Darla DeLeon, Executive Director
Darla DeLeon, wife of Steered Straight Founder, Michael DeLeon has her own story. She brings the family perspective—a wife that not only had to deal with her husband’s addiction, raise two children by herself for 12 years while he was away in prison, but also had to deal with the long-term effects on their family.
Darla shares her personal story as the child of an alcoholic father who lost her father to alcoholism and the compelling story as Michael’s wife. As a woman held at gunpoint, not once but twice, and mother of their two children, who were also affected by her own addiction. Darla impacts students with a strong message on how their choices and decisions affect those they love.
Darla, herself, is a drug court graduate and has more than 10 years in recovery. Today, Darla holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in Addictions and Recovery and a Bachelor of Science degree for Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University. She is currently obtaining dual Masters degrees. Darla also has an AAS in Paralegal Studies and Respiratory Therapy. She is a certified NCADD Interventionist, a Certified Peer Support Specialist and a Recovery Coach. Her passion meets her purpose by spreading H.O.P.E.: Helping Other People Elevate. She has authored a curriculum called, “My 12 Step Play List” and “Mended” that helps individuals work through trauma and addiction.