Gwen brings 24 years of extensive experience in the field of Mental Behavioral Health, advocating for and serving individuals impacted with co-occurring disorders, substance abuse, and alcoholism. Gwen holds several degrees: BA in Child Family Services, BA in Behavioral Social Sciences, MA in Community Psychology. She has trained and worked in various components in the field of Addiction and Mental Health. Gwen has served in the roles of Substance Abuse Assessor, Substance Abuse Counselor, Housing Specialist; Case Management Supervisor; General Manager; Executive Consultant; Business Development Specialist; Outreach and Marketing Consultant/Contractor; Compliance Contractor, Executive Director, CEO, and Vice-President. In her roles as an Executive Leader (Executive Director, CEO, Vice-President), Gwen has an intimate understanding of the vital importance of operating in compliance. She also ensured the agencies not only achieved but maintained compliance in the day-to-day operations. Gwen has been hands-on with getting agencies accredited by The Joint Commission and is responsible for obtaining and maintaining state licensure. Gwen has also worked as a Recovery Coach and Life Coach. As a Coach, Gwen has been instrumental in assisting high-risk clients and their families with removing barriers and obstacles to achieve life skills, resources, recovery, behavior modification, and short and long-term goals. Ultimately, clients and their families have been able to achieve some sense of sustainability mentally, physically, psychologically, financially, and/or socially. Gwen currently serves on the Addicted Nation Solutions Board of Directors. She formerly served on the Women In New Recovery (WINR) Board of Directors, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Board of Directors, MATForce Executive Board of Directors, Chapter 5 Board of Directors, Project Aware Board of Directors, Yavapai County Adult Drug and DUI Court Staff, Prescott Recovery Day Celebration Committee and chairperson for 2011 and 2012 Recovery Day Celebration; Northern Arizona Recovery Association (NARA); and Arizona Recovery Housing Association (AzRHA). Gwen was also a founding member of the former WAAT-Arizona Chapter (Women's Association of Addiction Treatment) and one of the originating committee members forming the Yavapai County Peer2Peer Recovery/Community Coach Program and Yavapai County Re-Entry Program. Gwen is a grandmother and a great-grandmother. She loves to spend quiet time reading and enjoys road trips.