All change at Faces and Voices

Faces & Voices of Recovery is undergoing change. Its long-time executive director, Pat Taylor, resigned at the end of February. The Board of Directors has appointed Steve Gumbley, past board chair, as acting director.

Its director of programs, Tom Hill, returnw to Altarum Institute in May to continue his cutting-edge work on peer services. Linda Kaplan, well known to many in the recovery community, will picg up Tom’s work. Linda recently retired from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and has been executive director of NAADAC and the Central East ATTC.

Greg Williams, producer of The Anonymous People, will be working with the Board on fund development. Greg has significant experience building financial support through ManyFaces1Voice. His national travels screening this important documentary demonstrate his tremendous passion for this work.

Carol McDaid, a board member for many years, is continuing her long-term support of Faces and Voices as its presence in Washington, and providing leadership on public policy and advocacy issues.

Leaders in our field immediately contacted Faces & Voices offering “whatever I can do to help”.

Both the Association of Recovery Community Organizations (ARCO) and CAPRSS (the Council on Accreditation of Peer Recovery Support Services) are continuing as usual, with executive director Liz Burden leading accreditation efforts.

Faces and Voices’ annual fund-raising awards ceremony America Honors Recovery will be held 25 June 25 in Washington. We is organising the largest ceremony to honor the efforts of the recovery community. The call for nominations will go out shortly.

The board remains in place. You can check out regional representatives and at-large members on a new website.

n 2011, the Board produced a 3-year strategic plan; it will be developing a new plan, laying out goals and activities for the next 3 years.