2023 Conference Schedule

Recovery Partners 2022 Conference

Tuesday, October 17, 2023 Conference Schedule


8:00 am to 9:00 am

Registration, Continental Breakfast with Coffee

Coffee, continental Breakfast and exhibits open


9:00 am to 9:45 am

Opening Remarks and Introductions

Gary De Carolis, Executive Director
Recovery Partners of Vermont

Keynote Address

Tom Bodett, Co-founder HatchSpace, Author, Voice Actor, Radio Personality

Abnaki Blessing

Charlie Delaney-Megeso, Tribal Member
Nulhegan-Coosuk Abenaki Tribe

Oscar Wilde II + III


10:00 am to 11:00 am

Workshop Series I

The Future is Boots on the Ground – Outreach Coaching Services

Cam Lauf, Executive Director, Certified Recovery Coach
Olivia Watson, Certified Recovery Coach, Coaching Services Team Lead
Turning Point Center of Chittenden County

Recovery Coaches in the Emergency Department Program

Zach Labelle, Supervisor, Recovery Coaches in the Emergency Department (RCED)
Richard Marasa, M.D. Medical Director, Mount Ascutney Emergency Department, Springfield, VT; Board member
Turning Point Recovery Center of Springfield

The Future of Recovery Centers in Vermont: A Conversation That Takes Stock of Where We Are and Envisions Where We Go From Here

Robert “Bob” Purvis, Executive Director
Turning Point Center of Central Vermont

Stabilization for Those in Recovery from Substance Use Disorder

Jeff Moreau, Executive Director
Vermont Alliance for Recovery Residences

Eva Zaret, Project Coordinator
HRSA Rural Communities Opioid Response Program/Central Vermont Prevention Coalition

Javad Mashkuri, M.D.
Central Vermont Medical Center Emergency Department/Central Vermont Prevention Coalition


11:00 am to 11:15 am



11:15 am to 12:15 am

Workshop Series II

Strength to Heal: An Integrative Approach to Recovery

Mary Streeter, MS, CHC, CYT, HTP, Director of Integrative Health and Wellness
Jennifer Brennan, MS, APRN, Vice-President of Clinical Affairs
Sana at Stowe

Social Detox Saves Lives

Lila Bennett, Executive Director
Journey to Recovery Community Center

Dope Dealer to Hope Dealer: Lifting Up Vulnerable Voices

Justin Johnston, Director of Center and Programming
Turning Point of Windham County

Fundraising and Grant Writing: Matching and Building Relationships with Funders

Marielle Stokes, Director of Development – Fundraising
Amanda Nevius, Director of Development – Grants
Recovery Partners of Vermont


12:15 pm to 1:15 pm

Lunch – (running slide show focusing on recovery center achievements)

Oscar Wilde II + III


1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Workshop Series III

Harm Reduction and The Dismantling of Stigma: Intentional Practices and Public Health Policies

Martina Anderson, Director of Community Engagement, Communications, Marketing and Events
Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery / Recovery Vermont

Collaboration with Corrections: Supporting Those involved with Vermont’s Criminal Justice System

Tracie Hauck, Executive Director, Certified Recovery Coach
Lewis Nielson, Certified Recovery Coach
Michael St. Pierre
Pete Pfenning
Turning Point Center of Rutland

Recovery Friendly Workplaces – Let’s Get Moving!

Lisa Lord, Director of Workforce Development
Recovery Vermont

Lorcan Ackley, Senior Account Manager
Working Fields

Shannon Carchidi, Executive Director
North Central Vermont Recovery Center

Understanding and Accessing All SUD Treatment Levels of Care

Chadd Viger, MS, LADC, Chief Executive Officer
Recovery House Inc.

2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

Wellness Hour

  • Trauma-Informed Yoga — Jen Burt, Turning Point Center of Bennington
  • Sound Healing — Laurie Jesseman, Turning Point Center of Bennington
  • AA 12-Step Meeting
  • NA 12-Step Meeting

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 Schedule


8:00 am to 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast with Coffee

Oscar Wilde II + III


9:00 am to 10 am

Workshop Series IV

State of Vermont, Department of Health

Interwoven Trauma: Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

Margae Diamond, Executive Director
Turning Point Center of Bennington

Lindsay Brillon, M.Ed, LSW, Executive Director
Project Against Violent Encounters (PAVE)

Outreach After Overdose in Southern Vermont

Michelle Greene, Supportive Outreach Program (SOP) Coordinator
Turning Point Recovery Center of Springfield

Thriving in Chaos: A Toolkit

Gary De Carolis, Executive Director
Recovery Partners of Vermont


10:00 am to 10:15 am



10:15 am to 11:15 am

Workshop Series V

S.O.A.P. Notes—The Art of Effective Coaching Documentation

Michael Johnson, Executive Director
Astrid Bradish-Hoyt, Assistant Director
Turning Point Recovery Center of Springfield

Trauma Informed Care – A Brief Overview of Trauma and How It Informs Our Work

Danielle Wallace, Executive Director
Allison Cherrier, Administrative Coordinator and Certified Recovery Coach
Chip Mitiguy, Emergency Department Supervisor and Certified Recovery Coach
Turning Point Center of Addison County

Writers for Recovery: Connecting With Our Stories as a Part of Healing

Bess O’Brien, Director
Gary Miller, Co-Director
Writers for Recovery

Building Recovery Communities

Martina Anderson, Communications, Marketing and Events Coordinator
Recovery Vermont and Vermont Association of Mental Health and Addiction Recovery


11:25 am to 12:00 pm

Closing Remarks and Abnaki Blessing

Oscar Wilde II + III

Reserve your seat at the conference.

If interested, donations are greatly appreciated to help offset conference expenses. Thank you.

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