Meet Our Board of Directors:
Chris Budnick, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS (Chairperson) person in long-term recovery (est. 1990), has been working in the addiction treatment and recovery field since 1993. Chris became a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in 1998. He graduated from East Carolina University in 2000 with a Master of Social Work. Chris has been fully licensed as a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist since 2001; a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2002; and a Clinical Certified Supervisor since 2003. He was an intern from 1999 to 2000 with Healing Transitions International, Inc. and has been employed with them since 2000.
Chris has been an Adjunct Instructor with the North Carolina State University Department of Social Work since 2002. He has served on their Advisory Board since 2003, serving as chair on two different occasions. Chris is presently the founding Board Chair for Recovery Communities of North Carolina, Inc. (RCNC), a recovery community organization. He also serves on the North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program Board, the Recovery Africa Board and the City of Raleigh Substance Abuse Commission.
Chris has conducted trainings and presentations nationally and internationally. Some of his most rewarding work has been research, publication and presentation of the history of mutual aid recovery fellowships for persons with drug addiction in collaboration with Mr. William White and Mr. Boyd Pickard.
Dan Shephard brings tremendous financial literacy and real business experience to the board. Dan retired from his role as Executive Vice President at Martin Marietta Materials in 2011 after 25 years of service.
Dan began volunteering with Healing Transitions in 2015 after the loss of his son, spending time with participants in the earliest phase of the program. He just wanted to roll up his sleeves and do something positive for the recovery community. Dan’s unique skill set and passion for solutions led him to RCNC, where his business savvy and financial realism helped stabilize and strengthen the base of our young organization. Dan also briefly served as interim Executive Director during a crucial transition period in our growth.
Tom Edwards has been with Pavillon Treatment Center since the 1990s. He visited Pavillon in Canada with a friend and reports it was a turning point in his life, and achievement of a new level of appreciation for his own recovery process. Tom’s personal recovery story has informed much of his life since August 7, 1986.
In Tom’s decades of experience in marketing residential substance use disorder treatment services at Pavillon, he learned that the first priority is the person needing help – putting their interests first. Over the years he has used right principles to guide his work and relationships were formed, improved and he remains active with the community that developed.
Tom’s heart and special interest has simply been to see people, especially young people, enter and sustain recovery. Tom says “I’ve never heard a person in recovery say that they wish they had waited.” He has engaged with collegiate recovery organizations from around the country and has learned that through collaboration we all improve our ability to take the right next step with the person needing help.
Ralph Rodland is a person in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drugs since March 28, 2010.
He serves as Executive Director of Caring Services, a licensed mental health and substance abuse treatment facility and long-term transitional housing program in High Point, North Carolina. Ralph is currently finalizing his Certified Substance Abuse Counseling credential and will be fully credentialed in August of 2016. He is a member of the Guilford County Medication, Education, Detection and Safety Coalition, created to help address the opiate epidemic.
He is a Recovery Community Messaging Trainer and holds these trainings at Caring Services, so the clients he serves are able to effectively communicate their recovery status with the world around them. His recovery status has brought about hope and stability to his life, two traits he never thought possible while battling his active addiction. He is a Godfather, an uncle, a son, and enjoys films and political history.
Jerry Monday (Treasurer) spent 30 years working with the City of Raleigh in Finance retiring as Revenue Manager. After viewing “The Anonymous People” and determining Addiction Recovery was a cause in which he wanted to become involved, he volunteered with RCNC as a Recovery Ally. In 2015, Jerry was asked to become a member of the Board as Treasurer.
Jerry’s passion is to challenge the status quo about all aspects of how the Disease of Addiction, is thought about and more specifically treated. He believes that through education, the public, government, insurance companies, treatment centers, as well as all areas of medicine the stigma associated with “addiction” can be overcome. A cure is the light he sees at the end of the tunnel. In addition he also advocates for those with loved ones suffering with the disease. Others becoming additional victims to this disease does not help the addict!!!
