanding of the challenges associated with drug or alcohol addiction. Our staff comprises individuals who have personally experienced the impact of addiction, either through their own personal journeys or by supporting loved ones through recovery. This unique personal perspective empowers us to offer a level of care and support that is truly empathetic and compassionate; we have over 60 years of combined recovery with our staff that identify as a person in long-term recovery.

Ty A. Bechel, MNM, CPRS
Ty A. Bechel, MNM, CPRSExecutive Director & Business Development
Ty, Founding Executive Director, holds his Bachelor’s in Communication, Master’s in Nonprofit Management, and is certified through the State of Illinois as a National Recovery Coach. He hosts and produces Recovery Uncensored, an interview-based podcast and the live radio show on 107.1 FM, Recovery Uncensored LIVE!.
Carson Conn
Carson ConnRegional Recovery and Community Care Coordinator
Carson earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in December 2021, bolstering her understanding of human behavior and societal dynamics. Currently, she is diligently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Mental Health and Clinical Counseling at McKendree University.
Rick Richardson, CPRS
Rick Richardson, CPRSRecovery Coach
Rick is an Illinois Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and is no stranger to adversity and his passion and humility makes him one of the best recovery support staff anyone could ask for.
Tyrone Hill, CPRS
Tyrone Hill, CPRSRecovery Coach
Tyrone is one of the most honest men anyone could meet and his passion for recovery and helping others is top-notch because of it. He is also a recovery coach for Oxford Houses in the metro-east.
Jaime Armstrong
Jaime ArmstrongFamily Connections Program Coordinator
Jaime helps provide evidence-based recovery support services to families that have loved ones that have been impacted by a substance use disorder or dependency.
Danielle Galbreath, CPRS
Danielle Galbreath, CPRSRecovery Coach
Danielle is a supporter of MAT for those that may need additional support when in early recovery and is Certified Peer Recovery Specialist The mother of two works hard to be example of other mothers struggling with substance use.
Alida Kistler, CPRS
Alida Kistler, CPRSRecovery Manager
Alida is Amare’s Recovery Manager, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, and has a passion for helping individuals find recovery and healing.
Samantha Cunningham
Samantha CunninghamRecovery Navigator (Recovery Corps)
If you had just 5 minutes to sit down and hear Samantha’s personal testimony, you would not leave tearless. She is a true survivor of more than just addiction.
Bonnie Goodwin
Bonnie GoodwinRecovery Coach & Site Supervisor - Christian County
Bonnie loves recovery and helping people find their own path.
Katie McKenna
Katie McKennaRecovery Coach - Christian County
Katie has four years of continuous recovery and has had many challenges but stayed the course. She provides recovery support services to Christian County residents.
Mary Mullins
Mary MullinsExecutive Administrative Assistant
Mary has a rich history working with youth, counseling with her CADC, and being supportive and caring towards those that have been impacted by drug and alcohol addiction.
Cindy Manos
Cindy ManosVolunteer Marketing & Outreach Assistant
Cindy has a special place in her heart for those that have struggled with addiction and has brought her skills to Amare to help with her field of expertise.
Katie Rexford
Katie RexfordRecovery Navigator (Recovery Corps)
Heather Tully
Heather TullyRecovery Navigator (Recovery Corps)
Richard Hood
Richard HoodRecovery Navigator (Recovery Corps)
Cindy Mayhew, CRSS
Cindy Mayhew, CRSSStaff Training Coordinator
With over 15 years of dedicated service, Cindy retired in 2022 after an illustrious career with the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Bureau of Wellness and Recovery Services.