Our Story

Our Story

The word "Hanani" translates into "God gratifies," or "God is gracious." Those two phrases encompass the heart and experience of founder, Tonya Hankins, whose 20 year struggle to overcome alcoholism and drug addiction has resulted in the vision of Hanani House to provide recovery support, resources, and housing to those who face significant barriers to achieving sobriety. 

Hanani House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves the substance use population in St. Charles and St. Louis Counties in Missouri. 

 

 We believe that recovery from addiction rarely happens without God's help and the ability to connect to a recovery community. Neither of those two are easy at first, which is why we work with other local agencies to provide recovery and community support for adults and young adults who are in recovery or seeking recovery from substance use disorder. 

There are many ways that you can help. 

Board of Directors

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Tonya Hankins
President

Tonya Hankins completed a Master's Degree in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and has nearly 20 years of experience in education and substance use recovery. Tonya is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor and currently serves as a Substance Use Specialist for a community based treatment program in St. Charles, Missouri. She has 13 years of personal 12 step recovery and founded the Hanani House as her vision to give back to the recovery community and help meet the needs of men and women in early recovery from substance use disorder. 

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Matt Hankins
Vice President

Matt has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Nursing, both from Maryville University in Chesterfield, Missouri. He has held the position of Clinical Supervisor in an acute care psychiatric facility for over 20 years with a St. Louis based Health Care System. Matt was the process owner of a 20 bed inpatient Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Unit in which he helped develop from the ground up. Matt has 11 years of recovery from substance use. He and his wife, Tonya, have been married for 20 years and have five children.

 

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Julie Casper
Secretary 

With 30 years of sobriety, Julie has built a solid foundation of recovery using the tools of the 12-step program. She has been involved within the recovery community in a variety of roles over the past three decades. In addition to serving as secretary on a board of directors, she has also worked in residential and community outreach positions as a certified substance abuse counselor. Julie lives with her husband, John, and their two children in St. Louis, and both enjoy giving back to the 12 step community.

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Jeff Wilson
Treasurer 

Jeff Wilson earned an accounting degree from Drury University Breech School of Business and was the Senior Manager of Finance for Panera Bread for over ten years. Jeff has recently taken a position as the Directory of Treasury for Charter Communications. 

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Jude Hassan
Director of Business Development

Jude Hassan was born in St. Louis, Missouri and currently lives there with his wife and son. Jude published his memoir, Suburban Junky, following the loss of his dear friend to addiction. Along with his role as a speaker and mentor to those seeking help with substance abuse, he has been in recovery in a 12 step program for over 12 years. Jude works as a Business Development Consultant for a Behavioral Health System and is completing a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. 

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Leigh Ann Wilson
Director of Marketing

Leigh Ann has worked as an advertising and marketing specialist for 20 years. Her own personal experience with a family member who struggled with addiction is what fuels her desire to help other families and their loved ones find recovery from addiction. 

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Maggie Wright 
Property Consultant

Maggie is a licensed real estate agent who has become a leader in  the industry in St. Louis County over the past 11 years. As a member of a 12 step program  for the past 30 years, Maggie has played an integral part in building the recovery recovery community and has helped countless women find success in recovery. She and her husband, Marc, live in St. Louis County and enjoy spending time with their two grown daughters and five grandchildren.