Meet the Board of Directors

Officers

Zachary C. Talbott

President & CEO
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Chairman of the Executive Committee

Zac is a native of Eastern Tennessee and and is a nationally recognized expert in the treatment of opioid use disorder.

Upon moving to north Georgia in 2015, Zac founded and operated Counseling Solutions Treatment Centers and opened outpatient opioid treatment programs in Georgia and North Carolina. Counseling Solutions Treatment Centers were later acquired by BayMark Health Services/MedMark Treatment Centers, where Zac stayed on through May of 2019 to assure continuity of care for the patients during the transition. Zac currently has ownership in and serves as the federal Program Sponsor of Gateway Treatment Centers in Ellijay, Georgia and is the founding President and CEO of Talbott Legacy Centers, which operates comprehensive opioid treatment programs in Eastern Tennessee. Zac is passionate about drawing on the success of his business expertise and non-profit board experience to further professionalize the ADACBGA during his Presidency.

Concurrently as President of the ADACBGA, Zac serves as the President of NAMA Recovery, the oldest and largest national advocacy organization for individuals seeking medical treatment for opioid use disorder. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Opioid Treatment Providers of Georgia (OTPG), the Georgia opioid treatment providers association and state chapter of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD). Zac has provided operational, policy, compliance, and clinical consulting for office based opioid treatment (OBOT) providers and opioid treatment programs (OTPs) across six U.S. states, and is proficient in the behavioral health accreditation standards of The Joint Commission and CARF International. He has been sought after as a speaker for a variety of national, regional, and state-level conferences. Zac also serves as a Planning Partner for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Before serving as President & CEO of the ADACBGA, Zac served for two years as the corporation's Treasurer.

Education & Credentials:
-Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science & History
-Master of Social Work (MSW) in Advanced Clinical Practice
-Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CAADC) - ADACBGA
-Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) - ADACBGA
-Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist (MATS) - ADACBGA
-E-Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (E-CADC) - ADACBGA
-Certified Addiction Counselor, Level II (CACII) - GACA
-Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) - NCC AP
-Licensed Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor, Level II (LADAC II) - State of Tennessee
-Qualified Clinical Supervisor (QCS) - State of Tennessee
-Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (ICAADC) - IC&RC
-Internationally Certified Clinical Supervisor (ICCS) - IC&RC

Sarah Hilbert

Vice President
Chairwoman of the Strategic Planning Committee
Chairwoman of the Conference Committee

Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in criminal justice and a Master of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Social Psychology. She was one of only twenty people selected from the United States (of a total of forty) to participate in the inaugural class of a blended learning program in Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery, for which she earned a Master’s Certificate from Harvard Medical School (in partnership with the Italian Ministry of Health).

Sarah has over twenty years of experience working in the addiction field. Her special areas of interest include trauma, co-occurring disorders, and working with the criminal justice population.

Sarah began her career working with juvenile felony level offenders in a residential treatment program. Two years later she became the assessment coordinator, and later the clinical coordinator, at a community based correctional facility for adult felony level offenders. She has almost ten years of experience working in institutional settings with the offender population.

Sarah moved to Georgia in 2005. Initially, she did outreach counseling with evacuees from Hurricane Katrina, and later went on to become a call center supervisor for the Georgia Crisis and Access hotline. Sarah has worked as an assessment counselor for inpatient behavioral institutions, as an IFY team leader, as a community counselor for adults with serious mental health disorders in addition to addiction, as a substance disorder therapist at a private clinic, and as a quality assurance manager.

Sarah has spent the last eight years working in the arena of Medication Assisted Treatment as a Program Director and Clinical Director and truly loves both the modality and the patients she serves. As such, she has extensive knowledge of the State of Georgia Department of Community Healthcare rules and regulations, federal rules and regulations, SAMSHA guidelines, and CARF expectations. Sarah has been the ADACBGA conference chair since 2013, and has been on the ADACBGA board for the past five years. She is certified through this board as a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, a Certified Clinical Supervisor, and a Medication Assisted Treatment Specilaist.

