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Meet Our Team

Richard L. “Rich” Jones

CEO/COO
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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.

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Mike Malone

Regional Program Director-Upstate South Carolina
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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.
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Mary Harris Edwards

Major Gift Officer, Fund Development
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Passionate about fundraising, compassionate about FAVOR, Mary Harris, a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), brings more than 25 years of nonprofit skills and experience to work every day as chief “FUNdraiser for FAVOR. 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!

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Maria Sosa

Stewardship Manager, Fund Development
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A New York City native of Puerto Rican descent, Maria is fluent in both the Spanish and English languages.  After several years living in the San Francisco Bay Area and Puerto Rico, Maria finally landed as a military spouse at Shaw Air Force Base, Sumter, South Carolina in 1995, where she raised two daughters, now 27 and 25.  At the University of South Carolina, Maria graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Psychology (2004) and Masters in Social Work (2006). Work experiences include substance abuse treatment counseling with groups and individuals, and social work with children and adolescents living in residential foster care. Maria has worked extensively in hospice care specializing in dementias, death and grief issues.  Currently, she provides clinical care management to help individuals and families coping with chronic diseases.

Maria began her own recovery journey in 2008, having her own experiences coping with many family members and friends who struggle with addictions. She currently participates in various family and personal recovery programs and has personal experience in group and individual therapy. Maria is passionate about helping families and individuals to not only discover the joys of recovery, but to also fully embrace all of its challenges with dignity and respect.

She is very excited about reaching out and connecting to underserved communities in Greenville as FAVOR expands its outreach.

For fun times, Maria enjoys painting, gardening, exploring arts, food and culture in the upstate, and meditation practice.

Lisa Mincey

Community Engagement Manager, Fund Development
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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 Newell

Administrative Director
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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 presence at FAVOR. She is excited to be a part of this recovery community helping others, and seeing FAVOR Greenville change the world!

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Tina Harris

Director of Greenville County Outreach
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Tina Harris is a native Californian with three grown children who are 32, 26, and 25. Tina is a senior at USC Beaufort, working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services. She is a transfer student from Greenville Technical College and her return to college is a lost dream restored once she stopped using drugs. She has a passion for helping those affected by substance use disorder, mental illness, and homelessness to name a few. After completing an internship at FAVOR, she became a volunteer, then a recovery coach, and is an ambassador for FAVOR’s Hope and Healing Tour. Tina has joined the staff at FAVOR as FAVOR expands their outreach.  She began her recovery in 2006.

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Hubert Yarborough

Senior Director of Emergency Services
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After earning a BS degree in Psychology from Wofford College in 1994, Hubert began working as a therapist and later in mental health pharmaceuticals.  In 2002, he joined his family’s human resources business and over the next 15 years he was Vice President of Development for Propel HR.  In recovery since 2013, Hubert joined the FAVOR team in the fall of 2017. He is a trained recovery coach and is also a Certified Peer Support Specialist.

Outside of working with victims and families in recovery, Hubert currently serves on The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Board of SC, Leadership South Carolina Board of Directors, the Greenville City Police Department Citizens Academy Board, the GHS Children’s Hospital Advancement Council and the Kairos Prison Ministry Board. He is also an active member in the Downtown Rotary Club of Greenville.

Hubert enjoys spending time in the mountains, riding his bike and traveling.  He and his wife, Lee, have two girls.  Furthermore, Hubert and his golden retriever “Major”, who is a licensed therapy dog, love visiting patients at the Greenville Hospital System and surrounding retirement homes.  Hubert says, “Nothing makes me happier than making people smile.”

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Roy Dessloch

Volunteer Coordinator-Greenville County
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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.

Michelle Norman

Administrative Assistant
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Michelle recently relocated to Greenville from Memphis, TN. She has 20 years of experience as a Certified Pharmacy Technician III, in retail, hospital and home infusion pharmacy settings. Michelle is new to the recovery family, becoming sober in June 2017.

She loves to paint and do crafts of all kinds, as well as teach others. She has 2 great kids and 2 bad birds! Michelle is a warm and friendly face to meet guests at the FAVOR Front Desk. Compassionate and caring, she hopes to help others in the recovery process and to help FAVOR grow.

Tricia Lawdahl

Recovery Coach Mentor
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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 Mentor
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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.

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Michelle Handler

Recovery Coach Mentor
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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.

Carol Cain

Recovery Coach
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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
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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.

