Meet Our Team

Neil Campbell

Neil Campbell

Executive Director

Neil Campbell, MS is the executive director of the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building and supporting community alliances to reduce the impact of addiction through education, advocacy and training.

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Joyce Jordan

Joyce Jordan

Assistant Executive Director

A native New Yorker, Joyce and her family reside in Lithonia, Georgia. She came to the Council as no stranger to the human services field. A graduate from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, Joyce obtained a B.A. in Sociology/ Social Work.

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Gene Conroy

Gene Conroy

Director of Development

Gene Conroy has more than 35 years of nonprofit leadership experience in executive nonprofit management, fundraising, grant writing and advocacy on state and local levels. He has held various positions in recovery programming and advocacy and is the Director of Development for the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse (GCSA). He is a Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES 9, CPS-AD) and a Certified Peer Support Specialist for South Carolina. Mr. Conroy is also a certified Science of Addiction and Recovery and Cultural Competency Facilitator, and has assisted in Peer Recovery Coach training in South Carolina and Georgia. His current duties for GCSA include organizational and fundraising development, and supervision of the New Staff Orientation Program Coordinator, the RCO Development Project Coordinator, the Grant Coordinator – Building Communities of Recovery (BCOR), and other special projects as assigned. Mr. Conroy has over 31 years in long term recovery.

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Laurisa Barthen

Laurisa Barthen

Director of Peer Services

Laurisa Barthen was born in Chicago, Iowa and moved to Lawrenceville, Georgia with her family in 1996. She has since spent time living in different states along the east coast. She currently resides in downtown Atlanta. Laurisa earned her bachelor’s degree from Kennesaw State University where she majored in Political Science with a concentration in Legal Studies.

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Jay Hughes

Jay Hughes

Director of Training and Technical Assistance

In 2006, Jermaine was sentenced to thirteen years in federal prison. During his time there, Jermaine recognized a direct correlation between criminality and substance use disorder and felt a need to talk candidly about this connection. This realization fueled his own recovery journey and inspired him to create new ways to fuse recovery with his passion for fitness.

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Jeff Breedlove

Jeff Breedlove

Chief of Communications & Policy

Jeff serves as Chief of Communications and Policy for the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse. Jeff is an Assistant Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America, Vice-President of the Maynard Jackson High School PTA.

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Beverly Ragland

Beverly Ragland

CARES Warm Line Manager

Beverly Ragland is the Recovery Support Warm Line Program Manager. She came to the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse after serving 30 years of Federal Service. She is a Viet Nam Era Veteran who served from 1974 through 1979.

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Jillienne Hooper

Jillienne Hooper

HR Manager

Jill Hooper is a person in long-term recovery from substance use disorder and mental health challenges. What that means to her is that she has not used drugs or alcohol since March 3, 2015. Because of her recovery, Jill has the opportunity to be a part of many amazing things today that she could have never imagined.

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Doreen Kennie

Doreen Kennie

Administrative Financial Coordinator

Doreen is a person in long term recovery who is committed to living recovery out loud and believes in multiple pathways to recovery for the individual, family and communities as a whole. Originally from New York City, Doreen now resides in Decatur, GA where her recovery began in December 2006.

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William Carnes

William Carnes

Administrative/Finance Support

William Carnes was born in upstate New York, which later relocated with his family to Atlanta, GA in 1995. He is the second oldest of six children. Graduating from Cedar Grove High School in 2007, there shortly after he started his professional career focused in administration and finance. During his spare time William love to travel, attend concerts/local festivals, cooking, and spending time with his loved ones. Currently, William resides in the city of Atlanta.

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Karen Daniel

Karen Daniel

CARES Liaison

Karen Daniel is a native of Evanston, IL., where she received her formal education and upon graduating from college she worked as an educator in the Evanston school system. She originally came to Atlanta in the early 60’s to attend Spelman College.

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Laree Tolbert

Laree Tolbert

MAR/CARES Coordinator

Laree Jones Is a person in long term recovery from substance abuse disorder. What that means to her is that she has been drug free for 8 1/2 years. She shares this because she is proud of the miracle of recovery in her life.

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Emily Ribblett

Emily Ribblett

BCOR Grant Coordinator

Emily Ribblett is a person in long term recovery. Her recovery started on March 5, 2015. Emily’s life in recovery has been incredible. It is providing her the opportunity to rebuild lost family relationships and live a life beyond her wildest dreams.

