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Charlene Payne

Charlene Payne

Charlene Payne is in long-term recovery. She discovered the MARS Project four ago years when she attended the Beyond Mars Training Academy. She never left and promptly joined the staff and is currently the MARS Statewide Network Coordinator.

Charlene Payne, worked in Engagement Services for the Back to Work Program in NYC for almost two decades.

She is a graduate of Queens College, Her hope is to instill the message Self-Empowerment will lead to Self-Sufficiency (TM) to people who wish to change their lives with the help of Medication Assisted Recovery Services.

Walter P. Ginter

Walter P. Ginter

Walter is founding Project Director of the Medication Assisted Recovery Support (MARS™) Project. MARS™ is designed to provide peer recovery support to persons whose recovery from opiate addiction is assisted by medication. Prior to MARS, Walter served NAMA Recovery as Vice President, Director of Training and as a board member.

He has also served as a board member of Faces and Voices of Recovery (FaVoR), as a National Recovery Month Planning Partner. He has served on more than twenty federal and NYS panels, expert panels, and advisory groups.

He was a recipient of the Richard Lane/Robert Holden Patient Advocacy Award at the 2009 American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) National Conference in NYC. He also received the 2012 Vernon Johnson “America Honors Recovery” Award from Faces and Voices of Recovery in Washington. DC.