Board Member & Regional Representatives

The elected board members of the ARHE are a voluntary group of leaders who serve the national collegiate recovery community. The highest priority of each board member is to support and encourage the student population in recovery on their individual campuses and to enable national collegiate programs to develop, connect, and be sustainable.

The board jointly oversee the activities of the organization, supports its membership, and the implementation of the strategic plan. The board is organized in terms of officers — President, President Elect, Past President, Secretary, and Treasurer with additional regional representation.

ARHE Board Members & Regional Representatives

Thomas Kimball, Ph.D., LMFT

Thomas Kimball, Ph.D., LMFT

President

Thomas G. Kimball, Ph.D., LMFT, is the George C. Miller Family Regents Professor at Texas Tech University and the Director of the Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery. Dr. Kimball has received numerous teaching awards for his courses on families, addiction, & recovery. He is the author of several peer reviewed articles on addiction and recovery and has presented on recovery related issues across the nation. He is the co-author of the book, Six Essentials to Achieve Lasting Recovery.

Contact info
Email: thomas.kimball@ttu.edu   |   Phone: 806.834.4210

 

Sierra Castedo

Sierra Castedo

President-Elect

Sierra Castedo is a person in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder and has been involved with collegiate recovery and the recovery movement since 2012. She is the director of The Center for Students in Recovery at The University of Texas at Austin and the winner of the Faces and Voices of Recovery 2018 Vernon Johnson Youth/Young Adult Recovery Advocate Award. At UT Austin, she works with a supportive community of students in recovery, providing a space in the heart of one of the nation’s largest university campuses where recovery is not only normal, but actively celebrated. Sierra served as the co-director of the recently-concluded Youth Substance Misuse and Addiction Pop-Up Institute, an initiative that united researchers, practitioners, community members, and students from various disciplines on this important, cross-cutting theme. Beyond the borders of campus, Sierra helped to found the Recovery-Oriented Community Collaborative and the Youth Recovery Network: community partnerships that bring together disparate institutions and individuals to better serve people – and especially young people – in recovery. She is also working toward a MPH at the UT School of Public Health. Sierra is the co-author of the book chapter “Collegiate Recovery Programs for Emerging Adults,” in D. C. Smith (Ed.), Emerging Adults in Substance Use Disorder Treatment (2017). Of all these accomplishments, living openly and proudly as a person in long-term recovery is, by far, the best.

Contact info
Email: scastedo@austin.utexas.edu   |   Phone: 512.475.8352 

 

Amy Boyd Austin, M.S.S.

Amy Boyd Austin, M.S.S.

Past-President

Amy Boyd Austin is the Founding Director of the University of Vermont’s Catamount Recovery Program. She holds an academic appointment through the College of Education and Social Services as adjunct faculty at the University of Vermont.

Ms. Boyd Austin has worked in the field of substance abuse, addictions and recovery for the past 24 years in various capacities as a licensed social worker, addictions counselor, educator, administrator, and advocate. She has worked in the criminal justice system, the treatment system, and in Higher Education. As a social justice activist, Amy views students in recovery as an under-represented population on campus that is poorly understood, relatively invisible, and deserving of advocacy.

Amy serves on the Burlington Partnership for Healthy Communities, and the Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery – Friends of Recovery Vermont Advisory Board. She has her Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware, and her Master’s in Social Service Management from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.

Contact info
Email: amy.boyd.austin@uvm.edu   |   Phone: 802.656.0236

Anne Thompson Heller

Anne Thompson Heller

Secretary

Anne Thompson Heller, LMFT, works in Counseling and Mental Health Services at the University of Connecticut. Anne received her Masters in Educational Leadership, higher education and student affairs in 2011 and her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2013 from the University of Connecticut (UConn). Anne is a Doctoral Candidate in Human Development and Family Studies at UConn where she studies psychosocial development and adjustment of students in collegiate recovery programs.

Anne is a person in long-term recovery. She is an alumni of Augsburg University’s StepUP Program and led the efforts to start the UConn Recovery Community (URC) in 2013. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) she currently serves as a Member of the Board of Directors for Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR).

Contact info
Email:
anne.thompsonheller@uconn.edu  |   Phone: 860.486.4705

 

Tom Bannard, CADC, MBA

Tom Bannard, CADC, MBA

Treasurer

Tom Bannard, CADC, MBA, is the Program Coordinator for Rams in Recovery at Virginia Commonwealth University. Tom is a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor and has spent most of his career working in homeless services at CARITAS. A person in long-term recovery, Tom is an advocate for people in recovery or who are struggling with a substance use disorder.
Tom has played a key role in the growth of Collegiate Recovery at VCU spending his first 2 ½ years as a volunteer on the project team until he was hired in October 2015 as the program’s first coordinator. VCU’s program has grown rapidly in the past 18 months with more than 60 students attending meetings on weekly basis, and 14 weekly recovery groups on campus, and 2 Family Education Programs. Tom is passionate about changing the way we treat substance use and firmly believes that we must improve our systems of care by focusing on long-term recovery supports, allowing easier access to treatment and recovery resources, educating and supporting family members, and reducing stigma around substance misuse.

Patrice Salmeri, MA, LADC

Patrice Salmeri, MA, LADC

Ex Officio

Patrice Salmeri is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and holds a Master’s Degree in Human Development, specializing in leadership and resilience.  She is a passionate advocate for students in recovery and a compassionate servant leader who is dedicated to decreasing the stigma associated with substance use disorders and mental illness.  Her own resilience underpins an understanding of the capacity for people to grow, change and fully live.

For 15 years, Salmeri served as the Director of the StepUP® Program at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the largest residential collegiate recovery program in the nation.  During her tenure at StepUP, the program experienced a 300% increase in the number of young people in recovery pursuing a college education.  Salmeri also 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 presented at a variety of national professional forums, speaking on various topics, including trauma, addictive disorders, family systems, adolescent development, resilience, collegiate recovery, and the continuum of care.  In 2011, Salmeri was appointed as a Fellow for the United States Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention.  Salmeri is also a founding member of the Association for Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) and the Association of Recovery Schools (ARS).  In 2013, the ARHE presented Salmeri with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to Collegiate Recovery, an accomplishment reserved for the most deeply respected professionals in recovery education.

Most recently, Salmeri was appointed Executive Director for Recovery Advancement, a position Augsburg College created to advocate for people in recovery, broadening the scope of recovery support from students at Augsburg College out into the city, state, and national communities.  In this role, Salmeri will advise other institutions of higher education about how to initiate or improve collegiate recovery programs.  She will also use her experience as an addiction recovery professional to guide governmental entities in how to promote effective policy changes related to recovery support.

Contact info
Email: salmeri@augsburg.edu   |   Phone: 612.330.1166

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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.