Director of Resident Services
Anthony (AJ) Ernst, Ph.D., LMSW-ACP
Anthony brings more than 25 years of experience in the fields of substance use and mental health prevention and treatment as a licensed clinician and administrator. Dr. Ernst is the Director for SAMHSA’s Native American Center for Excellence, a national resource that provides training and technical assistance to tribes and non-tribal entities throughout the U.S. on issues related to substance use and mental health. Previously, Dr. Ernst served as the Director of Technology Transfer for SAMHSA’s Co-occurring Center for Excellence, where he led teams including State and tribal community-based committees, advisory council members, consumer groups, and other stakeholder groups to address services integration, systems change, and other issues related to co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Dr. Ernst continues to serve as a nationally recognized consultant on issues related to behavioral health, systems change, and services integration.
As a former resident, Allen began his experience with Aaron’s House during the Fall of 2011. After a long progression from experimentation to drug and alcohol dependence, Allen has been sober since April of 2011. In an effort to broaden his prospective on recovery, Allen attends a variety of 12-step and alternative support groups.
Allen is currently 25 years old and enjoys snowboarding, wake boarding, motorcycles, disc golfing, music and video games. Allen is employed full-time as a Field Technician at a Madison-based technologies company. He is an active mentor at Connections Counseling and has completed Peer Recovery Coach Training through Recovery Solutions. Allen is also passionate about recovery advocacy work. He is on the National Council of Young People in Recovery (YPR) and the co-creator of the Wisconsin Chapter of YPR.