Board of Directors

LifeRing has a democratically elected Board of Directors. LifeRing Bylaws require a minimum of two years clean and sober to serve on the Board of Directors and a minimum of two years clean and sober to serve as an officer. Directors and officers must be people in recovery from substance addiction. The board meets by video conferencing at the annual LifeRing Congress, and it meets monthly between Congresses by video conferencing.

LifeRing Board of Directors

Bobbi Campbell <bcampbell@lifering.org> lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and fellow LifeRinger Richard, who met as members of the LSRsafe email group, which she credits as her primary source of recovery support as well as the LifeRing Delphi Forum and LSR Women’s Empowered email group. Thanks to these groups she’s been sober since November of 2007 and since then previously volunteered to manage LifeRing’s social media pages - a gig she recently returned to - and wrote for the blog, and is now pleased to be a part of the governing body in addition to serving on the Fundraising, Marketing, and Communication Committee. She writes and does paper crafting on the side, but still doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up. Bobbi was appointed to the LifeRing Board of Directors in December 2022 and elected to the board in 2023. Her term ends in 2025.

Joe Franklin <joe@lifering.org> lives in Denver, Colorado and discovered the LifeRing community in late 2015. Currently, he convenes an in-person meeting, serves as the treasurer for LifeRing in Colorado, and attends Saturday morning coffee with his LifeRing buddies. In his free time, because he’s not retired yet, Joe enjoys reading, spending time with his wife, Dana, learning new things (like how to not take himself too seriously), being and doing anything outdoors (mostly hiking), and making things (mostly food). This is his first go at being a board member anywhere ever. Joe was elected to the board in 2023. His term ends in 2024.

Lisa Swing-Corney <lisas@lifering.org> joined the LifeRing Community in late 2012 and has celebrated continuous sobriety since 2001.  She is a LifeRing in-person meeting convenor in Akron, Ohio, and serves as the LifeRing Frontier Regions Coordinator.  Lisa is passionate about choosing her own path in recovery and helping others to bring LifeRing to their communities.  In 2021, Lisa was nominated with unanimous consent to fill a vacancy on the LifeRing Board of Directors.  In her free time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her dog Audrey and consuming all things Star Trek. Her term ends in 2025.

Mary Beth O'Connor <marybeth@lifering.org> resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was first elected to the board in 2017, and her current term will end in 2026. Mary Beth leads the LifeRing Speakers Bureau and convenes a monthly meeting to explain LifeRing to friends and family. Mary Beth speaks regularly about her personal story, LifeRing, and multiple paths to recovery. You can listen to some of her interviews on her website, junkietojudge.com. Her essay "I Beat Addiction without God" appeared in the Wall Street Journal in August 2020. Her memoir, "From Junkie to Judge: One Woman's Triumph Over Trauma and Addiction," is available on Amazon and all the usual sites.

Monica Foy <monica@lfiering.org> resides in San Francisco and have been sober since 2016, when she attended her first LifeRing in-person meeting at the Alano Club. She took over convening the meeting, transitioning it to the San Francisco LGBT Center, and then Zoom. She stepped down as convenor in early 2023 to concentrate on her career transition from Information Technology to Financial Planner. She has been a LifeRing Member of Communications Committee (2019), Contributor to the Language Initiative (2019), Delegate at Annual Conference (June, 2019), and Convenor Workshop Presenter (May 2020). She her successful recovery to LifeRing’s self-directed model of peer counseling, and is passionate about LifeRing’s mission to help others in recovery. Monica brings organizational and financial skills. She was unanimously appointed to the LifeRing Board of Directors in August 2023. Her term will end in 2024.

Njon Sanders <njon@lifering.org> joined LifeRing in January of 2009 and started convening after just a few months. This led him to start several in-person meetings in San Francisco in his first years, and he was asked to run for the BOD at his 2-year anniversary. He went on to host a number of annual meetings and chair the board for 2 terms. Njon is back again hoping to help LifeRing find its new post-pandemic “normal” in the current volatile environment. Njon was elected to the board in 2023. His term ends in 2026. Njon on LinkedIn

Rafal Klopotowski <rafal@lifering.org> Rafal is a trained Peer and Family Support Specialist.  From 2018 to 2022 he worked at NAMI.  He facilitated and managed Connection Recovery Support Groups, and mentored his peers through NAMI’s Community Connectors Program.  Rafal started to convene a Co-Occuring HWYW meeting in September 2021 and currently he convenes or co-convenes 5 meetings, one of which is attended by participants on both sides of the Atlantic, and is held in Polish!  Rafal has two awesome sons.  The older one has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, which doesn’t prevent him from being an excellent bookseller, attending college,  He is also an excellent, published writer of fiction.  His younger brother is studying physics at the University of Oregon. Being on LifeRing's Board is a new adventure for Rafal, and he is really looking forward to this new challenge. His term ends in 2025.

Robert Stump <robert@lifering.org> is the former Executive Director of LifeRing (2012 to 2021) and brings a wealth of experience to the board. Throughout his involvement, Robert have gained comprehensive knowledge and insights into various aspects of how LifeRing operates. This expertise equips him with a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities that this organization may face, allowing him to provide knowledgeable guidance and make informed decisions. The bottom line for Robert is that LifeRing is an excellent example of a recovery community that promotes choices in recovery. As a new Board Member, he would like to keep it that way. Robert was elected in 2023. His term will end in 2026.

Sue Betts <sue@lifering.org> is a San Francisco transplant enjoying her fourth year of sobriety. She joined LifeRing in 2019 and was tapped shortly thereafter to convene the Saturday Chat Meeting. Sue created and co-convenes The Liver Spot started in 2020. When Sue began volunteering on LifeRing committees in 2020, she helped establish the Fundraising Marketing Communications Committee affectionately known as FunMarCom and now coordinates fundraising efforts. She is also active in the Meetings and Convenor Support Committee (MCC), the Outreach Committee and the Website Committee. Sue was invited to serve on the LifeRing Board of Directors in 2021 and now serves as the chair. Her term ends in 2024.

Qualifications needed for the Board of Directors

Current LifeRing Officers

Sue Betts, Executive Director
Sue Betts, Chair
Anna Bedolla, Interim Secretary
Steve Gonzales, Treasurer

Board Meetings

A Board Meeting is scheduled every month on the second Sunday of the month at 9:00 AM, Pacific Time via a Zoom meeting.
This meeting is open to the public.
Meeting URL:   https://zoom.us/j/88907758083?pwd=YTVDMStaY0hVdnhHOTlqcnM1MEpYdz09
Meeting ID: 889 0775 8083
Passcode: lifering
Call-in numbers: https://www.lifering.org/zoom-phone-numbers
Additional help joining a  Zoom Meeting: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting

Current Board Agenda

Current Regional Representatives

Regional Repersentatives - Who are they and what do they do.

Co-founder and CEO 1997-2010

Martin Nicolaus

LifeRing Documents

Current LifeRing Bylaws.
LifeRing’s 501(c)(3) IRS Determination Document
California Articles of Incorporation (1997)

Legal Notice

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