Who we are
Just A Little Help Can Make Their Hearts Happier
Mothers Against Addiction is a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping mothers and families affected by addiction. We offer support, resources, and information to mothers struggling with addiction, as well as those who have lost a child to addiction. We believe that mothers are the key to ending the cycle of addiction, and we are committed to helping them heal and rebuild their lives.
We will silence the stigmatism, and make it safe to raise your hand. Mother’s against addiction was built to support, educate and influence by uniting a community of resources.
Mothers Against Addiction At A Glance
Have A Helping Hand For Hope
Strength in numbers. Let’s join together to help fight addiction.
Help Us Help Others
Our goal is to help those struggling with addiction.
Justin is a lifelong Alaskan…well, almost. He was born on the big island of Hawaii and moved to Alaska at the age of four. Justin entered the mortgage business in 2001, and is a co-owner of First Rate Financial, a local Mortgage Brokerage. He has helped thousands of families purchase their first home and achieve the dream of homeownership and now leads a team of Mortgage professionals to do the same. Justin loves raising his three beautiful daughters in Alaska, sharing with them all that he enjoyed as a child. Today you will find him downhill skiing riding his fat-tire bike during the winter months and in the summer, competing in triathlon and bicycle races, camping, hiking, and remote rafting adventures
Sometimes you ponder the majesty of the universe by jumping on a snowboard and careening down a mountain.
And sometimes you lead a team to victory at Tony Robbins’ Business Mastery.
That’s balance. And for Brian Gray, that’s life.
As a child, he watched his father get stuck in a middle management position he hated, so as an adult he promised himself he would never fall into the same trap. He figured that you are going to spend a huge amount of time on this planet working to live, so you might as well enjoy it, right? To do that you don’t have to be extraordinary in every aspect of your life (because let’s face it, who is?) but you do have to approach every opportunity with extraordinary tenacity.
Brian joined Gursey Schneider as a Director in the tax and accounting department in 2012 and became a partner in January 2014. Before that, he held positions as a Tax Director at a national accounting firm and as Director of Finance and Tax for a family office. He has extensive experience working with high-net-worth individuals and their estate planning attorneys to design and implement tax efficient estate plans. He also focuses on identifying the income tax savings opportunities that exist when asset-holding companies, family limited partnerships, trusts, and foundations are used to achieve the client’s wealth transfer and philanthropic goals.
While he loves working with his team to solve complex tax issues, that does not mean he finds it easy to help his children with their common core math homework. He is at his natural best when he is working with his team of dynamic advisors who continually strive to improve and provide clients with creative solutions. His team maintains a culture of trust and support, much like his family, and they aim for the sophistication of a large international tax firm but with the hospitality and service of a smaller boutique.
It was at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics with a minor in Accounting, that he realized his analytical mindset combined with his problem solving skills would be ideal for a career in tax. He is a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, but still craves the freedom of falling into a great book or documentary.
He knew this career would be a great fit for him professionally, but he also learned the value of switching off his mind and stepping away from his desk once in a while to better serve his clients.
It really is all about balance.
I choose to give my time, and resources to Mothers Against Addiction because I have seen the value in giving people a safe place to talk. Mothers Against Addiction mission is in part, to Silence the Stigmatism, it is not until this is done that we can begin to see people heal from this disease and not die. When we, through MAA, create a resource for people struggling with and through addiction, together we can heal, help others heal, help those in recovery find a path to thrive, and protect the youngest generation. Only if and not until we talk about it, talk loud, talk often, unite in one cause and become one large force.
Donavon Warren has always had a passion for movies and storytelling. He owns several businesses, including Loaded Dice Films and Loaded Media. Donavon also has a love for technology, which is evident in his company Iso Brain.
Ryan Blair, is an experienced entrepreneur with over 24 years of creating and coordinating highly successful companies. Ryan has a broad range of experience across multiple industries ranging from agriculture, fitness, health, and wellness, as well as construction and design. He has held numerous roles ranging from owner/operator, business development, operational oversight, and various management or leadership positions.
Ryan’s ingenuity, honesty and creativity help him think outside the box to make concepts come to life and find creative solutions to business challenges. He is an active family-man and member of his community, previously coaching for his children’s softball, baseball, and soccer teams, while also serving on different Board of Directors roles. Some of Blair’s personal hobbies and interests include hanging out with his family, the beach, golf, hiking, skiing, camping, tennis, hockey, baseball & softball, travel / exploring and most any outdoor activity.
He joined the Board of Mother’s Against Addiction for personal reasons, having lost his middle brother to drugs and addiction in his early 20’s. Ryan would like to help create awareness and a support system, to assist individuals and families navigating these difficult challenges in life.
I see myself as a learning machine: I study business models, durable competitive advantages, and psychology. My personal vision is “to positively and sustainably impact community and humankind”. Today, I follow that vision as CEO of a multi-unit franchise operation in the health & wellness industry, and as a Results Coach to company founder.
As a father of two, and with an aim of consciously raising our children, I recognize the difficulty of addressing addiction in an environment of easy access to highly addictive substances. How do we as parents lead our children towards information that can lower their risk of addiction? What supportive behaviors do we need to exhibit as parents to lead them into a life free of detrimental addiction? I am a founding Executive Board Member with Mothers Against Addiction to make a difference for children and parents in addressing the U.S. addiction epidemic.
Larisa Sharetskaya is a woman of many talents. She is an advertising executive with more than 20 years of experience helping her clients succeed. Originally from Belarus, she now lives in Texas with her family.
She is also a dedicated volunteer and coach, working to make the world a better place. In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, reading books about self-development and health, and practicing hot yoga. She also loves jogging with her dog and hiking in the great outdoors.
Larisa Sharetskaya is a woman of many talents who uses her skills to help her clients and the world around her succeed. With more than 20 years of experience in advertising, she has the knowledge and drive to create successful campaigns. She volunteers her time and energy to causes she is passionate about and coaches others to reach their potential. In her spare time, she enjoys staying active by practicing hot yoga, jogging with her dog, and hiking. Larisa is dedicated to making a difference in the world and helping others achieve their goals.
Gary is from Southern California originally before joining the US Army Infantry in 2008. Completed two combat deployments to Iraq & Afghanistan and was honorably discharged in 2016 after a successful career as a Staff Sergeant in Fairbanks Alaska. After that, he decided to get into the world of real estate and kept his drive up from his Army days to quickly excell to the number one listing agent in the Interior of Alaska. He enjoys improving himself, helping others grow, and spending time with his family.
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Whether dealing with addiction, loss, or just wanting to help. We would love to bring MAA into your heart. Contact us to find out more.
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