Jennifer Tuerke


Presenter Bio

Jennifer Tuerke is the Executive Director of Voices of Hope, Inc., a grassroots nonprofit Recovery Community Organization in Cecil County, Maryland.  She is a person in long term recovery which means, to her, that she has not used drugs or alcohol to change her perception of reality since July 22, 1989.  Jennifer attributes her recovery to early interventions, state-funded treatment, and the local 12-step recovery community.  She is a mother of 4, her oldest being born with Prader-Willi Syndrome requiring special health care needs.  She is a wife, sister, sponsor, advocate, and contributing member of the community.  As a founding member of Voices of Hope in 2013, Jennifer has helped to organize the recovery community to develop an organization that performs backpack harm reduction outreach including syringe services, operates a recovery community center, and trains individuals seeking the Maryland Certified Peer Recovery Specialist credential.  She is a trainer of Recovery Coach Academy, Ethical Considerations, Recovery Coaching the Harm Reduction Pathway, Mental Health First Aid, Sexual Health in Recovery, and Harm Reduction Stages of Change trained by Dr. DiClemente.  She is a co-author of various CEU approved curriculum on Advocacy for Peers, Mentoring and Education, and Trauma-Informed Care for Peer Recovery Specialists.