Douglas M. Leech
Founder and CEO
Doug is the founder of Ascension Recovery Services as well as Morgantown Sober Living, Inc. Doug received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State University and worked for Ernst & Young prior to founding Ascension. Doug is also on a number of board of directors of non-profit corporations, including Rotary and West Virginia Public Theatre where he serves in a leadership capacity. At Ascension, Doug contracts with families and treatment centers to provide recovery and consulting services related to addiction. Doug has assisted with the development of a number of drug and alcohol treatment services, including inpatient treatment centers, sober living homes and outpatient programs.
Jon Dower, PR
Director of Operations
Jon is a state certified recovery coach and peer mentor specialist in West Virginia. He attended West Virginia University and earned his degree in political science and a minor in communications. Jon has performed many successful interventions in West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Minnesota. Jon also works with the families of those in recovery. Jon coordinates with substance abuse treatment centers across the country and places hundreds of individuals in the most appropriate facility yearly. Jon has also been the manager of operations of a non-profit sober living company with 32 beds in West Virginia.
Business Development Manager
Lauren leads Ascension’s marketing and community outreach efforts, supports program development and treatment center consulting services and manages Ascension’s finance and accounting department. Lauren attended Pennsylvania State University for her undergraduate studies and majored in bio-behavioral health before transferring to West Virginia University for multidisciplinary studies in History, communication and sociology. She also has extensive experience with community-enriching and fundraising organizations such as Mon Health’s Ball of the Year, Relay for Life, Circle K International and THON. Lauren’s prior experiences include finance, fundraising and business development for both for-profit and non-profit organizations, domestically and internationally.
Travis Watson is a licensed professional counselor with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Slippery Rock University. Prior to joining the Ascension team, Travis was the clinical manager of a 150-bed inpatient addiction treatment center. At the treatment center, he led the clinical program, hired and trained staff, led the patient retention committee, oversaw quality control and ensured compliance Joint Commission standards. Travis has assisted with the development of a number of drug and alcohol treatment services, including inpatient treatment centers, sober living homes and outpatient programs.
Joe Mytro, PR
Recovery Integration Specialist
Joe is a state certified recovery coach and peer mentor specialist in West Virginia. He graduated from Mountain State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Prior to joining Ascension Recovery Services, Joe worked at a 28-day inpatient treatment facility in West Virginia and has run multiple sober living homes in the state. He is also a person in long term recovery.
Recovery Integration Specialist
Dustin’s responsibilities with Ascension include peer recovery coaching and community outreach. He graduated from Musselman High School before pursuing studies at Shepherd University. He successfully completed a long term, peer-driven recovery program where he served as a peer leader and polished skills in peer accountability, conflict resolution and time management. Dustin currently works at both Ascension and a local inpatient treatment facility. Dustin has dedicated his life to long term recovery and actively participates with West Virginia University’s Collegiate Recovery Program. Dustin is also in the U.S. Army Special Forces Airborne Unit.