Sandy Kanehl, Executive Director, M.Ed., CSAC, CPRS
Sandy is the founder and Executive Director of Roads to Recovery. Her personal recovery is through lived experience as a family member of loved ones with addictions, mutual help programs, individual therapy, and daily reading and meditation practice. She is committed to providing help and support for family and friends because, “we are often so focused on the person with addiction that we don’t realize how distorted our own thinking and reality have become. We need treatment and recovery support as much as our loved ones with SUDs. “ Sandy has over 30 years of experience in substance use disorder counseling, prevention, program development, management and supervision, teaching and training, all levels of care, and agency administration. Sandy is also a trainer and consultant statewide for peers and professionals in stigma fighting, advocacy and recovery management for people with substance use disorders, recovery-orientated systems of care, and peer leadership training. Sandy has taught courses in Counselor Identity, Function and Ethics, Substance Abuse Counseling along with being a regular presenter at State Addiction Conferences in VA, WV, and TN. Sandy is a CPRS (Certified Peer Recovery Specialist) and a CSAC (Certified Substance Abuse Counselor) and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Lynchburg College. She enjoys hiking, biking, music, theater, reading, and time with family and friends.
What Recovery Means to Sandy….”Recovery means health, hope, gratitude and giving back… and that’s what we’re fostering at Roads to Recovery!
Mike Davidson, CPRS, Program Manager, Recovery Coach
Mike has been with Roads to Recovery Since May, 2014 first serving as the Board President and then beginning on April 1, 2015 as the Program Manager. Mike has spent over 20 years in the treatment industry working in counseling, program development, supervision, and marketing. Mike spent the last 10 years before coming to Roads to Recovery doing humanitarian aid work throughout the world in places like Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, and Dominican Republic. Mike has 32 years of recovery and during his spare time can be found fishing, hunting, or kayaking.
What Recovery Means to Mike….”Recovery is a way of life that I never imagined could have ever been possible.
Darlene Carter, CPRS, Operations Manager
Darlene has been the Operations Manager with Roads to Recovery since July, 2013. Darlene’s work includes performing all HR, financial, insurance, tax functions, staff and maintenance supervision functions, family recovery support services, and helping provide work opportunities for Roads to Recovery Peers. In addition to her day to day functions Darlene also serves as a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and supports women in the women’s residence. In her spare time Darlene enjoys hiking.
What Recovery Means to Darlene…..”Being able to foster healthy and happy lifestyles for members of our community.
Karina Hobbs, B.S., Executive Assistant
Karina began at Roads to Recovery in November, 2016. She received her bachelor’s degree from Liberty University in Criminal Justice. She is excited about the opportunity to help individuals sustain long-term recovery. In her spare time Karina can be found hunting, fishing, baking, or sipping on coffee.
What Recovery Means to Karina….”An opportunity for a new beginning and a fresh start to enjoy life and all that it has to offer.
Pam Chapman, CPRS, Admissions Specialist, Recovery Coach
Pam has been with Roads to Recovery since August, 2015, and before then Pam spent 30 years as a Registered Nurse. Pam is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and is a recovery coach for women. Pam has been in recovery since 2014 and previously had 17 years of sobriety. Originally from Atlanta, Pam has called Lynchburg home since 2011. In her spare time Pam likes to garden, paint, and weave.
What Recovery Means to Pam….”Recovery means living life on life’s terms without mood-altering substances and being able to live a happy and healthy life.
James McFeely, B.S., CPRS, Wellness Specialist, Senior Recovery Coach
James is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and a Certified SMART Recovery Facilitator who coaches individual peers and facilitates several groups including Building Recovery Capital Group twice each week. James began with Roads to Recovery in August, 2015. James was born and raised in Lynchburg and has been in recovery since April 2014. James holds a bachelor’s degree from VCU. In his spare time James can be found exercising or reading.
What Recovery Means to James…. “Working a program that helps me deal with life on life’s terms.
Bette Hunt, CPRS, Recovery Coach
Bette joined Roads to Recovery as the recovery coach for our specialized services for pregnant women. Bette has been in recovery for over 25 years. Bette also brings a wide range of service work to her position including spending the last 5 years sharing her message of strength and hope to hospitals and institutions. In her spare time Bette loves to travel, spend time outdoors, and listen to music. She has 2 grown children whom she loves dearly.
What Recovery Means to Bette….”A second chance at life, an opportunity to grow spiritually and be of service to others.
Karen Riddle, A.A., CPRS, House Manager Oak Lane
Karen Riddle is House Manager for our women’s Oak Lane Residence. Originally from Chatham, VA, Karen has spent the last two and a half years working as a Peer Support Specialist in Pittsylvania County in the residential crisis stabilization house also known as the Foundation House. Karen graduated from Danville Community College in May 2016 with an A.A. in General and Medical Office Specialization and a career study certification in medical coding. In her spare time Karen immerses herself in the word of God, paints ceramics, and goes for walks.
What Recovery Means to Karen….”Recovery means not focusing on my past but focusing on my future.