Meet The Back2Basics Team
The staff at Back2Basics is made up of individuals who are diverse, creative and recovery focused. Out team brings to the table both professional expertise and personal experience to help those who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. Our experts are licensed and credentialed professionals, the majority of whom actively participate in 12-step recovery, and supported by team members who have a heart to help those who need recovery. Back2Basics’ staff know how to bring hope, joy and reconnection to a seemingly hopeless situation. Our team is committed to successful addiction recovery for each individual. Our focus is to help our residents learn how to enjoy life without drugs and alcohol through our signature outdoor adventure recovery program.
CEO & Founder
Roy J. DuPrez, M.Ed.
Roy DuPrez founded Back2Basics Outdoor Adventure Therapy after working with at-risk youth through multiple community organizations. His personal and professional experience led him to create a treatment program that addresses the problems of addiction and provides dynamic and engaging solutions. Throughout his academic and professional career, Roy J. DuPrez, MEd has worked with a multitude of young adults and at risk youth. Roy has also co-founded and developed various community programs, including The Indigo Movement Inc. and Juntos Podemos, which focus on life skills and personal development, community cultural awareness as well as drug abuse prevention and alcohol abuse prevention and rehabilitation.
Executive and Administrative Team
Francisco Rendon – Residential Program Director
Francisco Rendon graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. In 1999, he began his professional career working in community mental health. During that time he worked with children and families dealing with severe to mild mental health concerns. He experienced working the full range of personality and mental health disorders and was responsible in providing services to provide stabilization. From 2005 to 2013, he worked for Child Protective Services as a child abuse investigator and a reunification specialist. He then joined Back2Basics as the Program Director and as an opportunity to mentor to young men that are lost and in need of direction. Francisco believes that our greatest strength at B2B is not that we have the right answers, but we are fearless in asking the right questions.
Bachelor of Psychology – Northern Arizona University
Marti Weiskopf- Business Development Director
Marti attended Iowa State University, where she earned her BS in Sociology. Following graduation, she spent ten years as a therapist before working as Program Manager of Adolescent Services for the Supreme Court of AZ. In 1992 she returned to direct treatment care to develop and run a successful and nationally recognized therapeutic boarding school for young men who were struggling in life due to substance use, peer pressure, lack of impulse control, poor self- esteem, learning differences and family issues. During her 17 year tenure, Marti became a leader in her field, serving on several boards and committees of national and regional organizations. She has conducted several marketing and leadership trainings, and has been a sought-after speaker at a number of national conferences.
BS in Sociology – Iowa State University
Kathy DuPrez- Culinary & Nutrition Director
Kathy DuPrez has worked in the foodservice industry for over 35 years and has an Associates Degree in Foodservice Management, Culinary Arts from Los Angeles Mission College in California. Kathy came to Back2Basics in Flagstaff in June of 2011, and as the Director of Culinary and Nutrition, Kathy teaches culinary class two days a week and planning menu’s for the residents and preparing meals four days a week. She also oversees operation of the kitchen and keeps an inventory of all food and personal items for the residents. She encourages residents to eat healthy and balanced meals, which is new for many after their previous lifestyles of addiction.
AA degree in Food Service Management, Culinary Arts from the Los Angeles Mission College
Jenny Knox – Administrative Assistant
Jenny Knox serves as the Administrative Assistant at Back2Basics. Originally from Chicago, she moved to Flagstaff to study Social Work, and Parks and Recreation at Northern Arizona University. The highlight of her college career was spending her last semester at University of Ghana in West Africa. Jenny also works as a Personal Trainer and Nutritionist, her philosophies on the importance of getting back to the basics align with the foundation of Back2Basics which allow Jenny to embrace her three greatest passions daily; working with people, being physically active and being outdoors.
BS – Northern Arizona University and University of Ghana, West Africa
Julia Roberts – Finance & Personnel
Julia assists with both the bookkeeping and finance functions and works closely with the executive team to ensure all accounting and quality control is in place. She also oversees our Personnel and Admissions processes and maintains all records, filings and agency reporting on behalf of Back2Basics and for specific individual resident needs.
