Staff

We are so grateful to have an incredible team of staff to help support the everyday happenings at The RECOVER Project. Learn more about them below…

 

Peggy VezinaProgram Director
Pronouns: She/her/hers
pvezina@wmtcinfo.org | (413) 774-5489 x101

Peggy joins the RP with over 20 years’ experience in human services. She has worked throughout the Pioneer Valley in many diverse settings. She especially loved working with youth in the Holyoke, Greenfield and Springfield communities. She has a passion for working with families and learning the supports they need to build communities where children are well loved, cared for and thriving.

Peggy feels blessed to be part of a movement of people who are changing the way we look at the world and how we engage and interact in this world in meaningful ways. What excites her about this position is the opportunity to do what she loves the most. She is a strong advocate for elevating the voices of people who have faced tremendous adversity and creating space where they can flourish and lead. She will continue to foster the development of the peer leader model, focus on staff and peer development and hopes to further integrate the RP into the larger community. Peggy strongly believes there is so much to be learned from and shared by the recovery community.

Peggy and her wife are enjoying the birth of their second grandchild. Peggy loves to travel and to be outdoors. She is very devoted to her cats and cannot get enough time to play ping pong where everything is in play!

 

Larry ThomasOperations Manager
Pronouns: He/him/his
lthomas@wmtcinfo.org | (413) 774-5489 x106

Larry has been part of the RP team for over two years. His main focus is engaging with peers and keeping the RP’s general operations running smoothly. He came to the RP as a volunteer member then became a peer leader. Through his work and volunteering at the RP, he learned how to engage not only in Recovery but in life. Recovery to Larry means Recovery not just from substances–but Western civilization (i.e. racism, classism, sexism, stigma)–you know, life.

 

 

 

Lynn Norwood, Family Support & Advocacy
Pronouns: She/her/hers
lnorwood@wmtcinfo.org | (413) 774-5489

Lynn Norwood, a person in recovery, has been at RECOVER Project since 2007 offering recovery focused, trauma informed, Family Support and Advocacy. Lynn loves her work! But her  greatest pleasures are spending time with grandchildren, being in the great outdoors and practicing mindfulness one minute at a time.

 

 

Kaitlyn JohnPeer Leadership Coordinator
Pronouns: She/her/hers
kjohn@wmtcinfo.org | (413) 774-5489 x100

Kaitlyn has been working at the RP as a Peer Leadership Coordinator for the last 3 years.  Her work at the RP is guided by her strong intuition and heart. Kaitlyn believes that humans have the ability to make healthy choices and grow with community support. Together with an amazing staff team, Kaitlyn helps grow leaders and provides a model for how to share that leadership. Through volunteer opportunities, peer connections, and the peer process — leaders emerge, grow, AND sparkle!

 

Pauline Jensen, Families RECOVER! Coordinator & Recovery Coach
Pronouns: She/her/hers
pjensen@wmtcinfo.org | (413) 774-5489 x106

Pauline has been involved with the RP since 2011, first as peer then moving into a staff position in 2018 as the Families RECOVER! Coordinator & Recovery Coach. She brings enthusiasm; passion for working with others, especially families navigating recovery; and a lived experience as a mom in recovery to support her work. Pauline loves (in no particular order) hippos, her son Bodhi, and being creative. A quote Pauline loves is: I keep my head up to the stars and find my peace.

 

Abbi CushingOffice Manager
Pronouns: She/her/hers
acushing@wmtcinfo.org | (413) 774-5489 x103

Abbi joined the RP team as the Office Manager in October of this year. She has been a member and volunteer here for 9 years and is looking forward to her new role. Most recently she has been working in the community as a Recovery Coach and has many years experience and education in Business Management. Abbi enjoys helping others learn how to live their most authentic lives. However, her biggest joy in life comes from being the best mom she can to her daughter, Olivia.

 

 

 

Peggy ArcePeer Coordinator
Pronouns: She/her/hers
parce@wmtcinfo.org | (413) 774-5489 x106

Peggy has been with the RECOVER Project since 2008. She started as a member/volunteer, and has been working with the RP since 2011. She truly enjoys enhancing people’s quality of life by supporting peers and working as a team to help our recovery community.