Title: Principal Consultant and organization to Salmeri & Associates
Institution: Augsburg University
Bio: Patrice Salmeri is the Principal Consultant for Salmeri & Associates following a successful career at Augsburg University as the Executive Director for Recovery Advancement. For 15 years prior, she directed the StepUP program, the largest and most comprehensive residential collegiate recovery program, serving students with substance use and mental health disorders. Salmeri advocates for recovery, broadening the scope of support from college to city, state and national communities and advises institutions on initiating collegiate recovery programs. She serves on the board of the Association of Recovery in Higher Education since its inception in 2010. Salmeri is a consultant to ServeMN and SAMHSA through BRSS TACS and a member of the ServeMN Opioid Task Force.
As a professional speaker and trainer, Salmeri develops and delivers training for the ServeMN Recovery Corps members. She is a sought after speaker for national professional forums, speaking on trauma, substance use disorders, adolescent development, resilience, and collegiate recovery.
Salmeri collaborates with local and national agencies and stakeholders to address both substance use and mental health recovery. She draws on her experience as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and supervisor to guide agencies in promoting effective policy changes.
She is a passionate advocate for recovery and a compassionate leader who is dedicated to decreasing the stigma of substance use and mental health disorders. Her own trauma resilience underpins an understanding of the capacity for people to grow, change and fully live. She holds a bachelor’s degree in health from Kent State University and a master’s degree in human development from Saint Mary’s University, MN. Patrice currently resides in Minneapolis, MN