Meet the Team

Rhonda Schaffer-Smith
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Supervisor

 My education as a social worker led me to a career in a very hands-on supportive advocacy role. I began my career at the Women’s Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee. I provided 1:1 mental health and substance use disorder support. As I learned about substance use, I also turned my attention to our youth as well as people with intellectual/mental health disabilities. I joined the Minneapolis Park Board as an At-Risk Youth Specialist and partnered with MAD DADS mentoring and supporting our young people as they moved forward in their own recovery. The last 10 years,  I dedicated my time and talents as a program manager supporting both staff and people living with intellectual and mental health disabilities in a day program setting. It was here that I helped build strong organizational growth objectives, train critical skills while developing happy talented employees; thus, reducing the percentage of turnover.  I enjoy working in a collaborative manner and look forward to creating a strong, supportive culture for both our peers and people in recovery.

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