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Brian Kite

Brian Kite

RCO Development Coordinator

Brian Kite was born in Atlanta and raised just outside the perimeter in Conyers, Georgia, where he attended Salem High School. After high school, Brian spent some time studying at Perimeter College at Georgia State University for Business Administration. He has now been in long-term recovery since January of 2015 and resides in Grant Park, Atlanta.

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Dawn Mullinax

Dawn Mullinax

Emergency Department Team Lead

Dawn Mullinax is a person in long term recovery from substance use and mental health challenges. For her that means she has not used substances since March 2007. Long term recovery has given her a life of hope and the ability to overcome life challenges without using substances.

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Ashley Stevens

Ashley Stevens

Emergency Department Team Lead

Ashley Stevens was born and raised in Gainesville, Georgia. She is currently a peer recovery coach through the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse; working with Northeast Georgia Community Connections in the emergency department program. Ashley is also continuing to further her education.

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Vanessa Bilbrey

Vanessa Bilbrey

ED Recovery Coach

Deb Esposito

Deb Esposito

ED Recovery Coach

Beth Hanson

Beth Hanson

ED Recovery Coach

Beth is a person in long term recovery from substance use. For her, that means she has not used illegal or mind altering substances since September of 2013. Long term recovery has afforded her the opportunity to “Turn her mess into her message.” Beth’s passion is to see others who have substance use disorder find long term recovery and peace.

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David McGee

David McGee

ED Recovery Coach

 Jeremy Moore

Jeremy Moore

ED Recovery Coach

Bianca Prieto

Bianca Prieto

NICU Peer Recovery Coach

Angie Reese

Angie Reese

NICU Peer Recovery Coach

Angie is from Lagrange, Georgia and grew up in the Atlanta area. She attended the University of West Georgia where she majored in Psychology. After spending most of her career in corporate management, she decided to pursue her passion of working in a field to help others.

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 Jamie Roberts

Jamie Roberts

NICU Peer Recovery Coach

Renee Smith

Renee Smith

NICU Peer Recovery Coach

Jody Dodson

Jody Dodson

CARES Warm Line Team Lead

Jody Dodson was born and raised in the beautiful small town of Bainbridge, GA, by the mighty old Flint River. The oldest of three, he has always had a sincere desire to support and encourage others. Whether he was cheering on his teammates on the swim team, teaching swimming lessons to the youth or lending a hand with a local production at the town’s community theatre, Jody grew up with a servant’s heart.

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Renee Bolin

Renee Bolin

Warm Line Peer Recovery Coach

Renee’ Bolin was born and raised in California. She is a person in long term recovery who struggled with substance use disorder for 31 years. She moved to Georgia in 1992 and has since considered this to be home. She currently lives in Jesup, Georgia. Renee attended nursing school at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia and considers herself a born caretaker.

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Beth Bowen

Beth Bowen

Peer Recovery Coach

Beth Bowen is a person in long-term recovery. Through her determination and self-discipline, Beth has found it unnecessary to use alcohol, nicotine, or any other mind-altering drug for the past eleven years, beginning December 2007. To her, being in recovery has many rewards, such as being a better mother, daughter, sister, friend, and citizen.

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Unique Dixon

Unique Dixon

CARES Warm Line- Peer Recovery Coach

Unique Dixon is an Atlanta native. She is an open book, has a huge heart, and is willing to help anyone in need. She has offered many volunteer services with Hosea Help, Women Resource Center of Domestic Violence, Senior Citizen homes, and a few others. Unique has shared her powerful story with people in treatment, prisons, and schools.

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Steve Gainer

Steve Gainer

CARES Warm Line Peer Recovery Coach

Steve Gainer is a person in long term recovery. What that means to him is that he has not used alcohol or drugs for 15 years. Steve is committed to his recovery because it has given him new purpose and hope for the future while allowing him to gain stability in his life. Steve is an advocate for recovery because it has improved his life so much that he wants to make it possible for others to experience the benefits of recovery that he has experienced.

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Abby Kice

Abby Kice

Warmline Recovery Coach

Michelle Murray

Michelle Murray

Warm Line Peer Recovery Coach

Michelle Murray is a woman in long term recovery, and what recovery has done for Michelle is allow her to have a stable home as a single parent, and maintain a professional job working on the Cares Warm line as a Peer Recovery Coach. Michelle is a Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES-3 CPS-AD)

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