Meet the board of directors

The all volunteer Board of Directors of Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church is made up of a diverse group of individuals from across the United States.

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  • Steve lane, president

    Steve Lane has been a member of Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church (RMEC) since 2011. Serving his third term, after a year off Steve is now the president of the board. With over 38 years of sobriety he is active in several different 12 step groups. As a priest in the Episcopal Church, Steve has also been active in Church activities for over 20 years. In 2009, Steve helped design and implement a 12-step worship service that helped bridge the divide between the Church and 12 step programs. Steve is currently the Priest in Charge of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Buffalo, NY. Steve is a certified spiritual director and has been involved in one on one and peer group spiritual exploration. Steve believes that the path to spiritual wholeness is broad, roomy, and all inclusive, to those who earnestly seek. 

  • Ed Treat, director

    The Rev. Dr. Ed Treat has been a pastor for 25 years and currently serves as senior pastor of Transfiguration Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minnesota. He has been recovering from addiction for 34 years and has directed the Fellowship of Recovering Lutheran Clergy (FRLC) for the past 18 years. He is currently developing a new national ministry to raise awareness around addiction and how faith communities can better respond called the "Center of Addiction & Faith." He has published two books: "Our Stories of Experience Strength and Hope, by the Fellowship of Recovering Lutheran Clergy" and his first novel, "The Pastor," a cozy mystery about a Lutheran recovering alcoholic pastor who solves a murder in his congregation. Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It's a great read. 

  • Scott ElliotT, Director

    Scott Elliott is a Deacon in the Diocese of Chicago who was elected to finish out an uncompleted term on the RMEC Board in 2023. He has been involved in the 12-Step life in one program or another since 1983, and formerly served on the Board of the Alano Club of the Northside in Chicago. He has served in four parishes in Chicago and the suburbs, three of which underwent rectorial transitions during his tenures.

    He has worked as a child care worker in a group home, managed a 24-hour crisis hotline, was an addiction counselor in detox, inpatient, and an intensive-outpatient programs, and for 25 years was a probation officer in the Cook County system, working mostly either with domestic violence offenders or mid-range risk DUIs.

    Since retiring eight years ago, he has taken up bicycling and once completed a century ride, and noncompetitive powerlifting, which he will stop once he squats and deadlifts four plates. 

  • eleanor suman, Secretary

    Eleanor Suman is an active member of Christ Church Episcopal Parish, Lake Oswego, Oregon, where she is active in recovery ministry. Eleanor celebrates over 20 ears of sobriety. “Working my 12 step program has enriched my life spiritually, emotionally and physically, and provided me with a platform to pass this message to my sisters and brothers in Christ.” Eleanor has been a member of the Oregon Diocesan Recovery Commission since 2000, and has served as a co-chair since 2012. Ms. Suman is privileged to carry the message of recovery and God throughout the Diocese of Oregon. Eleanor Joined the Recovery Ministry of the Episcopal Church in 2005. She is has benefited from sharing and hearing the stories of recovery in the Episcopal Church throughout the country, and is honored to have been elected to the RMEC Board in 2019. In addition to her recovery work, Eleanor is a member of the Canterbury Choir at Christ Church and cooks for the homeless and hungry with fellow parishioners through a program called Potluck in the Park, feeding over 300 people every Sunday afternoon, rain or shine.

  • The Rt. Rev. Porter Taylor, director

    Porter Taylor is the retired Bishop of Western North Carolina. He served as the Diocesan Bishop from 2004 to 2016. He has a PhD from Emory University in Literature and Theology and has taught at Belmont University in Nashville and Wake Forest Divinity School. He is the author of two books: To Dream as God Dreams: Sermons of Community, Conversion, and Faith and From Anger to Zion: An Alphabet of Faith. Most recently he was an Assisting Bishop in the Diocese of Virginia.   He and is wife live in Asheville NC.

  • Laura white, director

    Ms. White is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP), Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), Substance Abuse Expert (SAE), Family Mediator and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC-MHSP), with thirty years of experience in the Employee Assistance Program field. Ms. White is a Senior Lead EAP Management Consultant with Optum. She provides clinical and organizational consultation to a variety of Federal, State and private organizations. She partners with HR, Executive Leadership and Occupational Health on how to address difficult employee situations.

    During 2020 she has cultivated relationships with key stakeholders to address the stress of COVID-19 and civil unrest. She has provided advise on implementation of practices to create positive culture change.

    She has participated in the development and delivery of a Peer Support Program for Public Safety, a Wellness Walking Program and a Pandemic Prevention Program. Ms. White developed and delivered training programs on Managing Anger at Work and Preventing Violence in the Workplace. Ms. White is a trained Critical Incident Responder and has assisted individuals and organizations in recovering from disruptive and traumatic events in the workplace.