Mary DelDuca, M.D. – Psychiatrist
Dr. Delduca is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of children, teens and young adults. Since 1995 her practice in Flagstaff, AZ has integrated medication, psychotherapy, education and compassion to promote healing and growth in the patients and families she serves. Mary received additional psychiatry training at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.
Erin Erwin-Mahlios, Ed.D. – Psychologist
Dr. Erwin-Mahlios has over 35 years of experience. Her background originally started with school districts providing psycho-educational evaluations, which afforded her the opportunity of completing psycho-educational evaluations and functional behavior assessments, as well as write behavior plans and make recommendations for better functioning in school and at home. Dr. Erwin-Mahlios has a private practice centered around Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and focuses on depression, suicidal behaviors, self-injury, and anxiety. She serves as our Psychologist on staff, providing psychological assessments for the residents in order to better understand their emotional disorders and addictions.
Natalie Randolph, LMSW, DBH – Primary Therapist
Dr. Natalie Randolph has been working within the Social Work profession for 17 years within a variety of settings, including a private outpatient substance abuse agency. Dr. Randolph currently serves at risk youth within an alternative high school setting, targeting maladaptive coping skills; she has experience working with individuals, groups, couples, as well as families. Additionally, she also serves as an adjunct professor through Northern Arizona University’s Sociology and Social Work Department. Dr. Randolph completed her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Northern Arizona University in 2000, while her Master’s degree in Social Work was received in 2005 from Arizona State University. Furthermore, she completed her Doctorate in Behavioral Health in 2016 through Arizona State University.
Brad Mattingly – Therapist/Counselor
Brad has twenty-two years of experience providing counseling services, and fifteen years of experience in counseling management. He has worked extensively with people arrested for misdemeanor and felony, alcohol/drug and domestic violence charges. He is presently a Counselor and the Director of Mountain Counseling Services, and serves as Therapist/Counselor for Back2Basics. He completed his undergraduate degree in social science and his master’s degree in sociology with an emphasis in criminal justice at Northern Arizona University. He is currently a licensed Substance Abuse Counselor and a certified Domestic Violence Counselor. In addition to his employment, he has been the Coordinator of the County DUI/Drug Court, a part-time faculty member for Northern Arizona University and has worked as a consultant, expert witness, and researcher.
B.S. in Social Science with an emphasis in Criminal Justice from Norther Arizona University
Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor and Certified Domestic Violence Counselor
Keelyn Riley, LCSW, CYT, E-RYT – Primary Therapist
Keelyn Riley has 23 years of experience in both traditional psychotherapy and holistic mind-body healing through the powerful and transformational art of yoga therapy. Her background includes bringing adolescents who were adjudicated/drug addicted and suffering from mental illness into wilderness experiences that challenged them to develop a sense of wholeness from the inside through organic experiences in nature. This career path led her to Flagstaff where she continued her career working at a psychiatric treatment center as a family psychotherapist and eventually program coordinator for the adolescent unit. Keelyn currently teaches yoga and runs a private psychotherapy practice as well as serving on staff with Back2Basics as our Primary Therapist
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Camille Drakeford, MA, LPC – Therapist
Camille is a licensed Clinical Therapist and has been working as a mental health service provider for 16 years. She recognizes the power of a healthy lifestyle and aims to support her clients as they embark on their journeys toward wellness and clarity. She believes that an individual’s full potential can best be accessed through a pro-active approach to life. She is a leader, advocate and visionary, who has a passion to serve and model excellence in her profession. She encourages and supports strong families, individuals and communities through sustainable practices that promote healing, healthy lifestyle choices and self-care. Her passion lies in demonstrating professionalism, providing leadership, and acting as a mentor for upcoming professionals through Clinical Supervision.
Masters – Counseling – Northern Arizona University
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Raquel Rotnes, MA, LMT, CST – Art Therapist
Raquel Rotnes, MA, LMT, CST, has been in the Healing Arts since 1986.She established a successful business, Flagstaff CranioSacral Therapy Center, where she shares Certified Advanced CranioSacral and Somato Emotional Release, Therapeutic Massage Therapy, Feng Shui, Color Therapy and Vision Board Workshops. Presently she teaches the Communication class at ASIS Massage School. Raquel is trilled to facilitate Art Therapy, one of her passions since 1991, with the Back2Basics team.
