About the Speakers:
Susan H. Coggins, MPH, CAC II, CHES is currently serving on the SCAADAC Certification Commission. She has extensive experience in the field of mental health and addictions treatment, working predominately with adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in Public Health, Health Promotion and Education and she is working towards another degree in USC’s Social Work Graduate Program. Susan is a nationally certified health educator (CHEC)and an SCAADAC certified Addictions Counselor II. When she is not engaged in work or school activities, she enjoys singing in the choir, exercising and creating gourmet dishes.
Ed Johnson, M.Ed., LPC, MAC, CAC II is a past president of SCAADAC. He is currently a Program Manager for Southeast ATTC. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Auburn University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from the Citadel. He has provided numerous trainings in South Carolina on HIV/Addiction, Opioid Dependency/Treatment and issues related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Individuals and Addiction.
Richard “Rich” Jones, MA, MBA, LCAS, SAP, CCS, CCDP, CEAP, CAI is an experienced strategist, non-profit executive, and creative catalyst with a passion for program and policy development, human resources, building partnerships and exploring systems innovation to drive social impact across multiple domains including mental health, substance abuse, co-occurring, & intellectual disabilities. He is a Senior Healthcare/non-profit Director with over 16 year’s management experience and has provided leadership and administration to start up non-profit organizations nationally and regionally. As the Executive Director of Faces And Voices Of Recovery (FAVOR) Greenville, an exceptionally innovative and unique program that aggressively attacks the problem of addiction and other behavioral health issues, Richard has directed services for over 13,000 individuals and 6,000 families members in need of support related to substance use disorders. FAVOR Greenville is focused on fundamentally changing the way that recovery support is provided.
Ernie Kirkland, MS, LPC, CAC II is Director of Outpatient Treatment at Bruce Hall Treatment Center. He has worked in the addictions field for more than 20 years. Ernie is a past president of SCAADAC.
Alan Lyme, MSW, ICADC, ICCS brings respected and innovative clinical and program management skills as the Director of Training for the Phoenix Center in Greenville, SC. He concurrently serves as the Clinical Supervisor and trainer for the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) grant program in SC, following a similar position at the Medical Center of Central Georgia. Alan provides trainings nationally on Motivational Interviewing, Clinical Supervision, and Skills on Working with Men. From 2000-2008, Alan held several positions at a major residential drug and alcohol treatment center in West Palm Beach, FL. From 2003-2008 he was the clinical director of the Center for Men’s Recovery, where he helped create a unique gender specific treatment experience and a pioneering therapeutic environment. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University in 1998 and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Barry University in 1999. Alan is a MINT trained Motivational Interviewing trainer, an Internationally Certified Clinical Supervisor, and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
Melody Nadeau, LISW-CP, DBTC, CACI is a proud University of South Carolina MSW graduate with experience serving adolescents, individuals and families in a variety of settings. Over the past few years she has worked in the adolescent intensive outpatient program and adolescent male residential treatment program for substance use disorders with the Phoenix Center. Melody is passionate about sharing the power of mindfulness, specifically with the adolescent population and fellow clinicians to promote self-care. Extensively trained and certified through the Dialectical Behavior Therapy National Certification and Accreditation Association (DBTNCAA) Melody applies DBT skills to therapy, incorporating DBT into her individual practice working with a variety of client disorders. As a native of Greenville, SC she is the owner of Melody Nadeau Therapy, LLC, serving clients in the surrounding areas. Currently Melody maintains a part-time case load in private practice, presents and consults, continues to work on a PRN basis for the Phoenix Center, and looks forward to teaching this spring as an Adjunct Instructor for the USC College of Social Work program, at the Greenville campus.
Cardwell C. Nuckols, MA, PhD is described as “one of the most influential clinical and spiritual trainers in North America.” He has served the behavioral medicine field for over 40 years and for the last 25 years is considered one of the leading experts in the world on addiction and recovery.
Dr. Nuckols is widely published, having authored more than 65 journal articles, 30 books and workbooks, 50 DVDs, CDs and videos, and 25 audiotape series. His latest book is entitled Finding Freedom Through Illumination: Realizing Christ Consciousness. His previous publication is a best seller entitled The Ego-Less SELF: Achieving Peace and Tranquility Beyond All Understanding. Dr. Nuckols’ first book Cocaine: Dependency to Recovery is also a trade best seller, as are, his booklets Quitting Heroin, Quitting Alcohol and Quitting Marijuana (Hazelden). He is the author of the book Healing an Angry Heart (HCI) and video Chalk Talk on Drugs with Father Martin (Kelly Productions).
Dr. Nuckols’ background includes advanced work in such areas as medical research, pharmacology, neurobiology and psychology. His personal spiritual path has involved studies into various spiritual traditions predominately early Contemplative Christianity.
Frank Sheheen, MA, CAC II is the Program Director at Recovering Professional Program. He has a Master of Science Degree in Counseling and 21 years of experience in treating Addictive Disorder. He is a former President of SCAADAC.
Thurston S. Smith, CCS, MPA, CADC, NCAC I is a nationally recognized consultant with over 25 years of experience in behavioral health treatment, healthcare, juvenile justice, and public policy. He’s currently employed by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) in Memphis, TN as a behavioral health program manager and is an administrative surveyor for CARF International. He’s been a SCAADAC member for over 20 years and has served on the NAADAC Executive Committee in the roles of Southeast Regional Vice President, Secretary, and National Membership Chair. He has numerous awards to his credit, including the 1997 SCAADAC Counselor of the Year and 2016 Tennessee House of Representative Proclamation for Outstanding Public Service.
Yolanda Wright, MA, MAC, CAC II is currently Admissions Program Administrator at the Charleston Center. She has worked in the field for the past 12 years. Her career started as a Recovery Assistant then quickly progressed to the Triage Department and then advanced to the Adult Outpatient Services Team. She is also a Certified PRI Clinician.