Elder Nathan Cook, BSW, IRS-Executive Director / 301 Biography
Finance & Operations
Joy McMullin – Director of Finance / 305
Tonya Aaron – Administrative Assistant / 308 Biography
Sondra Bryant – Administrative Services Coordinator / 302 Biography
Michelle Ellis, CPSS – Records Custodian / 311
Dr. Patricia Thomas – Clinical Director / 304 Biography
Sabrina Maxwell, MS – Housing Coordinator / 320
Vicki Binkley, CPSS – Case Manager / 332 Biography
Essie Brown, MRC – Case Manager / 328
Lametric Maddox, BS – Case Manager / 321
Chemical Dependency Recovery Program
Cynthia Allison, MS, ICADC, LPC – Day – CDRP Program Coordinator / 326
Daretta Holt, MS, ALC – Counselor / 323
DeAndrea Jamith, MA, ALC – Counselor / 330 Biography
Yvette Thomas, BS, ICADC, ADC – Case Manager / 315
Dr. Patrick Tidwell, PhD, LMFT – Assessments Specialist / 327 Biography
– Montgomery City Jail Counselor / 322
Tirekia Foster – Montgomery County Jail Counselor / 312
Lekesha Andrews, M.Ed – Evening – CDRP Program Coordinator / 318 Biography
Kandice Thompson, MSW – Evening Counselor / 329
William Jordon – Transportation / 324
Standing Together Against Rape
Crystal S. Jamith, MSN, RN – SART/SANE Coordinator – Phone: 334-213-1227/ Fax: 334-286-5988
Katrina Boswell – Volunteer Coordinator / Phone: 334-213-1227/ Fax: 334-286-5988
The Lighthouse Counseling Center, Inc. – Executive Director
Nathan Cook was born and raised in Greensboro N.C.
Education: He attended Oakwood College Seminary studying Theology 1977-80 and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1982 with an undergraduate degree in Social Work and a minor in Correctional Science. Nathan graduated from United Way of America’s highly regarded Leadership and Executive Advancement Program (LEAP) in 2002.
Experience: Nathan has worked in the Non-Profit Human Services arena for over 40 years with the last 15 years in Executive Management. Nathan started the first Court Mandated Batterers Treatment Programs in the Country in the early 80’s and is one of the nation’s foremost speakers around the issue of family violence and the church. Nathan worked for Family and Children’s Services for seven years, Greensboro Urban Ministries for over 20 years as the Senior Resident Manager for The Pathway Center, Greensboro’s only Family Shelter for homeless families. In 1988 Nathan went to work for United Way of Greater Greensboro as a resource development staffer and worked his way up to Vice President of Community Services, creating the nations largest Gifts In Kind Program and left in 2001 after garnering many awards and recognition for services rendered to the Greensboro community. In 2001, he became President of Piedmont Triad United Way Services Inc., a five county collaborative created to develop one of the first 2-1-1 Call Centers in the state of North Carolina. Nathan also worked as a Night Investigator for the Department of Social Services. In June of 2005 he accepted the Executive Director’s position to Implement and manage the Family Justice Center in Erie County, New York. The Family Justice Center is a 30 plus partner collaborative that was funded by President Bush’s initiative on Family Violence. In 2000 Nathan was selected by United Way of America to participate in the highly regarded Leadership and Executive Advancement Program (LEAP). Nathan also was a finalist for the prestigious John Garber Award which honors the top minority executive professionals working for United Ways across the country. In 2012, Nathan was the First African American President/CEO of United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County, Virginia before deciding to go into private practice as a consultant for Nonprofit Organizations. In August of 2015, he accepted the post as the Executive Director of the One Place Family Justice Center in Montgomery Alabama which is a 25 agency collaborative to end Family Violence. In December 2016, Nathan took over the post as Executive Director of Lighthouse Counseling Center Inc.. Nathan is an Ordained Elder in the Seventh Day Adventist Church and a highly regarded speaker. Nathan is supported by His wife of 20 plus years, Tonjia and three sons, Brian, Nathan Jr. and Craig.
