PAUL MAFFETONE - FOUNDER
Born March 31st 1989, a lifetime resident of Laurel, NY lost his older brother Michael Maffetone to a heroin overdose on February 11th 2012 at the age of 29. Although Paul has never suffered from addiction himself, after the loss of his best friend, has dedicated his life helping others who are suffering from addiction themselves or suffering from the loss of a loved one to these horrific circumstances. Spreading awareness and education on the current epidemic and fighting the negative stigma associated with addiction in particular is his greatest passion.
TREVOR MURRAY - DIRECTOR
Born June 14th 1987, Trevor was born and raised in Manorville, NY. Through the loss of many of his close friends to addiction and entering recovery himself on October 29th 2010, Trevor believes there are two sides of this epidemic that need an equal amount of effort to combat; while it is important to be reactive to the people who are struggling with their own addiction and do everything possible to help them, it is equally as important to be proactive towards the younger generation inheriting this problem. The passion behind sharing his story publicly is to make the point that addiction can happen to anyone.
KRISTINA AMATO - CO-FOUNDER & dIRECTOR
Born June 16th 1992, a lifetime resident of Commack, NY suffered a traumatic brain injury at the age of 10 and was thought to be paralyzed from the neck down. After spending the next 10 years of her life on an assortment of 42 different medications, she found an alternative healthy lifestyle provided by an alkaline education center/ detox center in which she is now employed. Since embracing this new lifestyle, she has been removed from all medications and has the like-minded goal of helping as many people as possible in our efforts to educate the public on the effects of drugs on the brain and body.
SAMANTHA PAULUS - DIRECTOR
Born September 29th 1986, Samantha grew up in Shirley, NY. After entering recovery on August 28th 2013, Samantha set out to become a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) and is well on her way to accomplishing that goal. Samantha is passionate about putting an end to the negative stigma associated with drug addiction as a whole. Her belief is that if we put effort into sending positivity in the direction of people still struggling with addiction, we may be able to make it easier for them to reach out and ask for help.
JORDAN STIERLE - SPEAKER
Born February 17th 1986, Jordan was raised in Ronkonkoma, NY. After years of struggling with addiction, he entered recovery on September 8th 2009. Given the opportunity to
share his story in a few different public settings, he noticed people gave his tale of overcoming depression, anxiety and addiction positive feedback. His biggest hope is to share his story of the discomfort that he lived with for years in a way that could free people who are struggling from addiction and other mental health disorders.
Michael's HOPE is an organization that educates, prevents and spreads awareness of the current heroin and opioid epidemic we are facing. We understand it is very important to speak to kids in schools, we have made it our goal to not have to charge schools for our programs. All donations will go into this organization and allow us to spread the awareness to our communities and school districts free of charge, while also hosting Narcan trainings also at no cost.