Devin Reaves, Executive Director & Co-Founder
Devin is a person living in recovery since 2007. He is a community organizer and grassroots advocacy leader. Devin has worked on the expansion of access to the lifesaving medication Naloxone, implantation of 911 Good Samaritan policies, and the development of youth oriented systems. He wants to build constituencies of consequence that will lead to meaningful public health policy changes around substance use disorders. Devin is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition (PAHRC).
The mission of PAHRC is to promote the health, dignity, and human rights of individuals who use drugs and communities impacted by drug use. Recognizing that social inequity, criminalization, and stigma silence those affected most, we advocate for policies that improve the quality of life for people who use drugs, people in recovery, and their communities.
Devin received a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice with a focus on community and organizational change and has a BA in Human Services from Lynn University. Devin also serves on the Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force and the Board of Directors for the Association of Recovery Schools.
Erin Russell, Co-Founder
Erin Russell partnered with Devin to co-found the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition in 2017. She provides expertise in harm reduction fostered through ten years of progressive responsibility in the field. She got her start as a volunteer with Prevention Point Pittsburgh’s syringe services program in 2008, and served on the organization’s board of directors from 2013 to 2018. Erin currently works in a leadership role with the Maryland Department of Health on harm reduction policy development and program implementation, during which she has been instrumental in passing statewide syringe access legislation in 2016 and a naloxone expansion law in both 2015 and 2017 that made naloxone “over the counter” in Maryland. Erin holds a Master in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health with a concentration in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences. She supports PAHRC with grant writing, policy development, and strategic planning using giant sticky paper.
Sean Fogler, Community Outreach Coordinator
Sean is a person in long-term recovery, physician and certified recovery specialist. He has over 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry working as a physician, and with patients, administrators, and insurance organizations. Sean is active in the recovery community and has a special interest in trauma and substance use disorders in professionals. He volunteers as a peer support specialist for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and works to improve public health policy for mental health and substance use disorders. Through his lived experience he educates, informs, and works to battle the shame and stigma that keeps the disease of addiction alive. Prior to beginning residency training Sean worked as a professional equity trader at a boutique firm in New York. He has been an advisor, angel investor and has helped start-ups raise capital and connect with unique high quality investors. Sean’s role at PAHRC involves engagement, education, writing, fund raising and expanding knowledge of the disease of addiction and harm reduction. Sean holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Toronto, and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Ross University School of Medicine. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine and a residency in Anesthesiology at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Jessica Hessler, Community Outreach Specialist
Jessica Hessler received her Master of Public Health in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and Master of Social Work in Community Organizing and Social Action from the University of Pittsburgh in 2019. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she became interested in design for social innovation, exploring ways to use design with public service, and from there, she turned her focus to harm reduction, policy and advocacy, and stigma reduction during her graduate programs. After having several people in her life impacted by substance use, she gained a firsthand understanding of the complexities of policies and how they impact support, fueling a desire to advocate for change. She also brings experience from working at various nonprofits, Pittsburgh City Council, and a community foundation, as well as a decade of management experience in the for-profit sector. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Design Studies and Design Management from Arizona State University in 2013. Jessica will support PAHRC with outreach, community organizing, and project management.
Amelia Hoge, Digital Engagement Coordinator
Amelia Hoge is a person in long-term recovery, marketing professional and entrepreneur. She has a professional background in digital marketing, social media, copywriting, business development, and coaching. Amelia became interested in online marketing after she launched her first blog in 2015 and quickly discovered her intuitive ability to master a wide range of digital tools. Since then, she has used these skills to support others in increasing their impact in the online space. Amelia is also a certified life coach with a private coaching practice and she currently serves as a lead coach for Inner Glow Circle, an internationally accredited coach training company. Along with 4 years of experience in digital marketing through starting and growing her freelance coaching business, she is currently pursuing a concentrated undergraduate degree in Direct & Interactive Marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Amelia has merged her holistic background in coaching, business and marketing with her passion for harm reduction, policy and advocacy to support PAHRC through various digital engagement and marketing initiatives.
Anna Martin, Fall 2019 Intern
Anna Martin is a graduate student in Temple University's Masters in Public Health in Health Policy and Management degree program. She received her Bachelors of Science in Public Health from Temple University. On campus, she was involved with voter registration and peer sexual health education. As an undergraduate, she worked as an Emergency Preparedness Planner for Temple's Office of Emergency Management as well a Research Intern with the Center for Obesity Research and Education. She is passionate about ensuring that all persons are given equitable opportunities for health and happiness. Her interests in political advocacy, disaster management, and improving the lives of persons who use substances intersect around building and sustaining community resiliency. Her long-term goals are to advocate for, create, and implement local public health policies that provide communities with the resources necessary to achieve the best health outcomes.
Yinde Newby, Fall 2019 Intern
Yinde Newby is a natural-born activist, published author of two-self help novels, editor and community service coordinator for the Good Girl movement which is an online blog meant to advocate for the return of liberated black woman, free-lance writer for AYA.co which is a company that creates eco-friendly greeting cards, founder of a non-profit called S.I.S. (Sisters.Inspiring.Sisters) which is a mentoring organization that prepares high-school black and brown women for college, and when she is not serving outside, she is serving within her classroom as a 7th grade English Educator helping to transform lives by working to bridge the achievement gap, and to advocate for equity amongst students of color. She received her undergraduate degree from Hampton University where she majored in Journalism & Communications and minored in English. She is currently pursuing her MPA from Baruch College where she hopes will lead her to being a change agent where she is changing and implementing policies to advocate for prison pipeline elimination, better health care and school systems for black and brown children, and to stop the war on drugs and the very thing that leads to overcrowded prisons and mass incarceration amongst black people. Since she was a child, Yinde was always obsessed with this idea of helping all types of people by doing many jobs, as a child, she thought that she wanted to be an actor now she realizes that wanting to do for people, just makes her human.
Brian Hackel, Fall 2019 Intern
After Brian obtained his bachelor's degree in marketing, he sought to use his skills to promote issues that he cares about. His passion for harm reduction grew when he volunteered for over a year with his local syringe exchange program in Chinatown, NYC. Since then, he has been pursuing a masters in addiction studies and is looking forward to using his experiences to help inform others about the benefits of harm reduction and related services for individuals, families, and communities.
Rebecca Bongiovanni, Fall 2019 Intern
Rebecca "Bekk" Bongiovanni is an activist, parent, and person in recovery motivated to amplify the voices of, and demand policy change to support, stigmatized populations. She received a BA of Psychology with a focus on gender and human sexuality from Rutgers in Camden in 2013, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Social Work from Widener University. Bekk has worked in the field of addiction as a Navigator and Recovery Specialist for the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program in New Jersey for the past year, learning first hand the barriers involved in the current recovery services system, and the great need for harm reduction in the community.