AiR - Assistance in Recovery

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At AiR, we care about your situation. Many of us have been exactly where you are today. We understand that when you are dealing with a struggling loved one there isn’t room for error, you need the best and the brightest to get a solution quickly. AiR’s team of clinicians not only have the formal education to help guide you but the compassion and experience that is so important during times of crisis. Please get to know us better by clicking on the photos below, we look forward to hearing from you!

Leadership

Andrew T Wainwright
CEO

Andrew founded AiR in 2002 and over the last decade he has built it into the leader of the modern intervention and crisis consulting industry. Andrew is a gifted interventionist trained by Dr. James Fearing, the direct successor of Dr. Vernon Johnson, creator of the Johnson Model of Intervention. Read More

Andrew T. Wainwright

Andrew founded AiR in 2002 and over the last decade he has built it into the leader of the modern intervention and crisis consulting industry. Andrew is a gifted interventionist trained by Dr. James Fearing, the direct successor of Dr. Vernon Johnson, creator of the Johnson Model of Intervention. With AiR Andrew has broadened the pioneering intervention approach of Dr. Johnson and Dr. Fearing to meet the expanding needs of families and patients across the behavioral health spectrum. The AiR Model of Intervention is now the standard of intervention practice today.

Andrew and Dr. Savage, AiR’s Clinical Director, shared a vision that the Johnson Model of Intervention could be expanded to address a wider variety of behavioral health needs. To that end they created the AiR Model of Behavioral Health Crisis Management, the internationally accepted standard for all forms of behavioral health intervention in the world today. Andrew and Tom have spent the last decade training new clinicians in the AiR Model and redefining the role of intervention in the continuum of behavioral healthcare, education and advocacy.

AiR, with Andrew as its guide, is constantly evolving, creating new services and solutions where none were previously available out of a genuine desire to be the most effective resource for anyone, anywhere who is faced with the burdens associated with chemical dependency, mental illness and eating disorders. Andrew has the knowledge, the experience and the team to make that desire a reality.

In addition to over fifteen years of hands-on experience helping families struggling with addiction and mental illness, Andrew sought help for his own alcoholism and drug addiction at the Hazelden Foundation in Minnesota in 1995. Andrew is intimately acquainted with the systems of addiction and recovery. He has lived through them himself and he has helped thousands of other families recover. His work in this field has given him a wealth of experience, compassion and personal insight.

Andrew is the author of It’s not Okay to be a Cannibal-How to Stop Addiction from Eating Your Family Alive, published by the Hazelden Foundation. This resource is widely regarded as the single best book on confronting addiction available to families today. He has trained many of the best known interventionists in the world. Today his volume of experience and insight has made him a frequent guest on CNN’s American Morning.

Jaclyn Wainwright
Chief Operating Officer

Jaclyn Wainwright is the Chief Operating Officer for AiR. Jaclyn’s creative and entrepreneurial spirit is key in implementing the AiR vision of ongoing care, counseling and advocacy in a practical manner. Jaclyn tirelessly works to provide support and leadership so her team can be available for individuals and families when they need help most. Read More

Jaclyn

Jaclyn Wainwright is the Chief Operating Officer for AiR. Jaclyn’s creative and entrepreneurial spirit is key in implementing the AiR vision of ongoing care, counseling and advocacy in a practical manner. Jaclyn tirelessly works to provide support and leadership so her team can be available for individuals and families when they need help most.

Jaclyn is an industry thought leader on behavioral health case management. She was the Program Director for AiR’s Recovery Management Services before taking the position as COO. Under her leadership, the program achieved unprecedented results. With Jaclyn’s outside-the-box thinking, coupled with her strong determination, AiR was able to pioneer new forms of addiction and mental health advocacy that have begun to revolutionize the industry. Despite her success, Jaclyn remains mission oriented and aims to ensure that the AiR business runs smoothly so that individuals and families can be helped during critical moments.

Jaclyn is the chief strategist for operationalizing AiR’s resources. She brings a constant hunger to improve AiR’s operational capacity and create new lines of service where none previously exist. Her experience and education in business management bring clarity, organization and accountability to the company. Jaclyn strives to provide supportive leadership to help AiR staff aid families and individuals in their journey towards recovery.

Dave Kelly
Vice President of Operations

Dave Kelly is the Vice President of Operations overseeing both the Family and Individual Services and Recovery Management Services Divisions of AiR. Dave has worked in both clinical and administrative aspects of the behavioral-health field for 25+ years. Read More

Dave Kelly

Dave Kelly is the Vice President of Operations overseeing both the Family and Individual Services and Recovery Management Services Divisions of AiR. Dave has worked in both clinical and administrative aspects of the behavioral-health field for 25+ years.

