Jason Howell, MBA, PRS
Executive Director of RecoveryPeople
Jason Howell is a person in long-term recovery from mental health and substance abuse issues. He has an MBA from Texas A&M University and is a Peer Recovery Specialist and state approved trainer. In 2008, he opened his first recovery home, and since then, he has overseen as many as 13 recovery residences at one time. Today, Howell is the Executive Director of SoberHood, a recovery community organization that administers the Texas Recovery Oriented Housing Network, which is the state Affiliate of the National Alliance of Recovery Residences, as well as two SAMSHA supported initiatives. The first of these is Recovery People, the statewide Texas peer recovery network, and the other is Texans for Recovery and Resiliency, a collaboration between the statewide peer recovery network and the youth and family mental health networks. Howell is also a founder and the former Board President of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR).
Merlissa is a Program Coordinator for RecoveryPeople. She supports the statewide network of peers, families in recovery, and recovery organizations collaborating to increase recovery and resiliency in Texas. Prior to joining RecoveryPeople, she spent 13 years working in human resources and higher education administration. Merlissa holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and a Master's in Business Administration.