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Bob Mitchell

Recovery Coach
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On Jan 18th 2014, Bob moved to Greenville, SC and began his journey into long-term sobriety. After a decade or more of trying different traditional approaches to get sober, Bob found success through the sport of Triathlon. Bob has achieved personal goals he never thought possible both physically and emotionally. As a member of the GHS Triathlon team, Bob finds his strong friendships with other committed athletes to be a very key component to his long-term sobriety. Bob is a very well-spoken advocate for the importance of building self-confidence during recovery. Through diet and exercise and celebrating every “little victory”, Bob believes strongly in the healing powers of accomplishment.
Professionally Bob has worked in the steel industry for most of his career, but he made a change in 2017 to concentrate further on his education, focusing on Human Services and Physical Therapy. Believing that “there’s always time to change,” Bob has embraced the challenge of a career change in his early forties because he feels so strongly about enriching others’ lives through his work.
Bob is a FAVOR Recovery Coach, an Operation Rescue Crisis Line Coach, and the “AIR FIT” (Adventures in Recovery) weekly group workouts coordinator.

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Sue Foster

Recovery Coach
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Sue loves to share the hope and encouragement of recovery. She has been in long term recovery since 2003, has work in the addiction recovery field for 12 years, and is a Certified Supervised Counselor – Alcohol and Drug (CSC-AD) as well as a Peer Navigator. Sue moved to Greenville from Maryland six years ago and is very excited to see the face of recovery grow and change. She is passionate about passing this hope and peace to those still suffering, both individuals and family members.

Sue helps staff the Operation Rescue hotline which helps family members and individuals take the next step in their recovery journeys.

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Takka McCord

Recovery Coach
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Dori Baumwart

Recovery Coach
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Ann-marie Fuselier

Recovery Coach
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My recovery journey began in 2014. In the summer of 2016, I went to my first FAVOR meeting and immediately noticed something different. The atmosphere was very warm, welcoming, and positive. Everyone was so nice and genuine. I have been coming back ever since! FAVOR has made a huge impact on my recovery journey. The way FAVOR embraces people where they are and treats them like worthy human beings is hugely impactful. I have wanted to help people who are suffering since I was a kid, and FAVOR does that every day. I started volunteering at FAVOR last year, and it felt so good to be involved and helping people in need. I am honored to volunteer and now work here at FAVOR.

My career in the medical profession began with me working in a pathology lab for 6 years. During that time, I went to school and graduated with a BSN in nursing from USC Upstate in 2008. My specialties are burns/trauma, critical care, and research nursing. My background as a nurse is invaluable in helping me work within the recovery community.

Some things I like to do for fun include traveling, music, watching movies, and hanging out with my beautiful golden retriever Daisy!

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Krystal Fowler

Recovery Coach
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Britt Barker

Recovery Coach

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Britt joined the FAVOR team in the fall of 2018, with the motivation to share with others the hope, peace and gratitude that recovery has brought into his life, as well as the lives of those closest to him.  He will graduate from Clemson University in May 2019 with a degree in philosophy and psychology. Britt has spent the majority of his journey in recovery (since July of 2015) working in the field of substance use disorder treatment, most recently working as a recovery coach with Pavillon’s Young Men’s Extended Care program (YMEC). He is an avid musician and traveler, two areas of his life that have grown exponentially thanks to the freedom afforded by a life without drugs and alcohol. Britt also has a keen interest in spirituality and physical wellness, as part of his holistic approach to recovery.

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Leigh Huckins

Program Coordinator-Anderson
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Born and raised in Anderson, SC, Leigh has been in recovery since 2014.  She graduated from Clemson University and moved to Charleston, SC where she started a career at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.  After living in Charleston for 10 years, her life had spiraled out of control with substances so she sought treatment and moved back home to Anderson.

Upon completion of treatment, Leigh attended FAVOR Greenville’s All Recovery Meetings and had a Recovery Coach.  Leigh knew there was something special about FAVOR and in 2018 she helped form FAVOR Anderson.  She is the new the Program Coordinator for FAVOR Anderson, and her Recovery Coach is now her boss!

She is a wife and mother of three beautiful children.

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Lauren Foster

Program Coordinator-Spartanburg
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Born and raised in Spartanburg, Lauren attended Dorman High School and then went on to Spartanburg Community College to become a registered nurse (RN).  She has worked in acute care and orthopedics, but has spent most of her career doing hospice nursing. She currently also works as an RN at CSL Plasma.  

In 2009 Lauren was diagnosed with bone cancer and had major surgery to remove the tumor.  This is where addiction began for her.  After multiple attempts at recovery, she completely turned her life around in 2015 by participating in Drug Court.  In February 2018 her husband committed suicide while in active addiction, so she has been on both sides of the addiction struggle.  She found recovery through the traditional path of AA, but started attending FAVOR meetings in Spartanburg after her sponsor suggested it.  She immediately took the Recovery Coach training and began volunteering as a recovery coach.  She became the Program Coordinator for Spartanburg in March of 2019. 

