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Meet Your Alumni Coordinators

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Allison Drinkard - Alumni Coordinator - NE Kansas

Hello, my name is Allison Drinkard and I am beyond excited to be a part of the Valley Hope Family. I am from Atchison Kansas and I have lived here my whole life.  I love to sing, dance, workout, read, and play with my dogs. I graduated from Atchison High in 2009 and began working at America Bowman restaurant in Weston, Missouri in 2009. I also have been working for Worth Harley Davidson in Kansas City for the past 3years doing promotional events and giveaways. I have worked in the service industry my entire career.  I am beyond excited to start my career with Valley Hope. My goal as a Alumni Coordinator is to lead and help others live a fun sober life. I hope to accomplish many great things through Valley Hope, but the main goal is to build a “home like” atmosphere where everyone wants to come back. I love Valley Hope, not only for their mission to save lives, but the loving, warm welcome feeling I get every time I walk through the doors. My experience in the service industry will play a huge roll in my new position.  I have the ability to talk to anyone and really open a listening ear.  I hope that with my skills and knowledge gained through Valley hope I can build a sober community with fun activities. I hope to build renewal days, involve more friends and family and really take pride in the mission in saving lives minute by minute. My job inspires me every  day to be a better person and always be a lending ear and hand. I hope to have a long successful career with Valley Hope and help with the mission of saving lives in any way possible.

HBC - Alum Coord - Jessica Ragan

Jessica Ragan - Alumni Coordinator - Arizona

My name is Jessica Ragan, I was born and raised in Arizona. I bounced back and forth between many cities in the valley throughout my life. I lived in Colby, Kansas for a short period of time for a volleyball scholarship I received for college, but soon after moving to Kansas I moved back home to Arizona. I have experience in the recovery field from previously working for Carla Vista Sober Living, temporarily, as the Women’s Director. I also worked in the food industry for a few years which taught me how to build relationships with people, how to be an active listener, marketing, and how to work hard but have fun at the same time. I grew up in a family filled with caregivers, so it’s only natural that I follow in those same footsteps.  Although I don’t have the most experience in the recovery field, I do believe that I can take skills that I’ve gained from other industries and use them to my advantage. All I’ve ever wanted to do in life is to have the chance to help people. I desire to go home at the end of the day in hopes that I made a positive impact on someone’s day, even if that means just getting someone to smile or making someone laugh. The simple things like that in life always make me feel the most accomplished and give me a sense of fulfillment. I am truly honored to be one of the Alumni Coordinators, and even more honored to be a part of the Valley Hope family. As Alumni Coordinator I hope to gain as many strong and reliable resources as possible, which in return would support more people for success. I want the patients to feel confident and be filled with hope when they walk out the door to venture off to the next chapter of their lives. But most importantly, I want alumni to continuously come back and stay involved by sharing that same hope with others.

HBC - Alum Coord - Kay Schrag

Kay Schrag - Alumni Coordinator - SC Kansas

Hello, my name is Kay Schrag. I have lived in central Kansas my entire life. I love to spend time with my family, they are very near and dear to my heart. In 2015, I was on the road of self-destruction.  I was about to lose everything I know and love.  I checked myself into Valley Hope in Moundridge.  I completed my treatment and regained self- respect, self-love and the desire to live a clean and sober life. I’ll have to admit completing treatment has been one of the hardest things I have ever done.  I’m a work in progress and I must remind myself to live life one day at a time. I owe my life to Valley Hope. Like many patients, I developed a strong desire to “Pay it Forward.” I knew someday I wanted to help people in recovery. In 2017, I joined the Valley Hope family as a Patient Care Aide. I love the patient and family contact. I enjoy listening to their stories and looking for similarities. When I share with an anxious and frightened patient or family member that I am in recovery, they relax and breathe a sigh of relief. In my role as Alumni Coordinator, I plan to gather and offer reliable resources to help the patient when they leave treatment and forge relationship that will encourage them to stay active with Valley Hope on their roads of recovery. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my three grandchildren, listening to music, playing the mandolin, crafting, reading, shopping and laughing. If I touch one person’s life, my heart is happy!

Anne Garrett

Anne Garrett - Alumni Coordinator - Colorado

Greetings, my name is Anne Garrett and I am humbled and excited to be a new addition as the Alumni Coordinator. I am grateful for each new day and this new season in my life.  My decision to make a career change was made for one reason; to make a difference each day by touching lives. I believe if you serve others, you will never feel like it is work.

I have spent most of my life in Northern Colorado as I grew up in Fort Collins. I went on as pre-med student to the University of Northern Colorado, but life took me on a beautiful journey as a wife and mom.  I met my husband at the end of my high school career and the rest as they say is history. I have two daughters and a son ages 18, 15, and 13. I have spent the last thirteen and a half years running my family’s business in Northern Colorado. I learned quickly that although I held many roles, the relationships I developed became the highlight of my day. It’s amazing the impact you can make in someone’s day just asking a stranger a simple question of how they are. I have always believed we all have the power to change the course of someone’s day.

