NW Recovery Symposium Presenters


Northwest Recovery Symposium Presenters

Jonathan Craig Allen, MD

Craig Allen, MD, FASAM

Medical Director, Rushford Center

Dr. J. Craig Allen is the Medical Director of Hartford Healthcare’s Rushford Center, a center of excellence for the treatment of Substance use and Co-occurring Disorders. He is also the Chief of Psychiatry at Midstate Medical Center, and the Vice President of Addiction Services for Hartford Healthcare.

Dr. Allen chairs the Treatment sub-committee of Connecticut’s Alcohol and Drug Policy Council, is a member of the state Advisory board for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and is the current President of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

In addition, Dr. Allen is on the Connecticut State Medical Society’s Addiction Medicine Committee and Opioid Task Force and was guest editor for the May 2019 Connecticut Medicine Journal special edition “Finding Hope in the Battle Against the Opioid Overdose Crisis”.  In January of this year Dr. Allen served as Technical Expert Panel entitled Medications and Recovery Support for Opioid Use Disorder in Emergency Departments hosted by the National Council for Behavioral Health

Dr. Allen trains Addiction Medicine fellows in Rushford’s ACGME accredited Addiction Medicine fellowship program, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows and Residents from the Institute of Living. Dr. Allen has held faculty appointments at Harvard and Yale Medical schools and is currently Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, at University of Connecticut and Quinnipiac University, Schools of Medicine. Dr. Allen lectures and advocates locally and nationally for prevention, screening, early intervention and treatment access for Substance use and other Psychiatric disorders throughout the lifespan.

Dr. Allen is board certified in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and sees patients within Hartford Healthcare and his private practice in Branford, Connecticut.

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Amy Baumgardner, M.Ed, RPS

Cecil County, MD

Amy Baumgardner co-authored From This Day Forward, A Love Story of Faith, Hope and Forgiveness (HCI Books 2014) with her husband Matt. She is a freelance contributor to Success Stories from the Heart (HCI 2018), Recovery magazines and wellness blogs. She is both an Addiction Specialist and certified Recovery Coach. Amy holds a Master’s degree in Educational Counseling, is a trained Recovery Coaching facilitator and supervises a successful Peer Support Program within a local government agency of Cecil County Maryland.

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Georgia Butler, BA

 Peer Spokane

Georgia Butler is the Associate Director of Peer Spokane, the founder of Recovery Cafe Spokane, and former director of Recovery Community Services at Community-Minded Enterprises. While at CME, Ms. Butler oversaw recovery-orientated programs both in Spokane County and throughout the State of Washington. These programs include Access to Recovery, the Child Care Assistance Program, Recovering Smiles, Circle of Security Parenting, WA State Certified Mental Health Peer Support Specialist Training, and Recovery Coaching. Under her guidance, some 500 people have accessed the peer support that makes the Cafe so important to the Spokane community. Her 33 years of experience in the field of recovery brings a knowledge base of the journey of recovery from substance abuse and mental health disorders. She has expertise in developmental psychology, addiction studies, adult learning, and women’s studies. Georgia also serves as a Recovery Coach and as a Recovery Coach and Ethics Trainer for the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR).

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Samantha Byers

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Jennifer Chadukiewicz, RCP


Jennifer Chadukiewicz came to the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) after retiring from a successful career in construction as a Project Manager. She is a skilled communicator, coach, and manager. Her background in Organizational Leadership, Program Management, and as a woman in long term recovery helped to provide a framework for the successful implementation and growth of CCAR’s Emergency Department Recovery Coach Program. As ED Recovery Coach Program Manager she oversees all aspects of the ED Recovery Coach Program for CCAR. Jennifer also co-chairs the Alcohol and Drug Policy Sub-Committee for Recovery and Health Management.

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Stacy Charpentier enthusiastically joined CCAR in January 2013. She brings with her a long history of successful project management, training and facilitation, as well as a deep commitment to serving her community, having worked in a non-profit setting for over 18 years. As a recovery ally, Stacy hopes that she can bring her experience of having a parent in long-term recovery to her position as the Director of the Center for Addiction Recovery Training. In her role, she strives to develop and market new, innovative, and high quality training programs for the performance enhancement of both CCAR Trainers and CCAR trained Recovery Coaches. Stacy is honored to work for an organization that not only strives to provide the recovery community with such high quality services, training and support, but believes that by putting a face on recovery, more people will come forward seeking help through hope and the possibility of sustained long-term recovery.

Greta Coe PhotoGreta Coe

Oregon Health Authority

Greta Coe has worked for the State of Oregon in behavioral health services for the past 16 years. As Oregon’s Problem Gambling Services Manager, for the past 7 years, she has focused efforts on innovative solutions for expanding services, strategic planning and continuous improvement of the statewide problem gambling prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery system. Additionally, she has spent time working on advancing Oregon’s behavioral health workforce, evidence-based practices and the development of a behavioral health data collection system. Prior to coming to state government, she was a community health educator focusing on tobacco prevention, breast cancer prevention and worksite wellness.

