The ARHE Collegiate Recovery Student Summit and Recovery Skiathon is a unique opportunity for students in recovery to connect with other students, to gain inspiration and leadership experience, and to enjoy an adventure that celebrates life in recovery. With over 185 students and staff registered to attend, the ARHE Skiathon will be the largest gathering of students in recovery involved in collegiate recovery programs to date. The University of Colorado Boulder Collegiate Recovery Center and the Penn State Collegiate Recovery Community are the host schools for the event.

The Summit will offer leadership sessions and speakers in the mornings before the lifts open and in the evenings, after the lifts close. During the day, many will hit the slopes, or go ice-skating, snow tubing, explore the ski village, attend recovery meetings, or hangout in a Lakeside Student Lounge at Keystone Lodge.

ARHE Skiathon Program: 

Thursday Feb 2: Arrive and Settle In
4-8pm Night Skiing
7-10pm | Registration + Student Social: Keystone Lodge Lakeside Lounge

Friday Feb 3: Day One
7:30am | Recovery Meeting: hosted by Penn State + Colorado CRC: Silver Room
8-9am | Breakfast Buffet: Gallery + Ballroom
8:30-9am | 6-Minute Storytelling Workshop: Jason Whitney, Penn State CRC: Ballroom
9am | Recovery Meeting: hosted by Drexel University CRC: Silver Room


lifts open at 8:30am
non-skier meetup at 11am


3:30-5pm | Volunteer Training for Workshop: Lakeside Lounge
5-6pm | Dinner Buffet: Gallery
6pm | Welcome + Announcements: Ballroom
6:15-7pm | Opening Keynote: Connecting the Dots in the Collegiate Recovery Movement: Sam Randall, CU Collegiate Recovery Center, Andrew Burki, CEO of Life of Purpose, Drew Rothermel, CEO of Origins
7-9pm | Leadership Workshop with Randy Judycki: What Kind of Leader are You?
9pm | Recovery Meeting: hosted by Christopher Poulos: Silver Room
9pm | Candlelight Yoga: led by Liz Burki: Sun Room
9-11pm | Late Night Lounge sponsored by Origins Recovery: Lakeside Lounge

Day One Speakers 
Sam Randall is the Program Manager for the Collegiate Recovery Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder.  She has worked in the field of addiction and recovery for ten years and as an educator and mentor for over 20 years. Having started her own recovery while at a major university, Sam is passionate about building a culture in higher education that supports recovery and well-being. She has worked to integrate support at CU for students in recovery from process addictions, eating disorders, and co-occurring mental health disorders along with substance use disorders. Sam also leads creative, interactive presentations that challenge the social stigma often attached to mental health conditions and recovery, and increase the likelihood that others will get help when they need it.

Jason Whitney is an Instructor in the College of Education at Penn State University. He helped launch the Penn State CRC, and has served as Program Coordinator since 2012. Jason joined the board of ARHE in 2014, where he represents the Northeast Region. His own recovery began his sophomore year at the University of Colorado, in 1991. Jason lives in State College with his wife, Anne, and his two children, Emily and William.

Andrew Burki, MSW, is the CEO of Life of Purpose Treatment, founded in Boca Raton, Florida in 2012. Andrew has spent his professional and academic career developing the Life of Purpose model, based on the philosophy that young people, need a reason to want to stay clean and sober. Higher education, more than any other environmental factor, helps produce this desire in that it fundamentally changes the way people in early recovery perceive themselves.

Drew Rothermel is the President and CEO or Origins Recovery Centers. With a strong personal commitment to addiction treatment and recovery, Drew Rothermel is an unabashed advocate of Origins’ treatment approach, uniting effective addiction medicine and evidence-based clinical strategies with a profound immersion in the timeless 12-Step experience. This approach includes long term continuum of support through Origins’ Monitoring and Accountability Program, or “MAP,” designed to provide 24-hour personal recovery support and early detection of relapse behaviors post-treatment in participants living anywhere in the United States, including students participating in collegiate recovery programs.

