Meet the team:
M.Ed., CSAC, CPRS
Chief Executive Officer
Sandy is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Roads to Recovery. Her personal recovery is through lived experience as a family member of loved ones with addictions, mutual help programs, individual therapy, and daily reading and meditation practice. She is committed to providing help and support for family and friends because, “we are often so focused on the person with addiction that we don’t realize how distorted our own thinking and reality have become. We need treatment and recovery support as much as our loved ones with SUDs. “ Sandy has over 30 years of experience in substance use disorder counseling, prevention, program development, management and supervision, teaching and training, all levels of care, and agency administration. Sandy is also a trainer and consultant statewide for peers and professionals in stigma fighting, advocacy and recovery management for people with substance use disorders, recovery-orientated systems of care, and peer leadership training. Sandy has taught courses in Counselor Identity, Function and Ethics, Substance Abuse Counseling along with being a regular presenter at State Addiction Conferences in VA, WV, and TN. Sandy is a CPRS (Certified Peer Recovery Specialist) and a CSAC (Certified Substance Abuse Counselor) and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Lynchburg College. She enjoys hiking, biking, music, theater, reading, and time with family and friends.
B.S., A.A.S, CPRS
Chief Administrative Officer
Mark began his journey in recovery as a peer in our Monroe house back in 2016. Shortly after, he brought
his knowledge of finance to the team as a part-time accounts payable clerk. Since 2018, Mark has been overseeing all of Roads to Recovery finances and was made Chief Administrative Officer in January of 2020. Also, a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and state trainer for peer specialists, Mark enjoys the coaching he does with our peers, helping them to repair and rebuild their finances so that they can meet their goals for the future. Mark also enjoys delivering professional and community workshops, where sharing the possibilities recovery brings, is a passion of his. He serves on the boards of Community Access Network (CAN) and Virginia Association of Recovery Residences (VARR).
Communications Director & Executive Assistant
Katherine first discovered Roads to Recovery at CVANE's 5th Year Anniversary Celebration in May of 2019. She was then reached out to in August-September of 2019 to help start the process of working on a "new/updated" logo for Roads to Recovery. Katherine finished her Bachelor of Art's degree in Communications at the University of Lynchburg in December of 2019 and started working for Roads to Recovery in March 2020. Katherine finished her Master's degree in Social Media Management at Liberty University online in December of 2020. While working at Roads to Recovery, Katherine is also the Program Coordinator for Central Virginia Academy for Nonprofit Excellence (CVANE), a social media manager for her father's family-owned diner, a social media marketing consultant with several nonprofits, and a photographer. When not working, Katherine enjoys going to the Outer Banks and hanging out with her fur babies, Milo and Otis.
My name is Bryon, and I am living in long-term recovery. I didn’t think this was possible until I came to Roads to Recovery in June of 2016 and enrolled in the residential program. This organization never judged me by my past. Instead, they wrapped their arms around me and gave me hope for the future that I never thought possible. I lived in our Monroe house until November of 2017, learning the tools necessary to live a life in recovery from substances, getting the support essential to receive the help I needed to live a life in recovery from a severe mental health disorder, and establishing lasting relationships with others in recovery. R2R saved my life and showed me that those in our society see substance use and mental health disorders as diseases that need to be treated with love and compassion. Things have come full circle for me as now I am the Development Director for R2R. I get to be apart of a team that lives out recovery every day. I hope to work with other members, organizations, and businesses in our community to build relationships that will help support individuals seeking recovery from substance use disorder and crush the stigma that surrounds this disease.
Family Support Coordinator
Beth Anderson started at Roads to Recovery in September 2020 as an intern. She quickly connected with the Family Support program and in January 2021 was asked to join the team as our Family Support Coordinator. Beth leads our family and friends group in addition to providing one on one counseling to support individuals who have loved ones in recovery. Beth believes this work is important because "Family members are so often overlooked in the recovery process because the focus is on their loved ones. What most people don't realize is how heavy of an impact addiction has on not only the individual, but also everyone else in that person's life." Beth has a bachelor's degree in Special Education and will graduate in August 2021 with her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of Lynchburg. In her free time, Beth loves cooking, traveling, and spending time with her husband.
Senior Recovery Coach & Wellness Specialist
James is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and a Certified SMART Recovery Facilitator who coaches individual peers and facilitates several groups including Building Recovery Capital Group twice each week. James began with Roads to Recovery in August, 2015. James was born and raised in Lynchburg and has been in recovery since April 2014. James holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from VCU and is pursuing his master's degree in rehabilitation counseling, also from VCU. In his spare time James can be found exercising or reading.
Women's Recovery Specialist
Amanda came to Roads to Recovery in October 2019. Originally from Nottoway Va, Amanda knew that if she wanted a chance at a new and healthy lifestyle, everything needed to change. She often refers to taking that first step as the hardest but most rewarding thing she has ever done. Though the journey has been far from easy, Amanda has discovered a new passion for living life. She recently completed her Peer Recovery Specialist training and plans to take the necessary steps to become certified in the near future. Amanda has high hopes for the future of the Roads to Recovery women's program. Her goals are to seek out ways to both strengthen and grow the outreach in order to help as many women as possible. Amanda has found her purpose is helping and encouraging others in the same way that she was helped when at her bottom. "So often in life things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great good fortune." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Recovery Coach/Program Coordinator
My name is David Lewis and I am a person in long term Recovery. I work for Roads to Recovery as a Peer Recovery Specialist and a Program Coordinator. I came to Roads to Recovery as a peer on October 9th, 2018. I came here trying to recover from substance use disorder. I've attempted to stay sober multiple times, but was not successful. After being admitted into Roads, my life almost instantly got better! I got back into recovery support groups, I started working, and then I started pursuing my career as a Peer Support Specialist. Now, I work here helping others trying to sustain long term sobriety! My life has changed tremendously for the better since I've made R2R a part of my family. My dream and goal is to do the same for others!
Recovery Coach/Facilities Coordinator
Joe came to live in a Roads to Recovery house to change and save his life. Roads to Recovery provided him with the guidance and hope to do so. Joe now lives in our new “Step-Out” transition home and is a proud member of the team. He makes sure our homes are all up to R2R's standards and the standards of NARR, the National Alliance of Recovery Residences. Joe has completed Peer Recovery Specialist training and is in the process of completing the other requirements for his CPRS certification.