After receiving her MA from Columbia University, Stephanie worked as a journalist until an interview with a former New York State GOP chairman landed her a position at his lobbying firm, Powers, Crane & Company. Lobbying led her to the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate, where she honed her policy and legislative skills. While working for a former chairman of the Senate Education Committee, Stephanie became interested in education and pursued her MS in Adolescent Education at the University at Albany to become a high school social studies teacher. After teaching for a few years, she realized that her position seemed to involve more social work than education and pursued her MSW and CASAC-T certification at the New York University Silver School of Social Work. It was there that she began working at the macro level on a variety of legislative advocacy issues focused on addiction and recovery. Stephanie joined Friends of Recovery – New York (FOR-NY) in 2015 and is working at the state and national levels to humanize, organize and mobilize the recovery movement – by reducing stigma, advocating for changes in public policy, and promoting a culture of recovery.