JG 2019

Jim Geckler


Jim is a native of Buffalo, NY who has served the recovery community in a professional capacity for almost 20 years. Throughout his career, Jim has sought to  remove the stigma of recovery and open the path to treatment for families and individuals.  His experience in addiction treatment has touched all phases of the continuum of care, from establishing the first LGBT recovery residence in Minneapolis to leading families through the process of intervention as Chief Operating Officer of Addiction Intervention Resources, to multiple leadership roles at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, before finding his home at the Harmony Foundation in 2015.

As Chief Executive Officer at the Harmony Foundation, Colorado’s oldest residential treatment program, Jim has focused on increasing Harmony’s capacity to meet the unique needs of people who struggle with substance use disorder. Jim is proud of the work done by the Harmony team to modernize and expand services, including a robust Alumni Recovery Support Network and a thriving Intensive Outpatient Program. Jim has guided improvements to the Harmony campus, updating client housing and public spaces, bookstore, adding a mindfully constructed 12 Step trail, a disc golf course, and a labyrinth.

Jim’s passion for community engagement led him to a position on the Estes Park Restorative Justice board, supporting alternate opportunities for people to make amends to their community. Most recently Jim was honored to be invited to join the national board for Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services (TPAS), a nonprofit group setting the bar for alumni services. The Harmony Foundation was a founding member of TPAS and as Director of Alumni services while at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Jim supported the mission of TPAS.

Work at Harmony brought Jim and his family to Colorado, where they have set down roots in Allenspark. Jim and his husband Peter are pleased to be a part of the Estes Valley community and excited to be Coloradans.

Email: jgeckler@harmonyfoundationinc.com