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David Coffey, MPP

Recovery Cafe Seattle

David Coffey is the Executive Director of Recovery Cafe (www.recoverycafe.org). Recovery Cafe is a support center for people who have been traumatized by homelessness, addiction and other mental health challenges. In 2016 Recovery Cafe launched the Recovery Cafe Network (www.recoverycafenetwork.org) which is helping communities around the nation start a Recovery Cafe. He has 25 years in the nonprofit sector both on the funding (El Pomar Foundation & Mirabella Foundation) and the development side. He has worked for large nonprofits such as the United States Olympic Committee as well as small ones. He has served on several Boards including: The Children’s Literacy Project, Path With Art and the Food Bank at St. Mary’s. Currently he serves as the Co-Chair of the Seattle Human Service Provider/Seattle Police Department West Precinct Forum, on the Board of the Mirabella Foundation, on the Board of Consejo Counseling and Referral Services, the Board/Executive Committee of the King County Recovery Coalition and the Board/Executive Committee of the Washington Recovery Alliance (https://washingtonrecoveryalliance.org/). He has is an alumn of Colorado College, Georgetown University and the University of Washington’s Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program. His writing has been published by The Denver Post, Seattle Times and Real Change.

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David Dickinson

Dan Harmon

 Peer Seattle

Dan Harmon

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Eva James

Eva is a member of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe who was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington.  Eva is a survivor of domestic violence who had a 30-year history of alcohol, drug and gambling addiction, and even time in prison.  After deciding to get clean by isolating herself on a boat, Eva moved to the Muckleshoot Reservation in 2017.  Since moving to the Muckleshoot Reservation and achieving a clean and sober life, Eva found herself drawn to helping addicts who still suffer in many ways.

While living at the Muckleshoot Recovery House, Eva helped mentor her peers and provided a shoulder they could lean on when needed.  After a year of sobriety, Eva started working at the Muckleshoot Family Support Center which gave her the opportunity to work with Tribal members who were thinking  about pursuing recovery.  Eva became a recovery coach in April of 2018 so she could acquire more skills to help people still struggling with addiction, serve the Muckleshoot community, and give back what had been freely given to her.  To this end, Eva started working with Muckleshoot Tribe’s s Warming Shelter in Winter of 2018.   In March of 2019, Eva began working at the Muckleshoot Tribe’s Recovery House; that same month, Eva became a Recovery Coach Academy trainer and later co-facilitated a Recovery Coach Academy.  Recently, Eva began taking classes to become a Substance Use Disorder Professional.

In addition to her work, Eva volunteers extensively in the community:  she serves on the Muckleshoot Tribe’s Homeless Task Force, its Domestic Violence Victim Services Committee, and she recently joined the Board for Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling.

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Julia Joyce, MAEd, MS, SUDP, WSCGC-I

Muckleshoot Behavioral Health

Julia Joyce started her education in her first year of recovery (1995) at Tacoma Community College which sparked a fire for continuous learning and growth. She received her second degree, an Associate of Applied Science in Human Services in 1999 and has been active in the counseling field since then. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (2006) and Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (2008) in the meantime.  She completed her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in February of 2019.  In the last 10 years of her 20 year career in the SUD field, Julia has worked as an educator at a few of the local colleges and a clinician for a Medication Assisted Treatment program and in developing both a Problem Gambling Treatment Program and a volunteer Recovery Coach group in the Muckleshoot Tribal community. Julia’s love for the “addict”, a deep understanding of the complexity of recovery, and a compassion for the human condition have allowed her to connect with individuals from all walks of life over the years. She and her supervisor have been advocates for the development of what is currently a volunteer force of recovery coaches and what they hope eventually will provide recovery coaching services to anyone in the Muckleshoot Community.

Mike Marshall

Oregon Recovers

Mike Marshall

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Pattie Marshall, BS


Pattie Marshall is the Peer Support Program Manager for the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery at the Health care Authority (HCA), where she leads a team who administer the Behavioral Health Peer Support Certification Program, which is now includes certification for SUD peer providers. The HCA Peer program also includes continuing education, Peer Pathways Annual conference, and the Peer Bridger project. Pattie earned her Bachelor of Science from Central Washington University in 2016, prior to that, in 2002 she graduated Olympic College with an Associates in Business Management. Her 20 years career in Human services, includes behavioral health peer support, equine assisted learning programs, domestic violence advocacy and youth violence prevention work. She actively promotes recovery and wellness in organizations to reduce stigma and increase strength based programs throughout Washington State.

Pattie uses her lived experience, sense of humor and passion for recovery to engage conversations and effect change. She is an exceptional facilitator on many peer support topics including: organizational development, building recovery culture, ethics and boundaries, building family resilience, and trauma informed care.

Glenn Osowski PhotoGlenn Osowski, ICGC-II, CPSS

Veterans Administration

Glenn Osowski currently provides and oversees the Vocational Development and Therapeutic Employment Services Program for the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans team at the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System, since 2015.Prior to his current position, Glenn was a Readjustment Counseling Therapist for 4 years at the Brecksville VA Gambling Treatment Program.

He is an International Certified Gambling Counselor-II and is certified in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) and Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP). He has more than 9,000 clinical hours counseling gamblers both as inpatients and outpatients.

