Meet Our Staff & Board
PRESIDENT & CEO
Peter Espenshade (he, him, his) is super proud of his long-term recovery and has been the president of Recovery Vermont and VAMHAR since 2013. Prior to his work here, Peter worked in philanthropy as a VP at the Vermont Community Foundation and as the Executive Director of the Lake Champlain Land Trust. He is an active supporter of the arts and currently serves on the board of the Vermont Shakespeare Festival.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (COO) & Director of Training
Melissa Story (she, her, hers) is a person in recovery and a fierce advocate for the reduction of the stigma associated with substance use disorder. Melissa first discovered Recovery Vermont when she attended the Vermont Recovery Coach Academy in 2017. For years prior to the Academy, Melissa had her own business as a Wellness Coach, specializing in disordered eating. She felt called to change the course of her career after witnessing the power of Recovery Coaching, and has been a recovery coach ever since! As Chief Operating Officer and Director of Training, she works to help educate, engage and provide leadership opportunities for Vermont’s Recovery Workforce. Out of the office, you will find Melissa dancing to live music, studying astrology, and seeking adventure.
VICE PRESIDENT & Director of Communications
Danielle (she, her, hers) has been working with Recovery Vermont since 2019. Danielle comes from a background of marketing and working alongside mission-driven nonprofits. She moved to Vermont from New York City in 2017, where she worked in video production, producing commercials and social videos. As the Vice President and Director of Communications, Danielle is inspired by her work with the recovery community and feels honored to help get the message out about the power of recovery to Vermonters.
Director of Workforce Programs
Lisa Lord (she, her, hers) is the Director of Workforce Programs at Recovery Vermont. Her work is focused on creating a state-wide network of Recovery Friendly Workplaces and supporting Vermont’s Recovery Coaches and the life-changing work they do as they gain and maintain their nationally and internationally reciprocal certification. She is inspired daily by the transformative nature of recovery and how transferable the skills learned through a recovery journey are to the workplace – and she looks forward to the day that there is no longer SUD-related stigma.
Program Manager: Recovery Coaches in the EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
Executive Director of Vtarr
Jeff Moreau (he, him, his) is the Founding Executive Director of the Vermont Alliance for Recovery Residences (VTARR). VTARR is committed to supporting those in recovery from Substance Use Disorders by improving access to Recovery Residences though established standards, a fair and transparent certification process, education, technical assistance, research, and advocacy. Jeff is also a surveyor and consultant for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) an international accreditation body for health related organization. As a Certified Fundraising Executive with graduate level education in public administration, Jeff brings over 25 years of experience leading non-profit organizations, developing resources and measuring quality service delivery.
DirEctor of Camp DayBreak
Trista Ringer (she, her, hers) is the Director of Camp Daybreak, a residential summer camp for Vermont kids ages 8-11 with a range of social, emotional and behavioral needs. Trista’s involvement with Camp Daybreak started in 2005, as a high school age volunteer. She climbed the ladder, holding various positions including Big Sibling, Counselor, Rec. Director, and Consultant of Family C. When Trista is not dressing up like a pirate at camp, she can be found behind her sewing machine and is active within the local (modern) quilting community. Trista and her partner also run a small farm on their little slice of earth with the help of their two dogs, Mulligan and Tullamore.
2021 Board of Trustees
Catherine Kalkstein, MSW, Chair
William Keithcart, MA, LADC
John Pierce, Dept of Mental Health (ret.)
Katie Whitaker, RN, CRC, CADT
Ted Tighe, PhD
Mary Donnelly, Prevention Consultant
Gary Miller, Writers for Recovery
Aimee Marti, Aspenti Health
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