Founder

Niles Comer, Founder

Niles has spent his professional and personal life 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/AIDS case manager, recovery center manager, trainer/educator, nonprofit director, community development specialist, and social entrepreneur.

I am committed to Social Impact, Community Healing & Renewal and Advocacy.

Niles has over 30 years experience working in the areas of addiction recovery, HIV/AIDS, community building, training/education, community development, and social enterprise.

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 completing his M.A. in Social Impact from Claremont Lincoln University. 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 the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Roanoke Valley HOPE Initiative and is also on the Board of Directors for the Prevention Council of Roanoke. 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, Marshal 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 sweet rescue dog (pictured).

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