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. 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, child and adolescent psychiatry.
Dr. Osoba is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Psychiatrist since 1980. Services have been provided to different institutions including the VA, Army, Mental Health Centers, p rivate clinics, and public hospitals. Among the most important fields I have included: substance abuse, mood disorders, psychosis, PTSD, ADHD, memory, intelligence and dementias.
As scientific director of HMEI, I am currently performing research on headaches, epilepsy, recovery of memory and development of intelligence.
Currently associated to:
Massachusetts General Gospital, Psychiatry Academy
American Physicians Scientists Association
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists
American Medical Association
Noble Bostic was born and lived in Hartford, CT, she moved to Georgia in 2013 along with her husband and 3 children. Noble attended American International College in Springfield, MA and graduated May 2010.
Noble has held various positions such as Charge nurse on a Rehab floor,Authorization nurse, Utilization Review Nurse and what has now become her passion, Behavioral Health Nurse.
Noble is currently studying to become a PMHNP from Walden University where she will continue her journey to help her patients/clients through expert clinical practice and leadership as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
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.
Marcus K. Bufkin has been an active member of the mental health field for more than 25 years. Through his work, he is committed to helping people struggling with addictions to alcohol and drugs, dual diagnosis, and co-occurring disorders. His belief is that healing is a collaborative endeavor that requires honest caring without judgment, and he cooperatively assists clients and their families in clarifying their goals for treatment. Rather than adopting one methodology for all individuals and issues, Mr. Bufkin draws from a variety of methods to create a tailored approach for each individual and situation. As a person, he is warm, open, encouraging, and direct. As a professional, he combines experience, education, creativity, and sense of humor with a down-to-earth, realistic approach to helping people.
Mr. Bufkin was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he also attended college at both Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University. He double majored in Social Work and Trauma Counseling which eventually landed him a lead position at St. John’s Home for more than 5 years working with adolescents from backgrounds of abuse and neglect. Mr. Bufkin later accepted a management position working with low income families and at-risk youth with the City of Grand Rapids for more than 10 years. He relocated to Atlanta, Georgia in February of 2010 where he accepted a position at Covenant House Georgia and helped develop a Right of Passage Program for homeless youth some which were suffering with drug and alcohol addiction and undiagnosed mental health disorders. In addition, at that time he was also working at Hillside Hospital in their acute psychiatric unit.
In May of 2013 after having a wealth of experience working with diverse groups of people, Mr. Bufkin made a conscious choice to primarily focus on working with dual diagnosed individuals still suffering with addictions to alcohol and drugs which lead to his current position as Operations Manager at Breakthrough. When asked, he humbly said that in a span of 20 years every mistake, every opportunity every client, every disappointment, and every victory has helped shape him for his current role at Breakthrough. Mr. Bufkin believes that although he has done great
work over the years, his best work is yet to come.
Tenisha Davis, a native of Harlem New York, has been a Human Service Professional for more than 12 years. During her career she has specialized in Case Management Supervision, Program Development, Facilitation, Human Service Management and is great at its building strong community partnerships. Mr. Davis has worked with the DIJOY/Division of Juvenile Justice Opportunities for Youth in New York and the Department of Juvenile Justice in GA; Specializing in serving sex offenders, youth in recovery, victims of abuse, homeless and state custody youth. Ms. Davis completed her B.A. in Human Services and Metropolitan College of New York and is currently pursuing an MS in Human Services. Ms. Davis loves being a part of the Breakthrough family and “Getting the Word Out” about the awesome job that Breakthrough is doing in the community and the numerous lives that are being saved.
Tommillia Drumgole has been a medical biller for mental health agencies since 2011. She was born and raised in the rural town of Bastrop, LA. She graduated in the top 25% of her class in 1996 with an overall GPA of 3.75. She knew at an early age that she would be destined for greatness. After graduating high school, she enlisted in the Air Force. She was injured in basic training and had to return home. She did not let this set back determine her future. She then went on to start a new career in Retail Management. Tommillia became the youngest Co-Manager for Edison Brothers’ JW.
After the dissolution of Edison Brothers in 1999, she moved to Charleston, SC where she became an Assistant Manager for The Finishline, INC in early 2000. Determined to become a store manager, Tommillia exceed all expectations that her boss had set for her. In 2003, she became the youngest store manager for Finishline in Alexandria, LA where she got the nickname of “the clean-up woman”. She then began traveling from state to state transforming failing stores into thriving stores. In 2006 she was transferred to Atlanta, GA where she then decided after 7+ years of working retail she decided to change careers.
