Gwen Henderson – Director of Business Development
Gwen Henderson is from Chicago, IL. She came to Arizona in 2004 to work with a grassroots recovery home organization for women who were striving to achieve maintained sobriety, while learning how to navigate life sober. Being in recovery since 1997, Gwen understands how long-term engagement in a housing program can prepare one for a sustainable healthy lifestyle in sobriety. After several attempts, it wasn’t until Gwen became willing to take the next step and entered into a long-term recovery housing program was she able to achieve sustainable sobriety and a healthy lifestyle in recovery.
Gwen brings 20-years of extensive experience in the field of Mental & Behavioral Health, advocating for and serving individuals impacted with co-occurring disorders, substance abuse and alcoholism. Gwen holds several degrees; BA in Child & Family Services; BA in Behavioral Social Sciences; MA in Community Psychology. She has trained and worked in various components in the field of Addiction and Mental Health as a Substance Abuse Assessor; Substance Abuse Counselor; Housing Specialist; Case Management Supervisor; General Manager; Executive Consultant; Business Development Director; Outreach and Marketing Consultant/Contractor; and Executive Director.
For the past several years, Gwen has worked as a Behavior, Recovery, and Life Coach. As a Coach, Gwen has been instrumental in assisting high-risk clients and their families with removing barriers and obstacles to achieve life skills, resources, recovery, behavior modification, short and long term goals. Ultimately, clients and their families have been able to achieve some sense of sustainability, mentally, physically, psychologically, financially, and/or socially.
Gwen currently serves on the Addicted Nation Solutions Board of Directors.
She formerly served on Women In New Recovery (WINR) Board of Directors; West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Board of Directors; MATForce Executive Board of Directors; Chapter 5 Board of Directors; Project Aware Board of Directors; Yavapai County Adult Drug and DUI Court Staff; Prescott Recovery Day Celebration Committee and chair-person for 2011 & 2012 Recovery Day Celebration; Northern Arizona Recovery Association (NARA); and Arizona Recovery Housing Association (AzRHA). Gwen is also a founding member of the former WAAT-Arizona Chapter (Women’s Association of Addiction Treatment); and, one of the originating committee members forming the Yavapai County Peer2Peer Recovery/Community Coach Program and Yavapai County Re-Entry Program.
Gwen has a strong passion for helping others find sobriety and achieve a holistic balanced lifestyle; which includes the emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual components of one’s self.