Chip Fuller

Treasurer
Chairman of the Finance Committee

Chip is a native of East Tennessee, where for 24 years he taught Math and Geography as well as served as an Assistant Principal for Maryville City and Blount County (TN) school systems. As Treasurer for ADACBGA, he brings 15 years of experience managing financial records for his family’s trucking company. In 2015, he began work in the field of addiction where he consulted for Counseling Solutions Treatment Centers (Chatsworth GA and Murphy NC) on their safety plan and facility security. After retiring from the school system, he began working for Counseling Solutions Treatment Centers-Chatsworth where he was the Director of Security, a Pharmacy Technician, and a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC-II & ICADC). He continued to expand his knowledge in this field by obtaining his E-CADC as well as the MATS certifications through the ADACBGA. Chip served as the Treatment Services Coordinator (Clinical Director) for Northwest Georgia Treatment Center (New Season/CMG) for almost a year before serving as Administrator of Gateway Treatment Centers in Ellijay GA through October of 2020. Chip is currently the Vice President of Operations & Finance for Talbott Legacy Centers, a company that provides comprehensive opioid treatment services in Eastern Tennessee, North Georgia, and Western North Carolina. Since 2017 he has served as the Treasurer for the Opioid Treatment Providers of Georgia (OTPG) as well as being an active Recovery Month Planning Partner with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Education & Credentials:
-Bachelor of Arts in Geography (BA)
-Master of Science in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction (MS)
-Education Specialist in Administration and Supervision (EdS)
-Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, Level II (CADC-II) - ADACBGA
-Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist (MATS) - ADACBGA
-E-Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (E-CADC) - ADACBGA
-Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (ICADC) - IC&RC

Lisa Brown

Secretary

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 20 year retired United 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.

Education & Credentials:
-Bachelor of Science in Social Science (BS)
-Master of Science in Marriage, Family, & Children Counselor (MS)
-Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, Level II (CADC-II) - ADACBGA
-Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (ICADC) - IC&RC

Rosalyn D. Davis

Parliamentarian
Chairwoman of the Policy & By-Laws Committee
Chairwoman of the Social Justice Committee

Rosalyn D. Davis has over 30 years of experience in the Criminal Justice profession. Rosalyn worked in the private probation sector monitoring a private probation company for 7 years prior to starting her career in State Government for the Georgia Department of Corrections in 2000. She has held positions as a Probation Officer I/II, Probation Officer III, Director of a Day Reporting Center, Statewide Day Reporting Center Manager, and Field Services Programs Manager. Rosalyn is currently the Manager of the Community Counseling Services Unit with the Georgia Department of Community Supervision. 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. She is also a Senior POST instructor who actively provides instructions to officers and counselors employed with the Georgia Department of Community Supervision. Rosalyn has been a Part-time Instructor for Middle GA State University for 7 years. She is very active in her community. She served as Board Chair for 4 years 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. Rosalyn serves on various workgroups with various organizations and agencies. Rosalyn has always been an advocate for the less fortunate, homeless, and individuals who are in Recovery.

Education & Credentials:
-Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BS)
-Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MS)
-Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, Level II (CADC-II) - ADACBGA
-Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist (MATS) - ADACBGA
-Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (ICADC) - IC&RC

Jane R. Furtner

Immediate Past President

Jane currently is semi-retired, splitting her time between her home in Atlanta and her place in Vail, Colorado. She spends as much time as she can on the ski slopes in her winter community. Jane worked as a counselor and clinical social worker/therapist for over 35 years in substance use, 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.

Directors

Lucy R. Cannon

Dr. Lucy R. Cannon is the CEO/Owner of LEJ Behavioral Health Services, LLC, a training and consulting company in Metropolitan Atlanta. Dr. Cannon has been a clinician, supervisor, director, and consultant of mental health and co-occurring disorders programs in inpatient and outpatient healthcare organizations and psychiatric hospitals in various states in the United States and Camp Zama, Japan. She is an Adjunct Professor at Clark Atlanta University School of Social Work. She is also a Facilitator/Speaker for the United States Navy Reserve Command. She is a trainer for various local and national healthcare organizations. She also serves on various healthcare organizations boards of directors and advisory boards.

