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Mr. Chris Jacobs - CEO
Chris has been an active member in the behavioral health field for over 20 years. He originally started working on the Behavioral Health unit with Peachford Hospital in Atlanta, and Summit Ridge in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Chris founded BRO on the belief that people in recovery can truly benefit in a clean, sober and supportive environment. Chris and BRO’s mission is to provide services such as drug-free housing and a linkage to treatment services for men and women in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction and facilitate their responsible and successful reentry into the community.
Chris strives for BRO to be able to assess an individual and/or family needs, facilitate appropriate referrals to community service providers and deliver a high quality alcohol and drug addiction intervention service. One of the aspects Chris enjoys most about BRO is helping people in a crisis, facing a challenging situation and assisting them with reaching a positive outcome. This is made much easier due to his strengths of compassion, perception, experience, psychological understanding and his hard work, dedication and commitment to ensuring that each client of BRO is provided a positive environment which is supportive of the development of new habits that clean and sober person must adopt to strengthen and support his/her physical recovery from alcohol and/or substance abuse.
Chris is involved with community and charitable organizations as well as professional entities. Chris and BRO are members of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers and the National Association of Mental Illness. He has volunteered his time to different worthy organizations and causes such as MADD and AID Atlanta. He also participates annually with organizations such as the Boy’s and Girls Club with Toys for Tots at Christmas, “Chris’s Closet and a Coat Drive for the homeless and with local elementary schools “Back to School Supplies drive.”
Prior to establishing Breakthrough Recovery Outreach, Chris attended the University of Southwest Louisiana, where he majored in Criminal Justice and minored in Sociology. While at USL, he played linebacker for the Ragin’ Cajuns. He also enjoyed a brief stint of playing professionally in the Canadian Football League. Chris is a proud member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Dr.Olu Osoba, M.D.
Dr. Osoba received his medical degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He completed his psychiatric residency at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit Michigan and his child and adolescent psychiatric fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, Baltimore Maryland.
Dr. Osoba has been the Medical Director in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and held the position as Attending Physician and Outpatient Service Supervisor for the Henry Ford Health System. He is board certified in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry.
Dr. Osoba is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Mr. Dion Lowe, M.S.
Dion Lowe has an extensive background in business development. He has spent over 20 years as a Marketing Director, Program Director, Administrator and Director of Business Development. He has been involved with launching several “Start-up” Programs.
His work as an Administrative Surveyor for CARF and his personal consulting business has provided him with the knowledge needed in integrating programs and ensuring that all of his programs meet and exceed all local, state, federal and government standards.
Dr. Jeff Weber, Ed.D.
Dr. Weber is a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of experience in the field of chemical dependency. Dr. Weber has extensive experience in providing both inpatient and outpatient chemical dependency and mental health services and has been in Private Practice since 1998. He performed his pre and post-doctoral internship with Atlanta Addictive Disease and Psychiatric Medicine where he became the Director of Intensive Outpatient Services upon completion of his internship. In addition to his primary focus on helping those who suffer from substance abuse and chemical dependency Dr. Weber has been a Consultant to Police and other Public Safety Agencies throughout the country as well as to several major television networks providing psychological screening and evaluations.
Dr. Weber earned a BA degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia, an MA degree in Psychology from the University of West Georgia, and received his doctoral degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology from Northern Arizona University.
Dr. Ra Kabeer, N.D.
Mr.Kabeer holds Doctorates in Naturopathy from Trinity College and Metaphysics from the University of Metaphysics. Dr. Ra holds certifications in anger management, stress management, conflict management, behavior modification, reflexology, auricular acupuncture, mediation, violence prevention, HIV/AIDS education, massage therapy, tai chi and qigong. Mr. Kabeer is an Educational Trainer and Consultant at the Wholistic Stress Control Institute and has conducted numerous violence prevention workshops for youth, incarcerated teens, parents and professionals. He is a Certified Spring Forest Qigong Level Two Instructor and a Master Healer.
