Suzanne Shaffer, MS

President & CEO

“An estimated 22 million Americans need help for the disease of addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders, yet less than 10% receive treatment. The cost of treatment and the lack of healthcare coverage are the most significant barriers to treatment. I am personally committed to ensuring that individuals who want treatment have access to care. Since 1989, I have served in various roles and have been an integral part of the growth of St. Jude’s Recovery Center which has served the Atlanta community for 55 years. As President & CEO since 2012, I am proud of our committed staff and the progress we have made. Last year, we helped more than 1,500 individuals in Metro Atlanta using the latest, evidence based addiction treatment services. Our goal is to return our clients to the community with stable housing and employment as well as the life skills to maintain their recovery.” Education: Master of Science in Healthcare Administration, University of St. Francis; Bachelor of Science in Human Resources/Direct Services, Mercer University

Sue Wiggin, MS

Chief Financial Officer

“Alcohol and drug addiction is a disease that affects not only the individual but entire families. The impact extends far beyond the personal struggles and negatively affects the community as a whole by putting a significant strain on our economy and resources. Over my 24 years at St. Jude’s Recovery Center, we have grown from a small agency to being a treatment provider with 8 facilities and a budget of nearly $7 million dollars. I am proud of the fact that we are debt free and have had a balanced budget throughout these growing years all while maintaining our culture of financial transparency and accountability to our stakeholders. Our goal is to maximize our financial resources to the benefit of the clients we serve.” Education: Master of Science in Health Care Administration, University of St. Francis; Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Marketing Management, Miami University

Rusty Gray, LPC

Vice President of Clinical Services

“The stigma of addiction has always been a barrier to individuals and families seeking help from the affliction and consequences of the disease of addiction. These aren’t bad people trying to become good. They are people with an illness trying to get well. I have worked in the field of addiction for the past 25 years in different clinical and supervisory roles and have been a Licensed Professional Counselor for 20 years. My past experience working with various treatment facilities, accountability courts, and the criminal justice field has given me an expansive view of the most effective and forward-thinking treatment approaches to recovery. As Vice President of Clinical Services for the past 6 years, I lead a team of the most caring, compassionate, yet tough and experienced staff I have ever had the honor of working beside.” Education: Master’s Degree in Psychology, University of West Georgia; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of West Georgia

Board of Directors

John Dryman


President, The Dryman Team

Ted Benning

Vice Chair

President, Benning Construction Company

John W. Dickson III


Tax Manager, Henssler Financial

Joseph K. Orr IV


Community Volunteer

Bryan Benedict

Senior Business Development Associate


John J. ``Jack`` Dalton

Senior Counsel

Troutman Sanders

Jared Degnan

Digital Consulting Partner

NCR Corporation

Linda Hill



Kevin Johnson

Real Estate Consultant

Suzanne Russo

Senior Corporate Counsel

The Home Depot

English Alexander Robinson


English Investments, LLC

Becky Vaughn

Principal Consultant

DIR Consulting Group

Trey Carter

Chief Executive Officer

Summit Behavioral Health Care

Jaylen Fletcher


J.D. Fletcher and Associates

Emeritus Board

Chuck Alexander

Wells Fargo

Buzz Anderson

Fiserv, Inc.

Lisa Bennett

Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty

The Honorable C. Ray Mullins

U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Emily Thomas Kendrick

Arrow Exterminators

Brent Wilson

Elarbee, Thompson, Sapp & Wilson, LLP

Ali S. Yarbou, CCM

Bank of America

Advisory Committee

Mitch Fillhaber

Shepherd Center

Glenn Graves, CPP

Georgia Pacific

David M. Evans

Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP

Ken Ashley

Cushman & Wakefield

Ty White

Peachland Homes, Inc.

Sean MacKenzie

SunTrust Bank

B. Kathleen Skipper

Community Volunteer

Pete Livezey

Tucker Castleberry Printing Inc.

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