Mary Aldred-Crouch, MSW, MPH, LICSW, MAC, AADC
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.
Linda Pauley, PR
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.
Heather Sharp, MSW, ADC, CCS
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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 for Rainelle Medical Center as a School-Based Mental Health Care Provider.
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.
Melissa Richmond, BS, CCJP
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.
Patrice Pooler, MA, ADC, MAC
Patrice Pooler was born and raised in New England. In 1979 she was part of the back to the land movement and set roots in West Virginia. She is the Executive Director of the Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home, Inc. and oversee’s the operations of five residential facilities offering recovery programs for men and women with/without their dependent children.
Patrice has worked in the substance abuse field since 1995. She received her M.A. degree from West Virginia University. As a Certified Addictions Counselor, she has worked in Residential and Outpatient settings with both Adolescents and Adults.
Patrice represented West Virginia as their first Delegate at the Recovery Rally, held in New York City in 2008. She received the Presidential Impact Award at the 2011 WVAADC Fall Conference.
Joe Deegan, LICSW, AADC-S
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.
Carole Robison, MA, LPC, ADC
Carole Robison graduated from WVU with a Master’s degree in Counseling in 2005, In 2008 she became an LPC and ADC. She has worked as the supervisor for Passages for Growth (Healthways) for 4 years. She became training for gambling addiction treatment in 2011. She attends the Governor’s Substance Abuse Task Force Meetings for Healthways.
Carol received the WVAADC Counselor of the Year Award in 2012. She has 9 years of clinical experience and is Assistant Director of Miracles Happen in Wheeling. She also has a part time private practice in Wheeling.
Peter J. Callahan, LICSW, ADC-S, MAC, CCFC, ICADC
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.
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.
Linda Mealey, MA, LSW, ADC, MAC, SAP
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.
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.
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.