NorthStar Academy
Charting a Clear Course for Teens & Their Families

Staff Bios


  Gale Saler , President/CEO

Gale has worked in the addiction, mental health and rehabilitation field for over 35 years, serving largely in executive level positions. During this time she has developed, opened and operated some of the most effective treatment and recovery programs in the metropolitan Washington DC and Maryland regions. Her experience includes working with adolescents, young adults and adults, including those who have co-occurring substance use, mental health and other related behavioral issues.

She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor/Master Addiction Counselor and a Board Certified Intervention Professional.

As an intervention professional, Gale specializes in ARISE invitational interventions. These interventions emphasize and build on the strength and love which exists in the family system to assist the individual to accept help, and to enter and remain in treatment. She brings extensive experience in assessment and treatment placement to her work. She is also a national trainer and supervisor for the ARISE model.

As a life coach, Gale has been at the forefront of modifying the model and developing a program of recovery coaching. She is dedicated to developing the necessary resources to help her clients build the foundation for a lasting recovery.

Gale is an active advocate for prevention, treatment and recovery. She served as President of the Maryland Addiction Directors Council for six years and currently serves as President Emeritus. In 2013 Gale was presented a Governor’s Citation in recognition of her behavioral health advocacy on behalf of the citizens of Maryland, as well as the Excellence in Leadership Award from the State Associations for Addiction Services.