Andrew is a native of Bellows Falls, a VFOR co-founder, and VFOR’s Director of Operations. He is also a person in recovery since May 24, 2003. Andrew’s life has been shaped largely by his experience as an inmate with the Vermont Department of Corrections from 2005-2008. Andrew is the rare individual who was able to turn a period of incarceration into a truly positive, life-changing experience. While incarcerated, Andrew stayed sober, received an education, and through many months of soul-searching, determined that he would commit his life to providing people in recovery with safe and sober places to live. Since, his release in 2008, Andrew has done just that, managing sober houses throughout Chittenden County. Andrew has received formal training in sober house operations, recovery coaching, Cognitive Self Change, and 16 Habits of Mind. His smiling face is seemingly omnipresent throughout the recovery community in Vermont and beyond, and his commitment to service is widely recognized and admired. VFOR is the manifestation of Andrew’s dreams, and he is excited to commit his life to developing a vibrant network of Recovery Homes.
David is one of VFOR’s co-founders and currently serves as VFOR’s Executive Director. David is a native of Waterbury and a graduate of Harwood Union High School. He is currently employed as a Supervisor with JetBlue Airways in Burlington. David is also a person in recovery since January, 2007. Since that time, David has been heavily involved in the recovery community. He is often asked to speak at 12 Step meetings and conferences, and has conducted weekend seminars on 12 Step literature. David became involved in sober housing in 2008, when he began renting his own home to other recovering alcoholics and addicts. David recently realized that there is a great need for safe, transparent, well-managed, sober housing throughout Vermont, and hopes to make providing this service his life’s work.
Shannon was born and raised in the little town of Essex, Vermont. She is a currently the house manager for the women’s house in South Burlington. Shannon has been sober since March 20th, 2013 and actively works within a 12 step program. While she finishes her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, she also volunteers her time to the Northern Vermont University Recovery Program on Johnson campus. In her spare time, she enjoys to dance, travel and take long walks on the beach.
Kyle is a native of Williston and graduated from Champlain Valley Union High School in 2006. He has been clean since April 30, 2015 and works in a 12-step program. His experience with the US district court of Vermont got him clean and has shaped his desire to help others in recovery. Kyle was first a VFOR Member for over a year before becoming a volunteer and then a House Manager. He is currently a college student enrolled in a Human Services degree program. In his free time Kyle enjoys hikes with his dog, listening to the Grateful Dead, playing golf, and spending time with his family.
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Melissa is a native of Waterbury, VFOR’s President of the Board of Directors, and a 1992 graduate of the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Education and Early Childhood Development. She has also received a M.S. in Education and Early Childhood Leadership from Bank Street College of Education in New York, NY. Melissa has been the Executive Director of the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children since 2006, and she teaches regularly at both Champlain College and the Community College of Vermont. Melissa’s passion for sober housing—and for the recovery community generally—stems from the effect she has seen it have on her brother, David. As Melissa puts it, the positive effects of sober housing and peer support of the recovery community, “gave me my brother back.” Melissa is involved in VFOR with the hope that she may help give other families the gift of their loved ones becoming healthy.
Thomas (Tom) is our newest board member. Tom believes that safe, transparent, and sober living homes are of utmost importance with the growing addiction problem facing this state. He’s dedicated and committed to our cause of providing homes for people in need. Tom enjoys sports immensely!
Anne was raised in Chittenden County and moved to Central Vermont 22 years ago. She currently resides in Duxbury, with her husband, her two teenage sons, and dog, Brady. She has numerous years of working and volunteering in the non-profit world. She recognizes the need for sober housing to support people who are striving to better their lives through recovery. Anne and her whole family have been affected by the ravages of alcoholism and addiction. She herself is a person in recovery, since February 1997. Anne has worked as Executive Director for The Children’s Room in Waterbury, for the past 11 years, and currently serves on the Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Council steering committee, is President of The Harwood Booster Club, and Town Auditor. Currently a student at Northern Vermont University, she intends to achieve her Bachelor’s Degree in 2019.
Ron is the Social Impact Coordinator at Aspenti Health, a toxicology lab headquartered in Burlington, VT. He has two advanced degrees; Master of Science in Administration from St. Michael’s College, and a Master of Social Work from the University of Vermont. He is also an Apprentice Addiction Professional. In his role at Aspenti, Ron is tasked with developing innovative vision, strategy and outreach programs that positively impact patients, providers and the broader continuum of care ecosystem. He believes very strongly that an essential part of successful recovery is safe and supportive sober housing without delay after inpatient treatment and support. Without this scaffolding, individuals may have no choice but to return to an environment which quite possibly might short circuit their journey of recovery. He feels VFOR is an effective deterrent to relapse and a pathway to a healthy and happy life.
Lisa was raised in Barre VT and graduated from Spaulding High School in 1983. She also attended and graduated from Champlain College. Lisa has owned and operated a successful business in Stowe VT for 25 years. She has been clean and sober since 2007 and dedicates a lot of time to 12 Step service. From 2013-2017 she worked as operations manager at North Central Vermont Recovery Ctr. During this period Lisa worked directly with folks in or seeking recovery from drugs and alcohol on a daily basis. Hobbies include baking, fishing, hiking, and especially spending time with family!
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