Staff & Interns

ARHE Staff

Tim Rabolt, MA (he/him)

Tim Rabolt, MA (he/him)

Tim Rabolt is the Executive Director for the Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE). Tim started off as a conference attendee and worked his way up from being a student member, a student representative on the Board, Treasurer on the Executive Board, outside consultant, Director of Community Relations, and now Executive Director. Prior to joining ARHE, Tim worked in the DC area as a Project Manager with Altarum, a public health research and consulting organization.

Tim graduated from The George Washington University in 2015 with his Bachelor’s in Business Administration, and then again in 2017 with his Master’s of Arts in Education and Human Development. Tim received numerous awards during his time at GWU, most notably The George Washington Award for his work in recovery advocacy. The GW Award is the university’s highest honor. During his time at GWU, he founded GW Students for Recovery and interned for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He’s been in recovery since April of 2011 during his senior year of high school in Wilmington, DE. 

EMAIL:  tim.rabolt@collegiaterecovery.org

 

Louise Irizarry (She/Her)

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.  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.

EMAIL: recovery@collegiaterecovery.org

Contracted Support

Kristina M. Canfield, M.ED. (She/Her)

Kristina M. Canfield, M.ED. (She/Her)

 Title: Substance Abuse Prevention & Recovery Coordinator 

Institution: The University of Alabama at Birmingham 

Bio: 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. Before coming to The University of Alabama at Birmingham, she was employed as the program coordinator for the Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She is passionate about recovery advocacy, overdose prevention, health promotion, and alcohol and drug prevention and intervention. Kristina is also a person in long-term recovery and celebrated 15 years substance-free in February 2020.

Jennifer Cervi, LLMSW (She/Her)

Jennifer Cervi, LLMSW (She/Her)

 Title: Recovery Support Specialist

Institution: University of Virginia

Bio: Jennifer (Jen) is the Recovery Support Specialist at the University of Virginia, a rapidly growing and thriving collegiate recovery program. Jen hails from the University of Michigan where she launched a Collegiate Recovery Program as a student intern, while obtaining a Masters in Social Work degree in 2012. She has also launched programs at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Jennifer’s motivation to help others is a direct result of her personally being an individual in long term recovery. Her passion is to engage with students who are actively in recovery or seeking recovery while thriving academically and vigorously sustaining the authentic college experience. Since her arrival, the UVA Collegiate Recovery Program now hosts a weekly check-in meeting, weekly recovery seminar, recovery alley trainings, priority registration, one-on-one case management, and fun sober social events in order to meet the needs of this very diverse student population. Jen seeks to reduce stigma around addiction and recovery on campus and heighten the awareness of the Collegiate Recovery Program, while preserving the anonymity of the students who seek it. Jennifer is also a Basic Paramedic and a firefighter who enjoys playing soccer in her free time.

Olivia Pennelle (She/Her)

Olivia Pennelle (She/Her)

Title: Content Development Manager

Bio: Liv is a writer and recovery activist, and is pursuing an MSW at Portland State University. Her work has appeared in STAT News, Insider, Filter Magazine, Ravishly, The Temper, and Shondaland. She is the founder of Liv’s Recovery Kitchen. Liv is also a person in long-term recovery. She is passionate about recovery being accessible to all, social justice, the power of self-determination, and the inherent dignity and worth of individuals with substance use disorder. She lives near Portland, Oregon. 

Fellows / Interns

Katie Grace Hennen (she/her)

Katie Grace Hennen (she/her)

2020-2021 ARHE Executive Fellow

Katie Grace is a senior English Literature and Criticism student at Augsburg University in her hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She feels proud to be a member of one of the largest and longest-running CRP’s in the country, and her goal at ARHE is to help other higher education institutions find similar success. She is also excited to grow the organization so that more college students in recovery can have access to the resources they need. Katie Grace believes that every young person in the recovery community should have the opportunity to pursue academic and personal excellence at the collegiate level. She is thrilled to be able to work in multiple different facets of a non-profit organization and expand her leadership skills in a setting that bolsters equity and inclusion.

 

Dharma Mirza (she/her/they/them)

2020-2021 ARHE Equity and Justice Fellow

Dharma grew up in Northern Utah and is now a senior at Oregon State University pursuing a BS in Public Health with a minor in Queer Studies and a Medical Humanities certificate. She is a first-generation immigrant with dual citizenship in Pakistan. Dharma’s hope is to create a permanent pillar of equity and inclusion in the legacy of ARHE. As a queer, trans, person of color and Khwaja Sira (Pakistani Third-Gender), the intersection of addiction and equity are central to her activism and personal belief system. She is excited to help ARHE contribute to inclusive and accessible programming, combat a history of white supremacy in higher education and recovery communities, and work in solidarity with BIPOC and LGBTQA+ communities. 