    Laura is a mother, psychotherapist and entrepreneur committed to sharing the message of recovery. She has spent her career helping others develop and use tools for recovery. When confronted with addiction as a mother, recovery became more personal. Laura has been on her own personal journey healing from the devastating impact of this disease and learning to live more comfortably in the world. Laura says, “Sharing my story of recovery is how I sort through the pain, so I can let go of thoughts and feelings that no longer serve me well. I want to understand so I can grow and heal. I want focus on the light and not the dark. I want to make a difference.”

  • Sandi albom, director

    The Rev. Sandi Albom is a priest in the Diocese of Western MA, serving as a parish Priest in Westfield, MA. After a 40-year career in nursing and corporate healthcare consulting, Sandi earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA and was ordained to the priesthood in 2018. 

    Sandi is a person in long term recovery and served as co-convener of Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church in NH. For several years she accompanied people in early sobriety as chaplain and spiritual director at a residential recovery center in Plymouth, NH. 

    “I am grateful for this opportunity to give back in response for all God has given me in my life, freed, just for today, from the bondage of addiction. Serving others is an anchor for my sobriety. I must give it away to keep it.”

  • Christine howe, Director

    Christine Howe is delighted to be on the board of the Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church, for RMEC brings together two spiritual mainstays of her life. In recovery herself since 1984, Christine goes to church on most Sundays and goes to 12-Step meetings many other days each week. Passing on the Good News of the church and the message of hope that 12-Step programs offer are sources of great joy for Christine.

  • Ward ewing, Director

    Ward Ewing retired as the Dean and President of The General Theological Seminary, New York, NY in 2010 after twelve years of service there and thirty-one years as a pastor in congregations in Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky, and New York (Buffalo). He presently lives with his wife and dog at Ten Mile, Tennessee.

    He has also been involved with Alcoholics Anonymous as a non-alcoholic for forty-one years. To learn about addiction he began attending open A.A. meetings in the mid 1970s. In 1980 a member of his congregation with seven years sobriety asked him to lead a group of members of A.A. to discuss spirituality and alcoholism. That group taught him how the Twelve Steps truly work, and he has used the Steps as his personal, primary spiritual program since. He continued to develop with members of the Fellowship classes for the church, and at General Seminary he developed a course on the church’s role in intervention and recovery and recruited Stuart Hoke to lead the class that continues today.

    In 2004 he was elected to serve as a Trustee on the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous for U.S. and Canada and served as Chair of the Board from 2009 to 2013. He continues on the Board as a Trustee emeritus.

    Ward has a variety of publications. This summer he completed a manuscript titled Twelve Steps to Religionless Spirituality: The Power of Spirituality With or Without God to be published by Cascade Books, a division of Wipf and Stock Publishers, this spring.

    Presently he heads a group in the Diocese of East Tennessee that seeks to raise awareness about alcoholism and addiction for the clergy. As part of this group he writes a monthly article for the clergy of the Diocese on the topic of the church’s role for intervention and recovery.

  • The Rt. Rev. Brian Seage, Director

    The Rt. Rev. Brian Seage has served as the 10th Bishop of Mississippi since 2015. Bp. Seage has served on the board since 2022.

  • twyla p. wilson, Advisory board

    Twyla P. Wilson, LCSW is a psychotherapist in private practice that specializes in the treatment of addiction, mental health issues and trauma. Her practice emphasizes holistic, empowerment recovery and healing. She is trained as a Somatic Experiencing practitioner through Peter Levine’s SE Trauma Institute. A certified trainer for Dr. Stephanie Covington, Twyla also trains professionals internationally on gender-responsive, trauma-informed addiction treatment modalities. Prior to private practice, she was a faculty member at Duke University Medical Center in the Departments of Psychiatry and Social Work.  At Duke, she started a clinical evaluation unit and a women’s addiction treatment program. Early in her career, she worked with the seriously mentally ill and founded a psychosocial rehabilitation program. Twyla has a MSW from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a BS in Family Relations from the University of Minnesota. 

  • the rt. rev. david e. bailey, advisory board

    The Rt. Rev. David E. Bailey has served as bishop of Navajoland since Aug. 7, 2010. He was elected at a special Navajoland Convocation on Oct. 17, 2009. He is currently completing his second term as a member of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church. His episcopate in Navajoland has centered on melding Navajo tradition with Episcopal Church customs; raising up indigenous ordained leadership; developing programs to combat substance abuse and domestic violence and to support veterans; and developing new sources of income. When he was elected bishop, he was serving as canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of Utah.  Prior to that he was rector of St. Stephen’s Church in Phoenix.  He chaired Native American Ministries in the Diocese of Arizona and was a mentor for the late Bishop Steven Plummer of Navajoland. Bailey was ordained to the priesthood in 1980 and is a graduate of the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, receiving a Master of Divinity Degree in 1991. He and his wife Anne make their home in Arizona.