Dave received his training as a counselor at the Hazelden Foundation in 1986. Dave then went on to work as a clinician at Hazelden in New York, Chicago, and Minnesota facilitating family meetings, intervention, case management and aftercare programs. He received his intervention training from Dr. James Fearing and Andrew Wainwright. While at Hazelden he collaborated with top behavioral health clinicians and behavioral health program developers in the country. Dave designed and implemented the Assessment and Case Management program for Families of Means and Prominence at Hazelden.

Dave has three decades of experience in behavioral health counseling. He brings an exhaustive knowledge, a deep understanding of systems, and most importantly a sense of care to families in crisis who need help navigating the complex choices involved in getting help to families and individuals in crisis. Dave has developed close relationships with representatives and administrators at the leading treatment centers and providers in the country.

Dr. Tom Savage
Psy D., LCAS
Clinical Director

Dr. Savage began his career at the Hazelden foundation in Minnesota in 1986 as a counselor and ultimately rose to clinical supervisor. He played a crucial role in building the Mental Health program at Hazelden throughout the 1990s. When Dr. Savage joined Andrew Wainwright at AiR in 2002 they collaborated to update the pioneering intervention approach of Dr.’s Johnson and Fearing. Read More

Dr. Tom Savage

Dr. Savage began his career at the Hazelden foundation in Minnesota in 1986 as a counselor and ultimately rose to clinical supervisor. He played a crucial role in building the Mental Health program at Hazelden throughout the 1990s. When Dr. Savage joined Andrew Wainwright at AiR in 2002 they collaborated to update the pioneering intervention approach of Dr.’s Johnson and Fearing.

Dr. Savage and Andrew Wainright shared a vision that the Johnson Model of Intervention could be expanded to address a wider variety of behavioral health needs. To that end they created the AiR Model of Intervention, the internationally accepted standard for all forms of behavioral health intervention in the world today. Andrew and Tom have spent the last decade training new interventionists and clinicians in the AiR model and redefining the role of intervention in the continuum of behavioral healthcare, education and advocacy.

Dr. Savage is the nation’s leading expert on behavioral health intervention. He is an eminently qualified and creative clinician with the highest level of education and licensing working in the behavioral health field today:

  • BS degree in Biology at the University of Wisconsin
  • Doctorate in Counseling Psychology University of St. Thomas
  • Four Years experience in the field of education
  • 14 years at the Hazelden Foundation in Minnesota
  • 12 Years experience in business management
  • 10 years experience at AiR

Dr Savage is dedicated to building important and lasting relationships with families. He has come to the aid of thousands of families in crisis with a powerful combination of knowledge, insight and empathy. He believes in giving his utmost attention and care to any inquiry that comes his way. He will take the time to listen and formulate a plan that is specific to the needs of every behavioral-health situation.

Dr. Savage firmly believes that recovery from behavioral illness is a process-driven solution available to everyone. His expertise has made him a frequent speaker and consultant at behavioral health treatment centers around the world. He is a passionate and tireless advocate on behalf of individuals and families suffering from behavioral-health issues and is driven by a desire to educate society as a whole about the needs and care of the recovery population.

James Stolz
LICSW
Clinical Supervisor

James Stolz has spent the better part of the past 20 years working with addicts and alcoholics to achieve long-term recovery. He works to accomplish this by direct work with clients and through his teaching and leadership activities in the addiction field. James is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social worker and holds a Master’s Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Read More

James Stolz

James Stolz has spent the better part of the past 20 years working with addicts and alcoholics to achieve long-term recovery. He works to accomplish this by direct work with clients and through his teaching and leadership activities in the addiction field. James is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social worker and holds a Master’s Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to his role as the Clinical Director at AiR, James maintains a thriving private practice in the Twin Cities which he has built over the past 5 years. In addition to his private practice, he is an adjunct faculty member at the School of Social Work for St. Thomas and St. Catherine’s University where he was one of the founding faculty members for the Inter-professional Center for Counseling and Legal services.

James has been privileged to work in many aspects of the mental and chemical health communities, including community mental health, HIV/AIDS prevention, medical and psychiatric hospitals and treatment centers. He served as the Executive Director for the PRIDE Institute and has spoken extensively on chemical dependency and mental health treatment for disenfranchised communities.

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