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Sandy Valentine

Health Promotion Manager

University of Connecticut

PATHWAY:

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

BIOGRAPHY: 

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"