Meagan Park (they/them)

Meagan Park (they/them)

2020-2021 ARHE Conference Fellow

Meagan is a third-year student at the University of Windsor in Ontario. They are studying Psychology with minors in Sociology and Applied Information Technology and a Business Admin. certificate. They are proud to be a member of the Lancer’s Recover CRP. From their personal experience, Meagan knows that ARHE can significantly impact the lives of students in recovery, and they are looking forward to giving back to that community. They are also ready to use their skills to support the ARHE team this upcoming year. Their goal in their position is to see record numbers at ARHE’s 2021 conference due to the accessibility of an online platform. Meagan is ecstatic to be supporting the amazing people involved in collegiate recovery.

Sam Kozlowski (she/her)

Sam Kozlowski (she/her)

2020-2021 ARHE CRP Development Fellow

Originally from Franklin Park, Illinois, Sam is now a second-year graduate student studying Public Health at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Reducing the stigma of being in recovery or abstaining from substance use on college campuses is important to her, so she is looking forward to working with other individuals who are passionate about that movement. Sam believes that students in higher education deserve an opportunity to stay connected to their academics and individual recovery paths. She is hopeful to see collegiate recovery grow in 2021 and provide much needed resources to more students, especially during this difficult year of COVID-19.

Sarah Pike (she/her, they/them)

Sarah Pike (she/her, they/them)

2021 Media and Communications Fellow

Sarah is from Delray Beach, Florida and Dallas, Texas. They are currently studying Anthropology and Family, Marriage, and Addictions Sciences at Texas Tech University and are a member of its collegiate recovery community. Sarah believes that ARHE is important to the continuing advocacy and creation of CRC/CRP programs in higher education, and, without a national-level organization like the ARHE promoting and fostering CRC/CRP programs, recovery programs in North America would not be where they are today. In their role at ARHE, they hope to further develop their social and virtual communication skills and promote collegiate recovery.

Sylvia Ildsjel (she/her, they/them)

Sylvia Ildsjel (she/her, they/them)

2021 Media and Communications Fellow

Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Sylvia is now a student at Minneapolis College in the Addiction Counseling diploma and works for the college’s recovery program. At ARHE, Sylvia develops and distributes content in the form of webinars, blog posts, and website modifications. She feels that college students are one of the most vulnerable populations when it comes to substance use disorders, and she wants to help normalize recovery spaces on campuses across the country. Sylvia also hopes her work at ARHE will help her cultivate lifelong relationships with teachers, mentors, and peers in the field of collegiate recovery.

Naomi Gonzalez (she/her)

Naomi Gonzalez (she/her)

2021 Media and Communications Fellow

Naomi is a Communication and Public Relations student at the University of Texas in her hometown of San Antonio. She is proud to be a member of the UTSA’s Collegiate Recovery Cohort. Naomi believes that ARHE is important because it can provide safe spaces for students to grow and learn healthy ways to recover from substance abuse disorders and reach their full potentials. She is excited to be working with ARHE to help change students’ lives. Her goal during her time with the organization is to reach college students from all walks of life and encourage them to create or join recovery programs and communities at their institutions.

Shantel Lagard (she/her)

Shantel Lagard (she/her)

2021 Media and Communications Fellow

Shantel resides in Waco, Tx, though she is originally from O’ahu. She is currently studying Religion and Business at Baylor University, where she is a member of their collegiate recovery program. She also serves as the President of the Peer Ally Coalition, a section of the Beauchamp Addiction Recovery Center. Shan is excited to work with ARHE because she believes that CRP’s and CRC’s must have a way of connecting with each other, and ARHE can provide that opportunity. She hopes to increase awareness of collegiate recovery, as it is still a relatively new concept, and wants to grow her perspective on what collegiate recovery looks like across North America. 

IBX Grant Team

Anna L. Treviño, M.ED., LPC, LCDC (she/her)

Anna L. Treviño, M.ED., LPC, LCDC (she/her)

Title: Assistant Director of the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities 

Institution: Texas Tech University 

Bio: Anna L. Treviño is the Assistant Director of Texas Tech’s Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities (CCRC) since April 2015. She is also an alumni of the program. She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Texas Tech University in Dec. 2014. She is a woman in long-term recovery and has been a strong pillar in the Lubbock recovery community for over fifteen years. Anna also has a private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor specializing in addiction/recovery, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. Anna also has a child named, Zachary who is the love of her life.

