Gold Event Sponsor
Gibson Holden Foundation
Bronze Event Sponsors
Jamie and Becky Bentley • Caron Treatment Centers
Joseph & Mary Fenkel • Hatboro Federal Savings
Mirmont Treatment Center • Katherine & John Mitchell
Rehab After Work • Laurie & Steve Rosard
On a cool Sunday morning in May, Mary Nixon graciously opened her Berwyn, PA home to host a fundraiser commemorating the five year anniversary of Be a Part of the Conversation, an innovative organization that provides much-needed support to local communities through engaging, educational programming. Approximately 90 people were in attendance, including young people in recovery, family members whose loved ones have struggled with addiction, professionals, friends and supporters. Nixon is the Founder and Executive Director of the New Leaf Club, a non-profit “safe-haven” community center dedicated to education, enlightenment and entertainment.
Guests connected over a delicious brunch on Nixon’s porch, followed by a warm welcome by Be a Part of the Conversation’s Board President, John Mergenthaler, who shared his personal involvement in the organization. Next, guests gathered in the rustic barn just a short walk from the main house for the main program. Hatboro-Horsham High School (HHHS) English teacher, Kristin Hannings, director of the one-act play, Addict, introduced the performance. Four students performed a scene from the acclaimed play (from a recent performance at HHHS, where the actors attend). The cast fielded questions from an engaged crowd before special awards were presented.
Be a Part of the Conversation Executive Director, Kim Rubenstein, received a standing ovation for her dedication to the organization before presenting the Conversation Youth Inspiration Award to Caroline Fenkel, MSS, LSW, Clinical Outreach Representative, Newport Academy Teen Treatment Center. Fenkel, who is in long term recovery, is pursuing her doctorate in social work at University of Pennsylvania this fall.
Next, Rubenstein presented the Conversation Inspiration Award to Roland Lamb, MA, Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services in Philadelphia. Lamb has been
working in the field of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Dependence Treatment for more than 42 years as a counselor, therapist, supervisor, coordinator of addictive services, program director, trainer, lecturer, consultant and administrator. (learn more about Fenkel and Lamb below)
Following Rubenstein’s presentation highlighting the mission and programming of Be a Part of the Conversation, Steven Perlman, a financial advisor, closed the event by sharing his emotional experience as the parent of someone struggling with addiction.
Be a Part of the Conversation would like to recognize the generosity of its sponsors, who support this valuable programming: The Gibson Holden Foundation, Jamie and Becky Bentley, Caron Treatment Centers, Joseph and Mary Fenkel, Hatboro Federal Savings, Horsham Clinic, Kessler, Topaz, Meltzer & Check LLP Charitable Fund, Mirmont Treatment Center, Katherine & John Mitchell, Rehab After Work, Laurie & Steve Rosard, Steps4Hope, Summit Behavioral Health, and Anonymous donors.
Post written by Lisa Broida Bailey
Learn more about the production of Addict here.
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Kim's Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) credential was created for adults who have been directly impacted by another person's substance use disorder. The CFRS shares their lived experience with other families to provide recovery support services. A CFRS is trained to help families move into and through the recovery process.
With more than 25 years of experience in graphics and marketing, Kim had a freelance graphic design business and was the Marketing Coordinator of the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation after several years as a member of their Board of Directors. Today she is happy to put all that creative energy into spreading the word about Be a Part of the Conversation.
Kim earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism at West Virginia University, with a concentration in public relations. She was proud to serve as WVU's student body president. Kim started out as an advertising account executive at a newspaper, then learned the graphic design trade while working with her mentor and friend, Chuck Moran, at his design firm in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Kim currently lives in Newtown Square, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. She previously lived in Horsham Township for 22 years, where she and Michael raised two wonderful children who support this amazing journey she has embarked upon.