Cherie was appointed chief executive officer of Willingway in 2017 after owning and operating her own consulting services company for private behavioral health partners. She comes to Statesboro from Charleston, S.C., with more than 35 years of extensive experience in the behavioral health and social sectors, including serving as the vice president of clinical operations for Meridian Behavioral Health Systems and CEO of Palmetto Behavioral Health Systems.
Dr. Raham has been involved in the treatment of addiction for the last 11 years. He is nationally board-certified in Addiction Medicine by ABMS/ABPM and ABAM. He is also nationally-certified in the proper management and interpretation of urine and blood toxicology as a Medical Review Officer. He was the medical director of the largest Medicaid-based MAT treatment program in the State of Indiana and has also been the chief medical officer of several addiction treatment and behavioral health programs in Indiana and Georgia.
He witnessed the devastating effects of addiction and drug-related crimes during his time as a physician and state medical director in the Indiana correctional system. Dr. Raham became a member of the Indiana Attorney’s General Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force, serving on both the Legislative sub-committee and the Treatment and Recovery subcommittee. Dr. Raham was part of a team that testified repeatedly in front of the Indiana General Assembly, which resulted in the passing of legislation and funding that changed the way drug-related crimes are handled and increased access to addiction treatment services. He is a strong advocate for comprehensive, evidenced -based addiction treatment.
Kelly started on the night shift for Willingway, where she worked her way up to the well-deserved director of nursing position through the years. After 15 years in various roles, Kelly was named interim director of nursing and was employee of the month in January 2019. Kelly likes to work directly with patients or with her technicians and other nurses! She is a graduate of Darton college and has an associates degree in nursing. In her spare time, you can find her on the beach, hiking, or doing pretty much anything in the outdoors!
Tracie has served as clinical director of Willingway for 11 years after having held the position of recreation therapy coordinator for 15 years. She has also served as safety officer for 23 years. Tracie was awarded Willingway’s Employee of the Year award in 1993.
Sam Wells brings a whole new level of professionalism and a refined business approach to her work. She is a level headed, empathetic, and result-driven professional who thrives on positive relationships to succeed. She is a certified ARISE interventionist with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia. Sam accepted the position of Director of Business Development for Willingway Hospital in December 2019. Before her recent position, she worked as an Outreach Representative at Willingway and established her own intervention business where she honed her communication and professional qualities to ensure professionals, referents, and families received top-quality care throughout the entire treatment process.
Sam works with a highly-proficient, dedicated, and talented business development team. Together they collaborate to maintain the integrity of the referral process and ensure clients have the complete continuum of care. In her spare time, you can find Sam on the beach with her husband, son, and Dalmatian, traveling or watching a Georgia Bulldogs football game. Sam is excited to be a part of the Willingway family again!
Linda has been with Willingway for more than 17 years. She studied sociology at Georgia Southern University and worked in a medical office for six years before being recruited to Willingway as a patient accounts manager. She soon began helping families navigate finances through the admissions process and increasingly took on more responsibilities with the admissions group. In early 2014, Linda was promoted to the director of admissions position. She manages Willingway’s team of admissions coordinators and, together, they are responsible for guiding families through the process of finding the best treatment solution for their loved ones.
Tim has been with Willingway for four years and currently serves as the Director of Extended Treatment. Prior to joining Willingway, Tim worked in the logistics industry, managing several different companies. Tim cares a great deal for his patients and their families and it shows through his work. Tim and his team oversee 72 patients in extended treatment. He works hand in hand with outpatient in addition to Willingway’s inpatient therapists to ensure clients have a seamless transition as they take this crucial next step. Tim is grateful for his opportunity to work with clients and to be a part of their journey to sobriety. Tim and his wife live in Statesboro, GA where they enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family.