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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.

Testimonials Dwne erro

"I came to The River Source because of my alcoholism. I was living in misery every day. I needed to become mentally, physically, and spiritually fit again. I was afraid. I chose The River Source because I’ve been here before, and I know this program works. I trust the people here. My experience was full of ups and downs; it was an emotional roller coaster. But, ultimately it was an experience that I desperately needed, to reconnect with God and trust in His will for me. The River Source..."
Adam G. - September 2012

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