Rosecrance Alumni Program

About the Alumni Program

The Rosecrance Alumni Program is focused on helping alumni through a journey of lasting recovery. We provide information about activities, quarterly workshops, support groups and recovery-related community events. The Alumni Program is available to anyone who has completed substance abuse treatment at a Rosecrance facility and their family members.

If you are interested in getting involved in the Alumni Program, contact Fr. Jim Swarthout at or 815.708.1235.


The Rev. James E. Swarthout, M. Div., MSW, CAADC, CIP

Director of Clergy and Alumni Relations

jimswarthoutThe Rev. James E. Swarthout is the Director of Clergy and Alumni Relations. In addition to his longtime experience as an Episcopal priest for the Diocese of Chicago, Swarthout has professional credentials in social work and addictions counseling. Swarthout has over 30 years of recovery work as a priest with addiction and mental health support. Swarthout’s résumé of community service is lengthy. Among many other things, he is on the Board of Directors of Sage YMCA of Metro Chicago, he is the founder of the St. Paul Diaper Bank Partnership and a founding member of the board of directors of the National Diaper Bank Network. Email Rev. James E. Swarthout.


Paul Gilmet

Alumni Coordinator

Paul Gilmet recently joined the Rosecrance team as an Alumni Coordinator. Paul will work closely with Fr. Jim Swarthout in developing a new and robust menu of alumni services. He joins our team with a strong background in developing alumni programs within the treatment services setting. Paul indicates there are so many ways that we can serve our clients once they leave treatment, be it through retreats, monthly gatherings, alumni chapters, networking events, recovery enhancement (wellness, fitness, meditation), social media engagement, along with other social gatherings.

Outside of work, Paul enjoys distance running, fitness, golf, and music. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 1999 with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. While he may be spotted at any of our facilities, he has an office at Rosecrance Lakeview. He can be reached at 815.222.6371 or – please feel free to be in touch.


Colleen Fry

Alumni Coordinator

Colleen is Alumni Coordinator for Rosecrance at the Harrison Campus. She is responsible for establishing relationships with clients and families during treatment and in their recovery. Once clients leave treatment, Colleen works to ensure they stay connected to Rosecrance through recovery support groups, newsletters, workshops, reunions, and other alumni-related events. She serves as a recovery role model for other staff and clients and is passionate about seeing our alumni thrive once they leave treatment. Her office is at the Harrison Campus but travels to other Rosecrance sites as well. She can be reached at 815.387.2435 or


Our Alumni Cafe meets the second Tuesday of every month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at our Rosecrance Crystal Lake location.