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.
All meetings are open to the public and are from Noon to 2:00pm
777 Cleveland Ave SW
Atlanta, GA 30315
777 Cleveland Ave SW
Atlanta, GA 30315
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.
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
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 use disorder 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 counseling and participating in peer support services, 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, where he continues to serve. During his time in long-term recovery, Zac re-enrolled in the MSW program his addiction robbed him of years prior and opened two opioid treatment programs: Chatsworth, Georgia and Murphy, North Carolina. Zac served as Program Sponsor of both OTPs and served as Program Director of the OTP in Chatsworth, Georgia until August 2018 when both OTPs were acquired by BayMark Health Services/MedMark Treatment Centers. Zac continues to serve as the Treatment Center Director for MedMark Treatment Centers Chatsworth. Zac is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Level II (CADC II), a Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist (MATS), and an Electronic Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (E-CADC) through ADACBGA; a Certified Addiction Counselor, Level II (CACII) through GACA; an International Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (ICADC) through IC&RC; a Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS) through the Breining Institute; and a Certified Medication-Assisted Treatment Advocate (CMA) through NAMA. In addition to his service on the Executive Committee as Treasurer, Zac currently serves on the Certification 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 Executive Committee of the Board of Directors 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) since 2014. 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.
Jo Cheezem Abney, LPC, CAADC, MAT, CPCS is the Clinical Director at The Carter Treatment Center in Cumming, GA where she also maintains a private practice providing individual, couples and family counseling. Jo’s experience includes facilitating intensive outpatient treatment programs and aftercare recovery groups, establishing a peer-support SMART recovery program, working with drug and DUI accountability court programs, and facilitating anger management as well as family violence intervention groups. Jo is a past-President of LPCA-GA (2013-2014) and has served on the Recovery Community Foundation of Forsyth and the Domestic Violence Task Force of Forsyth. She currently serves on the Georgia School of Addiction Studies board along with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of GA.
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 currently works for Veterans Affairs as a Health Science Specialist Crisis Responder. She has over 20 years experience in Criminal Justice and over 10 years of experience in the field of addiction. Lisa is a 2003 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Phoenix, where she earned 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 Untied States Army veteran and works part-time as an Adjunct Professor with American InterContinental University in Atlanta. Lisa has always been a strong advocate for individuals struggling with addiction and understands the importance of seeking treatment.
Rosalyn Davis has over 30 years of experience in the Criminal Justice profession. She has held positions as a Probation Officer I/II, Probation Officer III, Center Administrator, Statewide Day Reporting Center Manager, and Programs Manager. Rosalyn has supervised Probation/Parole Officers, managed community service coordinators, mental health and substance abuse counselors, and implemented cognitive behavioral and substance abuse treatment programming for offenders. Rosalyn earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Fort Valley State College in 1992 and her Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Albany State College in 1995. She is also a Senior POST instructor who actively provides instructions to officers and counselors employed with the Georgia Department of Community Supervision. Rosalyn is a Part-time Instructor for Middle GA State University and is very active in her community. She serves on Board of Directors as President for Genesis Joy House Homeless Shelter, a homeless shelter for female veterans. Rosalyn is a member of the Macon Reentry Coalition, Warner Robins Human Needs Coalition, Georgia Professional Association of Community Supervision, American Probation and Parole Association, and Behavioral Health Coordinating Council (DBHDD). Rosalyn has always been an advocate for the less fortunate, homeless, and individuals who are in Recovery. She is actively pursuing her Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification.
Denese is a LCSW in Georgia and holds a CAADC from the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board. Denese graduated from MS State University with a Bachelors in Social Work and Kennesaw State University with a Masters in Social Work. She has been on the conference planning committee for the ADACB-GA annual conference for 7 years and on the ADACB-GA board since 2018. Denese has extensive history working with children and families thru the Dept of Family and Children Services. Denese discovered her passion of working in the field of addiction when a loved one began struggling with substance abuse. Denese works for Alana Recovery (FreshStart Track) as well as, The Zone, helping to create the curriculum for their Re-entry program. Denese loves to travel with her husband and play with her 2 Dobermans!!
Buddy Horton serves as the director of the Penfield Addiction Ministries' Women's campus. Prior to working in the field of substance abuse treatment, Buddy worked in the education and criminal justice arenas. He received his BA from Georgia College and State University and he has more than 12 years experience in substance abuse treatment, which includes the treatment of males and females. Buddy is a CADC II, ICADC and a CCS. Mr. Horton facilitated the construction of the current Penfield Addiction Ministries psychoeducational curriculum, among his other duties as campus director. He has been employed at Penfield for the last 11 years.
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.
Anne currently works for Legacy Behavioral Health Services at their Tift County Site after relocating here 8 years ago from the Chicago area. Anne graduated from North Central College with a B.A. in psychology and religions studies and Northern Baptist Seminary with a Master in Divinity. She is an ordained pastor with the Evangelical Church alliance. Anne has 30 years experience in the addiction field with emphasis in criminal justice having worked with probation and parole throughout her career. She has served as a prison and jail chaplain, in addition to working with the drug court.
Currently Anne is the Substance Abuse Director for Legacy Behavioral Health Services, Tifton and the liaison for the Tift Accountability Court. She resides in Tifton with her husband.
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.
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 25 plus years’ experience in the field of addiction/human service. She has held several leadership roles; from a Lead Primary Counselor to an Executive Director. A Trailblazer within the Faith-Based Community and an Advocate for the underserved population. Currently, Dr. Cea is the Co-visionary, Founding Executive Director, and Pastor of the Divine Exchange Ministry, Inc. overseeing the Women of Exchange Empowerment and the Beautiful Pearls Project in Washington, D.C. She is an Ordained Teacher/Preacher, Agent of Change, Humanitarian, Published Author, Motivational/Conference Speaker & Host, and Therapist. Dr. Cea is a learned woman, academically, she obtained a Master of Human Service and Bachelor of Science in Community Psychology and Organizational Structure from Lincoln University in Philadelphia, Pa. She holds several professional credentials state and internationally. She is a National CAMS II, a NCC AP MAC, IC&RC/Georgia state CAADC, CCODP-D, CCS, and E-CADC. Additionally, she is a state Training Provider with the world renowned certification board, of Georgia the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia. 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 in Washington, D.C., graduating with distinction and high honors; and in July of 2015, Dr. Cea was able to obtained her Doctorate of Divinity from the Kingdom Leaders Seminary in Austell, Georgia.
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 30 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. 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.