Outdoor Adventure Team
Kelly McGrath – Outdoor Program Coordinator
“Find love in chaos” This was a message Kelly heard from a student while rafting through the Grand Canyon. After graduating from college in the midwest Kelly ran an outdoor and environmental organization in Portland for high school youth. Kelly has led expeditions all over the world for wounded veterans, survivors of lost veterans, visual and hearing impaired participants and people with differing abilities. Over the last ten years she had the opportunity to spend many nights in the backcountry while traveling by foot or boat in wild places such as Arizona, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Canada, Central America and Europe. After guiding river trips and expeditions for over 10 years Kelly decided she was ready for the next phase in her life at Back2Basics. Running the B2B outdoor program offers her the challenges and opportunities to connect with recovering addicts and help them to find a path to a life filled with love, honesty and integrity.
Ben Scharfenberger, DPT – Kung Fu & Fitness Instructor
Ben believes that his consistent training of Kung Fu has enabled him, through concentrated effort, to overcome many difficult tasks. Ben believes that Kung Fu does not necessarily mean training in martial arts, but mastering an art. “Through concentrated thinking, one learns to self reflect. Arising from self reflection is the realization of your mental and physical abilities. Training and teaching Kung Fu has taught Ben the values of honesty, respect, determination, and perseverance. Ben has been working with local youth for over 10 years in Flagstaff and Northern Arizona. He also teaches Qigong and Tai Chi group sessions for various local Substance Abuse Programs and can testify to the progress his students can achieve through the specific Kung Fu modalities implemented.
- Trained in Qigong, Kajukenbo, Liang Zhenpu Baguazhang, Gao Yisheng Baguazhang (Certified Instructor), Shen Long Xingyiquan (Certified Instructor)
- NATSTA Certified Instructor and Diabetes Program Director, Native Americans for Community Action
- Doctorate – Physical Therapy – Northern Arizona University
- BS in Exercise Science, Minor in Chemistry – Northern Arizona University
Kevin Ries – Outdoor Guide
Kevin grew up outside of Minneapolis, found refuge in the many lakes of northwestern Wisconsin, and became acclimated to the outdoors through canoe and backpacking trips in northern Minnesota. He started guiding informally whenever family or friends came to visit him in the great states of Montana, Alaska, and Arizona. Kevin completed his Wilderness First Responder at the Grand Canyon, taught fly fishing at an international boarding high school in Sedona, and moved to Flagstaff after a summer in Alaska as an ocean canoe expedition guide for at-risk teens. He is currently working towards his Master’s in Counseling at Prescott College.
Wilderness First Responder, Grand Canyon
BS in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Nick Huth – Outdoor Guide
Born and raised in Wilmington, NC, Nick went through both residential and transition at B2B and he maintains his sobriety today through active involvement in Alcoholics Anonymous. ‘B2B, for me, literally was a life-saver, and it allowed me to grow up and finally become an adult.’ Nick now works full-time in the outdoor department and hopes that he can help new residents find the same life-changing experience that he did. On his off-time, Nick loves most any kind of physical activity and his latest passions are climbing, volleyball, and snowboarding. Get him outside and he is happy. Nick got his Wilderness First Responder certification while still in residential treatment and is currently finishing up his EMT certification and hopes to eventually work in healthcare
Daniel Maestas – Auxiliary Outdoor Guide
Daniel Maestas is a Flagstaff native. He is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and holds a Masters in Business Administration. He brings with him a lifetime of knowledge of the Northern Arizona outdoors. His favorite activities include skiing, mountain biking, trail running, climbing, yoga and martial arts. He is involved in many local civic organizations that are geared toward youth in Flagstaff. Daniel is a Wilderness First Responder and enjoys being a part of the B2B outdoor team when called upon.
- Wilderness First Responder, Grand Canyon
- Masters in Business Administration (MBA) – Northern Arizona University
Brad Jones, MSW – Transitional Supervisor
Brad Jones struggled with addiction from an early age. It reached a breaking point shortly after graduating from the University of Oregon. He could no longer handle managing his regular life with the weight of his addiction. After three months in a wilderness program this lead him to Back2Basics. Sobriety wasn’t necessarily his priority upon becoming a resident, but through the experience and wisdom of the staff, therapists, and other residents he realized that this was the only chance he had at living the life he dreamed of. After graduating the transition program Brad began working there to offer the same experience, strength and hope to others. Brad helped build an alumni following in hopes of maintaining the meaningful relationships residents both past and present have gained at B2B.
