As a person in long-term recovery from substance use disorder, advocate, volunteer, professional leader and role model, I jumped at the opportunity to get involved in the peer support movement.
In 2012, I was trained and hired as a Recovery Coach through the Substance Abuse Addiction and Recovery Alliance of Virginia (SAARA) while obtaining my Associates Degree in Business Administration from Northern Virginia Community College.
Since then, I have used my various roles as Senior Recovery Coach, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, Peer Recovery Specialist Trainer, Revive Trainer, WRAP and WHAM Facilitator and Supervisor to promote recovery, provide outreach and engage individuals where they are to own their recovery outcomes, quality of life and protect their rights.
I continue to use my recovery journey to empower others and represent their needs through the lens of lived experiences. As a volunteer member on the Arlington Substance Use Disorder Committee, I represent the individuals "we" serve in order to advocate for services needed. My passion to serve others pushes me to continue to improve my skills and knowledge.
As a Certified Personal Medicine Coach, I will continue to assist others to use their voice and find the combination which will work best for them to the best they can be.