In late 2007, she became a manger trainee for ALDI where she suffered a major work-related injury which caused her to have to change her career yet again. She decided to go to school for medical billing and coding at Everest Institute in late 2008. She then ignited her passion for mathematics. Tommillia become one of Everest top scholars. She graduated in 2009 with a GPA of 4.0 as well as perfect attendance. She began her career in medical billing with a mental health agency. Though this was a specialty billing that she was not familiar with she thrived and became an expert in her craft. In 2014 Tommillia Drumgole became an offsite biller for Breakthrough Recovery Outreach. After meeting with the director of Breakthrough Mr. Chris Jacobs in late 2015, she began working in the office as the onsite medical biller. Tommillia has been an asset to the agency with her growing knowledge of the policies and procedures for both the agency and DBHDD. In 2018, Tommillia was promoted to the Administrative Coordinator where she not only oversees the billing but also is in charge of maintaining all Human Resource Files.
Karla A. Lopez is a professional Spanish translator with excellent listening and verbal communication skills. She provides precise and accurate translations and is completely fluent in both English and Spanish with an extensive vocabulary in both languages. Ms. Lopez provides sensible translations of both languages that are as close as possible to the speaker’s actual word arrangement which is a great asset to our entire administrative team and our clinical team. She also lends her professional support and expertise to our medical records department and is responsible for managing patient health records and providing clerical support to the administrative team and the clinical team.
Ms. Lopez graduated from Agnes Scott College in 2017. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and European History. Ms. Lopez is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and plans on working with children and adolescents once she becomes licensed.
Ms. Lopez thrives on going above and beyond. She brings unique qualities to Breakthrough and has brought many opportunities of improvement to the agency. In other words, Ms. Lopez is results driven and her dedication and ambition has made her a valuable asset to our team.
Saundra Lowe AA, BA, MA, M Div.
Saundra Lowe has worked for Breakthrough Recovery Outreach, LLC for over three (3) years as a Housing Coordinator. She attended Beulah Heights University where she received an honorarium upon the completion of her Bachelor’s Degree. Ms. Lowe went on to receive two Master’s Degrees and she earned an Eagles Award.
Ms. Lowe is a loving mother of three (3), an advocate for healthy living, and a trusted mentor for individuals suffering with drug and alcohol addiction, dual diagnosis, and co-occurring disorders. She feels that her purpose is to motivate, encourage, and empower people to be their best selves. Helping them to heal their hurts using a wholistic healing approach.
Ms. Lowe leads by example while living by the motto “To purposely and intentionally work daily on a better me.”
Dr. Christopher Slaughter Ph.D. has been a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in adult and pediatric treatment since 2014. He was born and raised in New Orleans, LA where his family shares a rich history steeped in Creole ancestry and remarkable fortitude. As such, his research interests have largely revolved around resiliency and protective factors. He has worked within the Veteran’s Affairs Medical System for the past 8 years. His educational experiences coupled with his military background have afforded me the opportunities to travel all throughout the U.S. The aforementioned experiences have also served to shape his perspectives and overall approaches to psychological intervention.
As an experienced clinical psychologist, Dr. Slaughter understands the of importance of providing clients with the right amount of challenge and support. As such, his therapeutic approach does not focus exclusively on “solving” the client’s problems, but helping them grow as they are better able to cope with future difficulties. He is passionate about helping people move through difficult times and develop new skills, whether it be from adjusting to a new life change, health concern, acute period of distress or loss of a significant relationship. Additionally, He has attempted to take a variety of contextual factors into consideration when working with multicultural clients.
More broadly, Dr. Slaughter’s therapeutic approaches draw from evidence-based practice and include but is not limited to cognitive behavior therapy, interpersonal therapy, solution focused therapy acceptance/commitment therapy, and multidisciplinary pain management approaches. In addition, he specializes in areas of anger management, anxiety/stress management, behavioral management, behavior problems, chronic pain management, depressive disorders, evidenced based treatment for post traumatic stress disorder, grief/issues of loss, relationship difficulties, social issues/skills training.
Jean W. Thelemaque Jr. was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, in a large Haitian family. He has a background in business which permits him the ability to provide a multi-cultural flair and understanding when working with clients from diverse backgrounds. Mr. Thelemaque holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management and Finance from CUNY: Brooklyn College and a Masters of Art in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University.
Mr. Thelemaque’s eclectic therapeutic style is results driven and provides honest engagement in any individual and or group session. He also believes in taking a wholistic 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 states as well.
Mr. Thelemaque has professional experience that ranges from providing in-patient psychiatric services, individual therapy, private practice, and community based counseling. He is fully licensed as a Professional Counselor in Georgia, is recognized as a National Certified Counselor and, is a proud member of Phi Theta Kappa.
Cole Huggins hails from a small town named Blairsville nestled deep in the North Georgia Mountains. His young career in the Appalachian foothills began as owner/operator of a very successful Landscape Design Company, but this would only last a few years. The lack of fulfillment kept him from taking complete ownership of his company and he would eventually sell his portion of his company to his partner in order to head to Athens in search of a college degree. Huggins original pursuits of a degree in nutrition were halted after a long look at what would really make him fulfilled in his career. After a trying childhood and the loss of his mother to suicide following a lifelong battle with Manic Depression/ Bipolarism Cole decided that a career in therapy in order to give back and help the less fortunate would be the only profession that would do. Huggins gained his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Georgia State University and immediately followed up with his master’s in social work at The University of Georgia. He completed multiple internships including one at Mercy Care which solidified his inner impulses to want to give back and help his community. Cole obtained his LMSW in September of 2019 and now is working towards his LCSW. Although his position of therapist at Breakthrough Recovery Outreach is his first full time position out of college, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his position enabling him to find common ground with his clients and groups.
Kyuanté Jenkins is a young professional born on the coast of North Carolina. She is a strong advocate for people suffering with mental health and substance abuse. Ms. Jenkins earned a Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a minor in African American Studies. In-addition, she earned a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Ultimately, Ms. Jenkins is dedicated to the mental education, empowerment, and self-esteem building of people from multicultural backgrounds. In-fact, she has extensive experience in multiple areas of the mental health field including working in a residential treatment facility, psychiatric hospital, and in a private practice setting. Ms. Jenkins believes that through a reality-based approach and self-esteem training any dual diagnosed individual has the ability to fully heal from past traumas and can permanently live a joyous life.
Cyrus Nahai is an ICAADC (International Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor). Mr. Nahai holds a B.A. in Psychology from Emory University and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Mr. Nahai enjoys working with families and specializes in the assessment, education and treatment of: depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use/chemical addictions, hypersexual behavior & intimacy disorders. He is culturally sensitive and believes in an integrative approach to treatment with an emphasis on CBT, DBT and interpersonal neurobiology.
Bryan studied Religion at West Indies College, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Temple University, a Masters in Colorado Technical University, and a Master of Divinity from Andrews University SDA Theological Seminary. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Family Life Education from the Seminary, and is a Certified Anger Management Specialist.
Bryan has been working in addiction and mental health services for the last 8 years. He is the Chief Assessor, but also provides therapy, case management services, and Pastoral Counseling and spiritual support for Breakthrough Recovery Outreach. Bryan is currently pursuing licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
Bryan is also an ordained Pastor who founded Eden Home Ministry in 2004. When he is not working at Breakthrough, he is teaching and preaching in his ministry. Bryan is from the beautiful island of Jamaica but migrated to the United States in 1990. He is married and has a one adult son.
Earned a BS. in Clinical Psychology. At the present, she is coursing a Masters Degree in Psychological therapies that include techniques of 3rd generation of therapies as: DBT, ACT, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, Motivational Interviewing, Counseling and others.
Joanna finished al the courses and supervised hours to be an Addiction Counselor II. In 2018 Ms. Garcia got a National Certification for Tobacco Treatment from NAADAC. She is committed to help people in recovery and to be a guide in the transformations of their lives.
She is Trilingual speaking Spanish, English and Portuguese.
Tamara W. Newton, LPC
Tamara is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. She received her Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Shorter University, Rome GA. Her Master of Arts in Counseling at Argosy University Atlanta GA. Tamara is bilingual, Fluent in Spanish. She is also a native New Yorker.
During her career, she has worked with different demographics to include children and youth who are dealing with emotions and behavior concerns. Adults and Seniors.
