Aly Ries is the corporate director of alumni relations for Caron, a role in which her goal is to deepen Caron’s relationships with alumni and their families and to promote connectivity among Caron alumni in recovery communities throughout the country.
She brings to the position a heartfelt, deep understanding of the Caron mission, a collaborative approach, a warm and welcoming spirit, and an ability to consistently put patients and families first. Aly has experience across the continuum of substance use support services, including prevention, early intervention, co-occurring disorder treatment, and recovery support.
Upon joining Caron in 2017, Aly joined the team that launched the Recovery Support Services Program at the Caron Recovery Center in New York. In 2020, she moved to Philadelphia to work at the Caron Philadelphia Outpatient Treatment Center, where she provided support services in two roles: lead recovery support specialist and campus engagement specialist.
As lead recovery support specialist, she worked with Caron patients leaving treatment and returning to their home environments, as well as those looking for substance use disorder treatment in need of support and direction. That work encompassed a variety of services, including in-home reintegration services, case management, recovery coaching, and individual therapy as well as training new specialists.
As campus engagement specialist, Aly applied her recovery support experience as well as her clinical experience as a social worker to consult with colleges and universities looking to enhance or create programming to support staff, faculty, students, and parents with substance use-related services and education.
She began her career in this field in 2013 as a student outreach coordinator for The Haven at Drexel – a unique residential recovery community for students enrolled at Drexel University as well as other nearby colleges in the Philadelphia region. She was promoted to director of East Coast development for The Haven, a role in which she oversaw house managers, performed clinical assessments, and managed expansion efforts.
She received her master’s in social work from the University of Pennsylvania and her bachelor’s in psychology from Lehigh University.