CYAAR Staff Members

  • Teresa Wren Johnston, MA, LPC, MAC

    Executive Director & Assistant Dean

    Teresa Wren Johnston is the founding Director of Kennesaw State University’s Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery in Kennesaw, GA. She holds an academic appointment through the Psychology Department as adjunct faculty. Ms. Johnston is a licensed professional counselor in the State of Georgia specializing in Substance Use Disorders, addiction education, intervention, and recovery.

    Ms. Johnston is the founding President of the Association of Recovery in Higher Education. As the State Coordinator for the Georgia Network, a statewide organization that Addresses Collegiate Alcohol & Other Drug Issues she proactively addresses the issues of alcohol and other drugs in order to promote healthy campus environments. 

    Ms. Johnston has over twenty years’ in the private sector as a corporate executive specializing in corporate administration, strategic planning and implementation, change and project management consulting.

    She lectures and advocates nationally for Collegiate Recovery Communities, Young Adult Addiction and Recovery and other topics related to young adult addiction.

    Office: (470) 578-2539

  • Austin McNeil Brown, MSW

    Associate Director of Programming & Research

    Austin is the Associate Director of the Kennesaw State University Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery. Austin is a graduate of The University of Vermont, and a Texas Tech Alumni. He holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from UVM and a BA from Texas Tech in Psychology, with a focus in Addiction Studies. Mr. Brown served previously as the Coordinator and Research Consultant at the Catamount Recovery Program at the University of Vermont.

    Austin utilizes both established and theoretical addiction and recovery constructs that are informed by broad-based biopsychosocial theories in order to unify, test, and explore addiction and recovery conceptualization and the practical application in research and clinical practices. Mr. Brown is currently working on research initiatives to enhance, inform, and evolve the vision of the CYAAR, collegiate recovery programs, and affiliated recovery support systems.

    Mr. Brown has served on the Association for Recovery in Higher Education board. While on the board, Mr. Brown headed a national research panel and continues to collaborate with researchers in ongoing national research initiatives.

    Office: (470) 578-3189

  • Jeffery R. Earle, LMSW

    Clinical Addiction & Recovery Specialist

    Jeff Earle has been a counselor/addiction recovery specialist for the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery since June of 2016. He graduated from Kennesaw State University with both a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Social Work with an addiction specialty. Jeff has been working in the field of addiction for over 5 years at various treatment centers throughout the Metro-Atlanta area. Jeff provides counseling for students in the Campus Recovery Program with the goal of helping them gain and sustain long-term recovery. He also facilitates groups with both the student population, as well as the family support group.  

    Office: (470) 578-2892

  • Ariel L. Britt, MSW

    Collegiate Recovery Program Coordinator

    Ariel Britt started working as the Collegiate Recovery Program Coordinator for the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery in August of 2016.Ms. Britt received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s in Social Work from The University of Michigan.  Her passion for advocacy and young people in recovery led her to pursue an internship at the U-M Collegiate Recovery Program. During this time, Ms. Britt concentrated on Community Organization and Social Systems and became certified in Human Services Management.

    Ms. Britt possesses several years of experience in recovery housing supervision, strategic planning, facilitation, and program development. In September 2015, she was a panelist at the White House for the Office of National Drug Control Policy's recovery month event. Ms. Britt values relationships with family and friends above all else and her passion for fun is contagious. 

    Office: (470) 578-7718

  • Michael Polacek, BS

    CYAAR Program Coordinator

    Michael Polacek received his Bachelor of Science, Psychology, from Kennesaw State University in December of 2014 and is currently a Master of Public Administration candidate with a focus on Policy Analysis and Evaluation at Georgia State University. He is also an alumni of the Collegiate Recovery Program at Kennesaw State University. Michael was hired in June of 2015 as the Assistant Program Coordinator for the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery. Michael’s experience as a student graduating from a CRP and transitioning into a staff position brings a knowledgeable and unique perspective to the field.

    Michael assists with the CRP at the new Marietta Campus, where his main office is located. He serves as the academic advisor for the CRP. Other job duties include: facilitating seminars, student mentoring, organizing events, assisting with Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Education initiatives, prevention research, marketing, collaboration with Student Success Center at Marietta High school, Prime for Life Instructor, and advocacy efforts at state and national levels. Michael is also a co-coordinator for a state-wide collaboration of AOD professionals in higher education.

    Office: (470) 578-4949

  • Lindsay Montgomery

    Prevention Education Coordinator

    Lindsay Montgomery joined the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery staff in February 2016 as the Peer Education Coordinator and Trainer. Lindsay became BACHUUS certified in peer education and peer counseling in 2013, and MAPP certified in 2014. Lindsay provides training to students to become peer educators, assists in the development of peer education curriculum, coordinates CYAAR peer education for the university, assists in Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) education, provides education and training in administering naloxone, facilitates seminars, enters data from AOD research initiatives, organizes community outreach for AOD education, and presents education and research findings at national conferences.

    Ms. Montgomery started as a student in Kennesaw State University’s Collegiate Recovery Community in 2012, and her experience as a student in the program gives her a unique perspective on collegiate recovery. In addition to her work for the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery, Lindsay also serves as member of the Kennesaw State Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drugs (ATOD) Coalition, and a board member for the Association of Recovery in Higher Education.

    Office (470) 578-4515

  • Lee Hyaduck

    Executive Assistant & Office Manager

    Lee is certified by the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse as a Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES) 

    Office: (470) 578-7849

 

 

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