2022 Recovery Conference
Transforming Student Support:
Best Practices in Collegiate Recovery
When: Wednesday, August 3, 2022, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Where: Saint Joseph’s University | Hawk Hill Campus | Mandeville Hall
5600 City Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Join us for this empowering event! We are proud to host the 5th annual regional recovery conference on Hawk Hill. This impactful conference will focus on Transforming Student Support and exploring best practices in collegiate recovery. The goal of the conference is to provide a space to connect with others to advance our knowledge, understanding, and approaches to support young people on their path to recovery from substance use and other co-occurring issues.
By attending this conference, attendees will:
- Understand trends around SUD & comorbid disorders for young adults, focusing on emerging trends as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
- Increase cultural humility related to supporting recovery.
- Expand professional and organizational partnerships to enhance collaborative care and support for SUD and recovery among college students.
- Develop strategies to build recovery-friendly learning environments to support the parallel educational and recovery goals of young people.
Free parking is available for conference attendees in the Mandeville Hall Parking Lot (number 1 on the campus map).
Mandeville Hall is located on N. 54th Street near City Avenue.
All conference sessions will take place in Mandeville Hall. Check-in will be available starting at 8:30am in the Mandeville Hall lobby.
Early Bird Pricing has ended
Regular Pricing: July 11 - August 1st
Please see below for the full conference agenda:
Registration & Light Breakfast
Welcome & Opening Remarks
- Welcome from the Conference Planning Committee
- Opening Remarks from our Sponsor, Caron Treatment Centers
- Adam Lush, Regional Resource Director for the Greater Philadelphia Region and Delaware
9:30 - 10:45a.m.
Keynote Panel: Student Voices of Recovery
- Dr. Kristine De Jesus, Sugarman Fellow, Princeton University
- Kristen Harootunian, Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Advocate
- Aminah McDougald, Student, Saint Joseph's University, Recovery Ally
- Meghan Power, Student, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
10:45 - 11a.m.
Break Out Session 1
- Changing Minds: Stories Over Stigma
- Kristen Harootunian, Mental Health Advocate (she/her), Young Adult Speaker at Minding Your Mind
- Cannabis and College Students
- Katie Greeley, LCSW (she/her) - Founder and Sr. Consultant, Prevention Education Solutions
- Overdose Reversal Training
- Sarah Laurel (she/her), Executive Director, Savage Sisters Recovery
- Adam Al-Asad
- Developmental Neurobiology: A course designed to provide cultural humility and a recovery friendly learning environment
- Carlita Favero, Ph.D. (she/her) - Professor of Biology and Neuroscience, Ursinus College
- Jessica L. Rogers (she/her) – Student, Ursinus College
- Mya A. Knappenberger (she/her) - Student, Ursinus College
- Supporting Student Veterans in Recovery
- Laura Cortese, Saint Joseph’s University;
- Kara Sapp, MS, MPH Candidate (UCBerkeley) - Community Outreach Specialist, New Day;
- Sarah Fox, MS, PsyD Student (PCOM) -Community Outreach Specialist, VMC Headquarters)
Optional learn & recharge mini sessions (12:30pm):
- Tours of SJUs Recovery Residence & CRP Community Space at Hogan Hall
- Taylor Moran, Recovery Program Manager
- Mindful Mini-Break
- Heidi Freeman, PhD - Executive Director, Health & Wellbeing, Saint Joseph’s University
Keynote Speaker: Chris Therien
Break Out Session 2
- Prescription Drug Use, Abuse, or Necessity: An Examination into Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health in Academia
- Eric Rodriguez, MSW, LSW, CAADC (he/his) - Education Resource Director, Caron Treatment Centers
- Religion & Recovery: How Does Religion/Spirituality Impact Recovery Efforts?
- Thom Nailor, LCSW (he/him/his) - Psychotherapist, Saint Joseph's University
- The Past is not Past: Disrupting Collegiate Recovery for Inclusion
- Kimberly Boulden, PhD (she/her/hers) - Senior Director of SAFE Campuses
- The Opportunity, Not the Absence: Identifying and Addressing Related to Tobacco Use Among Individuals with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
- Ryan Coffman, PA Statewide Tobacco-Free Recovery Initiative
- How to Build an Army of Allies to Combat SUD on your Campus
- Katie Bean (she/her) - Director, Prevention and Advocacy, Ursinus College
Coffee & Conversation Break
Micro Break Out Session 3
- Home is Where the Hawks Are: The Development of an On-Campus Recovery Residence at Saint Joseph's University
- Taylor Moran, CRS/CPS/CFRS - Recovery Program Manager, SJU
- Aimee Della Porta, LCSW - Therapist, Clinical Advisor to the CRP, SJU
- Ashley Lillie, MS - Assistant Director, Student Outreach & Support, SJU
- Marci Berney, MA -Director, Student Outreach & Support, SJU
- Creating a Foundation for a Recovery Friendly Campus
- Dr. Andrew Peterson (he/him) - Professor of Pharmacy, Saint Joseph's University
- Aminah McDougald (she/her/hers) - Student, Saint Joseph's University
- Zahra Katouni (she/her) - Student, Saint Joseph's University
- Emerging Drug Trends/Prevention
- Andrew Eiseman - Community Outreach Specialist, DEA
- Frank McCartney - Diversion Outreach Coordinator, DEA
- Creating a Recovery Informed Environment for Student Workers
- Alli Gatta, MS, NCC, LPC (she/her) - Associate Director of College Support, Kinney Center, Saint Joseph's University
- Kella Pacifico (she/her) - Graduate Assistant, Kinney Center, Saint Joseph's University
3:50 - 4:15p.m.
Conference Closing Session
- Resilience & Recovery Student Scholarship Award, Sponsored By Caron Treatment Centers
- Thank you and closing remarks
SESSION 1 (11am-11:45am)
Changing Minds: Stories Over Stigma
Presented by: Kristen Harootunian, Mental Health Advocate (she/her), Young Adult Speaker at Minding Your Mind
Session Description: Kristen a mental health advocate will share her own personal story of recovery and hope. As a child, Kristen experienced significant trauma, including her mother attempting and completing suicide. As a teenager, Kristen didn’t know how to manage what she was feeling and turned to alcohol, drugs, and self-harm to mask the pain. As a result of this she suffered with debilitating depression and anxiety that affected her in her everyday life. She continued these negative coping skills, including negative self-talk, which drove her down to a very dark place. After going to treatment, where she learned how to replace her negative coping skills with positive ones. Kristen attended a recovery high school to finish her education and went on to college. She has many therapy experiences that have proven to be wildly successful, and attends support groups regularly to maintain her ongoing sobriety and abstinence from negative coping skills. Kristen, being a young person in recovery, proves it’s never too late or too early to get the help you need. She has spoken on panels and at board meetings to help educate others in an effective manner break the stigma around mental health and substance use disorder.
Cannabis and College Students
Presented by: Katie Greeley, LCSW - Founder and Sr. Consultant, Prevention Education Solutions
Session Description: This session will discuss the uptick in cannabis use in college students and young adults during the pandemic. We will discuss risks associated with cannabis use and current cultural perspectives that have shifted perception of risk associated with a drug that has evolved drastically in the past decade.
Overdose Reversal Training
Presented by: Sarah Laurel (she/her), Executive Director, Savage Sisters Recovery and Adam Al-Asad, Director of Operations, Savage Sisters Recovery
Session Description: This session will provide an updated overdose reversal training with specific information about the drug supply currently in PA (tranqdope).
Developmental Neurobiology: A course designed to provide cultural humility and a recovery friendly learning environment
Presented by: Carlita Favero, Ph.D. (she/her) - Professor of Biology and Neuroscience, Ursinus College, Jessica L. Rogers (she/her) – Student, Ursinus College, Mya A. Knappenberger (she/her) - Student, Ursinus College
Session Description: Developmental Neurobiology is an upper-level interdisciplinary (Biology and Neuroscience) course studying the cellular and molecular mechanisms that govern brain development from conception through about age 25. Two course objectives relate to cultural humility and recovery friendly learning: 1. Make scientific and ethical arguments about a current issue in the field, the neurobiology of substance use disorders (SUD) and 2. Consider obligations of scientists, physicians, public policy makers, and yourself to address SUD. Class discussions considered SUD from scientific, public policy, and personal perspectives using a multi-week opioid case study and materials provided by the Pericles Foundation. Students explored the questions “How should we live together?” and “What will I do?” throughout the course. The lab component consisted of a semester-long project to investigate the impact of alcohol exposure on a brain region involved in SUD. Our campus Director for Prevention and Advocacy, Katie Bean, visited our class to talk about allyship in recovery and what recovery looks like on our campus; students also attended a 12-step meeting. Students also completed service projects with one of 3 community partners. In this break-out session, we will discuss this class from student and professor perspectives and give practical ideas to implement similar strategies.
Supporting Student Veterans in Recovery
Presented by: Laura Cortese, Saint Joseph’s University; Kara Sapp, MS, MPH Candidate (UCBerkeley) -Community Outreach Specialist, New Day; Sarah Fox, MS, PsyD Student (PCOM) -Community Outreach Specialist, VMC Headquarters
Session Description: This session aims to detail substance use among the veteran population, more specifically the student veteran population. We will present national data on veteran substance use, Philadelphia specific data, and mental health comorbities among the veteran population. We will offer resources and referral opportunities for individuals in the Philadelphia area.
SESSION 2 (2pm - 2:45pm)
Prescription Drug Use, Abuse, or Necessity: An Examination into Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health in Academia
Presented by: Eric Rodriguez, MSW, LSW, CAADC - Education Resource Director, Caron Treatment Centers
Session Description: This interactive session will pull from existing research, as well as professional, and personal experience in examining how a student with a substance use disorder (SUD) and a person in recovery experiences academia. This breakout session will look at historic and current prescription drug trends and treatment approaches along with the complexities of prescription drug utilization with students. We will examine developmental and mental health related issues facing our emerging adults as well as current social and technological changes over the last decade. We will finish by exploring the importance of social, cultural, and organizational changes to support student health outcomes.
Religion & Recovery: How Does Religion/Spirituality Impact Recovery Efforts?
Presented by: Thom Nailor, LCSW (he/him/his) - Psychotherapist, Saint Joseph's University
Session Description: This session will focus on reviewing research and discussing both positive and negative impacts of religion & spirituality (RS) on young adults in recovery, pulling from both research and personal experience as a therapist working with young adults in a college counseling center. There will also be both small and large group discussion around how to best serve students who come in with religious/spiritual concerns and recovery concerns, or for whom their religious/spiritual affiliation, beliefs, and/or practices are particularly important.
The Past is not Past: Disrupting Collegiate Recovery for Inclusion
Presented by: Kimberly Boulden, PhD (she/her/hers) - Senior Director of SAFE Campuses
Session Description: In this session, we'll examine the historical context of addiction and recovery, and what can be learned as we look towards the future of the field. We’ll look at harm reduction (including an overview of the principles and foundation of this work) and the role harm reduction might play in collegiate recovery movements. Attendees will consider how we unconsciously perpetuate stigma and exclusion (who built our current models? for whom?) and what steps we can take as professionals, allies, and peers to promote inclusive recovery spaces moving forward.
The Opportunity, Not the Absence: Identifying and Addressing Related to Tobacco Use Among Individuals with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
Presented by: Ryan Coffman, PA Statewide Tobacco-Free Recovery Initiative
Session Description: Tobacco use leads to more deaths than all other substances that mental health and substance use providers focus on as a priority. Despite significant progress made in reducing smoking in the general population, individuals in behavioral health remain at high risk for tobacco exposure and continue to bear a disproportionate burden of tobacco-related illness, disability and premature death. This workshop defines the basis for widespread smoking in the recovery community by exploring the bio-psycho-social aspects of tobacco use disorder specific to individuals with behavioral challenges. The PA Statewide Tobacco-Free Recovery Initiative focuses on advancing strategies to embrace “tobacco recovery” within a hope-inducing message of positive lifestyle change. Learning tobacco-free coping skills is safe, achievable, enhances physical and mental health, reduces social stigma and contributes to long-term recovery.
How to Build an Army of Allies to Combat SUD on Your Campus
Presented by: Katie Bean (she/her) - Director, Prevention and Advocacy, Ursinus College
Session Description: All movements in our history have needed the support of the majority population to fight for change alongside those marginalized in order to make a real difference. Building a community of allies is a critical resource to de-stigmatize substance use disorders and support recovery efforts. This session will share strategies to support students in recovery through building an educated and empathetic network of allies around them, along with lessons learned from building momentum on two separate campuses.
SESSION 3 (3:15pm-3:45pm)
Home is Where the Hawks Are: The Development of Saint Joseph's University's On-Campus Recovery Residence
Presented by: Taylor Moran, CRS/CPS/CFRS - Recovery Program Manager, Aimee Della Porta, LCSW - Therapist, Clinical Advisor to the CRP,, Ashley Lillie, MS - Assistant Director, Student Outreach & Support, Marci Berney, MA -Director, Student Outreach & Support, Saint Joseph’s University
Session Description: Staff affiliated with SJUs newly launched on-campus Recovery Residence will discuss the planning and implementation process that allowed this initiative to go from dream to reality. Specifically, we will explore the foundations of building an early stage CRP, assessing student need, developing multiple levels of support, and securing key partnerships, funding and staffing. We will explore the strategic steps taken to build a residence option that serves as a foundational support for the recovery community at SJU.
Creating a Foundation for a Recovery Friendly Campus
Presented by: Dr. Andrew Peterson (he/him) - Professor of Pharmacy, Saint Joseph's University, Aminah McDougald (she/her/hers) - Student, Saint Joseph's University, Zahra Katouni (she/her) - Student, Saint Joseph's University
Session Description: This session will provide an overview of efforts at University of the Sciences (now Saint Joseph’s University, University City Campus) in creating a framework and foundation for a recovery friendly campus community. We recruited a core group of 7 students, 5 faculty, and 2 staff to create a campus Recovery Office. After receiving 24 hours of training from Unity Recovery, these individuals created and delivered 8 programs throughout the spring 2022 semester designed to decrease stigma associated with substance use disorders (SUD) and provide resources for maintaining recovery to the campus community. A pre-survey of student and faculty awareness of terms associated with SUD stigma guided the program planning. The Recovery Office (in person and online) was staffed by lead students ~39 hours per week. The Recovery Office also created a Recovery Lounge – a safe space for individuals in recovery, or supporting those in recovery, could come and study, hang out or just chat. This session will review the results of the pre-survey along with describing the success of the programs launched by the students.
Emerging Drug Trends/Prevention
Presented by: Andrew Eiseman - Community Outreach Specialist, DEA and Frank McCartney - Diversion Outreach Coordinator, DEA
Session Description: This session will provide an overview of emerging drug trends. We will also discuss Drug Prevention Education, access to Treatment and Recovery while eliminating Stigma associated with substance use disorder.
Creating a Recovery Informed Environment for Student Workers
Presented by: Alli Gatta, MS, NCC, LPC (she/her) - Associate Director of College Support, Kinney Center, Saint Joseph's University and Kella Pacifico (she/her) - Graduate Assistant, Kinney Center, Saint Joseph's University
Session Description: Staff and faculty who supervise student workers are in a unique position to create a supportive environment for students thinking about or are in recovery. Through this session, faculty and staff will be presented with best practices on supporting student workers, and increase awareness of how substance use disorders may be impacting their student workers. Presenters will share examples of experiences of supporting students in recovery, as well as present resources for future professional development and awareness building. Staff and faculty will be invited to collaborate with other attendees and presenters to create a recovery-friendly workplace environment.
Chris Therien, Afternoon Keynote Speaker
Chris Therien, affectionately known as Bundy, is a former professional hockey player and Olympic Silver Medalist. He played 12 NHL seasons for the Philadelphia Flyers and is the longest-tenured defenseman in franchise history, playing in 753 games. Chris later spent 14 years as a popular Broadcaster/Lead Analyst for NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Chris has become one of Pennsylvania's most influential voices in the field of alcoholism, drug addiction and recovery. Sober since February 7th 2011, his personal journey as a professional athlete struggling with addiction is heartbreaking, astounding and inspiring.
An author, motivational speaker and mental health advocate, Chris's work plays an integral role in the future and normalization of addiction and mental health treatment. The incredible impact he has on his community continues to grow. Always ready to help, he often partners with recovery centers in the tri-state area sharing his message of hope.
Chris is also the co-founder of The Therien Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing financial support and sober living arrangements to individuals struggling with addiction and mental health.
Morning Keynote Panel: Student Voices of Recovery
This panel will highlight a dynamic group of current students and recent alums, discussing their experience in recovery or as allies of recovery on campus. A moderator with a deep understanding of collegiate recovery issues will host a vibrant discussion about how each panelist has been involved in recovery efforts on their campus and in their communities, challenges and successes, and opportunities for colleges and universities to build recovery friendly campuses and develop environments that promote recovery and connection for all.
Please read more about the keynote panelists below:
We are grateful for a diverse team of conference presenters who will share their knowledge and expertise through a variety of dynamic keynote and break out sessions. Please read more about our conference presenters below.
Adam Al-Asad (he/him) - Director of Operations, Savage Sisters Recovery, inc
My name is Adam Al-Asad, and I am the co-founder and Director of Operations at Savage Sisters Recovery, Inc. I helped my sister Sarah open Savage Sisters after she began her recovery journey from substance misuse issues. We founded Savage in response to the lack of decent or ethical women's recovery homes in the Philadelphia area. Sarah was in and out of recovery homes during the beginning of her journey. She lived in homes that were run by men with a desire to make money, not provide an environment conducive to keeping people sober, helping them recover, and assisting them in recreating their lives. Thus we fought to open a recovery home where she could offer residents the same resources she used to recover. Since then, we have grown. We now have six homes, three mens and three womens. We host weekly street-based outreach that serves those still in active use, and we provide the public with Harm Reduction education. My goal, and Savage Sisters goal, is to provide all those suffering from or affected by substance misuse and homelessness with the resources needed to stay alive, get sober, and recreate their lives.
Katie Bean (she) - Director, Prevention and Advocacy, Ursinus College
Katie Bean has been working within the health promotion field since 2008 after earning a master's in higher education from Indiana University of PA. She served for almost 4 years at George Washington University, 8 years at Saint Joseph's University, and is starting her 4th year at Ursinus College this fall. Katie has presented on building ally-ship and creating recovery-ready communities at numerous conferences and was a panelist on this topic at both the ARHE conference and the NRSS-TACS Summit hosted by SAMHSA.
Marci Berney, MA (she/her) - Director/Case Manager, Student Outreach & Support, Saint Joseph's University
Marci serves as the Director of Student Outreach & Support/Case Manager at Saint Joseph’s University. She works with students, families and campus partners to connect students facing difficult personal, medical, or mental health situations with support resources. Marci coordinates long term follow-up and creates care plans for students following emergency situations, including mental health related concerns and students struggling with, or recovering from, substance use disorder. Marci works with a staff focusing on wellness initiatives, AOD prevention, sexual misconduct prevention, and collegiate recovery. She serves as an Adjunct in SJUs Department of Health Sciences, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on mental health and addiction. Marci received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and School Counseling from Boston College.
Kimberly Boulden, PhD (she/her/hers) - Senior Director of SAFE Campuses
Kimberly Boulden is the Senior Director of SAFE Campuses with SAFE Project (Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic). She brings over 10 years of experience working with higher education & community-serving non-profit organizations to this role. SAFE Campuses has helped universities and students nationwide to address the impacts of addiction on their campuses and increase campus support of student mental health and wellness. Kimberly holds a doctorate in Higher Education Administration and has years of experience helping students and families navigate admissions processes, academic program advising, and institutional policies. She has also worked in higher education marketing and outreach, curricular assessment, and teaching innovation. In addition to her advocacy work in the collegiate recovery space, she has worked on publications regarding best practices for university partnerships, research on diversity in university marketing materials, and grant-funded initiatives to decolonize Computer Science and Engineering Education. Outside of academia, she plays bass in a local punk band.
Ryan Coffman, MPH, CHES, CTTS-M
Ryan Coffman, MPH, CHES, CTTS-M is the Tobacco Policy and Control Program Manager for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. In this role, he oversees several tobacco control and policy initiatives within the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention. These initiatives include the prevention of youth initiation, promoting tobacco-free environments, mass media campaigns, tobacco control policy, and tobacco treatment services. He is committed to serving vulnerable populations disproportionately impacted by the effects of tobacco use.
Previously, Ryan provided inpatient, outpatient, and community tobacco use disorder treatment in hospital, behavioral health, correctional, and substance use treatment settings. He acquired his Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree at Tulane University and has certifications in health education, tobacco use disorder treatment and global tobacco control. Ryan first became committed to tobacco control in 2003 while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya and continues to provide tobacco treatment services at Health Center 2 in South Philadelphia.
Laura Cortese, M.Ed., Army Veteran (she/her) - Associate Director, Graduate Business Programs, SJU
Laura joined SJU as the Assistant Director of Veterans Services in July 2021. As an army veteran and spouse, she was excited to bring her personal experiences to the office in assisting student veterans with a successful transition to higher education. In June, Laura joined the Graduate Business Office at Haub. Prior to joining the SJU community, Laura served five years on active duty with the US Army as a Medical Services Officer. Following her service, she taught math in the School District of Philadelphia for four years. She has her Bachelors in Finance from Creighton University and her M.Ed. from Temple University. Laura is committed to the Jesuit value of Cura Personalis and is excited to guide students in meeting their personal, educational, and career goals.
Dr Kristine De Jesus (she/they) - Sugarman Fellow, Princeton University
Dr. De Jesus is an author, entrepreneur, recovery and social justice advocate. She is the Executive Director of the non-profit Students Recover. Dr. De Jesus is a Sugarman Practitioner in Residence Fellow at Princeton University where she is developing an online student recovery community centered in equity and justice. She served as Coordinator of the Alcohol and Other Drugs program at Montclair State University, where she was an advisor to the Red Hawk Recovery Program and was the Educational Coordinator for the Campus Alcohol and Substance Awareness Program at Temple University. Dr. De Jesus holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Rutgers University, completed a Masters of Arts degree in Organizational Behavior at Alliant International University and received a Doctorate of Psychology degree from the California School of Professional Psychology, where she specialized in Health & Cross Cultural Psychology.
Aimee Della Porta, LCSW (she/her) - Therapist / Clinical Advisor to the Collegiate Recovery Program, Saint Joseph's University
Aimee is relatively new to the SJU community, working as a therapist in CAPS and as Clinical Advisor to the Collegiate Recovery Program. She enjoys supporting and accompanying students as they navigate the process of change through mental health and substance use challenges. Most of her prior professional experience has involved working with people experiencing homelessness.
Michael DiMaio - Student, Villanova University, Executive Director of The Infinite Mission, Veteran Mentor
Michael is a senior at Villanova University and has an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Bucks County Community College. Michael is a person in long-term recovery from substance use disorder and is an ambassador with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation’s Someone You Know campaign. He shared his recovery story on video to dismantle the negative stigma surrounding addiction. Michael is also passionate about sharing the message of recovery and he has spoken in local correctional facilities, various community engagements, and podcasts. He is the Founder/Director of a non-profit organization called The Infinite Mission, which provides outreach to those struggling with homelessness. He is also a Veteran Mentor with the Bucks County Veterans Treatment Court. Michael is working toward a bachelor's degree in Public Service and Administration, with eyes on a career in the criminal justice system at the federal or county level. He has previous experience with the public defender’s office and the district attorney’s office of Bucks County.
Andrew Eiseman - Community Outreach Specialist, DEA
Andrew is a retired Special Agent that brings more than 26 years of federal investigative and management experience with the DEA. Throughout his career, Andy has worked in various capacities, serving both foreign and domestic, including tours in Bogotá, Colombia, and Detroit Michigan, where he retired as a Supervisory Special Agent overseeing the Special Services Unit. Andy currently serves as a Community Outreach Specialist for the DEA Philadelphia Field Division, working with youth, parents, coalitions, and community members providing drug education and prevention initiatives throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Andy is a proud husband and father of one son, Tyler. Andy is excited and humbled for the opportunity to give back to the community in which he was born and raised.
Carlita Favero, Ph.D. (she/her) - Professor of Biology and Neuroscience, Ursinus College
Carlita Favero is a Professor of Biology and Neuroscience at Ursinus College, an exclusively undergraduate liberal arts institution with about 1600 students. She has developed courses on the FUNdamentals of Neuroscience, Developmental Neurobiology, and Glial Cell Biology. Her scholarly work investigates the impact of alcohol exposure on brain wiring and behavior during embryonic brain development. She's particularly interested in the interplay these effects have on the development of substance use disorders (SUD).
Sarah E. Fox, M.S. (she/her/hers) - Community Outreach Specialist with Veterans Multi-Service Center (VMC), Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)
Sarah E. Fox, M.S. (she/her/hers) is currently both a Community Outreach Specialist with the Veterans Multi-Service Center (VMC) and a Doctoral student in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). VMC is a local non-profit organization that aims to 'serve those who served': U.S. military veterans. As a Community Outreach Specialist, Sarah helps to coordinate outreach efforts for VMC's Headquarters location, collaborates with the Philadelphia Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and VMC housing programs, facilitates partnerships and builds referral networks with other local organizations, and has created and continues to uphold relationships with Greater Philadelphia Area university student military programs. Through VMC, Sarah has gratefully continued chasing her passion for advocacy with the veteran population.
