The Association for Addiction Professionals

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Melissa Richmond, BS, CCJP

Awards, Professional Development

Melissa Richmond is employed as a Substance Abuse Therapist II at Mount Olive Corrections Complex. She has over 10 years experience in treatment of offenders. She is a graduate of Glenville State College, receiving a B.S. in Behavioral Science with a concentration of Criminal Justice. She is currently a CCJP.

Melissa has been employed as a Substance Abuse Therapist II since 2006. Under her leadership the enrollment in substance abuse programs at Mount Olive Corrections Complex has been at an all-time high.

In 2009, the Commissioner of Corrections awarded her the Corrections Achievement Medal for redesigning the Aladrue Program Module for the entire Division of Corrections and restructuring the Inmate College Program at Mount Olive Corrections Complex.

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Jon Dower, CIP, PR

Professional Development , Public Policy

Jon is a certified intervention professional through the Pennsylvania Certification Board as well as a certified recovery coach and peer mentor specialist in West Virginia. He earned his degree in political science with minors in communications and addiction studies from West Virginia University. Jon has performed many successful interventions in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Leading the clinical services side of Ascension, his duties include interventions, management and working with the families of those in recovery. Jon builds relationships and coordinates with substance abuse treatment centers across the country. He places hundreds of individuals in the most appropriate facility yearly. Additionally, Jon serves as manager of operations of a non-profit sober living company with 32 beds in West Virginia.

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Peter J. Callahan, LICSW, ADC-S, MAC, CCFC, ICADC

Professional Development              

Pete is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Licensed in West Virginia and Virginia. Peter is an Alcohol and Drug Counselor and is an active member of the WV Certification Board of Addiction and Prevention Professionals (WVCBAPP). Peter is also a Clinically Certified Forensics Counselor through the American College of Forensic Counselors. He has been appointed to the West Virginia School of Medicine as a Clinical Instructor.
Peter has developed numerous community-based programs and continues to work with local and state agencies. He sits on several state committees to improve the quality of care for those in need. Peter has worked with many schools in the area as well as with a variety of authors in the mental health and addictions field.
Peter has served on the West Virginia Certification Board of Addiction and Prevention Professionals (WVCBAPP) in many capacities, including, President, Treasurer, and Certification Chair. Peter has also served proudly on the International Certification & Reciprocity Committee (IC&RC) Board. The IC&RC is the oversighting body of the WVCBAPP. Peter served on the Executive Committee of the IC&RC Board as the Finance Chair member. Peter is also on the Berkeley County Adult Drug Court Advisory Committee. Peter recently joined the Board of the West Virginia Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors.

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Linda Mealey, MA, LSW, ADC, MAC, SAP

Communications, Professional Development   

Linda earned a B.A. degree from Fairmont State College and a Master’s in Counseling from Marshall University.  She has over twenty-five years of behavioral health experience working as Case Manager, Behavioral Specialist and Therapist in WV Behavioral Healthcare Facilities.  Her major field of importance is addiction and co-occurring disorders.  She is a Licensed Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

Linda currently works full time at Camden Family Health school based center.  Linda is actively involved in the recovery community as well.  She has been a member of West Virginia Alcoholism And Drug Abuse Counselors, Inc.  since  1989.  As a WVAADC Board member Linda has served as Conference Chair, Co-Chair, Communications Chair, Treasurer and participated on various committees.

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Immediate Past- President

Heather Sharp-Spinks, MSW, ADC, CCS
Professional Development

Heather Sharp is a native of Nicholas County West Virginia. She has worked in outpatient settings for 16 years. She started her career working with youths of addicted families and has since had various jobs within the substance abuse field. She is currently working as Behavioral Health Director for Camden Family Health, a School-Based  Health Center.

Heather obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Glenville State College in 1997 and Master of Social Work degree from West Virginia University in 2006. She holds ADC and CCS Certifications.

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Joe Deegan, LICSW, AADC-S

Public Policy

Joe is currently employed by Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston, West Virginia as the Network Development/Managed Care Liaison for Behavioral Health Services.

Mr. Deegan received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Social Work from West Virginia University. Joe is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and an Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor/Supervisor (AADC-S) in West Virginia.

He has worked extensively in Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment for over 30 years.   Joe served on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Mental Health Consumer’s Association (WVMHCA), is Chairperson for the Capitol Branch of WV Chapter of NASW and is on the Board of the WVAADC, the West Virginia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors.

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Linda Pauley, PR

Ethics, Peer Recovery, Bylaws

Linda Pauley started in the field of peer substance abuse service in 2000 when she volunteered to assist in the writing of a State grant proposal for the formation of Peer Recovery Network. She became the administrative assistant handling phones, planning trainings, building relationships with providers and halfway houses, referred people to treatment, and doing peer counseling at PRN. She volunteered leading family groups at Southway outpatient service. Was active in organizing family programs at the Serenity Club during her husband’s board membership.

She writes grants and does reviews. She is the Chair of the WV Behavioral Health Planning Council. Retired as Director of PRN and is still active with consumer groups and trainings and continues to do presentations on recovery issues. She works as the assistant coordinator of the WV Leadership Academy and is the President of the Board of Directors of Community Support, Inc., a new non-profit established to provide services to individuals needing help remain independent. She has been active with the Regional Task Forces and numerous State committees. She helped develop the Peer Support Specialist training in the State, is a certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist, and a member of NAADAC.

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(she/her)  Frankie Tack is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Studies Program and Addiction Studies minor in the Department of Counseling and Learning Sciences at West Virginia University. She has worked and taught in the addiction field for twenty-five years, with special interests in tobacco use disorder, families, and the LGBTQ+ population. Frankie is a West Virginia certified advanced addiction counselor, a certified clinical supervisor, and a certified tobacco treatment specialist.

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 If you are interested or know someone to nominate:


  1. Attend the WVAADC Planning Retreat (2 days)
  2. Attend the WVAADC Annual Conference (4 days)Opportunity Knocks
  3. Attend the WVAADC Board of Directors meetings (quarterly)
  4. Attend the WVAADC Annual Lobby Day (1 day in conjunction with winter board meeting)
  5. Continued work with assigned committee. (time varies)
  6. For more information- check the WVAADC Policy & Procedure Manual.

Board Member Nomination Form

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Jaime Cantley, MHA, ADC-S, NCAC2, SAP, CCM


Jaime is passionate about substance abuse treatment and the people that are touched by the disease of addiction.  Her objective is to be of service to the field by encouraging and supporting the next generation of therapist, case managers, and peer recovery coaches who are seeking certification.  Certification has given her the ability to provide quality care to clients, by providing services both professionally and ethically.  Her passion is to assist as many qualified professionals through the certification process as possible, in an effort to improve the quality of the services provided to our clients.   Jaime is a 2004 graduate of West Virginia University receiving a B.S. in speech pathology and audiology with a minor in communication studies and gerontology. In 2014, she received her Masters in health care administration from Ohio University. She has over 10 years of experience in outpatient and inpatient treatment facilities. Jaime is currently employed as the Director of Residential Substance Abuse Services at FMRS in Beckley, W.V.  She earned her clinical supervision credential (CS) and has been providing ADC supervision to her team.  She serves on the WVCBAPP board where she is a part of the certification committee as well as the current President.  Her next big adventure will be pursuing a doctorate degree health care management.

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Award Nominations are being accepted year round for 2022