Board of Directors

The ARHE Board of Directors is a voluntary group of elected and appointed leaders who serve the growing field of collegiate recovery. The highest priority of each board member is to support and encourage the development and sustainability of collegiate recovery programs.

The board jointly oversees the activities of the organization, supports its membership, and develops the organization’s strategic plan. The board is organized in terms of officers — Co-Chairs, Secretary, and Treasurer with additional regional representation, and appointed members.

 

ARHE is currently accepting nominations for the Board of Directors! 

The Board of Directors positions available are Student Representatives (2), Members at Large (4), International Reps (2), Southwest Rep, Pacific Rep, Northeast Rep, and Board Co-Chair.

Student Representatives on the Board of Directors act as liaisons between CRPs, CRCs, and staff leadership and bring current information and fresh perspectives to help guide the mission and vision of ARHE.

Those interested can submit a letter of interest and their CV/resume to Valerie Barela at vnbarela@utep.edu 

ARHE Board Members 

Jarmichael “Jay” Harris, MS, LCAS

Jarmichael “Jay” Harris, MS, LCAS

Co-Chair

Jarmichael Harris, an ECU graduate, currently serves as the East Carolina University Collegiate Recovery Community Coordinator and Alcohol and Other Drug Staff Counselor for the Center for Counseling and Student Development.  Jarmichael has spent the past seven years working in substance use treatment and recovery supports, mostly with adolescents and young adults.  He finds his youthfulness and love for the university as an asset in building rapport with the students he encounters on a daily basis.  After completing his bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services and a minor in Alcohol and Drug Studies in 2010, he became a residential treatment counselor in Greenville, NC and later finished his master’s degree in Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling.  Jarmichael, a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, was named 2017 ARHE Collegiate Recovery Staff of the Year.  Jarmichael was raised in Salisbury, NC and enjoys adventure sports such as rock climbing, whitewater rafter and obstacle course racing.

Contact info
Email: info@jarmichaelharris.com
Phone: 614-292-2094

Ahmed Hosni

Ahmed Hosni

Co-Chair

Ahmed Hosni, MSW Ahmed Hosni is the Assistant Director of the Student Life Student Wellness Center at The Ohio State University and Director of Recovery at the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery. As a person in long-term recovery since 2007, he knows firsthand the destructive nature of addiction and the restorative power of recovery. His passion is creating programs and pathways that serve people in or seeking recovery, people with problematic substance use behaviors, and their families. He has spent the last 12 years advocating for the implementation of equitable and just frameworks that allow all people access to the necessary resources to garner sustainable and enriching long-term recovery. Ahmed received a B.S. in Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences from Texas Tech University where he was a member of the Collegiate Recovery Program and president of the Association of Students About Service and received his MSW from The Ohio State University. Ahmed is grateful for the opportunity to serve as a board member of the Association of Recovery Schools and as a past board member for the Association of Recovery in Higher Education.

 Contact info
Email: hosni.2@osu.edu
Phone: 614-292-2094

Dominiquie “CJ” Clemmons James

Dominiquie “CJ” Clemmons James

Secretary

Dominiquie “CJ” Clemmons-James, Ph.D., LCMHC, CRC,

Dr. CJ holds a PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration. She is also a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and the Coordinator of Aggies for Recovery, the collegiate recovery community at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. There, she provides innovative programming relevant to her campus culture. As a recovery advocate on a Historically Black College campus, Dr. CJ is passionate exploring the areas of addiction and recovery among people of color. Her other professional interests are working with veterans, identity development, biofeedback training, relaxation techniques, life-long recovery, and wellness.

