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 process which was eventually included in proposed federal legislation, The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015. Additionally, Kristen has been hosting critical conversations about youth recovery supports across the West Texas region as a member of the Texans for Recovery and Resiliency grant that Soberhood secured from SAMHSA in 2014. Before joining ARS in January of 2014,Kristen was the Collegiate Recovery Community Replication Coordinator for the Texas Tech University’s Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery from 2011-2013. She also had the opportunity to work with Recovery Africa to create a study abroad program to Ghana, West Africa for collegiate recovery students during the same time. She also founded the Center for Addiction Recovery at Georgia Southern University in 2008. Prior to joining the higher education field, Kristen received her Master’s degree from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia while teaching full-time as an inclusion teacher in a co-educational setting for regular and special needs third graders in Central Georgia. As a person living in long-term recovery, Kristen has dedicated her life to helping others access recovery support services, locally, nationally and internationally.