Education & Credentials:
-Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology (PhD)
-Master of Social Work (MSW)
-Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) - State of Georgia
-Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) - State of Alabama
-Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate (CCDP-D) - ADACBGA
-Internationally Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate (ICCDP-D) - IC&RC
-Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist (MATS) - ADACBGA

Denese Faulkner

Denese is a resident of north metro-Atlanta and graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelors in Social Work and Kennesaw State University with a Masters in Social Work. She has been on the Conference Committee of the ADACBGA for 8 years and has served on the Board of Directors 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 provides Telemental Health services via Better Help, Operates a private practice, and the owner/operator of a fitness studio. Denese loves to travel with her husband and play with her 2 Dobermans.

Education & Credentials:
-Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
-Master of Social Work (MSW)
-Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) - State of Georgia
-Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CAADC) - ADACBGA
-Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (ICAADC) - IC&RC

Liz Hubs

Liz Hubs, LCSW

Liz Hubbs, LCSW, is an Assistant Professor of Social Work and Director of Field Education at Dalton State College. Mrs. Hubbs earned a B.A in Psychology from the University of Richmond, an MSW from New York University, and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Georgia. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of GA since 2013. Mrs. Hubbs’ clinical focus in social work has been in the field of mental health, having worked in various mental health settings, including inpatient mental health, outpatient mental health, and behavioral health insurance. She has also served as a clinical supervisor for practicing MSW social workers working towards clinical licensure, as well as a field instructor to BSW and MSW students. Currently, Mrs. Hubbs oversees field education within the BSW program at Dalton State and teaches several social work classes, including the Mental Health class. Her research interests include social work education and helping to teach and empower holistically competent, ethical, and highly effective social work practitioners.

Anne Kohutko

Chairwoman of the Ethics Committee

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.

Education & Credentials:
-Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BA)
-Master of Divinity (MDiv)
-Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - State of Georgia
-Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, Level II (CADC-II) - ADACBGA
-Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist (MATS) - ADACBGA
-Certified Recovery Residence Administrator (CRRA) - ADACBGA
-Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (ICADC) - IC&RC

Stephen Mathis

Psy.D, AAPTA, MAC, CCADC, CCDP-D, ICADC, CCS, CRAT, CSP, CGP, BCFE, BCFM, DABPP, FACFE, CCJS, CCJAP-II, CRST, FPPR, FACAPP, FCICPP

Stephen M. Mathis is a licensed psychologist and certified addictions counselor. In addition to earning two Undergraduate degrees, a Master’s degree, and a Doctorate degree, Dr. Mathis possesses a Post-Doctoral in Clinical Psychology, a Diplomate in Addictionology, a Diplomate in Co-Occurring Disorders, Diplomates in Forensics (one in Forensic Examination, one in Forensic Medicine, and many in various subareas of Forensic Psychological Specialties), a Diplomate in Sports Psychology, a Diplomate in Psychopharmacology, a board certification in substance abuse treatment from the American Psychological Association, an international board certification in addictions, and a national board certification in group psychotherapy. Further, 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, and a Certified Rational Sex Therapist. Dr. Mathis is also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and as a trainer for other therapists working with athletes. He also completed diplomas in Personal Nutrition and Sports and Exercise Nutrition.

Since 1983, Dr. Mathis has specialized in working with and treating adolescents, adults, families/couples, athletes, gays/lesbians/bisexuals, 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. He is also one of the very few clinicians in the city who often works on weekends and does "house calls" for emergencies. Further, Dr. Mathis is able to perform Telemental health sessions via a secured web provider for existing patients who might have difficulties in coming to his office on a regular basis.

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 ADACBGA.

Avery Nix

Avery Nix is a person a in long term recovery. What that means to him is that he is a proud father to his 8-year-old daughter, 2-year-old son, and a loving fiancé' who shares similar visions in life together. He serves at several different capacities for his local community and state as whole, but his heart and soul rests in advocating for adolescents in self-discovery and seeking long term recovery. He grew up in north Georgia and attended a local school to that area, North Hall High School. Avery played football, wrestled, and ran track. He acquired much attention during his time in high school, impacting his surroundings from the very beginning. This began laying the groundwork for his journey to personal recovery and his career in the field of addiction recovery as well. Avery finds himself advocating a lot for high school athletes, specifically, that struggle with substance use disorder. Mainly because he has been there himself. He has spoken on many different platforms, both nationally and locally. From WebMD, to local newspapers, and recorded on a podcast series about the nature of addiction and processes of recovery. Avery also arranges an annual recovery event to recognize all pathways to recovery. Its a tournament style flag football event. In Avery’s time of Recovery, he has helped pilot and launch peer recovery coaching in the emergency departments of Northeast Ga Medical Center, working with the GA Council on Substance Abuse. As of Late September 2018, he took a position working with adolescents as the Director of Marketing and Clinical Outreach for Eagle Overlook Recovery for Adolescents. As of August 2020, Avery joined the Clearfork Academy team as a National Business Development Representative. He continues to have a vision to spread as much hope and awareness as possible for those in recovery or seeking recovery from substance use disorder and mental illness. Supporting them with the help they need is a priority.

