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Collegiate Recovery Team

Olivia Dale Pape, Director

WVU Collegiate Recovery Director Olivia Pape smiling

"I’ve been involved with the WVU Collegiate Recovery Program since I moved to West Virginia in 2015. There will never be enough time or enough words to express just how incredible this program is. Serenity Place is such a safe space for me and other individuals who are in, seeking or supporting recovery. As a person living in long-term recovery, it is so meaningful for me to be able to connect with others who can relate to my experience and provide me with support and encouragement. Everyone is compassionate and giving and funny and interesting—there’s never a shortage of laughter at Serenity Place! I am so grateful to be a part of the amazing community."

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Andrew Caryl, Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator Andrew Caryl sitting on swing set and looking at the stars.

"I am a person in long-term recovery and one of the original students of WVU Collegiate Recovery. This program provided me with an opportunity to grow in my recovery and become a leader in this community. I was able to complete an undergraduate and graduate degree at WVU through the support and connections provided by this program. My hope as Program Coordinator is to provide students in recovery at WVU the support and resources necessary for them to thrive in their recovery."

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Sadie Holland, Student Employee

"I was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia and I will always have a very special place in my heart for this state and its people. I am currently studying Mental Health & Addiction Studies with a minor in Special Education, so working for Collegiate Recovery seemed like the perfect step to take in beginning my journey of what I hope will be a lifetime of giving back to my community. I look forward to forming many new connections and friendships along the way! "

WVU Collegiate Recovery Student Employee Sadie Holland

Mary Taylor Shaak, Student Employee
"I am a junior at West Virginia University studying Mental Health & Addiction Studies. Collegiate Recovery has been very beneficial for me as a student in recovery. It has allowed me the chance to find community, feel welcomed, and grow as a person. I am thankful for Collegiate Recovery and am excited to be part of such an awesome program. In my free time I enjoy going on walks, reading, and listening to music!"

Student employee, Mary Taylor Shaak, poses for photo

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