Meet Our Team

Dedicated Professionals

Richard L. “Rich” Jones

EMDR Certified Trauma Therapist

Executive Director

A senior healthcare and non-profit executive and director since 2002, Rich brings skills across multiple domains, including mental health services, substance use disorder treatment, and recovery support services. Rich is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS), DOT Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS), Co-Occurring Disorder Professional (CCDP), Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP), Certified ARISE Interventionist (CAI) and an EMDR Certified Trauma Therapist.  Prior to joining FAVOR, Rich was the Director of Community Recovery Residences for Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina for Pavillon Treatment Center. Rich has been in long-term recovery since 2001.  He received his B.S. in Business Management at St. Vincent College, his MA in Sociology with concentration in Addiction Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and his MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Management at the University of Scranton.

Mike Malone

Operations Director


Mike has a vast array of experience in various service industries and an educational background in communications and psychology.  He has been an active member of the Greenville recovery community since 2009.  Mike brings compassion, enthusiasm and an extensive amount of recovery knowledge to the position.  His responsibilities include: ensuring the delivery of quality programs at the center, individual recovery coaching, assistance with training and education, and coordination of volunteers.  Mike is an avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast and he will use these avenues to engage participants who struggle with reaching out for help.

Mary Harris Edwards

Development Director, aka “FUNdraiser for FAVOR”

Passionate about fundraising, compassionate about FAVOR, Mary Harris brings 22 years of nonprofit skills and experience to work every day. Her path toward recovery began in 2004 and she considers herself to be grateful, lucky and very thankful! Mary Harris sums it up like this “I grew up in an eccentric family where it was Tennessee Williams meets Oscar Wilde via the Jockey Lot. I just thought growing up in an alcoholic family was another term for being Southern. Today, my life is one of cool reality, heartfelt honesty, get down laughter, real sadness, magnificent friends, less drama but above all great recovery.” Proud to be a part of the FAVOR Team, Mary Harris looks forward to growing its fan base. And oh, BTW, if you want to see Mary Harris smile, just donate to FAVOR here. It’s just that darn easy. And FAVOR FUN!

Michelle Newell

Administrative Coordinator

Michelle has a wide range of experience in the field of human services, and a passion for serving the needs of others. In 2014 Michelle earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Brown Mackie College in Greenville and graduated salutatorian of her class. She has been involved in the recovery community since 2006. Michelle brings compassion, commitment, and a love for others to this position. Her responsibilities include administrative duties, system organization for workflow efficiency, maintenance of the Center’s overall look and aesthetic, assistance with donor relations, and building relationships within the recovery community. Michelle is family oriented and loves activities that enrich family life. Her natural compassion towards others and personal experience with recovery make Michelle a warm and welcoming face at the front desk of FAVOR. She is excited to be a part of this recovery community helping others, and seeing FAVOR Greenville change the world!

Tricia Lawdahl

Recovery Coach Specialist
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Tricia was an Intensive Care Registered Nurse with a B.S.N. and a Critical Care R.N. Certification for 20 years. Since 2004, she has been active, and has additionally held service positions, in the Greenville recovery community. Tricia’s personal and professional experiences have made her uniquely qualified to help people along their recovery journeys. She has a sincere concern for the well-being of those she works with and accepts them where they are, with empathy and non-judgment. As one of FAVOR Greenville’s Recovery Coach Specialists and a trained Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS), she meets with participants weekly to support them on their recovery journeys. Tricia is committed and genuinely interested in helping people find their own pathway to recovery. Tricia has also been certified to train other recovery coaches; attending continuing education classes is required to maintain these certifications. Tricia also serves on the FAVOR Fund Development Council, where her responsibilities offer her the privilege to share her experiences with many people in the community and spread the FAVOR message. Tricia enjoys a great relationship with her husband, 2 grown children and her 2 wonderful dogs. She enjoys reading and is always looking for new self-improvement opportunities. Her strength training 3 times a week keeps her pointed in the right direction.

