William Stauffer

Past Awardees

2019 // Dr. Amanda Fallin-Bennett, Program Director & Co-Founder of Voices of Hope Lexington

2019 // William Stauffer, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Recovery Community - Alliance (PRO-A)

2019 // Mariel S. Hufnagel, Executive Director, The Ammon Foundation

2018 // Tonya Wheeler, PA State Representative Gene DiGirolamo, Sierra Castedo-Rodgers

2017 // Michael Askew, Susan Barge, Tim Rabolt

2016 // Laura Elliot-Engel, Tiffany Hunsley, Sarah Nerad, Steven G. Polin

2015 // Melissa Killeen, Honesty Liller, Molly O'Neil

2014 // Kathleen Gibson, Denise Holden, Allen McQuarrie

2013 // Tom Coderre, Andre Johnson, Scott Strode

2012 // Rev. Dr. Robert Gilmore, Sr., Walter Ginter, Rosemary Tisch

2011 // Mike Barry, Jim Gillen, Roland Lamb

2010 // Early Hightower, Joe Powell, Art Zwerling

2008 // Steve Brugge, Robert Carter, Carol Colleran West, Elizabeth Currier, C. West Huddleston, Merlyn Karst

2007 // Karen Casey-Elliot, Kitty S. Harris, Benneth Lee, Domingo Rodriguez, Donald Kurth, Carol McDaid

2006 // Peter Hayden, Mary Jane Hanley, Lisa Mojer-Torres, Tom Hill, Rev. Dr. Lottie Jones, Phillip Valentine

2005 // Elizabeth Scott, Stacia Murphy, Pat Snyder, Tom McHale, Jerry Moe, James McClain, Mark Helijas, Jay Davidson

2004 // Henry Lozano, David Whiters, Susan Blacksher, Jim Devine, Nancy Whittier Dudley, John Shinholser, Don Coyhis, Mel Schulstad

William Stauffer

2019 Vernon Johnson Award

William Stauffer is the Executive Director of Pennsylvania Recovery Organization – Alliance (PRO-A), the statewide recovery community organization of Pennsylvania. He is in long term recovery since age 21 and has been actively engaged in public policy in the recovery arena for most of those years. He is a graduate of Northampton Community College, Cedar Crest College and Kutztown University. Mr Stauffer is also an adjunct professor of Social Work at Misericordia University in Dallas Pennsylvania.

Mr. Stauffer has been a staunch advocate for strong Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Patient Privacy Protections at both the state and federal levels for many years. In 2018, he testified in front of the US Senate Special Committee on Aging on the opioid epidemic and older adults. He ran a recovery house taskforce in Pennsylvania that helped inform PA Act 59 of 2017. Earlier this year, he conducted a hearing with the PA House Human Services Committee to expand recovery opportunities for young people. He has initiated numerous workforce expansion initiatives for persons in recovery. A major focus of his work has been aimed at moving our entire SUD care system towards a five-year care paradigm to dramatically expand the numbers of Americans in recovery while saving lives, resources, and communities. He is co-chair of the Public Policy Committee at Faces & Voices of Recovery.

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