Melissa Achurra

Melissa Achurra

Chief Marketing Officer

As the leader of Wasatch Crest’s Growth Team which includes marketing, business development, and admissions, Melissa is a champion of Wasatch Crest’s whole-hearted and human-centric treatment approach. She brings over fifteen years of marketing and communications experience to Wasatch Crest, seven of which she spent dedicated to the behavioral health care space.

Melissa is an experienced marketing strategist with a keen ability to cultivate high-performing, collaborative, effective teams that are equipped to successfully navigate challenging marketplace landscapes. Her professional experience spans brand strategy, B2B and B2C marketing campaigns, digital strategy, web development, public relations, social media, thought leadership, marketing operations, and client experience management.

Melissa endeavors to connect individuals to recovery at Wasatch Crest and is rewarded when clients find the courage to take their first steps to a new life of freedom. When she’s not working, you can find her traveling the world (she has a horrible case of wanderlust), gallivanting through Disneyland, or lounging by her pool with her labrador Lola.

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Jessica Keddington

Interim Admissions Director
Jessica works closely with clients and their families to make the admissions process as seamless as possible. In long term recovery herself, Jessica was drawn to the field because she wanted to help individuals struggling with substance abuse like she was helped. With over ten years of experience working in the substance abuse treatment space, Jessica is passionate about providing a voice to people suffering from addiction and helping them onto a new path. Jessica is from Southern California. She’s a certified yoga teacher, loves gardening, and is studying to be a nurse.
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Josh Barker

Business Development Representative

By developing strong relationships with health care professionals and the community, Josh aims to be a resource for individuals struggling with addiction. Josh entered the recovery field after beating his own 16-year struggle with addiction and has worked on recovery outreach teams for over six years. He is passionate about giving others the same gift of recovery that he was given.

In his free time, Josh works with the nonprofit Let it Flow to help source clean water in Ethiopia, Haiti, Fiji, India, and the Philippines. Josh is a huge Star Wars fan and earned his Eagle Scout badge when he was 16 years old. Josh is married to the love of his life and has two beautiful children, who he considers his greatest accomplishments.

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Steve Novelli

Business Development Representative

Steve began working in substance abuse treatment after overcoming his own battle with addiction. Dedicated to his recovery and passionate about helping others who are considering treatment, Steve is continually evolving his network of allied professionals and peers in recovery.

In the past three years, Steve has held positions as a recovery advocate, case manager and business development representative. He is passionate about supporting clients throughout their recovery journey, and works closely with them before, during, and after their treatment.

Steve is currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Utah Valley University with the intention to pursue a graduate business degree. Born and raised in New York, Steve moved to Utah to attend treatment and decided to make Salt Lake City home. In his free time, he likes to fish and golf.

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Becky Wheelock

Alumni Coordinator

Becky facilitates our Wasatch Warriors alumni organization. She works closely with Wasatch Crest alumni, staying in touch with them, hosting alumni events, and planning alumni meetings. Becky has worked in the recovery field for over three years. She is proud to be part of a team that is invested in changing people's lives. She feels fortunate to be able to celebrate our Wasatch Warriors and watch them enjoy their lives again.

Becky and her husband are both in long term recovery and have five children together. They live in Heber Valley, Utah, and have an animal farm in their backyard. In true Wasatch Crest spirit, Becky enjoys sharing her own story of recovery to help inspire others to overcome addiction and enjoy the bliss of long-term recovery.


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