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.
Secretary (2019-2022), Immediate Past Chair
Beverly is a born and raised Athenian, she is a Double Dawg with a Bachelor in Psychology and a Master in Rehabilitation Counseling, a Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC), and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Since 1997, Beverly has worked in the Criminal Justice system. Beverly was raised to believe in the power of helping others, and giving back to her community. She strives to grow in her knowledge and treatment of persons living in recovery, and she loves working with the Recovery Community in Athens.
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.
Laarni McCarver is often the first point of contact for individuals and family/support persons seeking information on entering the program. She is also responsible for keeping all policies and procedures up to date to ensure safety and compliance program wide.
Laarni currently serves on the board of the Georgia Association of Recovery Residences (GARR) and Athens Recovery Fest. She was also chosen to participate in the Georgia Recovers Campaign to help bring awareness to recovery and end the stigma.
Laarni served as a medic in the US Army and has prior certifications as a paramedic and a phlebotomist. She loves to help others and is always willing to assist wherever she is needed. She is currently pursuing her addiction counseling certification.
Laarni battled a 17 year addiction and has been in recovery from active addiction since March 25, 2011.
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.
Marielle believes that our uniqueness and diversity is a major source of strength, connection, and community. She is passionate about serving those who are in recovery and living with mental illness or addiction, their families and loved ones, and our community. Marielle has been involved in community-level action for over 13 years. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor, owns & operates Athens Counseling & Psychotherapy, LLC, and volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) with Athens-Clarke County.
Since 2013, Jenn has been in long term recovery from substance use disorder. In 2018, she acquired her CARES certification and is now a CPS-AD. Jenn has a passion for helping others to get and stay well and uses her lived experience to empower others on their own self-directed pathways to recovery. She is the Executive Director of REBOOT Jackson, a Recovery Community Organization in Jackson County. Jenn also works closely with recovery advocacy groups, the Georgia Overdose Prevention Project, and local treatment centers. She believes that recovery is a right and it is available to us all.
Kennedy is currently a Dental Hygiene Student at Athens Technical College. She is very involved in her school and 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.
Wyatt is one of the newest junior board members of Athens Recovery Fest, Inc. Wyatt has been a part of the board for two years in various capacities.
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