Randy Judycki is a master climber, backcountry expedition guide, and experiential leader and the founder of Austin Ascents. He is known as a “relationship master,” with an inclusive, collaborative, and empowering approach for program development and delivery, and recognized for his ability to develop solutions and plan for contingencies in ambiguous, challenging environments. Randy was formerly the Dean of Students and Director of the Outdoor Pursuits Program at Steamboat Mountain School in Steamboat Springs, CO and was also the Director of Outdoor Education and Multicultural Student Life at the Dunn School, in Los Olivos, CA for many years. His experience and certifications in climbing and guiding and his involvement with the Association for Experiential Education are too extensive to list here. We’ll just say that he has been places, and knows how to lead!

Saturday Feb 4: Day Two

7:30am | Recovery Meeting: hosted by Colorado students: Silver Room
8-9am | Breakfast Buffet: Gallery + Ballroom
8:30-9am | 6-Minute Storytelling Workshop: Ballroom
9am | Recovery Meeting: hosted by Temple CRC: Silver Room
9am | Morning Yoga: hosted by Liz Burki: Sun Room


lifts open at 8:30am
non-skier meetup at 11am


5-6pm | Dinner Buffet: Gallery
6pm | Announcements + Swagarama: Ballroom
6:30-7pm | Alumni Keynote: Mechie Scherpereel, Texas Tech University CRC alum, currently alumni coordinator at The Ranch at Dove Tree
7-7:30pm | 6-Minute Storytelling Challenge
7:30pm | Alumni Keynote: Ariel Britt, University of Michigan CRC alum, currently program coordinator for Kennesaw State CRC
8:00pm | Closing Keynote: Scott Strode, Founder and CEO of Phoenix Multisport
9pm | Recovery Meeting: hosted by University of Texas-Tyler CRC: Silver Room
9-11pm | Late Night Lounge sponsored by Origins Recovery: Lakeside Lounge

Day Two Speakers 

Richard “Mechie” Scherpereel is a graduate of Texas Tech University (TTU) Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities and currently the alumni coordinator for The Ranch at Dove Tree, a Summit Behavioral Healthcare treatment program located in Lubbock, TX. Mechie is a passionate advocate for collegiate recovery and credits the TTU program, staff and students for believing in him and opening the door to opportunity by helping him to find academic success while also deepening his recovery.

Ariel Britt started working as the Collegiate Recovery Program Coordinator for the Kennesaw State University Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery in August of 2016.Ms. Britt received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s in Social Work from The University of Michigan.  Her passion for advocacy and young people in recovery led her to pursue an internship at the University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program. During this time, Ms. Britt concentrated on Community Organization and Social Systems and became certified in Human Services Management. In September 2015, she was a panelist at the White House for the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Young Leaders in Recovery event for Recovery Month. Ariel values relationships with family and friends above all else and her passion for fun is contagious.

Scott Strode, an accomplished tri-athlete, mountaineer, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor, and person living in long-term recovery, is the Founder and Executive Director of Phoenix Multisport, a unique program that fosters a supportive, physically active community for individuals in recovery from substance use disorders. Phoenix Multisport was created based on Scott’s own experience in discovering that a healthy, active lifestyle and nurturing community has a transformative effect long-term sobriety. Through sport, Phoenix helps individuals develop the physical, mental and emotional strength they need to stay sober and introduces them to a new supportive network of sober friends. Phoenix Multisport was started in Colorado and has spread to multiple chapters throughout the country, including Boston, Massachusetts, Orange County, California, and Boise, Idaho. Scott was selected as a Top 10 CNN Hero in 2012 and received the “Advocate for Action Award” from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in 2014. Watch Scott’s TedX talk online: “Finding Sobriety on a Mountaintop“. Scott’s passion in life is to help others rise from the ashes of addiction.

Sunday Feb 5: Check Out

9am | Recovery Meeting: hosted by University of Michigan CRC


University of Colorado – host school
Penn State – host school
Rutgers University
The College of New Jersey
Boston College
Temple University
Drexel University
Villanova University
Florida Atlantic University
Palm Beach State College
Kennesaw State University
Vanderbilt University
Baylor University
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Tyler
Texas Tech University
The Ohio State University
University of Michigan
University of Nebraska Omaha
Colorado State University
Gonzaga University
Southern Oregon University
Oregon State University
University of Oregon