Devin had to leave Wilkes to access the services needed to support her recovery. So when she returned in 2014, she dedicated herself to providing peer support and housing to others in need in the community. Devin started out by working as a Certified Peer Support Specialist for a local nonprofit before starting Wilkes Recovery Revolution. Wilkes Recovery Revolution (WRR) opened the county’s first transitional housing facility and has gone on to host eight unique programs: Phases Transitional Housing, Wilkes Harm Reduction Collective, R3 Recovery Community Center, Project Healing Our Workforce, Fresh Start Farm, Wilkes Fresh Mobile Market, Revolution Thrift Store, and Hope Warriors. Through those programs WRR provides housing, syringe exchange services, naloxone, a space to work on wellness, employment services, dental assistance, transportation, crisis assistance, a work program with a living wage, and a community outreach and education program. Devin is the recipient of the Great State Hero Award for Crisis Assistance and the 2021 Chairman’s Award from the Wilkes Chamber of Commerce. She has served on the Substance Use Advisory Council for the Appalachian Regional Commission, the NC Peer Support Advisory Council, Peer Voice NC, the Peer Justice Initiative, the NC Recovery Advocacy Project, the Northwest Regional Opioid Collective, and NC Harm Reduction Advocacy. Her story and the work of WRR have been featured in The Economist, the Winston-Salem Journal, NC Health News, Spectrum News, and the Wilkes Journal Patriot. Devin enjoys being present for her kids, family, and community today, and enjoys spending time with her 5 rescue dogs.
Jeff Walker is an individual in long term recovery. For him, that means that he does not find it necessary to use drugs or alcohol to cope with life and his responsibilities today. Jeff is also a formerly incarcerated male who passed through various points in the sequential intercept model who uses his lived experience to help others. Jeff is the Programs Director at Wilkes Recovery Revolution, Inc., where he oversees 7 programs including Phases Transitional Housing Program, R3 Recovery Community Center, Project HOW (Healing our workforce), Wilkes Harm Reduction Collective, Revolution Thrift Store, Fresh Start Farm, and Hope Warriors. Jeff is an NC Certified Peer Support Specialist, Certified Recovery Coach, and a Peer Support in the criminal justice system. He is a facilitator for the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy, Language Matters training, Recovery Coach: A Harm Reduction Pathway training, and an eCPR (Emotional CPR) educator. He will soon be one of the first facilitators of the Forensic Peer Support Specialist training in the state of North Carolina. He is currently working towards being a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Jeff uses his lived experience to go into the prisons to offer support groups and locally works with Wilkes County Jail to offer pre-trail release services and re-entry services through Wilkes Recovery Revolution, Inc. Jeff spends much of his time serving and participating in groups locally, statewide, and nationally including but not limited to; Peer Justice Initiative, Peer Voice NC, Peer Expert Commission, Nation Recovery Advocacy Project, Second Chance Alliance, Reform Alliance, Wilkes Opioid Response Project, High Country Re-Entry, and Watauga County Justice Initiative. Jeff is a father, dog-lover, and outdoorsman in his free time. Jeff believes that the opposite of addiction is connection, connection is community, and community is recovery. Jeff believes in authenticity and the voices of lived experience. If you spend a lot of time with Jeff, you will often hear him saying “Live your best life” and he means that because he is living his best life today due to the gifts of recovery.
A native of Caldwell County, Amanda had to leave her home to find the support she needed, and her personal journey in long-term, abstinence-based recovery began right here, in North Wilkesboro. After completing inpatient and residential treatment, she returned to the Wilkes Recovery Revolution family to work as the Female House Manager for Phases, our Transitional Housing Program. She now is the Operations Director, supporting the Executive Director with Administrative tasks. Amanda is a Certified Peer Support Specialist, a Recovery Coach, a Community Health Worker, is working towards becoming Certifies Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and is in her second year of college, working towards a BA in Psychology. Amanda has officially planted roots in the place she found Recovery, purchasing a home with her fiancé and their son. Amanda firmly believes in practicing radical love, showing compassion and grace, and creating a judgement-free space, where people feel comfortable to be who they are.
Ariana Williamson is the Project Coordinator for ProjectHOW, Wilkes Recovery Revolution's workforce development and educational attainment programming, as well as the Advisor for the Wilkes County Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative. Ariana has worked in operations management, marketing, and consultative sales prior to starting with Wilkes Recovery Revolution in January of 2021. Ariana has lived in Wilkes County with her husband, Sloan, since 2017. They welcomed their daughter, Lorelei, in 2018. The Williamsons live in Ferguson and have fallen in love with Wilkes County and our wonderful community.
FRESH START FARM
Jeff is the Project Coordinator for Wilkes Fresh Step Farm. Born in Upstate New York, North Carolina has been his home since the age of 4. Jeff served as a Medic in the US Army and is a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He graduated in the class of 1999 from Wilkes Central High School. Jeff discovered his passion for farming and tending the earth during his own recovery journey. He is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to getting healthy, whole foods to areas and people that may not otherwise have access and is proud to do this in the community that helped raise him.
