Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is comprised of community leaders with expertise in a wide range of areas, including recovery, advocacy, education, finance, law, fund development, and business management. The Board works in tandem to oversee our activities and is responsible for taking care of the strategic and financial health of the organization on an ongoing basis. Each member contributes a tremendous amount of time, energy, and talent to ensure the vitality of our organization.

Meet Our Board

Joyce King
Joyce King


Joyce King is Chief Counsel at the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office. She is the Chief Prosecutor of the Frederick County Cybercrimes Taskforce and serves on the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. Ms. King is a board member for the National District Attorneys Association Digital Safety Advisory Board to combat online abuse, digital scams, human trafficking, and other technology related issues that impact public safety. She completed specialized Digital Evidence Training with the United States Secret Service National Computer Forensics Institute and is cross-designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Department of Justice Project Safe Childhood. In addition to prosecution, Ms. King manages operations and communications of the State’s Attorney’s Office, serves on the Legislative Committee for the Maryland State’s Attorney Association, and provides legal counsel for multi-agency criminal justice policy initiatives and projects. Specifically, Ms. King is passionate about Problem Solving Courts and Diversion Program initiatives to fight crime while addressing addiction and mental health in the criminal justice system. She currently serves on the Frederick County Drug Treatment Court Team and Frederick County Overdose Fatality Review Team. Ms. King is an alumni of George Washington University, American University: Women & Politics Institute, and the David A. Clarke School of Law.

Stacy Allwein

Vice President

Stacy earned a BA degree from the University of Maryland. She has lived and worked in the community for over 30 years.  Currently, running a top producing real estate team.  Stacy’s passion for helping those in recovery stems from the loss of her brother from a drug overdose. She believes that by helping others this might not happen to another family. Her business and personal relationships have allowed her the opportunities to build relationships that help her get others involved in giving back, as well. Stacy and her husband, Bob, have raised their children in Frederick County and she is very well known throughout the area for community involvement and volunteerism. Volunteering and giving back are a big part of what Stacy does in the community, including volunteering with Phoenix Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, Toys for Tots, and many other charities. Stacy received Frederick County Association of Realtors 2018 Community Service Award and was recognized as a Frederick County “Do Gooder” for all that she does to give back to Frederick County.

Sam Bierman
Sam Bierman


Sam Bierman is the Executive Director for Maryland Addiction Recovery Center. A graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management, Sam started in the field as Counselor Assistant at Caron Renaissance in Boca Raton, Florida, eventually working his way up to Director of Operations for Caron Ocean Drive, Caron’s program that a treatment program focusing on executive clientele. As Executive Director of MARC, Sam is responsible for overseeing the entire clinical and administrative operations of the organization. Sam’s clinical philosophies center around developing a strong therapeutic alliance between the clinician and client, as well as treating addiction as a family disease. His entrepreneurial spirit has always led him on a personal mission: to open a treatment center where he can use his personal and professional experience to implement a clinically driven philosophy where the client’s best interest is always the top priority, and Maryland Addiction Recovery Center has become that vision realized. Outside of his work at MARC, Sam also serves on the membership committee of NAATP, the board of directors of local non-profit Shalom Tikvah, and was named a Baltimore Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” Class of 2019 honoring Baltimore’s emerging business leaders.

Victoria Hale


Victoria Hale is the Vice President of Residential Mortgage Lending at Sandy Spring Bank in the Frederick market.  She has worked in community banking for over 25 years and has been a part of the Frederick business community as well.   Victoria is a graduate of Leadership Frederick County 2020. Victoria’s desire to join the Board at Phoenix was to help further the mission and bring awareness to the crisis facing our community.  Her family has, as many other families in the community, been impacted by substance abuse disorder.  She wanted to be a part of a foundation that works with young adults who struggle with substance abuse disorder in hopes that they could overcome it earlier in life. Victoria is a Maryland native and resides in Frederick with her husband and dog, Talulah. 

Dr. Ashley Waters

Board Member

Dr. Ashley Waters is a public servant committed to continuous learning and deepening community impact. Ashley currently serves as the Senior Assistant Director for The City of Frederick’s Department of Housing and Human Services.
Tim Weber

Board Member

Tim Weber is the Community Education Liaison for the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office. Tim is a key member of the Carroll County Senior Opioid Group and the Overdose Fatality Review Team. With a passion for prevention, Tim has pioneered several programs targeting middle school, high school, and university students.

Jessie Pearre

Board Member

Jessie Pearre serves as the Drug Treatment Court Coordinator for the Baltimore County Circuit Court. With a robust background, she spent over 15 years at the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office. An alumna of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, Jessie is a proud member of Pi Gamma Mu, an international honor society in social sciences.

Matt Cain

Board Member

Matt Cain is Vice President of Sales for MLM Home Improvement, and has contributed to the company’s success over the past 5 years. Matt brings his commitment to enhancing efficiencies, strategic improvement, and refining processes. Matt aims to set ambitious development goals for our organization to drive the Phoenix Foundation’s mission and growth.
Nelson Rupp, JR.
Hon. Nelson W. Rupp, Jr.

Board Member

Nelson has served the community as a Circuit Court Judge in Montgomery County for over 22 years. Prior to his appointment to the Circuit Court, Judge Rupp was a District Court Judge for over three years. Judge Rupp’s experience as a judge over the past 25 years is highlighted by his creation of the Montgomery County Circuit Court Adult Drug Treatment Court in 2004.
John Edmonds
John Edmonds

Board Member

John is an Alumnus of the nation’s oldest recovery high school. From his enrollment at the Phoenix School in Montgomery County, Maryland, John has been active in recovery since July 5, 1989. Clean and sober at 17 years old, John has been fortunate enough to share his experience, strength and hope across the U.S. and Canada. More recently, John served on the Board of Association of Recovery and Education of Greater Washington (AREGW) in attempts to bring a recovery high school to the D.C. area.

Sean Nicholson

Board member

Sean spent most of his life battling addiction. Since entering recovery, he has dedicated his life to serving the recovering community. Using his experience with nonprofit organizations in Frederick and surrounding areas, Sean recently facilitated a strategic partnership with Frederick County Public Schools to raise awareness and to educate middle and high school students about addiction and recovery. Sean is Executive Producer for Heroin’s Grip, a documentary about the opioid crisis in Frederick County. Sean believes that recovery is possible and that people can change and do get better.