BETTY CURRIER, BA, NYS CASAC-R, NYS CPP-R (Secretary) retired to North Carolina in 2013 after more than 25 years as an addiction professional in New York state. An experienced trainer, she dedicates time to training and advocacy activities that build the capacity of the addiction recovery community. She is a Master/Core Trainer for the Recovery Coach Academy and Train the Trainers, developed by the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) and a trainer for “Our Stories Have Power: Recovery Community Messaging Training,” developed by Faces and Voices of Recovery.
Betty’s passion for the needs of individuals and their families afflicted with or affected by addictions began with her own recovery in January 1976. “After more than 20 years of fear, hopelessness, loneliness and chaos,” she says,” my recovery has given me peace, hope, love and purpose. In short, a life beyond my wildest dreams. My four children have found their own pathways to recovery, and my six grandchildren are addiction free. I believe the cycle has been broken in my family. My commitment and life purpose is to demonstrate the reality of recovery for those affected by addictions and to help change public perceptions of addiction. I’m proud to be a face and voice of recovery.”
Ann Matteson became involved in Family Recovery because of a close family member’s struggles with alcohol. Years ago there were very few resources available to educate family members in how to interact and communicate with the loved one. Healing Transitions, formerly The Healing Place, started a new Family Group which was life changing for Ann. Education about the disease was critical in understanding how to move forward in a healthy and positive way for the entire family. She joined in helping to organize Raleigh’s 1st Annual Rally for Recovery which is now in its 5th year celebrating all those who do recover. RCNC was spun off from the Rally and she became an RCNC Board member in 2013.
Ann Matteson grew up in Raleigh and has enjoyed seeing all the changes that have come with the growth. She has been in real estate since graduating from Salem College with a BA in Economics-Management & Sociology in 1979. Her objective is to market properties and assist buyers utilizing professional ethics, enthusiasm and many years of experience in the real estate industry.
Ernestine Chapman has a Master of Science degree in Applied Addiction Studies, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and a Certified Clinical Supervisor; she has worked in the substance use and mental health field for the past 37 years.
She is currently an independent contractor with the Raleigh Counseling Collaborative providing individual therapy and clinical supervision. Ernestine has served on a number of substance use and mental health-related boards and committees during her long career and has a special passion for working with adult children of alcoholics as well as older (65+) adults with substance use disorders.
Valerie Vann-Comrie currently serves as the Program Director for the Robeson County Family Treatment Court in Robeson County, North Carolina. Valerie was hired to implement the program in January, 2008, and has worked to sustain the program, preserving families in the community since its implementation.
The Family Treatment Court program works with parents and or guardians who are at risk of losing custody of their children due in part to substance-use. The program consists of a team of professionals who work collaboratively along with other community agencies to help parents successfully recover and preserve families in the community.
Valerie’s leadership has helped to not only sustain the program in the community, but to enhance the services provided to families and their children. The program was selected as 1 of 4 in the nation to expand services to parents and their children with the Prevention and Family Recovery grant. The Prevention and Family Recovery project is generously supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Duke Endowment and Children and Family Futures.
Karen Kranbuehl is an attorney and is completing her Masters in Social Work at UNC Chapel Hill. She is an advocate and innovator at the intersection of substance use disorder, equity, and justice. As the founder of ACT for Recovery NC, Karen provides advocacy, consulting, and training services. That work currently focuses on individuals who have substance use disorders and are in the justice system or face other barriers. Karen is Vice Chairperson of the North Carolina Substance Use Disorder Federation. In addition to six years of legal practice, her past experiences in human services include answering the crisis telephone at an agency that serves survivors of rape, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence. Karen has also volunteered as a guardian ad litem in cases of child abuse and neglect. She graduated from the William and Mary School of Law and the University of Virginia. Karen is a person in long-term recovery from substance use disorder since 1995. With the support of a community including friends, family, and colleagues, Karen strives imperfectly to balance her passion for her work with physical and mental health. She lives in Raleigh with her family and enjoys reading, movies, and learning about diverse people.