The Association for Addiction Professionals – A State Affiliate of NAADAC

About Us



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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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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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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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

Mary Aldred-Crouch, MSW, MPH, LICSW, MAC, AADC

Public Policy, Awards

Mary Aldred-Crouch is a licensed independent clinical social worker and an advanced alcohol and drug counselor. She has been in the field of addiction for upwards of 20 years and has worked in primary care as well as for a licensed behavioral health center.

Mary spent over 3 years working for the Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities as the Director of Programs, overseeing all state and federally funded mental health, substance abuse and intellectual and developmental disabilities services state-wide. Mary spent over 3 years serving as the West Virginia State Opioid Treatment Authority.

Mary has been a WVAADC member for over 10 years and has served as a board member, public policy chair, and president elect. She is currently the Manager of Substance Abuse Treatment Services at Cabin Creek Health Systems at the Kanawha City Health Clinic. Mary holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from WVU and also holds a Master’s degree in Public Health.

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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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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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Diane Shingler, MA, ADC


Diane is a native of Pleasants County. She earned a Regents Bachelor of Art degree with an area of emphasis in Psychology from WVU at Parkersburg. She completed her Masters in Counseling from Marshall University in 2011. She has completed her supervision and 180 hours of addiction specific education and is waiting to test for her AADC. The field of addiction is her passion and she has worked daily on a Residential Substance Abuse Treatment unit for the WV Division of Corrections since 2009. She has also done contract work for Doddridge County Day Report Center and Wood County Drug Court Youth Reporting Center.    Diane was named WVAADC Counselor of the year in 2014 and attends the Governor’s Regional Task Force Region 3 meetings. She has attended various conferences including the Ohio Addictions Studies Institute 2013 & 2014 following the Addictions Criminal Justice Track.

Diane believes that the journey to recovery is long comprised of honesty, open mindedness and desire for the addict, their family and community to change.

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Marc Jackson

Peer Recovery, Public Policy

Certified Peer Support Specialist/ Community Engagement Specialist at Harrison County Community Corrections.  Pierpont Community and Technical College, Clarksburg, West Virginia. I am a well-educated talented professional. My experience and education allows me to transcend various markets with success. I am open to exploring career opportunities ! I enjoy hiking and photography when I’m not working.

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Emily Birckhead  

Ethics, Public Policy

Emily graduated from WVU with her BS in Political Science in 2015 and is both a Peer Recovery Coach and 200-RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher). Emily currently works at the Partnership of African American Churches’ Prevention, Recovery, and Wellness Center on Charleston’s West Side, which primarily serves as a drop-in center, offering individuals, or connecting them to, any services they need to achieve total wellness and improved quality of life. As a recovery coach with the PAAC she has gained first-hand experience with the many challenges faced by Charleston’s low-income and minority communities. Prior to this position, Emily was an AmeriCorps VISTA with Try This West Virginia and the WV Healthy Kids & Families Coalition and worked extensively with the WVU Collegiate Recovery Program in Morgantown. Emily is also on the Fundraising Committee for Create WV and the Organizing Committee for the WV Statewide PEER Network.

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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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Chelsea Gunther, LPC, AADC, ALPS

Professional Development, Communications

Chelsea Gunther, LPC, AADC, ALPS (she/her) is a proud Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in anxiety disorders and in substance use disorders. Chelsea is the owner of Gunther LPC, LLC, located inside of the esteemed Farhat Medical Clinic in Beckley, WV.   Since beginning her career in 2009, she has refined skills in solution focused therapy, harm reduction, trauma informed care and social justice informed care to the end of individual empowerment, community empowerment, and long-term sustainable change. She has a demonstrated commitment to the profession of counseling, the development of quality professional counselors as well as a commitment to the mental health and SUD treatment professional community as a whole.

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Laura Eagle MSW, LICSW, AADC


Laura is a 2010 graduate of Mountain State University  where she received her bachelor’s in social work and a 2012 graduate of The University of New England where she received her Masters of Social Work. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has her certification as an AADC.   Laura is the Director of Behavioral Health with Rainelle Medical Center and also has a small private practice in Lewisburg, WV.  She provides services to children, adolescents, adults, families, and groups. She specializes in working with individuals with co-occurring disorders. She uses a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy in addition to others depending on the needs of the individual. Laura’s experience varies from working with the Department of Health and Human Resources, a private practice mental health setting and rural community health clinics.

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Stephanne Thornton serves as Criminal Justice Specialist for the Public Defender Corporation Resource Center in West Virginia. Stephanne has worked in community mental health in Colorado and a Georgia drug court before returning to West Virginia to perform sentencing advocacy for public defender offices. Stephanne has been clinically licensed as a social worker and addiction counselor since 2004 and currently holds a Master Addiction Counselor certificate through NAADAC, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Addiction Counselor Level III, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider. She has presented various trainings on topics such as mitigation, community-generated sentencing advocacy, ACEs, trauma, and criminal offender assessments. Stephanne serves on the board of Laotong Yoga, local prison yoga nonprofit, and has taught mindfulness to prison inmates as part of their yoga teacher-training course work.

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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.