Cara Behm is our Operations Manager and an Outreach Peer Recovery Support Specialist at the Chittenden Clinic and has long been a proponent of medication assisted recovery. She studied psychology at The University of Vermont where she helped conduct research in the Social Development Lab and has previously worked aiding others in their recovery. Creative, accepting, and affable, Cara enjoys meeting and helping people from all walks of life and different backgrounds. She loves to learn new things and believes that life is but a continuous learning process. An animal lover, Cara loves nothing more than to spend time with her two wonderful pups, Burgher and Jancsi. In her spare times she also enjoys reading, drawing, hiking, and getting together with friends and family.
Tara began work with addiction recovery support six years ago, as a volunteer right here at the Turning Point Center. As a Peer Recovery Coach and an Outreach Peer Support Specialist at the Chittenden Clinic, she helped folks on Medication-Assisted Treatment find support for their recovery. (That long sentence is the fancy way of saying she’s just awesome.) She is currently a Peer Recovery Coach at the Emergency Department at UVMMC.
Tara is a trained group facilitator, has started several recovery groups and plans on continuing her education in Human Services. She has a strong interest in holistic healing and human behavior.
Fun fact! Her Pomeranian, Honey, loves to do yoga. Downward Dog, anyone?
Michael, a Vermont native, has co-owned several businesses in music and video production. He works as a freelance video special effects editor on historical documentaries and is also a photographer and watercolor artist. He’s incredibly generous with his time and talents and it continues to amaze us. (At a recent auction he donated a watercolor landscape he painted that utterly took our breath away.)
Michael has served as a Peer Recovery Coach through the Turning Point Center for eight years and presently works in the UVMMC Emergency Department as a Peer Recovery Coach. When not on the board of the Howard Center, he is reading the user manuals for his new cameras.
Come meet him and see why we can’t do without him!
Cam, originally from Baltimore, MD, moved to Burlington in 2012 and immediately fell in love with its beauty and strong sense of community. He volunteered and worked at the Center in various positions while getting his undergraduate degree and then assumed the Emergency Dept. Recovery Coaching Program Supervisor role for the past 2.5 years. As Cam so astutely shared, “I have been gifted the great experience of helping others find recovery and it is my goal to help the Center follow its mission to the fullest.” He knows, “that anyone can achieve a lasting recovery no matter how unattainable it may feel.”
When Krista Marzewski walked through the doors of The Turning Point Center she embraced all services and programs offered here. Krista found her tribe- others in recovery who are looking for a non-judgmental, safe and supportive environment through which to heal. Keeping her recovery first, upon completing her 200 hours of yoga teacher training with Story Yoga, Krista began volunteering once a week teaching a Y12SR (yoga class combined with a 12-step topic discussion meeting). She then became a Peer Support Specialist and later, the Development Coordinator. Keeping herself in the middle of her tribe, she’s able to combine her passion for teaching yoga to people in recovery and to share her experience, strength and hope with others.
Jimmie is a Boston, MA native and moved to Burlington, VT, in 2018. He studied Sociology at Virginia Wesleyan College and earned his Master’s Degree in Education at Boston University. Jimmie has worked at treatment facilities, transitional housing programs, and now at the UVM Medical Center Emergency Department. He has firsthand experience with AA, NA, CMA, SMART Recovery, and Refuge Recovery. Before entering the world of recovery, Jimmie worked as a teacher at a Deaf school. He spends his free time with his husband, dog (Bodhi), and cat (Zen).
Heidi Hausler is our Moms in Recovery Program Coordinator. She provides necessary support to mothers of children of all ages seeking assistance with their substance use. With a BSW from Castleton State College, as a person in long-term recovery and a mother herself, Heidi understands the unbreakable bond between mothers and their children. She is passionate about incorporating all three into her role. She is a Vermonter and has made her home in South Burlington with her two children. As a family, they enjoy being outdoors and appreciate the small things in life.