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 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/LCPC
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.
Dr Nicholas G Scotto, MD
Dr. Scotto and New Life Addiction Counseling & Mental Health Services have a history of referrals and collaboration for several years. Dr. Scotto completed his Residency in 1992 at University of Connecticut Health Center following his graduation from Ross University of Medicine and medical internship at Yale University. Over the last 25 years Dr. Scotto has been the Medical Director at several facilities on the Eastern Shore of Md; Waterside Psychiatric Program, Charter Behavioral Health Systems, Peninsula Mental Health and McCready Hospital. He then migrated towards Baltimore becoming Medical Director and then Chief Medical Officer for Baltimore Behavioral Health. The opportunity to become staff and then consulting psychiatrist at Howard County General Hospital drew him to Columbia where he now has a private practice on the days he is not at New Life. New Life Addiction Counseling Services is pleased to have Dr. Scotto as an integral part of our treatment team.
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.
Debbie Ford, 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, CSC-AD
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.
Noel is the first voice you hear when contacting New Life. She has been with the company for 5 years. Prior to working for New Life Addiction Counseling Services, Noel was employed by a primary care provider. She enjoys the medical office environment and takes pride in assisting the New Life clients towards a successful recovery. Noel enjoys her young family and their time together when she is not in the office. New Life Addiction Counseling is pleased to have Noel coordinating our clients and staff interests.
Gina enjoys the diversity of her position at New Life, from HR to payroll to front desk to supporting the executive, medical and clinical team, Gina is there. She has been with New Life Addiction Counseling Services for 6 years. Gina has her finger on the pulse of all things New Life. She and her husband have raised 4 children and are now grandparents. When Gina is not at the office she can be found relaxing at the beach or by the firepit or spending time with the grandchildren. New Life appreciates the skills and support Gina brings to the New Life programs.
Insurance Review Administrator
Obtaining insurance approval to attend New Life Addiction Counseling is important to everyone that attends New Life. Stacy verifies all insurances for all clients attending and confirms the clients have consistent coverage for treatment. Along with authorizations and verifications, Stacy will conduct chart audits. She is instrumental in getting many clients in-patient when the need arises. Stacy plays an important role in the Vivitrol program, she obtains the insurance approval for the New Life Vivitrol clients. Stacy has over 15 years of experience in the substance use disorder and mental health field. Live concerts, trips to the mountains or the beach keep Stacy relaxed when she is not in the office. New Life appreciates Stacy’s dedication to serving our clients.
Employed with New Life Addiction Counseling services since 2009 Tracy tracks all financial responsibilities for the clients. She works with the confirmed insurance authorizations and bills the insurance companies in a timely manner. Tracy and her husband are lifelong residents of Pasadena, having raised 2 sons in the community, a grandson and more grandchildren are on the way. New Life appreciates Tracy’s key role in the successes of the program.
Billing Manager & Credentialing
Linda sees to it that New Life follows all regulations set by the State of Maryland, that affect New Life business; medical, clinical, personnel and the insurance providers. Linda appropriates incoming funds to the accounts payables. She works closely with the Executive Director, Tracy and Stacy managing the finances for New Life. Linda and her family are longtime residents of Pasadena finding time for fun and relaxation on the local rivers and the bay. New Life is grateful for Linda and the essential role she performs for the business.
Director Community Outreach & Business Development
Out every day presenting New Life Addiction Counseling Services to the public is the primary role of Jennifer’s position. She meets with District Court and Circuit Court officials, Parole & Probation, various criminal attorneys, church counselors, chamber of commerce members, business groups, Anne Arundel County Health Dept., the hospitals, in-patient facilities and more. Jennifer attends and supports the Anne Arundel County Executive’s Not My Child presentations along with other events surrounding recovery; many sponsored by Recovery Anne Arundel. If your community association or business group is looking for a guest speaker, contact Jennifer. New Life appreciates Jennifer’s dedication to the recovery community. When she is not promoting the New Life services she can be found in the company of her family, friends or traveling.
Cathy Haigis, CSC-AD
Counselor and Accessor
Cathy joined New Life Addiction Counseling Services in December 2018 full time as an aftercare program counselor and assessor. She holds an Associate Degree in Human Services and is currently working towards her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at UMUC. She has been working in the field since 2014 and demonstrates a strong passion for addiction counseling. Since graduating, Cathy has worked within the substance abuse field providing group and individual therapy, assessments, treatment planning and crisis intervention to individuals both inpatient and outpatient settings. She utilizes client-centered therapy, motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy to meet clients where they are and to assist them in making healthier life choices. Cathy has gained a reputation in advocating for her clients within the criminal justice system and coordinating care with referring agencies. It is her primary goal as an addictions counselor to provide support, encouragement and guidance for those on the path of recovery. Cathy is a valuable member of the New Life treatment team.