Niles Comer, Founder
Niles has spent over 30 years working for and alongside those at the margins of society – the addicted, the homeless, the disenfranchised – those often forced to the fringes of society. His professional experiences include Addictions Counselor, HIV Case Manager, Trainer & Educator, Recovery Center Manager, Nonprofit Director, Internet CEO, Community Development Specialist, and Social Entrepreneur.
My purpose and commitment is to community, healing, renewal, advocacy, and education – especially for the most vulnerable among us.
Niles holds a B.A. from Norwich University in Vermont and has done graduate work in Business Administration (at Eastern University) and Training & Education (at American University). He is currently pursuing an M.Ed. in Trauma-Informed Education from Columbia College (SC). He was trained as a Certified Addictions Counselor (C.A.C.) in the 1990s and is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (C.P.R.S.) registered through the Virginia Board of Counseling.
He is on the Board of Directors of the Prevention Council of Roanoke as well as The UP Foundation – a youth oriented recovery community organization. In 2019, Niles was invited to be on the Leadership Advisory Board of the Opioid Research Consortium of Central Appalachia, a consortium made of six major universities and two healthcare providers addressing the addiction epidemic in Central Appalachia, including Virginia Tech, East Tennessee State University, Marshall University, West Virginia University and the University of Kentucky.
Niles is also a motivational speaker sharing ‘A Story of Recovery’ and how to lead an empowered life of service and purpose for middles schools, high schools, colleges, churches, civic, business and leadership groups.
Niles is a person in long-term recovery who is crazy about coffee, the mountains, and Juno, his Shar-Pei/German Shepherd rescue dog (that’s her).