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.
Chief Administrative Officer
Mark has been with Roads to Recovery for several years, first as a peer and then as a part-time accounts payable clerk. Since January of 2018, Mark has been overseeing all of Roads to Recovery finances as the Finance Manager while also working on development and building relationships with donors. Also a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and state trainer for peer specialists, Mark does financial coaching with our peers, helping them to create budgets, learn to save, build credit, and prepare to meet their goals for the future. Mark has also begun to deliver professional and community workshops and other training for Roads.
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. While working at Roads to Recovery, Katherine is pursuing her Master's degree in Social Media Management at Liberty University online and plans to be completed that degree 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, and a photographer. When not working, Katherine enjoys going to Outer Banks and hanging out with her fur babies, Milo and Otis.
B.S., CIC, CPRS
Men's Program Manager, Recovery Coach
Jim was first exposed to Roads to Recovery at its inception as a volunteer, helping in the renovation of the Monroe house in 2013. Jim participated in and completed the first Peer Coach class conducted in 2015. He achieved his required 500 hours of supervised training as an intern at Serenity Vista in Boquete, Panama and afterwards was on staff there as a peer counselor for a year. In April 2017 Jim returned to the States and immediately started working as a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist at Roads to Recovery. Jim initiated an outdoor hiking program at Roads to Recovery and is expanding it to other outdoor activities for our peers. Jim acquired his undergraduate education at Guilford College 1974-1976 and VA Tech 1976-1978.
Admissions Specialist/Women's Recovery Coach
Stephanie received her Bachelor's degree from Lynchburg College in 2007. She has experience in multiple aspects of business; including production and wholesale and retail purchasing in corporate settings. Her own journey in recovery and her passion for helping others led her to Roads to Recovery. She has completed her training to be a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and is now finishing up the other requirements to complete her credential. Stephanie believes that recovery is possible for anyone and that everyone deserves the peace and serenity that long-term recovery brings. Stephanie loves kids and is the Nursery Supervisor at her church; she enjoys spending her free time with her dog Riley.
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.
Recovery Oriented Employment Specialist
Karla first discovered Roads to Recovery at our annual Recovery Month Fundraiser in 2017. Karla, having experienced the effects of Substance Use Disorder within her own family, was immediately drawn to the supportive services that Roads to Recovery offered. In 2019, Karla became an intern while working on her bachelor’s degree in Addiction and Recovery through Liberty University. Following her internship, she was offered a full-time position as the Recovery Oriented Employment Specialist. Karla is set to get her certification as a Peer Recovery Specialist in the Spring of 2020 and plans to pursue her Master’s in Clinical Counseling in the Fall of 2020.
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!
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.