Debbie founded GraceWay in August of 2003, as the first facility in SWGA providing women a non-chemical long-lasting solution to the spiritual malady of addiction. As a person living in long-term recovery herself, she has a no-nonsense approach to recovery because of her understanding that it is a matter of life or death for the women that enter GraceWay. Debbie has been quoted to say, “We will not let you fail if you meet us halfway.” The honesty, compassion, authenticity, and support that she gives to each resident further confirms her fighting spirit in the field of addiction recovery.
Having a family member in recovery, Georgia has personally experienced the sadness, shame, and hopelessness associated with addiction, as well as the miracle of a restored life after treatment. This led her to begin working toward becoming a certified addiction counselor and seeking a career in recovery. We are excited to have Georgia as the Executive Director here at GraceWay, and she shares our passion to provide women with the environment and tools needed to achieve and maintain longterm sobriety. She is eager to offer the hope to families that is possible for women who complete this program. She will be working diligently to build the program’s reach and effectiveness by bringing in donors and supporters who enable the center to continue its mission.
Georgia has been an active part of our community for over 30 years after earning her BBA in Marketing from Mercer University. She has raised 3 children, was a successful Physician Recruiter for Phoebe Health System, and she and her husband have lovingly blended their families including seven adored grandchildren.
In a way the field of addiction recovery chose Amy. As a person living in long-term recovery herself, she knows the pain and isolation that stem from addiction, and also how rewarding a life in recovery can be. She wants to shed light on the disease of addiction and to remove the stigma and shame that surrounds it.
Certified Peer Specialist
Marianne is a person living in long-term recovery and works directly with our residents as a Certified Peer Specialist. As a former resident of GraceWay, Marianne knows that a supportive environment that provides accountability and structure is essential to building and maintaining lasting long-term sobriety.