Meet The Athens Recovery Fest Board!
The Board of Directors supports the work of Athens Recovery Fest, Inc., and its family of programs, while providing mission-based leadership and strategic governance. The Board is a partnership, staffed by volunteer members whose leadership span the breath of community, education, entrepreneurship, government, non-profit, philanthropy, political, and social engagement in Athens-Clark County. This partnership comes together to raise awareness about Recovery from addiction and/or mental illness, connect people with community resources, celebrate people in recovery and advocates, and offers hope for individuals and family members of those who are living with addiction and/or mental illness.
Julia Dail lives and works in the Athens-Oconee area. She is the clinical Program Director at Alliance Recovery Center, a medication assisted treatment facility in Athens, Ga. Julia is a dual-certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker and addiction specialist, holding board certifications from the The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia (ADACBGA), and The Georgia Addiction Counselors Association (GACA). In her spare time, she loves advocating for those living in recovery with addiction and mental illness. She loves hiking, traveling, and her family. …
Since 2012, Shannon has worked with survivors of emotional trauma, and persons living in recovery from addiction and mental illness. Shannon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CAADC), a Certified Domestic Violence Specialist, and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She is a small business owner, and her passion is helping people find their voice.
Shelia is a Licensed Master Social Worker, Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Anger Management Specialist, and an Electronic Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She is currently working toward becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In 2018, Shelia opened Balanced Behavioral Counseling Services, LLC to serve the needs of the Athens recovery community.
Sunshine was raised in Rabun County, in the northeast Georgia mountains. After 20 + years of battling mental illness and a substance use disorder she found recovery in Athens, Georgia. Sunshine has now built a solid foundation in Athens, and started a life as a person in long term recovery. She is a small business owner, and has earned C.A.R.E.S., CPS-AD, and FPM credentials, and she has started her career in the field of Recovery at Reboot Jackson. Sunshine’s passion is to give back within her community, and work with people early in their recovery. She provides experience-based peer support to those who live with substance use and mental health disorders, while advocating for self-directed care. Her hobbies include being in nature, fishing, sports, and enjoying the blessings of her recovery.
Jessica Ross lives in Athens with her two teenagers. She is the director of nursing for Alliance Recovery Center. She enjoys being a tireless advocate for the recovery community, working to cure Hepatitis C in her clients, and tacos.
A first-generation immigrant from Guyana, Simone has always been passionately driven to be the change she wants to see in her community. She has built her career around helping marginalized individuals through counseling, employment and advocacy. Simone is a paralegal, earned her undergraduate degrees in international affairs and psychology and holds holds a MSW degree. Simone works towards criminal justice reform and policy changes at the intersection of the legal system and mental illness. She also is involved in her community as an advocate for immigrant rights, social justice reform and recovery initiatives. Simone’s self-care includes quality time with her soul mate, family, friends, traveling, culinary creativity, DIYing and supporting the Georgia Bulldogs.
Kennedy is a Registered Dental Hygienist in Athens, GA. She is very involved in her local community and is passionate about raising awareness and supporting the recovery community in Athens. Kennedy has served as a junior board member for Athens Recovery Fest since 2014 in various capacities and is now serving as our Social Media coordinator.
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