 

Jason Whitney, PhD (he/him)

Jason Whitney, PhD (he/him)

Title: Program Coordinator for Collegiate Recovery Community & Assistant Teaching Professor

Institution: Penn State

Bio: Dr. Whitney is Program Coordinator and co-founder of the Penn State Collegiate Recovery Community and an Assistant Teaching Professor in the College of Education.  He serves as faculty advisor of the Penn State CRC’s affiliated student organization, Lions for Recovery, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Penn State CRC’s alumni interest group, Lions in Recovery.  Dr. Whitney is a Core Collaborator on the Cohort Study at PSU and is involved in the Penn State Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse (CCSA). He is a member of the Recovery Science Research Collaborative. He served on the board of ARHE as Northeast regional representative from 2014-2017 and co-founded the National Student Collegiate Recovery Leadership Summit and Recovery Skiathon in Keystone, Colorado. Dr. Whitney was awarded the ARHE Cornerstone Award for Student Support in 2019. His research focuses on the lived experience of students in recovery. His own recovery began while he was a student at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1991.

Noel Vest, PhD (he/him)

Noel Vest, PhD (he/him)

Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Institution: Stanford University

Bio: Dr. Noel Vest is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He works with Dr. Keith Humphreys to conduct research that informs efforts to help individuals with substance use disorder (SUD) enter and stay in recovery. As a formerly incarcerated scholar, Dr. Vest is a strong advocate for social justice issues and public policy concerning substance use disorder recovery and prison reentry. His work has been published in high impact journals across disciplines and his story has been featured in Nature and Stanford Magazine. He is heavily involved in public policy work to restore Pell grants to incarcerated students and fair chances (Ban the Box) legislation as it relates to institutions of higher education. He received his PhD and Masters in Experimental Psychology from Washington State University. While at Washington State University he co-founded a student organization, Cougs for Recovery, for students in recovery from substance use disorder.

Kristina M. Canfield, M.ED. (she/her)

Kristina M. Canfield, M.ED. (she/her)

Title: Substance Abuse Prevention & Recovery Coordinator 

Institution: The University of Alabama at Birmingham 

Bio: 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. Before coming to The University of Alabama at Birmingham, she was employed as the program coordinator for the Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She is passionate about recovery advocacy, overdose prevention, health promotion, and alcohol and drug prevention and intervention. Kristina is also a person in long-term recovery and celebrated 15 years substance-free in February 2020.

Blake Schneider, MA (he/him)

Blake Schneider, MA (he/him)

Title: Program Coordinator

Institution: Mississippi State University

Bio: Blake Schneider serves as the Program Coordinator of the Collegiate Recovery Community at Mississippi State University. Mr. Schneider received his Master’s in Communication Studies from the University of Alabama with an emphasis in group leadership, strategic intervention and social work. Serving in the Program Coordinator position he has taken a startup organization founded in 2014 and transformed it into a well-established program on campus. In his time, he has leveraged resources in order to roll out new programmatic pieces, restructured the organization, executed many successful fundraising campaigns, and recruited students near and far. As a professor of public speaking, Schneider presents at local, state and national conferences, summits and workshops. Currently he acts in a consulting capacity for the Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE), providing technical assistance to start up Collegiate Recovery Programs. He serves on a variety of boards and committees including the Mississippi State University Collegiate Recovery Community Advisory Board, the Mississippi State University COVID-19 Public Education Taskforce, the Mississippi Opioid Summit Planning Committee and the Southeastern Collegiate Recovery Community Summit Board. From the Summer of 2017 to the Summer of 2020 Schneider served as the Southeastern Representative for the ARHE. In this position, he took measures to help with the startup of collegiate recovery efforts in the Southeastern region while working to enhance collaboration and cohesion among Universities in the Southeast. His goals include broadening the continuum of recovery care on Mississippi State’s campus, assisting individuals in taking the first steps into recovery, providing a true college experience to students of the CRC and recruiting new members from all walks of life. In his free time, Schneider likes to spend time with his dogs, discovering new music, meditating, traveling, exercising, and working with mentees from a 12-step fellowship.

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A collegiate recovery program (CRP) is a College or University-provided, supportive environment within the campus culture that reinforces the decision to engage in a lifestyle of recovery from substance use. It is designed to provide an educational opportunity alongside recovery support to ensure that students do not have to sacrifice one for the other.