Founder, Board President
Nathan works as an HVAC journeyman for the pipefitters union in Portland OR. When he's not at work, he is donating his time at The Lasko Refuge mentoring other addicts and building a space for them to feel safe, respected, and loved. Nathan is a prime example of someone who's life was turned upside-down by drugs and alcohol. You can read all about his crazy story in the "tales of a professional alcoholic" blog section. (Spoiler alert: Its a comeback story).
Nathan has two beautiful children and two German shepherds named Cadence and Jerry Lee. He works everyday to raise awareness of the dangers of substance abuse and addiction and fights tirelessly to end the stigma that surrounds it.
Eastern WA/Care Logistics
With a BA in Children's Studies, Breeun works at Liberty Lake Children's Academy as a Preschool/Pre-K teacher. She also works as a cello instructor and is the owner/instructor at Satori Dance Studio. For fun she enjoys reading, dancing, and spending time with friends and family. Having been in recovery for seven years, she recognizes the importance of abstinence-based recovery for a holistic and happy life. Breeun loves helping with every challenge recovery presents. Helping others champion each step towards a life free from addiction is for her, a strong personal mission.
Psych Services Advisor
An avid student of psychology specializing in addiction counseling, Kim has served the women of her community through residential medication assisted treatment. Focusing on harm reduction, her techniques provide strong foundations for those critically in need. Kim’s passion for recovery and desire to give back come from a place of deep understanding. She witnessed several generations of her family suffer through addiction, and subsequently needed recovery of her own.
"There is nothing more beautiful to watch than someone who is spiritually and mentally broken grow to find identity and self worth within. Being able to share my recovery with others provides a joy that is unexplainable."
Alexander Lapidus, M.D.
Medical Services Advisor
Dr. Alexander Lapidus graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz in 1990 with a degree in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology. He completed medical school at University of California, Davis in 2000, followed by a residency in Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University. He has practiced emergency medicine for 16 years in the Portland area.
In the emergency department he met countless people struggling with addiction and became dedicated to serving them. He has practiced addiction medicine in the Portland area for over 6 years, and believes that a successful approach to treatment involves a balance of appropriate medications, introspection, counseling, and personal growth. He is eager to participate in each patient's path to a life free from addiction. He understands this path is not always a straight line, but rather one that may require constant redirection. He remains dedicated to his patients as they work towards a better life.
He lives in southeast Portland with his wife, two daughters, and Basset Hound, Larry. He enjoys motorcycles, mountain bikes, cooking, and tinkering.
Marketing Consultant / Peer Support Coordinator
Robert is a US Navy Veteran and Chemcore Industries Sales Representative. His personal connection to alcoholism and addiction comes from a son who has struggled with substance abuse for over a decade. Robert is very passionate about our startup, having found many parallels between objectives of The Lasko Refuge, and a personal desire to see his son overcome addiction. His goal is to help foster and witness multitudes toward the realization of a life on solid foundations, freed from many burdens of substance abuse/addiction.
Christi's career in the Insurance and Financial Industry started in 1992 after graduating with a Business degree from Oregon State and she is currently leading a team of 19 as the manager of COUNTRY Financial Willamette Falls.
Christi holds several insurance designations through the American College including the Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Advisor for Senior Living.
She has served on several boards, including President of the Wilsonville Chamber of Commerce and Board President for the nonprofit “Come Rest Awhile”.
She currently serves on the Board for the Portland chapter of Women in Financial Services as well as Vice President of COUNTRY Financials “Women in Networking” group.
Christi is married to husband Todd and they have three children. Twin boys that graduated from OSU, one with a Nuclear Engineering degree and the other with a Bio Engineering degree and a daughter who is a Sophomore at Loyola University in Chicago.
Stephanie is a Graduate student completing her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and Certificate in Addiction Studies with an emphasis on multi-cultural therapy; she anticipates graduating in 2021.
Stephanie also works full time as an Executive Assistant to the President and Board of Trustees at a local college. She is passionate about helping others, especially those whose lives have been impacted by addiction. As a woman in recovery who has lived and experienced the brutal world of addiction, she understands the value of living a sober life.
Stephanie hopes to encourage others, through a systemic therapeutic lens, that individuals who are struggling with addiction can develop new coping mechanisms and become the author of their own narrative; a life they love living free from drugs and alcohol. We do recover! Stephanie is also a mother to three amazing children, loves to cook, and enjoys exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. On most weekends, you can find her hiking, running, kayaking, or traveling and bribing her kids to disconnect from their phones!