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Willingway Staff

Cherie D. Tolley, Chief Executive Officer

Cherie D. Tolley, Interim Chief Executive Officer 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.


  • Bachelor of Science, University of North Alabama, 1977
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling, University of North Alabama, 1980
  • Coursework completed toward PsyD at California Southern University

Robert Bryan, MD, FASAM, Medical Director

Robert Bryan, MD, FASAM, Medical Director - Willingway Addiction Treatment - drug rehab in Georgia - GA Alcohol treatment centerDr. Robert was hired in December of 2018 as Willingway’s Medical Director, bringing an extensive amount of knowledge about addiction treatment with him to Willingway. He has worked in the field of addiction medicine for 28 years, having previously worked as a staff physician at Willingway from 1990 – 2010 and Medical Director from January to July of 2010. Dr. Robert is a member of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the American Academy of Family Medicine and is a fellow with the American Society of Addiction Medicine.


  • Medical Degree from University of Mississippi Medical School
  • Certified in Addiction Medicine, American Society of Addiction Medicine, 2004
  • Certified Medical Review Officer, Medical Review Officer Certification Council, 2005
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, American Board of Addiction Medicine, 2009
  • Recertification Addiction Medicine, American Board of Addiction Medicine, 2014
  • Fellow American Society of Addiction Medicine, 2016

Stephanie Griffin, R.N., Director of Nursing

Stephanie Griffin - Willingway - Addiction Treatment center in GeorgiaStephanie has experience in several healthcare settings, including rehabilitation, long-term care, behavioral health and the emergency room. She returned to Willingway as director of nursing after having previously worked as a staff registered nurse. Stephanie served as the interim assistant director of Nursing at Coastal Harbor Health System in Savannah, Georgia. Stephanie is a certified CPI Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Trainer.


  • Bachelor’s of Science, Nursing, cum laude, Armstrong State University, 2010
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Trainer, Crisis Prevention Institute, 2016

Tracie Smith, CAC II, NCAC II, CTRS, CCJS, CCS, Director of Operations

Tracie Smith, CAC II, NCAC II, CTRS, CCJS, CCS, Clinical DirectorTracie 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.


  • Bachelor of Science in Recreation with emphasis in Therapeutics, 1986, Georgia Southern University
  • Master’s in Recreation Administration with emphasis in Therapeutics, Georgia Southern University, 1990
  • Certified Addiction Counselor, Level II, State of Georgia (CAC II)
  • National Certified Addiction Counselor, Level II (NCAC II)
  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
  • Certified Criminal Justice Specialist with Master Addiction Counselor Endorsement (CCJS)
  • Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor with a specialty in Addictions Counselor
  • Certified Clinical Counselor (CCS)

Sam Wells, Director of Business Development

Sam Wells, Director of Business Development - Willingway Addiction Treatment Center in GeorgiaSam 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 Bragg, Director of Admissions

Linda Bragg - Director of Admissions - Willingway - Georgia drug and alcohol addiction rehab facilityLinda 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 Maguire, Director of Extended Treatment Services

Tim Maguire - Director of Extended Treatment Services at Willingway - Georgia addiction rehab centerTim 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.

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