Who We Are

Tara Hyde

Chief Executive Officer

Tara Moseley Hyde holds a dual master’s degree from American University School of Public Health focused on public administration and public policy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy and pre-law where she interned at the legislative research commission on the health and welfare committee. This was where Tara found her passion for public policy and research. Tara is a person in long term recovery and has been in recovery since 2011. In May of 2014, she began working with Young People in Recovery which lead to the development of twelve chapters across the state. She was named Vice President of Programs and was instrumental in the expansion of the organization. Most recently, Tara was welcomed as the new Chief Executive Officer of People Advocating Recovery (PAR). Tara has worked with universities across the country to develop recovery support services for young adults on college campuses. Tara has assisted in the development of human resource polices & procedures for employers across the country that support people who identify with substance use disorder to have a successful return to the work force. She has worked with SAMSHA, BRAS TACS, Department of Corrections, and other state agencies such as Departments of Behavioral health to design a standard for youth, young adults, and justice involved persons for recovery peer support services. She continues to bring awareness of recovery-centered approaches across the country in every sector.

Melissa Allgeier

Program Manager

Melissa has a Bachelor of Science from Western Kentucky University and has worn many hats throughout her life. As a person in long term recovery, she has found her passion in helping others gain access to the resources needed to recover, and working to help shape our laws to make those resources more available to everyone that wants them.

As the Project Coordinator for People Advocating Recovery, she has significantly expanded the Narcan Distribution across the Commonwealth through a volunteer distributor program. She works with local recovery advocates to increase the Naloxone saturation in areas of the state that need it the most. Melissa is a strong champion of Harm Reduction strategies and believes that everyone deserves the right to recovery in whatever way works best for them.

Kristy Rixman

Communication Specialist

Kristy is a person in long-term recovery since May 24, 2022. She is enrolled in Jefferson Community College and wants to obtain her Human Services associate degree. Kristy is a certified peer support specialist and enjoys using that knowledge to help others recover. Kristy recently joined the PAR team as the Communication Specialist, increasing our social footprint. Kristy believes that all that she has overcome in life has helped to lead her here to a job that she is passionate about.