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Sandy Valentine

Health Promotion Manager

University of Connecticut


Keynote Speaker

Phil and Sandy take you on a journey from early recovery to Phil's spirit-led decision to hike the entire Appalachian Trail after overcoming a stage-four cancer diagnosis. Hear about the power of connection to be found with others in nature, especially when galvanized by the shared challenges of a journey, and the impact of family, perseverance, faith, miracles, and, of course, recovery.

Sandy Valentine


Sandy Valentine is Health Promotion Manager for the University of Connecticut. In her role, she leads UConn's collegiate recovery program, and provides project management support to the campuses'Wellness Coalition. A person in long term recovery, Sandy is passionate about bringing recovery tools and practices to those seeking or maintaining their recovery pathway. Sandy is a certified Recovery Coach Professional, CCAR Recovery Coach Academy Facilitator, co-chair of the Recovery and Health Management sub-committee of the CT Alcohol and Drug Policy Council, and co-host of the Recovery Matters podcast. Sandy brings over three decades of experience leading learning and professional development teams at a large corporation. In 2022, Sandy received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Recovery in Higher Education. A graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University, she is currently pursuing her master's degree at UConn's School of Social Work.

One Journey: Multiple Pathways - a discussion of "Continue: Right Click on The Appalachian Trail"

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