This board was formed in 1992 to offer certification to Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors and to supervisors in alcohol and drug counseling and is based on the standards and methods offered by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, a multi-state and nation body organized to promote uniform professional standards and quality for the substance abuse counseling profession and to give the profession greater visibility in the U.S. and abroad.
Our goal is to provide competency-based certification that will assure quality care for those affected by substance abuse. Certification is a voluntary process whereby professionals with a special interest in providing treatment to substance abusers and their families may receive recognition for their competency. The purpose is to establish professional standards which enable counselors, allied health professionals, health service providers, third party payors, employers, and the general public to recognize qualified professionals in this field. Certification offers evidence that standards of knowledge, skill, experience, attitudes and demonstration of competency have been met.
Kelly, a substance abuse recovery specialist brings to his full-time work at ADACBGA experience rich in facilitating innovative programs. Working in higher education for over 16 years, he focused upon learning outside the traditional classroom; giving back to the community, building civic and social responsibility, and developing the whole person. Kelly brings this same passion to working with people in early recovery. For the past several years, Kelly has worked in the residential recovery field, helping young adults discover their path in sobriety. Whether supervising professional staff, building recovery coalitions, or working directly with individuals, his dedication is to creating the optimal recovery experience for each person.
Amanda Finley comes to us with over 22 years of administrative experience. She is from north Georgia and has lived in Atlanta for 4 years. She is a proud mother of one beautiful daughter currently attending Georgia State University to receive her Math & Chemistry degree. She is excited to be working in the addictions field as she has 5 years sobriety and working towards obtaining certification with the board.
Jane currently is semi-retired, splitting her time between her home in Atlanta and her place in Vail, CO. She spends as much time as she can on the ski slopes in her winter community. Jane worked as a counselor and therapist for over 35 years in substance abuse, survivors of physical and sexual abuse, and the interaction of the two presenting problems. She has organized and directed programs for extended care after inpatient treatment in supportive community environments. She has also participated in authoring studies of the roles of various positions in the treatment field, as well as developing standards and testing for professionals in the field of addiction counseling and peer specialists.
In 1992, Jane helped to establish the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia, Inc., and served as President of the Board for 25 years. She remains a delegate to IC&RC for the Georgia Board, and served for many years as the co-chair of the Peer Credentialing Committee for IC&RC. She has presented several professional workshops and has offered practicum placements for master’s level students in Psychology, Community Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling.
Donna is currently the President and CEO of Addiction Solutions Inc. in Atlanta, Ga. an international company providing training, consulting and system development on substance use disorders, integrated care, co-occurring disorders and criminal justice. Clients include CSAT, SAMSHA, Bureau of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation and numerous Fortune 500 companies, agencies and hospitals in over 45 states, France, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, England, Amsterdam, Netherlands and Bermuda. She has been a speaker on behavioral health, CFR 42 and HIPPA issues and criminal justice topics for Harvard Medical School, National Drug Court Conference, National Addiction Conference-South Africa, National Conference on Addiction, United Kingdom and European Symposium on Addiction and numerous state conferences. She was invited to attend the first White House Conference on Mental Health and participated in panel discussions on co-occurring disorders with nationally recognized professionals in mental health and addiction and made recommendations to the White House. She served on the Georgia Governor’s Advisory Board for Behavioral Health and has been featured on Fox 5 Atlanta, PBS and CBS Atlanta on prescription drugs and other addiction topics.
Donna is Vice President of International Certification & Reciprocity Commission. Donna previously served as Co-Chair for the Criminal Justice Professional committee and was the Addiction Professional of the Year Award in 2006 from the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium for outstanding achievements in the addiction profession.IC&RC promotes public protection by setting standards and developing examinations for the credentialing and licensing of prevention, substance use treatment, and recovery professionals. IC&RC has 78 member certification and licensing boards in 48 U.S. states and territories, four Native American regions, all branches of the U.S. military and 16 international regions. Representing more than 50,000 professionals, IC&RC is the global leader in the credentialing of prevention, substance use treatment, and recovery professionals.
Donna received her undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Criminal Justice Administration and Sociology with a minor in Psychology. She attended Nashville Law School and completed coursework at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School of Addiction Studies. She has also been trained by the Matrix Institute and the University of California Los Angeles on the Matrix Model of Treatment and provides specialized treatment for those with methamphetamine addiction.
Bruce is the President of Four Directions Recovery, LLC, a consortium of professionals providing evidenced based assessment, treatment and aftercare programs for individuals and families with substance related and addictive disorders and mental health disorders.
