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Annual Meeting

Join us April 18, 12:00pm to 1:30pm (Doors open at 11:30am) at the Intercontinental Hotel Cleveland to celebrate Recovery with us as we review our 2017 accomplishments, share our vision for the future and recognize this year's 2018 Exemplar and Woman of Strength awards.


2018 Exemplar Award              2018 Woman of Strength

Brian Sherwin                           Katie O'Toole Smith

Annual Meeting 2018

Annual meeting Photo gallery  

With special guest David Sheff

2018 Annual Meeting Speaker
David Sheff
David Sheff is the author of Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction and his latest, Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy.

Beautiful Boy, soon to be released as a movie, is an award-winning, #1 New York Times bestseller that recounts Sheff's harrowing struggle to help his son Nic overcome his methamphetamine addiction.  Following its publication, Sheff met countless people struggling to prevent drug use and abuse and survive addiction-their own or a loved one's.  These encounters led Sheff on a ten-year mission to determine why America is losing its war against drugs and so many of its children in the process. 

His search culminated with Clean, a myth-shattering look at drug use and treatment.  Based on the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, and medicine, Clean's premise is that drug use is preventable and addiction is a preventable, treatable disease. 

2018 Exemplar Award
Brian Sherwin, Posthumously (1933-2017)

Lifetime Director, Brian Sherwin is recognized as a pioneer for his tireless work and leadership in the shaping of Recovery Resources.  Brian was instrumental in the 1970’s merging ASC (Alcoholism Services of Cleveland) and the National Council of Alcoholism of Greater Cleveland to become one agency.  As a staunch advocate he lent his time, talent and treasure as the ASC became Recovery Resources.  He was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award and became Recovery Resources’ Board President in 1972.  Brian was president of the South Waite Foundation and was a teacher, leader, conservationist, philanthropist, motorsports man at age 84 he passed away after a long illness in 2017.  He was generous throughout the years providing funding for needed capital improvements and operating support helping to grow Recovery Resources to what it is today.  Brian was inducted into the 1955 Recovery Society in 2015 as a Partner for Lifetime Giving.

2018 Woman of Strength
Katie O’Toole Smith

Katie O’Toole Smith, known to many as the Katie the Car Lady, is a passionate advocate for people in need of addiction and mental health treatment.  Katie joined the Recovery Resources’ Associate Board in 2008 lending her enthusiasm and compassion for those we serve.  In 2013 she was elected Chair of the Associate Board and joined the Board of Directors in 2015.  Katie is a Visionary member of the Circle of Strength, a women’s philanthropic group at Recovery Resources and was elected Chair in 2016.  This award recognizes that the beauty of a woman is in the beliefs she carries, the issues she advocates for, and the injustices she fights against.  


*Sponsorships as of March 5, 2018



Woman of Strength Award Recipients

Katie O'Toole Smith
Leasing & Sales Manager
Diamond Auto Lease
Judge Joan Synenberg
Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
Tracey D. Collins
Margaret G. Weitzel,
Wyse Advertising
Renee Holcomb Hardwick,
Key Bank
K. J. Montgomery, 
Shaker Heights 
Municipal Court


Valeria Harper,

Myrtle I. Muntz,
Notre Dame College

Martha B. Baker,
Recovery Resources Life Director 

Inajo Davis Chappell,
Ulmer & Berne LLP

Exemplar Award Recipients 

Brian Sherwin
Joan Papp, MD
Judge David T. Matia
Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
Steven M. Dettellbach
United States Attoryney for the Northern District of Ohio
Opiate Taskforce
Your Teen Media
Judge Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons
Raymond J Marvar, Esq
General Counsel, Premier Physicians Centers
David LaRue
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Forest City Enterprises, Inc.
David T. Dombrowiak
President & Chief Executive Officer
Community West Foundation
Mayor Pamela E. Bobst
Mayor, Rocky River
Dr. Dennis Allen
Former Superintendent, Rocky River Schools
Fred M. DeGrandis
President & Chief Executive Officer
Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals