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Julie McElrath Ray, LMSW, LCDC-I

Julie McElrath is the Interim Executive Director of University High School – a school dedicated to supporting teens in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse or dependency.  Prior to coming to University High School, Julie worked at Seton Mind Institute Behavioral Health Services facilitating Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) groups for adults and adolescents.  She also

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Jason Howell, MBA, PRS

Jason Howell is a person in long-term recovery from mental health and substance use issues. He has an MBA from Texas A&M University and is a Peer Recovery Specialist and state approved trainer. In 2008, he opened his first recovery home, and since then, he has overseen as many as 13 recovery residences at one

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Joseph Sanchez, PRS

Originally from El Paso, Joseph first began working in the recovery field after joining the Continuation and Development Team of the same non-profit organization that assisted him in his own early recovery, the Recovery Alliance of El Paso.  He celebrates the commencement of his recovery on October 2, 2005.  As a distinguished graduate of the

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Christopher Araujo

Christopher Araujo is the Austin/Travis County Coordinator for the Military Veteran Peer Network. He is a trained peer support specialist through MVPN as well as a trained veteran peer support group facilitator through Bring Everyone in the Zone. Christopher spent 15 years (1999 – 2014) in the US Army as an Indirect Fire Infantryman.  He

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Laurie Schneider

Laurie is a dedicated advocate for the Women for Sobriety (WFS), New Life Program.  As a member of WFS since 2004, and having gained her sobriety in 2006, she brings awareness and shares her “lived” experience of a women’s recovery program that supports the whole woman in her personal growth to a life free from

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Sierra Castedo, BA, PRS

Sierra is the director of The Center for Students in Recovery at The University of Texas at Austin. She works to build a supportive community of students in recovery, provide a safe space in the heart of one of the nation’s largest university campuses, and spread the message that a genuine college experience free from

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Kristen K. Harper, M.Ed., LCDC

Kristen K. Harper, M.Ed., LCDC, is the Executive Director of the Association of Recovery Schools (ARS), a registered 501c3 nonprofit agency which was founded in 2002. The Association of Recovery Schools is the first, national organization devoted entirely to the creation, growth and sustainability of recovery schools. In 2014, Kristenhelped to implement a recovery high school accreditation

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Sam MacMaster, Ph.D.

Sam MacMaster, Ph.D., who is a leading scholar in harm reduction and recovery, is the Co-founder, Executive Director, and Chief Clinical Officer of JourneyPure treatment centers.  He was a scholar and professor of Social Work at University of Tennessee for 15 years and is now on the faculty of Baylor research institute focused on addiction

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Faith Harper, LPC, PhD

Faith Harper is a licensed professional counselor, board supervisor, and counselor educator in San Antonio, Texas. She works as a quality assurance administrator for the Children’s Behavioral Health Division of the Center for Hope, an adjunct professor in the Department of Counseling at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and has a private practice

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