Professional Relations Staff
Hometown: Saint Joseph, MI
Susan Dearing-Bond is a Certified FundRaising Executive (CFRE) with over 25 years experience in non-profit management and economic development throughout Colorado and Southwest Michigan. She is responsible for leading and strengthening CeDAR’s comprehensive fundraising program in support of the organization’s mission and goals. She is an active member with the national/international Association of Fundraising Professionals as well as the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy. Susan is a graduate of Western Michigan University and has participated in the University of Colorado’s Executive Development in Residence program and the University of Notre Dame’s Organizational Management program.
Jen is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Addictions Counselor. She brings her extensive experience as a private practice clinician, outpatient treatment provider, employee assistance professional, mental health evaluator, substance use prevention specialist, and educator to CeDAR’s Professional Relations team. Jen prides herself on being an educator to the community, a resource for colleagues, and a bridge connecting clients who are seeking treatment for substance use and/or other mental health disorders.
"I know what it is like when a family has been devastated by addiction; I grew up in one. My father suffered his entire adult life from a severe alcohol use disorder. Unfortunately, he never sought treatment or worked a recovery program, and his illness ended his life in 2003. It's estimated that addiction impacts one out of every three families, yet only a fraction of those who need help seek it. We can't let that continue. We need to eliminate stigma, connect families to resources, and get loved ones into treatment."
Allison Harden received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree at Denver University in Philanthropic Leadership. Ms. Harden began her addiction recovery in 1987 for alcoholism and is passionate about the recovery process and the 12‐Step program of recovery. She currently represents CeDAR in a Community Outreach role and works to help people gain our specialized treatment services. Through her recovery community organization, Beyond Betty, she also facilitates her 12‐Step experience training for healthcare professionals and the general public. Ms. Harden is passionate about supporting children impacted by addiction and was instrumental in launching the Betty Ford Center Colorado Children’s Program.