Bill Anderson, MSW, LCSW
Bill has over 23 years of experience in behavioral health, beginning at an emergency shelter for teenagers and an acute day treatment program for mental health. He was previously at MARR for 15 years, during which he served as a case manager, primary counselor, Director of Admissions, and eventually as our Director of Business Development. Bill then moved on to serve as Chief Executive Officer for both Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Center and Sierra Tucson. Most recently, Bill was the Chief Executive Officer of Lakeview Behavioral Health. Bill believes deeply in MARR’s mission and treatment model, and he is committed to leading us as we continue to navigate an increasingly complex treatment field.
Dr. Kambiz Aflatoon
Dr. Aflatoon is board certified in general psychiatry and addiction psychiatry and has served as medical director at both SummitRidge Hospital and Ridgeview Institute. Dr. Aflatoon also founded New Focus Addiction and Behavioral Health, the parent company for Eagle Overlook Recovery for Adolescents. Dr. Aflatoon received his medical degree at Des Moines University and completed a fellowship at Emory University in addiction psychiatry. He has published peer-reviewed research on personality traits and addictive behaviors.
Kimberly Alexander, MBA, LPC, CPCS
Kimberly has an extensive history in behavioral health, substance abuse, and psychopharmacology. Before joining the MARR team, Kimberly served as the Clinical Director for Riverwoods Behavioral Health and Director of Mobile Assessments at Lakeview Behavioral Health. She earned her MBA in Marketing and Business Administration from Emory University and her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy with specialization in Addictions and Sex Therapy from Richmont Graduate University. Kimberly is a licensed professional counselor, certified professional counselor supervisor, published author, and professional speaker. Kimberly is also a personal trainer and group fitness instructor who endorses a holistic approach to wellness. Kimberly is committed to exceptional client care and is dedicated to enhancing MARR’s clinical programming to ensure clients achieve lifelong recovery.
Yara began her career in mental health in 2006 as a Researcher for a large psychiatric and neuroscience study at Emory University. Yara’s research was featured on Medscape news, and she eventually was published as co-author of several articles in psychiatric journals. In 2012, Yara joined the addiction recovery world in business development. She enjoys the authenticity and passion found in recovery and deeply treasures the relationships she has made along the way. Yara has worked at a number of treatment centers, representing them at both a national and local level. She’s worked closely with physician health programs, airlines, and mental health professionals to help the people they serve get the help they need. Yara is beyond grateful that her journey has brought her to MARR.
Originally from Miami, she graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, and then went on to earn her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Illinois, Springfield. Amy has been leading fundraising efforts for over 21 years, beginning just out of high school. She has worked for organizations of all sizes, some as big as The Salvation Army. Amy is passionate about addiction recovery. In her spare time, she is an avid runner, ACE certified personal trainer, and health coach.
William Atkins, MA, LPC, CRC
Will has been at MARR since 2013. He earned his Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Arkansas. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Previously a Residential Manager, Will was named Director of the Men's Recovery Center in 2020. He hopes to assist clients in finding meaning and purpose in their lives as they begin their personal journey towards recovery.
Janet Hodges, MS, LPC, ACA
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.
Kristen Render, LMSW
Kristen earned her Bachelor's and Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia. Kristen began her work at MARR in 2016 as a Clinical Assessment Counselor. Over time in her role working with clients and families, she discovered a passion for helping our professional clients with some of the unique challenges they face while navigating their treatment and recovery process. Kristen now oversees our professional comprehensive evaluations, additional clinical services specific to professionals, and advocacy for professionals as they re-enter their careers. Kristen is passionate about clients participating in excellent clinical care so they can create a solid recovery foundation for every aspect of their lives.
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.
Lauren Davis, 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 Director of Admissions. Lauren is extremely passionate about helping addicted individuals transition into a life of community, hope, and recovery here at MARR.
Lindsey Salerno, MS, LPC
Lindsey earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a Minor in Criminal Justice from Georgia Southern University and a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Georgia State University. She is a licensed professional counselor. She began her career in an acute care behavioral health facility that served both mental health and substance abuse populations in crisis. Lindsey has since worked in several areas, from local ERs as a mental health assessor to a primary counselor, both inpatient and residential, to the director of admissions in a residential facility. Lindsey enjoys working with family units as a whole and walking alongside them during their season of change. Lindsey has a passion for assisting clients on their journey towards a life in which they are happy, joyous, and free.
