Meet the Staff
OCARTA is led and staffed by men and women in long-term recovery who utilize their depth of knowledge and experience to provide personally tailored services and empathetic ears.
Donna Woods-Bauer refers to herself as a woman in recovery first and then a professional. Her recovery began the day she picked up the phone and called a friend in the program of Alcoholics Anonymous and went to a detoxification center in Oklahoma City in 1994. After that, Donna graduated from Oklahoma State University in December of 2000 with an Associates of Science degree in Substance Abuse Counseling.
After receiving her certification as an alcohol and drug counselor (CADC), Donna put her formal education on the back burner. Instead, she founded the Oklahoma Citizens Advocates for Recovery and Transformation Association (OCARTA), in February of 2002. With funding from the ODMHSAS, the agency began advocating for the rights of individuals, families, and those in recovery with addiction to receive help.
One of Donna’s first notable achievements as leading OCARTA came in 2006. At that time, OCARTA was awarded a SAMHSA-CSAT Grant to help indigent women with children coming out of treatment and prison break down the barriers keeping them stuck in recidivism and relapse.
A great listener full of integrity, her primary role is to motivate others and manage the vision and purpose of the organization. She has traveled throughout the state of Oklahoma to promote Community Sentencing programs, the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (ODMHSAS), Drug Courts, and Peer Recovery Support Specialist programs. With Donna at the helm, OCARTA continues to move forward with its mission of grassroots advocacy, education, and peer recovery support services for all those affected by addition and/or mental illness.
The task is not to become normal. The task is to take up your journey of recovery & to become who you are called to be.
The OCARTA Staff
Whether you need mentoring, accountability, or someone to listen, there’s always an OCARTA staff member waiting to support you.
Get to know a little more about each of our staff, and how they can serve you!
Brandi Smith Vore is a 34 woman in long-term recovery, working towards her bachelor’s degree in Operations Management. She has two children and is married to her best friend and love of her life, David. She has worked in the substance use and mental health field for over seven years and has held several positions throughout that time. She is a Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist with specialized tracks in Supervision, Youth, Veterans, and Elderly Assistance. She is also a Case Manager working towards CMII. Finally, she is a Certified Strengthening Families Facilitator and Trainer as well as a Job Club coach.
C-PRSS, Programs Manager, Recovery Coach
Timothy is 28 years old and is originally from Ventura, California. He is in Recovery from a substance abuse disorder as well as mental health issues such as Bipolar depression and Generalized Anxiety. He is a certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist, specializing in youth services. He is also a licensed Peer Zone facilitator. He has been in active Recovery for 3 years and has worked at OCARTA as the Youth Projects Coordinator for a year and is now the Programs Manager.
C-PRSS, Recovery Coach
Kenneth Belyeu spent most of his life in active addiction. After losing everything he had multiple times, including the loss of his 19-year-old son due to a tragic car accident, he decided at 16 to admit to himself that he is an addict and started to seek out Recovery. He shares his experience, strength and hope with those he works with in order to assist them in rebuilding their own lives. He is now a Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist, a licensed Peer Zone Facilitator, and a Recovery Coach at OCARTA. He also partners with The Education & Empowerment Ministry as well as Moore Youth & Family services doing one-on-one mentoring and facilitating support groups
C-PRSS, Peer Leader Coordinator
“Mentors are instrumental in breaking down barriers that are keeping those new to recovery from becoming successful”
As the Peer Leader Coordinator, Monica Delclef recruits peers in the recovery community that she feels can use their experience, strength and hope to help mentor individuals who are new on their journey. Her mentors empower OCARTA’s newer participants to gain independence and self-sufficiency. Monica, herself, has been a woman in long-term recovery which started in 1996 and solidified 2013. She believes wholeheartedly in Recovery and the Recovery Community, without which she would not be where she is today. Her guiding principle is to always lead by example in order to show herself, her peers, and the world at large that recovery is a reality.
“If mental health awareness was a priority for everyone we would live in a utopia.”
Tyler is a proud Okie, born and raised on the North side of Oklahoma City. He attended John Marshall High School and started at SNU. He loves old movies, sushi, and basketball. He is also successfully living with Paranoid Schizophrenia, type II Bipolar disorder, and clinical depression. Thanks to the right medication & therapy his life has changed tremendously, all for the better. Helping those struggling with mental illness is his passion. Tyler is a strong advocate for mental health reform and is very eager to be of service! Boomer Sooner! Thunder Up!
Veronica Woods is currently attending the University of Central Oklahoma, Majoring in Forensic Psychology to support her goal of joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). She has been apart of OCARTA since it first opened its doors but has only been working at OCARTA for the last year and a half. She has a passion for this type of work because she has been raised in the rooms of Narcotics Anonymous and believes that all addicts deserve to get help. She is a co-coordinator of the youth program here called TNT and she works on finances. She is excited to be a part of the team. She believes that teenagers need just as much help as addicts because they are the future of society.
C-PRSS, Recovery Coach
William, a Vietnam Veteran & a Recovering alcoholic, came to OCARTA at first as a participant and then soon started to volunteer his time, helping anywhere and anyway he could. Not long after his volunteering began he was presented with an opportunity to work more closely with the V.A.; William has gone through the V.A.’s mentorship training program and now also mentors Veterans at the V.A. Medical Center using his personal Recovery/Survival story to help empower and advocate for others who are trying to get into Recovery themselves. William is now a Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist and a Recovery Coach here at OCARTA. He is a gentleman in long-term Recovery and because of that Recovery he enjoys time spent with his large and loving family consisting of his children and his grandchildren. He is grateful to be able to be a loving Father and Grandfather.
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