Nicky Fadley

Founder & Executive Director

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Nicky Fadley is the founder and Executive Director at Strength In Peers. Grounded in her lived experience with mental health recovery and overcoming trauma, she focuses on developing peer recovery support programs and advocating for individuals who struggle with behavioral health challenges. Nicky has over 12 years of experience in the field of nonprofit public health, including seven years in grant writing and program management. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from George Mason University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from James Madison University.

Ragan McManus

Director of Operations

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Ragan is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and serves as Director of Operations at Strength In Peers. Ragan joined the team in 2017 and has provided peer support through all of the organization’s programs. She is a certified Supervisor of Peer Recovery Specialist and utilizes various recovery models and methods including 12-step recovery, Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), Intentional Peer Support (IPS), and Motivational Interviewing. She is a qualified ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Interface trainer. Ragan has been in recovery since May 28, 2008. In addition to her work as a Peer Support Specialist, Ragan holds a Master’s degree of Fine Arts from CalArts and a B.F.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior to working at Strength In Peers Ragan served as Chief Curator and Director of Education at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach. In her spare time, Ragan enjoys hanging out with her family and pets, creating art, and volunteering.

Jenni Collings

Program Manager

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Jenni serves as Strength In Peers’ Adult Programs Manager. In her role, she supports Peer Specialists that work for the organization’s Back on Track and Pathways to Wellness programs. Jenni is passionate about helping other people find recovery so they may have a better way of life. She has worked a program of recovery since 2006. Prior to Strength In Peers, Jenni was as a Licensed Practical Nurse for over 20 years. She is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and is trained in W.R.A.P. (Wellness Recovery Action Plan), Chronic Pain Management, Chronic Disease Management, HIV and Hepatitis C Testing/Counseling, and Motivational Interviewing. She enjoys spending time with her family, guiding women through their recoveries, and cooking.

Alex Boudreau

Program Manager

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Alex is a Peer Support Specialist with Strength in Peers who is from the Northern Shenandoah Valley. She currently works on Strength In Peers’ Alcohol and Drug program serving Page and Shenandoah Counties. Alex is in long term recovery from substance use. She pursued being a peer specialist because she has first-hand experience seeing how Peer Support has helped her life. Now she enjoys being able to use her lived experience to help others move forward in their recovery. She is trained in SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training), has gone through Peer Recovery Support training, and is currently working toward being state certified.

Jordan Fisher

Program Manager

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Jordan serves as Rural Program Manager and oversees recovery programs in Shenandoah and Page Counties. As a Harrisonburg native, he is committed to improving lives within the community that raised him and has worked with numerous nonprofits in the area, while also serving on several Boards of Directors. Jordan is devoted to the idea that all people are tremendously valuable and deserving of recovery, and believes that quality peer support has the power to truly change the world. A graduate of Harrisonburg High School and Eastern Mennonite University, his dream is to one day open a peer-run recovery center which provides housing, employment, transportation, and all the other necessities for positive life transitions within the beautiful nature settings of the Shenandoah Valley. In his spare time, Jordan enjoys exploring the surrounding areas with his wife, Kim, and their dog, Butters.

Mary Beth Hill

Resource Center Coordinator

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Mary Beth Hill is the Coordinator of the Community Resource Center. She has a background in social work and worked with the Head Start Program before coming to Strength in Peers. After losing her infant son in 2014, Mary Beth became active in the Sadie Rose Foundation, a local organization providing support for child loss. This is where she was first introduced to non-clinical peer support and the healing that comes through peer support groups. Recently, Mary Beth also completed the Peer Support Recovery Specialist training offered by the VBHDS. Through the Community Resource Center, Mary Beth offers one-on-one support to help connect community members with local resources. She enjoys listening to people’s unique stories as they work towards improving their lives.

Betsy Sydnor

Project Coordinator

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Betsy is Program Coordinator for the Pathways to Wellness Program. Betsy has lived experience and long-term recovery from substance use. She has been trained as a Peer Support Specialist, and also has experience working with children that have trauma-related challenges. It has always been her heart’s desire to help anyone she can so they may see that recovery and hope are attainable. She enjoys working with children and adults from all walks of life, using her lived experience to help in any way possible.

Chris Shope

Project Coordinator

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Chris is the Peer Support Specialist serving on the Side-by-Side Recovery Program in Shenandoah and Page Counties. He is in long-term recovery from substance abuse, trauma, and mental health challenges. Chris has an associate’s degree in Human Services from Blue Ridge Community College, and is trained in Intentional Peer Support, and W.R.A.P. (Wellness Recovery Action Plan). His personal recovery comes from a 12-step background and is grounded in his lived experience.

