Denise Holden is the founder and CEO of The RASE Project, a Recovery Community Organization serving Central Pennsylvania and Central Florida. Denise has a master’s degree in Human Services, an undergraduate degree in Sociology, and is a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC). Denise has worked in the field of Substance Use Disorders since 1984 and uses that experience to develop innovative programs and new projects in recovery settings. In 2009 Denise was one of 18 women selected to participate in the inaugural Women’s Addiction Services Leadership Institute sponsored by SAMHSA and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, received the Vernon Johnson Award from America Honors Recovery in 2014, and the Certified Professional of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Certification Board in 2017. The RASE Project has been the recipient of many awards including the 2010 SAAS and NIATx iAward given to leading innovators in Behavioral Healthcare Services and the Joel Hernandez Award from America Honors Recovery in 2016. Under Denise’s stewardship the RASE Project continues to be one of the country’s leading Recovery Community Organizations and the only Recovery Community Organization in the country with a multi-state platform. Denise is a Board member of the Women’s CEO Global Alliance, a Behavioral Health Leadership Roundtable.