Contact info
Email: clemmonsjamesd21@ecu.edu
Phone: 252-744-6292

Alexander Ronzino

Alexander Ronzino

Treasurer

Alexander has been a collegiate recovery advocate for nearly a decade. He has been involved in the creation of several collegiate recovery programs in Florida and has supported ARHE for years. In December of 2020, he joined the ARHE board as Treasurer.He is an experienced finance & healthcare executive/entrepreneur. His experience in finance ranges from early-seed funding to large M&As. In his current role, he acts as a management consultant serving a variety of sectors. Previously, Alexander served as CEO of Coalition Recovery for seven years and is noted for his extensive role in growing the multi-facility behavioral healthcare company from conceptualization to what it is today. His background is in finance and includes management consulting in a variety of industries. He received his degree in Finance from Florida State University and holds a black belt in Lean Six Sigma. He is deeply involved in the non-profit community and is a board member of various national organizations. Alexander Ronzino is also a Thirty Under 30 recipient (FSU).

Contact info
Email: alexander.ronzino@gmail.com
Phone:

Members at Large

Jessica Boynton

Jessica Boynton

Member-at-large

Jessica Boynton is the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Denver Law. Before returning to Denver Law in 2015, Jessica was the Director of Student Judicial Affairs at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Since 2016, Jessica has volunteered with CADE, the Coalition of Colorado Campus Alcohol and Drug Educators, as a steering committee member. Jessica earned her Bachelor of Science degree in communications from Cornell University and earned her JD from Denver Law in 2008. Jessica began her legal career at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP in both the corporate transactional and civil litigation groups before moving to Pueblo, Colorado and practicing at Banner & Bower, P.C.

Email: jessica.boynton.du.edu
Phone:

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Board Members

Jorge Bru

Jorge Bru

Pacific Representative

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Contact info
Email: jbru@ucsc.edu
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Jessica Medovich

Jessica Medovich

Mountain Representative

Jessica’s experience is both personal and professional. She is living in long-term recovery and she is also the living result of the power and impact involvement in a Collegiate Recovery Community has on a student’s academic experience and long-term success as an alumnus of Kennesaw State University’s CRC. She has worked in the field of addiction and recovery since 2010. She joined the DU Collegiate Recovery Program in 2021 with several years of specialized experience in the field of Collegiate Recovery as the previous Program Manager at KSU’s Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery. Supporting students in recovery to have a mainstream college experience and equitable access to education is the bright spot of her life. She believes Collegiate Recovery is not only vital to a recovering student’s academic success but is also an integral component to a students’ long-term sustainability in recovery post-graduation.

Contact info
Email: jessica.medovich@du.edu
Phone: 303-871-2067

Valerie Barela

Valerie Barela

Southwestern Representative

Ms. Valerie Barela grew up in El Paso, Texas and appreciates the unique junction of cultures afforded by the U.S. Southwest as well as by the U.S./Mexico border. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Claremont McKenna College, and her Master’s Degree in Counseling, Specialty: Clinical Mental Health from University of Colorado Denver. She has worked in multiple mental health-related environments, such as community mental health management, a private psychiatric hospital, and community counseling services. She has also worked in multiple roles in relation to mental health service provision including administrative development, case manager, utilization review, and clinical mental health counselor. For the past four years, her work as program coordinator at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) has joined her administrative and clinical experiences for the UTEP Collegiate Recovery Program and the UTEP Student Wellbeing Initiative. She was honored to be nominated for the election to the ARHE Board of Directors in 2021 and strives to further ARHE’s vision of fostering collegiate cultures that embrace recovery.

Contact info
Email: vnbarela@utep.edu
Phone: 915-747-8370

 

Jonathan Lofgren

Jonathan Lofgren

Midwest Representative

Jonathan Lofgren, a native Minnesotan, holds a Ph.D. in Education, specializing in Training & Performance Improvement from Capella University. Jonathan is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Co-occurring Disorders Professional – Diplomat. He is an active member of the AHRE and International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), and a Lifetime Member of the NAACP Minneapolis Chapter.

Dr. Lofgren has 30+ years of long-term recovery, behavioral health and education experience, and is a faculty member at Minneapolis College and Metro State University. Jonathan is the founder of the Collegiate Recovery Program at Minneapolis College, the 1st CRP in a Community and Technical College in Minnesota. He also created the Adler Graduate School’s Co-Occurring Disorders Master Degree specialization, and Minneapolis College’s Student African American Brotherhood Program (currently AAME).