Richard Jackson

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

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Richard is a Virginia Certified Peer Recovery Specialist who moved from Florida to Virginia in 2002. It is his desire to assist others in achieving their life goals and overcome addictions, trauma and mental health issues. He and his wife are Statewide Volunteers with the Virginia Department of Corrections, conducting Christian services in prisons. He is also associated with Kingsway Family Outreach/Prison Ministry. Prior to being employed with Strength In Peers in November 2015, he worked with Open Doors Shelter and saw the great need in the community for hope and recovery.

Jeremiah Buracker

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

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Jeremiah Buracker, a native of Page County, Virginia, began working at Strength In Peers as a Peer Support Specialist in mid-July 2020. Jeremiah’s previous work history points to machine operations and warehouse management, but he’s been a natural peer supporter in his community for years. In January 2019, Jeremiah completed the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) 72-hour Peer Recovery Specialist training and is finalizing his 500 hours of peer service so that he can become certified through the state. Jeremiah has already completed Strength In Peers’ annual Cultural Competency training and is on his way to become a S.M.A.R.T. Recovery facilitator. His tumultuous history and subsequent recovery and success from drug dependency and mental health challenges have been an inspiration to many Strength In Peers staff members. Jeremiah’s passion, motivation, and eagerness to collaborate with others on their recovery journeys makes him a strong addition to our team

Megan Rohrbaugh

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

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Megan is a Peer Recovery Specialist with Strength In Peers serving on the Back on Track Program in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. She is in long-term recovery from substance use and mental health challenges. Megan believes that recovery is possible for all and hopes to share her own lived experience with others and walk beside them in their own journey. She is currently working on her degree in Human Services, and it is her goal to become a Substance Use Counselor. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family and 4 children and stays busy with their various sporting events.

Mandie Bishop

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

Mandie Bishop, a native of Southwest Virginia, began working at Strength in Peers in October of 2021. She currently serves as a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist on the Side-by-Side program and for the organization’s Recovery Center. Mandie has an associate’s degree in Legal Assisting from Mountain Empire Community College. In November of 2021 she completed her training to become a S.M.A.R.T Recovery facilitator. In January of 2022 she completed the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) 72-hour Peer Recovery Specialist training and completed her 500 hours of peer services. On February 25, 2022, she became Certified in the State of Virginia as a Peer Recovery Specialist. Mandie pursued becoming a Peer Recovery Specialist after many years of battling a substance use disorder. Her personal recovery comes from a 12-step background and the hope she received from others in long-term recovery. Her passion is showing others that recovery is possible through her own lived experience with addiction and recovery.

Stephanie Reedy

Peer Recovery Specialist

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Stephanie is a Peer Recovery Specialist at Strength in Peers and serves on the organization’s Safe and Secure and Recovery House programs. She is in active recovery for mental health and substance use challenges. Stephanie’s recovery foundation is based on a 12-step program and she is an active member of the 12-step community. In her spare time Stephanie likes gaming and listening to music. She is grateful to have the ability to give back to a community of her peers and to have the opportunity to make a difference.

Deborah Mason

Peer Recovery Specialist

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Deborah, “Deb”, is a Peer Recovery Specialist at Strength In Peers and serves on the Coping During COVID project. Deb spent most of her adult life living and working in Boston, and was the director of a domestic violence shelter for many years. Along with her own personal struggles, she has served as a family support person for a loved one with a substance use disorder. Deb has been a natural peer in many aspects of her life. She wants to share her story with others so that they know they are not alone. In her spare time, Deborah likes to visit with her adult daughter and play bingo.

Shea Mackie

Peer Recovery Specialist

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Shea is a Peer Recovery Specialist at Strength In Peers and serves on the Coping During COVID Project. She is originally from Maine, and relocated to Harrisonburg in 2010. Shea is in long-term recovery from mental health and trauma-related challenges. She is also a family support person for family members with substance use disorders. Shea is currently in school working on her bachelors in Social Work, and has always had a passion for working with people. She has seen first-hand how peer support has benefited her life and hopes to share her lived experience and be able to give the same support and hope to others. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, traveling, and making memories.

Board of Directors

Jennie Amison, President

Cognitive Therapeutic Community Supervisor
Virginia Department of Corrections

Greg Bray, Treasurer

Accountant
Maxine Z. Magri, CPA, PLC

Peggy Plass

Professor of Justice Studies
James Madison University

Stephen Craver

Crisis Intervention Team Assessment Site Program Coordinator
Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

Laura Black

Homeless Management Information Systems Administrator for the Western Virginia Continuum of Care
Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority