Anuvia, one of Charlotte’s largest substance abuse prevention and recovery agencies, announced that Executive Director Larry Snider is retiring from his position effective April 15, 2019. Valerie Kopetzky, associate executive director and CFO, has been appointed to the new title of chief executive officer at Anuvia effective upon Larry’s retirement. Larry retired from his position as deputy chief for the Investigative Division with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on December 31, 2000. He joined the staff on January 2, 2001 and was appointed by Anuvia’s Board of Directors to the executive director position in June 2002. Larry shared, “it has been an honor and privilege to be a member of the Anuvia family the past 18 years!”

Under his leadership, the staffing level has grown from 61 to 158 employees, and the yearly budget has increased from $3,899,705 to $13,555,346. To enhance the impact Anuvia has in our community, Anuvia has added numerous services to include substance abuse adolescent treatment, comprehensive outpatient treatment, medication management, medication assisted therapy, detox and residential services. In his position, Larry has greatly expanded access to care for the community – particularly for those in need who do not have resources to access much need services – by facilitating major collaborations with the Mecklenburg County ABC Board, Mecklenburg County, Cardinal Innovations Healthcare, the Mecklenburg County Court system, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and countless other organizations.

“I’d like to thank Larry for his almost 17 years of service as Executive Director of Anuvia,” said Board Chairman Chuck McElroy. “I wish Larry the best in celebrating his retirement. I’m confident Valerie and the Executive Leadership team will continue to lead our agency into the next chapter of serving our community.” Valerie advised, “my goal is to make this life one that is dedicated to the service of others. We only have a short amount of time to make a difference in this world. I feel it was divine intervention that placed me in the path of Anuvia. After volunteering as a board member, I understood what a remarkable community organization Anuvia is and was so grateful for the opportunity to become a staff member in 2011.” Valerie further stated, “Our mission is strong, and our vision for the future is to remain the best substance abuse prevention and treatment services for children, adults, and families in our community.”

Valerie Kopetzky’s educational background includes a Master of Nonprofit Administration from the University of Notre Dame and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Accountancy and in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to becoming employed at Anuvia, Valerie managed the Charlotte Mecklenburg Development Corporation. Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1958 by the Mecklenburg County ABC Board. Anuvia provides an array of prevention and education services and offers a full continuum of substance abuse services.

If you would like to know more information about Anuvia, please call Abigail Lord-Ramsey, Director of Fund Development at Abigail.Lord-Ramsey@anuvia.org.