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 one year clean and sober to serve as an officer. Directors and officers must be people in recovery from substance addiction. The board meets face-to-face at the annual LifeRing Congress, and it meets monthly between Congresses by telephone conference call.

LifeRing Board of Directors

Sue Betts <> is a San Francisco transplant currently enjoying her third year of sobriety. She joined LifeRing in 2019 and was tapped shortly thereafter to convene the Saturday Text Meeting. Sue created and co-convenes the Wednesday Night Liver Spot started in 2020. When Sue began volunteering on LifeRing committees in 2020, she helped develop the Fundraising Marketing Communications Committee affectionately known as FunMarCom. She now leads the Meetings and Convenor Committee (MCC) and is actively involved with the Outreach, Website, and Annual Meeting & Congress committees. Sue was invited to serve on the LifeRing Board of Directors in 2021.

Dan Carrigan <> comes from Emeryville, CA. Dan provides workshop programs for non-profits across the United States. Elected in 2014 to fill out a vacant one-year term. Dan has been re-elected twice to the board. His term ends in 2021. Currently, he is serving as a Board co-chair.

George Gidora <>  is a retired transit operator living in Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada. He currently has 10 years of sobriety and first got involved in getting the first LifeRing meeting started in Vancouver, BC, in 2005. He is currently the president of LifeRing Canada and convenes several online and face-to-face meetings. Having served a past term on the LifeRing BOD board, he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the current board.

Steve Gonzales <> is from the San Francisco Bay Area. Steve was appointed in 2019 to replace a vacancy, and his term ends in 2022. Currently, he is leading the communications committee.

Lorraine Hull <> lives in the Mile High City, Denver, CO. She has been involved with convening LifeRing meetings in Colorado since 2013. Lorraine currently convenes the Sunday evening online meeting that is open to all. She loves spending time on WhatsApp with her two granddaughters and playing at parks with her grandson. Lorraine is on her second term with the board that started in 2020 and will end in 2023. Currently, she is serving as a board co-chair.

Jamie Itterman <> lives in the beautiful cIty of Maple Ridge just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia. He has been convening several local meetings since 2017. Jamie enjoys being a part of the recovery community and being able to bring LifeRing to others which, in turn, helps to maintain his own sobriety. Jamie has been a BOD member as the Financial Officer and New Meeting Coordinator with LifeRing Canada for 3 years and has recently joined the BOD of LifeRing Inc. Jamie began his term in 2020. His term will end in 2023.

Mary Beth O'Connor <> resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she convenes a LifeRing meeting. She was first elected to the Board in 2017, and her current term will end in 2023. Mary Beth is active in promoting LifeRing's premise of building a personal recovery plan and multiple paths to recovery. Her essay "I Beat Addiction without God" appeared in the Wall Street Journal in August 2020.

Christopher Smith <chris@!> is a longtime resident of Los Angeles.  He came to LifeRing in 2018, at which time he became the first LifeRing convenor in Los Angeles County.  In 2021, he was invited to fill a vacancy on the board.  His term ends in 2022.

Qualifications needed for the Board of Directors

Current LifeRing Officers

Robert Stump, Executive Director
Dan Carrigan, Board co-Chair
Lorraine Hull, Board co-Chair
Steve Gonzales, Treasurer
Mary Beth O'Connor, Secretary

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:
Meeting ID: 889 0775 8083
The Waiting Room is now active
Call-in numbers:
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Current Board Agenda

Current Regional Representatives

Regional Reps Map

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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