Your browser does not support JavaScript, You should enable JavaScript to use this website.


The Connecticut Certification Board is proud to present awards to exceptional professionals for the 6th 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.”

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.
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 year’s winner will  join previous honorees Patricia Rehmer, Nancy Hunter, Joe Sullivan, Dr. Thomas Kirk, and last year's winner, Maggie Young in carrying the torch of David’s legacy.  ​​​​​​​

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 young person who has chosen this field, and even at a young age has demonstrated leadership ability and serves as a role model for others.  The 2020 honoree will join the select company of Alexandra Helfer, Michaela Fissell, Chelsi (Flood) Munning, Brittanie Cavanaugh, and Allyson Kernan.

Award Winners

In addition to recognizing individuals who are nominated by those working in the field and selected by the Directors of the CCB for 2020, a second Powell Award will honor the legacy of Dorna Stover, long time Chief Operating Officer at Recovery Network of Programs. We are honored to present this award to her family.

David Powell Lifetime of Service Award

This year's honoree
Caroline Contreras
Clinical Coordinator, First Step Detox
Recovery Network of Programs

Caroline has dedicated her career to serving those seeking recovery. Her professional growth has been outstanding, going from overnight monitor to clinical coordinator, attaining her bachelor's, CAC, LMSW, and LADC in her years of service. She is also an Army Veteran who has provided training on specifics of treating our veterans. She is endlessly compassionate, kind, and dedicated. Among Caroline's many gifts, she is also bilingual in Spanish/English which enhances her care for clients.

Joseph Sullivan Young Professional Award

This year's honoree
Daniel Smith
Vice President of Strategic Operations, Mountainside

Dan is a Certified Addiction Counselor and a Certified Recovery Coach Trainer. As an advocate for people in recovery, he works with legislators and community leaders to improve access to quality addiction treatment. Through community development initiatives, he empowers local leaders and educators to push for legislation that removes barriers to care. Dan has extensive experience running extended care and sober living facilities and uses his expertise to provide residents with the assistance they need to achieve a sustainable recovery. As Vice President of Strategic Operations, Dan is responsible for maintaining focused and driven business operations, project management, and execution. Since joining Mountainside in 2014, he continues to assist Mountainside in roll out of new, innovative strategies to reach vulnerable populations on a greater scale and ensure the efficacy of treatment for all clients. Outside of work, Dan volunteers his time serving as the President of Connecticut Alliance of Recovery Residences.

David Powell Lifetime of Service Legacy Award

Dorna Conwell Stover
November 27, 1949 - October 29, 2016

Ms. Stover spent the bulk of her work career at the Recovery Network of Programs where she climbed through the ranks to the role of Chief Operating Officer. There she was instrumental in modernizing data collecting, reporting, and medical dispensing. She had a knack of writing and gaining grants to support a variety of projects. Dorna was a member of DMHAS Multicultural Advisory Council and the
Co-Chair of Region I, Multicultural Council. ​​​​​​​She graduated from Sacred Heart University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, and later obtained a Master of Public Administration from the University of Hartford.

40th Anniversary Conference


55 West Main Street, Suite 202
Meriden, Connecticut, 06451

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.