Sarah originally found her way to Philadelphia from Jersey when she graduated with her B.A. in Psychology at Temple University in 2018. Eager for more, Sarah graduated from PCOM's M.S. in Counseling & Clinical Health Psychology program in 2021 where she rose from secretary to president in PCOM's APA Division 19 Military Psychology student organization (Div19). During her M.S., Sarah also successfully completed a trauma-focused clinical practicum and internship placement working with survivors of sexual assault and presented her Master's thesis entitled 'The Efficacy of a Psychologically-Based Treatment Protocol for Phantom Limb Pain'. Sarah is now a second-year PsyD student at PCOM, where she continues to sit as president for Div19 and looks forward to a hopeful future career as a VA Clinical Psychologist working primarily with veteran amputees.
Heidi Freeman, PhD (she/hers) - Executive Director, Health & Wellbeing, Saint Joseph’s University
Heidi Freeman is the Executive Director of Health & Wellbeing at Saint Joseph's University where she supports and oversees wellness programming. She recently joined the SJU team from the University of the Sciences, where she was the Assistant Dean of Students for Health & Wellness and faculty in the Kinesiology Department. Heidi holds a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from LaSalle University and a PhD in Kinesiology with a specialization in sport and exercise psychology from Temple University. Prior to her career in higher education, Heidi taught emotional resilience and psychological skills training for the U.S. military, and has clinical experience in eating disorders treatment and with adolescents in crisis. Heidi is a graduate of Jefferson's Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction foundational course and has been trained in mindfulness education through the Mindful Schools organization.
Alli currently serves as an associate director of college support at the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support at Saint Joseph's University. Alli has a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from West Chester University and is a nationally certified counselor and licensed professional counselor in PA. Alli has worked with a wide array of college students in counseling, disability services, and student involvement and programing. Alli also is an adjunct professor in the counselor education department at Rosemont College.
Katie Greeley, LCSW (she/her) - Founder and Sr. Consultant, Prevention Education Solutions
Katie Greeley, LCSW is a graduate of the University of Chicago Master of Social Work Program, and the Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Training Program. In Chicago, Katie was a founding member of the team developing the Substance Use and Prevention Program (SUPP) for Lurie Children's. While at Lurie Children’s, Katie worked alongside the Gender Development Program, one of the world’s leading programs in providing affirming care for gender expansive and trans youth. She has many years of experience providing affirming care for LGBTQ2IA+ individuals and providing clinical services for patients experiencing substance use disorders through the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, and has conducted substance use prevention, mental health and gender and sexuality education domestically and internationally in over 25 states and 20+ countries. Katie delivers an evidence-based curriculum and provides solutions tailored for your community, drawing on her years of clinical experience, training in prevention, and her perspective as a member of the queer community and an individual in healthy recovery from addiction.
Kristen Harootunian, Mental Health Advocate (she/her), Young Adult Speaker at Minding Your Mind
As a child, Kristen experienced significant trauma, including her mother attempting and completing suicide. As a teenager, Kristen did not know how to manage what she was feeling and turned to alcohol, drugs, and self-harm to mask the pain that she so desperately wanted to keep locked away. Kristen proves it's never too late or too early to get the help you need. She helps educate others in an effective manner to break the stigma around mental health and substance use disorder.
Zahra Katouni (she/her) - Student, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, Saint Joseph’s University
My name is Zahra Katouni. I am currently in my 3rd professional year of pharmacy school at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. I enjoy working on projects with colleagues both as a leader and a contributor. I have a passion for learning and using that knowledge to help my community. My professional goal is to exceed in my profession and enjoy what I do. I hope to one day work in an area that specializes in mental health and/or Substance Use Disorder.
Mya A. Knappenberger (she/her) - Student, Ursinus College
Mya Knappenberger is a rising senior at Ursinus College with a major in neuroscience. She is minoring in biology, psychology, and currently developing an animal behavior minor as well. Mya is involved in a heart and muscle metabolism lab where she researches behavioral dieting effects. Mya plans to attend graduate school to earn a PhD in neuroscience. In the future, Sbe expects to perform her own research and hopes to help others learn more about neuroscience and how it can connect within different communities. One fun fact about Mya is that she has a gecko named Bean and an axolotl named Lucky :).
Sarah Laurel (she/her), Executive Director, Savage Sisters Recovery
After recovering from substance use disorder Sarah wanted to offer resources to women like herself. What began organically slowly grew into a program that helped all humans through housing and street-based outreach. Sarah uses her lived experiences to be in service to others and remains relatable to those still struggling. She uses her corporate background to lead the Savage team in a thoughtful, productive, and sustainable manner.
Ashley Lillie, M.S. (she/her) - Assistant Director, Student Outreach and Support, Saint Joseph's University
Ashley Lillie, MS serves in the Office of Student Outreach and Support at Saint Joseph’s University as the Assistant Director. She primarily oversees comprehensive substance use prevention education efforts at SJU that include facilitating evidence-based group motivational enhancement training for high-risk student populations and evidence-based BASICS individual sessions. Ashley also coordinates campus-wide outreach efforts that address substance use, mental health, and well-being. Ashley also has extensive experience working in Residential Life at various institutions.