Her counseling approach is Person-Centered because everyone has different situations they need to work through. she believes that everyone deserves respect and dignity. She works to assist in reconnecting and reclaiming any loss of dignity through the realization of individual strengths.
Sarah Welch is an acupuncturist and herbalist who is licensed to practice in Georgia and board certified in Oriental Medicine by the NCCAOM. She received her Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville, NC, which is a 4 year program that includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, biomedicine, and qi gong. Sarah has been practicing in the Atlanta area since 2012.
With each of her patients her goal is to achieve balance and heal the whole body on a physical, emotional and energetic level for long-term success. She is a compassionate listener and she understands that symptoms like anxiety, insomnia and pain are the body’s way of expressing imbalance, and these symptoms are unique and individual to everyone. She has worked with many patients over the years to help them cultiate energy, wellbeing and meet their health goals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Na’im Hassan has over 30 years of experience in Social Work. He is a Certified Social Services Specialist and Paraprofessional. Mr. Hassan has been a Supervisor in Investigations with the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) for 15 years. The majority of his cases involved victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental health.
Mr. Hassan has extensive experience as a group facilitator and has conducted educational workshops in the areas of anger management, substance abuse, and developing coping skills. He has also held positions at Charter Peachford Hospital, St. Jude’s Recovery Center, Fulton County (RYDC), and was contracted to work in the Georgia Correctional System.
Mr. Hassan is currently the Housing Coordinator Manager at Breakthrough Recovery Outreach. He is a college graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, an entrepreneur, a husband of 29 years, and a father of five children. Mr. Hassan continues to be a visionary for change and his contributions both as a Manager and as a Social Worker continues to save and change lives.
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.
Trent C. Miller is a seasoned professional originally from Philadelphia, PA with over twenty years of experience working with individuals recovering from the disease of addiction and mental health. He is fully invested in empowering, guiding, and enriching the lives of all individuals who are still suffering. This approach has catapulted Mr. Miller into being both an exceptional representative for Breakthrough Recovery Outreach in the community and to being a shining light towards safety for those who are still walking on a dark path.
Mr. Miller lives and breathes recovery and has used his own experience to help change the lives of many in early recovery. He is very sensitive to interpersonal nuances. He has shown the ability to work well with several vulnerable populations including adolescents, emotionally disturbed individuals, mentally ill, and the homeless. Mr. Miller has demonstrated he cares a great deal about the welfare of others. This enthusiasm has lead Mr. Miller on his current pursuit to obtain his CARES Certification.
Mr. Miller is results driven individual and his dedication and ambition has made him a valuable asset to the Breakthrough team.
Vanessa Williams has worked for Breakthrough Recovery Outreach for more than four years as a Housing Coordinator working directly with adolescents and women suffering with drug and alcohol addictions, dual diagnosis and co-occurring disorders. Her ability to immediately connect with any client that she comes in contact with is unparalleled. Ms. Williams is supportive, nurturing, caring, and has a strong ability to meet the clients where they are.
Ms. Williams jumps at any opportunity to share strength and hope with the clients at Breakthrough. She has over 9 years of being clean and sober by trusting in the process. Ms. Williams leads by example and is a walking testimony that healing, recovery, and living a new life is possible. She is a public speaker who travels throughout the United States telling her story hoping to reach those still struggling with mental health and addiction. Ms. Williams has been the Registration Committee Chair Person for the West End Convention Committee for more than 2 years. She still participates in 12 step meetings and retreats in the Atlanta area and throughout the United States.
In addition to being a great asset at Breakthrough Recovery Outreach, Vanessa Williams is a sponsor, humanitarian, wife, mother, and grandmother. She often says that her life’s work is to give back what was so freely given to her. Ms. Williams is determined to save the lives of people still sick and suffering with the disease of addiction.
Coach L.K. Wright is a Georgia native that has over 20 years in assisting the youth reach their potential in sports and academics. He has worked as a basketball coach in the Coweta, Meriwether, and Clayton county school system instilling discipline, excellence, and an ethical fundamental foundation.
Also, his actions in the community have created unity through new ideas, counseling, and family advocacy. This process has allowed him to gain a plethora of experience that has translated into application that he now displays as a part of the wonderful team at Breakthrough Recovery Outreach in whatever capacity that is requested of him.
Lastly, Always standing by his motto: “I’m not here to teach you what to think, but how to think”.
