Vice President of Recovery Advocacy and Programs
Director, Indiana Recovery Network

Heather Rodriguez is Vice President of Recovery Advocacy and Programs for Mental Health America of Indiana and Director of the Indiana Recovery Network. Heather is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a bachelor and master’s degree in Social Work and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Addiction Consultant (CADAC) II, and a Certified Addiction Peer Recovery Coach (CAPRC) II.

Heather has a passion for working with underserved and marginalized populations and loves working with organizations and individuals throughout the state of Indiana to develop and strengthen recovery ecosystems. Heather helped create and oversees the statewide Regional Recovery Hub program which consists of 21 organizations providing free peer recovery support services to all 92 Indiana counties. 

Heather is a person in sustained recovery and believes that recovery supports are an integral part of an individual’s journey to overcome challenges associated with substance use and or mental health concerns and that individuals have the right to choose which pathway of recovery works best for them. Heather is a mother, and an avid Colts and Pacers fan.


Rebekah Gorrell has been with Mental Health America of Indiana since 2016, and has joined the IRN team in 2020. She has a background in event coordination and management. Rebekah is a person in recovery and has used her personal experience to help others. She is a Certified Addiction Peer Recovery Coach II, as well as a trained Youth Peer Support. Rebekah believes, “Recovery is whatever you want it to be, recovery is not linear, and we are here to support you on your journey.”

Project Coordinator

Sean joined Mental Health America of Indiana and the Indiana Recovery Network as a Project Coordinator in September 2020. He started his career in various roles on Wall Street in New York City. Prior to joining MHAI, Sean was a Peer Specialist at Aspire in Noblesville, IN. Prior to this, he worked as a Behavioral Health Technician and Recovery Coach at Hickory House treatment center in Greenfield, IN. Sean is a Level II Certified Addiction Peer Recovery Coach. He holds an undergraduate business degree from Indiana University and an MBA from New York University. Sean’s hobbies and interests include everything music and sports.

Project Coordinator

Charles “Chazz” Porter joined the IRN team in the summer of 2021. He has a background in information technology, report writing, and project management.  Chazz is a person in recovery and is using his talents, gifts, and personal experience to help others wherever and whenever possible. He is working on his CAPRC I and CCHW certifications and hopes to help advocate for the State of Indiana that efforts need to expand in all phases of recovery for all people.

Recovery Support Coordinator

John Lee is credentialed as a CAPRC II-FS/GS, CCHW, and is currently continuing his education in Addiction Studies through Ivy Tech Community College. As a person in long term recovery from Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder, John works to promote Recovery and advocates for others suffering from the same stigma-related issues he dealt with in his journey. His personal experiences are what motivate him and his work in the Recovery field. Relaying the message of “Hope, Success, and Light” at the end of the tunnel following a road of destruction & darkness is important to him. He enjoys music, sports, family, and using his spare time working on his sales business. He is an active member of the recovery community.