Charles Ackerman
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Charles Ackerman

Executive Director

(Master's Degree in Adult Education) Rusty Ackerman received his M.A. in 1995 from the University of Phoenix with a 4.0 GPA. He had 14 years experience working for Pima Community College's Adult Education Program (PCAE) before resigning to pursue a career in treatment/recovery programs three years ago. While at PCAE, Rusty managed multicultural and multilingual programs, developed curriculum and specialized in assessment and evaluation, and he wrote grants and contracts for services. In 2002, he was honored by the Mountain Plains Adult Education Association (an 8 state region) as the Educator of the Year. That year he was also the president of the Arizona Association for Lifelong Learning. As a recovered alcoholic and addict, Rusty has lived through many of the devastating consequences that can accompany the disease of addiction, and he has found new hope and a new way of life through living and working in recovery at the River Source.

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"What brought me to The River Source was an ultimatum from my mother to live on the streets (with friends) or come to treatment. Even though deep down in my heart I knew I needed help and I was ready to accept that. My mom picked out The River Source so I went along with it. My experience at River Source had its ups and downs but that was from me being sick, and the last week I finally got my energy back. River Source has changed my life. River Source helped me by making me realize that I do..."
Briana K- Mesa, AZ

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