About Us

Our Addiction Counseling Team

Our experienced New Life team is completely invested in each and every client … professionally and compassionately guiding you on the road to recovery … and helping you stay on course.

Beverly Porter ErvinBeverly Porter Ervin

Director and CEO

Beverly’s training and background in organizational management began in 1974 while employed at the U.S. Naval Academy, providing administrative support in various divisions. In 1984, she was asked by her father – New Life Founder Thomas Porter – to assist him with the start-up of New Life Addiction Counseling Services, Inc. Within a five-year span, the duo opened five facilities in four Maryland counties: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, and Wicomico. Since then, Beverly has served in several key positions at New Life, culminating with Executive Director and CEO after Tom retired in 1998. Beverly is a member of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) and the Maryland Addictions Directors Council (MADC). Her entrepreneurial skills in administrative and organizational management have proven to be a key component to New Life’s ongoing success.

Abdulhafiz A. Ahmed, MD FAPA

Medical Director 

Dr. Ahmed recently joined New Life Addiction Counseling Services as our Medical Director. Dr. Ahmed’s role is to assess and manage New Life clients for psychiatric and substance use disorders. He also conducts medical chart reviews and provides medical direction for the New Life executive and clinical staff. Dr. Ahmed received his undergrad from University of Maryland, College Park, his Medical Doctor degree from Georgetown School of Medicine in DC, residency and fellowship from the University of Maryland Medical System. Following his residency and fellowship accomplishments Dr. Ahmed became licensed to practice in NY state and Maryland. While in NY state he practiced in the Syracuse region in various professional positions, such as, staff psychiatrist for Hutchings Psychiatric Center, Medical Director and Psychiatrist for The VA of Syracuse their Mental Health and Suboxone Maintenance Program along with positions with the Upstate Psychiatric Group, Brownell Therapy Center, Dewitt Counseling and private practice. Dr. Ahmed was also employed by St Joseph Hospital for emergency psychiatric services in Syracuse NY. Dr. Ahmed is a member of the AMA American Psychiatric Association American Board of Medical Specialty, a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has been awarded SBH Physician of the Year 2008-2009 and again in 2013. Dr. Ahmed is honored to be recognized as a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. The treatment team and facility of New Life Addiction Counseling & Mental Health Services is proud to have Dr. Ahmed as our Medical Director.

Noreen Ammons, LCADC/LCPCNoreen_Ammons

Clinical Director, Women’s Substance Abuse/Trauma Group Counselor

Noreen has been helping patients at New Life for over 12 years. Noreen has over 19 years of professional experience in working in the addictions field and holds several licenses, which enable her to train and supervise all of New Life’s counselors and interns.

Noreen is licensed in both Addiction Counseling and Professional Counseling. She received her Master’s degrees from Grand Canyon University in Arizona. She is a member of the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (NADAAC), the American Counseling Association (ACA), and serves on the Regional Advisory Group of the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling. At New Life, Noreen is responsible for the development and supervision of our clinical staff. Additionally, Noreen runs the Women’s Substance Abuse/Trauma aftercare group, facilitates staff meetings, meets with clients who are struggling to get clean and helps in our day-to-day operations.

Steven Corvilla, MD, MPH


Dr. Corvilla has been working in the addiction’s field for over ten years and has helped numerous organizations to implement proper protocol of detoxification methods for chemical, alcohol, and polysubstance abuse. He received his MD from Meharry Medical College and completed his Post-Graduate Training with Dartmouth College, University of Maryland/Midtown Campus, and Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is board-certified with the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

At New Life, Dr. Corvilla evaluates new patients’ chemical and alcohol abuse, performs Suboxone induction and monitors detoxification/taper and performs Polysubstance detoxification.

Dwayne Gould MS, CAC-AD

Intensive Outpatient Group Counselor

Dwayne joined New Life Addiction Counseling Services in March 2016. For 16 years, Dwayne has been providing alcohol or drug counseling services to the addiction community. He received his Bachelors from Morgan State University and graduated from Baltimore University with a Master of Science in Negotiation & Conflict Management. Along with his earned degrees, Dwayne is also a certified mediator. His mediation techniques and comforting style benefit his clients as they progress through recovery. When Dwayne is not counseling, he relaxes by watching NFL football, enjoys grilling and gardening. New Life is pleased to have Dwayne on staff as a group counselor.