Adam Lush, MPH (he/him) - Regional Resource Director, Caron Treatment Centers
Adam Lush is the Regional Resource Director for Caron Treatment Centers in the Greater Philadelphia region and Delaware. He holds a Master of Public Health from West Chester University and formerly held roles as an international substance use prevention specialist, Certified Arise Interventionist and a Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist. He is dedicated to connecting individuals and families impacted by substance use disorders with the appropriate health care resources to achieve recovery for life.
Frank McCartney - Diversion Outreach Coordinator, DEA
Frank McCartney is the Diversion Outreach Coordinator for the Philadelphia Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Frank is a civilian who joined DEA in 2010 and has proudly supported the DEA mission of enforcing drug laws, preventing the distribution of illegal narcotics as well as the diversion of regulated pharmaceuticals. Since 2017 Frank has engaged communities throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware in support of DEA drug prevention initiatives. DEA recognizes the importance of demand reduction through education and is passionate in spreading the “live drug free” message to all citizens especially our youth. Frank is a proud father of five children and is happy to have the opportunity to give back to the community through drug prevention education.
Aminah McDougald (she/her/hers) - Student, Saint Joseph's University
Hello, my name is Aminah McDougald I am a new student of St.Joseph's University due to the most recent merger. I am a PharmD major about to enter my P3 year (5th year) this upcoming semester. I was a volunteer and student worker that helped in the initiation of the Collegiate Recovery Center at USciences now, known as the UCity campus. With no prior experience or knowledge in recovery programs or an understanding of what it truly meant to be in recovery, I wanted to get involved with my school and improve the well-being of campus life, which made me join the recovery office team. I grew to love learning about it, enjoyed creating some programming and, being able to advocate and teach people about the community.
Taylor Moran, CRS/CFRS/CPS (she/her) - Collegiate Recovery Program Manager, Saint Joseph's University
Taylor Moran, CRS/CFRS/CPS joined the Saint Joseph’s University team in December 2021 as the Recovery Program Manager. She is a person in long-term recovery. Taylor assists in the monitoring of SJU's Collegiate Recovery Program members' individual recovery plans, planning social sober programming, and supporting a positive and healthy community for students living in SJU's on-campus recovery residence and in the greater university community. Prior to her time at Saint Joseph’s, Taylor worked as a Recovery Support Specialist and Recovery House Manager for Recovery Centers of America and Sobriety Solutions, LLC.
Thom Nailor, LCSW (he/him/his) - Psychotherapist, Saint Joseph's University
Thom Nailor, LCSW (he/him/his) is a psychotherapist at St. Joseph’s University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), where he has worked since 2021. He earned his Master of Social Services from the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work & Social Research College in 2018, and completed an MSW internship at the University of Pennsylvania’s Counseling and Psychological Services center working with students in individual & group therapy. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania. Prior to working at CAPS, Thom worked as a therapist in a community mental health setting in Philadelphia for three years. Thom’s professional interests include issues of identity and transition for students attending college/university; privilege & oppression; narrative & relational therapies; Acceptance & Commitment Therapy; working with adult children of alcoholics; the creative arts as therapeutic; trauma and trauma-informed care; Internal Family Systems Therapy; family-of-origin conflicts;; and religious/spiritual concerns.
Kella Pacifico (she/her) - Graduate Assistant, Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support, Saint Joseph's University
Kella Pacifico is a current graduate assistant for the ASPIRE Program at the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support. Kella graduated from Saint Joseph's University in 2017 with a B.S. in Autism Behavioral Studies and is currently a candidate in the M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. In the future, she hopes to continue to work with individuals on the Autism spectrum and is interested in neurodiversity in the workplace initiatives.
Dr. Andrew Peterson (he/him) - Professor of Pharmacy, Saint Joseph’s University
Andrew M. Peterson PharmD, PhD, FCPP, is a Professor of Pharmacy at Saint Joseph’s University. Previously, he served as the Executive Director of the Substance Use Disorders Institute (SUDI) and John Wyeth Dean Emeritus at University of the Sciences.
Dr. Peterson has more than 30 years research experience in medication adherence, health outcomes research, and more recently, substance use disorders. As Executive Director of SUDI, he led the development of a PA Department of Health approved medical cannabis training program for physicians, pharmacists, nurses and physician assistants to become recommenders or dispensers in the commonwealth. He also is working on projects to educate pharmacists about SBIRT (screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment), naloxone dispensing and administration, and proper opioid use.
Dr. Peterson earned his BS in Pharmacy from Rutgers University, his PharmD from Virginia Commonwealth University and his PhD in Health Policy at USciences.
Meg Power (she/they) - Student, Rutgers University
Dealing with the pain of addiction and mental illness brought Meg to believe they would never be able to finish anything- let alone complete a bachelor's degree. Moving into the recovery housing at Rutgers has provided Meg the opportunity to have a rich and fulfilling college experience as a young, sober woman. Realizing she can have fun and grow as a sober student has given her the largest freedom a drink or drug could ever give. Now, her life grows fuller by the day as she works to help others and continues to pursue her creativity. ART WEBSITE: megpower.art
Eric Rodriguez, MSW, LSW, CAADC (he/him) - Director, Education Director, Caron Treatment Centers
Eric currently serves as the Education Resource Director for Caron’s Education Alliance Department, Eric oversees education, training, development, and learning initiatives, with a focus on corporate and organizational education.
