Robin Horston Spencer, MHS, MS, MBA, OWDS, RCAT is the founder of the recovery community organization Message Carriers of Pennsylvania and served as its Executive Director until July 2021. She has made it her life’s work to promote recovery by educating anyone who will listen. Her passion is to put a positive face and voice on recovery wherever she goes!
With over twenty years in the field of human services, Ms. Horston Spencer has worked the last 16 years exclusively in recovery support services of the addiction field. She received her Master’s Degree of Science in Human Service (MHS) from Lincoln University, where she was inducted into the Pi Gamma Mu, International Honor Society in Social Science and was awarded the Rose B. Pinky Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Human Service Field. While attending Lincoln University she wrote “Training Recovering Individuals with Criminal Histories to Become Advocates and Mentors.” Ms. Horston Spencer was one of the first in Pennsylvania to become a Certified Offenders Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS) and is a certified Recovery Coach Trainer (RCAT). In addition, she has a MBA and MS both from Carlow University.
Ms. Horston Spencer is in long term recovery, and since being in recovery, she has given back to the community in various ways. She is well known by many through her collaborative efforts with churches, agencies, 12 Step communities and ballroom dancing! Presently, she sits on several advisory boards locally, statewide and nationally.
She is the proud mother of a son, Leigh James, daughter-in-law, Malika, and two beautiful granddaughters, Jazmin and Jordan Horston, all of Columbus, Ohio.