Hannah George, LMSW
Hannah joined the MARR team after graduating from the University of Georgia, where she earned her Master of Social Work degree with a certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has experience working with families in crisis at the Division of Family and Children Services and providing therapy at a Marriage and Family therapy clinic in Athens. Hannah is passionate about helping people get the care and resources they need in any circumstance. Because addiction can affect the wellbeing of not only the client, but also the family system as a whole, she is passionate about seeking out ways that restore health and dignity to clients and families that she encounters.
Andy Williams has gained over 7 years of professional experience working in the substance abuse and mental health care field; first as a Patient Care Specialist, then as Family Counselor, Recovery Advocate/Crisis Interventionist, Intake Coordinator and Admissions Counselor. Andy now serves as a Clinical Assessment Counselor, working with all departments of MARR to support those in need and help them find the absolute best care possible. He is nearing completion of becoming a Certified Addiction Counselor. Having achieved sobriety from his own personal journey through addiction, Andy is deeply acquainted with the struggles of both individuals and families in early through late stage recovery and is extremely passionate to help others find their way to a changed life.
Song Sampson, LMSW
Song has history in child welfare and behavioral health. Before joining the Admissions team, Song was a therapist with Family Ties and a Social Services Social Worker with the Division of Family and Children Services. Song recently graduated from Walden University with a Master's in Advanced Clinical Social Work and also has a Bachelor's degree in Public and Community Health. Song started her experience in substance abuse treatment because she believes that true change starts from within. Song believes in forgiveness, grace, and loving one another.
Christopher completed his undergraduate in psychology from Kennesaw State University and a Masters in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling from Georgia State University. He began his career working with children in an acute care behavioral health facility before completing his internship as a counselor at Positive Impact, an outpatient facility focusing on addiction. After completing his internship, Christopher joined the MARR team as a Clinical Assessment Counselor. Christopher believes that everyone deserves a chance at a happy life in sobriety and is passionate about helping others take the first steps in getting there.
Liz McVicker joins the MARR team with 15 years of experience in management and strategic planning. Most recently, Liz worked in business development at a local treatment program and has developed many strong relationships in the mental health and recovery industry. Liz started her own journey to recovery in 2007. She is passionate about seeing others find the help they need. Her energy, positivity, professionalism make her a valuable member of the MARR family.
Joy has a passion for helping others in recovery. Her own recovery journey started in 2005, giving her appreciation of the importance of long-term sobriety. She enjoys meeting new people and informing others about the benefits MARR has to offer. Through her background in business development starting a manufacturing facility in Winder, GA., Joy's experience has taught her the importance of nurturing relationships, honest communication and hard work. Her position at MARR provides her with the opportunity to do just that about something she is very passionate about – recovery.
Sandra Martinez, MS
Sandra joined the MARR family with more than 15 years of experience working in the mental health field. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Professional Counseling from GSU. After she received her master’s degree, Sandra worked as a counselor at an inpatient psychiatric hospital where she crossed over from the Clinical Team to the Business Development Team. She has been engaged with the Georgia community for the last 10 years providing education, raising awareness, and connecting clients struggling with mental illness and addiction to much needed resources.
Digital Marketing and Branding
Keri has an enthusiasm for developing genuine relationships with local providers and experts in the field of Substance Abuse Treatment through digital mediums. Her heart for recovery stems from her own experience in treatment and the value of combined therapeutic and clinical treatment MARR is known for. She brings with her entrepreneurship, a digital marketing background, life experience, and a passion for everyone to be in long-term recovery.
MaryGrace earned her Bachelor's degree in Public Relations from the University of Georgia in 2017. She's helped a variety of clients in the Public Relations arena by promoting digital and earned efforts. MaryGrace joined MARR as Digital Marketing Coordinator and is passionate about finding creative ways to reach the recovery community. She is excited to bring her experience in communications to a team dedicated to serving individuals in lasting recovery.
An alumnus of our Recovering Professionals Program, Nick is a professional pilot and flight instructor from The Woodlands, Texas. Having completed all 3 phases of treatment at MARR, Nick has firsthand experience of the benefits of MARR’s community-focused approach to treatment. He also understands, on a personal level, how beneficial it is for our alumni’s long-term recovery and how important it is for our community as a whole that alumni stay connected to MARR after completing treatment. Nick is focused on growing our alumni base across all 3 of MARR’s programs.