Vicki Howard

Recovery Coach Specialist

Vicki retired after 24 years of service in her career as a special education teacher. She received her BA at The University of Edinboro PA and M.Ed. at University of SC. Vicki moved to Greenville from Beaufort, SC after living there for twenty years. Before leaving in 2005 she found recovery from an addiction to alcohol through an alternative program that gave her the hope and strength to begin a new life. She now is involved in giving back to her new community in ways, which before recovery, would not have been possible. She continues to stay in contact with her students, at her elementary school, by dropping by on special occasions. She is a Guardian Ad Litem for the State of SC, volunteering as a voice for children in DSS custody and the court system. In 2013 Vicki completed the first recovery coach training session offered by FAVOR Greenville. Now, as a Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS), Vicki’s training and life experience are being used to help those individuals that seek help through FAVOR Greenville. In her own words, “meeting people where they are and listening to what people want from their recovery are key.” Vicki has also been trained in Positive Psychology and Mindfulness. Vicki enjoys reading, yoga, and spending time with her family.

Lynn Seward

Recovery Coach

Lynn graduated from Clemson with a major in sociology and a minor in psychology.   She always wanted to be a counselor and now she is doing just that as a FAVOR Recovery Coach and ARISE Interventionist.  Lynn has been in long-term recovery since 2011 and is a certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist.  Her caring for individuals and families suffering with addiction knows no limits.  She brings a lot of compassion, warmth and energy to her work at FAVOR.  In her spare time, she is an avid tennis player.



Carol Cain

Recovery Coach Specialist

Carol is a Certified Registered Nurse Case Manager with experience in Family Centered Care, Drug Free Workplace, EAP, and Recovering Professionals Programs. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Clemson University and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management and Development.  Carol has been an active member of the Greenville recovery community since 2008. Having several family members who have struggled with addiction, she has participated in multiple family and personal recovery programs.  Carol exhibits a passion for reaching out to support other families struggling with a loved one’s addiction. She brings compassion, energy, and commitment to the FAVOR program. She also brings extensive personal family addiction and education experience to the role of Family Coach.  Her role includes family coaching, support, and education.  Carol enjoys gardening, auctions, her two book clubs, Holy Cross Episcopal Church, her neighborhood activities, her grandchildren, and her large extended family.

Phil Scheele

Recovery Coach

Phil is an entrepreneur and small business owner in the Greenville community since 2007. He has been an active member of the Greenville area recovery community since 2014.  Phil is honored to have the opportunity to “kick start” the new Assertive Community Engagement Program at FAVOR Greenville as part of ACE Team ‘Alpha’. His love for helping others and giving back to the community make him an excellent youth mentor and recovery advocate. Phil’s responsibilities as an ACE Coach include working with teens in group settings at the FAVOR Greenville Center, as well as relationship building and peer-to-peer coaching with young adult participants. Phil enjoys the outdoors, hiking with the Adventures in Recovery group at FAVOR, and hanging out with his dog, Bailey.

Lisa Mincey

ePreventions Coordinator

Lisa brings true empathy, sincerity, and an extensive amount of recovery knowledge to her position as ePreventions Coordinator.  Lisa has been in long term recovery since 2009, and is a customer relations expert with a background in hospitality. For the past 15 years, she has loved being a stay-at-home mom raising her two sons, Andrew and Aaron, with her husband Mark.

Lisa has been a FAVOR volunteer since the Center opened in July 2013 and is a certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist, ARISE Interventionist, and serves as a Family and Individual Recovery Coach.

Lisa’s responsibilities include working with families to secure positive communication and initiate ePreventions and family intervention plans. She also assists with rehab placement, arranging recovery, transitional, and aftercare plans.

Lisa and her family are long-time Simpsonville residents who are very active in their community. They enjoy travel, sports and all outdoor activities, and are dedicated to sharing their experience to help other families facing substance use disorder.

