Executive Director Robin Horston Spencer

Robin Horston Spencer


With over twenty years in the Human Service field, Robin Horston Spencer has been working exclusively in the recovery supportive services of addiction field and currently the Executive Director.  She has worked with individuals and families impacted by drugs and/or mental health disorders, those reentering our society from the penal systems, reunifications, group facilitation and trainings.

Ms. Horston Spencer has received recognition for her work in the community, mentoring our youth and a role model for many women in recovery.  She sits on numerous advisory committees throughout the state and nationally.  Ms. Horston Spencer is currently on the PA state team for the National Academy for State Health Policy.

As a woman in long term recovery, Robin understands firsthand the importance of community involvement in the recovery process. She has made it her life’s work to promote recovery by educating anyone who will listen.  Her passion is to make Message Carriers known nationally one step at a time.  She values interpersonal relationships and feels that it is important to make people feel valued, whether they are old friends or first time acquaintances, and this is especially important for interactions with those who may be in times of distress. She values loyalty, trustworthiness, and caring, and she is a firm believer that one person can be an agent of change.


  • Master’s Degree of Science in Human Services (MHS)
    Thesis (2005) “Training Recovering Individuals with Criminal Histories to Become Advocates and Mentors”
  • Master’s of Science (MS) in Professional Leadership
    Specializing in Training and Development
  • Master’s of Business Administration (MBA)


  • Completed Offenders Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS) training
  • Certified Recovery Coach Trainer (RCA)


  • Member of Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Science
  • 2010 “50 Women of Excellence” Awardee
  • Named to Soul Pitt Magazine’s “People to Watch, 2014”