Niles Comer, Project Director
Niles has spent his professional and personal life working for and alongside those at the margins of society – the addicted, the homeless, people living with HIV/AIDS and others forced to the fringes. His professional experiences include addictions counselor, recovery center manager, trainer/educator, community development specialists, social entrepreneur, and Internet CEO.
I am an addiction recovery advocate, a social entrepreneur, a community healer, and a person in long-term recovery dedicated to community renewal and healing.
Niles has spent over 30 years working in the areas of addiction treatment and recovery, HIV/AIDS, community development, the nonprofit world and as a social entrepreneur.
Niles holds a B.A. from Norwich University in Vermont and has done graduate studies in Business Administration (Eastern University), International Training & Education (American University) and is pursuing the completion of his master's degree. He is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist registered through the Virginia Board of Counseling.
He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Roanoke Valley HOPE Initiative and is an active member of, and writer for, the Roanoke Valley Collective Response - southwestern Virginia's largest community response to the addiction epidemic. He is also on the Leadership Advisory Board of the Opioid Research Consortium of Central Appalachia, a consortium made of seven universities addressing the addiction epidemic in Central Appalachia, spearheaded by Virginia Tech and East Tennessee State University.
Niles is also a motivational speaker sharing his story of recovery as well as ways to lead an empowered life for middles schools, high schools, colleges, churches and civic and leadership groups.
He is also a person in long-term recovery who is crazy about coffee and Juno, his Shar-Pei mixed rescue dog (pictured below).