She enjoys spending time with her two children, Easton, 3, and Ella, 10, and her fiancé Blake.  They are very busy with T-ball and softball games, playing with her two golden retrievers, and attending church at NewSpring. She loves being able to help others find recovery and share her experience to give someone hope.

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Edwin Lathan

Recovery Coach
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After a number of years of relapse and struggles, Edwin has been in long-term recovery since September of 2013. Since then he has earned a Bachelor Degree in Human Services from the University of South Carolina and is currently working towards a Masters of Social Work. Edwin came to FAVOR as an intern in the fall of 2018.

During his time at FAVOR, he has participated in community outreach and various volunteer positions. He attends ALL Recovery meetings as well as different 12-step based programs. As a FAVOR Recovery Coach, he hopes to show others that recovery is possible!

Edwin has worked with South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation as an inpatient aide at the Palmetto Center in Florence. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, baking, and playing with his two cats (Jackson and Jackie).

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Greg Huckins

Recovery Coach
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Originally from Long Island NY, Greg moved to the Clemson area in 1987. He embarked on his recovery journey in January of 2013. Greg built the foundation of his recovery within a 12-step fellowship. In more recent years, Greg has embraced multiple pathways through FAVOR Greenville’s all recovery meetings.

He has a genuine passion to help others recover and reduce stigma. Greg is a trained Recovery Coach. One of the greatest gifts of his recovery is his family. Greg is a loving husband and father of three beautiful children. 

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Adline Fuller

Recovery Coach
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Adline Fuller started her journey in recovery on April 3, 1990. She was facing a 45-year prison sentence for allowing her drug of choice, crack cocaine, to use her to do anything and everything she could to get one more. She took her 18-month-old baby in the closet and prayed. She asked God to grant her mercy. She asked God not to give her 45 years because her baby would be old when she got out. She asked God for 6 months because she needed to get away. God spoke through the judge who granted her request in less than 24 hours. 

Adline served her prison sentence. She played a positive role in serving communities and helping others. Adline started a NA meeting, served on several Community boards, tutored children after school and worked with the youth in several Greenville communities. Adline volunteered for Greenville County Commission Alcohol and Drug Abuse and later employed with them for 10 years. She has worked for several agencies: Within Reach, Greenville Metro Treatment Center, DHHS, Phoenix Center Detox and FAVOR Greenville.

She graduated from Greenville Technical College with a Human Service degree. Adline was born in Laurens county, however she has been a resident of Greenville County for 58 years. Adline is the mother of two daughters and proud grandmother of 6 girls and 3 boys (2 are twins). She knows that no matter what happens in her life, she will not use illicit drugs. Her mother passed on her birthday, her house burned to the ground, etc. No matter what happens in life, she states that using alcohol and drugs will not make it better. Recovery and staying connected is Adline’s best life experience. She loves Favor Greenville for giving her the opportunity to serve. 

 

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Sandy Bond

Recovery Coach
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Married to her high school sweetheart for 45 years, Sandy has two grown children and five grandchildren.  She loves to travel, sew and spend time with her grandchildren whenever she can.

After working in the office administration field for 20 years, she decided at the age of 40 to go to nursing school to become an RN.   As a nurse, she worked in the area of Mental Health Nursing with children and adolescents for 17 years before retiring. 

In recovery since 2010, Sandy started volunteering at FAVOR and is now working part-time as an administrative assistant.  She completed the recovery coach training in 2019, which serves her well in her front desk duties. 

Sandy knows firsthand the importance of the work FAVOR does in supporting recovery and helping families since she lost her brother to addiction in 2002.

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Marcia MacLean

Recovery Coach
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Marcia has been happily living clean and sober since December 30th, 1985.

Marcia’s experience in team-based arenas and her work with children, disabled adults, the elderly and in addiction recovery, provides authentic understanding and empowering support on the journey of discovering what it means to truly live!

She is a teacher and public speaker, a member of FAVOR’s Hospital Emergency Services Team, and offers coaching locally, online via video and by phone.

Marcia is living proof that, with connection, belonging and a plan, a happy and meaningful life is possible for anyone.

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Elizabeth Anderson

Recovery Coach
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Born and raised in the Carolinas, Elizabeth entered Recovery in 2016 after decades of substance use. She graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelors in Special Education and earned her nursing license from Greenville Technical College.
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Tom Bollerman

Recovery Coach
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Gwen Johnson

Data Entry Clerk
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