At the tender age of 12, Liller began taking LSD and marijuana to escape a chaotic childhood. By 16, she was using crack cocaine; a year later, she was hooked on heroin. After surviving a near-fatal overdose – and trying for years to get clean – Liller found healing at The McShin Foundation, a leading nonprofit recovery center in Virginia. Her five-month stay at McShin improved all aspects of Liller’s life. She learned to value herself, to commit to recovery and be more present for the daughter she had during active addiction. Today, a decade after she first arrived at The McShin Foundation, Liller leads the organization as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). She runs the daily operations, trains people to administer Naloxone – the overdose-reversal drug that saved her – and advocates for recovery in Washington and Virginia, where she’s helped a task force address the opioid crisis. “Recovery has given me so many gifts of love, forgiveness, and self-worth,” says Liller, the 2015 recipient of the Vernon Johnson Award, one of the highest honors from the national nonprofit, Faces and Voices of Recovery.