Aware Recovery Care Names New CFO, Creates DE&I Leadership Role

Wallingford, Connecticut-based Aware Recovery Care added two new leaders to its management team.

On Monday, the in-home addiction treatment provider announced it hired Dennis Fitzpatrick as its chief financial officer and Sheila Coleman as the company’s first diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) leader.

Both started their roles on Monday and will work closely with Aware Recovery Care CEO Dr. Brian Holzer, according to a news release. 


Fitzpatrick succeeds Lee Tuveson. Fitzpatrick previously worked as the CFO and a board member for the three-state dental services organization PRO SMILE. That company operates 67 points of services. He brings 30 years of experience in the fields of health care financial management for multi-unit operations, according to the release.

Coleman has worked at Aware Recovery Care for the previous six years. Her previous title was Connecticut agency director. She is also a founding member of the Aware’s Lantern Committee. The committee ensures Aware maintains an informed and safe workplace.

“These appointments also support our organizational commitment to not only reach more clients but also cultivate a modern equitable workforce,” Holzer said in the release.


Aware Recovery Care offers a 52-week in-home substance-use disorder treatment regimen in nine states — Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island and Virginia.

Since the beginning of the year, the company has made a number of leadership changes.

In February, Aware Recovery Care promoted Chief Growth Officer Dr. Andrea Auxier to the role of president. Auxier joined the organization in May 2021.

It brought on Holzer as CEO in April. Previously, he led the Kindred Healthcare services division Lacuna Health. A few weeks later, Aware Recovery Care announced the appointment of Erin Scraper to the role of chief operating officer. Scraper joined Aware in February 2021.

Aware Recovery Care announced it raised $22 million in a round led by Health Enterprise Partners in January 2021.

The company places a heavy emphasis on value-based care. Maks Danilin, senior vice president for growth at Aware told BHB that about 80% of its revenue comes from value-based care arrangements after being founded as a cash-pay business.

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