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. Read was awarded the Trinity Peace Award in 2018, and was a Catholic Education Fund (CEF) Honoree in 2019.

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.

William Carpenter
Senior Resident Manager (Emeritus)

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.

Deborah Jennings
Beacon House, Director of Operations

Deborah is a Kentucky native who after 20 years of service for the Commonwealth of Kentucky is now following her passion to begin a new career in addiction treatment.  Her professional experience has been Business and Information Technology and she has been personally involved in recovery communities for most of her adult life. Her goal is to continue her career in addiction treatment program administration utilizing her business skills and personal knowledge to help others recover from addiction.

Kevin Thompson
Resident Manager

Kevin is a Louisville native and University of Kentucky graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics. He is bilingual and fluent in Spanish. He studied abroad in Spain where he also taught English as an Assistant Professor for middle and high school-aged students. He is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering. As alumni of The Beacon House, Kevin knows from personal experience that a strong foundation in recovery is needed to build a great life in sobriety. He is looking forward to sharing his experience, strength, and hope with other men in the program. Kevin spends his downtime walking his dog, Buckeye, at local parks. He’s a book enthusiast and an avid reader. Kevin also enjoys playing both the piano and drums.

Geoffrey Lacava, APSS
Resident Manager

Geoffrey grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and after traveling the world has adopted Kentucky and the Beacon House as his home.  At an early age he felt destined for a career helping others, which led him to the Recovery field. Geoffrey works tirelessly in his personal and professional life to be service to those suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction, and became a Certified Peer Support Specialist in 2021. When not at work Geoffrey enjoys driving fast cars, studying Soviet culture and history, and wearing exotic cowboy boots.

Dane Prieston, BA, JD, APSS
Senior Resident Manager

 Dane Prieston was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area before graduating from the University of San Diego in 2009 with a BA in Business Economics before pursuing a legal career. He attended Golden Gate University School of law attaining his Juris Doctor degree in 2015. Since moving to Louisville he was able to pivot into a career to help those afflicted with the same disease from which he suffers, and became a Certified Peer Support Specialist in 2021.. Dane’s goals are to assist residents with the same kindness, empathy, and generosity he received when he arrived here at the Beacon House.