Please find below a listing of CCAR staff in alphabetical order. The biographies are separated by page, sorted by the categories below.
Adams - Charpentier
Hartford Recovery Center Manager
Virginia Adams is a person in long term recovery and has been working in human services for more than 20 years. Virginia's lifetime work in the non-profit sector is inspired by her belief in the inherent strengths of the community which she serves. She is passionate about recovery and uses her life experiences and academic study to assist, support, and encourage those in the recovery community. In her free time, Virginia enjoys gardening, reading, and playing with her two cats. Virginia joined CCAR’s team in 2011 and is the full time Center Manager at the Hartford Recovery Community Center.
Terence "TJ" Aitken
Emergency Department Recovery Coach
TJ Aitken is a young person in recovery from opiate addiction. TJ started volunteering at CCAR nearly 2 years ago and currently works for CCAR as an Emergency Department Recovery Coach, providing hope, inspiration and recovery support services to others suffering from addictions. When not involved with commitments to 12 Step fellowships and speaking engagements, TJ enjoys playing guitar and spending quality time with his family and friends.
DIRECTOR OF RECOVERY SUPPORT SERVICES
Rebecca grew up in eastern Connecticut and has worked in the behavioral health field for over 18 years. She received her undergraduate degree from ECSU and a Master’s in Public Health from UConn in 2015. She identifies herself as “a person in long-term recovery” and has been drug-free for over 21 years. “I’m fortunate to work for an organization where I can share my personal story of recovery and use myself as an example that people can and do recover.” Rebecca’s drug of use was heroin so for her, the on-going “opiate epidemic” conversations are personal.
Director of Recovery Advocacy
Michael is a gifted presenter and has given numerous presentations on recovery advocacy around the state and country. He is passionate about his own recovery, since May 28, 1989, and believes his position with CCAR is an opportunity to "give back what was so freely given to him". Michael became staff in January 2000 and by 2002, Michael had developed chapters of CCAR in Bridgeport, Norwalk and Stamford. Michael wants to see more treatment and recovery options instead of prison sentencing. "My concerns are for all persons to be able to receive the support and treatment they deserve with dignity and respect." He continues to bring hope to the many lives that pass through the doors of The Bridgeport Recovery Community Center located in the heart of downtown Bridgeport.
CART Administration Manager
Lize-Anne Barker joined CCAR/CART in September of 2016 as an Administrative Assistant. She obtained her Office Professional Certificate from Capital Community College in 2014. Over the past 15 years, Lize-Anne has worked in the human services field where she offered her professional office support experiences. Lize-Anne has also assisted in coordinating training throughout Connecticut as a State of Connecticut employee. She strives for success in whatever she does and is always willing to go the extra mile in helping others. Lize-Anne enjoys listening to gospel music, cooking, and most of all being a role model for her four beautiful daughters.
Recovery Coach Program Manager
Jennifer joined CCAR to provide leadership and project management for the Emergency Department Recovery Coach Program. She brings a unique set of skills developed through her long term recovery and diversified experiences as a business owner, construction manager, yoga teacher, Compassionate Communication facilitator, and offshore sailor. She looks forward to bringing her passion for recovery and life to the community CCAR serves. Jennifer lives on her urban homestead with her husband Michael, and their chickens and honeybees.
Director of Center For Addiction Recovery Training (CART)
Stacy (Rosay) Charpentier is the Director of the Center for Addiction Recovery Training (CART). She brings with her a long history of successful project management and a deep commitment to serving her community, having worked in a non-profit setting for over 22 years. Stacy is honored to work for an organization that not only strives to provide the recovery community with high quality services, training and support, but believes that by putting a face on recovery, more people will come forward seeking help through hope and the possibility of sustained long-term recovery.