Leadership

Brandon E. Chrostowski

CEO, Director of Operations

Brandon Edwin Chrostowski is on a mission to change the face of re-entry in the United States. In 2007, he founded EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute, with the belief that every human being regardless of their past has the right to a fair and equal future. Under Chrostowski’s leadership, EDWINS has grown to include culinary education and life skills training at its flagship Cleveland, Ohio restaurant and Second Chance Life Skills Center, a program at Grafton Correctional Institute, and curriculum for inmates of all 30 Ohio prisons.

A trained chef and sommelier, Chrostowski has worked at some of the finest restaurants in Paris, New York, and Chicago, including Lucas Carton, Chanterelle, Picholine, Le Cirque and Charlie Trotter’s. He earned dozens of awards including CNN Heroes, Crain’s 40 under 40 and The Richard C. Cornuelle Award from the Manhattan Institute for Social Entrepreneurship and is the subject of the Academy nominated documentary Knife Skills. Chrostowski holds an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Restaurant Management from The Culinary Institute of America. He is married to Catana and is a proud father of Leo and Lilly.

Brandon Chrostowski answers questions following the presentation of "Knife Skills," Tom Lennon's documentary about Chrostowski's restaurant Edwins, opening the 2017 Chagrin Documentary Film Fest at the Chagrin Valley Little Theater Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.   (Peggy Turbett Photography)

Jessica Hazeltine

Administrative Manager

Serving as the Administrative Manager for RCMC is the culmination of years of deeply rooted compassion and acts of service. Jessica has always shared a deep passion for serving those that she loves, including the community around her. Jessica can be found paying it forward by purchasing something for patrons behind her in Cool Beans Cafe and subsequently, bringing awareness to the R.A.K.E. (Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere) movement. Shaving her own head, while raising funds to help cure childhood cancers through St. Baldrick's Foundation and her involvement with Relay for Life in Brunswick, highlight her compassion for people that she may never meet! Members of the Medina community may also know Jessica through Main Street Medina, where she has volunteered her time and resources for the last four years! She is also a member of the Banker’s Row Historic Neighborhood Association and committed to the Medina community. Jessica is married to Steve and the proud mother of Jack and Grace, and stepmother to Christian. Jessica is excited to further serve her community, here at the Recovery Center of Medina County.

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Susan Wentz

Peer Supporter

Susan has been volunteering at the recovery center since it's grand opening last summer. Susan is a certified Peer Supporter through the state of Ohio. She believes that home, health, community and purpose can all be applied to living a strong, meaningful life.

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