Meet the Staff

MEET THE STAFF

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JIM DEVARENNES

Founder and President

For over 20 years, Jim has dedicated himself to aiding individuals struggling with addiction in finding recovery. Through this mission, he has helped over 50,000 achieve
sobriety, and touched the lives of countless individuals across the country. Learn more about Jim and his mission to serve the addiction community. jimd@soberlivingamerica.org


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CHRISTY NEMETH

Regional Manager

Originally from Warner Robbins, GA, Christy joined the Sober Living America family in 2013. Christy is an instrumental part of the SLA team, acting as regional manager for our 4 different SouthEast locations. She currently operates out of SLA’s Atlanta Headquarters, where her dedication and personal commitment to helping those around her has made a tremendous impact. Connect with Christy christyn@soberlivingamerica.org


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RIP THEAD

Vice-President, Sales

Rip brings over 20 years sales experience to Atlanta’s Sober Living team. In charge of corporate relations and grant writing, Rip’s experience with large corporate accounts greatly benefits SLA as it continues to grow and add chapters across the US. His dedication to his faith and heart for helping others has led him to the nonprofit sector - where he is an essential asset. Connect with Rip Rip.Thead@soberlivingamerica.org


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RICHARD STRAIT

Director of Jacksonville

Richard has tirelessly served Sober Living America since 1999. Richard has worked with countless branches over the years, but has settled as the director of Jacksonville since 2008. His long tenure with SLA makes him an irreplaceable asset, and his personal commitment and dedication has helped save the lives of thousands of individuals struggling with addiction.Connect with Richard richards@soberlivingamerica.org


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DEBORAH WARD

Director of Atlanta

Deborah joined the Sober Living America team in July 2014. Her background in sales management was a great fit to help make our new branch in Birmingham flourish, and she has since taken over as Director of our largest branch in Atlanta. Deborah’s inviting and welcoming nature is evident through all our communities, and she naturally makes everyone part of her family. Connect with Deborah dward@soberlivingamerica.org


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NICKY MILLS

Director of Tampa

Nic joined Sober Living America in 2014 - one of two new associates to complete our director of training course. After several months training at our Atlanta facility, he has taken over as Director in our Tampa location.
If you have a question for Nicky, or about the Tampa community, please contact him Nicky.mills@soberlivingamerica.org


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KANE DUPREE

Director of Birmingham

Kane joined Sober Living America in 2014 - one of two new associates to complete our director of training course. He has proved himself an essential asset in Birmingham during his training, and has taken over as Director in January of 2015. If you have a question for Kane, or about the Birmingham community, please contact him Kane.Dupree@soberlivingamerica.org


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MICHAEL THOMAS

Career Advocate

Michael has served our Sober Living Communities since 2012, traveling amongst all of our locations to help build and grow our Work Development Program. His commitment to helping our residents get back to work and thrive is evident by his diligent work locating new business partners around the SouthEast region. If you are interested in partnering with the SLA Work Development program, contact Michael Michael.thomas@soberlivingamerica.org


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STEVE FAUSETT

Development

A Chicago transplant, Steve has served the Sober Living Community since 2012. Originally on our work-development team, his role has evolved over the years through his tireless work ethic and commitment to SLA’s cause. He now travels with his wife, Cassy, between SLA locations and works with our development team opening new chapters. Connect with Steve Steve.fausett@soberlivingamerica.org


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CASSY FAUSETT

Development

Cassy has been an essential part of the SLA team since 2012. Her kind and loving nature have played an important role in helping hundreds of people on their path toward recovery over the years. Part of the ‘Fausett duo’, she plays an integral role in opening new SLA chapters and creating development processes.
Connect with Cassy Cassy.Fausett@soberlivingamerica.org


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TAMMY GERBER

Intake Coordinator, Development

Tammy is often the first point of contact for new residents and family members looking for assistance. Her kind and welcoming demeanor have helped thousands of people take the first step toward recovery over the years. Part of our dynamic development team, she often travels between SLA locations, helping where she is most needed.
Connect with Tammy Tammy.gerber@soberlivingamerica.org


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AMANDA KLINGSHIRN

Intake Coordinator, Atlanta

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Amanda has served as the intake coordinator for our Atlanta community since 2014. Amanda helps guide individuals and family members looking for assistance, and her friendly and loving nature help ease them through our process. If you have a question about our Atlanta facility or getting help, please contact Amanda Amanda.klingshirn@soberlivingamerica.org


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ERIN DYER

Marketing and PR, Video, Social Media

Erin joined the SLA team in 2014. She is deeply passionate about Sober Living America’s mission, and enjoys being able to share our resident’s stories. Erin works on our website, videos, and social media. If you have an idea to share with Erin or pictures from an event, please connect with her erin@soberlivingamerica.org

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