Steve Barndt

Executive Director

If you are trying to turn your life around, get clean and sober, get a roof over your head, or get food in your belly, you have come to the right place and you are looking for this man. Whether you are a person with substance use disorder, a veteran, or someone who walks in off


the street, if you are motivated to change, Steve will give you his last dollar, bread crumb, or the shirt of his back. His heart is larger than life, without exaggeration. Steve has built his dream and his life around recovery, and he will help anyone along their own journey to do the same. Steve leads the vision at JFT and he has never turned anyone away; even if their intentions were not pure. Steve does not have the capacity to be unkind; it simply is not a part of who he is, and when ask: "Why?" he simply states: "I've been there." Steve runs a tight ship; however, many a person in long term recovery has Steve to thank somewhere along the way; although he would never admit it.


Steve worked in sales for many years before becoming the Regional Director for a Home Medical Supply company. After years of traveling, being away from home, and the trials and tribulations facing most of us throughout active addiction, Steve decided his life needed a drastic change of direction. He checked himself into Gaudenzia's Common Ground detox and inpatient facility in Harrisburg; and to this day, credits them with saving his life. Steve was willing to go to any lengths at this point, and accepted the 12-step philosophy followed at Common Ground, truly finding a Power greater than himself. With a grateful heart, Steve still follows this program today; however, like the rest of us at JFT, sincerely believes there are many roads to recovery, which are welcomed and demonstrated daily at JFT's Recovery Center.


As his vision for a recovery center slowly unfolded, Steve continued working parttime at Common Ground while moving all the pieces into place to build his dream. At one time under Steve's direction in the early 2000's, JFT operated recovery houses in Harrisburg, Gettysburg, and Mechanicsburg as well as a thrift store in Middletown to make ends meet. However, more often than naught, funds came out of Steve's own pockets to keep the dream alive.


Luck, hard work, or divine intervention--depending on your beliefs--took hold and Steve was awarded a start up grant from Capital Area Behavioral Health Collaborative to purchase the property in Lemoyne. Steve began a male recovery house above the center, added the veteran's services in 2014, and acquired a women veteran's recovery house in Harrisburg, slated to open in March 2019. Recently, JFT was awarded grant funding from Cumberland-Perry Drug and Alcohol Commission to initiate the Warm Handoff Program in our three county hospitals: Carlisle, West Shore, and Holy Spirit. With the Warm Handoff media coverage, by word-of-mouth, and through referrals, JFT has helped as many people coming in off the streets acquire some type of treatment as we have straight from the emergency rooms.

Steve is currently the Chairman of the Board for Consumer Satisfaction Services where he has served for six years. He remains an active member of NA and throughout the years has held most, if not all, of the service positions at both the local and state levels. Steve has no problem telling anyone that he has 16 years sobriety as his ultimate goal has ALWAYS been to carry the message with a grateful heart.


Nicole Benner

Cumberland-Perry Warm Handoff Program Supervisor

PA Certified Recovery Specialist

Medication Assisted Recovery Advocate

Nikki's quick wittiness made her immediately fit with the JFT staff. We have a knack for getting the job done while having fun doing it. Some days the staff is as crazy as the job, and Nikki is definitely one of us!

Nikki was raised in Summerdale and attend East Pennsboro High School. Much of her family still resides in East Pennsboro Township. She currently lives in Middlesex Township with her 15-year-old daughter. Nikki is also the mother of an adult son and daughter.

For several years Nikki served as a private banking representative and executive administrative assistant. She also ran the office of a successful cleaning and roofing company. Nikki then turned her talents to motherhood raising three children of her own and a foster child with special needs. For several years Nikki was also the sole caregiver for her ailing father, who since passed, and currently she plays an active roles in her youngest daughter's education as she is home-schooled.

Nikki began studies toward a mental health counseling degree; however, motherhood and circumstances led her away from this for a time. Nikki has not given up on this path and plans to continue her studies in drug, alcohol, and peer counseling while working fulltime at JFT. As it stands, she is a PA Certified Recovery Specialist and has served on the Cumberland-Perry Warm Handoff team for a year. She is an integral part the program both in the ER and behind the scenes, and is very good at what she does.

