Aja Chavez, CAADC: Program Coordinator of Newport Academy


Aja Chavez, CADC

As Program Coordinator at Newport Academy, Aja Chavez supervises all direct care staff. In addition, her role also includes training and mentoring. Aja also facilitates development of communication and organizational systems, and coordination of patient care policy and procedure. Furthermore, in her role as a Recovery Counselor, she works directly with clients, facilitating group and individual sessions.

Aja’s previous experience includes four years as a Major Gifts Development Officer for the State University of New York at Albany. Her duties consisted of soliciting gifts of $25,000 and higher from individuals, corporations, and foundations. Also, she assisted in coordinating fundraising and development programs and strategies. In addition, she spent five years as a Special Events Coordinator for the university’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. In this role, Aja was in charge of planning and implementing more than 300 events. This includes symposiums, conferences, press announcements, and community outreach initiatives.

Newport Academy…in her own words

“I love getting up and going to work every day, working with the most loving, dedicated, and compassionate team towards a common goal. Kids and families come in lost, hopeless, brokenhearted, and scared. Newport Academy welcomes them with open arms and slowly begins to move their energy from fear to love. We see the potential in each young person, and we don’t give up until they’ve recognized it, too. Newport Academy staff will guide and mentor teens in recovery while reminding them that life can be beautiful and fun. Everyone is determined to reintroduce residents to themselves and cultivate a new sense of worth and purpose. I have a unyielding belief that each and every one of our kids is capable of change and able to live a meaningful life of purpose.”—Aja Chavez

Select Achievements

  • Chemical Dependency Counseling certification from Centaur College, Costa Mesa, California
  • Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor
  • Undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from the College of Saint Rose, Albany, New York (magna cum laude)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Saint Rose, Albany, New York