Trained at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s Graduate School of Addiction Studies in Minnesota, Bruce received his Master’s in Addiction Studies in 2004 and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of South Florida. Returning to Atlanta, he began work with the WellStar Health System as lead counselor for the Cobb County Drug Treatment Court program until 2008. Bruce joined the newly formed Cherokee Judicial Circuit Drug Treatment Court program later that year and served as the director of treatment services until 2011. Bruce has an active private practice and is associated with Ridgeview Institute as a group facilitator and family therapist.
Currently, Bruce serves on the ADACBGA as Vice President. He formerly served as treasurer and the chairman of the Finance committee for many years. Bruce has additional responsibilities as an IC&RC delegate, representing the ADACB-GA and is currently the chairman of the IC&RC’s Ethics committee. Within the IC&RC, he is a CCJP and CCDP committee member and serves as a subject matter expert for the AADC, CCJP and CCDP exams. Bruce is a former Marine who served in Vietnam, married and the father of four grown children.
Jenny has several years of professional experience with adolescents and adults in the following areas: Mental Health Services, Criminal Justice System, Sex Offenders, Alcohol and Drugs Addictions along with Gambling Addictions. She has worked in various positions throughout her professional career.
Jenny began her education at West Georgia College where she received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Jenny received a Masters' of Science in Sociology from Valdosta State University and later her post Masters' Certification in Marriage and Family Therapy from Valdosta State University. Jenny has the following credentials: LMFT, MAC, CCJP-II, CCJTS, CCSOTS, ICCJP, CCDP-D, NCGC-II and CCS.
Jenny has been a strong proponent of working in her community to use afforded skills and knowledge where she serves as a board member for the Coffee County Department of Family and Children Services since 2002. She is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapist (AAMFT) since 2001 and served as the South Georgia chapter chair from 2004 to 2007. She is a clinical member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers since 2010. Jenny is a member of the Georgia National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) since 2014.
Matt earned his bachlor's degree in Human Services from Springfield College in Tampa, FL, his master's in Social Work from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN, and has been active in the field of addictions since 2008.
Matt is licensed as a clinical social worker (LCSW) in both Georgia and Tennessee, has state and international credentials as a substance abuse counselor, and serves as an adjunct graduate professor for the MSW program at Southern Adventist University in addition to his full-time Clinical Supervisor role at Highland Rivers Health.
Additionally, Matt actively holds several board appointments to include:
- Board Member for the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia and serving as Treasurer since 2017.
- Elder Board Member for Christ First Church in Rock Spring, GA
- Current Chairmen of the Board for the School of Social Work Advisory Board at Southern Adventist University
Dawn is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Master Addiction Counselor with over 25 years of experience working in the Behavioral Health field. She currently manages 2 outpatient Community Mental Health Centers in West Georgia for Pathways Community Service Board. Dawn serves on the board of 2 other nonprofit organizations. She is passionate about recovery and wellness for all people living with mental illness and addiction. Dawn is also living in long term recovery from addiction.
Lisa began her career as a Behavioral Health Specialist with the Georgia Department of Corrections (DOC) on January 16,
2004. During her time with DOC, she managed a caseload of 50 or more offenders. For career advancement, Lisa moved on to
become the Assistant Director of Victim Services with the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. Lisa managed the day-to-day
operations of the office and supervised six staff members. Currently, Lisa is working as a Business Operations Manager with the
Department of Community Supervision. She maintains the Transitional Housing for Offender Reentry Directory (THOR) and the
Reentry Partnership Housing Directory (RPH) and is responsible for all initial approvals and re-approvals.
Lisa is a 2003 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Phoenix, where she obtained her Master of Science degree in Marriage, Family, and Children Counseling. She also graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern Colorado with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science and a Minor in Sociology. Lisa is a 20-year retired US Army veteran and works part-time as an Adjunct Professor with American InterContinental University in Atlanta.
Gina Hutto is the current Director of Addictive Diseases for View Point Health (formerly GRN
Community Service Board). Gina has been with View Point Health since 1996, working with
substance abuse, mental health, and co-occurring clients. Prior to coming to work for View
Point Health, she worked for 5 years as a Counselor Offender Rehabilitator with the Georgia
Department of Corrections. Gina currently manages the Court Services and Lawrenceville
Addictive Diseases Programs in Gwinnett County, and directs the treatment programs that
provide services for the Gwinnett County DUI and Drug Courts. She also supervises the team
that provides treatment services to the Newton County Drug Court.
Gina has a B.A. in Psychology, as well as an M.A. in Education/Community Counseling from the University of Georgia. Gina is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia. She also holds certifications as a Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional, Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate, National Certified Gambling Counselor-I, and Distanced Credentialed Counselor. Gina specializes in working with substance abuse, gambling and other addictive diseases, as well as court mandated programs and clients.
