Of Anita Bertrand Bradley
Founder and Executive Director of the Northern Ohio Recovery Association
Anita Bradley is founder and Executive Director of the Northern Ohio Recovery Association. Its acronym is NORA. A graduate of Kent State and Cleveland State Universities, she earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice studies and a master’s degree respectively. Bradley founded the Northern Ohio Recovery Association in 2004 to prevent the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs utilizing a holistic healing and recovery approach.
Bradley has been in recovery for over 25 years, blending personal and professional knowledge, in her approach. Anita has served as clinician and administrator, receiving numerous local leadership and volunteer service awards. The U.S. Presidential Administration of Barack Obama called on her to lend expertise on substance abuse and prevention. Anita is the winner of Smart Business Magazine’s Women Who Excel Entrepreneur Award; winner of the Joel Hernandez Community Recovery Award; and the 2016 White House Champion of Change; she opened the Next Step Recovery House and Genesis on the Lake, a residential housing facility; and successfully built a fully functional peer-to peer-training program. She is also the inspirational catalyst behind an ongoing recovery month event called the Ohio Recovery Ride. Her achievements in the planning and implementation of new and evolving substance abuse treatment programs are too numerous to mention.
Ms. Bradley is the former Executive Director of Compass House, Inc., located in Lorain, Ohio. Compass House is noted for being the Lorain County’s largest residential treatment center. With oversight of a 1.5 million dollar budget her responsibilities included management of a 30 member staff and more than 100 volunteers. During her tenure she successfully garnered funding, cultivated relationships, enforced service standards and policies while monitoring the Board of Trustees and agency funding partners.