Working in the addiction recovery industry is unique, rewarding work — and above all else, it’s work that fosters fellowship. We believe that one of our greatest strengths lies in our ability to build lasting relationships between our clients, alumni, and recovery staff that lead to a lifetime of support.

Our team is made up of compassionate, caring professionals who are dedicated to helping our clients overcome addiction so that they can live a happier, healthier life free from substances. When you’re here, you’ll have the best chance to get sober, begin a new life in recovery, and discover a sense of belonging and community.

Our Leadership Team

Our organization was founded by individuals who understand addiction, because they overcame addiction for themselves. It was their own journey that inspired them to develop the Roots Recovery program, and it continues to inspire our leadership team to help others beat their addictions so that they can achieve the life and future that they deserve.

Jeremy Jaeger

Executive Director

Jeremy Jaeger has been part of the recovery community since 2010. Recognizing a need for structured sober living in the Milwaukee area, Jeremy and his partner Ruby Jaeger opened their first sober living house in 2012. Roots Recovery came about in order to meet a further need of young people in early recovery: abstinence-based counseling and therapeutic support.

Trevor Nettles

Chief Operating Officer

Trevor has been a member of the Milwaukee recovery community since 2013.

“My favorite part of the job is really getting to know the clients that I can relate to so well. I see myself in all of them, and watching everyone grow and change at their own pace is so rewarding.”

Trevor enjoys spending time with his dog, Annie, and playing for the Milwaukee Hurling Club.

Ruby Jaeger

Chief Administrative Officer

Ruby Jaeger has a family perspective on addiction and recovery. Her background is in art and design, and she brings that sensibility to the creative problem-solving, environmental design, policy drafting, and workplace organization that she implements and oversees at Roots .

Our Clinical Team

Our clinical team consists of experienced health care professionals who are dedicated to finding healthy solutions and treatments for every client. They approach each client individually, and take time to understand everyone’s needs so that they can provide personalized, effective care.

Kathleen Trott MD


Kathleen Trott began working in addiction medicine in 2003. She received her Medical degree from the University of Colorado Health Services Center, and completed her residency at the Oregon Health Services Center.

Before pursuing medicine Dr. Trott earned undergraduate degrees in finance, Mandarin Chinese, and chemistry.

Rachel Packee


Rachel received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mount Mary University and has been working in the mental health and substance abuse field for the last five years. Rachel values a strong therapeutic alliance, exercise, and spending time with her two cats. Rachel is devoted to treating the whole person and believes that everyone has a chance at recovery.

“The power of therapy and recovery is real; my clients show me that every day. I’m proud to say I work for Roots Counseling Services, where I’ve been able to watch clients turn their lives into a life worth living.”

Kenny Butler

Counselor, SAC-IT

Kenny has been active in the Milwaukee recovery community since completion of the Roots program in 2015.

“The best part about working with residents in the house is seeing the change in young people that they previously thought was impossible. I can relate to almost every resident in some way and it keeps me grounded and humble. Before I came to Roots I was delusional and grandiose, and now I focus on making my future a reality through action, patience, and helping others. I am happy to have come to the point where I can see that no matter where we are, there is always room for growth.”

Lauren Lathers

Counselor, LPC, ICS, CSAC

Lauren received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marquette University and has been working in the substance abuse and mental health counseling field for the past 5 years. Lauren is passionate about holistic approaches to wellness which include eating healthy, practicing yoga, and spending time with dogs.

“My clients have taught me that resilience is real. I enjoy seeing them embrace recovery and grow as young adults. I’m grateful to be part of a compassionate team that truly cares.”

Cole Fulton

Counselor | SAC-IT

Cole has been working as a substance abuse counselor for just over a year, and he is a fan of fishing, camping, and anything that involves the outdoors.

“My background is in secondary education, but I have found that counseling is a real passion of mine. Being a part of someone’s recovery process is an extremely rewarding experience.”

Ryan Rasmussen

Counselor | SAC-IT

Ryan has been a part of the Milwaukee recovery community since 2016. A former college basketball player, Ryan is involved in recovery focused basketball and softball leagues.

“Working with clients is such a humbling experience because I see a lot of myself in so many of them. Using my experience and continued education I hope that I can help others realize that recovery is possible. Working at Roots is so rewarding and I am grateful for it everyday.”

Our Sober Living Team

Each of our sober living homes are led by house managers who help make sure residents are supported and stay accountable for themselves and their peers. Our house managers are alumni of our Roots Recovery program, making them especially equipped to understand the unique struggles — and rewards — of overcoming addiction.

Ethan Grube

House Manager

“If I can do it, anyone can do it, if they are ready. My passion is helping others beat their addiction. I am committed to helping as many people as possible successfully complete the Roots program. I believe that education and understanding addiction is a key part of recovery.

Many of the residents in my house remind me of myself. Initially not really knowing what to expect. Trying to understand all the new rules and expectations being asked of me. As each day passes learning how to get along with completely new people and learning how to hold each other accountable for each other’s success or failure. It’s tough at first, but as the friendships build so do the small successes.”

Kayla Guarniere

House Manager

“It is truly amazing to see someone come in broken and hopeless and transform into a strong, confident woman. I definitely see parts of myself in the women on each step of their journey in the house. From being desperate and lost coming in, the growing pains of change and taking a look inside ourselves, all the way to the blessing of life and what this program gives us.

I especially relate with the women that have children, as I have two and I know how hard it is to be away from our kids and face the reality of how we affected them. I love being able to show newly sober women that this program works and will give us back a life with our children, better than we ever expected.”

Cody Marcelle

House Manager

“When I got to Roots, I didn’t see any way out of the life I had been living. The guys picked me up and helped me more than I could ever imagine. I owe my life to the guys I was in the house with, and they are my closest friends today.

Now as a house manager I get to help new residents who are having the same struggles that I did when I first arrived. I am so proud to be a leader in this community, and to have guys trust me to guide them through the process.”

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