SOMI Guests

Season One:

Episode One: Dr. Dawn Nickel is a respected thought leader in the women’s recovery sphere and Founder of SHE RECOVERS Foundation, a not-for-profit grassroots organization that inspires hope, reduces stigma, and empowers women in or seeking recovery for substance use, mental health and other life challenges. Dawn is also a Certified Professional Recovery Coach, with a PhD in health care policy. In her advocacy and volunteer work, as well as in her career as a researcher and consultant, Dawn has focused largely on exploring how best to support women who experience substance use disorders, mental health issues and intimate partner violence, the three issues that prompted Dawn to start her own personal recovery journey in 1987.




Episode Two: Greg Williams is a strategic health policy consultant and communications specialist. He is a person in long-term recovery and the award-winning filmmaker of feature length documentaries, The Anonymous People and Generation Found. Greg has a master’s degree in addiction public policy and over a decade of experience working with organizations and government agencies on solving addiction issues. He executive produced the historic UNITE to Face Addiction Rally on the National Mall which was memorialized in a PBS special reaching nearly 70% of American households. Greg also produced the launch event and companion TV special for the release of the Surgeon’s General Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health: Facing Addiction in America.

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Episode Three: Marin Nelson is Regional Vice President, Enterprise Service Cloud and President of SOBERforce at Salesforce. She is passionate about living and leading authentically, creating space and community for others to show up as their true selves in the workplace. She celebrated 16 years sober on May 8 and is an active member of the recovery community. Marin lives in Afton, Minnesota with her husband and full-time stay at home parent, Darrin Kovar, and their blended family of four kids (ages 4 to 16), dog, Rosco, and 12 chickens. 


Episode Four: TJ Woodward is a recovery expert, bestselling author, inspirational speaker, and addiction treatment specialist who has helped countless people through his simple, yet powerful teachings. He is the creator of The Conscious Recovery Method, which is a groundbreaking and effective approach to viewing and treating addiction. TJ is also a featured thought-leader on along with Brene Brown, Dr. Gabor Matte, and Mark Lundholm. He is an ordained Agape minister and founder of Agape Bay Area in Oakland. TJ is the author of Conscious Being: Awakening to your True Nature, and Conscious Recovery: A Fresh Perspective on Addiction. His third book, Conscious Creation: 5 Steps to Embracing the Life of Your Dreams, will be released in December 2021. 





Episode Five: Leonard Buschel is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor who has been “clean and sober” 26 years and is the founder of Writers In Treatment whose primary purpose is to promote ‘treatment’ as the best first step solution for addiction, alcoholism and other self-destructive behaviors. Leonard is the director of the 13 year old REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium®, and for six years has been the editor/publisher of the weekly Addiction/Recovery eBulletin®. He also directs and produces the annual Experience, Strength and Hope Awards® in Los Angeles.

Episode Six: Payton Kennedy is the creator & facilitator of SHE RECOVERS DANCE, a guided movement experience promoting self-awareness, body positivity, freedom, joy, and empowerment for recovering women. She is also a Dancing Mindfulness facilitator and a SHE RECOVERS Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher. An event planner by trade, Payton joined SHE RECOVERS in 2017 co-planning SHE RECOVERS in NYC and SHE RECOVERS in LA, as well as workshops and retreats all over North America. Her current role with the SHE RECOVERS Foundation is Director, Foundation Events. Payton is in long-term recovery, an adoptee, and an autism-mamma to her wonderful son Greyson. Her participation in her community and service to all is focused on creating and sharing embodied practices that build resilience in recovery and life.