OUR STAFF

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Hamilton
Barton

CEO

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Jennifer
Williamson

Lead Recovery Manager

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Genny
Slater

Development Director

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Cedric
Balthazar X

Recovery Coach

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Ben
Brooks

Men's Dorm Manager

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Lauren
Campbell

Bridge Program

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Cherie
Vankuiken

Women's Dorm Manager

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Jerry W.
Moore

Marketing Director

HAMILTON BARTON


POSITIVITY, BELIEF, WOO, ACTIVATOR, SELF-ASSURANCE

 

Hamilton is humbled and honored to serve Pay It Forward as the CEO.  He started his service with Pay It Forward as a member of the Board of Directors in January of 2016 and was hired as the CEO in August 2018. Hamilton himself is a person in long term recovery from substance use disorder and has a deep understanding of the needs of the individuals served through the programs at Pay It Forward.

 

He works tirelessly to advocate for those suffering from homelessness due to substance use disorder and strives to ensure that our mission will continue to have a positive impact on the lives of those we serve, their families, and the community at large for generations to come.  When not at work, he loves traveling and spending time outdoors with his wife and five children.

Hamilton is proud to be be flourishing in long-term recovery since January 19, 2014.

 

 

BEN BROOKS


BELIEF, POSITIVITY, HARMONY, RESPONSIBILITY, FUTURISTIC

 

Ben faithfully serves Pay It Forward as the senior dorm manager of the Pay It Forward sober living dorm on the Haven for Hope campus. As a former participant; Ben understands what is necessary to be successful in the program , as well as in recovery from substance use disorder. Having overcome homelessness and his own substance use issues; he continues to promote “sharing the message”, as a way to help others find healing and resources that lead to personal success. 

 

When Ben is not working, he is pursuing a bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. He is a graduate of San Antonio College with a Human Services degree in Addiction Counseling. Ben also volunteers with his church doing community outreach. Ben also enjoys spending free time with his family.

Ben is proud to be be flourishing in long-term recovery since June 4, 2016.

JENNIFER WILLIAMSON

RESTORATIVE, RELATOR, CONNECTEDNESS, INTELLECTION, DEVELOPER

 

While in a residential treatment program, Jennifer discovered her love for helping others through service work. She continued her recovery journey with Bexar County Felony Drug Court, where she learned the tools and skills to live a meaningful and drug-free lifestyle. Upon graduation, she and two other alumni members created a mentorship program to help new participants who were struggling within the court. That passion grew, and today she continues to serve the recovery community as the Lead Recovery Coach with Pay It Forward SA. She says "I love the connection that I have with our members. Everyday, I get to watch them overcome barriers, achieve their goals, and build a life that they can be proud of."

 

In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, baking, various arts & crafts, and works a Buddhist-inspired recovery program.

Jen is proud to be be flourishing in long-term recovery since July 13, 2011.

LAUREN CAMPBELL

EMPATHY, ADAPTABILITY, POSTIVITY, STRATEGIC, RELATOR

Lauren moved to San Antonio in 2019 to pursue a new life in recovery. After completing treatment, she moved into sober living. The structure and accountability proved to be exactly what she needed. Lauren came to work for Pay It Forward in 2020. “I believe in the success of sober living because I know what it’s done for my life and my recovery. I am passionate about serving those who are transitioning out of the cycle of substance use.” 

 

Since coming to work for Pay It Forward, Lauren has obtained her RSPS certification and enjoys working closely with those who are in the sober living community. 

 

In her free time, Lauren enjoys cooking, movies, and spending time with the people she loves the most.

Lauren  is proud to be be flourishing in long-term recovery since October 6, 2020.

GENNY SLATER


INTELLECTION, HARMONY, INPUT, CONSISTENCY, ANALYTICAL

Prior to joining the Pay It Forward team, Genny served as the San Antonio Outreach Coordinator for Oxford House Inc. where she worked closely with PIF on behalf of Oxford House residents. Genny is thrilled to now have the opportunity to continue advocating for those in early recovery through her role as Development Director. Genny is also a woman in long term recovery from substance use and deeply understands what a vital role supportive sober living plays in helping those struggling with substance use to achieve long term recovery.

 

In her role as Development Director she will focus on bringing wider attention to Pay It Forward and developing a broad donor base, allowing Pay It Forward to continue to serve all who are in need of our services. A long-time resident of San Antonio, Genny is a graduate of UTSA and enjoys spending time with her 3 children.

 

Genny  is proud to be be flourishing in long-term recovery since April 30, 2016. 

 

CHERIE VANKUIKEN

RESTORATIVE, POSITIVITY, WOO, EMPATHY, ADAPTABILITY

Cherie is thankful to be a part of the Pay It Forward team, serving as the Women’s Dorm Manager of the Pay It Forward sober living dorm. She is a former member of the PIF dorm and knows what it takes to continue on the positive path.  She is a graduate of the Adult Drug Court program and serves as a mentor for the current participants. She has also completed training for Mental Health Peer support specialist and is currently attending San Antonio College to get her Associates degree in Human Services.

 

Outside of work Cherie loves exercising and is a big proponent of using exercise as a therapeutic means to help treat people struggling with homelessness, substance abuse, and mental health issues. She loves spending time with friends and family.

 

Cherie is proud to be be flourishing in long-term recovery since May 25, 2018.

CEDRIC BALTHAZAR X

RESPONSIBLE, DELIBERATIVE, RESTORATIVE, RELATOR, COMMAND

Cedric is grateful to be of service here at Pay It Forward SA. Prior to Pay It Forward he was a Chapter officer for Oxford House San Antonio and a sushi chef, where the love for servicing others in the community grew. The general idea of helping people like him started at the Bexar County Substance Abuse Treatment Facility (SATF), where the counselors helped foster the drive. He became a Recovery Support Peer Specialist with the assistance of his Recovery Coach Orlando Castillo and completed his training through SACADA. He uses his knowledge and perseverance from his substance use disorder and his long-term recovery to help guide those he serves obtain their lives back and build a foundation to begin their journey as well.

 

Outside of work Cedric enjoys gardening, cooking, reading books, and spending time with his daughters and Spiritual/NA family.

 

Cedric is proud to be flourishing in long-term recovery since July 19,2019.

JERRY W. MOORE

INTELLECTION, LERNER, ACHIEVER, INPUT, DELIBERATIVE

Jerry learned the value and satisfaction of nonprofit work at an early age from his mother, who was a passionate volunteer and child advocate. Although he spent the first part of his professional career lost in the corporate jungle, he eventually found his way back to his nonprofit passion.

 

Jerry holds multiple degrees and certifications, including from the Nonprofit Academy of Excellence at the University of Utah

Jerry owns his own design business which focuses on creating and integrating visual assets to help clients realize more effective results from their branding, marketing, PR and development efforts.

Jerry's wife, Celeste, also works in nonprofit. Their 3 dogs do not.

“I just want to say, thank you to P.I.F. and their staff. Hamilton, Ben, and Cedric were all amazing and have aided me immensely in my recovery. I am forever grateful for this program, and what it’s done for my life.”

-Roberto