Mr. Chris McCorkle, RN
Christopher McCorkle is a Register Nurse who received his ASN degreefrom Georgia Perimeter College in 2002. He has over seventeen years of professional nursing experience in medical, surgical, and psychiatric nursing practice with a background in substance abuse. His long term career plans to continue his education and work on a master's degree in nursing education. He also is a certified AHA CPR instructor and CNA trainer.
Jean W Thelemaque Jr. MA, LAPC
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, in a large Haitian family, and possessing a background in business, allows Jean the ability provide a multi-cultural flair and understanding when working with clients from diverse backgrounds. Jean holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Management and Finance from the City University of New York: Brooklyn College and a Masters of Art in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University. Jean's eclectic therapeutic style consistent of Gestalt, Person-Centered, and Cognitive Behavioral therapy results in a variety of ways honest engagement is conducted in any individual and or group session. Jean also believes in taking a holistic approach when working with clients, emphasizing the importance of not only addressing mental and emotional concerns but, paying close attention to one's physical and spiritual state as well. Jean's background ranges from working in inpatient psychiatric hospital setting, individual sessions in private practice, and community based counseling. Jean is in route to becoming fully licensed as a professional counselor later this year (2015) and is a proud member of Phi Theta Kappa.
Ms. Page Love, MS, RD, LD
Page Love, MS, RD,LD is a leading nutrition expert and owner of Nutrifit Sport Therapy, Inc., a company dedicated to helping clients reach wellness goals. The Nutrifit team specializes in counseling for disease prevention, weight management, sport nutrition, eating disorders nutrition therapy, and more. As a sports nutrition expert, Page has worked with professionals, collegiate teams, and individual athletes. Recent clients include the Atlanta Braves, the U.S Tennis Association, Men's and Women's ATP & WTA Professional Tennis Tours, and U.S Figure Skating Association. She provides individual and group counseling for disordered eating and also works with programs such as the National Eating Disorders Association, Eating Disorders Information Network, and The Renfrew Center, Eating Recovery Center and Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders. Page serves as the nutritional consultant at Breakthrough Recovery Outreach.
Ms. Mollye Daughtry, LPC
Mollye Daughtry has an extensive background in substance abuse counseling and designing intervention programs for diverse populations. She has spent more than 18 years providing treatment that helps people work through addiction and other difficult life situations. Her work in varied mental health programs, addiction and recovery treatment settings, and her private practice give her deep resources of experience from which to draw in helping individuals and families.
Ms. Mallory Even, MT-BC, NICU
Mallory holds the Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC) and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Music Therapist (NICU MT) designations, and has been a member of the American Music Therapy Association since 2002, is a member of the Music Therapy Association of Georgia, the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta, and the Autism Society of America-Greater Georgia Chapter.
Mallory's principal instrument is French Horn, but she is also proficient in guitar and voice. She enjoys composing original music for children and adults, and has written, recorded and copyrighted a CD entitled, "Favorite Day."
Ms. Sarah Seo, MT-BC
Sarah Seo grew up and currently resides in the metro-Atlanta area. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and became a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor’s Society. She recently completed her internship in Columbia, SC, at Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital where she worked on the psychiatric units, which served patients with diagnoses such as bipolar disorder, ADHD, and schizophrenia. She will be sitting for her board certification exam this summer and will begin working with MMT after she is board certified and has earned the credentials, MT-BC.
Sarah is a member of the American Music Therapy Association and the Music Therapy Association of Georgia. Her main instrument is voice and she has performed as a soloist at a variety of venues, but she is proficient on guitar and piano. She has gained experience working with people of all ages and diverse diagnoses, and is dedicated to creating a fun, therapeutic experience that meets the needs of each individual person.
Ms. Anglea Steele Rice, MA. JD, LPC, NCC, CRC
Anglea received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and her Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Additionally, she holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Birmingham School of Law. She is licensed as a professional counselor in Georgia and Alabama. She is also a nationally certified counselor and a certified vocational rehabilitation counselor.
Anglea has over 12 years of counseling experience working in the areas of depression, substance abuse, anxiety, stress management, personality disorders, vocational rehabilitation, career counseling, marriage and family, transition, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, time management, behavioral issues and work related issues.
