Meet the Team​​

Everyone who works at Unlimited Alternatives has lived experience with mental health and/or substance use concerns.

These experiences shape what we do and how we do it.

I'm Sara and I'm an MDHHS Certified Peer Recovery Coach. I have been in Recovery from Substance Abuse myself since 2018. Because of my personal experience with Substance Abuse and Mental Health, I am extremely passionate to help others who are struggling with these issues. Knowing the importance of coping skills, boundaries, and self-care, in which I use daily in my life, I am eager to help others learn about these important tools and help break the stigma around Substance Abuse and Mental Health.

Jim Gessner, Certified Peer Recovery Coach

Deanna, Executive Director, MA, CPRC, CPSS

Hello, I am Patricia Parnell. I am honored to be a part of Unlimited Alternatives team. There are many stigmas associated with
mental health that keep many suffering in silence. I look forward to helping eliminate those stigmas. I am excited to use my individual background and firsthand experiences with mental health, to help others on recoveries road. Dealing with mental health has taught me the importance of hope and support. When hope is extended and accepted, no one is beyond help. I received my Associates of Science in Human Service from Cornerstone University. I am currently pursuing my bachelor's in ministry leadership. I love reading, journeying, writing poetry, performing spoken word, singing, people, and serving my community. I look forward to further serving my community.

Sara Neeb, Certified Peer Recovery Coach Specialist

I'm Jim. I am currently a peer recovery coach and will additionally have completed my certification in addiction studies at Grand Rapids Community College in the Fall of 2024. My lived experiences in active addiction, and in recovery, enhanced the purpose and direction I have found in my work as a peer recovery coach and mentor. While addiction had often caused me to be a taker, recovery has made me a giver. I look forward to continue giving back to society in the capacity of a peer recovery coach at Unlimited Alternatives.

Welcome to UA's website. My name is Deanna and I have worked as a Case Manager in several non-profits for over 25 years.  Most of my work has been with survivors of physical and sexual violence, including trafficking survivors, and the homeless population.  After my masters level practicum at Gateway Community Services and my service as the executive director of Hannah's House, I knew I wanted to continue working with people affected by addiction and housing insecurity.  I'm excited to use both my professional experience and my lived experience in recovery to further my work in community organizations.

Patty, Program Director, Certified Peer Support Specialist

“Alone, we can do so little;

together we can do so much.”