Born in Bennington in 1950, I moved out of the area around 1975, only to return some thirty six years later. My first experience with Turning Point was as a volunteer. Later, I became a member of the Board of Directors and for a number of years I served as the Board President. I became one of the many trained as a Certified Recovery Coach and, in early 2018, became involved with the Peer Recovery Emergency Department Program. The Turing Point experience has become a big, positive part of my life. It is here for you too!
Valerie Dwyer has lived in Vermont all of her life except for 5 years in the Boston area in her mid 20's. With many family and community ties in Bennington, she and her children moved back to the area. She was on the board at Turning Point in recent years and left due to obligations at United Counseling Service where she was employed as a Program/Case Manager for the Supported Independent Living Program, retiring in 2014. At that time she started volunteering at the Turning Point and was eventually offered a position as the Operations Manager. She loves being an active part of the recovery community.
ED Recovery Coach Supervisor
Community Care Team Coordinator
Julea has a variety of certificates some of which include the following.
Adult and Child Assessment and Referral
Substance Abuse Prevention for Adults and Adolescents
Behavioral Health Treatment and Services
Medical Records Privacy and Confidentiality
Mental and Substance use Disorders
Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Treatment & Prevention
Ending Conversion Therapy
Supporting and Affirming LBGTQ Youth with Substance Use Disorders
I graduated from Mount Anthony Union High School in 2014. I am currently enrolled as a part time student at the Community College of Vermont. At Turning Point, I work as a Pathway Guide, where I do my best to help others who face the same struggle of addiction that I also went through, and still going through, as recovery is a process, not a destination.
Doug Davison is a father of two and a Vietnam Vet. He works as a certified recovery coach at the TPC. In the past ten years of recovery, Doug has learned to listen, and continues to help others achieve their goals.
I have lived in Bennington most of my life, attending local schools and college.
I raised four children here and worked 32 yrs for the Town of Bennington. I have been a volunteer at Turning Point since 2012 and was a TP Board Member for five years.
I am currently a Recovery Coach with the SVMC Emergency Department.
Technical Consultant / Volunteer
I have started my technical carrier, approximately 25 yrs ago. I have worked in the non-profit sector for approximately 7 yrs. I have several certifications from computer repair to web design and graphic arts.