Ms. Christina Olaga-Buah, M.S, CRC, LPC, NCC
Christiana Olaga-Buah is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), Certified Grief Specialist (CGS) and Personal Life Coach practicing in the state of Georgia. Her area of specialization include improving relationship issues, unresolved feelings that prevents you from moving on with your life and teaching coping skills to decrease anxiety with couples, families, individuals and teens. She also specializes in career counseling. She has been practicing rehabilitation counseling for over 10 years and receives great satisfaction in helping families grow closer and individuals find happiness and peace of mind.
Christina holds a degree in Psychology from Bloomfield College in New Jersey and received a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, member of the National Board of Certified Counselors and a member of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia.
Christina has experience with intensive family intervention services where she specialized in stabilizing families in crisis to prevent children being placed out of the home. She approaches counseling from a developmental and family perspective as well as solution focused and cognitive-behaviorally. Therapy with Christina is results-oriented with growth and goal-attainment the main focus.
Ms. Marilyn Morrison
Marilyn Morrison entered the work force when her children were raised. She first graduated with a Business Administration degree from Pickens Area Technical School in Jasper, GA.
After a couple of jobs such as working in an office supply store, a health club and an insurance company, she decided to go to college. Working mostly in restaurants that would allow her the flexibility to take classes when she needed, she finished in 5 years. With a degree in Communications, Marilyn once again entered the corporate world.
She worked at Atlanta Magazine, an import export company and the Georgia Governor’s Mansion.
Disillusioned with the work world she began a healing journey. First with eye movement therapy at GA State, then chiropractic care and finally doing the ten series of Structural Integration, the work of Dr. Ida P. Rolf. When the series was done, Marilyn was so impressed by the benefits she received as a result of the bodywork, she went to Colorado to study Rolfing. After her graduation, she quit her job and opened her own office in a yoga studio.Seven years later she began her own business with a partner, in Decatur. Harmony Learning Center has now been in operation for almost ten years.
Marilyn has since learned to work with people doing Thai Massage, Embodiment Therapy, along with teaching yoga. She is also certified in QiGong. Her journey has been rewarding to say the least. She continues to run her business, now as a sole proprietorship is flourishing and growing, providing people with the opportunity to practice yoga, meditation, Tai Chi and attend workshop that relate to wellness and relieving stress both mental and physical. She is now on staff at Breakthrough Recovery Outreach as the Yoga and Guided Meditation facilitator.
Ms. Shakira Jackson
Shakira began her massage studies in 2004 at Rising Spirit and began studying beauty in New York State in 1989. She is licensed in massage therapy and cosmetology.
Over the years Shakira has worked in chiropractic offices, spa settings, and with the Georgia Tech Football team. Shakira provides a variety of massages: Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy, Blended Massage, and Reflexology. She provides a variety of skin care services including Organic Facials, Glycolic Facial Peels, Back Facial Treatments, and Body Treatments. Other wellness services include the Ionic Foot Detox.
Mr. Nadim S. Ali, LPC
Nadim S. Ali is a therapist and consultant in Atlanta, where he counsels, teaches Violence Prevention, and Tai Chi. He has been actively involved in educating individuals about the dangers of substance abuse, and has counseled both adolescents and adult patients. Mr. Ali has works in all facets of addiction treatment from detox to outpatient and aftercare and has trained counselors in the USA and in Saudi Arabia. In the two years that he spent in Saudi Arabia as the Director of the Chemical Dependency Unit he was able to establish the first counselor program in the history of Saudi Arabia for Arabic speaking counselors, and participated in the development of a training manual that is still in use in that country to help train recovering people to be counselors.
Mr. Ali has presented to conferences in the U.S. and in the Middle East on the topics of Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention. He has also used alternative methods such as Tai Chi, the ancient Chinese slow motion exercise, as an intervention for the treatment of addiction and anger management. He is certified by the Tai Chi Health Society as an Instructor.