Heather is certified as a substance abuse counselor with state and international credentials. Heather served as a member of the conference planning committee prior to joining the full board. Heather is the Program Director for The Carter Treatment Center located in Peachtree City. She has worked in the field since 2011 and has a passion to assist those struggling with addiction. Currently, Heather is a sophomore at Georgia State University pursuing a Bachelors in Social Work. She is also the proud mother of three daughters.
Stephen is a licensed psychologist in four states. In addition to a Doctorate degree, he possesses a Post-Doctoral in Clinical Psychology, a Diplomate in Addictionology, Diplomates in Forensics (one in Forensic Examination, one in Forensic Medicine, and many in various sub areas of Forensic Psychological Specialties), a Diplomate in Sports Psychology, a Diplomate in Psychopharmacology, a board certification in substance abuse treatment from the APA, an international board certification in addictions, and a national board certification in group psychotherapy. He is a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners, a Fellow of the Prescribing Psychologists’ Register, a Fellow of the American College of Advanced Practice Psychologists, a Fellow of the International College of Professional Psychology, a Certified Criminal Justice Specialist, a Certified Criminal Justice Addiction Professional, a Master Addiction Counselor, a Certified Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, a Certified Rational Addictions Therapist, a Certified Rational Sex Therapist, and a Certified Clinical Supervisor of other counselors treating addictions.
Dr. Mathis is also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and as a trainer for other therapists working with athletes.
For the past 30+ years, Dr. Mathis has specialized in treating adolescents, adults, families/couples, athletes, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered persons, and trauma survivors. Treatment areas and populations served include addictions, destructive “cults”, gang involvement, alternative religious expressions, existential issues, “new age” matters, disruptive behaviors, attention deficits, learning disorders, pain management, suicide, interpersonal conflict, relationships, academic and/or occupational dysfunction or impairment, sexual orientation issues, identity concerns, eating disorders, social skills deficits, stress-related disorders and/or management, sport and/or athletic competition matters, survivors of dysfunctional or abusive families and/or relationships, forensic evaluations and related issues, participants in the BDSM and/or polyamorous lifestyle, and coping with death, grief, or significant loss.
In addition to providing psychological assessment, individual psychotherapy, and group therapy, Dr. Mathis is an adjunct/part-time faculty at several local colleges, conducts seminars and workshops nationwide on a variety of topics, supervises other therapists, and has pioneered a new form of music-assisted therapy (M.A.TH.I.S.). Currently, he is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Psychologists Treating Addictions, the American College of Forensic Examiners, the National Association of Cognitive–Behavioral Therapists, the National Association of Forensic Counselors, the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology, the Prescribing Psychologists’ Register, the American College of Advanced Practice Psychologists, and the Board of Directors of the ADACB-Ga., the member board in Georgia of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium — Alcohol and Other Drugs of Abuse.
Zachary C. Talbott “Zac” is a native of Eastern Tennessee, having graduated high school in Maryville, TN and then with his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Zac then went to graduate school at the UT Knoxville College of Social Work to pursue his Master of Social Work degree. It was during this graduate school experience that his own addiction to prescription pain killers and heroin spun out of control, ultimately leading to academic dismissal. After several years of spiraling into the darkest places opioid addiction can take an individual, Zac found evidence-based treatment at an opioid treatment program (OTP). After achieving a stable dose of methadone and engaging in individual counseling, the “old Zac” quickly re-emerged. He then became involved in recovery advocacy, affiliating a Tennessee/Northwest Georgia Chapter of the National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery (NAMA). Zac then went on to serve on the national Board of Directors of NAMA until March of 2017. Since his time in long-term recovery, Zac has re-enrolled in the MSW program his addiction robbed him of years ago and has opened two opioid treatment programs: Chatsworth, Georgia and Murphy, North Carolina. Zac serves as Program Sponsor of both OTPs and serves as Program Director of the OTP in Chatsworth, Georgia. Zac is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Level II (CADC II) through ADACBGA, an International Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (ICADC) through IC&RC, and a Certified Medication-Assisted Treatment Advocate (CMA) through NAMA. Zac currently serves on the Credentialing Committee and Board of Directors of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia (ADACBGA), the Georgia IC&RC affiliate and addiction counselor credentialing body, as well as on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Institute on Chemical Dependency (SICD). Zac has served on the Workshop Committee helping plan the national conference of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) in 2015 and 2016, and Zac serves on the Board of the Opioid Treatment Providers of Georgia (OTPG) – the Georgia state opioid treatment provider’s association and Georgia Chapter of AATOD. Zac continues to speak at numerous state, regional, and national conferences related to substance use, treatment, and recovery. Zac has been a Recovery Month Planning Partner with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the last three years. Despite Zac’s ability to successfully engage in medically supervised withdrawal, slowly tapering the dosage of his medication in transition to a medication-free state of recovery, he acknowledges that “one size does not fit all.” He remains passionate about evidence-based treatment approaches, and will always first and foremost be a patient advocate.
