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.

Erin Henle, BA
Beacon House, Executive Administrator

Erin Henle received her Bachelor’s in History from the University of Louisville in History and has twenty 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. 

William Carpenter
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.

Sonya Ferguson, 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.

Deborah Jennings

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 is in the Business and Information Technology industries, and she has been personally involved in recovery communities for most of her adult life. Deborah performs office management and administration duties for the Beacon House and assists all other staff and clients as needed.  Her goal is to continue her education in addiction treatment program administration utilizing her business skills and personal knowledge to help others recover from addiction.

Jacob Pike
Resident Manager

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.

Geoffrey Lacava
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. When not at work Geoffrey enjoys driving fast cars, studying Soviet culture and history, and wearing exotic cowboy boots.

Dane Prieston
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 hisJuris 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. Dane’s goals are to assist residents with the same kindness, empathy, and generosity he received when he arrived here at the Beacon House.