Our homes are staffed 24/7 with trained staff. We feel it is important to have a team that embraces not only the philosophy and mission of the Sanctuary, but has significant recovery of their own, thereby having walked in the shoes of being in early recovery and knowing first hand the challenges it represents.
All of our staff have mandatory training in CPR, ethics, crisis intervention and are either certified as a recovery support specialist or working on a higher level of addictions certification.
Nancy K. Steiner R.N. – CRRA
Founder and Senior Clinical Consultant
Certified Recovery Residence Administrator (CRRA)
Board Member of the National Association of Recovery Residences (NARR)
As founder and previous executive director for the Sanctuary in Delray Beach, Nancy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of addictions.
As a Registered Nurse, she has devoted over 35 years to working in both mental health and substance abuse, having extensive experience in both inpatient, outpatient settings, developing Detox programs, clinical outreach and case management of clients.
Her extensive history of working in addictions lead her to create the Sanctuary, where those completing treatment could transition to a safe, dignified environment where the knowledge of the 12 steps can be put to use on a day to day basis, with structure and support.
In addition, Nancy is a past board member for the National Alliance of Recovery Residence (NARR) and was the founder and past executive director for the Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR)
She continues to support others in recovery by facilitating groups for the Intervention Project for Nurses, for the past 20 years, and a member of the Drug Task Force with the city.
Nancy continues to add her expertise to the Sanctuary as a consultant on the leadership team at Crossroads Centre Antigua.
Marilyn Gamel – CACR
Manager of Resident Services
Marilyn has worked in the profession of substance abuse, mental health, and dual diagnosis treatment for over 25 years. Starting in California at the Betty Ford Center working with a team for 6 years breaking ground in gender specific and customized treatment program development. She has worked in jails, prisons, schools, hospitals, behavioral health units, and with medical health and other professionals in need of treatment and recovery support in every level of care.
She began a working relationship with Crossroads Centre Antigua in 2001, working with families, primary counseling, admissions as coordinator and outreach counselor over the last 15 years providing dynamic primary residential treatment and helping to connect those clients to the indicated next level of care. Early on and during that time The Sanctuary was conceived and built along with a continuing alliance with Crossroads Centre Antigua. Again providing the gift of opportunity to be a part of innovation, growth and consistent improvement on programming and services, continuum of care. She is dedicated and committed to The Sanctuary’s mission and tradition of providing outstanding structure, support, connection and direction to the clients being served there.
Born and raised in Florida, Lynn Schollmeyer joined the Sanctuary staff in the Spring of 2014. Lynn resided in New York during the the 1980’s and 90’s. She graduated from the College of Staten Island with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Proceeding college she worked as both a buyer and a sales representative for Jordache.
Lynn moved back to Boca Raton, Florida in 1992. She resumed her career working for both Dean Witter Financial and Paine Webber as a sales assistant. She brings to the Sanctuary years of experience running an office in an organized, professional and efficient manner.
Lynn spends as much time with her daughter Emma. Together they enjoy living an active South Florida lifestyle spending time together on boats, going to various beaches, fishing, snorkeling and biking.
I have been working at The Sanctuary for 5 years part-time and have enjoyed the opportunity to work in an environment that has allowed me to help guide men on their journey to recover from substance abuse. It has been a pleasure to work with an organization which genuinely cares about their residents. I have seen this demonstrated through the great success The Sanctuary has had in facilitating changes in the men’s lives who have resided here. I have established many relationships at The Sanctuary and keep in touch with many of the alumni, which I have met through my years at The Sanctuary.
My own journey in recovery began 7 years ago after an extended relapse after being sober for 10 years. As I became more actively involved in Alcoholics Anonymous, I began looking for ways to be more involved in helping others. I heard about The Sanctuary from a friend who was working here at the time. I thought this would be a great opportunity to give back to men in early recovery. I made a great choice!
I try to be available for others suffering from this disease. It is very important to me and is one of the ways I give back to those who have helped me on my road to recovery. I am actively sponsoring several men and enjoy going to meetings regularly, playing basketball a few times a week and fishing. I have a good relationship with my sponsor and have learned that active, regular involvement with others in recovery, along with having had a spiritual awakening, has been the key to my sobriety.
I am originally from Brooklyn, NY, and came to South Florida 24 years ago to start a new life for myself. I met and married my wife and we have since raised two boys, ages 19 and 16. My work background is computer systems analysis and I am currently employed in this field full time.