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Rams in Recovery Staff

Rams in Recovery staff work to ensure that students do not have to choose between their recovery and their education.

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Tom Bannard, CADC, MBA


Tom is a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor and spent the first part of his career working in homeless services.  A person in long-term recovery, Tom is an advocate for people in recovery or who are struggling with a substance use disorder.

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Lauren Powell, M.Ed.


Lauren’s professional interests include substance use education, stigma reduction, the intersectionality of recovery identity, increasing equity and inclusion in recovery spaces, mindfulness as a way to disrupt the habit loop, and using Motivational Interviewing as a bridge in the help-seeking process. Her priorities are to be a consistent source of support for students searching for their pathway to recovery and to be a compassionate advocate for all people with substance use disorders.

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