Staff Salute: Alicia Harter

Alicia Harter, associate director at Joseph House, is the first female director in the agency’s 23-year history. Learn more about her background, experience and skills:

Are you a Greater Cincinnati native?
I’m originally from Canton, Ohio. I lived in Tampa, Fla., for eight years while working at BayCare Behavioral Health. I now reside in Hamilton County.

Are you a veteran?
Yes. I served for eight years with the Lima Company, 3/25 4th Marine Division and was stationed at Camp Lejune (Jacksonville, N.C.) and Columbus, Ohio.

What degrees and certifications do you have?
I have a master’s degree in counseling from Webster University, specializing in substance abuse therapy and I am currently in the process of getting my Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counsellor (LICDC) certification.

When did you join the Joseph House team?
I started at Joseph House in November 2016.

Why did you decide to make counseling a career?
My service in the U.S. Marine Corps instilled a desire to work with and serve our great veterans. The inspiration that my fellow Marines provided upon returning from Iraq was insuppressible. Seeing fellow veterans return home while struggling with significant issues after a tumultuous deployment is beyond description. These brave men and women affect me daily. Having the ability to contribute and continue to help those individuals who have proudly served our country is what drew me to Joseph House.

What’s your favorite part about working at Joseph House?
My career has been dedicated to veterans and their unselfish commitment to serve others. Seeing our clients’ hard work motivates me to continue to serve others in this line of work. While many believe that the demands placed on veterans only happen during their time of active service, the challenges they face after they return are much greater. I’m excited to continue to put my heart and soul into helping the great men and women who define the spirit of our country.

How can people get in touch with you and the Joseph House team?
If you’re a veteran or know a veteran struggling with addiction, please contact us at [email protected] or 513-241-2965.