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MICHAEL HORNBUCKLE

Executive Director 

Michael has most notably been a face of the music scene in the Colorado community since the 90s. Since his own harrowing 2-decade-long journey through active addiction, and lengthy experience with the treatment process led him to recovery, Michael's passion to serve the community has grown into bridging the gap in the continuum of care for individuals transitioning from inpatient treatment to Sober Living. Michael has worked in the Sober Living community since 2012 managing homes in Los Angeles and Denver, and serving as Program Director from 2016 - 2019 of Mile High Sober Living. He is a certified Recovery Coach and an active participant in a 12-step program.

 

He co-founded The Hornbuckle Foundation in 2015 to provide more Sober Living options in the Denver metro area and the Hornbuckle Foundation's SoulRepo house opened in 2016. Michael got married in Jan. 2018 and began raising 3 children while sustaining a music career and overseeing 9 recovery homes. In 2019 the mission of HF was simplified to focus on providing assistance where support was limited. Raising funds for individuals to recover in safe and structured environments allows HF to be a unique contributor to a part of the recovery process believed to drastically improve an individual's chances of obtaining sustainable recovery.   

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SARAH HORNBUCKLE

Director of Operations

Sarah had no idea how deep her recovery roots ran until she met her birth-family in 2018. She found out that she comes from a long line of recovery enthusiasts and found her dream job in the same field. She became Director of Operations in August 2019 helping grow the foundation into a powerhouse of recovery support. As a certified Recovery Coach, she's helped hundreds of women and their families through the recovery journey.

Her favorite part of running this foundation is connecting with people. She hears stories of trauma and triumph from both donors and clients. Addiction does not discriminate. It wreaks havoc on our country and to see a life recover lights a fire in her soul. 

Sarah is a mother of 3, sold and managed Real Estate for 14 years, plays music professionally in Denver, and on the weekends, you’ll find her walking up and down the side lines of a sports field, cheering on her boys or helping her daughter live her best life.

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KATHRYN MATLOCK

Chairwoman of the Board

Kathryn has always found that “giving back” was what has inspired her to do work for different foundations. Starting in 1992, she worked with the Denver Victims Assistance,  Children’s Diabetes Foundation, the Samaritan Institute, the American Heart Association, and the Fine Arts Foundation. In 2015 when the Hornbuckle Foundation was established, she found her passion and compassion for those with addiction. “If not you yourself, then you will probably have a friend or family member who struggles with addiction.” Having experienced two members of her immediate family with addiction issues, she saw the difference between having the proper environment following 30 days of detoxing treatment and not. Without the environment to continue the support needed for a path of sobriety, one family member succumbed to the disease. The other family member had the support needed to keep himself addiction free and be able to experience happiness in his life through the eyes of sobriety.

Kathryn welcomed the opportunity to help those struggling receive a helping hand to attain their life of sobriety with dignity. She believes everyone has to have a sense of purpose and share it.

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SCOTT FITZKE

Board Member

Scott is a partner with Shortridge & Fitzke, an Englewood law firm.  He practices in the area of commercial law, with an emphasis on real estate, real estate litigation, counsel to real estate brokers and brokerages, entity organization, and business disputes.  He also represents many non-profit, charitable, and educational organizations, as well as private and religious foundations.  He also dabbles in entertainment law.  

 

Scott has a long history of involvement with Denver’s recovery community.  He is a recovering person with 35 years of sobriety and has served in various capacities with Denver area 12-Step groups, as well as State and National recovery organizations.  He is legal counsel for several local recovery-related non-profits.  

 

Scott also has a long history of working with non-profit organizations, especially in music and music education.  He is currently the Vice Chair and General Counsel for The Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Blues Society, where he has served since 1998.  Scott was previously also on the Board of Directors of Swallow Hill Music Association.  Scott is also actively involved in the community and volunteers for many organizations including his church, Urban Peak, Ronald McDonald House, Jeffco Action Center, Food Bank of the Rockies, and other homeless and hunger projects. 

 

He has been married for over 30 years and is the father of two active young adults.  

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ASHLEY JACK

Recovery Coach

Ashley Jack is a proud Colorado native currently residing in Lone Tree. She has a large/ blended family who help motivate her and push her to be the best version of herself. 