Prior to his VA career, he served 13 years as a U.S. Marine. He is also a recovering compulsive gambler.

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Theresa Sundin

Washington Recovery Alliance

Theresa Sundin was born and raised in the PNW, graduating from Oregon State University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Since moving to the Seattle area in 2015, she has worked with a handful of community-based and statewide nonprofit agencies which work to ensure stability and security for working-class Washingtonians. She has a background in program development & delivery, volunteer management, and partnership-building. Theresa is passionate about empowering others and emboldening change-makers within their communities, actions she is thrilled to experience every day at the Washington Recovery Alliance. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration at Seattle University, and she anticipates to graduate by the end of this year.

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Andrew Swanson

Oregon Recovers

Andrew Swanson is the Policy and Advocacy Director for Oregon Recovers, a statewide coalition fighting to transform Oregon’s addiction healthcare system into a recovery-oriented continuum of care that recognizes addiction as a chronic disease. Andrew is a proud member of the recovery community, having recently celebrated three years of continuous sobriety from addiction to heroin, methamphetamine and alcohol. He’s also a tireless advocate for Oregon’s recovery community, working in the Oregon State Capitol to advance legislation to increase access to treatment and recovery support services, while also fighting to end the state’s unchecked support for the alcohol industry.

Andrew grew up in San Diego, where he began his first career in motorsports at age 12. By age 16 he moved to Europe to drive for an Italian factory in the Italian Open. Eventually he moved back to the U.S. and drove Formula Mazda racecars for Moses Smith Racing and Texas Autosports. After over a decade in motorsports, he hung up his helmet and pursued a career in the music industry. He oversaw the opening of Narnack Studios and has had the opportunity to work with countless talented artists on projects ranging from album releases to licensing projects. Since recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction, Andrew has found his passion helping build a movement in Oregon that is transforming the way the state addresses addiction. In his free time you’ll find him exploring the trails of the Pacific Northwest with his dog and his girlfriend, or snowboarding on Mt. Hood.

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Heather Venegas

King County Recovery Coalition

Heather Venegas brings joy, creativity and compassion to all she does. She was selected to serve as the Director of the King County Recovery Coalition (a WA Recovery Alliance member coalition) in June 2018. Heather is in long term substance use and mental health recovery, recently celebrating her twenty fifth recovery birthday and is proud to apply her lived experience to this work. Heather is an ordained minister with the Centers for Spiritual Living and is a staff minister at Genesis Global Spiritual Center in Burien. Heather received her Master’s degree in Consciousness Studies in 2011 from Holmes Institute and has fifteen years of experience as a speaker, teacher, officiant and coach. She has also worked for many years in management, retail and guest services in a variety of settings and as a small business owner. Heather is active in global service travel as well as volunteering locally in her communities. She loves to help people and to give back, sharing what she has been so freely given. Heather is passionate about recovery and committed to the vision of recovery being a reality for all!

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Joshua Wallace

Peer Seattle

Joshua Wallace is the Executive Director of Peer Seattle, Peer Spokane and Peer Kent. He identifies as a person thriving in long-term recovery from mental health and addiction challenges and has been a member of Peer Seattle since 2006. He is a co-founder of the Washington Recovery Alliance and Washington Peer Advancement Coalition and currently serves as the co-chair of the Washington Behavioral Health Advisory Council. In his spare time, Joshua provides peer services consulting internationally on program development, evaluation, and training.

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Cody West

Peer Seattle

Cody West is the Associate Director at Peer Seattle, a community-based peer emotional support service organization led by and for peers addressing mental health, addiction, and/or chronic illness. Cody serves as Board Advisor of Lakeshore Retreat, a non-profit which provides educational workshops for the LGBTQ community. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington Recovery Alliance (WRA), a member of the Board of Directors of United Peers of Washington (UP of WA), and Advisory Board President for the budding King County Recovery Coalition (KCRC).

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Cheryl Wilcox

Washington State Health Care Authority

With more than 10 years in the recovery support field, Cheryl Wilcox has a well-rounded understanding of recovery in the community and the Washington State response to supporting recovery. Cheryl is passionate about supporting every recovery path, believes recovery is possible, and encourages others to gain more understanding in recovery and how to increase support for recovery. Her professional path has spanned substance use, problem gambling, opioid use, and Washington State tribal governments.
Cheryl successfully completed the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery, Recovery Coach Academy and the state of Washington Certified Peer Counselor Training Program. There is a place in the recovery field for both programs. She strongly believes that lives are being changed, and individuals are recovering and achieving great things in their lives.

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Jim Wuelfing, BA

 New England Center

Jim Wuelfing is owner and Principle Associate of the New England Center and formally the Director of Prevention and Recovery for the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling. Aside from his work in problem gambling prevention and recovery, Jim was the designer and lead author of the original CCAR Recovery Coach Academy which has been used successfully across the nation.  Jim has co-written the highly praised workshop, “Racism of the Well- Intended. Jim has been on the faculty of the New England School of Alcohol Studies and the New England School of Prevention Studies for over 25 years.