Foundation Vision & Mission
The primary mission of A Man in Recovery Foundation is to help heroin and opiate addicts and their families. We believe the most effective approach is to help one addict at a time, guiding that person to see a life from dope to hope.
We focus on awareness, prevention, community outreach, resources and local forums. We will also work with state and federal lawmakers to get more funds for treatment and to achieve changes in laws based around addiction in our state and nationwide.
We will offer intervention referral services at no cost to the family, run addiction support groups for both addicts and families, offer aftercare services and sober coaching. We will participate in speaking engagements, educational programs, consult with local and nationwide treatment centers, and offer discounted treatment services for those who cannot afford them. Further, if a family loses a loved one due to an overdose, we will unhesitatingly provide that family with emotional support, courage and other necessities during their devastating time in need.
A Man in Recovery’s future vision includes a sober living facility for opiate addicts. We would like this to be either in the local community or far enough outside the city to provide a secluded, private, peaceful environment for recovering addicts. The facility will offer a 12- to 18-month program that partners with local businesses to offer job training, education and life skills. Mental health counseling, anger management programs and parenting skills will also be provided on an as-needed basis. Men and women will be housed separately, but may come together for certain recovery programs and skills training.
This sober living facility will be a unique model, envisioned by Tim Ryan, and serve as a low-cost alternative to aid in the building of a foundation that offers addicts a newfound chance at leading a sober, happy and productive life.
Foundation Board of Directors
Gerald Cassioppi, Board President
Gerald Cassioppi is a Partner with Momkus McCluskey Roberts, with extensive legal and business experience and is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He has provided legal counsel to a wide range of businesses and not-for-profits, from Fortune 100 to start-up and rapid growth companies. His practice emphasizes corporate governance matters.
Mr. Cassioppi holds his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. He also received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, with honors, from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
Mr. Cassioppi has long been active in community leadership roles with government and civic organizations. He is presently chairman of the DuPage County Ethics Commission, president of the DuPage County Bar Association, and formerly served as its general counsel and chairman of the Business Law Committee. He is also treasurer for Naperville Community Television. He has served as a member and vice president of the Naperville District 203 School Board, a member of the Naperville Transportation Advisory Board, and treasurer of The Rotary Club of Naperville. Mr. Cassioppi was named 2012 Lawyer of the Year by the DuPage County Bar Association and a Daily Herald Community All Star.
Don Kalish, Treasurer
Don is a CPA and brings many years of financial and accounting expertise to AMIRF. He is currently the controller at Rush Copley Medical Center and treasurer of the Montgomery Economic Development Corporation. He has also held key financial management positions at Norwegian American Hospital, Bank One, and Montgomery Ward.
He has four sons and was very actively involved in coaching and running youth sport organizations for more than 20 years and held positions on the boards of the Naperville Little League Baseball and Naperville Youth Basketball Association. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for Youth & Family by the Naperville Jaycees in 2001. Don became aware of Tim and his Foundation in early 2016 and then tragically lost his youngest son, Randy, to an accidental fentanyl overdose several months later. A year later, Don and his son, Cliff, reached out to Tim and have been instrumental in getting AMIRF set up as a charity to accept runner and sponsor donations at the annual Naperville Half Marathon and 5K Run.
John Jacobs is a serial entrepreneur engaged with start-ups and early blue-chip companies. He’s a visionary leader with experience bringing innovative technologies and diversified products to the marketplace and delivering differentiated business plans and creative marketing penetration and sales strategies.
He holds a B.S. in industrial engineering from University of Illinois. He has served in executive roles including Founder, CEO, COO, SVP and VP, all with extensive responsibilities as both an individual contributor and people manager. He has contributed in multiple facets to his family’s businesses, including Blockbuster Video, Boston Market/Einstein’s Bagels, and Pacific Dental Services—and he has been a founder and advisor for many other well-known brands and companies.
Today, he is the founder and CEO of TeamLife HealthGroup, LLC—an innovative Home Health Care Agency that engages the best-in-class nurses and caregivers, an elite referral network, leading technology and integrative medicine partners, to create a differentiated provider platform in both home-health and home-care services.
Steve Malik is a real estate broker with RE/MAX Professional Select. He has been one of RE/MAX’S top 100 brokers in the USA and has 25 years experience selling, leasing, and managing property in the western suburbs of Chicago. He also specializes in and handles the selling of foreclosed properties for many of the large banks in the United States.
Mr. Malik is partner with his wife, Jo Malik, in Eagle Street North LLC, which is a real estate management company specializing in managing residential homes, townhomes, and condos.
He has a bachelors degree in finance from the University of Illinois (Chicago Campus) in business with a specialty in finance.
David Dastmalchian is an award-winning actor, writer, and producer and has appeared in such feature films as The Dark Knight, Prisoners, Chronic, Under the Pyramid and Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man. His television credits include CSI: Cyber, Almost Human, CSI, FX’s The League, BBC’s Intruders, and the Showtime series Ray Donovan.
As a writer, Mr. Dastmalchian received the Special Jury Prize the 2014 SXSW Film Festival for Courage in Storytelling for his film screenwriting debut Animals. He also won Best Screenplay at the 2011 New York Independent Film Festival for his short film Keen.
He currently resides with his wife and son in Los Angeles, CA.
Joseph Scialabba was born and raised in Chicago. He is a single father to a 4-year-old girl whose mother died from addiction. He has been an event organizer and business owner of 18 years, and has served as a DJ. He has raised funds for various charities and organizations including ASPCA, Wounded Warrior, Chicago House, and TWLOHA. He is a father’s rights advocate.
Dr. Frederick Tiesenga
Dr. Frederick Tiesenga has been an established surgeon in the Chicagoland area for more than 20 years. He received his M.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, and is currently the chairman of the Department of Surgery at West Suburban Hospital. He also serves as the President of Medical Staff at Westlake Hospital.
Dr. Tiesenga is the president of the Chicago Medical Society’s District 5, as well as the President of the Illinois Reflux Society. He is a board member of the Illinois Association of Bariatric Surgeons, a member of the Illinois State Medical Society, as well as a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Not only has Dr. Tiesenga’s work been published in professional journals, he has given countless presentations over his two-decade-long career.