Meet The Founders

Alex Kaplan


In his early 20's, Alex started a promising acting career in Manhattan while bartending at night to get by. The unexpected death of his father sent him into a tailspin and he began to numb himself with substances to ease the pain. This turned into a full-blown addiction that lasted almost 4 years. Disconnected, disillusioned, and plummeting ever deeper into crisis, Alex was finally convinced by his closest relationships to leave New York and seek help. Over the past five years, surrounded by the steadfast support of family, friends, and colleagues, Alex had climbed his way out of addiction and into a very successful career as a writer, director, and producer, and is now the Executive Producer of a well-regarded commercial production company on the East Coast. Alex considers himself living proof that with the right kind of support you can get your life back and build it into exactly what you envision. Now he wants to help others do the same.

Brian Gallagher


Brian went to rehab on his 18th birthday. His experience there sent him on a life-long quest to understand human struggle as deeply as possible. He went on to study peer-counseling and team building, eventually receiving a Masters degree in Social Work and teaching at Temple University while also running a violence-prevention program for teenage boys in Philadelphia. In 2006, Brian decided he wanted to become an actor and for over a decade he has been acting, writing, directing, and producing full-time. While collaborating with Alex on a short film in 2017, they learned about their shared history with addiction, and soon discovered that a greater purpose was being laid out in front of them - to combine their unique set of skills and hard-won wisdom to help make addicts and their loved ones feel more connected, understood, and supported through the power of film.

Board of Directors

Alex N. Kaplan
Board President
Co-founding President & Executive Director, Of Substance
Brian J. Gallagher
Board Vice President & Secretary
Co-founding Vice President & Executive Producer, Of Substance
Kevin J. Cafferky
Board Treasurer
Principal, Magis Consulting Inc.
Basha A. Silverman
Board Member
CEO, Jewish Family Services of Delaware
James C. Berman, M.D.
Board Member
Addiction Medicine Specialist | Fellow of The American Society of Addiction Medicine | University of Pennsylvania Health System