ICARE Center of Excellence (COE) is comprised of an accomplished leadership team, a shared platform, diverse approaches and modalities, relevant credentials, and best practices in workforce development through Addiction and Recovery Education.

Board of Directors 

Jean M. LaCour PhD, CPP, CPRC

Founder, President, CEO
Dr. Jean LaCour is a global consultant and thought leader who has personally trained in 35+ nations. As a tireless advocate for people working in Addiction Recovery around the world, she has inspired innovation in Egypt,Russia, and Bermuda to name a few. She is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in Addiction services. She led a coalition of 1,000+ people in 100+ nations and has overseen career training for thousands of people in scores of nations. Her global efforts include serving on multiple Addiction Recovery workgroups for the United Nations, US State Department, and other national, state, and related organizations.

Strategic Sobriety Workforce Solutions is her latest endeavor. Itwill provide businesses with vital tools and programs to support their employees as society recovers from the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic.


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Passionate about building bridges, Dr Jean has been recognized for her efforts to create systems change in the field of Addiction to promote early intervention to avoid needless suffering and increase access to quality care. She has fostered collaborations between clinical treatment and multiple peer-based recovery approaches.

In 1996, she founded NET Training Institute as a nonprofit to train Addiction Counselors and Recovery Support Staff. In 2013, she launched an International Association to train and certify Professional Coaches in Addiction Recovery based on Positive Psychology, Resilience, and Emotional Sobriety and gained approval from the International Coach Federation/ ICF.

Cheryl Brown Merriwether, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CPRC, CRSS, CM

Vice President, Executive Director
Cheryl Brown Merriwether brings over two decades of experience in corporate Human Resource management, addiction recovery awareness, and adult education to ICARE. As Executive Director she oversees and directs the administration, operations, and student support services for ICARE’s three divisions. Instrumental in developing strategic business partnerships, Cheryl has managed the development of integrated technology systems capable of delivering Certified Professional Life and Recovery Coach e-learning courses and Certification programs to students worldwide.


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Cheryl is the former Chairman of the Board of Regents of the Institute of Certified Professional Managers (ICPM) and is an associate faculty member at the University of Phoenix. Recently she was elected President of the Greater Orlando Society for Human Resource Management (GOSHRM) beginning in 2021. As a valued member of the CORE Committee of Central Florida’s Project Opioid, she shares her perspective on substance misuse and addiction as a performance issue that impacts key leading indicators in companies of all sizes.

Cheryl has decades of experience in corporate Human Resource management and over a decade of reaching out to business leaders about the unseen costs of addiction. She is the ideal professional to take the lead in our new business division Strategic Sobriety Workforce Solutions.

Board of Advisors 

Cynthia Moreno Tuohy – Exec. Director, NAADAC National Assoc. for Addiction Professionals

Dr. Robert R. Perkinson – Clinical Director, Keystone Treatment, Retired, Distinguished Author

Edward Hofma, CPA – Withum, Smith + Brown, PC, Public Accountants

Enrique P. Fiallo- Director of Technology, NET Institute; Executive Coach, Author, Speaker

Dr. Ehab El Kharrat – Founder, CEO Freedom Drugs and HIV Program, Cairo, Egypt

Tom Karl – Founder, CEO R1 Learning – Recovery Tools

John Cox, MAR, CAP, CPRC  – Founder, The Porch Outreach and Counseling, Retired

Dr. Eurydice Stanley – Int’l Motivational Speaker, Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, Author

Pegotty Cooper, MBA, CDC – Founder, CEO Certified Divorce Coaching Program

Dr. Brian Krolczyk, NBC-HWC – Univ. of Wisconsin-Stevens Point & NWI Health & Wellness Coach Certification