BEACON HOUSE STAFF
Russ Read, MA
Beacon House, CEO
Russ Read, a Louisville native, and current resident, is the Chief Executive Officer of Beacon House Aftercare in Louisville, Ky. The Beacon House provides a positive, safe and accountable environment for men to strengthen their recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Russ is one of three co-founders of the Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition. The mission of the KyHRC is to reduce substance addiction overdoses and deaths, the stigma associated with addiction, and to offer harm reduction solutions which include improving public health in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
Russ enjoyed a 40-year career in television broadcast, production and marketing in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, and at WAVE 3 in Louisville, Kentucky. He opened the first digital television and film production company in Charlotte, North Carolina. After moving home to Louisville in 2000, Russ worked for the Harris Corporation as a broadcast sales, marketing, and product manager, helping clients such as The Weather Channel, The Discovery Channel, the PGA and the Golf Channel.
After working as the Executive Vice President of Statmon Technologies Corp, Russ was given the opportunity to become the Manager of the Beacon House, a transition house with the mission to provide a positive, safe, and accountable environment for men to overcome alcohol and drug addiction, and learn to live a productive life. Among his many accomplishments, Russ is most proud of arranging external intensive outpatient treatment for newly detoxed and admitted residents of the Beacon House at local treatment facilities. The IOP program measurably reduced resident turnover, relapse and increased the length of recovery.
Read is a two time Emmy Award winner with a B.S. in communication degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, a Masters of Arts degree from Bellarmine University and recently earned a certification as a certified addiction recovery empowerment specialist, CARES in the state of Georgia.
His purpose is to continue his work with men and women struggling with alcohol and substance abuse, reducing stigma and barriers to recovery and providing education, awareness and treatment options to those seeking recovery for themselves, family members and friends.
Erin Henle, BA
Beacon House, Executive Administrator
Erin Henle received her Bachelor’s in History from the University of Louisville in History and has 15+ years’ administrative experience in behavioral health at Seven Counties, The Brook, and Home of the Innocents. Erin has a personal and professional passion for removing barriers to treatment and helping coordinate with individuals, families, and healthcare providers to help people at each stage on the recovery spectrum.
Senior Resident Manager
Will is a Louisville native and is a graduate of Iroquois High School and Eastern Kentucky University. Will is a graduate of Beacon House where he “found a new way of living” and met men from all backgrounds who were just like him. Following the 12 steps and the rules of the Beacon House set him on a path to peace, happiness, and sanity. Since becoming a senior resident manager in 2012, Will has been able to share his knowledge of, and passion for recovery with the men under his care each and every day. Will is now happily married to Dr. Sharon Carpenter and is the proud father of three children—Whitney, Alex, and Conner.
MSW Life Skills Counselor
Sonya Ferguson was born and raised in Louisville KY and received her bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences at Western Kentucky University. Ferguson then married her middle school sweetheart, had a son and went back to school to obtain her graduate degree in Social Work from Spalding University. Ferguson has over 15 years of experience working with children/families from disadvantaged backgrounds who struggle with different challenges and disabilities. Ferguson also has over 5 years of experience utilizing trauma-informed care with clients, working with addictions, and residential services. Ferguson is passionate about working with diverse populations to make a difference in others life’s and feels it’s her charismatic leadership style that keeps her thriving and a positive energy to be around. When Ferguson isn’t working, she is adjusting to being a new mother to a baby girl, traveling, and spending time with her church, friends/family and sorority. Ferguson is pleased to be a part of a new facility that utilizes a holistic mind-body-spirt approach and can’t wait to make a difference one day at a time.
Jacob is a graduate of Central Hardin High School and a native of Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Jacob is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree at Jefferson Community and Technical College. Jacob provides daily recovery leadership and peer support for Beacon House’s 50 residents each day. He believes in “paying it forward” and highly values service to others. Jacob is actively involved in Louisville’s recovery community in addition to enjoying hiking, playing soccer and watching classic movies.
Brandon spent nearly twenty years in higher educations’ field of enrollment management prior to coming to the Beacon House as a resident, then resident manager. During his time in higher education, Brandon initially worked with undergraduate students transitioning from high school to college and advising students on academic and career pathways. Ultimately, Brandon was honored to serve graduate and professional students by overseeing offices of admissions, financial aid, career development, marketing, communications, professional formation, among others.
As resident manager, Brandon’s aim is to demonstrate to the men of the Beacon House that recovery is possible – even for someone who thought and felt he’d never “get it” and show compassionate accountability
Sandy has over 20 years’ experience in administrative and office management in Louisville non-profits. Sandy has worked for Home of the Innocents and Central State Hospital, and has chosen organizations that serve vulnerable and at-risk populations. In her spare time Sandy enjoys spending time with her dog, family, friends and neighbors and helping the homeless.