Beyond Addiction: Hope, Healing & Recovery
In recognition of National Recovery Month, Jeremiah Gardner and Andrew Williams from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation will share personal stories and professional perspectives on healing, hope, and their vision of empowering recovery and wellbeing for all.
Andrew Williams, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, has laid the groundwork for the organization’s three-year strategy to effect change in the workforce and serve more people affected by addiction and mental health challenges. His experience includes more than 20 years in diversity and multicultural leadership, including posts at the University of Minnesota-Rochester, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs in Minneapolis; and Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Jeremiah Gardner has worked in communications and public affairs for 25 years, including the past nine with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, where his responsibilities include media relations, strategic communication and public advocacy. He is a person in long-term recovery from addiction who serves on the boards of the national advocacy group Faces & Voices of Recovery and the Twin Cities-based nonprofit Dissonance, which promotes mental health, recovery and wellness in and through the arts.