Prior to accepting the education role in 2021, Eric worked as a behavioral health therapist for the Caron’s Grand View Program, providing individual and family therapy to patients and their families, facilitating groups, offering educational lectures, and helping to set up aftercare plans. He has advanced education in co-occurring disorders, specifically related to anxiety, and is trained in cognitive processing therapy for trauma. He began working at Caron in 2017 as a therapist for the Primary Men’s Program serving in a similar role.
Before joining Caron, Eric worked as a social worker with heart and vascular transplant patients and their families, providing social and family evaluations and post-transplant discharge planning. Prior to his career in health care, Eric worked in sales and marketing within the telecommunications industry.
Eric is a licensed social worker in the state of Pennsylvania and has a certification in advanced addiction and drug counseling. He has a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology and a master’s degree in clinical social work from Millersville University.
Jessica L. Rogers (she/her) – Student, Ursinus College
Jessica is a Neuroscience and Biology double major at Ursinus College in the Class of 2023. She is very passionate about academics as well as extracurricular involvement and community engagement. On campus, she is a member of Tri Beta and Nu Rho Psi, the National Honor Societies of Biology and Neuroscience, respectively, as well as a member of the Whitians Honor Society for women. She is also the current President of the Eta Xi chapter of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. She holds multiple on campus jobs, such as a subject tutor, academic coach, and teaching assistant, and is a member of both the cheerleading squad and the dance team. Through her Developmental Neurobiology course in the Spring 2022 semester, she learned the importance of community service and engagement and believes that it should be implemented in more courses, especially in the field of STEM. Her undergraduate experience thus far, especially through her Neuroscience education, has made her a more well-rounded and compassionate individual and she is very excited to use her experiences to help educate and advocate in the future.
Kara Sapp, MS, MPH Candidate at UC Berkeley (She/Her) - Community Outreach Specialist, Veterans Multi-Service Center
Kara is currently working as a Community Outreach Specialist for the Veterans Multi-Service Center. At the VMC she works with New Day, a program focused on supporting veterans in recovery. She is pursuing a Master's of Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy & Management at the University of California, Berkeley. She has an MS in Kinesiology and a background in exercise science and health coaching diverse populations. She is passionate about public and community health, enjoys engaging and sharing knowledge with people from all walks of life, and hopes to help improve Philadelphia's population health through policy and programs.
Traveling From Out of Town?
A conference hotel block is available from August 2-3.
Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue, $149/room
4200 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131
We are happy to announce our sponsors. Thank you to these organizations for their generous support!
If you have any questions or would like to explore sponsorship options, please contact Madalina Veres, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-660-2311 for more information. Below you will find outlined two sponsorship levels.
$2,500 - Community Partner
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Featured sponsor during Opening and Closing
Opportunity to address audience during Opening/Welcome session
Opportunity to be part of the Conference program as a presenter or moderator
Attendance for 5 included
This sponsorship includes $1,000 scholarship for a student in recovery
$1,000 Recovery Advocate
Name or company logo featured on website and digital display during conference
Featured sponsor during Opening and Closing
Opportunity to address audience during Opening/Welcome session
Opportunity to be part of the Conference program as a presenter or moderator
Attendance for 3 included
RESILIENCE & RECOVERY STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP
We are happy to announce a $1000 student scholarship opportunity, made available by the generous sponsorship of Caron Treatment Centers.
APPLY HERE by July 15th!
This $1000 student scholarship is available due to the generous sponsorship of Caron Treatment Centers, as part of the 2022 regional recovery conference hosted at Saint Joseph’s University.
This scholarship will be awarded to one undergraduate or graduate student, enrolled in a degree seeking program from a local college or university. The scholarship will be awarded on August 3, 2022 at Transforming Student Support: Best Practices in Collegiate Recovery, hosted at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA.
Please contact email@example.com with questions.
Who can Apply:
- Must be admitted to and enrolled a a college or university as an undergraduate or graduate student
- Must be a person in recovery from a substance use disorder
How to Apply:
- Submit the on-line application including the items below by July 15, 2022.
- Answer the following prompts:
- How has substance use disorder impacted you?
- What does recovery mean for you/ how has recovery impacted your life?
- How has involvement in a Collegiate Recovery Community at your institution helped or benefited you? (If your school does not yet have a CRC, explain how having one at your institution could help or benefit you/your peers)
- Recent resume, outlining your academic and/or professional accomplishments.
- Answer the following prompts:
- A committee of recovery and higher education professionals will review each application.
- One scholarship will be awarded. The recipient will be notified by July 25, 2022.
- The recipient will have the option to have their award announced at the Transforming Student Support: Best Practices In Collegiate Recovery conference at Saint Joseph’s University on August 3, 2022 or to maintain anonymity.
CONFERENCE PLANNING TEAM - Thank You!
This conference is the collaborative effort of dedicated professionals from the following institutions and organizations:
- Saint Joseph’s University (Hawk Hill & University City campuses)
- Arcadia University
- Ursinus College
- Jefferson University
- University of Delaware
- Princeton University
- Pro-A: The Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance