John Reese, long time coordinator of the Human Services program at Waubonsee Community College has announced his retirement as of May 31st of this year.  Reese first began working in the addiction world in 1969 in McHenry Illinois.  He was vice-chair of the group that formed the CADC certification movement in Illinois and holds certificate number 10, which makes him the longest active addiction counselor in Illinois.  John pointed out in his retirement that he is retiring from Waubonsee Community College as a full time professor, but not retiring form the addiction treatment field.  For example this summer John will become the secretary for the Board of Directors for IAODAPCA.    Michael Moran has agree to accept the role of acting coordinator of the program until the College names a fulltime replacement.  John stress this is a shift in his life and is not going away, he may be contacted by his new email address:    He also wanted to pass along that he has donated seed money to the Human Services Student Scholarship at Waubonsee, as has many of the current instructors in the program.  Anyone is interested in also donating to the special scholarship for current Human Services students to honor his 27 years at Waubonsee they should contact:

Linda Linden,  Advancement Associate

Waubonsee Community College

Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive

Sugar Grove, Illinois 60554



  1. John, you have made an enormous impact on the field of Human Services and will continue to do so. I am so thankful I had the opportunity to take a few of your classes and get your advice and guidance through my journey. You are a true inspiration and will be greatly missed. I wish you a blessed and wonderful retirement!!

    Thank-you for what you do,
    Terri Dalton

  2. I am very glad I had a chance to meet you. I wish you the very best in the future thank you for being an inspiration to all of us who believe there is hope and help for anyone suffering from addiction.

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