Our Staff

At New Hope Recovery Center, we utilize a multi-disciplinary team approach in order to best serve our clients individual needs. Our compassionate staff treat each person individually in order to provide the best possible care.

Jeffrey Zacharias LCSW, CSAT, CAADC, BRI-I  – Clinical Director/President

Jeff is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CAADC), Board Registered Interventionist (BRI-I), Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) and Registered Dual Disorder Professional (RDDP) with extensive clinical experience in both the mental health and addictions fields.

Currently, he is the President/Clinical Director of New Hope Recovery Center located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. Additionally, he has a private practice in the Lincoln Square area. His areas of interest including working with all aspects of addiction, severe and persistent mental health issues, personality disorders, trauma and its impact on recovery, hoarding and other obsessive-compulsive disorders and issues within the LGBTQI community.

Jeff is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the National Associations for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) as well as the National Association of Lesbian and Gay Addiction Professionals (NALGAP) where he is on the Board of Directors. He has had articles published in “Praxis: Where Reflection and Practice Meet”, “Addiction Professional” magazine and “Renew” magazine where he writes a monthly blog entitled “Recovering with Pride” which is focused on recovery issues within the LGBTQI community.

Bradd Easton J.D., MAS, BS – Chief Executive Officer

Bradd Easton New Hope Recovery CenterBradd Easton graduated from the University of Illinois (BS – Finance and Masters in Accountancy) and received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Bradd joined New Hope Recovery Center after more than 25 years of executive experience at three Fortune 500 Chicago companies.

As Chief Executive Officer of New Hope Recovery Center, Bradd has been focusing on building New Hope’s recognition nationwide by implementing new marketing strategies, working on search engine optimization for our website presence and researching new advertising channels. He has been an integral part of rebranding New Hope Recovery Center as a client centered facility. He has diligently worked on building new relationships within the recovery community, specifically with programs that assist the LGBT population. He is also a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional and has taken the lead in getting New Hope Recovery Center accredited by the Joint Commission.

He is a member of American Bar Association, Chicago Northshore Compliance Officers and Chicago Regional Business Ethics Network.

Marla D. Kushner, D.O., FASAM, FSAHM – Medical Director

Dr. Marla Kushner graduated from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1985. Her Family Medicine residency was at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan and she completed an Adolescent/ Young Adult Medicine Fellowship at Chicago Osteopathic Hospital and Rush-Pres St. Lukes Hospital in Chicago.

After her fellowship Dr. Kushner began working with a nationally known adolescent substance abuse facility in Chicago and received certification in Addiction Medicine from the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She received her fellowship from the American Society of Addiction Medicine in 2011 and certification by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Kushner has been working with patients with the disease of addiction at nationally known treatment centers as well as her private practice for over 25 years. She has lectured on the subject of Addiction Medicine at numerous local and national conferences.

Humberto Sánchez, CADC – Primary Counselor

Humberto Sánchez has worked in the substance abuse field for over 24 years.  He has worked in numerous roles over the past decades, greatly contributing to a variety of populations and social service departments.

Humberto has worked with  the criminal justice system, the Department of Children and Family Services, the Department of Human Services, and the private sector.  He began his career as a counselor aide at Salvation Army and then moved on to work with Healthcare Alternative Systems. He began in the residential program as a substance abuse counselor and was later offered an opportunity to work with court involved individuals at Cook County Jail’s Daily Reporting Center. This involved working with young males who were awaiting trial. After eight years with HAS, Humberto joined TASC where he worked in the “Temporary Assistance for Needy Families” program as a Field Supervisor overseeing the North and Westside Department of Human Services offices providing assessment and referral services and worked in the “Recovery Coach Program” with clients who were DCFS involved.  In 2006, he joined New Hope Recovery Center where he has been a primary counselor providing case management services to our clients and their family members.

Greg Cox, LCSW, CADC – Primary Counselor

Greg Cox graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2012. He received his Master of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago in 2014.  Greg is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). His areas of interest within the addiction field include working with the emerging adult population, the LGBTQI community, shame-based trauma, and other mental health issues.

Greg has contributed a tremendous amount of research to New Hope Recovery Center’s Addiction Journal before joining the New Hope team as a Primary Counselor. He is also currently working on restructuring our emerging adult program to provide optimal services for our young demographic and their families.

Tessa Mandala, LPC – Primary Counselor and Intake Coordinator

Tessa Mandala is a licensed professional counselor and registered yoga teacher. She received her Masters of Education in community counseling from DePaul University in June 2015 and holds a Bachelors Degree from Colorado State University in psychology and human development and family studies. Tessa specializes in substance abuse, addictions, mood and anxiety disorders, the LGBT community, and mindfulness/yoga therapy. Prior to graduate school, Tessa worked extensively with at-risk youth through mentoring programs in Fort Collins, CO.

Tessa recognizes that recovery is a unique journey for each individual, so she meets the client where they are to develop a recovery program that meets their needs. Tessa is passionate about the psychological and physical benefits of yoga and has studied the philosophies of yoga and its benefits for individuals in recovery. To further her practice and love of yoga, she received her 200-hour yoga teaching certification from CorePower Yoga in 2014. Today, she teaches yoga at New Hope Recovery Center in addition to teaching yoga classes to high school-aged youth,  facilitating yoga therapy groups, and doing private yoga therapy sessions.

Meredith McQuiston, LSW, CADC – Intake Coordinator – Primary Counselor

Meredith McQuiston is a licensed social worker, Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor and a certified yoga instructor since 2010. Meredith received her Masters from Loyola University Chicago, School of Social Work. Prior to moving to Chicago, Meredith earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. In Texas, her experience included rape crisis interventions, supervised parental visitation for children, and acting as an advocate for victims of intimate partner assault cases with the Dallas County District Attorney.

Meredith focuses on addiction treatment, trauma-responsive care, and shame resilience and brings aspects of mindfulness and body integration into her treatment. Meredith also provides feminist-oriented therapy. Meredith has experience in a variety of substance use treatments including outpatient care, medication assisted treatment, detox, and inpatient. Meredith’s passion for social justice is evidenced through her commitment to providing trauma-specific services and advocacy for vulnerable communities.​

Our multidisciplinary team includes:

  • Medical Director
  • Board Certified Psychiatrist
  • Credentialed Drug and Alcohol Counselors
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers
  • Recreational Therapists
  • Yoga Instructor
  • Trained Interventionist