• Kirsten Banks, MA, LPC, CAI


On September 11th, 2001, Kayla Bergeron fled the 68th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Today, Kayla is the Program Director for The Connection Forsyth. The Connection is a Recovery Community Organization. Established by the Recovery Community Foundation of Forsyth (RCFF), The Connection is an independent 501(c)3 organization established in 2018 and funded by a grant that is part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act: Building Communities of Recovery program.

To learn more about The Connection please visit www.theconnectionforsyth.org

As we reflect on today, the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we want to honor and spotlight a local community member who has overcome so much and is now giving back. To read Kayla’s story visit www.nytimes.com/2019/09/11/nyregion/911-survivors-ptsd.html

Listen to Kayla's powerful story here:

Kayla we are grateful for the work you are doing at The Connection and are honored to have you as this week’s Industry Spotlight!

Meet Kayla...

Kayla Bergeron serves as the Program Director for The Connection Forsyth, a Recovery Community Organization. She has spent a career in public service, having served as a mayor and councilwoman in New Jersey. She also served as an advisor to former New Jersey Governor Christie Whitman. She served as director of communications for the New York Housing Finance Agency before being tapped as director of public and government affairs for The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

On September 11, 2001, she narrowly escaped the collapse of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Immediately after, she led the agency’s response to the terrorist attacks.

Seventeen years later she was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Use Disorder and entered Forsyth County’s Accountability Court CARE Court program for dual diagnosis.

In addition to individual and group counseling, Kayla has greatly benefited from equine therapy at Special Equestrians of Georgia. Now a graduate of Forsyth County’s Accountability Court CARE Court , she was recently chosen as the program director for The Connection Forsyth. Kayla speaks regularly about her 9/11 experience in an effort to bring awareness to PTSD and Substance Use Disorder. Her priority now is her recovery and being useful to others. In addition she is currently studying to become a Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist with the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse.

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