Johnny Allem

M.A., Founder and President

Johnny Allem is a leading national advocate for addiction recovery issues. Recently retired as President/CEO of the Johnson Institute, he brings 20 years of activism and leadership within the addiction recovery community.

During his years heading the Johnson Institute, Allem created the Recovery Ambassadors Program, the America Honors Recovery Luncheon, and established the Rush Center of the Johnson Institute that trains congregational Faith Partners Teams.

A long-time District of Columbia businessman and activist, Allem founded Jonbar Printing, Inc., and served as Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health. From 1994 to 2000, he served on the Advisory Council of the Federal Government's Center for Substance Misuse Treatment.

He brings more than 50 years of experience in journalism, business, government, political consulting, and advocacy. He currently serves as President of the DC Recovery Community Alliance, a local recovery advocacy organization in the nation's capitol, is a founder, Board member and officer for Faces and Voices of Recovery, and serves on the Board of the Stepping Stones Foundation.

With more than 26 years of recovery from alcoholism, Allem devotes considerable energy toward advocacy of recovery causes. He has a Master's Degree in Communications: Journalism and Public Affairs from American University and is a 36-year member of the National Press Club. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife Barbara.


Robert R. Coffey

Vice President & Practice Manager

Bobby Coffey’s business career has spans more than 30 years. During this time he has worked closely with business owners to design employee and executive benefit plans.

Bobby’s personal recovery journey began almost 25 years ago and he has been involved in advocacy for people in or seeking recovery from addiction for almost 15 years. He is a founding member of the DC Recovery Community Alliance and a former board member of Faces & Voices of Recovery.

Bobby’s testimony before the DC City Counsel was instrumental in the repeal of discriminatory insurance regulations, which lead to the use of SBIRT (screening brief intervention referral to treatment) in hospital emergency rooms in the District of Columbia.

Bobby has also represented the recovery community by testifying before the Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration on issues relating to reducing barriers to recovery.

As vice president and practice manager at Aquila Recovery, Bobby is responsible for clinic operations, staffing and quality assurance.

Bobby lives in northwest Washington and is active in the recovery community.


Nike Hamilton

LPC, NCC, NCACII, Clinical Director

Nike has 30 years of experience in counseling and behavioral health. She has served in both public and private sectors within the United States and Great Britain. Nike is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and has worked for a number of agencies in the DC Metropolitan area. Her areas of expertise include relapse prevention and cognitive behavioral modalities.

Prior to her arrival at Aquila, she has served as a Program Director for a therapeutic treatment center and was the Director of Co-occurring Disorders at the historic St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC. Nike served in the Department of Mental Health for five years where she worked on the Co-occurring State Incentive Grant and was instrumental in the development of the Co-occurring training program for professionals in the fields of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders. She has successfully trained over 100 clinicians in the Clinical Competency training program for COD as well as in the Comprehensive and Continuous Integrated System of Care (CCISC).

Additionally, she has collaborated with the Metropolitan Police Department to educate officers about Co-occurring substance use and Mental Health disorders. Nike recently presented at a seminar on Co-occurring disorders at the annual conference of the Consortium for Ethnic and Racial Fairness in the courts.


David Havsky

M.A., LGPC, Counselor

David Havsky received a Masters in Clinical Psychology degree in 2002. He has held a number of clinical and administrative positions in the field of substance use treatment over the past twenty-five years. He has also worked in the Senior Services sector, and was the Director of Bay Area Community Services (BACS) in Oakland, CA prior to moving to the Washington, DC area in 2005. David is keenly interested in the interface of research and treatment along with the discovery and implementation of effective new treatment interventions. The neurobiology of addiction, and brain resilience as related to recovery from addiction, are particular areas of interest.

Following 12 years as a professional (Equity) actor during which he performed over 50 roles across the theatrical repertoire, David trained to become a Drama Therapist. David brings a drama therapy perspective to his clinical practice by encouraging clients to acknowledge and embrace their present state, or “character” (client’s current cognitive  constructs, beliefs and habitual responses to life experiences) and move toward expanding the range of authentic “roles” (initiative and responsive capabilities appropriate to circumstances) that are accessible to, and practiced by the client, i.e. we are more -- more courageous, more resilient, more capable -- than we realized. This perspective allows for a non-judgmental treatment approach that encourages individualized, client-guided progress and growth that emerges from, and is authentic to, each client’s personal experiences and goals.

David is proud to have been a member of Aquila’s Clinical Team since March, 2012 and looks forward to continuing to contribute to the growth and hope of Aquila’s clients, their loved ones, and the fields of substance use education and treatment.


Billie Mitzner

LPCI, CACI, MBA Counselor, Psychotherapist

Billie Mitzner has been working for 12 years in the field of Addiction Recovery Treatment, and has clinical experience in co-occurring settings in Inpatient, Intensive Outpatient, and Continuing Care Programs. She is a Certified Addictions Counselor (CACI), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), has a Master’s in Counseling from Marymount University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Georgia State University. Currently, she is completing the two-year Clinical Program on Psychotherapy Practice at Washington School of Psychiatry.

At Aquila Recovery, Billie is an Addictions Counselor for the clinic’s Intensive Outpatient and Continuing Care (CC) Programs. She uses cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, and relapse prevention skills in her work with clients and their families. Billie has provided care for clients whose substance use and mental health issues include transition, grief, retirement, gender identity, incarceration, and caregiving responsibilities. These issues may involve a potential loss of a license or a clearance.

Prior to working at Aquila, Billie worked at Kolmac Clinic as an Addictions Counselor, where she was the CC Coordinator for thirteen groups and the lead clinician for three of those groups. Her work included intake, treatment planning, didactic and process group, individual counseling, family group, and relapse prevention, as well as working closely with referral sources. For 5 years, she volunteered as a group facilitator in the Psychiatric Unit at Georgetown University Hospital.

Billie’s ability to work well in dynamic settings with diverse groups has led to high client retention in her groups, including the Young Adult Group at Aquila. She has also facilitated the clinic's Alumni Program to help sustain client recovery and support individuals who were new to treatment. In addition to working at Aquila, she has a private psychotherapy practice at District Therapy, PLLC.