Kristina Canfield is the Executive Director for the Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE). Kristina attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio where she earned both her bachelor’s degree in History and a master’s degree in College Student Personnel. During her time at Ohio University, Kristina helped to establish the Collegiate Recovery Community in order to assist students in or seeking recovery from substance use disorders on that campus. After graduation, she worked in an inpatient treatment facility where she continued to gain valuable experience in the continuum of care for substance use disorders. Previously, she was employed as the program coordinator for the Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and as the Substance Abuse Prevention & Recovery Coordinator for The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Kristina is very passionate about the field of collegiate recovery and prior to her current role, she worked closely with ARHE as Conference Manager for the ARHE/ARS/AAPG National Conference, Secretary of the Advisory Council, and Project Lead for two grant projects focused on advancing the field of collegiate recovery. Her vision is that one day, every institution of higher education offers support for students in or seeking recovery so that they feel supported no matter their chosen path of recovery.
Louise Irizarry (She/Her)
Louise Irizarry serves as Business Manager and Membership Administrator for the Association of Recovery in Higher Education. She joined the association in 2012 and has worked with various aspects of the organization including website development, database management, fiscal management, and administration. Louise’s background includes working in the corporate world in roles supporting executive leaders with companies such as Amazon.com and Yamaha Motor Corporation, as well as serving as Assistant Controller in the service industry. In addition to working part-time with ARHE, she also has worked in Academia supporting divisional Directors and Associate Vice-Presidents. Louise has served in volunteer capacities in leadership roles with Habitat for Humanity fund raising and coordinating the building of seven habitat homes and has served on the board of her HOA in various positions, most recently as President. She served as Troop Leader for 10+ years for Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and has taught religious instructions at St. Catherine of Siena in Kennesaw, GA where she lives with her husband and daughter.
Caroline Beidler MSW (She/Her)
Caroline Beidler is the Membership and Outreach Manager for the Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE). Caroline attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned both her bachelor’s degree in English and her Master’s degree in Social Work. While studying for her MSW, Caroline helped found the Collegiate Recovery Community on campus at UW-Madison, now Badger Recovery. She also founded a collegiate recovery residence for women, along with volunteered as a youth mentor at Connections Counseling working with students at a local recovery high school and in a college group. Along with her work with emerging adults in recovery, Caroline has also worked as the past Director of Wisconsin Voices for Recovery, a statewide Recovery Community Organization, along with was a past founder and Director of ED2Recovery, a nationally recognized program that brings Recovery Coaching into community-based settings. Through her management and administration, training, and capacity-building efforts, Caroline aims to create innovative models that empower communities and people in or seeking recovery. She lives in Tennessee with her family and in her free time loves to write books and support local recovery efforts.
Fellows / Interns
Mack Park (They/Them)
Meagan (Mack) Park, is an MSW student at the University of Windsor, Ontario. They completed a B.A.[H] in Psychology with Thesis, with minors in Sociology and Applied Information Technology. They also hold a certificate in Business Administration and an Advanced diploma in Web Development. Meagan is the Program Coordinator for the student recovery program at the University of Windsor and has been a fellow with ARHE since 2020. As a person in long-term recovery from substance use, mental health, addictive behaviours, and a traumatic brain injury, Meagan is extremely grateful to the recovery supports that have been made available to them and are passionate about giving back to the community, being of service, and supporting others in their recovery journeys. In their spare time, Meagan enjoys hiking, board games, drawing, and learning new things.
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.