Bachelor of Science, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD

Author of, Distilling Hope: 12 Stories to Distill the 12 Steps

25 years of theatre instructor and director

15 years as an addictions counselor

Master of Arts, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

27 years of long term sobriety

Sample of clients and events



Eastern Correctional Insitute, Princess Anne, MD

Stories in the Round, Hagerstown, MD

Correctional Educators Association Conference, Washington, DC

Marking Time: Prison Arts Conference, Rutger's University, NJ

Mission and Ministry Conference, Asheville, NC

Office of Education & Training for Addictions Specialists, Balto.MD

Wicomico County Detention Center, Salisbury, MD

St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church, Franklin, NC

St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Asheville, NC

Children's Theatre of Delmarva, Salisbury, MD

Community Oriented Recovery Efforts (CORE) Frederick, MD

Faith Talks, Salisbury, MD

Florida Storyfest, Mt. Dora, FL

Race Bridges, Fremont, CA

Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, Lehi, UT

Women Supporting Women, Salisbury, MD

Wicomico Public Library Resident Teller, Salisbury, MD

Stone Soup Storytelling Festival, Woodruff, South Carolina

Southern Maryland Celtic Festival, St. Leonard, Maryland

Replay Storytelling 24 hour world wide Event, Ontario, Canada

Better Said Than Done, Fairfax, VA

ASST (Artists Standing Strong Together) Family Storytelling Events

The Gathering: Featured Teller (Conference of VA Storytelling Assoc.)

Imagine Your Story: National Library Assoc. Summer Reading Program

Full Length Bio

Read Beth's full length bio here.

A Message From Beth

Thanks for visiting my website.  I feel so privileged to have found a way to blend my love of a good story with my recovery and my gifts as a performer and an educator. Everything offered here, my book, the programs and workshops I've created,  is a result of that synergy and is my life's work.  I hope that you will find something to your liking here. And if you don't, please contact me, and I will happily create something for your event, organization, or class!

                                                                                   - Beth

Distilling Hope

12 Stories to Distill the 12 Steps


“This book would have been a dream come true when I was a new counselor. It conveys the depth and purpose of each of the Twelve Steps and guides readers to connect the steps to real life in simple terms.”

Kennedy Hinman, Director of Outreach for a residential treatment center and a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor

“A unique and groundbreaking book that offers a new avenue in the war against addiction.

A truly captivating read.”

Dr. Robert M. Coker, DO, DABAM, Medical Director, Hudson Health Services

"Beth's remarkable and creative contribution to the field of chemical dependency is that she shows us how story is a unique and powerful doorway to recovery and healing. Anyone who wants to get acquainted and/or deepen their journey with the 12 steps for themselves or to assist others will be grateful to have found this book as a special resource."    

Marla Zipin, Psychologist and Life Coach, Washington, DC


"Quite stunning! The work you’ve done is remarkable. How blessed we are to have you in the storytelling community and in our world!"
Elaine Brewster


Available in paperback, audio download or a 2 CD set.

Bulk orders available through the publisher.

Parkhurst Brothers Publishing