Charmon Talley, NCAC, SAP
Charmon is an Atlanta native and co-founder of The Sobriety Resource. She has been serving those struggling with Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health issues for over 20 years. After entering recovery herself, Charmon completed her internship at St. Albans Hospital in Radford, VA and was certified as a Substance Abuse Counselor through the Commonwealth of VA in 2001. After returning to Atlanta in 2002, she received her CAC credential with GACA and went on to become Nationally Certified through NAADAC with a NCAC and SAP credential in 2005. She has assisted thousands of individuals and families who have been devastated by the disease of addiction. She is currently the Executive Director of GARR and works as an advocate throughout the State of Georgia.
"I believe anyone truly desiring recovery should ever be denied access to services or support at any time, ever."
Nikeisha Whatley, MA, LPC
Nikeisha is a Clinical Psychotherapist. Nikeisha completed her undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Psychology from Clark Atlanta University. Nikeisha attended Georgia School of Professional Psychology where she received a Specialty Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology.
Nikeisha has over 18 years of experience treating children, families and adult populations. This experience has allowed her to treat patients in various settings ranging from schools, courts, outpatient and inpatient clinical settings. Nikeisha’s clinical experience naturally led her in the direction of program development and leadership.
Nikeisha is Director of Behavioral Health Services for Northside Hospital. She oversees the Behavioral Health Services system-wide. Nikeisha has been with Northside Hospital for 14 years and serves as the subject matter expert. Nikeisha has appeared on panel discussions, workshops/lectures and in many media outlets. Nikeisha’ s focus over the past few years has been implementing a Psych-Oncology Service line for Northside Hospital’s Cancer Institute and the affiliated practices state-wide. Nikeisha has participated as guest faculty and guest presenter for Yale/APOS Distress Screening Implementation Program. She has been instrumental in implementing distress screening and psychosocial services in 40 oncology sites throughout the state of Georgia by way of Northside Hospital Cancer Institute.
Although her passion has always been delivering direct care, she loves being able to make a difference on a larger scale. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, her son” Cruz”, family and friends. Nikeisha is known for her visionary work and often described as having an infectious compassion for the behavioral health field.
Marsha Lake is a State Court Judge in Cobb County.
Dick Cottrill, CADCII
Dick's resume includes the previous oversight and logistical operations of a large community of residences, assisting in the supervision of staff, and the continued development of the Hope Homes program and community. A native of England, he has been in the US since 1973. A Zoology graduate, Dick had a career in the facility services industry spanning 40 years in an operational management position. For 17 of those years, he worked as CEO of North American businesses.
Douglas N. Brush, B.S., CAC II
Doug Brush began his career on August 7,1977 when he went to work as a therapeutic recreation specialist on the Alcohol and Drug Dependency Unit at Ridgeview Institute in Smyrna, Georgia. Doug began working part time for Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences(MARR) as a residential manager in 1978 and came to work for MARR full time on February 23, 1981. Over the past 40 years Doug has served MARR as Director of Residential Services, Director of MARR South, Director of The Women's Recovery Program, Director of Public Relations, CEO, and Director of The Men's Recovery Program. Doug retired from MARR in January of 2020. During his career Doug also served as Chairperson on the Standards Committee for the Georgia Association of Recovery Residences(GARR) as well as being a past President of GARR. In addition, Doug is a Certified Addictions Counselor II in the State of Georgia through the Georgia Addiction Counselors Association(GACA) and served as Chairman of the Ethics Committee. In April 2019 Doug received the Addiction Counselor Emeritus Award for his years of service to the Georgia Addiction Counselors Association and to the Recovery Community.
Brett Bagley, CAC
Brett Bagley is a person in long term recovery, he is a certified addiction counselor, a father and husband, and an athlete. He is the founder and director of Purple, recovery services for men. Brett believes in sobriety as a way of life! He has spent his entire adult life studying the art and science of recovery, he has seen its magic and it's power work in thousands of people lives.
Brett's work focuses on creating environments for persons to be attracted to a recovery lifestyle. Through fitness, activity, sober fellowship and education a person's resistance to long term recovery and 12 step fellowship dissipates, making way for an unimaginable life of meaning, purpose, and service .