Diane Sherman

Diane Sherman, Ph.D., MAC, CCS, a substance use professional since 1975, began her career while serving in the U.S. Army for 15 years in the capacity of Behavioral Science Specialist. She holds the national advanced credential of Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, and Certified Addiction Counselor-II. Dr. Sherman earned her Doctorate in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from Capella University in 2007. Since 2008 she has taught and supervised students who are in pursuit of the certified alcohol & drug counselor credential, offering courses through virtual, in-person and on-demand formats. She is a national, regional and state presenter offering topics relevant to addiction professional skills, clinical and ethical practices, and clinical supervision. Dr. Sherman is proud recipient of multiple awards from her state and national professional association including GACA President’s Award, Bernard Carter Humanitarian Award, the Georgia School of Addiction Studies Bruce Hoopes Pioneer Award in Addiction Treatment, and Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Sherman is a past president of the Georgia Addiction Counselors Association (GACA), and she brings decades of experience to the Board of Directors of the ADACBGA.

Education & Credentials:
-Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (PhD)
-Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) - NCC AP
-Certified Addiction Counselor, Level II (CACII) - GACA
-Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) - GACA
-Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) - ADACBGA

William Thomas

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 individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders in Brooklyn. Dr. Thomas migrated to Georgia where he worked as a private contractor in the field.

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. Dr. Thomas has presented to audiences both in the northeast and the south on topics relevant to the field of addiction and substance use disorders.

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.”

Education & Credentials:
-Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
-Master of Social Work (MSW)
-Bachelor of Science in Community & Human Services (BS)
-Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) - State of New York
-Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, Level II (CADC-II) - ADACBGA
-Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (ICADC) - IC&RC

Canzada Twyman

Chairwoman of the Skills Enhancement Learning Development (SELD) Committee

Canzada (Cea) has over 25 years’ experience in the field of addictions and human services. 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. Cea currently serves as the Founding Executive Director and Pastor of the Divine Exchange Ministry, Inc. where she oversees the Women of Exchange Empowerment and the Beautiful Pearls Project in Washington, D.C. She is an Ordained Pastor, Agent of Change, Humanitarian, Published Author, Motivational/Conference Speaker & Host, and Alcohol & Drug Counselor. Spiritually, Cea studied with a variety of religious institutions and organizations in New York, Maryland, and Washington, DC. In July of 2015, Cea received a Doctor of Divinity from Kingdom Leaders Seminary in Austell, Georgia.

Education & Credentials:
-Doctor of Divinity (DDiv)
-Master of Science in Human Services (MS)
-Bachelor of Science in Community Psychology & Organizational Structure (BS)
-Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CAADC) - ADACBGA
-Certified Co-Occurring Disorder Professional Diplomate (CCDP-D) - ADACBGA
-Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) - ADACBGA
-Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist (MATS) - ADACBGA
-E-Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (E-CADC) - ADACBGA
-Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) - NCC AP
-Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (ICAADC) - IC&RC
-Internationally Certified Co-Occurring Disorder Professional Diplomate (ICCDP-D) - IC&RC
-Internationally Certified Clinical Supervisor (ICCS) - IC&RC

J. J. Widener

Chairman of the Continuing Education (CE) Committee

J.J. owns Black Sheep Trauma and Recovery, a small private practice located in Thomasville, Georgia, where he lives with his beautiful wife, Christi, and amazing daughter, Justice.

Education & Credentials:
-Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy (MS)
-Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - State of Georgia
-Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) - State of Georgia
-Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CAADC) - ADACBGA
-Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (ICAADC) - IC&RC