With that said, Nikki is a huge proponent of Medication-Assisted Recovery (MAR) and is our in-house advocate for all MAR-related objectives. She designed and facilitates our MAR 12-Step meeting, which is just taking off and sure to be a huge success. She is also an MAR advocate in our community and for several of the local MAT clinics and medical facilities.

Nikki, Erin and Eric also manage donations and regularly organize our clothing closet and food pantry. Donations are a huge part of JFT and come in daily. This task alone can become overwhelming if not attended to on a regular basis.

Nikki wears many hats at JFT and her work ethic, compassion, and willingness to shift gears at a moments notice is what makes her an incredible assets to JFT with everything we have planned for 2020. 

Scott Young

Veterans Services Coordinator

Scott Young is JFT’s Veterans Service Coordinator and a veteran himself.  He served in the United States Marine Corps from 2004 through 2016, being honorably discharged as a staff sergeant.  Scott served two combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Additionally, he spent time in the community while on active duty, serving as a recruiter in the

York area. Scott is active in recovery, being free of alcohol for over three years.  His journey included a successful stay in the Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (SARRTP) at the Lebanon VA Medical Center, where he participated in the vocational rehabilitation program as well.  He is also a graduate of Dauphin County Veterans Court.


In addition to his service as JFT’s Veterans Service Coordinator, Scott has been a business administration and management student for two years.  He enjoys reading, hiking, and cooking in his spare time.    

Sara Pettit

Recovery and Re-entry Program

PA Certified Recovery Specialist

Previously: Warm Handoff

Misty Dorwart

Recovery and Re-entry Program

PA Certified Recovery Specialist

Warm Handoff

More to come...

Stay tuned.

Sherry Clouser, B.S., CADC, CPS, 

Deputy Director

PA Certified Recovery Specialist


Sherry Clouser is our Deputy Director here at JFT Recovery and Veterans Support Services. Sherry grew up in Steelton, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Dauphin County. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice

from the Pennsylvania State University, she holds the following certifications from Pennsylvania Certification Board CADC Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, a Competence Certificate in Problem Gambling and is ready to test for the CPA Certified Prevention Specialist. She has certification as a facilitator in the following programs: pre/post test HIV Counseling, SFW Strengths Based Family Worker, Botvin Life Skills, Project Towards no Drugs, Too good for drugs and violence, Celebrating Families and Strengthening Families (original and adaptation 12-14), and several theories of counseling (i.e. Reality Therapy, Cognitive Restructuring, etc.).

Sherry came to JFT with over 30 years of experience in the drug and alcohol field. She worked 10 years as a counselor at Dauphin County Prison where she held the roles of Counselor, Treatment Evaluator and Treatment Coordinator. She worked 20 years at Dauphin County Department of Drug and Alcohol (SCA Single County Authority). She held the roles of case manager, intensive case manager, student assistance program liaison, prevention supervisor and retired as the deputy director.

Sherry is proud of her ability to work in any community. She can work with all diverse populations. Her heart has always been torn between the prevention and recovery fields, and being able to have planned Dauphin County’s prevention to now work with the recovery community is an honor. When you meet Sherry you will feel her passion, her empathy and commitment to people and their ability to overcome addiction.

She feels empathy is her God given gift and uses this in her work and with her own family. If you ask her the most important thing in her life is her family. She is proud of her daughter who is also working in the drug and alcohol field in a dual role of prevention and recovery. The love of her life is her 3 grandchildren. Sherry also loves to dance, swim, laugh and create her own good time. She loves her 3 dogs and is a certified dog trainer through animal behavior college.

She has recently began taking classes in alternative therapies and is excited to be able to learn new things that will help in her last chapter of her career.


Erin Moran

Administrative Assistant

PA Certified Recovery Specialist

Erin is the smiling face that greets you when you enter JFT, and she does a little bit of everything for everyone here at the Center. If you need to know how to do something or where to find something, Erin is your go-to for sure!

