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Rev. Andrea Travers, D.Min., CADC III
Sacred Connections

An experienced writer, program designer, director/supervisor, communicator and systems thinker with a passion for implementing and expanding social justice services. Personal style is energetic, positive, proactive and problem-solving with a focus on coaching, teaching and motivating others.

Consultant, Restorative Justice Mediation Program; San Diego, CA — Current
Implementing Insight Prison Project’s Victim Offender Education Group curriculum designed to address trauma, accountability and victim impact for AB109 inmates in the San Diego jails (East Mesa and Las Colinas) and prison (J. R. Donovan). Responsible for the administrative implementation and oversight functions in the start-up and rollout of the VOEG program.

Instructor/Case Worker; San Diego Parolee Stabilization Center - San Diego, CA — 2013
Provided job readiness skills and support services to re-entry parolees participating in 6-month residential program. Provided case management services to an average caseload of ten men. Instructed classes on non-violent communication, recovery from substance abuse and introduction to computers and Microsoft Office programs. Currently volunteering 1/2 day a week.

Consultant.; Portland, Oregon — 2012-2013
Designed programming and wrote three federal grant proposals for Marion and Washington Counties (OR) to increase re-entry parolee access to community services through established provider linkages. Co-authored and obtained Oregon Health Authority approval for peer-delivered services curriculum, “Recovery Mentoring 101: A Brain-Based Model of Change.” Provided individual voucher-based services for recovery support and substance abuse treatment through OR-Access to Recovery.

Director of Programs, CODA, Inc.; Portland, Oregon — 2005-2012
Program Director for Washington County substance abuse, mental health and housing services.. Expanded access to treatment services from 50 clients/day in 3 programs to 575 clients/day in 9 programs from 2007-2012. Designed programming and wrote proposals for federal, state, county and private grants totaling $7M. Supervised 40 clinical and administrative staff. Opened supported housing program for women and children. Services designed for men and women involved in the criminal justice system.

Clinical Program Supervisor, Hazelden; Newberg, Oregon — 1998-2005
Supervised 76 bed men’s residential dual-diagnosis program specializing in treatment for health care professionals.

Vice President, Systran Financial Services; Beaverton, Oregon — 1990-1998
Responsible for management of ancillary services: a truck posting service, collection agency, credit bureau, telemarketing and in-house marketing. P&L responsibility for $1 mil and supervised 25 employees.

Systems Development, McCall Oil & Chemical Corporation; Portland, Oregon — 1980-1990

Administrative Manager, Ernst& Ernst (Young); Portland, Oregon — 1971-1979

University of Portland — M.A. Communications, 1984

University of Oregon — B.S. Journalism, 1968

Portland Community College — Certified Alcohol & Drug Counseling III, 1997

Wisdom University — D. Min., 2010

Websites, Publishing & Other

Co-authored training curriculum approved by Oregon Health Authority for “Recovery Mentoring
101: A Brain Based Model of Change” - 2013
Washington County Reentry Council web designer and administrator -
http://www.washingtoncoreentry.org - 2012 (Created with Joomla)
Web designer for http://www.pathwaysofdiscoveryministries.org - 2012 (Created with Joomla)
Published book - Twelve Wisdom Steps - 2011
Created interactive web-site as dissertation project: www.12wisdomsteps.com - 2010
Opened Stepping Stones Supported Housing for Women & Children, Beaverton OR - 2007
Threshold Prison Ministry - Oregon State Penitentiary - 2011-2013
Access to Recovery Treatment Provider - 2012-13
Washington County Behavioral Health Council - 2006-12
WICS - Coffee Creek Corrections - Mentor/Trainer - 2006
Board of Trustees - NTCSL - 2006-09; 2011-13
Coffee Creek Corrections - Battered Women’s Counseling - 2002-05
Multnomah County CASA (Court-appointed Special Advocate for Children) - 1997-98


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