Your 2022 Award Winners

These professionals were selected by the Executive Committee from many deserving nominations that we received based on the strength of their accomplishments.

The Joseph Sullivan
Young Professional Award

Paul Concordia
Recovery Network of Programs


The Dr. David Powell
Lifetime of Service Award

Dr. Albert Young
S.A.P. Services, LLC;
Manchester Community College

Congratulations Paul!

We are proud to work alongside you as part of the RNP team and are excited about your bright future in this field!


The Connecticut Certification Board is proud to present awards to exceptional professionals for the 7th consecutive year. The awardees represent the best in our field here in Connecticut.

The David Powell
Lifetime of Service Award

March 22, 1945 - November 1, 2013
“Becoming a wise man requires that you not only be a wise sage, but that you act on behalf of others and the earth...You need to be clear on what is in the best interest of others and the earth, to stand for justice and truth, to become a peacemaker on behalf of the world.”

We are humbled to be able to celebrate David’s life, as well as his contributions to the field, through this award. We are especially grateful to his wife, Barbara, and the rest of the Powell family for championing this award.
This award is presented to a professional who has demonstrated a career-long commitment to helping individuals recover from substance use and co-occurring disorders. They have made a demonstrated difference to both the individuals they serve, their agencies, and the field which they represent so proudly.

The Joseph Sullivan
Young Professional Award

June 9, 1944 - July 10, 2018
"The hardest part of this job was proving myself to Joe. He held the work of the CCB close to his heart, and he needed to be sure that I would care for the organization as he did. Once I earned his trust, he became my advisor and mentor. My proudest moment was when he first asked me for my professional opinion and advice.”
Jeffrey Quamme, CCB Executive Director

In February of 2019, the Directors of the Connecticut Certification Board decided to honor the long service of Mr. Sullivan by naming the Young Professionals Award in his honor. Joe led by example with a sincere love for his work and a commitment to protection of those receiving services through adherence to ethical practice. This award is presented to a professional 30 years of age or younger who has chosen this field, and demonstrates leadership ability and serves as a role model for others.

Previous Honorees

Whether through an entire career or just at the beginning of one, these men and women represent the best we have to offer here in our state

David Powell Lifetime of Service Award

Patricia Rehmer (2015)
Nancy Hunter (2016)
Joseph Sullivan (2017)
Dr. Thomas Kirk (2018)
Maggie Young (2019)
Caroline Contreras (2020)
Eileen Russo (2021)
Cher Shannon (Posthumously, 2021)

Joseph Sullivan Young Professional Award

Alexandra Helfer (2015)
Michaela Fissell (2016)
Chelsi (Flood) Munning (2017)
Brittanie Cavanaugh (2018)
Allyson Kernan (2019)
Dan Smith (2020)
Kristen Buteau (2021


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About us

The CCB is an independent, non-governmental, 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that offers certification for addiction counselors, clinical supervisors, co-occurring disorders and prevention professionals in Connecticut. The Board has established specialty certificates in substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, and problem gambling for professionals licensed and credentialed in other behavioral healthcare domains. The Board is active in a number of important state-wide workforce development initiatives, provides training/continuing education and ensures that the trainings provided in Connecticut by approved vendors meet established standards.