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Alison Webb

Alison is a recovery ally, advocate, author, and public health professional and she does everything she can in her personal and professional life to support people in recovery. As an author and advocate, Alison focuses on issues related to recovery from addiction and harm reduction. She is a trained Recovery Coach (Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery) and a trained Recovery Ambassador (Faces and Voices of Recovery). She is President of the Maine Association of Recovery Residences and a member of the Virginia Recovery Advocacy Project. She lives and writes in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her book, Recovery Alliies: How to Support Addiction Recovery and Build Recovery Friendly Communities, will be published by North Atlantic Books in September 2022. Her book highlights stories of people in recovery to introduce strategies that community members can use to support family, friends and neighbors in recovery. The book takes a public health approach to recovery support and uses in depth interviews with people in recovery, researchers, and advocates in towns and cities in the US to define recovery and provide community actions and public health interventions based on the four pillars of recovery (Home, Health, Purpose, Community). Recovery Allies shows readers that recovery is possible, there is hope for people with addiction, and we all have a part in helping to sustain recovery.

Amy Paradysz

Amy Paradysz writes for Journey, Maine Women Magazine, Green & Healthy Maine Homes and the Portland Press Herald. She has been a writer and editor for more than 20 years. She lives in Scarborough.

Barbara Sullivan

Barbara Sullivan taught middle school in Maine for 25 years where she designed a middle school substance abuse curriculum for grades 6-8. Barbara has presented at professional conferences on the topic of alcoholism as a family disease. She is currently working as a Prevention Specialist for FCD Prevention Works, a division of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

Casey McClurkin

Casey McClurkin, BFA(TM) started her recovery journey from alcoholism on September 24, 2012 in Denver, CO. She is a Behavioral Financial Advisor and self-proclaimed money nerd. She is passionate about budgeting, debt reduction, and saving.

David Lee

David Lee is a career coach with Heart at Work Associates and a workplace relationship consultant. He is the author of the “Dealing with a Difficult Co-Worker: The Courageous Conversations at Work Series.”

Deborah Train

Deborah Train, owner of Everyday Inspired Life, is an International Coaching Federation certified professional coach.

Elaine Shamos

Elaine Shamos, MPH & Glenn J. Simpson, LMSW-cc, CADC, from Portland can be reached at

Jacqueline Brown

Jacqueline Brown is a freelance writer from Southern Maine who regularly contributes to national and regional publications. A former public school teacher in the Boston area, Jacqueline is the published author of several books for children, one of which won the Maine Literary Award for Children's Literature in 2018. When she's not at her computer, Jacqueline can be found looking for sea glass at her favorite beach.

Kim Wilson

Kim Wilson is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Bath, where she enjoys exploring the Midcoast, gardening, and renovating her WWI-era home.

Kimble Greene

Kimble Greene PhD, Founder and Chief Catalyst at Catalyst Enterprises Worldwide, LLC is an author, transformation catalyst, strategic consultant and developer of The Monarch Method™ for personal transformation.

Leslie Clark

Leslie M. Clark, MSW serves as executive director of Portland Recovery Community Center (PRCC). Leslie speaks openly as a person in long-term recovery to help reduce stigma and advocate for resources and effective public policy.

Lisa Twombly

Lisa Twombly is a Holistic Health Practitioner who is creating an online program and community, called Better Off Sober Sisterhood, for women seeking a healthy sober life.

Mary Moskowitz

Mary Moskowitz MS CHC is a certified Integrative Health Coach at Mainely Health and Nutrition. She specializes in thyroid, autoimmune disease and digestive disorders.

Nanci Adair

Nanci Adair, LCPC, CCS, ACC therapist and life coach, specializes in recovery -