Recovery Friendly Workplace WNC Summit

On January 17-18 at the Blue Ridge Conference Hall at the Blue Ridge Community College in Hendersonville, NC, PRISM will present a conference dedicated to helping employers and professionals navigate the world of Recovery Friendly Workplaces.
This event is open to business owners, employers, executives, HR managers, and anyone interested in learning about the requirements and benefits of becoming a Recovery Friendly Workplace.
Registration for this event is now closed. If you would like more information about Recovery Friendly Workplaces or how to be designated as one, please contact us at


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Marilyn Shannon

Founder – PRISM

Michael Pesant

Officer: Behavioral Health & Substance Use Disorder – Dogwood Health Trust

Josh Stein

NC Attorney General

Stephanie Almeida

“Planning to Heal Appalachia’s Workforce: Planning a recovery to work ecosystem in Macon County using the DDAA Builder’s Guide”

Erin Bowman

“Incorporating Peer Support Specialists in an Inpatient Setting”

Samantha Bradley

“Siquo Danvhna – ‘They are Living Again'”

Mike Bressler

“Upstream Factors Related to Veteran Health and Wellness”

Rob Campbell

“Are you Veteran friendly or Veteran ready?”

Kristina Canfield

“Creating Recovery Friendly Spaces on College Campuses”

Misty Oliver Caton

“Fostering a supportive workplace”

Niles Comer

Becoming Recovery Friendly”

Philip Cooper

“Operationalizing Workforce Equity”

Morgan Coyner

“A Daughter’s  Reflections on her Mother’s Addiction and Employment Journey”

Ashley Deck

“Accommodating Neurodivergent Employees”

Laurie Dhue

“Recovering Out Loud”

Bob Dieterle

“Becoming a recovery friendly workplace is not just the right thing to do but it is also good for business!”

Blake Fagan

“Introduction to Substance Use Disorders, Addiction and Finding Success in Recovery”

Halima Flynt

“Mental Health & Neurodiversity Panel”

Amanda Gopal

“Trauma and the Workplace: Creating Safe Spaces for those with PTSD”

Betty Guadagno, CRPA

“Dying to Believe – A Life Reinvented”

Michael Hall

“I am Living Proof: Fatherhood from Addiction to Recovery”

Maia Hughes

“Building a Recovery Friendly Workplace & Supporting Employees in Recovery”

Lindsey Humphreys

Recovery Friendly Workplaces in Public Health”

Julie Huneycutt

“Creating a Recovery Friendly Community”

Deanna Jones

Life in the Transition”

Susan Russo Klein

Compassionate Compliance in Employment Law”

Kelsey Knowles

“RFW Resources”

Jonathon Lambson

“Recovery Friendly in Nevada, The ins and outs of the RFW Initiative”

Mackenzie Laney

Mediation, Conflict Resolution, and Communication”

Scott Luetgenau

“Unraveling the Opioid Epidemic: Treatment, Policies, and Lessons from History”

Jennifer Maneely

The Importance of Creativity and Art to Support People’s Mental Wellness”

Illyana Massey

“What’s in the NC Drug Supply? Drug Checking as Empowerment and Data Resource”

John Narine

“RFW Expert Panel”

Amy Nicholson

Incorporating Peer Support Specialists in an Inpatient Setting”

Ashley Osborne

“Let’s Talk About Language: The Crucial Role of Language in Supporting Recovery and LGBTQIA+ Communities”

John Pooler

“Adopting Recovery Friendly Workplace Culture”

Kit Roberts

“Moments That Matter”

Dave Roddenberry

Veterans Panel Discussion”

Jonathan Rosen, MS CIH FAIHA

Management Commitment, Worker & Labor Union Involvement in Establishing Recovery Ready Workplace Programs”

Alexandria Sanford

“The behavioral health landscape and the interconnectedness of the recovery-to-work ecosystem”

Shuchin Shukla

“Workplace Recovery Support is Evidence-Based Medicine”

Justin Shytle

Theory to Praxis (Harm Reduction in the Workplace)”

Alexis Triplett

Recovery Friendly NC”

Kathleen Varda

“The behavioral health landscape and the interconnectedness of the recovery-to-work ecosystem”

Ariana Williamson

“Recovery Friendly Workplaces 101”

Lauren Wood

The ARC INSPIRE Initiative”

Mindy Wright

Building a Recovery Friendly Workplace & Supporting Employees in Recovery”

Eliza Zarka

Building a Recovery Friendly Nation”


The Lodge at Flat Rock (42 McMurray Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731) is the PRISM-preferred hotel for the Recovery Friendly Workplace WNC Sumit. They have confirmed that anyone who calls (828-693-9910) stating they are there for the “PRISM event” staying 1/16 to 1/19 for all or 1 night in that time frame will be offered our event rate.
FREE Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks will be provided on both days of the summit to all registered attendees. Please be sure to note any dietary restrictions on your registration form.