In May of 2018 we felt there was a greater plan for our family and made the decision to relocate to Parker. It became apparent that I was being called to a different career path.  My natural desire to love and nurture became deeper and my current career could no longer fulfill that desire. As the alumni coordinator I can do just that.

In my spare time I love being with my family. We are a huge football family.  During the fall you’ll find me on the sidelines at my sons’ games, watching a Friday night game where my husband coaches, or catching a Huskers game in Lincoln a diehard Husker fan. I love to laugh and am blessed to have a household full of silliness.  We are constantly going on new adventures as a family.  The beauty of the backdrop of the Colorado mountains never get old and we look forward to hiking and camping during the summer.

Meet Your Alumni Coordinators

Photo of Allison Drinkard, the Northeast Kansas Alumni Coordinator

Allison Drinkard
Alumni Coordinator - NE Kansas

Hello, my name is Allison Drinkard and I am beyond excited to be a part of the Valley Hope Family. I am from Atchison Kansas and I have lived here my whole life.  I love to sing, dance, workout, read, and play with my dogs. I graduated from Atchison High in 2009 and began working at America Bowman restaurant in Weston, Missouri in 2009. I also have been working for Worth Harley Davidson in Kansas City for the past 3years doing promotional events and giveaways. I have worked in the service industry my entire career.  I am beyond excited to start my career with Valley Hope. My goal as a Alumni Coordinator is to lead and help others live a fun sober life. I hope to accomplish many great things through Valley Hope, but the main goal is to build a “home like” atmosphere where everyone wants to come back. I love Valley Hope, not only for their mission to save lives, but the loving, warm welcome feeling I get every time I walk through the doors. My experience in the service industry will play a huge roll in my  new position.  I have the ability to talk to anyone and really open a listening ear.  I hope that with my skills and knowledge gained through Valley hope I can build a sober community with fun activities. I hope to build renewal days, involve more friends and family and really take pride in the mission in saving lives minute by minute. My job inspires me every  day to be a better person and always be a lending ear and hand. I hope to have a long successful career with Valley Hope and help with the mission of saving lives in any way possible.

HBC - Alum Coord - Jessica Ragan

Jessica Ragan
Alumni Coordinator - Arizona

My name is Jessica Ragan, I was born and raised in Arizona. I bounced back and forth between many cities in the valley throughout my life. I lived in Colby, Kansas for a short period of time for a volleyball scholarship I received for college, but soon after moving to Kansas I moved back home to Arizona. I have experience in the recovery field from previously working for Carla Vista Sober Living, temporarily, as the Women’s Director. I also worked in the food industry for a few years which taught me how to build relationships with people, how to be an active listener, marketing, and how to work hard but have fun at the same time. I grew up in a family filled with caregivers, so it’s only natural that I follow in those same footsteps.  Although I don’t have the most experience in the recovery field, I do believe that I can take skills that I’ve gained from other industries and use them to my advantage. All I’ve ever wanted to do in life is to have the chance to help people. I desire to go home at the end of the day in hopes that I made a positive impact on someone’s day, even if that means just getting someone to smile or making someone laugh. The simple things like that in life always make me feel the most accomplished and give me a sense of fulfillment. I am truly honored to be one of the Alumni Coordinators, and even more honored to be a part of the Valley Hope family. As Alumni Coordinator I hope to gain as many strong and reliable resources as possible, which in return would support more people for success. I want the patients to feel confident and be filled with hope when they walk out the door to venture off to the next chapter of their lives. But most importantly, I want alumni to continuously come back and stay involved by sharing that same hope with others.

HBC - Alum Coord - Kay Schrag

Kay Schrag
Alumni Coordinator - SC Kansas

Hello, my name is Kay Schrag. I have lived in central Kansas my entire life. I love to spend time with my family, they are very near and dear to my heart. In 2015, I was on the road of self-destruction.  I was about to lose everything I know and love.  I checked myself into Valley Hope in Moundridge.  I completed my treatment and regained self- respect, self-love and the desire to live a clean and sober life. I’ll have to admit completing treatment has been one of the hardest things I have ever done.  I’m a work in progress and I must remind myself to live life one day at a time. I owe my life to Valley Hope. Like many patients, I developed a strong desire to “Pay it Forward.” I knew someday I wanted to help people in recovery. In 2017, I joined the Valley Hope family as a Patient Care Aide. I love the patient and family contact. I enjoy listening to their stories and looking for similarities. When I share with an anxious and frightened patient or family member that I am in recovery, they relax and breathe a sigh of relief. In my role as Alumni Coordinator, I plan to gather and offer reliable resources to help the patient when they leave treatment and forge relationship that will encourage them to stay active with Valley Hope on their roads of recovery. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my three grandchildren, listening to music, playing the mandolin, crafting, reading, shopping and laughing. If I touch one person’s life, my heart is happy!

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