Kristen was the first full-time Executive Director of the Association of Recovery Schools (ARS). During her tenure, she had the opportunity to serve all 43 recovery high schools in the U.S. and one in Canada. She and her staff, along with the support of the board of directors, developed critical technical assistance tools such as the Recovery High School Community Readiness Assessment and the ARS Accreditation Protocol. Prior to ARS, she was the Collegiate Recovery Communities Replication Coordinator for Texas Tech University’s Center for Collegiate Recovery where she facilitated program development training and evaluation for over 25 institutions of higher education. Kristen continues to support collegiate recovery programming efforts nationally.
Over the past ten years, she has refined her experience in designing rigorous feasibility, pilot, and evaluation studies by developing instruments and protocols, collecting quantitative and qualitative data, developing data collection systems, conducting analyses, interpreting findings, and developing accessible and impactful dissemination materials. Kristen has been recognized by several non-profit organizations for her talent in interpreting and communicating research and evaluation findings clearly and to a wide array of audiences, including laypeople, consumers, providers, community stakeholders, funders, and academics.
Her international experience with treatment and recovery support program development and evaluation has focused primarily on Ghana, West Africa through membership on the Board of Directors of Recovery Africa. She is a member of SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Center’s National Advisory Council. She has a BA in Interpersonal Communications and a Master’s degree in Education from Mercer University