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Born in north Texas and raised in northeastern Pennsylvania, Robert Ashford is a certified peer recovery support specialist and an advocate for all individuals seeking long-term recovery. Ashford most recently served as the national program director for Young People in Recovery and as the founding program director of the University of North Texas Collegiate Recovery Program. Ashford is currently finishing a bachelor of social work and bachelor of science in psychology from the University of North Texas and will be pursuing a master of social work from the University of Pennsylvania beginning in the summer of 2016. Ashford has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, most notably NADAAC’s Young Emerging Leader Award (2014), Young People in Recovery’s Advocate of the Year (2014), and the University of North Founders’ Award (2015). Ashford also serves on multiple nonprofit organizations’ board of directors, the Council for Advising and Planning for the Texas Department of State Health Services, and is a current national planning partner for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. More about Ashford can be found at his website.