Our Parent Educators


Beverly Buncher is a Speaker, Family Recovery Life Coach, and Life Coach Trainer. She is the creator of the popular Be A Loving Mirror™ (BALM) Family Recovery Method. Recently dubbed “The Leading Family Recovery Coach in the Nation”, Bev is the go-to person for families looking to get their lives back while still helping their addicts get and stay in recovery. She’s combined her 35 years of self-development, 31 years in Alanon, 25 years as an educator, and seven years as a Professional Family Recovery Life Coach to create a package that will make a real difference in  families’ lives.

Bev owns FRR, where she and her instructional team educate families and  train future and experienced life coaches to work with families through the BALM Institute.

In addition to The BALM Curriculum and many articles and blogs, Bev is the author two e-books you can find on this site as well as a forthcoming book  Fast Track to Recovery: The Be A Loving Mirror Path to Family Recovery. Her credentials include being internationally recognized as a Professional Certified Coach by the ICF (International Coach Federation), as a Master Recovery Life Coach (MRLC) by Recovery Coaches International, as a Certified BALM Family Recovery Life Coach (CBC) through the BALM Institute, and as a Certified True Purpose Coach through the True Purpose Institute. She earned her MA in Teaching at the University of Pittsburgh.

A former teacher and school principal, Bev is married to Alan and has a step son, a daughter, and a two-year-old granddaughter who she loves building castles with and singing to sleep at night.

To contact Bev, you may email her at bbuncher@familyrecoveryresources.com or call her at (786) 859-4050.

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Lisa Costa spent many years as a broadcast executive before embarking on her new career and passion to help families whose loved ones suffer from addictive behavior. She received her BA from Boston College, and received her coaching education through IPEC, Crossroads Recovery Coaching, and BALM Family Recovery Coaching. Lisa is also active in the Salem, Massachusetts Chapter of Learn to Cope, helping to support families of opiate addicts. As a BALM Certified Family Recovery Coach, Lisa works individually with parents of opiate addicts. She is the mother of three grown sons, two of which are in recovery for opiate addiction.

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Michael DeForbes: MFA, LCDP, CPC, ELI-MP

Mike is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional (LCDP) in the state of Rhode Island and has been working in the treatment profession since 2003. He is also a Certified Professional Coach, receiving his training from iPEC (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching) and certification in Family Recovery Coaching from Family Recovery Resources.

Working as an addictions counselor at Discovery House methadone clinic in Providence, RI for the last ten years, Mike specializes in heroin addiction, opiate dependency and sex addiction recovery. He also understands harm reduction and is interested in working with recovering addicts who are strongly self-motivated in creating and sustaining their own harm reduction recovery program.

Mike has worked his own recovery for two decades. He has a strong spiritual approach to recovery and applies his studies in the Law of Attraction and Non-Duality to addiction treatment.

Jill Prevas is a wife, mother, and entrepreneurial business owner.
Jill’s professional background includes:

  • Business BS degree from University of Baltimore
  • BSN from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
  • BALM Family Recovery Coach (certified by Family Recovery Resources)
  • Family Recovery Resources Outreach Coordinator
  • Integrated Health Coach (certified by the Institute of Integrated Nutrition)
  • Student Assistance Professional (SAP) assessor for the Caron Treatment Centers
  • Baltimore County Public School High School Nurse
  • Director of a faith-based 12 step recovery program

Jill’s entry into Family Recovery Coaching came about because of her personal journey with family addiction. Because of Jill’s journey, she is passionate about coming alongside family members that have a loved one trapped in the disease of addiction. Jill firmly believes that families do not have to suffer in silence, secrecy, and shame.

mark_scannell-150x150Mark Scannell was born in a suburb of Chicago – Oak Park – Illinois in 1942. He entered a religious community in the Roman Catholic Church – the Dominicans – to begin studying for the priesthood. He was ordained in 1969. As a priest, he helped people discern their calling in life. Mark also began studying with Dr Ira Progoff, who pioneered & developed the Intensive Journal method of journaling, helping people discover and realize their potential. He led Intensive Journal Workshops for many years.

In 1984, he decided to leave the priesthood and marry. He married Elaine, who is a life-coach, in 1985, and they live in Minneapolis, MN. Mark began working as an HR director for a small manufacturer rep company in the plumbing field in Minneapolis and eventually became part-owner of the company. He retired in 2007.

While working in the rep company, he pursued an interest in life coaching. He took the courses offered by Coach’s Training Institute in Life Coaching as well as the ORSC courses for coaching groups and systems. He received his ACC accreditation from ICF in 2008. Mark also completed the training to become a Recovery Coach through Crossroads Recovery Coaching in 2008.

Mark has been a member of the SAA 12 Step fellowship for twenty-one years. He also published his first book in the fall of 2015 – The Gratitude Element: A New Look at the Serenity Prayer. Mark also officiates at weddings and umpires softball, along with being a Recovery Coach and being part for the faculty of BALM.

Elizabeth Ofsthun Gross (Beth) is  BALM Family Recovery Coach.  Beth is a recovery nerd and loves helping families get into and stay in recovery.  She pioneered the live version of the 12 Principles of Be a Loving Mirror in her community in the fall of 2016, and is currently teaching the certification course with Beverly Buncher to teach coaches how to bring the 12 Principles of BALM in person to their communities.   She also teaches the NAMI Family to Family class in her community.  She loves being a BALM Family Recovery Coach because the BALM Comprehensive has literally transformed her family and her relationships with her loved ones who suffer from substance use disorder.  Beth is also a person in recovery and been sober since October 15, 2013.  She has a bachelors of arts in Communications from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.  She has a background in marketing communications and loves to write and has produced lots of videos.  She also spent six years as a paralegal in family law and that’s where she learned that she loves helping people.  Beth and her husband, Brian, and their two sons, Alec, age 20 and Michael, age 19, live in Crystal Lake, IL about 50 miles northwest of Chicago, IL.  She loves going to mass, boating, reading, traveling, exercising, the arts — and making things happen!