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Executive Director - Michelle Jones
Michelle Jones serves as our Executive Director. She has spent many years working in recovery, mental health, and family support. She currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Jefferson House for men. She is also involved in REC (Residents Encounter Christ) in local jails and was secretary for Future Business Leaders of America. She is certified in sports medicine, holistic health and group fitness, trained in EMDR, certified CAPRC 1, active shooter and bomb threat preparedness training, de escalation training, and Indiana Department Of Corrections training, WELLE certified, along with multiple certifications and trainings for the recovery community.

In her spare time, she loves spending time with family and helping serve others.

As the executive director, Michelle is responsible  administration, fundraising, and being the public face of the Cafe. The executive director carries the message of recovery to the external community and leads/nurtures the internal leadership, staff, volunteers and members. 

You can reach Michelle at
Cafe Manager - Whitney Platt

Whitney Platt is our Cafe Manager. Whitney is originally from Vevay Indiana. She moved to Madison in 2015.  She has been a Team Leader at Goodwill for just over a year and has a total of 10 years experience in management. In her spare time she does advertising and promoting through Google for local businesses here in Madison and other cities. She is a person in recovery with the goal to help others get the support and resources they need for an easier transition into their recovery. She is new to the recovery field but is eager to learn, grow and contribute to the community. She is passionate about helping others and bringing together individuals of all walks of life. She believes that empowerment begins through understanding and support.


In her role as Cafe Manager, Whitney has oversight of meal prep, service and clean-up, provides focused peer support, assists in onboarding new community volunteers and interns on internal Café logistics, provide oversight to volunteers and interns, monitor member and guest behaviors to ensure the Café is creating a safe space for all, and ensures guiding principles are being upheld by all in the Café space. She also assists in coordinating and facilitating daily Café activities.

You can reach Whitney at

Program Coordinator - Shona Reis

Shona Reis is the program coordinator at the Café. She  spent a number of years working with adolescents, as well as adults with mental health disabilities, and as a direct support professional, helping individuals learn their strengths, weaknesses and with helping them get appropriate employment for themselves! She is passionate about helping others in any way. I’m involved in the Residents encounter Christ program (REC) in local jails. My goal at the Recovery Cafe is to help in any way possible and to give my all to serving, and helping provide a safe place for people in recovery to feel accepted and just be who they are! She looks forward to getting to know everyone and can’t wait to see what big things can be done within the community!

You can reach Shona by emailing her at

Resource Specialist - Kimberly Barnes
Kimberly is the Resource Specialist at the Cafe. You can email her at
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