Meet Our Staff
Patrice Alexander, LPC, MAC, CPCS | Chief Executive Officer
For over 25 years, Patrice Alexander, LPC, CPCS, MAC has worked in the behavioral health field in a variety of roles, specializing in addiction treatment. Beginning her career in clinical research, she transitioned into direct client care when she started working at MARR in 2002 as an Assessment Counselor. She eventually went on to supervise that department. She also served as a Family Counselor and was eventually promoted within that department as well to Clinical Coordinator of the Family Program. In 2016 she began serving as MARR’s Clinical Director, a role that she held until April 2020, working as Clinical Director at Pyramid Family Behavioral Health and Arise Recovery Residences before returning to MARR as CEO in May 2022.
Will Atkins, LPC | Clinical Director
Will began his counseling career at our Men’s Recovery Center as an intern before being hired on as a Residential Manager in 2013. He went on to fill the role of Residential Services Coordinator, and then succeeded Doug Brush as Men’s Recovery Center Director, a role he held from February 2020 until November 2021. Since then Will worked as Director of Outpatient Services at Lakeview Behavioral Health. In addition to being a Licensed Professional Counselor, Will holds a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Arkansas and is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Will began his role as MARR’s Clinical Director in August 2022.
Matt Erwin, CACII | Director of Residential Services for Men's Recovery Center and Women's Recovery Center (Traditions)
Bob Day, MA, LPC | Director | Men's Recovery Center
Matthew Reese, APC, NCC | Residential Manager | Men's Recovery Center
Matthew is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (APC) in Georgia and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). His work as a Residential Manager has allowed him to develop and conduct groups exploring the disease model of addiction, which in turn affords him the opportunity to indulge his passion for ongoing study of the impact of addiction on the brain and, in turn, the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral facets of the disease. As a person in recovery himself, the most gratifying aspect of his role at MARR is his constant contact with clients throughout their journeys in recovery, and watching change begin to unfold in their lives and relationships. After spending more than two decades running his own business, Matthew returned to school and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Psychology from Pfeiffer University followed by earning a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2019, followed by a second MA in Addiction Counseling in 2020, from University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY.
Sam Bennett | Clinical Assessment Counselor & Family Program Counselor
Shahzad Hashmi, MD, DFAPA | Chief Medical Officer
Doug Brush, CACII | Men's Recovery Center and Professionals Group
Doug has been 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). He also served as Chairman of the Ethics Committee for Georgia Addiction Counselors Association (GACA). Doug has also been Chairperson for the Standards Committee for the Georgia Association of Recovery Residences (GARR). For more than 40 years, Doug has served MARR in a variety of positions, including CEO and Director of the Men’s Recovery Center. He now works part-time and leads groups at our Men’s Recovery Center.
Mark Anderson, MS, APC, NCC | Primary Counselor | Men's Recovery Center
As a professional counselor and a person in recovery, Mark has always gravitated toward working with addicts and alcoholics. Mark believe MARR has the perfect approach: long-term treatment in a residential setting that employs the therapeutic community model combined with participation in a 12-step peer-support recovery group. Mark is passionate about helping individuals who struggle with addiction to move past their shame and guilt, to help them reach out and re-establish genuine human connections. First, with those uniquely qualified to understand the nature of their self-imposed exile – other addicts and alcoholics. Then, with their loved ones who have watched and suffered, desperate to help but unable to do so.
Jennifer Acker, LMA, NCC, LPC, CMAC | Director of the Women's Recovery Center (Traditions)
Constance Fields | Clinical Assessment Counselor
Tricia Meeker | Alumni Coordinator | Men's Recovery Center and Women's Recovery Center (Traditions)
A. Umair Janjua, M.D. | Psychiatrist for Men's Recovery Center and Women's Recovery Center (Traditions)
Dr. Janjua is board-certified in General Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a native of Atlanta and has trained extensively in psychopharmacology and in various psychotherapeutic modalities. After completing his residency training in General Psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Janjua completed an additional year of training in Forensic Psychiatry at Emory and has a diploma in Executive Coaching from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. He also received the Walter Wellborn Endowed Fellowship in Psychiatry. Dr. Janjua holds an adjunct faculty appointment with the Emory University School of Medicine.
Erica Welsh, MFT, APC, AMFT | Family Program Coordinator for Men's Recovery Center and Women's Recovery Center (Traditions)
I graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Anthropology, and then, after a brief stint in the tech world, continued to Richmont Graduate University to complete a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy with a concentration in trauma counseling. I enjoy being with people through a range of issues and concerns, but specifically enjoy getting to support families as they figure out their relationships with each other. I love that MARR continues to stay committed to its relational foundations in how we provide treatment to our clients as well as how the staff supports each other.
Todd Valentine, LCSW | Primary Counselor | Men's Recovery Center
Todd has over 15 years of clinical experience in the field of addiction, and he has been at MARR for over 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.
Alison Makely, LPC, MAC, NCC | Disordered Eating Therapist | Women's Recovery Center
Alison started off as a MARR volunteer in 2003. She felt so drawn to the work that it spurred her to return to school to get a graduate degree as a counselor. She was a volunteer from 2003 to 2005, and then transitioned into the role of intern until 2006. After finishing her graduate work in May 2006, the MARR leadership created a dedicated therapist role for me as “Primary Counselor for Disordered Eating.” Alison stepped away from MARR for a while and developed her private practice, and returned to MARR in 2018 when they needed someone to fill the Disordered Eating Therapist position. She worked at the women’s center from 2018 until February 2020, and recently returned in August 2022.
Millicent Parker, MS, MDiv, LPC |
Family Program Director
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.
Andy Williams | Assistant Director of Admissions
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.