Jovan Thomas is a compassionate individual with a strong ability to help others who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and mental health issues. She is a humanitarian who has spent many years volunteering with Travelers Aid and Hope Atlanta with efforts to help curve the homeless epidemic in the city of Atlanta. In addition, Ms. Thomas has been a point of reference for countless individuals to help them find treatment options for both mental health and substance abuse.
Ms. Thomas has an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services. She is a Certified Risk Reduction Instructor and has spent more than 6 years working with dual diagnosed clients. Ms. Thomas believes that brokenness is the gateway to new beginnings and she is determined to go that extra mile in order to provide a stable platform for clients who are on their journey of recovery.
Alexander Barnes has more than 40 years of experience working as a Counselor and a Social Worker in the Human Services field. He has a CADC-T Certification and a Master’s Degree in Human Services. Mr. Barnes often says that he became passionate about working in the Human Services Field after making wrong choices as a teenager, and after experiencing the consequences of those wrong choices. He believes strongly in the Client Centered Behavior Model, and he teaches clients that making positive choices is the key to their success and growth.
Mr. Barnes is retired but is excited to work as a PRN at Breakthrough Recovery Outreach as a Housing Coordinator. He is a husband, father, and grandfather. Mr. Barnes continues to be an efficient and effective professional who says he feels privileged each time he works with a dual diagnosed client. He enjoys to teach, encourage, and support clients during their recovery process.
Anthony Morrison has over 20 years of experience working with drug and alcohol addiction, dual diagnosis, and co-occurring disorders. He has exceptional therapeutic skills which have been best utilized working in direct care with the clients at Breakthrough Recovery Outreach. In addition, he has extensive experience facilitating focus groups and seminars in areas related to substance abuse, stress management, self-care, mindfulness, and embracing failure in order to succeed.
Mr. Morrison lives by the motto to build people up rather than to tear them down. He has an attitude of gratitude and provides solutions that are beneficial for clients that are in the recovery process.
Lisa McCullough is a self-motivated and disciplined professional with several years of experience in the Human Services Field. Her extensive experience includes working for the Department of Defense and multiple military posts providing services to children and adolescents. Mrs. McCullough has since been working with the female adolescents and women at Breakthrough Recovery Outreach for over 2 years.
Mrs. McCullough is a team-oriented collaborator who has a strong ability to establish rapport with individuals from a variety of backgrounds. She is highly organized and analytical, and she prides herself in making a difference in the lives of others.
With over 17 years of being clean and sober, Mrs. McCullough believes in the 12 steps of recovery. She is an active member at her home group, a trusted servant on the activities committee, a sponsor, and a beacon of hope for individuals still sick and suffering.
Curtis L. Thompson is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. His high school education took place in a historic high school [ Booker T. Washington]. Mr. Thompson further attended Alabama State University, receiving a degree in Business Management and a minor in Recreation. Afterwards, he continued his education by pursuing a Master’s Degree in Guidance Counseling. Since then, Mr. Thompson has worked in several industries over the years, which has given him a vast amount of experience and knowledge in business management, counseling, human resources, human relations, athletic recreations, substance abuse, and mental health. His experience has lead him to his role as a Housing Coordinator at Breakthrough Recovery Outreach where for over 4 years he has contributed to bettering the condition of individuals struggling with mental health and substance abuse.
Ryan Vest is a native of Denver, Colorado but has lived in the Atlanta area for many years. He attended Duluth High School where he graduated with honors. Mr. Vest then furthered his education at Georgia Perimeter College where he studied Literature.
Mr. Vest has a passion for nature and has experience working in wilderness wildfire rehabilitation and invasive plant surveying. He believes in a wholistic approach to life and healing which has proven to be his strength in working with the clients as a Housing Coordinator at Breakthrough Recovery Outreach.
Mr. Vest is a Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES) and is CPR and CPI certified. He feels led to help save the lives of those struggling with addictions and mental health and he quotes “He who has a Why to live can bear almost any How” -Friedrich Nietzsche
Joe Cobb was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a father, a grandfather, and believes strongly in the sanctity of family. Professionally, Mr. Cobb is a House Coordinator with Breakthrough Recovery Outreach where he is passionate about helping clients rebuild their lives.