Erin Hume, M.S., LCPC

Intake Counselor/ADTG Counselor

Erin is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who began working at New Life in 2005. She obtained her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University. Erin is the expert on the requirements clients must meet for the Maryland State Certified DWI-DUI program. Erin runs our Alcohol & Drug Treatment Group (ADTG) specifically for these clients. She also performs Intake Assessments. Erin used to work with clients on methadone and has a broad understanding of what each new client she assesses needs. In addition, Erin assists with the education of interns and fills in for other counselors as needed.

Hannah Johnson, CSC-AD

Intake/Assessment Coordinator

Hannah started at New Life as an intern in 2012 and excelled, propelling her into a career opportunity with the organization. She holds her Associates Degree in Addictions Counseling from Anne Arundel Community College and has been an Alcohol and Drug Trainee since 2013. She is currently working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at UMBC. Hannah is a member of Al-Anon and regularly attends meetings which not only helps her in her personal journey, but helps her continue to learn and fully comprehend the nature of the disease of addiction. Hannah conducts assessments with New Life’s clients and ensures that new clients are placed in the appropriate level of care. She submits clinical information to health insurance companies in order to attain authorization for client’s treatment and provides a positive introduction to New Life’s services and all our program has to offer. Hannah always has a smile on her face and a hand to help both clients and staff.

Debbie Murphy, BSN, CAC-AD

Intensive Outpatient Counselor, Aftercare Counselor

Debbie has extensive knowledge in working a recovery program as well as helping others to attain and maintain sobriety from drugs and alcohol. Debbie has an amazing ability to meet our clients where they are in their recovery due to her understanding of the disease of addiction. Debbie is one of the most compassionate, caring and loving people you will ever meet. She always has a smile on her face, regardless of the situation. Debbie brings all of these qualities into her group room on a daily basis, which has allowed her to help a great deal of people and become a true asset to New Life’s team.

Debbie earned her BSRN from the University of DE, her AAS in Chemical Dependency at CCBC and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Trainee. Along with performing initial assessments for our clients, she is also a group counselor for a morning co-ed Intensive Outpatient Program and our morning Aftercare Program. Debbie always goes beyond her duties to help her clients succeed. She physically demonstrates concepts so that everyone can understand.

Misshay White, CSC-AD

Group Counselor – Women’s-only Intensive Outpatient Group, Family Support Group Counselor

Misshay is a walking glimmer of hope and light for the female patients her at New Life. She has an extensive background in leading women to live more purposeful and truly happy lives. She is the Co-Founder and Vice President of a 501C-3 corporation whose mission is to empower the lives of women, one woman at a time. They provide healing and deliverance by addressing the whole person’s spirit, soul and body. Misshay also volunteers at an organization where the mission is to provide women and their children emergency shelter and a safe, comfortable transitional housing alternative.

All of Misshay’s background, experience, resources and her truly loving, caring and nurturing disposition make her the perfect person to run our Evening Women’s Intensive Outpatient Group. At New Life, Misshay facilitates and counsels individuals and families in a group setting by offering to help them understand problems, deal with crisis situations, define goals and develop realistic action plans. Misshay has received her Associates of Applied Sciences degree in Addiction Counseling (Magna Cum Laude) and Associates of Arts degree in Transfer Studies (Magna Cum Laude). She has her certificate in Human Services, diploma in Ministerial Studies and is a licensed and ordained minister.

Brenda Brendel-Reckline, ADT

Brenda joined New Life Addiction Counseling Services in December 2016, part-time and moved to a full-time position as a counselor in May of 2017. Brenda leads the COC group for men along with administering assessments for client’s placement into the New Life program. Brenda graduated from Anne Arundel Community College with her degrees in both Addiction Counseling and Human Services. Her long term goal is to eventually obtain a Master’s Degree in Behavioral/Mental Health – always with a focus on addictions. Brenda brings over 5 years of experience working in different modalities of treatment for those with addiction issues. You will find Brenda is passionate about reaching those suffering with addiction/mental health issues and advocates for her clients regularly. She believes her level of empathy is her strongest asset, along with her passion to help others. New Life Addiction Counseling Services is proud to have Brenda as a member of our treatment team.



The staff is very understanding and extremely helpful. My counselor was great!

C.N. 2/6/2014