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OAR names new board members

• Dec 18, 2017 at 4:00 PM

O.A.R. (Ottagan Addictions Recovery) recently announced that Steven Darrow, Jess Garrison and Lindsey Gorsline have joined its Board of Directors.

Darrow, a CPA and manager at De Boer Baumann & Co. PLC, lives in Zeeland with his wife, Maria, and their 10-month-old daughter. Watching and playing sports are his avid pastimes. He is particularly passionate about U-M football, perhaps owing to his father, who has taken him to a game nearly every year of his life. 

“Addiction and mental illness tend to have a stigma associated with them,” Darrow said. “I joined to help raise awareness of these illnesses in the community.”

Garrison is a Realtor and real estate investor. He is newly married, and lives with his wife, Skylar, and their dog and two cats in Spring Lake. Garrison credits his three sisters with instilling in him his fashion sense. His other hobbies include outdoor activities, visiting his family and rooting for the Detroit Lions. Helping people recover from addiction is particularly important to Garrison, who himself is in his seventh year of sobriety.

“A cause like O.A.R. really strikes close to home,” he said. “I was fortunate (to have) a family that was in a position to make sure I received the help I desperately needed. Many people do not have that luxury, and O.A.R. is doing its best to offer that lifeline.”

Gorsline, an attorney at Cunningham Dalman, specializes in family law. She’s recently returned to Zeeland from Chicago with her husband, Nick, and two daughters. Gorsline, who earned a varsity letter in Dutch dancing, is a Spartan fan.

“Through my work in family law, I have seen the effect that addiction has on the entire family,” she said. “O.A.R. is committed to assisting the whole family, an approach that I believe to be necessary for the potential success of all affected moving forward.”

O.A.R. is a local non-profit agency dedicated to serving individuals and families facing the struggle of substance abuse and addiction.

“Everyone in our community is in some way touched by addiction,” said Jacquie Johnson, O.A.R.’s executive director. “Our purpose is to bring hope, grace and professional treatment to our community. We’re truly grateful to each of our board members for their service to the greater community.”

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