Executive Director & Senior Business Development Director
“Cease to be grateful, cease to be sober.”
A seasoned professional, as clinician, interventionist, and administrator in the addiction treatment industry, John Knowles has given his life to those in need for over 30 years. Growing up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, John is a lifelong native to the NEPA region, where he and wife, Stacy, still reside today.
John attended SUNY Empire State College in Saratoga, New York, where he received a B.S. in Business, Marketing and Economics with a specialization in Addiction Treatment Administration, as well as a M.A. in Social Policy. He is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) in Pennsylvania, has completed the Rutgers University Advanced School of Addiction Studies, and is trained in the Johnson Institute Model for interventions.
John began his career in 1987 as an adolescent therapist at Marworth Treatment Center. Soon after, he moved to Tully, New York, where he was appointed Director of Clinical Services for Tully Hill, a position he held for over 10 years. In 2007, he and his wife moved to New Hampshire where he converted the historic Daniel Webster Estate into Webster Place Recovery Center, a treatment campus which offered detox, residential services, and a drop-in center with housing. Shortly thereafter, John accepted a position as Chief Administrator for Clearbrook Lodge in 2010 and moved to Senior Marketing Representative in 2014.
Alongside his clinical and administrative expertise, John has served as supervisor and on various advisory boards, has extensive public speaking experience, and is a recognized expert on clinical topics such as Adolescent Substance Abuse, Dual Diagnosis, Homelessness, Grief and Loss, Impaired Professionals, and Family Issues.
Sober since November 29, 1984, John has been an active member in the local recovery community for decades, and lives by the principles of the 12-Steps in his daily life. Outside of work, you can find John spending time with his wife, Stacy, his three sons and daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters. He is also an avid runner and hiker, regularly participating in triathlons.
As Executive Director & Senior Business Development Director for Brookdale Recovery, John hopes to have an impact on the lives of our patients and their families, helping them find freedom from addiction. He also recognizes the importance of giving back, and believes his role as a mentor to up-in-coming professionals is vital for this industry, but more importantly, for those in need of effective treatment.