Staff

Community Recovery Program Staff

Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith has over twenty years of experience working in the human services field, specifically working with individuals who are struggling with substance use and criminal histories.  She has been employed with Piedmont Community Services since 2011 as the CRP Program Manager.  Prior to employment with PCS, she served for 12 years as an adult probation and parole officer with the Virginia Department of Correction’s. Under Lisa’s leadership, developing mentor-ships and collaboration with community partners, CRP was developed into the program it is today.   CRP has gained state, regional, and national attention.  Lisa truly believes that people can and do recover from substance use disorder.  

Lisa is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a degree in Criminal Justice.  She is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor.  She is Certified in Non-Profit Management through Duke University. Lisa sits on two boards; The Anchor Commission and Southern Area Agency on Aging. She is also a member of the Martinsville-Henry County-Patrick County Re-entry Council, and the Martinsville-Henry County Human Resources Association.  In her down time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and improving her culinary skills.

Michele Whitlow

Michele joined the Community Recovery team in October 2018 after serving as a probation officer for 18 years.  Michele serves as the Service Coordinator for CRP. She is responsible for collaborating with community partners to assist individuals in obtaining, and maintaining employment. Michele also facilitates job readiness workshops for CRP participants, as well as incarcerated individuals, as part of the Bridging the Gap program at Franklin County Jail.  Michele is utilizing her many years of knowledge, skills, and training to assist individual’s as they  travel the road of recovery in becoming productive members of the community. Michele received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, from Roanoke College.  Michelle is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor-Assistant. When not working, Michele enjoys time with her friends, family, and spending time at the beach.

Laura Buchanan

Laura joined the Community Recovery team in October 2021 as the Business Services Coordinator. In this role, she is responsible for collaborating with community partners and employers to assist individuals in obtaining employment. Laura also facilitates job readiness workshops for CRP and coordinates workshops to assist participants in life skills, such as budgeting and banking basics. She had the unique opportunity to work with CRP in its infancy, connecting participants with internships and partnering with Lisa to meet employers in our region. Laura obtained her BBA from Averett University in 2006 and utilizes her experience in HR and industry to prepare participants for the workforce. She serves as secretary on the Blue Ridge Human Resource Association Board and is a member of Leadership Patrick County 2021/2022 Cohort.

Viola Rich

Viola Rich joined the Community Recovery Program in August of 2020, after several years of working for Public Partnership, caring for her mother.  She is a Peer Recovery Specialist, and has been trained to support individuals who struggle with substance use, mental health, or psychological traumas.  She is the Coordinator of the Occupational Training Program, where she teaches individuals valuable job skills and responsibilities through on the job training. Viola facilitates the operational aspects of the men and women recovery homes. She assists participants in their pathways to recovery by heading various activities and programs at the Peer Recovery Center. Viola became a Certified Peer Support Specialist in September 2019.  She has been active in her recovery since February 2016. Viola began a women’s recovery group titled, “Recover 4 L.I.F.E.” (Living In Freedom Effortlessly), designed to empower, and support women in learning to trust each other in their recovery journey. In April 2020, Viola earned her Digital Peer Support Certification, as well as training in Career Coaching and LGBTQ Recovery Resources. For Viola, this is not merely a job, it is her passion to help those in need find their path to recovery.  We do recover!

   

Irma Preston

Irma Preston is the Transportation Specialist here at CRP.  Irma provides transportation support; by assuring individuals get to their various appointments, and places of employment. She does this while using her excellent communication skills, to provide hope and encouragement to individuals, helping them navigate the major life changes of refraining from drug use and re-entering the workforce.  Irma is a retired correctional officer and court security officer with the Henry County Sheriff’s Department. Irma attended Winston-Salem Business School, as well as graduating from Radford and Salem Police Academies. 

Tonya Ingram

Tonya has returned to the Community Recovery Program as a Case Manager-Employment Specialist. She brings with her over 15 years of experience working with a diverse population seeking assistance with finding employment, by linking them to necessary community resources. Tonya earned her Master’s degree in Human Services from Liberty University. Tonya states, “She is a helper by nature, so doing her job comes naturally, and she finds it rewarding to help anyone with becoming productive and successful in achieving their goals.” In her spare time Tonya loves spending time with family and friends, (cooking and playing games), and going out dancing with her sweetheart.

Staff members, Irma Preston and Viola Rich
Peer Support Specialists, Jamie Redd and Viola Rich