Michelle Handler

Michelle Handler

Recovery Coach Specialist

In 2012, at forty two years old, Michelle became a single mother of four boys, started college, and began her journey of long-term recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol. She is a Recovery Coach Specialist at FAVOR. Her role includes family coaching, support and education. Michelle obtained her Bachelor Degree in Social Work in 2016 and her Associate Degree in Human Services in 2014. She learned on this journey through her education and her own experiences in recovery that there are many paths to recovery. She believes that each person needs to discover what works for them. Michelle has a passion for recovery and wants to share the peace that she has found from leaving the life of addiction.

She also has empathy and great understanding for the loved ones of the person suffering with addiction as she comes from a family affected by alcohol use disorder and has experience with her sons’ struggles with the legal and personal consequences of drugs. On a personal note, Michelle is a new Grandma, loves to work with animals and is frequently fostering dogs that are waiting to be adopted. She believes that loving relationships and connecting with others are keys to recovery and honors any path to healing that works, whether it be for the individual or the family member.


Thomas Nelson

Thomas Nelson

Recovery Coach

A native of Greensboro, NC, Thomas moved to Greenville when he began his journey to recovery in 2013. He immediately became involved with FAVOR and joined the Sobertooth Tigers basketball team. He also works at Pavillon Place helping others find their own paths to recovery. Thomas’ responsibilities as a Recovery Coach include working with teens in group settings at the FAVOR Greenville Center, as well as relationship building and peer-to-peer coaching with young adult participants. A talented artist, Thomas runs his own screen printing business. He enjoys hiking and live music.

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Roy Dessloch

Recovery Coach

Roy has been in the business of helping children and adults as a swim coach since 1975. He has worked with literally thousands of swimmers from beginners through national qualifiers in summer league, year-round club, college, high school, and master’s settings. Although he retired from full-time coaching in 2013, Roy continues to be involved in the sport as a part-time coach, volunteer, and serving on the South Carolina Swimming board of directors.

He began his recovery journey in 2001, and enjoys applying his coaching skills to working with people who are seeking a better life, free from the shackles of addiction. Roy believes that FAVOR is a tremendous asset to our community, and provides a unique resource to both addicted individuals and their families. His duties include Recovery Coaching, assisting with FAVOR’s Outreach and AIR programs, and facilitating All Recovery meetings. Roy has a B.A. in Speech from Wabash College (IN), and an M.S. in Sport Physiology from West Virginia University.

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Chris Griffin

Recovery Coach

Born and raised in Michigan, Chris has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Kettering University in Flint, MI. He has lived in the upstate off and on since 2008. Chris first found recovery through an Intensive Outpatient Program at Pavillon in 2015. Upon exiting that program, he fully immersed himself in the various recovery programs found throughout Greenville, including 12-step fellowships, therapy, SMART recovery, church attendance, and of course FAVOR.

Chris brings his experience working as a Rehabilitation Aide with the South Carolina Department of Vocational Rehabilitation at their Holmesview location as well as his certification as a Peer to Peer specialist. He has an intense desire to continue to learn everything he can about addiction and recovery and give support to others in the same it was given to him.  “Recovery has not only opened my eyes to the profound impact that our behavior has on those around us, but also to the unimaginable potential that we all have.”

Chris’ hobbies include reading, hiking, taking the recovery world by storm, and spending time with his dog Charlie (a girl). He is particularly passionate about ending the stigma associated with addiction and mental health issues as a whole.


Deborah Smith

Deborah Smith

Recovery Coach

A Greenville native with a background in the service industry, Deb brings valuable experience to FAVOR as a wilderness guide and recovery coach from a wilderness substance use disorder program. She graduated high school here in Greenville, and holds certifications as a Nurse Assistant, Wilderness First Responder, and a Peer to Peer Specialist. She has been part of the Greenville recovery community since 2014, and it is an understatement to say personal growth and recovery are her passions.

Her gratitude for the limitless and unimaginable life recovery has given her shines brightly to everyone she meets. In her spare time you’ll find her at a music show, in the woods hiking or camping, or spending quality time with her friends and family. A wonderful addition to our staff, Deb assists with our Assertive Community Engagement (ACE) program and our Teen Program.

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