Tara Rivera was raised in Shirley, Massachusetts the third of four children. She grew up in a dysfunctional home with parents who were using and abusing drugs and alcohol. She began her own journey down that road after her father passed away when she was 11. She then battled for eight years with addiction until she was saved and set free at the age of 19.
She has since lived her life setting goals and achieving them. She received a Certificate in Early Childhood Education from Mount Wachusett Community College the same year her high school class was graduating and then went on to complete her Associates Degree.
In 2001 after 9/11 when her four family members who worked in the trade centers escaped the attacks unharmed (Praise God) Tara moved to New York for 6 months to volunteer at ground zero. She felt as though she could identify with the feelings of the victims and their families because she came close to losing hers that day and wanted to help in any way she could. She was instrumental in connecting volunteers to organizations who needed help through Willing Hearts and Helping Hands, a Calvary Chapel ministry.
When Tara returned from New York she obtained her real estate license while working full time in the medical field. She then went on to work at Saint Vincent Hospital for 5 years and played a crucial role in starting three hospitalist programs during that time. In addition, she went back to school and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Becker College.
In 2011 Tara became a mother to a beautiful baby girl which further inspired her to continue her education. She recently graduated from Anna Maria College with her Master’s Degree in Business in December 2016.
Most recently Tara joined the Board of Directors of Crossing Over Sober House to give back what was so freely given to her. She enjoys speaking to people and educating them about the disease of addiction as well as helping people begin their journey to email@example.com