Erin has a certification in Medical Assisting from Kaplan Institute. She did so well in her studies, she was awarded membership into the Alpha Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Erin has worked in many areas within the medical field; however, she feels her greatest wealth of knowledge is in endocrinology where she spent the majority of her medical assisting time.

Erin is currently attending HACC to strengthen the second act of her career studying Healthcare Administration, and remains in good standing with the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Erin's role at the Center is primarily business oriented where she coordinates payroll, expenses, and so much more. She would like to combine her background in the medical field with her business savvy and one day own her own medical supply company.

As JFT grows and expands offering our services to more and more people in recovery as well as our veterans, Erin's role within the organization also continues to grow. Each day at JFT greets Erin with new challenges that she is happy to navigate.

Erin is one of of our in-house CRSs who responds to Warm Handoff calls during the day, Monday through Friday. Erin has enjoyed recovery since June 10, 2006, and counts her daughter, Giana, as her greatest accomplishment.


Jan Arkon, RN

Volunteer & Events Coordinator

PA Certified Recovery Specialist

Jan is the type of person who does so much for the recovery community and JFT, but likes to fly under the radar. In fact, it was all we could do to get her to stop and pose for this picture! Jan is all about giving back, volunteerism, and event planning, and she does a bang up job for JFT!

Jan has been with JFT for over two years and she is in charge of all of our volunteers, community service partners, and events. Jan recruits our volunteers to man the Coffee Shop as well as for any community events or fundraisers for which we participate. Jan also trains our volunteers to work in a business-like capacity, which for some, it is their very first experience. Thanks to Jan, our Coffee Shop is completely manned by volunteers and open from noon til 11 PM each day reinforcing the motto: "You Never Have to be Alone."

If you or someone you know is in need of community services hours, no matter what the reason, Jan is our community service hours coordinator as well. She sets the individual up, ensures he/she get the hours, and completes the required paperwork.


In her spare time, Jan works as one of our on call Certified Recovery Specialists, and she owns and operates a female recovery house in Harrisburg called McHazel's House. Giving back to a community she feels has done so much for her, Jan will soon celebrate 10 years of sobriety.

Jan is a big part of what we do here at JFT, and whether she wants the recognition or not, we are grateful for her.

Eric Weidman

Facilities Coordinator

PA Certified Recovery Specialist


First and foremost, Eric is our in-house artist. He is creating a mural downstairs including all our programs of recovery and military branches of service. Eric also enjoys donating his paintings to recovery events for raffles and fundraising.

Eric can be found at JFT on and off the clock throughout the day and evening. He enjoys being a contributing member at all JFT events as well as lending a hand at any recovery or fundraising cause. The bottomline is that if it is recovery oriented and you need a hand--Eric is your man. And everything Eric does, he does from the heart. He is a giver.

Eric was born and raised on the unforgiving streets of Baltimore City where he  was fortunate enough to find the Power of Recovery, a group he credits with saving his life.  After the roots of recovery took hold, Eric decided, that for his own continued growth, he needed to leave the confines of the Heroin Capital of the U.S.; thus he moved to Lemoyne in 2015 where he found and enmeshed himself into a strong and well established recovery community. Eric to proud to say he has over 5-years of continuous sobriety and has made it his mission to help others find their way.

Eric served as a member of our Warm Handoff Team for a year and continues to grow and help people seeking treatment on a daily basis. Warm Handoff is only a small part of Eric's story at JFT. Eric continues to grow our community food pantry and helps with daily donations. Eric is our in-house maintenance man, ready to fix any problem at any time of day--and we mean ANY problem. Eric is our fix-it man!

Eric is excited to take on his most recent role as Recovery Housing mentee under Steve's tutelage. In this position, Eric is learning the nuances of operating a recovery house as he takes a more active role in our male recovery house above the center. This role evolved as Eric became more and more of a mentor to our friends in new recovery, who live in the many local recovery houses. He can always be found trying to procure furniture or goods, giving people rides to and from meetings, job interviews, or other appointments, or just generally just being a listening ear to anyone in our Coffee Shop who might be in need of someone who cares. But, do not let his easygoing disposition fool you; Eric knows how to lay down the law if things get a bit crazy on the weekends!