Thomas Guerra

PRESENTATION TITLE: Recovering Out Loud: How Sharing Openly Opens Doors

Panthers for Recovery Florida International University

Thomas Guerra was raised in Miami, Florida, were he lived part of his life in the grips of temptation and addiction. Today, he is in recovery and is working to give fellow students the opportunity to conquer their demons.

Thomas is a recent graduate of Florida International University (FIU) with a masters degree in mental health counseling. He also received his bachelors degree in psychology from FIU in 2015. During his time as a student, he founded Panthers for Recovery, a student organization, and has led the collegiate recovery push on campus. For his efforts with Panthers for Recovery, he received a Shining Star award from FIU Student Affairs and was recognized as a Worlds Ahead Graduate during his recent graduation.

Thomas now works as a therapist at South Miami Recovery, Inc., an outpatient treatment center. He divides his time between his job and volunteering at FIU, helping to lead the transition of Panthers for Recovery into a Collegiate Recovery Program.

Thomas’ favorite job, though, is being a father to his kids, Anthony, 2, and Annabella, 5. His recovery has allowed him to be present for his family and help others do the same.