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.
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.
Wanda Wyatt, MS, ADC, SAP
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Wanda Wyatt is a graduate of Christopher Newport College, earning a BA in Social Work. She has worked in residential and outpatient settings for 19 years. Wanda has been working in the addictions field for the past 13 years. She began her career at Seneca Health Services, and then moved on to the Dept. of Corrections.
After a short time, she transferred to Potomac Highlands Guild, Inc in the school base program, and is currently a Regional Substance Abuse Counselor. Wanda has been a certified counselor since 1998. She served as a CPM evaluator for the WVCBAPP for several years. She has been through training as a SAP and with the Problem Gamblers Network.
Wanda has been on the WVAADC board twice, (2002- 2004, and 2009-present). For the past 10 years, she has served in various roles at the fall conference: Chair, Co-chair and committee member. Wanda currently serves as the Membership Chair along with Nominations and Awards for WVAADC.
Wanda is a Lifetime member of the Girl Scouts, (Gold Award, highest award in Girl Scouting), and an American Red Cross Volunteer as a CPR/First Aid Instructor since 1992.
Patty Marino Deutsch, MA, LPC, ADC
Patty Marino Deutch is a graduate of Marshall University with a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling with an Addictions Emphasis. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is licensed in both WV and NC. She is a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and has an ADC certification.
She serves as Program Director of the Problem Gamblers Help Network, a new position that she began in May of 2012. Patty provided education, awareness and trainings on many topics to WV worksites in her past position as Tobacco Policy Director of the Wellness Council of West Virginia. She is an advocate for both mental and physical wellness for all WV residents with strong life balance components.
She currently provides counseling services in a private practice in Charleston. Most of her clients have addiction issues. She supports team approaches to treatment and recovery with 12 step interventions.
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.
Susan Clark, BA
Susan joined Callahan Counseling Services team in 2010 as a Parent Coach and Mentor, providing Social Necessary Services to clients with open cases for Child Protective Cases. She provided education, practical life skills, and support to families involved in the child protective system.
Susan is pursuing her ADC (Alcohol and Drug Counselor) Certification under the supervision of Peter Callahan. She currently oversees the DUI Safety and Treatment Program at Callahan Counseling Services. She facilitates the Chemical Dependency Intensive Out Patient Program for individuals seeking sobriety and learning tools to embrace on a new journey.
Susan’s prior 20 year work history, before pursuing her new career as an Addictions Counselor, includes working in the public in banking. She attended Towson State University in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice. She currently attends West Virginia University School of Social Work working towards a Master’s Degree in Social Work.
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.
Angela Norman, MA, ADC, SAP, MAC
While in college, Angela Norman worked as an Information Specialist at Sugar Creek Children’s Center and facilitated life skills and substance abuse prevention groups to children who were in a residential group home. Graduating from Alderson-Broaddus University in 2003, she held other various human service positions before returning to the passion she feels for substance abuse treatment and prevention.
From 2008 to 2016 she was a counselor at the Beckley Treatment Center. While employed there, she earned a Master’s Degree in Human Service Counseling with an Addiction and Recovery cognate from Liberty University, along with several certifications. Current certifications are Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC), Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), and National Certified Addictions Counselor, Level II (NCAC II).
Angela’s current position is a clinical supervisor at the crisis stabilization unit at FMRS Health Systems, assisting patients with mental health and co-occurring disorders.
She is seeking a graduate level certificate in Leadership and Management to enhance her supervision ability. She looks forward to earning the certifications for Advance Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Clinical Supervision and continuing to advocate for the substance abuse, mental health, and co-occurring populations.
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.
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.
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.
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.