In her role as national development officer, Trudy Avery raises funds that enable Caron to provide treatment scholarships, support clinical programs, and fund student prevention programs and resident training. Her role includes meeting with alumni and families, outreach to potential donors and grantmaking organizations, cultivating ongoing relationships with them, and coordinating and supporting fundraising events.
She loves what she does, both because of the support her efforts provide Caron and because, as she says, she gets to “meet some amazing folks, including alumni and parents who are filled with gratitude for Caron, not only for their sobriety they worked so hard to achieve, but the kindness and dedication shown to them during their time with us.” As the mother of four sons, one of whom is in long-term recovery, she has been a tireless advocate for individuals and families seeking recovery.
She started working with Caron in 2012 as the New England regional development officer and became national development officer in 2013. She has more than 22 years of experience in the development field and has worked for a college, a living history museum, and a maritime center.