Meet Our Staff
Jim Seckman, MAC, CACII, CCS
Jim has over 20 years experience working in the field of addiction treatment in a variety of clinical settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and residential. Jim is past president of GARR (Georgia Association of Recovery Residences), has served on the Ethics Committee for GACA (Georgia Addiction Counselors Association), and conducts trainings on addiction treatment.
Patrice Alexander, MS, LPC
Patrice began her career in 1995 working with adolescents as a mental health technician for the Deveraux Center of Georgia. In 1996, she went on to pursue a master’s degree in Counseling from Georgia State University and has since worked in a variety of capacities related to counseling and addiction treatment. Her background includes individual, group, and family counseling, facilitating parenting education groups, conducting research, developing professional presentations for local and national conferences, and providing training and supervision to interning students and other clinicians.
Doug Brush, CACII
Doug is a member of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselors (NAADAC), and has served as a board member of the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse (GCSA). Since 2002, he has served as Chairman of the Ethics Committee for Georgia Addiction Counselors Association (GACA). Doug is also the Chairperson for the Standards Committee for the Georgia Association of Recovery Residences (GARR). For more than 30 years, Doug has served MARR in a variety of positions, including CEO, and is currently the Director of the Men’s Recovery Center.
Jessica Brothers, LPC
Jessica earned a degree in Speech Communication from the University of Georgia before pursuing her master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. While working on her master’s, Jessica completed her internship as a Family Counselor at MARR’s Women’s Recovery Center. In 2010, Jessica joined the Admissions Department as an admissions coordinator, and later became the Director of Admissions in 2014. In 2015, she returned to the Women’s Recovery Center, where her love for addiction treatment began, as the director.
Sara Bright, MS
Sara received her MS in Counseling from Northeastern University, and her BA in Psychology from Wake Forest University. She trained at Duke University as an Integrative Health Coach. As an experienced behavioral health outreach professional, Sara has worked with Timberline Knolls, Rosewood, American Red Cross, Wake Forest University, and International Paper.
Lewis Clymore, CACII, NCACII, CCS
Lewis believes deeply and passionately in the MARR commitment to long-term treatment based in the therapeutic community model and was gratified to get the opportunity to join MARR in 2012. He began as a Primary Counselor then moved into the role of Outreach Coordinator in 2014. Lewis transitioned into the Alumni Coordinator to work with men and women learning to live in lasting recovery as a way of life. Lewis has been in the field of addiction treatment since 1990, working in a wide variety of settings including outpatient, residential and the correctional system. He has been continuously certified thru the Georgia Association of Addiction Counselors since 1994 as a CAC-II, is certified nationally as an NCAC-II and is also a Certified Clinical Supervisor. Lewis has been actively involved in serving on the Boards of GACA and GARR and is proud to be a member of these organizations.
Kimberly Collins received her bachelors in Communications from Auburn University in 2005. She previously worked for 15 years in business development as a general manager in a retail environment. While new to the addiction recovery field, Kimberly has first-hand experience in the importance of treatment and community. She is very passionate about the effectiveness of the therapeutic community model combined with long-term treatment in bringing about lasting recovery. Kimberly is thrilled about her role in helping to further the MARR mission in carrying the message of recovery and healing to the lives of individuals, families and communities.
Lauren Fant, MS, LPC
Lauren earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia, and her master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Georgia State University. She began her career as a counselor in an inpatient hospital setting, where she worked predominantly with individuals who were suffering from a primary mental health diagnosis. In February 2015, Lauren joined MARR as an admissions coordinator, and has since been promoted to the Senior Admissions Coordinator position. Lauren is extremely passionate about helping addicted individuals transition into a life of community, hope, and recovery here at MARR.
Kristen Guckian, MSW
Kristen received a Bachelors in Social Work degree from the University of Georgia in 2015, and immediately pursued her Masters in Social Work (MSW), also at UGA. While completing her master’s program, Kristen held an internship at Lakeview Behavioral Health, where she primarily worked in an outpatient setting with adolescents with substance abuse and/or mental health diagnoses. Kristen has a passion for those affected by substance abuse and a drive to connect individuals with treatment for a lasting recovery.
Jordan is an Addiction Counselor-In-Training and has worked at MARR since 2015 as a Residential Assistant, before moving to the position of an Admissions Coordinator. As a MARR alumnus, Jordan has firsthand experience with the effectiveness of the therapeutic community, and understands the importance of facing life’s challenges with spiritual principles. He enjoys the opportunity to be able to help others start the process of recovery and enter into this familiar and highly successful model of treatment.
Matt is an Addiction Counselor-In-Training and has worked as an Admissions Coordinator with MARR since January 2017. He is currently pursuing his CACI. Before working in admissions at MARR, Matt worked as a Resident Assistant in MARR’S Men’s Recovery Center, and previous to his work in the recovery field, he worked in marketing and communications and as a college writing instructor. Matt was drawn to MARR because of the program’s emphasis on spirituality and their solid reputation for facilitating lasting 12-step recovery.