Our Team


Andrew Malone

Executive Director - Alumnus

Andrew is a person in long term recovery and former resident of Nick’s Place. He is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) and a Registered Peer Supervisor (RPS). Andrew began with Nick’s Place as the Program Coordinator in 2014, advanced to Program Director, and in 2019, he took on the role of Executive Director. He is responsible for all day-to-day organizational administrative responsibilities including staff management, financial responsibility, and oversight of the programs. He brings strong administrative skills from his previous position at The Overhead Door Company of Washington DC and has a deep understanding of our program through his personal experience and involvement since 2007.

He embraces recovery and always puts Our Guys first. Andrew has an amazing ability to find out “What’s really going on?” with our residents, and help them find the solution that best fits their needs. His patience, empathy, and compassion to help others truly shows in his daily interactions with residents and staff. 

Andrew lives in Crofton with his wife Cristen and two daughters; Mila Jae and Trinity. He loves playing disc golf, ice skating, and drinking soda pop (Pepsi Cola or Coca-Cola Classic). Family is a cornerstone in Andrew's life. They enjoy going to the pool, hikes, family parties, and hanging out with other families in their neighborhood. 

He believes that the Scion tC is the best car ever, but it has to be "stick shift".


Tyler Bushey

Program Coordinator - Alumnus

Tyler, a former resident of Nick’s Place and person in long term recovery, began his recovery journey in 2014. Having first hand experience living at Nick’s Place, combined with his knowledge and drive for recovery, Tyler brings the amazing ability to connect with and encourage Our Guys. He joined our team in July, 2023 and is currently taking classes to become a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS). Tyler previously worked in sales and as a garage door install mechanic. 

He has a dog named Bebe and enjoys playing video and board games with other alumni and recovery friends. Tyler also enjoys working out, practicing jiu jitsu, and going to concerts, especially Coheed & Cambria.

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Joey Ford

Weeknight Manager - Alumnus

Joey started his recovery journey at Nick’s Place in 2015, staying for a full year, and has been in long-term recovery ever since. He began working as a weekend manager and has been promoted to weeknight manager in January 2024. His knowledge of recovery and first hand experience in the house gives him an excellent ability to meet our guys where they are at. When not working with us he works as a city employee for the Laurel Parks & Recreation Department.

He loves playing guitar, making music, getting tattoos, hiking, skateboarding, and concerts, especially if it's The Black Dahlia Murder. Joey enjoys playing video games, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic: The Gathering, & board games with alumni and other recovery friends. He lives in Elkridge with his two cats; Dahlia and Lilith.

Nick Silva

Nick Silva

Development Coordinator - Alumnus

Nick is a former resident of Nick's Place and joined the team in January 2021. As a person in long term recovery, he brings a passion for working with young men and a strong background in technology. Nick has studied mathematics and earned his Bachelors of Science in Simulation and Game Design from the University of Baltimore. His experience living in the house gives him an amazing ability to relate to Our Guys. Nick was a Project Manager at The Overhead Door Company of Washington DC before transitioning to a Sales Representative position in the food industry.

He lives in Gambrills with his girlfriend, Alyse. They have three cats: Luna, Lydia, and Charlie. He enjoys playing video games with several alumni of Nick's Place, photography, digital art, and recently began painting. 

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Michelle Shaivitz

Chief Advancement Officer

Dr. Michelle Shaivitz is an achiever in every sense of the word. A non-profit Executive, national speaker, author, and community activist, she attacks any problem in life with passion.

She is a Doctor with more than 20 years of experience in education, non-profit, and organizational leadership. Dr. Shaivitz has a long history of working to improve the lives of others.  

She has embraced leadership roles, both foreign and domestic, in the public and private sectors, winning the coveted Medal of Achievement for Civilian Service, a Commander's Award given by the Department of the Army.  

Michelle lives in Harford County, Maryland and is a mom of two amazing young ladies. She is a lover of all animals, good food, great coffee, and all things recovery!


Jase Friedman

Chef - Alumnus

Jase, a former resident of Nick’s Place has been working as our chef since March 2023. He started his long term recovery journey in 2007. While he is cooking he takes the time to teach Our Guys about cooking and safe practices in the kitchen. Oh, and his food is amazing!

He has experience working as a park ranger, state certified in search and rescue operations, as well as having first aid, CPR, and AED certifications. Also, he is studying beginner mycology and is an intermediate forager. 

Jase recently bought his first house in Columbia, MD and lives with his cat, Mika. He embraces the outdoors, regularly hiking and snowboarding. When he's not out exploring he likes to relax with video or board games and trying new fine dining restaurants.

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Jon Sweeney

Weekend Manager - Alumnus

Jon was a Nick’s Place resident beginning in 2017 and has been on his recovery journey ever since. His road started out bumpy, but through continuing in the program Jon was able to realize that life was getting better. Jon works in the  landscaping field where he recently got promoted to be a manager. He has been working weekends for us since February, 2020. 

Jon enjoys watching TV, playing with his Meta Quest VR Headset, and playing softball. He got married in 2021 to his now wife, Crystal. They bought a house in Anne Arundel County with their two kids; Eternity “TT” & Heaven. Oh, and they have two cats; Oreo & Shadow.

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Josh MacGillis

Weekend Manager

Josh began working with us in March, 2019 after beginning his long-term recovery journey in November of 2016. He has experience living in a recovery house that helps him connect with and relate to Our Guys. When not working at Nick’s Place, Josh is a branch manager for a garage door company. 

In his free time, Josh enjoys playing the guitar, riding roller coasters, hunting, hiking, and spending time with his friends and family. Josh is first aid, CPR, and AED certified. He bought his first home with his wife, Emily, in Dillsburg, PA on a secluded 5.5 acres of land. They have two cats; Bonzai & TiLi. 

Josh loves being able to do his part in helping Our Guys achieve their goals in recovery.