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 surrounding 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.
Our vision is to provide recovery housing, recovery support and resources and to help build the recovery community in a way that honors God and shows just what He is willing to do for anyone who will surrender their life over to His care.
Board of Directors
The Hanani House Board of Directors is committed to advancing the mission of helping men and women build solid foundations of recovery and success. Our board meets monthly to help navigate the direction of Hanani House growth and to ensure that serving our participants and managing our fiduciary responsibilities remain guiding principals of our organization. Our board members collectively represent over 100 years of personal 12-step recovery from substance use disorders.
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 is the cofounder of Hanani House and has 15 years of recovery from substance use. He and his wife, Tonya, have been married for over 24 years and have five children.
With over 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.
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 has worked in the finance industry for the past 20 years. He has been a long time supporter of the recovery community and volunteers his time in many service projects and commitments to improve access to recovery resources for the Substance Use Disorder population.
Jane Frazier has 30 years of experience working in accounting and finance roles at Price Waterhouse, TLC Vision and currently at Charter Communications. Jane earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from the University of Illinois. Jane and her husband, Joe, have been married 24 years and have four sons and six grandchildren. As a foster and adoptive parent, Jane witnessed the challenges of families with substance use disorder and hopes to help women find stability and success in recovery.
Founding Board Member
Jude Hassan lives in St. Louis, Missouri with his wife and son. Jude became an author who 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, Jude works at an organization that provides behavioral health services in the St. Louis region. Jude's story has garnered both local and national attention due to its relevance to today's heroin, prescription pill, and fentanyl epidemics.
Mark has over 30 years of experience in the Mortgage Lending and Real Estate industry, and has written articles for several local publications on Mortgage and Financial topics throughout his career. His financial experience and expertise is an invaluable resources for helping navigate the Hanani House strategic plan and its financial sustainability. Mark lives in the Greater St. Louis area and is an active member in the community advancing the mission of providing recovery support services to those with substance use disorders.
Marketing and Fundraising
Jill fell in love with art in the fourth grade and she’s been creating ever since. After graduating from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication, Jill worked as a graphic designer for several St. Louis design and marketing companies along with freelancing for non-profits and school fundraisers while her two daughters were young. Currently, Jill is the Graphic Design Lead for St. Louis Community College in its Workforce Solutions Group, promoting training programs that help underserved populations enter into the workforce quickly. Jill and her husband, Brett, have been married for 27 years and both actively work to support the recovery community.
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 treatment and recovery. Tonya is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor and is the Executive Director of Hanani House. She has 17 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.