Our Recovery Coaches

​Johny Widell


Johny has been actively involved in the Turning Point community since he moved to Vermont in 2018 to be a resident and novice priest at the Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community in Cornwall. He co-facilitates the Mindful Recovery group at Turning Point and has substantial experience as a recovery coach. Along with his work at Turning Point, he is the program manager for a weekly community meal in Rutland and plays and sings original music several times a month at Project Independence.

​Mary Emilio


Mary is a Recovery Coach for the center as well as the Porter Emergency department program. She is in long term recovery and is interested in medicated assisted therapy. Mary lives with her husband Parker and cat Truffles in Shoreham, VT.  She is also an avid horsewoman.

Kelly O’keefe


Kelly O’Keefe is a Recovery Coach, with strong ties to the Addison County community. In addition to working full time as a Medical Assistant for one of Addison County’s local MAT programs, Kelly is actively pursuing a Behavioral Science Degree at the Community College of Vermont. Kelly is well connected within the recovery network, as well as the various local resource programs.

When Kelly is not working, you will find her enjoying time with her family. She enjoys art, swimming, gardening, and cooking. Whether it be playing in the rain, or soaking up the sunshine, Kelly finds joy in all aspects of life, and has a passion to spread that insight to others.

Dane Wilson


Raised in Chicago, Dane Wilson is a student at Middlebury College and a recovery coach at our center. He originally became involved with the center through summer volunteering in 2021. After visiting the center and meeting our great staff and participants, he quickly went to the VRCA to obtain his coaching certification. With personal experience and academic investigation in SUD, he was eager to join our team and support the community.

Outside of his work at the center, he spends a lot of time exercising, studying, and cooking. Say hello to him if you see him shopping for avocados at the local Shaw’s!

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