Contact info
Email: jonathan.lofgren@minneapolis.edu
Phone:612.269.2195

Annette Newton-Baldwin

Annette Newton-Baldwin

Southeast Representative

Annette Newton-Baldwin is the  Assistant Director of the LION UP Recovery Program (Collegiate Recovery Program) and Intervention at Southeastern Louisiana University.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Annette earned a Masters of Arts in Counseling from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1997. She has a special interest in Trauma, Intervention, and Recovery Informed Counseling. Annette is ARISE Trained with Arise Continuing Care as an Interventionist.

Annette has served as a Counselor and Assistant Director of Outreach at the Southeastern Louisiana University Counseling Center. She offers 25 years of experience in working with students and in the community. She has worked in a variety of settings including Bancroft NeuroHealth Rehabilitation Center in Covington and New Orleans, Straight and Narrow Treatment Center of Baton Rouge, and Lifestreams Behavioral Center of Leesburg, Florida.

Annette has worked as grant coordinator with the Transforming Youth in Recovery, National Highway Safety Commission and Tobacco-Free Living. She has also served as TRACC Coalition Chair, Terrell Conference Chair, Junior Auxiliary of Hammond Market Finance Chair as well as President of the Junior Auxiliary of Hammond. 

She created Collegiate Recovery Programming at Southeastern Louisiana University. LION UP Recovery launched Fall of 2019. It is the first collegiate recovery program for students in recovery at a public university in the State of Louisiana.  Annette continues to work with the LION UP Collegiate Recovery Board to promote sustainability of LION UP Recovery Collegiate Recovery Program and has recently been appointed to serve on the Association of Recovery in Higher Education Board of Directors as the Southeast Representative. 

Annette is a mom and native of Slidell, Louisiana.  She holds 20+ years of long-term recovery.  She enjoys camping, gardening, being with family and friends.

 Contact info

Email: annette.baldwin@selu.edu
Phone: 985-549-3233

Jillian Grant

Jillian Grant

Mid-Atlantic Representative

Jillian Grant is the Program Coordinator of the Collegiate Recovery Program at North Carolina Central University. There she identifies and interfaces with campus and community partners, develops and manages outreach opportunities, and ensures program goals are met within a timely matter and within budget. She is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate as well as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate. Jillian earned a dual master’s degree from NCCU in clinical mental health counseling and school counseling in December of 2021. She is also a 2020 MFP-Addictions counseling fellow with the National Board of Certified Counselors. Her future goals are to create reform in educational systems for addictions. Her special interests and niche include studying family systems, working with children and minorities. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time with loved ones, and listening to live music.

Contact info

Email: jgrant31@nccu.edu
Phone: 919-391-8234

 

lindsay garcia

lindsay garcia

Northeastern Representative

Lindsay Garcia (she/her) is the Assistant Dean of the College for Junior/Senior Studies and Recovery/Substance-Free Student Initiatives at Brown University. She is also a socially-engaged artist, scholar, teacher, academic advisor, and person in long term recovery. As director of Brown’s Collegiate Recovery Program, the Donovan Program for Recovery and Substance-Free Initiatives, she oversees multidimensional support for students, faculty, and staff in recovery or who identify as substance-free for any reason, including co-facilitating support groups, making referrals to additional professional, social, and emotional supports, advising the SoBear Student Activities Club, and managing the Donovan House, a 17-bed substance-free program house. She received her PhD in American Studies from William & Mary and her MFA in Visual Art from Purchase College, State University of New York. 

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Email: lindsay_garcia@brown.edu
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A Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) is a college or university-provided program that includes a supportive environment within the campus culture. CRPs reinforce the decision to engage in a lifestyle of recovery from addiction/substance use disorder. It is designed to provide an educational opportunity alongside recovery supports to ensure that students do not have to sacrifice one for the other.