Our Team

Aleksandra Bembnista – Founder

Aleksandra “Aleksa” Bembnista

Aleksa is a person in long term recovery since July 19th 2015. She’s also an amazing mom of 3 teens, has a Biochemistry Master’s Degree from NYU, and currently employed as Software Egineer working with lots and lots of Data.

Because the disease of addiction doesn’t descriminate and it’s absolutely unforgiving, Aleksa struggled with it amongst millions of people in America, hiding in shame, isolated and completely hopeless. Due to her sister’s relentless fight for her, she was one of the lucky ones to make it back into treatment, get the help she needed and begin the recovery process. Aleksa doesn’t take her recovery for granted and is now fighting for those who are too ashamed to ask for help, or those who do not have a voice.

Dorota Trojak – Co-Founder

Dorota Trojak

Dorota is a person in long term recovery since Nov 16 2015. Dorota is pure sunshine! She can make the room smile by simply being there. She’s a mom of a pre-teen boy, has an MBA from Sacred Heart University and her full time job involves massive coordination and communications aross multiple countries, suppliers and vendors. Guess what, not surprising, she’s absolutely awesome at it!

But as Aleksa and many others, the disease of addiction started to steal her life away, and that beautiful smile was starting to disappear. Dorota is extremely passionate about recovery, she’s always is the 1st one to reach out to someone with help, and her compassion is endless.

Erica Taylor Schulz – Executive Director – Vice President

Erica Taylor Schulz

Erica is a woman in long term recovery since February 20. 2012. She’s an amazing mom of a 22-year-old son & is engaged to a man in recovery with a beautiful pre-teen daughter. She is a graduate of National Academy of Hairdressing since 1992 & is a full-time master stylist/colorist in Milford CT. 

Erica has unfortunately been touched by the horrible disease of alcoholism as many others have in our country and around the world. Her life had deteriorated & she was losing herself as well as her family, her son, her career & her life as she once knew it.

By the grace of God Erica came to realize she needed help and found it in a 12-step program offered around the world. Erica takes everyday one step at a time & dedicates her life to her recovery. She helps many women & men. She is extremely empathetic & compassionate, but she is serious about the effects of this disease. She is ready at any given second to reach out & help the next suffering person fighting this fight.

Tim Smith – Executive Director – Executive Chef

Tim “Timber” Smith

Timber is a person in long-term recovery since Jan 2008. For many many years he struggled with an alcoholism and drug addiction that was fueled by anxiety, depression, fear, and loneliness. Timber had a hard time believing that other people with the same issues could help to put down the bottle and stop using drugs.

Then one day, completely out of desperation, he became a part of a 12 step recovery group. Without a doubt, that day saved his life. Since then, countless numbers of people in recovery showed him how to get his life back. Without them he coud not have done it. Today, Timber feels its his duty to help the next person who’s struggling with addiction.

Timber has always been a Chef at heart. He’s held number amazing cooking positions at variety of restaurants, and we are beyong grateful Timber has decided to become our Executive Chef. Timber has always been cooking for recovery community. So with his incredible palate, his experience of cooking at diverse events, we are the luckiest group ever and beyond grateful Timber is part of our GR Team.

Timber has served in the military and Glorious Recovery says “THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TIMBER!”