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.
Janet Fluker, MEd, MS, LPC
Janet worked for 10 years as an educator in the public school system and a minister in local churches before earning her master’s degree in Counseling at Georgia State University in 1996. Prior to joining MARR in 2007 as Director of the Family Recovery Center, Janet worked as a pastoral counselor and a licensed professional counselor in private practice for 10 years. She is intensively trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples. Additionally, Janet is proficient in Post Induction Therapy (PIT) by Pia Mellody, and studied under Claudia Black, MSW, PhD and Terry Real, LCSW on topics focused on families/relationships affected by chemical dependency. She is passionate about collaborating with national treatment facilities on best practices for establishing successful family recovery programs.
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.
Marcia Smith, LPC, NCC
Marcia graduated from Argosy University in 2007, earning her master’s degree in Professional Counseling. She is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Georgia and a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). She started her career in the field of addiction treatment while completing her internship at Café 458, where she serviced disabled homeless men and women dealing with mental health and chemical dependency issues. Soon after completing her internship, Marcia joined MARR’s Right Side Up program as an Employment Specialist. Over the past five years, Marcia has held other positions with Right Side Up, including Intake Coordinator and Primary Counselor. In 2013, she accepted the position as Program Director.
Amanda Morse, MS, LPC, NCC
Amanda received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and master’s degree in Professional Counseling, both from Georgia State University. Since 2005, she has worked in a variety of treatment settings ranging from residential treatment to her own private practice with a focus on women’s issues, substance abuse and eating disorders. Working in business development combines Amanda’s passion for educating families and the community about recovery and connecting hurting people with practical resources. Amanda cares deeply about current treatment trends, new research in the areas of eating disorder and addiction treatment, and practical ways in which to integrate referral sources into a broad continuum of care. She has been an integral part of the MARR team since 2013.
Marcos Sanchez, CADC
A native of NY, Stephanie earned her Masters in Social Work and Psychology from the State University of NY at Buffalo and has over 15 years of non-profit experience. Prior to joining MARR, Stephanie served as the Director of Clinical and Chapter Programs for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and served on many boards in the non-profit and government sector. In 2004, after seeing a shift in access to healthcare, Stephanie earned her MBA and MPH in order to best serve individuals in need of healthcare services and access to care. Passionate in creating awareness towards the significant increase in substance addiction and establishing funding towards substance abuse issues and supportive services for those living with addiction as well as their families, Stephanie earned her CFRE in 2015 so that she may continue to develop long-lasting donor relationships that support the work of MARR.
Lauren Fant, MS, LAPC
Lauren received her master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Georgia State University in 2013. She is a nationally certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC), an associate professional counselor in the state of Georgia (LAPC), and a nationally certified counselor (NCC). At the start of her career, Lauren held an internship at RiverWoods Behavioral Health, where she worked in both the inpatient and outpatient setting with individuals who were suffering from substance abuse and/or mental health diagnoses. After completing her internship, she continued working with these populations at Lakeview Behavioral Health, where she was hired as an inpatient social services counselor. In 2015, Lauren joined MARR as an admissions coordinator. She has a strong desire to help people who are seeking long-term treatment and lasting recovery.
Nisha Patel, MA, NCC
After receiving her undergraduate degree at Mercer University in marketing and management in 2006, Nisha worked in aforesaid field for five years. During this time, she realized that helping others was her true passion. In 2015, Nisha earned a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. She is a member of the Honor Society, Chi Sigma Iota and LPCA. During an extensive internship at Ridgeview Institute, Nisha worked with individuals suffering from various addictions, as well as mental health disorders in the inpatient and outpatient programs. Shortly after completing her internship, she joined the Admissions Department at MARR as an admissions coordinator.
Beverly Burns, MS, EdS, LPC
Beverly entered the counseling field after a 20 year career in banking and investments. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Agnes Scott College and her master’s and specialist degree in Counseling from Georgia State University. Prior to joining MARR in March of 2007, she worked at the Gwinnett County Detention Center counseling inmates. She began her career at MARR as an Assessment Counselor and moved to the Women’s Recovery Center as the Family Counselor in February of 2008.