Background & Experience

Recovery Professional


James McKenna, BS, M.Ed, has over forty years of marketing management and treatment experience for behavioral health and substance abuse treatment providers. McKenna is a founding member and past treasurer of the Massachusetts Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (MAADAC); a previous executive director of the Alcohol Council of Fall River, MA; and a founding member of DATA (Drug and Alcohol Treatment Associates) of Rhode Island.

Mr. McKenna was the former vice president of Marketing and Development for AdCare Hospital and VP, Marketing for the Mediplex Group and Edgehill Newport. McKenna has actively served on the Board of Directors for Steppingstone, Inc. from 1985 to the present.

Currently a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, a certified interventionist, and a member of the American College of Addiction Treatment Administrators, McKenna is also a former instructor in the Westfield State College Addiction Counselor Program at AdCare Hospital.

In 2016, Mr. McKenna was granted the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Rhode Island Rally for Recovery Executive Committee for his extraordinary service and dedication to the field of addiction and recovery.
In 2015, NAADAC presented James with the Lifetime Honorary Membership Award for his devotion to the field of addiction. In addition, McKenna received Special Recognition from the Massachusetts Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors.

In 2014, the Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery recognized James with the Magnitude of Gratitude Award.