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

Shawn Williams, D.O., Medical Director and Director of Medical Education

Shawn WilliamsDr. Shawn Williams joined the Willingway family as staff physician in 2011. He came to Willingway with experience in family practice and emergency room medicine and is dedicated to educating and empowering patients who are affected by alcohol and drug addiction.


  • Bachelor of Science, Mount Vernon Nazarene College, 1997
  • M.D., Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine, Pikeville, KY, 2003
  • Internship – St. John West Shore Hospital, Westlake, Ohio
  • Residency – St. John West Shore Hospital, Westlake, Ohio
  • ASAM Board Certified

David P. Samuels, D.O., Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Sam - David P. Samuels, D.O.Dr. David Samuels joined Willingway’s medical team as a staff psychiatrist in August 2014. He has maintained a private practice in Statesboro since 2000 with extensive psychiatric experience in the treatment of children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients. Dr. Samuels also serves as the medical director for several outpatient psychiatric facilities.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 1992
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, The University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri, 1996
  • Internship – Atlantic City Medical Center, Atlantic City, NJ, 1996-1997
  • Psychiatry Residency-St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Staten Island, NY, 1998-2001
  • Board Certified American Osteopathic Association, Neurology and Psychiatry since 2001

Stephanie Morgan, R.N., Director of Nursing

Stephanie Morgan - 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, Clinical Director

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)

Autumn Altamirano, CAC II, CCS, Extended Care Program Manager

Autumn Altamirano - Extended Care Program Manager at WillingwayAutumn is the extended care program manager, in charge of the Willingway Women’s Residence extended care treatment program. She began working at Willingway in 2002 and has been counseling since 2004.


  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Georgia Southern University
  • Psi Chi, National Psychological Honor Society
  • Certified Addiction Counselor, Level II, State of Georgia (CAC II)
  • Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS)
  • Member Georgia Addiction Counselors Association
  • Member National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors

Larraine Oakes, Director of Business Development

Larraine Oakes - Director of Business Development - Willingway - the addiction treatment expertsLarraine re-joined the Willingway team as director of business development in August 2016 after having begun her career at Willingway as a marketing representative in 1994. After her departure in 2000, Larraine continued her career in sales and returned to behavioral healthcare marketing, first at Memorial Health in Savannah and, most recently, as the director of business development at Coastal Harbor Health System, also in Savannah. Larraine brings more than 22 years’ experience in behavioral health marketing and is thrilled to return to the Willingway family.


  • Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Development, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS, 1988
  • Masters, Child and Family Development, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 1990

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.

John Williamson, CAC II, Director of Extended Treatment Services

John Williamson - Director of Extended Treatment Services at WillingwayJohn began his career in substance abuse counseling in 2005 at West Midtown Medical Group in New York City as a methadone counselor. During this time, he was also employed as a substance abuse counselor for Freedom Institute. While there, he worked in the intensive outpatient program, as well as the adolescent and young adult program. John came to Willingway as an inpatient addiction counselor in 2010. Additionally, John has managed Willingway’s inpatient program for men since 2011. He was the recipient of Willingway’s Employee of the Year award in 2014. Prior to a career in substance abuse counseling, John worked as a recreation therapist for the S.C. Department of Mental Health and Charter Rivers Hospital in Columbia, S.C.


  • Bachelor of Science, Recreation and Parks Administration, Clemson University
  • Certified Addiction Counselor, Level II, State of Georgia (CAC II)


  • Georgia Addiction Counseling Association
  • National Association of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counseling

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