Minnesota Recovery Connection
800 Transfer Rd, Suite 31
Saint Paul, MN 55114
p. 612.584.4158
f. 612.886.3940
e. info@minnesotarecovery.org


Minnesota Recovery Connection (MRC)’s mission is to strengthen the recovery community through peer-to-peer support, public education, and advocacy.


MRC envisions a world where recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs is understood, promoted, embraced, and enjoyed and where all who seek it have access to the support, care, and resources they need to achieve long-term recovery.

Who We Are:

MRC is a Recovery Community Organization serving the seven county metro area of Minnesota and supporting recovery communities in both St. Cloud and Duluth.

Recovery community organizations (RCOs) are the heart and soul of the recovery movement. In the last ten years, RCOs have proliferated throughout the US. They are demonstrating leadership in their towns, cities and states as well as on the national landscape. They have become major hubs for recovery-focused policy advocacy activities, carrying out recovery-focused community education and outreach programs, and becoming players in systems change initiatives. Many are also providing peer-based recovery support services. RCOs share a recovery vision, authenticity of voice and are independent, serving as a bridge between diverse communities of recovery, the addiction treatment community, governmental agencies, the criminal justice system, the larger network of health and human services providers and systems and the broader recovery support resources of the extended community.

~ Faces & Voices of Recovery

ARCOMRC is a member organization of Faces & Voices Association of Recovery Community Organizations (ARCO). ARCO unites and supports the growing network of local, regional and statewide recovery community organizations (RCOs). ARCO links RCOs and their leaders with local and national allies and provides training and technical assistance to groups. ARCO helps build the unified voice of the organized recovery community and fulfill our commitment to supporting the development of new groups and strengthening existing ones.



MRC is proud to be one of eleven RCOs in the U.S. that is CAPRSS accredited.



MRC is a Recovery Month Planning Partner. The Planning Partners are involved in planning National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) activities in conjunction with the the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Currently, the Planning Partners are comprised of more than 200 federal, state, and local government entities, as well as nonprofit organizations and associations affiliated with prevention, treatment, and recovery of mental and/or substance use disorders.


Wendy Jones

Executive Director


Wendy Jones joined Minnesota Recovery Connection in 2018 after a long career with the Minnesota Historical Society, where she was the Director of Education and a member of its Senior Leadership Team. She brings a strong background in program operations, community collaborations and educational services to MRC and is an experienced nonprofit administrator and leader. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Wendy was a passionate MRC volunteer, completing the Recovery Coach Academy and serving as a Recovery Ambassador and Walk for Recovery volunteer.

Wendy is a former Humphrey Policy Fellow and James P. Shannon Leadership Institute alumna, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Minnesota.  She is currently completing a Masters of Public Affairs from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. A person in long-term recovery, Wendy is also an enthusiastic runner, cook and traveler who loves being a Minnesotan.


Tiffany Irvin

Manager of Peer Services


Tiffany Irvin joined MRC as its Manager of Peer Services January 2, 2018. In this role, she supports MRC’s development and delivery of community-based peer recovery support services that promote and strengthen a recovery-oriented system of care for people with substance use disorders. Tiffany manages the ongoing operations and supervision of MRC’s Peer Recovery Specialist services.

Tiffany is originally from Des Moines, Iowa and now resides in Brooklyn Park with her five children. She is a woman in long-term recovery, a graduate of MRC’s Recovery Coach Academy and previously worked at Nystrom and Associates and Tapestry Residential Treatment Center as a Peer Recovery Specialist. She also has extensive experience as an office manager and previously worked as a supervisor and emergency dispatcher for an ambulance company.

Tiffany had previously been a supporter of MRC as a recovery ambassador and lead volunteer at the Walk for Recovery. She is a Nationally Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, on the Board of Directors at Mental Health Resources, and a  NCC AP ((National Certification Commission of Addiction Professionals) Commissioner through NAADAC (National Association for Addiction Professionals).

Sean McGee

Development Director


Sean leads MRC’s fundraising and advancement work. He is a person in long-term recovery from clinical depression and anxiety, a Recovery Coach Academy graduate, and has experience with family member substance use disorder and recovery. He has worked in public affairs and nonprofit advancement for nearly 13 years. Prior to joining MRC, he worked as a fundraising and development consultant for Minnesota nonprofits for more than 8 years. Sean holds a B.A. from Carleton College and is a candidate for the Master of Public Affairs degree at the U of MN Humphrey School of Public Affairs.


Midori Sakamoto

Community Engagement Coordinator



Nadine Gall

Operations Manager



Recovery Corps: Recovery Navigators

Recovery Corps: Recovery Navigators

Minnesota Recovery Connection’s Recovery Corps members provide one-to-one assistance to recoverees  (individuals initiating and maintaining recovery) in building a self-directed Recovery Plan. A Recovery Plan may include connection to a recovery residence (safe and sober housing), reaching employment or educational goals, or finding opportunities for pro-social activities within their community.



Board of Directors

Jeremy Drucker, Chair
Shana Crosson, Vice Chair
Kevin Whalen, Treasurer
Georgina Brelje, Secretary
Jackie Bluem
Darin Carr
Erin Chambers
Robert Devereaux
David Maley
Joseph Phipps
Patty Rabago
John Rouleau
Yussuf Shafie


How can we support your recovery today?

800 Transfer Road, Suite 31 • Saint Paul, MN 55114 • 612.584.4158

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