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.

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

Addictionologist

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.

Sofia Arnold, MSN, RN, FNP-C

Sofia is board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners with a specialty in Family Practice. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in nursing degree from Newman University in Wichita, KS in 2006 and her Master’s Degree from Fort Hay’s State University in Hays, KS in 2013. She worked as an ICU nurse for approximately 7 years prior to completing her Master’s Degree caring for patients in acute withdrawal among other serious medical conditions. Post Master’s she worked as a Nurse Practitioner in Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine and Urgent Care, prior to joining New Life in 2016. Since joining New Life in 2016, she initiated the Vivitrol program and has since given over 400 injections to treat opiate and alcohol addiction. In 2017, she obtained her buprenorphine waiver and manages clients on buprenorphine therapy. Sofia is a complementary asset to the New Life clinical team.

Deborah Carl, CSC-AD

Intensive Outpatient Group Counselor

Deborah joined New Life Addiction Counseling Services in January 2016. Deborah has over 10 years of experience counseling and treating clients recovering from chemical substance abuse. Many of those years were spent at APM and ADEPT prior to her arrival at New Life. Deborah received her AA degree of Applied Science, Cum Laude from the Community College Baltimore County. She continues to maintain her professional knowledge by attending relevant seminars and conferences on the subjects of substance abuse, gambling addiction and related topics. Deborah works closely with community referrals, the courts and Parole and Probation. New Life appreciates the qualifications Deborah Carl brings to our team and clients.

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

C.N. 2/6/2014