Chief Operations Officer
A Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation advocate for nearly 10 years, Jessica Brunner has had extensive experience managing various aspects of rehabilitation centers throughout Pennsylvania.
Originally from York, Pa, Jessica graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and concentrations in both Social Work and Criminal Justice.
Jessica got her start during her junior year working with the Youth Advocate Program, helping juveniles who were on probation. During this experience, Jessica discovered first-hand how keeping people active and engaged in meaningful activities can help divert poor choices, which can ultimately change the direction of lives.
After that initial experience, Jessica took her passion to the Lehigh County Prison and to the Monroe, Carbon and Pike county Drug and Alcohol Commissions where she worked as a counselor and held group and individual sessions. During these experiences, Jessica saw the deep correlation between substance abuse, mental health and crime and became committed to making drug and alcohol rehabilitation her life-long quest.
Over the past eight years, Jessica worked deeply in various roles in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in central Pa, experiencing all facets of drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
Jessica’s experience has given her a deep understanding how clinical and experiential methods of recovery work in unison and is excited to be bringing these experiences to Water Gap Wellness as the Program Director.
Jessica’s Mantra: “Anything can happen if you let it.” ~ Mary Poppins