Mr. Cobb’s decision to change his own life led him to the Recovery Consultants of Atlanta Organization. It was there that he become the first graduate to obtain a position with the organization. Mr. Cobb held that position for over ten years. During his tenure with the organization, Mr. Cobb became a Certified Addiction Empowerment Specialist (CARES) and earned an additional certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor. In addition, Mr. Cobb founded a substance abuse program for the Gateway Organization for uninsured individuals suffering with addictions. This program also provided HIV Testing, TB Testing, Referrals, and Case Management Services.
Mr. Cobb is a member of several community outreach organizations including The Prison Re-Entry Program of Atlanta, Piney Grove Baptist Church Outreach Ministries, the Street-to-Home Outreach program, and Millati Islami World Service Incorporated.
One of the many highlights of Mr. Cobb’s career is an invitation he received to the White House by the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush. Mr. Cobb is best described as a humble and consistent man of integrity and honesty.
Derrick Billings is a well-rounded professional born in Mound Bayou, Mississippi. From an early age he has been very active in the community and in sports where he participated in football, baseball, & basketball.
Mr. Billings attended Mississippi Valley State University where he received a full ride baseball scholarship and majored in Computer Science. During his tenure in college, he began a career in law enforcement at the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
After graduation, Mr. Billings relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and continued his career path in law enforcement at the Georgia Department of Corrections. This path later lead him to become a Deputy Sheriff with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department.
During his career in law enforcement Mr. Billings received his certification in Mental Health Services and became very interested in working with individuals in need of treatment for both mental health and substance abuse. His passion lead him to his current role as a Lead Housing Coordinator at Breakthrough Recovery Outreach, LLC.
Mr. Billings continues to be a strong enforcer for change with the clients at BRO. He builds lasting relationships and believes that no matter the situation, if an individual is ready for change, than there is hope for change.
Perry Griggs grew up in Lanett, Alabama, with idealistic, loving, and supportive parents. He attended Troy University and later used his athleticism and natural talent to become a professional football player with the New York Jets, Baltimore Colts, and the Atlanta Falcons.
As a successful professional athlete, Mr. Griggs quickly became a humanitarian and took pride in giving back to his community. It was through his connection with his community that he developed empathy and compassion for those struggling with poverty, addiction, and mental health. He then became an advocate for healthy living, coping with stress, and “living life on life’s terms”.
After his retirement from the NFL, Mr. Griggs began to work in Human Services as a Counselor for both Adults and Adolescents. He continued his work at the Institute of Living in Hartford, Connecticut, and later at Peachford Hospital in Dunwoody, Georgia. He currently holds a position as a Lead Housing Coordinator at Breakthrough Recovery Outreach, LLC.
As an ambassador for change, Mr. Griggs encourages everyone he comes in contact with to live life with a purpose and to live in peace. He teaches people to reconcile their failures in order to become the best version of themselves.
Mr. Griggs has a mission that is clear and unwavering; he works every day to inspire positive change in those around him.
Vernon Jones is a decorated veteran with the United States Army. He also attended South Carolina State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Law with a minor in Psychology. Mr. Jones has worked more than fifteen years with adults and adolescents in mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Mr. Jones is a husband and a father of three (3). He believes strongly in family values and have been successful in helping others because his approach is supportive and sincere. He is a dedicated teacher, facilitator, mentor, and he is an inspiration to others.
Mr. Jones currently works as a Housing Coordinator with Breakthrough Recovery Outreach and have found great success in his role because he leads with honesty, sincerity, integrity, and trust. It is evident that he is a contributor behind the success of all that he serves.
Phyllis Williams has been working in the areas of substance abuse, mental health, and with the homelessness population for more than 20 years. She has made a difference in the lives of countless individuals while working at St. Jude Recovery Center, Mary Hall Freedom House, and local shelters. Mrs. Williams is currently working as a Housing Coordinator at Breakthrough Recovery Outreach, LLC where she continues to make a difference.
Over the years Mrs. Williams have witnessed miracles in people that once identified as being helpless and hopeless. It was through those miraculous moments where she knew that recovery is possible and she began to teach those still sick and suffering never give up hope. This belief has allowed Mrs. Williams to teach individuals to trust in the process so that they can regain their self-respect, dignity, and total control of their lives.
Mrs. Williams often says her greatest reward in life is to see individuals complete a program and to begin living a sober, joyful, prosperous life full of love. She said that is what keeps her coming back.