There is no hero in heroin foundation

Who We Are

There Is No Hero In Heroin Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the devastation addiction causes families. We envision a world where fewer lives are lost and help exists for the millions of Americans affected by addiction.

Our Mission

The mission of the There is No Hero in Heroin Foundation is to promote awareness, educate the public and encourage those struggling with substance use disorder and those who love them. We are dedicated to raising the curtain on the epidemic of substance use/co-occurring mental health disorders in our schools, the scarcity of rehabilitation programs, and the need for quality federally and state funded recovery community organizations (RCOs). There is no hero in heroin, only those who overcome.

Volunteering

Volunteers are always needed and appreciated. Help us fight this battle. We need your help.

Recent Programs

Our first events have had much success, and allowed us to build up steam and spread the message of the fight.

Our Goals

RECOVERY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION (RCO)

A recovery community organization (RCO) is an independent, non-profit organization led and governed by representatives of local communities of recovery. RCOs organize recovery-focused policy advocacy activities, carry out recovery-focused community education and outreach programs, and/or provide peer-based recovery support services. – wellnessandrecovery.org

Board of Directors

Joseph Engle

Joseph Engle

Founder / President

Board Member since 2013, person in long-term recovery.

Joe’s family moved to Las Vegas in 1978 when he was 11 years old. He graduated from Western High School in 1985 and has worked for Safe Electronics since 2002 as an IBEW Low Voltage Senior Technician. Joe’s 19-year-old son Reese died in 2011 due to an overdose of heroin. The unbearable loss and profound pain that Joe experienced tormented him for a year. Upon the first “Angel Anniversary” of Reese’s death, a group of grieving parents with similar stories decided that they needed to help other families impacted by the opioid crisis.  In June 2013, the nonprofit There is No Hero in Heroin Foundation formed to provide support and financial assistance for those seeking long term sobriety from opioid addiction. In the last five years, TINHIH Las Vegas has become a leader in the recovery community as well as a vocal advocate for sustainable recovery programs at the local, state and federal level. Along with Board Members Donn Jersey and Jeffery Horn, Joe advocated for the creation of the Clark County School District’s Mission High School in downtown Las Vegas which opened in the Fall of 2017.

Rhonda Fairchild

Secretary

Board Member since 2017, person in long-term recovery.

Rhonda is a teacher and serves as the Director of the Alternative Peer Group at CCSD’s Mission High School located in downtown Las Vegas. Opened in the Fall of 2017, Mission High School is the first publicly-funded school of its kind in the nation with a program dedicated to students struggling with addiction. Rhonda grew up in Las Vegas where she attended Chaparral High School and graduated UNLV in 2009 with a degree in Geology. Prior to working for the CCSD, Rhonda was the Office Manager for local restauranteur “Chef Nat” Young of Natalie’s Eat.

Randa Shea

Treasurer

Board Member since 2013, person in family recovery.

Randa Shea is an attorney who has practiced law at several high-profile law firms in Las Vegas after being admitted to the Nevada Bar in 1983. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Randa grew up in the Scottsdale area. She pursued economics at Stanford University, graduating in 1979. After spending time in Paris, France, she returned to Arizona for law school, graduating from the University of Arizona in Tucson in 1982. Randa is the principal/owner of Randa Reiff Shea, Attorney-at-Law, a private law practice. Randa gives back to her community by being a volunteer for American Cancer Society for twenty plus years, by being on the Board for Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys for several years, and by being a Truancy Diversion Judge the last three years.

Jeff Horn

Board Director

Board Member since 2016, person in long-term recovery.

Born in Northern California, Jeff Horn and his family moved to Southern Nevada in 1981. A person with 30 years in long-term recovery, Jeff has spent most of his adult life working within the Clark County School System. Principal of Green Valley High School for eleven years, Jeff was responsible for the implementation of a random drug-testing program for athletes, one of the first of its type in the Nation. In his current role as a Clark County School District Associate Superintendent, Jeff played an integral part in the development, approval and implementation of the first Recovery High School in the State. For his work in recovery and education, Jeff was awarded the Robert Rehmar Addiction Professional Award at the 2017 Foundation for Recovery Gala.

Dr. David Slattery

Board Director

Board Member since 2017, advocate for recovery.

David Slattery, MD, FACEP is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Emergency Medicine Research at UNLV School of Medicine, and he practices clinically in the ER and Trauma Center at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada. He also serves as Deputy Chief and Emergency Medical Services Medical Director for the City of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue. He has been instrumental in bringing the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue (LVFR) into the recovery movement and has organized numerous LVFR-sponsored Naloxone trainings around the Las Vegas valley. As an outspoken recovery advocate, he has also been supportive of TINHIH over the last few years and is a regular attendee at local conferences involving recovery and treatment-oriented issues.

Krista Hales

Board Director

Board Member since 2017, advocate for recovery.

Krista grew up in Henderson and attended Coronado High School. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) earning her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2012. In September 2012, Krista began a Substance Abuse Counselor for the Center for Behavioral Health at the Cheyenne Road location, which is licensed as an Integrated Opioid Treatment and Recovery Center as of 2017. Krista was later promoted to Clinical Director and Program Director at the McDaniel Street location but was most recently moved into the IOTRC Director position for the CBH locations in Nevada. Krista works closely with TINHIH to offer Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) grants to individuals who seek treatment at CBH and need to pay for their first week of treatment but have no financial resources. CBH works with patients to schedule future weekly treatments using private insurance, Medicaid or self-funding. TINHIH has provided approximately $5,000 in MAT grants for 87 individuals.