2019 ARHE/ARS/AAPG Conference Schedule

2019 ARHE/ARS/AAPG Conference Schedule

Thomas Bannard, CADC, MBA, Rams in Recovery, VCU, Program Coordinator
Tom Bannard, CADC, MBA, is the Program Coordinator for Rams in Recovery at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Treasurer for the Association of Recovery in Higher Education. Tom is a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor and has spent most of his career working in homeless services at CARITAS. A person in long-term recovery, Tom is an advocate for people in recovery or who are struggling with substance use disorders.
Tom has played a key role in the growth of Collegiate Recovery at VCU spending his first 2 ½ years as a volunteer on the project team until he was hired in October 2015 as the program’s first coordinator. VCU’s program has grown rapidly in the past 3 years months with more than 60 students attending meetings on weekly basis, and 17 weekly recovery groups on campus, recovery housing, a recovery seminar and scholarship program, coursework and a Family Education Program. Tom is passionate about changing the way we treat substance use and firmly believes that we must improve our systems of care by focusing on long-term recovery supports, allowing easier access to treatment and recovery resources, educating and supporting family members, and reducing stigma around substance misuse.
Tom spent 7 years at CARITAS working with individuals experiencing homelessness and struggling with substance use and mental health challenges. At CARITAS, he helped develop an intensive employment preparation program which catered to the needs of those with long addiction and criminal justice histories. He also directed the 110 bed emergency shelter and the 70 bed transitional program. In each of his roles Tom utilized technology to revamp numerous processes across the organization resulting in improved service delivery to marginalized people.