Dr. Thomas has over 25 years’ experience in the field of addiction and substance use disorders. He was introduced to the recovery treatment field in the poor working-class community in the South Bronx in the height of the HIV/AIDS outbreak and the crack epidemics.
He started in the trenches as a counselor, and then moved to work with the largest substance abuse provider in the country Beth Israel Medical Center in Harlem, New York City, and Lower Manhattan, as a program Supervisor.
His experience extended to working with substance abusers in Brooklyn also. Dr. Thomas migrated to Georgia where he worked as a private contractor in the field.
Academically, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Community and Human Services, from Empire State College, New York, a Master’s in social work from Hunter College in New York and a Ph.D. in Psychology from California Southern University, California.
Currently Dr. Thomas is a Lecturer at Clark Atlanta University, Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work, where he teaches in the graduate degree program several courses, including courses relevant to addiction and substance use disorder.
He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New York and holds the addiction credential in Georgia – International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor certificate. He presented to audiences both in the north east and the south on topics relevant to the field of addiction and substance use disorder.
Dr. Thomas strongly believes that treatment works. He is committed to continue to work with all populations, including persons, with substance abuse and drug dependency problems to improve their lives “one day at a time”.
Dr. Canzada (Cea) has over 20 plus years’ experience in the field of addiction/human service. She has held positions such as: Faith-Based Community Leader, Child Protective Investigator, Public Relations Specialist, Prevention Leader, Executive Director, Program & Intake Director, Program Manager, Clinical Supervisor, Addiction Coordinator, Crisis and Treatment Counselor.
Currently, Dr. Cea is the Co-visionary and Founding Executive Director of the Divine Exchange Ministry, Inc. She is an Agent of Change -- Humanitarian, Published Author, Motivational Speaker, Conference Host, Teacher, Ordained Preacher, Therapist, and Program Developer. Academically, she obtained a Master of Human Service and Bachelor of Science in Community Psychology and Organizational Structure from Lincoln University in Philadelphia, Pa.
Spiritually, she received profound teachings and sound doctrine from the Assemblies of God International Studies, in Brooklyn, New York, Biblical Chronology from the Jericho City of Praise Christian College in Landover, Maryland, Understand Your Calling from Full Gospel School of Ministry in Washington, D.C., Biblical Foundation from Immanuel’s School of Ministry, in Silver Springs, Maryland, Biblical and Ministry studies at the Howard University Saturday College and graduated with distinction and high honors. In July of 2015 Canzada obtained her Doctorate of Divinity from the Kingdom Leaders Seminary in Austell, Georgia.
Dr. Cea currently holds professional credentials in the District of Columbia and the State of Georgia. She is a National Certified Anger Management Specialist II, International Certified Advance Alcohol & Drug Counselor, Certified Co-Occurring Disorder Professional-Dipolmate, a National Master Advance Counselor, and Clinical Supervisor. Additionally, Canzada is a National Training Provider with the world renowned NAADAC-The Association for Addiction Professionals, the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia, and the Georgia Addiction Counselor Association.
J. J. is licensed as an Associate Professional Counselor and as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. In addition, he is board certified through the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia as an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He is currently seeing clients at Legacy Changers Counseling Center, a division of The Legacy Consortium in Hiram, GA, and at Essential Concepts, Inc., a private practice in Kennesaw, GA.
J. J. graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in political science, and received his Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University in 2015. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology at Argosy University with an expected graduation date of May 2018.
Dr. Williamson has over 28 years of experience working in the field of Criminal Justice and over 12 years of experience in the field of addiction. She received her Doctoral Degree in Public Policy and Administration with a Criminal Justice Specialization. from Walden University. She graduated from Command College (Columbus State University) with a Master’s Degree in the same area of study. She has worked for the California Department of Corrections, Georgia Department of Corrections, and is presently employed with the Georgia Department of Community Supervision. Dr. Williamson has a strong background in working with recovery communities, persons in recovery, corrections, criminal justice and law enforcement agencies. She is also a college Adjunct Instructor, Senior Training Instructor (Peace Officer Standards and Training Council), Certified Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor (CADC-II), Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC), and Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS). Dr. Williamson has always shown professional character and adheres to a strong ethical foundation.
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