Mary Callahan, Senior Manager, Director of Outpatient Services at Odyssey House, was honored as the recipient of the 2017 Eileen Pencer Women’s Leadership Award at the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Provider of NYS (ASAP) Annual Conference. The award recognizes women who have positively influenced the substance abuse field and who inspire and motivate other women through their personal, community, and professional lives.
Ms. Callahan was chosen based upon her role and success as a leader, role model and mentor to other women, community volunteer, her commitment to advancing the field of recovery and her sensitivity to diversity in the field of addictions.
In nominating Ms. Callahan, Jeff Savoy, Vice President, Director of Clinical Support Services recognized her “engaging and supportive leadership, which creates an environment of psychological safety and encourages growth for both staff and service recipients.”
Ms. Callahan’s commitment to the recovery field is exemplified through her work with Mercy College to develop classroom curricula focusing on the recovery support movement, to provide education and engender interest among aspiring human services professionals. She is also engaged as a liaison with several NYC colleges where she mentors newly licensed social workers in the field of addictions to ensure a competent, well-trained future workforce.