Advocates for Peer-Supported Recovery  

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Bill Lauer is the Founder and Executive Director of Friends of Recovery, Inc.


Bill Lauer also serves on the Board of Friends of Recovery, Inc.  He is a 1998 alumnus of Oxford House Flowing Wells in Tucson, AZ. He opened the first Oxford House in Madison on Portage Rd. in 2000 and has been involved with opening 14 Oxford Houses in Wisconsin. Bill attended the 3rd World Convention in 2001 and in 2012 at the 14th Annual convention he was asked to present on a panel “Working with Landlords.” He continues to work with groups all over the country to open Oxford Houses in their communities. His success as a volunteer Oxford House Outreach worker is grounded in a firm education of the Oxford House model, having completed 3 of the 4 Oxford House employee trainings and attended house meetings at over 30 Oxford Houses in 4 states, averaging 65 meetings a year. Bill has read most of the books and over 100 research articles published about the Oxford House model. In 2013, he spent a week in Tennessee shadowing outreach workers there to learn new ways to open more houses.Holding a B.A. degree in education from UW-Milwaukee specializing in adult training programs, Bill has served as a group facilitator for Batterers Anonymous, Parents Anonymous, and the Milwaukee Men’s Center, leading over 200 group meetings. Beginning in 1985, Bill helped form the early trainings of the Mankind Project in the USA and, in 2000-2003, South Africa. In 2006, he was a founding Board member and initial facilitator of the Wisconsin Truth Project which runs weekly groups and weekend intensives in several Wisconsin prisons. Bill is an instructor at the Center for Creative Learning in Milwaukee (since 1999) where he co-facilitates several personal growth programs working with men and women who have experienced trauma and sexual abuse. He serves as the current Treasurer of Friends of Recovery, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization.

 A rental property owner since 1989, Bill’s niche is working in low income areas of both Milwaukee and Madison. He is a former board member of the Urban Property Owners Association, the Apartment Association of S.E. Wisconsin and the Madison Landlord Council where he served on legislative and education committees. In 1996, Bill was appointed by the then Mayor of Milwaukee to a special advisory committee that oversaw the development of Milwaukee’s Landlord Training Program. He continues to educate the public on reducing the barriers to safe housing for recovering addicts in Madison and works with most of the housing programs who work with at risk populations.

Carol Chapman is a co-Founder and Secretary- Treasurer of Friends of Recovery, Inc.

Carol received her J.D. from Marquette University Law School in 2006 and is Business &  Content Development Manager in the State Bar of Wisconsin's Professional Development Department.

Carol has had a commitment to public service her entire life.  She is a veteran of the U.S. Army and Army Reserve, honorably discharged as an non-commissioned officer.  She has been involved in non-profit volunteering since the 1970s, beginning in high school, as a hospital candystriper and school library volunteer. She has served on Wisconsin Bar Association’s Lawyer Assistance Program Committee  and remains an active volunteer and monitor with that program.  She has also held many volunteer leadership positions, including President of the Starfish Foundation; Personnel Committee Chair of the South Central Library System citizen board, Chair of the Wisconsin Library Association Trustee and Friends Division and she is the current Vice President of the Friends of the Madison Public Library.  Over the years, Carol has also volunteered on a number of political campaigns, in addition to her work as Operations Director of a political polling and market research firm in Phoenix, Arizona and serving 7 years as an attorney with the Wisconsin court of appeals. 

Robert Evans is President of the Board of Friends of Recovery, Inc. 

Bob is retired military with four oversees tours including two in Iraq. During the last tour, 2007-08, he was the Commander of the 785th Combat Stress Company, which was responsible for providing behavioral health services in 17 sites in the central Iraq area. He was also involved in the development of Combat Stress Control (CSC) services for the military during his 35-year career in the Medical Service Corps, Army Reserves. He developed and evaluated CSC play in medical exercises and was a senior evaluator of these exercises.

Bob is presently Director of Psychological Health for the Wisconsin National Guard. He works with the Service Member Support Division and the Medical Case Management, G1 Surgeons Office to improve behavior health services, their effectiveness, timeliness and rational application to reduce the stigma of receiving behavioral health services in the military.

Bob was a direct services supervisor for Dane County Human Services for 20 years. Prior to that, he worked for eight years as a direct service social worker and lead worker in the areas of child welfare, adult protective services (Chapter 51 & 55 of the Wisconsin statutes), income maintenance, direct relief, interpreter services and protective payees. In the final eight years of his career with Dane County, Bob served as the delinquency intake supervisor for the greater Madison area.

Bob is the Commander of VFW Post 1318 on Lakeside Street in Madison and actively supports the Dane County area veterans community.

Sandra Smith

Sandy is Vice President of Friends of Recovery, Inc.  She is an Air Force veteran.

Lorleen Karaway

Lori is a member at large of Friends of Recovery, Inc., supporting FOR's mission to bring more sober housing to Wisconsin.  Lori is a recovering heroin addict with over five (5) years clean.  Lori resided at Oxford House-Lena in Kenosha, WI.  She has also served as the Chapter Chairperson for Kenosha/Racine Oxford House Chapter.  Lori is employed as  a Peer Support Specialist at Meta House, a women’s treatment facility in Milwaukee, WI.  Besides working full time, Lori spends her time volunteering  in assisting  people who suffer with the disease of addiction. She currerntly is a member of Hospitals & Institutions through her local 12-Step Program and chairs a meeting in Robert E. Ellsworth Correctional Center.