Patrice Salmeri is the Director of the StepUP® Program at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the largest residential collegiate recovery programs in the nation. She also serves as the President of the Association of Recovery in Higher Education.
Salmeri is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, holds a Master’s Degree in Human Development specializing in leadership and spirituality, and also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Augsburg teaching courses related to chemical dependency. She is a passionate advocate for students and a compassionate servant leader.
During Salmeri’s tenure as the Director of StepUP, the program has experienced a 300% increase in the quantity of young people in recovery pursuing a college education. Salmeri has implemented and supervised countless grant funded expansions of the program. Notably, one project resulted in the successful implementation of collegiate recovery programs in public and private colleges throughout the United States.
Salmeri has been called upon to present at a variety of national professional forums speaking on a variety of topics, including trauma, addictive disorders, family systems, adolescent development, resilience, collegiate recovery and the continuum of care. Her own resilience underpins the understanding of the capacity for people to grow, change and fully live.
In 2011, The U.S. Department of Education appointed Salmeri a Fellow for the United States Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention. In 2013, The Association for Recovery in Higher Education presented Patrice with The Kitty Harris Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to Collegiate Recovery.