SUNRISE BOARD OF DIRECTORS and BLAIR H. CLARK RESPITE CENTER (BHCRC) EMPLOYEES
Kevin Mahoney–Executive Director: Former USAF 20 veteran, (Master Sgt), has worked on behavioral health teams in Asheville since 2008. Kevin is Wellness Recovery Action Plan and Moral Reconation Therapy certified peer, Veteran’s Peer Support certified (VET-X), SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery worker.
Geena Hammond–Team Leader, Blair H. Clark Respite Center: Certified NC Peer Support Specialist, Team Leader for Peer Operated Respite Service (PORS), hails from Greenville, SC and has worked for RHA Behavioral Health and served as Director: QA, Training for Sunrise Community center. Geena is CCAR Recovery Coach/RC Trainer certified, and a WRAP facilitator.
Larry Thompson–Board Treasurer: Former CFO for Blue Ridge Inc, currently Treasurer for All Souls Counseling Service/All Souls Cathedral.
Sally Stein: Married to Louis Stein, MD, Spent 23 years as a psychiatric nurse and therapist and program manager of mental health services in various organizations and hospitals. Last 12 years of work life were spent developing and directing new state and regional mental health and health programs on state grants from Kate. Reynolds, the Duke Foundation and others. Member of Women for Women (Women’s giving circle through the Community Foundation of WNC). Serve on the Steering Committee currently.
Amanda Thomas: I am a certified substance abuse counselor and a recovery ally. I have spent my career focusing on ending homelessness for our community’s most vulnerable and marginalized individuals. In the late 80’s and early 90’s I witnessed the growth of the shelter industry in Asheville. In ’99 I was able to begin honing my skills as the outreach case manager for the Community Suppport Program at Blue Ridge Center working to house chronic homeless folks through the Shelter + Care program. Now I have the privilege of working for Homeward Bound of WNC where I began as the assistant director of A HOPE Day Center from 2004 to 2011 and then transitioned into my current role as a supportive housing case manager. I believe that Peer Support is the key to assisting with keeping individuals housed and promoting healthy recovery in the community.
Suzanne Boehm–Board President: Former Director at Women’s Recovery Center. retired SA professional
Mark Silar, Asst Pastor Heywood St Congregation Asheville, NC. Mark also assists with counseling at Craggy Medium Security Corrections Facility.
Marcia Lunsford, RN RHA Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT). Marsha is person in long term recovery, RN at Adult Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center, Black Mountain.
Kris Ray, NCCPSS, Dale Fell Health Center: Kris is a NC Certified Peer Support Specialist at the Dale Fell Center (a Federally Qualified Health Center FQHC). Kris is in long term recovery.
Ginger Malcomb, NCCPSS, ICADC, CADC-I, CARES, CPS-AD, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, Meridian Behavior Health.
Derrick Hall, Licensed Counselor Social Work, (LCSW), Team Leader Assertive Community Team, RHA Behavioral Health Inc.
Julia Trone, Teaching Assistant, Asheville Charter School. Master’s in Counseling candidate.
Chip Palmer, LCSW Mission Health. Chip leads the Social Work Team for Mission Behavioral Health Services.
Joseph Martinez JD, Executive Director at First Of Blue Ridge Recovery Services. Joseph is also on the State Board of Certification, UNC School of Social Work.
Michael McEnery, esq: Michael is legal counsel for First of Blue Ridge Recovery Services and a case manager.
John Parham, MD: Physician in Prime Care at Charles George Veterans Administration Center. He is a person in long term recovery.
Denise Watson, Board Human Resources Specialist, person in long term recovery.
Marcia Medford, NC Certified Peer Support Specialist, (NCPSS) Respite House Peer, (3rd shift).
Brian Clemmer, NCCPSS Respite House Peer (1st shift).
Julia Levine, LPC, private practice counseling.
Mary T. Sullivan, Haywood St Respite House worker, musician, song writer.
Michele Guichney, NCPSS The Steady Collective.
Tracy Taylor, NCCPSS.
Andrea Morris: Consultant and clinician.
NCPSS: North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist
CCAR: Connecticut Community Addiction Recovry (Inc)
LPS: Licensed Professional Counselor
LCSW: Licensed Counselor Social Work