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Your 2023 Winners

Selected from a number of impressive nominations, these 2 professionals stand out in the field!

Join us in celebrating them at the Castle!

Dr. David Powell Lifetime of Service Award
Carolyn Carlson

Joseph Sullivan Young Professional Award
Dominique Moss

About this year's award winners

Carolyn Carlson, M.Ed., LADC, AADC

Carolyn began her undergraduate studies at the University of Massachusetts where she received a BA in English in 1985. In 1990 she entered a graduate program at Springfield College and in 1994 earned a Master’s degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in Rehabilitation Counseling. In 1993, she joined MCCA as a counselor at its long term rehabilitation program, Trinity Glen. Over the years she has played an integral role in the development and expansion of the Trinity Glen Program. In 2006 she was promoted to Clinical Supervisor. After years of seeing men and women struggle to focus on their recovery in a co-ed environment, she recognized an opportunity to create a gender specific women’s program, and played an integral role in the development and implementation of the Trinity Glen Women’s program in 2013. In 2020 she was promoted to Facility Director of Trinity Glen. Beyond her formal schooling, Carolyn also holds specialty certificates in Co-occurring Disorders, Acudetox and specialized training in Problem Gambling and Tobacco Cessation. Carolyn’s other interests are in yoga as a Yoga Instructor and is Certified in Yoga of 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR).

Dominique Moss, LMSW

Dominique Moss is a school-based clinician at Charter Oak Health Center, located in Hartford, CT. Serving as a therapist for 1 year in the greater Hartford area, Dominique encounters children and adolescents in need of varying degrees of interventions. She meets their diverse needs by utilizing emotional and behavioral regulation tools she studied while obtaining her master’s in social work from the illustrious Howard University. She finds her role most gratifying when an adolescent struggling with familial, social, or academic concerns harnesses her tools to foster more healthy and productive interactions with their community. Dominique plans to continue her pursuit to promote better emotional and mental health in the emerging generation through continued education units, insightful supervision, and an open and flexible demeanor to promote an electric rapport with her clients.


The Connecticut Certification Board is proud to present awards to exceptional professionals for the 8th 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.


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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.