 

Ashley has struggled with alcohol for many years and had compiled 3 DUIs. In August 2018 she pressed her luck one last time and it resulted in a car accident. Thankfully she was the only one involved but it paralyzed her and left her a quadriplegic. From the moment she woke up in the hospital, she vowed to change her life.  

 

Since the accident Ashley has remained sober and chose to dedicate her second chance atlife to helping others. Ashley volunteers at Craig Hospital three times a week to help newly injured patients become independent and get back to who they were before.  She also became a certified recovery coach and has really enjoyed going side-by-side with her clients as they enter this new journey in their life. With this second chance at life she wants to live it honestly and with integrity.  

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RACQUEL GARCIA

Recovery Coach

 My story is BIG…my daddy drank too much, at 16 my friends were murdered at a Chuck E. Cheese, I was raped, lost my soccer career, and almost failed high school. I was a teenage bride and I am also a recovered alcoholic. There’s more before and after I got sober in 2010 but I will spare you the details. The fact that I survived is a miracle. HardBeauty is HOW I’ve rebuilt myself and now I am one of the best life coaches in Colorado, especially for youth! 

 

In 2013, I graduated from ICDC college with a degree in addiction counseling. I was awarded outstanding graduate of the year by the ACCSC, presented to me by Mike Rowe. I created and directed of Helping Everyone Recover, a recovery non-profit. In July 2019, I graduated from YCI (Youth Coaching Institute). There I obtained my coaching and mentor certification for youth with an emphasis on those individuals who are considered high-risk and have suffered trauma.  I am also certified in Youth Mental Health First-Aid. I have been coached as well as studied coaching, counseling, and humanity for over 10 years. It’s who I have become. 

 

    I love God (not religion), tattoos, knitting, my family, and young people. My husband Chris and I have been married for more than 22 years and we have 4 amazing children. The three oldest are teenagers and our youngest is 8. I have also been a foster parent and mentor to many, many, many more. Young people are my jam! 

 

I am a Life, Youth, and Recovery Coach. I will challenge your thinking, encourage healing and inspire you to make your next chapter, your best chapter.  

 

“I see you greater than you see yourself!” – Racquel Garcia  

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LEXI SNOW

Recovery Coach

Lexi Snow is a certified recovery coach and has a passion for what she does. Growing up with mental health issues and learning disabilities she has always wanted to help others who struggle. Lexi struggled with drugs and alcohol on and off for 24 years. She participated in many forms of recovery along her journey including but not limited to, Therapy, in patient treatment, outpatient treatment and a twelve step program.  

 
 

 She has her Bachelors of Science and Human Services and her Masters in Psychology and Crisis Management.  She is highly dependable and self-motivated team player, with solid leadership skills. Lexi has experience in treatment and detention working effectively in high-pressure situations.  She has a solid record of success with crisis management and de-escalation techniques within diverse environments. Lexi demonstrated strength in: developing action plans for short and long term goal setting, crisis intervention techniques to use in conflict resolution and has experience and training in  cultural diversity. She has excellent written and verbal communication skills.  

 
 

Lexi believes recovery works best if she is willing to share her experience and journey with others. In the process of working an honest program she has seen miracles in her life and the lives of the people around her. She wants to share her experience of that to give hope to those still suffering in Alcoholism, Addiction  or mental health issues.  

 
 

She enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs. She loves music and loves to sing and dance like none is watching.  She loves to be outside in any weather. She learned how to ride a bike and roller skate in recovery and loves it. She also enjoys camping and long hikes.  

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Michele Avery

Recovery Coach

Michele moved to Colorado in 1985 from Connecticut to get away from the destructive life she was living.  Michele, like most of us, comes from an alcoholic and dysfunctional family.  It took until 1993 for Michele to find recovery and today her passion is to help women find their way.  The hardest path to follow is the one not taken. Human’s can overcome anything.  Without the tools we have been given, my life would have no meaning or purpose!

She has an Associates of Science in Paralegal degree and enjoys helping people to achieve the best possible outcome from life changing circumstances. Michele is the mother of 5 children, 2 biological daughters, a stepson an adopted son and a foster daughter and 10 grandchildren.  Michele’s fiancé is also in recovery and he too has 4 children and 10 grandchildren (we have a tribe).  In addition to family time, she and her fiancé enjoy riding their motorcycles.

“Laughter of a child is what makes the world go round.“