WILKES FRESH MOBILE MARKET
After growing up in Montreal, Quebec (Canada), and living across the Midwest and Eastern U.S., Michelle moved to the Wilkes area in 2014, where she noticed the unusual scarcity of healthy foods as well as the county's many food deserts. She began working with local farms and furthered her studies in herbalism - with a focus on local, accessible herbs - to assist with physical or mental health challenges. She also pursued her education in nutrition and fitness as preventive health & Recovery tools. As the Mobile Market Manager for WRR, Michelle brings her passion for helping people make nutritious choices and for safe, predictable healthy foods access via the Wilkes Fresh mobile farmers' market.
FEMALE HOUSE MANAGER
A native of Ashville, Tammy began her journey of Recovery as a resident of Phases, and she very naturally stepped into the position of House Manager. This job has gifted her the ability to watch others, in early Recovery, grow into their potential. Tammy not only receives gifts of Recovery, but she gets to witness other's receive their gifts.
PEER SUPPORT SUPERVISOR
Gabbie's substance use started at 15 with alcohol and ended with dependency on alcohol and crack. She took her first step on her recovery journey not sure that she could ever have a life worth living. Someone offered to get her into rehab, and she tried it. Today Gabbie has a family, self-worth, and a purpose. Now she gets to meet people right where they are, and she spreads that hope as a Peer Support Specialist. Recovery isn't just POSSIBLE, it is so fulfilling!
PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST
Phillip is a person in recovery from Charlotte, NC and moved to Wilkesboro in 2018. His recovery date is March 11, 2017. He became a recovery coach on September 18,2020 and a certified peer support specialist on May 3, 2021.
PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST
Brannon McManus has faced many different situations thus far in his life, and some of them include: Prison, Homelessness, Drug addiction, Broken family, Broken heart, Broken life. Through the process, he found his faith in the Lord, and now he lives everyday to share his story of hope and restoration. It is his true passion to support individuals headed down the path he once walked. His goal is to meet individuals exactly where they are in life and support that recovery plan.
PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST
Mandi has been married since June 4, 1994 and has 2 wonderful children. She has been in substance use and co-dependent recovery since January 26, 2004, and she has been a Certified Peer Support Specialist since November 2018. She also completed her WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan Training in 2018. Since she began her employment at the R3 Recovery Center in January 2021, she has become a Certified Recovery Coach, as well as, being certified in Emotional CPR, Mental Health First Aid for Adults and Youth, and has her Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Accreditation. Her passion in recovery is to support others on their own recovery journey.
Ericka Minton is in long term recovery from substance use disorder and has been in recovery from all substances since March 7, 2021. Ericka's self directed path to recovery included aspects of harm reduction. She was born in Matthews, NC and moved to Wilkes Co at the age of 12, where later she would marry her husband T.C. Together Ericka and T.C. struggled with addiction and Ericka lost T.C. to the disease on December 31, 2017. T.C.'s death sparked a passion in Ericka to help others in their addiction and recovery. Ericka says she finds healing and purpose everyday helping others while working for Wilkes Recovery Revolution, specifically Wilkes Harm Reduction Collective. Ericka believes there is no one path to recovery and everyones journey is different. "My mom helps people", says her son L
Justin began his journey with Wilkes Recovery Revolution in 2020, after his battle with substance use that started in 2007. He decided to put those years of experience to good use by becoming a Recovery Coach and a North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist. He works as the Transportation Coordinator for the R3 center. He just hopes to meet people where they are and support them in their own journey.
Tiffany is a person in recovery from substance use and a New Jersey native. Tiffany is also a veteran of the United States Air Force. When she began her journey in recovery, she enjoyed volunteering her time at Wilkes Recovery Revolution, which led to her now being an employee. Tiffany is dedicated to using her story of overcoming addiction and finding a new way of life to inspire others, to help build a strong community and to be a living example for her children. Tiffany lives life with a heart of gratitude, is thankful to recovery for saving her life and giving her purpose.
THRIFT STORE MANAGER
Julie found Recovery and moved back to her home of Wilkes County in July of 2020. She loves helping people and loves working for an Organization that is making a difference in our community. Every person she has met, while employed with Wilkes Recovery Revolution, has gained a special spot in her heart. Reassuring others that Recovery is possible, is her mission, by being living proof. Trust God, clean house, and help others is her philosophy.
THRIFT STORE ASSOCIATE
Born and raised in Wilkes County, Brenda finds joy and belonging in helping others. She began her journey with Wilkes Recovery Revolution as a volunteer, and has recently become an employee. She is a devoted follower of the Lord, and she loves her family fiercely. When Brenda is not working, volunteering, or attending church, she fills her time with kayaking, crafting, and working in the yard, planting flowers.