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Partners & Collaborators



Robert Zellner, CPRS, RPS






Robert Zellner brings more than 6 years of experience in behavioral health. Mr. Zellner graduated from Hagerstown Community College in 2020, where he completed his associates in Human Services, Business Administration, and Management. He currently serves as a trainer and consultant for Appalachian Recovery Concepts LLC.  As a peer support specialist and registered peer supervisor, Rob has used his lived experience to support of many initiatives including Justice and Recovery Advocates Inc. and Alternative Drug & Alcohol Counseling (ADAC). He was previously, the Director of Client Services and Methadone Coordinator at Awakenings Recovery Center in Hagerstown, Maryland. Mr. Zellner was the Peer Recovery Specialist Supervisor for the Harm Reduction and Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program in Washington County, an Appalachian County in Western Maryland, where he has lived since he was 6 years old. He has served as a Field Supervisor for Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health’s BeSure West research study. He is also an Americorps alumni of the COAT (Conquering Opioid Abuse Together) program, where he received Maryland's 36th Governor's Award for his Service and Volunteerism. Prior to his current career path, Mr. Zellner worked in the trades of residential and commercial carpentry. He was contracted through Rockridge Contracting LLC and worked under multiple additional contracts with multi-state skilled-trade temp agencies. Construction as a profession was the #1 thing he knew to avoid throughout the early recovery process. Chronic pain, pride, and fear of losing everything, including family and social connections, all present a real risk within the construction trades. Mr. Zellner knows what supports can and should look like and believes that with the properly trained and motivated champions, mountains can be moved. He works with and advocates for people of all backgrounds, cultural differences, and disciplines to better serve the community in which they work and live.

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Work Experience:

2022 March – Current

Justice and Recovery Inc. – Thurmont Md

Title: Lead Outreach, Harm Reduction, Peer Support

2022 March – September 2022

Phoenix Health Center – 217 East Antietam St. Hagerstown Md, 21740

Title: Office Manager, Counselor

2019 September – January 2022

Awakenings Recovery Center – 111 S. Potomac St.Hagerstown Md, 21740

Title: Director of Client Services/Methadone Coordinator

2020 September – December 2021

Hagerstown Community College – 11400 Robinwood Dr, Hagerstown Md, 21742

Title: Adjuct Instructor

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Program

2019 January – August 2019

Washington County Health Department – 1302 Pennsylvania Ave, Hagerstown Md, 21742

Title: Peer Support Specialist Supervisor, Harm Reduction/Syringe Services Program (SSP) and Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program

2018 November – 2019 August

Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, 624 N. Broadway St., Baltimore, Md, 21205

Title: Field Supervisor/Research Assistant BeSure West Pilot Study

2018 August – January 2019

Capital Diagnostics, 14201 Park Center Drive #407, Laurel, Md, 20707

Title: Specimen Collector

2017 September – August 2018

Frostburg State University- 101 Braddock Rd, Frostburg, Md, 21532

Americorps Conquering Opioid Abuse Together (COAT) program

Title: Full-Time member


Current – University of Baltimore – Criminal Justice

2021 -- Alcohol and Drug Traniee

2020 -- Hagerstown Community College - Hagerstown, MD – A.A. Human Services, A.A.

Business Administration, A.A.S. Management



2020 – Trainer of National Council for Behavioral Health, Mental Health First Aid (Youth)

2020 – Trainer of National Council for Behavioral Health, Mental Health First Aid (Adult)

2020 – Trainer of Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) Ethical

Considerations Curriculum

2020 – Trainer of Digital Peer Support (DPS) Curriculum

2020 – Trainer of SMART Recovery Curriculum

2019 – Certified Peer Recovery Specialist – Maryland Addiction and Behavioral-Health

Professional Certification Board (MABPCB)

2019 – Registered Peer Supervisor – Maryland Addiction and Behavioral-Health Professional

Certification Board (MABPCB)

2019 – Trainer of Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) Recovery Coach

Academy (RCA) Curriculum

2019 – Trainer of Harm Reduction as a Recovery Coaching Pathway

2019 – Master Presenter of Stages of Change, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT), Social Determinates of Health, Drug User Health/Comprehensive

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