Mr. Ali has a Bachelors degree in Communications from Shippensburg State University and a Master’s degree in counseling psychology from the Georgia School for Professional Psychology. He is also a Licensed Professional Counselor. He has also been a counselor since 1977.
Ms. Sharmel James
Sharmel James, women’s coordinator for Breakthrough Recovery Outreach, has been involved in the healthcare profession for five years. In 2009, she was lead her to her current role at Breakthrough Recovery Outreach. She is an active listener and communicator, solution driven, adept organizer with an exceptional work ethic. Her commitment, passion and drive are based on a vision that every women and man deserves to live to their fullest potential. She believes that Breakthrough helps to teach the tools to overcome the obstacles that mental health issues present and she find professional fulfillment in being a part of the individual’s successes. Sharmel is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology, volunteers throughout the community, and is a member of the National Honors Society.
Mr. Andrew Jacob
Andrew H. Jacob is a Life Skills Facilitator/Residential Coordinator with Breakthrough Recovery Outreach. He has worked the last twelve years with various recovery and mental health facilities.
Throughout the years he has received extensive training. This training ranges from risk assessment, dual diagnosis, alcohol and substance abuse and countless other counselor training courses. He received many of these trainings from the University of Georgia, School of Social Work, Morehouse College, the University of Alabama Birmingham and the Centers for Disease Control.
Andrew has a B.S. Degree from Alabama State University. While at Alabama State he majored in Criminal Justice and minored in English. He works hard to utilize all of his experiences, trainings and education to those with drug abuse and mental health concerns.
Ashelei Johnson, B.S.
Ashelei Johnson is a graduate student intern in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Argosy University Atlanta. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University in 2013. Before starting her graduate studies at Argosy, Ashelei served seven years in the United States Army, serving a tour in Cuba and a deployment to Iraq. Ashelei’s career aspirations include working as an LPC with the severely mental ill and those suffering from addiction.
Ms. Lovette Ego
Lovette Ego has established a distinguished career as a motivational speaker. She was born in the 1960s in Lagos Nigeria, into a warm and loving family of six to Mr. and Mrs. Richards -Nwajei. Both parents are practicing Christians who taught her the rudiments of living a faith filled life. Her passion for Jesus Christ and her love for people drove her into her choice of career- helping people who cannot help themselves. She amassed lots of experience working with young adults and children with autism and mental disabilities. Dedicating her later years to helping needy children around the world, she founded a non-profit organization: Little Mercies, an organization that serves as a platform for furthering her quest to impact humanity through helping the needy and spreading the name of Jesus Christ. She speaks about the “practical” loving of Jesus Christ with all your heart.
Lovette attended Marywood Primary School and Marywood Grammar school Lagos Nigeria, Journalism school in University of Jos. She had a brief internship encounter with Plateau State Television Jos, before she immigrated to Maryland, USA in the late 80’s. She also attended University of Maryland, University College, College Park, Maryland and Grand Canyon University, Grand Canyon Arizona. She enjoys worship, writing, music, poetry, singing and antique shopping. Lovette have been married for over 20 years, have three grown children and make their home in Lawrenceville Georgia, USA.
Lovette is currently enjoying her internship at Breakthrough Recovery Outreach, Tucker Georgia. She is winding up her master’s program in addiction counseling.
Ms. Beverly Word
Beverly Word is a graduate student intern in the Mental Health Counseling Program at Mercer University. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies at Middle Tennessee State University in 2003. Beverly has several years experience working with "at risk" youth and young adults and their families. Beverly plans to pursue a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology or Counselor Education after completing her M.S. in December 2013. Her career aspirations include working as an LPC in recovery and hospital settings as well as teaching students on the undergraduate level.
Ms. Clarietha Washington
Clarietha Washington is a graduate student in the Clinical Masters of Social Work Program at Walden University. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health. Clarietha has over 10 years of work experience in the non-profit arena advocating and working with families, adults, youth and inmates returning to society. Clarietha plans to pursue a Doctoral degree in Social Work. She is excited about being a Servant Leader to be a change agent for those that are disenfranchised and without a voice.