Christian Cantrell – Transitions Support Staff/Alumni Coordinator
Christian graduated from Back2Basics in 2014. As an alumni, Christian came back to work for the program and offer his experience to the current residents. He truly respects the 12-step approach that B2B offers. Through this approach Christian found an answer to his seemingly insurmountable drug and alcohol addiction. Living life as a young adult in early recovery can prove extremely challenging. As a member of the A.A. community, Christian is honored to walk this path with other young men in the Beyond the Basics Transition Program. Since graduating from Back2Basics Christian has become a student at Northern Arizona University.
Brendon Foley – Transition House Manager
Brendon is currently 22 years old, he came from a loving home in Reno, NV. He arrived at Back2Basics because of his addiction to drugs and alcohol. He had exhausted all of his options and had no where else to turn for help. He completed the first six months in the original outdoor program, then moved into the additional six month transition program. In this process he found a passion for service in helping other young men get sober like him. He has a deep appreciation for his job, he is blessed to get to see the growth in people and be a part of there lives. It is the most rewarding experience he has ever been a part of.
Justin Zola – Residential Support Staff
Justin came to B2B in April of 2014. By way of New York Hudson valley area, Justin arrived in hopes of long term recovery and sustainable sobriety after several treatment facilities and multiple failed attempts. He completed the first 6 months and then the next phase at beyond the basics. In the second phase of B2B, Justin participated in the residential internship. During this time, he found a passion for helping and working with addicts and alcoholics. He worked as a staff member in 2016 for about 8 months. Justin left B2B and has since received his Arizona State Barbers License and has used his license to continue to provide service to the community. Justin has been brought back to the residential team to bring his experience and enthusiasm for the program that helped save his life.
DeAndre Gonzalez – Residential Support Staff
DeAndre Gonzalez completed the full Back 2 Basics program in April of 2016. While he was in the second Phase of the program he interned for 3 months as a Residential technician. He enjoyed the fact that he was able to give back and share his experience in recovery as an intern and he then decided to come on board with B2B as a full time employee. We were excited to have DeAndre and we hired him 3 months out of the program. DeAndre is now on the overnight staff to make sure the residents are okay while they sleep.
Ian McNamara – Residential Support Staff
In February of 2016 Ian McNamara joined the Back2Basics family by beginning the residential portion of the program. He completed both the 6 month residential program and the subsequent transitional program. Following his treatment with Back2Basics, with the desire of giving back to current residents and maintaining his connection to the community, he began a residential internship. In doing so, he found a way to combine his passions for recovery and education.
Carly Banks – Media Coordinator
Carly Banks grew up in Phoenix and obtained an Associate’s Degree in Communication. She moved to Flagstaff to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Electronic Media and Film with an emphasis on Photography at Northern Arizona University. Graduating in 2010, she was thrilled to join the Back2Basics team as the Media Coordinator, where she creates videos and visual content for online publishing. She loves being outdoors and traveling, always with a camera in hand. With a strong passion for helping people, she is so excited to be doing what she loves, for a company that is helping save so many lives.
BA in Public Relations and Electronic Media and Film with an emphasis on Photography – Northern Arizona University
Carly Robertson – Online Content Editor
Carly Robertson is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the B2B staff and mission to provide support to those struggling with addiction. She has witnessed both family and friends battle with the abuse of alcohol and drugs, and then overcome addiction by working the 12 Steps and following a structured recovery program. She is based in Los Angeles, California and has two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Spanish and Communication, with a concentration in Journalism. Her goal is to get the word out to as many people as possible about the wonderful and unique B2B and Beyond the Basics programs through the website, press releases and social networking sites.
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Back2Basics Outdoor Adventure Recovery offers a six-month residential program for substance abuse and alcohol treatment for young adult males 18-30 years of age and is a “private pay” program. Back2Basics uniquely combines the 12-Step Program, Outdoor Adventure Recovery and our Residential Living Program to provide the best possible treatment to achieve long-term sobriety.