Meet The Team
Founder & CEO
Theresa Newman founded Sarah's Hope & Recovery Foundation in March of 2022 after losing her daughter Sarah to fentanyl poisoning. Theresa has worked in healthcare for over seventeen years and is passionate about helping others. She understands the importance of harm reduction and education and has made it her personal mission to involve herself in her community. Theresa serves on the Kenosha County Opioid Task Force and the Wisconsin Voices of Recovery Advisory Council. In addition, she is a Certified Naloxone Administrator Trainer and a Certified Grief Coach.
Theresa enjoys meditating, listening to podcasts, dog sitting her granddogs, and spending time with her husband, Doug, and two German Shepherds, Adi & Azlan.
Anna Beckius is a diligent biostatistician who joined the Board of Directors for Sarah's Hope and Recovery Foundation in 2023. Anna brings a unique perspective to the board by possessing a comprehensive understanding of best practices, policies, and strategies that drive effective nonprofit management and governance. She has a strong understanding of the challenges and complexities surrounding the Foundation's mission areas. She received her Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University and is currently completing her Master of Science at the University of Albany as a Carson Carr Diversity Fellow.
Outside of the Foundation, Anna is an avid Football Fan (Go Chiefs!) reader and enjoys spending time with her husband - Travis, and her two dogs - Bear and Tabby.
Chief Medical Advisor
Liza Jervis has worked in health care for 40 years, starting as an EMT and the last 35 years as a Registered Nurse. With most of her career in emergency medicine and correctional health care, she has seen the worsening trends of addiction from Demerol in the 1980s to Fentanyl in 2022. Over the last 35 years, Liza has instructed police officers and first responders on identifying a drug overdose and aiding an overdosing victim. From the 1980s, when the street cure of an overdose was to pack someone’s groin in ice, to now, having Narcan readily available to everyone, she is devoted to assisting you in learning how to save one life.
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