Annette is a Peer Recovery Support Specialist at BridgeValley Community and Technical College. She provides support to students who want to find or enhance their recovery. Her work is not just limited to students. Annette is a Recovery Resource Connector. She establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with Community Based Organizations, service agencies, non-profit organizations and mental health agencies. Her efforts with students and allies of recovery bring their message to the widest audience possible.
Annette also works for Synergy Health, where she is a Peer Recovery Support Specialist and a Clinical Assistant in Fayette and Kanawha County.
Her newest love is meditation and practicing mindfulness. Her drive and commitment to her spirituality led her to become a certified Koru mindfulness trainer.
Service work is part of her DNA. She volunteers at the local food pantry and the Harm Reduction program in Fayetteville. Annette’s motto is “Helping others helps me.”
As college graduate Annette had always positioned herself for success but she also liked to party. She eventually reached a point where drugs and alcohol tore her life apart.
For 10 years she battled a substance use disorder, which ultimately led to her incarceration. With no one to turn to she connected with her Higher Power. This is where her journey of recovery began.
Five years later, Annette connects with young students, non-traditional students and people within her community who are in recovery. She understands the challenges they face and partners with them to help build a rewarding life.