About

Spokane Treatment and Recovery Services (STARS) is a non-profit behavioral health agency that has been serving our community since 1980. We offer multiple services and levels of care to address the needs of our clients in every stage of their treatment. Our highly skilled substance use disorder and mental health professionals work together with the client to develop a unique and individualized service plan that treats the whole person using evidence-based practices.

Our Team

Blake D. Redding

Chief Executive Officer

Blake joined the STARS Team in 2007 and has held multiple positions within the agency, including providing direct care for youth and adults, Clinical Director, and Interim Executive Director. Blake was appointed as STARS Executive Director in 2017. He holds an AAS degree in Chemical Dependency from SFCC and a BA in Public Services Administration from Whitworth University, and is currently working towards his MBA. Blake is heavily involved in the healthcare community and serves on multiple boards, committees, and leadership groups.

In his spare time, Blake enjoys spending time with his wife and son, and immersing himself in all things music related–from catching a show with his wife, to creating and recording his own songs.

Donna Melville

Chief Financial Officer

Donna joined the Spokane Treatment and Recovery Services team in March 2020.  She has over 25 years of accounting experience beginning with her time as an auditor with KPMG in Australia.  After completing her professional accountant certification, she spent time in corporate banking before moving to the United States in 2004 with her husband and three children. Prior to her current role she was the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at a large Pacific Northwest based Behavioral Health Agency.

In her spare time, Donna enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and running.

Kristen Sobkowiak LMHC, SUDP, MHP

Director of Mental Health Services

Kristen joined Spokane Treatment and Recovery Services in 2016. Kristen is a Gonzaga University alumna who grew up as a military dependent and traveled all over the USA before finally settling down in Spokane. She has dedicated the last 16 years of her professional life to serving Spokane’s vulnerable population and acting as a servant leader and mentor to behavioral health professionals entering the field.

Kristen is the mother of two grown children, four grown stepchildren, a fast-growing 12 year-old boy who loves to play football, and has six beautiful grand-daughters. She enjoys supporting her son’s football team, gardening, landscaping, camping, and hiking our beautiful Spokane area trails.

Eric Deno, SUDP

Director of SUD Services

Eric has been with STARS since 2014 and holds an AAS degree in Addiction Studies from SFCC. Eric has held nearly every position in the Withdrawal Management Program, which gives him a unique insight into the needs of his team and the patients they serve. Eric loves being proactive and working with the community to problem solve behavioral health needs for our most vulnerable and underserved populations.

In his free time, Eric enjoys watching sports, playing basketball and spending time with his family.

Joseph C Peloso III, SUDPT

Hospital Diversion Program Manager

Joseph has been an employee of STARS since July 2005. He began as a Sobering Technician and has worn many hats over the years, such as Discharge Planner, Sobering Supervisor, and Case Manager prior to landing in his current position as Program Manager of Hospital Diversion Services. Joseph is currently working on finishing his degree in Addiction Studies and plans to continue his education at Whitworth University studying Public Service Administration.

Joseph enjoys hiking, biking, working out, rafting, water skiing, wave runners, self-care, and spending time with family and friends.

Ryan Kent

Sobering Services Supervisor

Ryan joined the STARS team in 2014. He discovered his passion for helping individuals struggling with substance use disorders in 2009 while working as a Life Skills Coach at Fresh Start, a treatment facility located just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. While there, he became a Registered Addiction Specialist and held many positions from Withdrawal Specialist to Senior Director of Rehabilitation. Prior to moving into his current role as Sobering Services Supervisor, he worked as a Behavioral Health Technician and Hospital Diversion Case Manager for STARS.

When Ryan isn’t in the office or connecting with the healthcare community, it’s a safe bet you can find him on the river fly fishing, or up in the mountains snowboarding.

Rachel Pelkey

Human Resources Manager

Rachel joined the STARS team in 2015 as the Executive Assistant after returning to Spokane with her family once her husband completed his service in the United States Marine Corps. With a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Addiction Studies from EWU, Rachel felt at home. During this time, the organization was growing and expanding rapidly and needed additional administrative leadership. Rachel stepped up and obtained her Human Resources certification from the University of Phoenix in 2018, and was promoted to Human Resources Manager shortly after.

Rachel enjoys spending quality outdoor time with her 2 kids and husband, early 2000’s pop/punk, and stimulating conversations about sports and music.

Joe St. John

Safety & Facilities Manager

Joe St. John joined STARS in 2018, driving the Detox Van and serving patients in the Diversion Unit. In 2020, he was promoted to Safety and Facilities Manager. Joe has a Masters of Education from University of Portland and an MBA from Western Governors University. His work history includes teaching intermediate grade students, elementary principal, and university administration. He volunteers in Spokane County Fire District 8 as a firefighter/EMT and operates a CPR training business.

Joe enjoys spending time with his wife, Anne, kayaking local lakes and rivers, camping, and pottery.

Mandy Baird

Executive Assistant

Mandy joined the team at Spokane Treatment and Recovery Services in 2018. Prior to moving into her current role, Mandy spent a year as an intern and employee at a local crisis shelter. It was during this time that her interest in joining the mission of supporting individuals experiencing behavioral health challenges was sparked. After spending 10 years raising her children and volunteering in various leadership roles, Mandy returned to college and obtained her bachelor’s degree in Public Service Administration from Whitworth University in 2018.

Mandy enjoys getting outside with her husband and 4 children, drinking good coffee, and visiting with friends.

Board of Directors

Jill Yashinsky-Wortman

President

Owner and Lead Consultant/Coach

Momentum Coaching & Consulting LLC

Brandy Singer

Vice President

Clinical Pharmacist

Eastern State Hospital, DSHS, BHA

Matthew Byrd

Treasurer

Co-owner and Commercial Real Estate Broker

SVN Cornerstone

Erik Kukuk

Board Member

Attorney

Paine Hamblen LLP

Dave Singley

Board Member

Captain

Spokane Police Department

Judi Carl

Board Member

Retired

Spokane Police Department

Mike Lopez

Secretary

Integrated Health Services Manager

City of Spokane Fire Department

Not pictured:

Shad St. Paul

Board Member

Behavioral Health Program Manager

Spokane Tribe of Indians

Ariel McClair

Board Member

Talent Solutions Consultant

Career Path Services

Jane Stencel

Board Member

Director of Human Resources

East Valley School District

Stacey Chay

Board Member

Program Director/Senior Lecturer

Eastern Washington University