EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PROFILE

         Chris Taylor is a highly decorated combat veteran. He was a paratrooper and the leader of a team of highly trained Psychological Warfare soldiers attached to 3rd Special Forces group. He graduated from the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (JFKSWCS) located in Ft. Bragg, NC specializing in Psychological Operations. Courses included being trained in the art of Persuasion, Influence, Negotiation, Deception as well as detecting deception.  In this line of work he has been and will be very successful as he applies the principles of Psychological Warfare into the Addiction Recovery Operations. These valuable and rare skills and experiences allow him to be very effective with addicts who are very well trained in deception themselves.
        He deployed twice to the most volatile regions of Afghanistan, living in the most austere conditions while conducting unconventional warfare with a team of Green Berets. He held combat leadership roles in more than 200 combat missions. Having been trained in one of the most specialized areas of United States Special Operations Forces he also received a diploma from the US Army Special Forces Spanish Language School at Fort Bragg, NC and the U.S. Army Airborne School located in Ft. Benning, GA.  He was involved in some of our nation’s most important campaigns.
         In that line of work, instant, critical decision-making was an absolute necessity for success, and he has proven experience in exceptionally high-risk and fluid environments. He brings his unique mentoring style and keen personal knowledge of how to overcome real obstacles and trials.  He translates his training and leadership experience into high-impact, actionable insights on problem solving, decision-making and operating in uncertain environments.

        The most important factor is his personal experience with his own crippling addiction that developed after self-medicating his PTSD incurred after 16 months of continual intense combat action.  What started with pain medication quickly turned to heroin and rock bottom was inevitable.  He had reached the point of no return, unable to even function in everyday life, after years of wallowing in self-pity and pain, beaten, battered and completely broken he finally was able to miraculously overcome his addiction by and through the Grace of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  He is able to relate on a very personal level with individuals currently in the depths of addiction and other related struggles.  
        He is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) and currently serves as a Boy Scout leader.  In addition he spends countless hours in service to the community as a member of the Safford Rotary Club and as a volunteer coach for the Safford Junior Basketball League.  He Chairman of the Gila Valley Recreation Foundation and is a member of the Safford Volunteer Fire Department.