The director of the New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC), who is also serving as acting CEO of the national recovery advocacy organization Faces & Voices of Recovery, last month announced his retirement after 12 years at the helm of the ATTC.
Stephen J. Gumbley officially left the ATTC (housed at Brown University) on July 31, and he tells Addiction Professional that he will complete a six-month volunteer term as Faces & Voices' acting CEO at the end of August. Gumbley says another Faces & Voices board member will step in at that point to run the organization temporarily if a permanent administrator has not been hired by then.
He says that at a board retreat in June, the influential national organization agreed that it would attempt to have a new CEO in place, along with a fiscal structure to support that individual, by the end of the calendar year.
Gumbley began his career in the human-services arena 46 years ago as a juvenile correctional officer, and would become a leading recovery community advocate known nationally. He reflects particularly fondly on his contributions toward taking research findings about addiction out of the lab and into everyday professional practice, as well as making a mark in the recovery movement after being inspired in that direction by other national leaders.
“I think about the exciting piece of technology transfer—looking at the research and determining ways it can change practice,” Gumbley says.
He says he will do some consulting and training work going forward, along with his efforts with Faces & Voices of Recovery. He says the addiction field has been highly supportive of the need to sustain Faces & Voices' impact; longtime director Pat Taylor left the organization in February and there has been concern expressed in the field about its long-term viability. Fundraising has become a critical priority for Faces & Voices in recent months.
Many have told Gumbley in regard to Faces & Voices, “There is no other authentic voice for the recovery community,” he says.