Employee Title: Clinical Director
Employee Department: All treatment programs (CDRP, Housing, New Directions, Jail Programs)
Employee Graduate University: Doctorate of Education from Nova Southeastern University; Masters of Science in Human Growth and Development from Troy State University; and Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Auburn University
Experience: Twenty-five years of experience working with adults and youth in a community mental health center performing individual and group counseling services, psychosocial assessments, psychiatric hospital admission screenings, psychological testing for troubled youth, quality review administrator, and clinical supervisor. Eleven years of experience working as an administrator and clinical supervisor for a substance abuse facility that treats the adult population.
Awards/Licenses received: Licensed Professional Counselor; Certified as Case Manager for both Substance Abuse and Mental Health; Certified as Master’s Addiction Counselor through National Association of Forensic Counselors; Certified Peer Support Specialist through FORMLL; SISTA Facilitator
Employee Title: Dual Diagnosis Counselor
Employee Department: CDRP
Education and Experience- Ph D, Marriage & Family therapy Amridge University-2014; Master of Science-Marriage & Family Therapy Amridge University-2002; B.A. in Biblical Studies-Faulkner University-1999
Employee Qualification: LMFT (Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist)
Experience: Have worked in the substance abuse field since 2002. Have been an adolescent therapist, adolescent program director, assessment specialist, continuing care counselor, and dual diagnosis counselor.
Awards/Licenses received: LMFT as stated above. Have taught Professional Ethics for Counselors and Therapists at ASADS (Alabama School of Alcohol and Drug Studies) 2013-2015 and the ALMHCA conference in 2014.
Additional Information: Member of AAMFT and ALAAMFT (American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists; Alabama Association of Marriage & Family Therapists)
Employee Title: Peer Support Specialist/Housing Case Manager
Employee Department: Housing
Employee Qualification: My journey through my personal recovery, as well as training as a Peer Support Specialist qualifies me to carry out my responsibilities at the Lighthouse. I have attended numerous case management trainings over the years as well. The most beneficial education, as well as life changing, has been with the clients that we serve.
Employee Graduate University: I attended Troy University but did not complete. I personally quit school in my senior year, but I completed and received my GED.
Experience: At the Lighthouse I get to experience and witness miracles of lives being put back together and families being reunited. I have been here for 14 years and not all stories have happy endings, but the ups and downs with our clients are very rewarding. Our clients teach me so much more than I can ever teach them.
I have also had the privilege of working with so many wonderful people over the years.
Additional Information: One of my favorite quotes is “with courage greater than your fear jump into the unknown and you will fly!”
My favorite movie is “Something’s Gotta Give” anything with Diane Keaton. I also enjoy anything the Kendrick brothers put out.
I enjoy reading, hanging out at coffee shops with friends and sleeping past 6:00 J
Employee Title: Women’s Intensive Outpatient Counselor
Employee Department: CDRP
Employee Qualification: The University of Alabama: Bachelors of Science: Human Development and Family Studies
Employee Graduate University: Amridge University – Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling; Amridge University – Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy (Anticipated Graduation Date May 2018)
Awards/Licenses received: Associate Licensed Counselor: State of Alabama Board of Counseling Examiners
Additional Information: My favorite quote (right now) is “Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.” David Richo. I enjoy reading IMMENSELY! It is my favorite hobby! I collect blown glass, ceramic shoes and my favorite movies are Clue and Gone with the Wind. I have been involved with Lighthouse since 2012 as a Victim Advocate for STAR. I thoroughly enjoy volunteering and advocacy. I am not only a fan of the best football dynasty in the land (ROLL TIDE!) I’m also a very proud ALUMNI! My greatest accomplishment so far in life has been living my truth!! It feels great!! Everyone should do it!!
Employee Title: EIOP Evening Intensive Outpatient Program
Employee Department: Intensive Outpatient Program
Employee Qualification: Master’s of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Employee Graduate University: Auburn University at Montgomery
Additional Information: “ ‘For I know the plans I have for you’ declares the Lord ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you hope and a future’ “ Jeremiah 29:11
Employee Title: Administration Assistant
Employee Department: Administration
Employee Qualification: Case Management Certification; Job Coach; Peer Support Specialist; CPR certified
Experience: 8 ½ years of case management in Substance Abuse at Lighthouse Counseling Center
Additional Information: I enjoy singing with my Gospel Group. We are currently in the studio getting ready to release our new CD. I am involved with several motorcycle clubs that work together and provide some type of community service monthly. I am a mother of two daughter and two grand-daughters.