Anne Thompson Heller is a person in long-term recovery since the age of 19. She attended the StepUP Program at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Metro Urban Studies. In 2011, Anne earned a Masters in Educational Leadership; Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut (UConn). In 2013, she received her second Masters from UConn in Marriage and family Therapy; Human Development and Family Studies. Anne has remained at UConn and is currently working toward her Doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies and working in Counseling and Mental Health Services as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
Anne has worked to support youth recovery for a number of years. In 2013, Anne started the UConn Recovery Community (URC), a collegiate recovery program, at the University of Connecticut. Past advocacy efforts included serving as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for Connecticut Turning to Youth and Families (CTYF) as well as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Recovery Schools (ARS) and as the Chair to the ARS advocacy committee. She is a Founding Member of Young People in Recovery (YPR) where she served as a member of the steering and advisory committee for the Young People in Recovery (YPR) Movement. Currently, Anne serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors for Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR). She also serves as the Northeast Regional Representative for the Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) and was elected to serve on the Executive Board of the ARHE as Secretary beginning in July 2018.