MARR's Staff

DIRECTORS

Patrice Alexander, MS, LPC

CEO

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.

Robert Day, MA, LPC

Director of Men’s Recovery Center

Bob started as an intern at MARR in 2014 and then moved into the role of Primary Counselor after completing his degree at Richmont Graduate University. He specializes in breaking down denial in young adult clients and integrating counseling and spirituality. He uses a collaborative, non-judgmental, insight-oriented approach that helps clients connect how their past traumas, relationships, and experiences have molded how they interact with their lives in the here and now. He is passionate about helping people reconnect with their values and with one another.

Janet Hodges, MS, LPC, ACA

Director of Women’s Recovery Center (Traditions)
Janet specializes in women’s issues and trauma work, and she is trained in EMDR. She is passionate about the benefits of community for the healing process and the use of the 12 steps to learn how to live a life of freedom and recovery. She believes it is important to address how trauma informs addiction and use treatment modalities that support treatment for co-occuring disorders including anxiety, depression, and disordered eating.

 

Marcia Smith, LPC, NCC | Director of Right Side Up

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.
 

ADMISSIONS 

Lauren Davis, MS, LPC

Director of Admissions

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.

 

WOMEN’S RECOVERY CENTER TREATMENT TEAM

Jordan Detweiler, CACI
Admissions Coordinator

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.

 Dannie McAdams, RN, BSN

Registered Nurse

Dannie has over 23 years of nursing experience, specializing in ER/Trauma and Critical Care), and over 1 1/2 years in Substance Abuse Treatment. She helps clients with health awareness and management, self-care, and overall physical well-being, and works with the clinical staff to develop an individualized care plan for each client. She is passionate about helping clients be present in each moment and helping them realize they they are not alone in the recovery process.

 

MEN’S RECOVERY CENTER TREATMENT TEAM

Matt Erwin, CAC II, CAMS

Residential Coordinator

Matt has been working in substance abuse treatment since 2001, and he joined the staff of MARR 8 years ago. He is a Georgia Certified Risk Reduction Instructor and a DBHDD certified clinical evaluator. His areas of focus are relapse prevention and anger management. His is passionate about instilling hope in the hopeless, helping build communities that foster change and growth, and watching clients reunite with friends and family.

Kristen Guckian, LMSW

Director of Professionals Program 

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.

Todd Valentine, LCSW

Residential Manager

Todd has 15 years of clinical experience in the field of addiction, and he has been at MARR for 12 years. He specializes in the integration of mindfulness, and he is passionate about helping men find joy in recovery and practice vulnerability that brings them out of isolation and into community. Todd leads clients in mindfulness practices, guided meditations, and recreational activities to reconnect with their bodies and learn to recognize emotions.

  
 

FAMILY COUNSELORS

Millicent Parker, MS, LPC, M. Div

Family Counselor

Millicent has been at MARR for 11 years, six of those as a Family Counselor. She is passionate about supporting, guiding, and at times challenging clients and families as they take ownership of who they are and the life that they experience. She encourages others to tell their story, and walks with them to identify the changes that need to be made in order for them to cultivate a healthier way of being.