Daniel has been in long-term recovery since July of 2002. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Kristy, since January 2004, and they have three incredible daughters. Daniel is passionate about helping people in or looking for recovery. This passion has made him into a recovery advocate who shares the hopeful message of recovery wherever and whenever he can.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in 2005, where he was a member of the collegiate recovery program, Center for the Study of Addiction. He loved this field so much, he went on to earn his master’s in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Addiction Treatment Services at The University of Nevada, Reno in 2012.
In 2008, Daniel was both a co-founder and Collegiate Director for Nevada House of Prayer. Utilizing this experience, he helped develop and manage Nevada’s Recovery and Prevention program (NRAP) at the University of Nevada, Reno. He also taught the courses for the addiction treatment studies minor, CASAT, and was awarded Faculty of the Year in 2016 and 2019 for his dedication.
In 2016, Daniel worked as the Director of Recovery and Community Initiatives at Transforming Youth Recovery, where he advocated for recovery on a national scale. Currently, he is a Project Coordinator for the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT) at the university of Nevada, Reno. In addition to his work in the classroom, he also coordinates NevadaCARES, which is an interpersonal violence prevention program.
Daniel has participated on various local and national advisory boards working to see expanded access to recovery resources and to erase the stigma of addiction. These include the Association of Recovery in Higher Education, Transforming Youth Recovery, Nevada Certification Board, and Awaken Inc.