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Austin Gross MA, IADC

Regional Manager

Austin Gross is an Internationally Board Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor with a Master of Arts Degree from Western Illinois University. Austin has worked with many different populations, both in the mental health and substance abuse fields, including residential and outpatient settings. His specific experience includes work as an EAP counselor, Substance Abuse Lead Counselor, Drug Court Liaison, and as a Qualified Mental Health professional. Austin has facilitated community forums on substance abuse, as well as Recovery Month celebrations. He has specialized in the assessment of personal problems including: marital difficulties, family problems, emotional difficulties, and problems in relation to drug or alcohol abuse/dependency. He has conducted professional trainings on team work, team building, and conflict resolution, as well as the effects of addiction, sexual harassment, and working with difficult people. He is recognized for his skills in cognitive behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing, providing individual and group therapy to many diverse populations. Austin is a Certified Prime Solutions and Prime for Life instructor. Austin is dedicated to the field of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, and is relentless in his attempts to help struggling individuals recover.


Apryl Estes, MSW, CADC

Addictions Counselor

Apryl Estes is a Board Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor with a Master of Social Work degree from Aurora University. Apryl’s undergraduate education was at Northeastern Illinois University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work. Prior to coming to Rosecrance New Life, Apryl worked in a hospital-based program, as well as Rosecrance’s inpatient substance abuse programs. Apryl primarily works with adults at Rosecrance New Life, both individually, and in a group settings. Apryl is dedicated to the Behavioral Health Field. Apryl helps individuals change by helping them develope new tools, utilize greater resources, and to build knowledge to be successful in maintaining a healthier lifestyle.

Maria Menster

Maria Menster, MSEd, IADC

Clinical Evaluator and Adult Counselor

Maria Menster is an Internationally Board Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor with a Master of Science in Education in Community Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Prior to coming to Rosecrance New Life, Maria worked in a hospital-based outpatient substance abuse program for 5 years, where she did outpatient group counseling and substance abuse consultations on the inpatient psychiatric unit. Maria has training and experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. She transitioned to Rosecrance New Life during summer 2015 after moving to Davenport. Maria primarily does initial assessments, and also works with clients individually and in the group setting. Maria has become a Certified Prime for Life and Prime Solutions Instructor. She is committed to working with individuals striving to reach goals and make positive changes.

Janene Rusk

Janene Rusk, BSW

Administrative Assistant

Janene came on board at Rosecrance New Life in December, 2008 as a part time receptionist. In January, 2010 she took over the administrative assistant position, where she has stayed ever since. She graduated from Southeastern Illinois College School of Practical Nursing, Harrisburg, Illinois in 1973. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio in 2000. Janene has an extensive work history in the human services field as both a nurse and a social worker, each one demanding some form of clerical skills. Although most of Janene’s experience has been working in the human-service field, clerical work is something she excelled at in high school, and at that time she thought about becoming a secretary. Janene is primarily responsible for assisting staff and clients behind the scenes. Often being the first to answer the phone and make appointments, she helps people feel comfortable and at ease, no matter what brings them to New Life Outpatient Center. She displays a genuine caring attitude and a warm smile towards staff and clients alike, making her a valued member of the Rosecrance New Life team.


Tracy Slick

Access Counselor

Tracy Slick has her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Northern Iowa. Tracy is responsible for patient accounts at Rosecrance New Life as well as client orientations, facilitating prevention classes, and administrative assistance. She has experience in social work and domestic violence. Tracy is focused on client care and brings an enthusiasm to the Rosecrance New Life Team.

Karyn Warford, MSW, CADC

Addictions Counselor

Karyn is a temporary Board Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor with a Master of Social Work from the Ohio State University. Prior to coming to Rosecrance New Life, Karyn worked in Rosecrance’s inpatient substance abuse programs. Karyn has training and experience in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Karyn primarily works with clients individually and in the group setting. Karyn is a Certified Prime for Life. She is committed to partnering with individuals to help them achieve meaningful changes.

Jesse Hamerlinck, BA, CADC

Clinical Evaluator and Addictions Counselor

Jesse Hamerlinck is a Board Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology. Before graduating from Saint Ambrose University in 2016, Jesse gained experience while studying criminology in the United Kingdom, and later had the opportunity to compare the cultural and societal differences between two nations while working within the correctional system in the Midwestern United States. She has experience working with individuals who are involved in the criminal justice system, and takes a person-centered approach when working with clients individually. At Rosecrance New Life, Jesse conducts initial evaluations for incoming clients, in addition to facilitating outpatient groups and working with clients on an individual basis. She strives to emphasize the unique strengths in every person, and works with clients to utilize and develop those skills for personal growth and positive change.