Opioid Treatment Providers of Georgia Board Members

President: Brook Etherington
Alliance Recovery Center

DecaturConyers  & Athens, GA

Brook EtheringtonBrook Etherington is the President of Alliance Recovery Centers, located in Decatur, Conyers, & Athens, Georgia. He has been working in the field of medication-assisted treatment since 2003 and has served as the Vice President of OTPG since 2010. Brook served on the AATOD conference planning committee for the 2015 Atlanta conference and has been very involved in legislative activities that impact the field of MAT in Georgia. Brook graduated from Boston University School of Medicine with a master’s degree in medical science and has a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University in psychology, biology, and chemistry. He is very committed to making Alliance Recovery Center, as well as our entire industry, a positive and respected force in the healthcare field.

Vice-President: Ali McCorkle
LPC | DM&ADR

Ali McCorkle serves as the Program Director and co-sponsor of DM & ADR in Athens, GA, where she has worked since 2000.  This program was the first private OTP in Georgia to receive accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.  Mrs. McCorkle has a Master of Arts in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She is a long-term supporter of Imagine Hope, including the HIV Early Intervention Services program as well as HCV testing and education.  She has previously served on the OTPG Board in both Secretary and Treasurer roles.

Treasurer: John Haigler, MPA (Board Treasurer)
Coastal Community Behavioral Health

John Haigler is the owner and CEO of Coastal Community Behavioral Health in St. Marys, Georgia. John is originally from Dalton, Georgia.  He received his B.S. in Political Science, as well as a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) from Kennesaw State University. John has worked in behavioral healthcare and human services administration for over 15 years in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Areas of expertise include addictions treatment, healthcare administration, regulatory compliance, organizational redevelopment, business analytics, human resources management, finance, and program management. Additionally,  John serves as Board President of Camden Behavioral Wellness, a nonprofit regional mental health provider and psychiatry service as well as being the behavioral health representative on the Camden County Georgia Board of Public Health.

Secretary: Erica Acebo-Johnston, LCSW & Program Director

Erica Acebo-Johnston is the OTPG Secretary, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Program Director at Alliance Recovery Center in Decatur and has been working in the field of medication assisted treatment since 2013. Previously she was employed as a Licensed Placement Specialist for the Department of Family and Children’s Services. Originally from Tampa FL, Erica relocated to Athens, GA to complete her Masters of Social Work (MSW) at the University of Georgia. She earned her undergraduate Bachelors of Science degree in sociology from the University of Florida. Erica is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Trauma Therapy and is an advocate for trauma informed care and treatment. Erica is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor through the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia. She is passionate about the field of substance abuse; specifically, harm reduction and stigma education/reduction, and is a committed advocate for patients in MAT.

Parliamentarian: Zac Talbott, CADC II, CAC II, MATS, ICADC
BayMark Health Services/MedMark Treatment Centers, Chatsworth, GA

Zac is an individual in long-term, sustained recovery from an opioid use disorder that credits his success in recovery to medication-assisted treatment. A native of Eastern Tennessee, Zac worked in patient advocacy and treatment consulting for several years before moving to Georgia. He affiliated the Southeastern Chapter of the National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery (NAMA) in March 2013. Zac ultimately worked to open Counseling Solutions Treatment Centers (Chatsworth, GA in February 2016 and Murphy, NC in May 2017), where he served as Program Sponsor of both OTPs and as Program Director/Administrator of the OTP in Chatsworth, Georgia until they were acquired by BayMark Health Services in late August 2018. He continues to serve as the Treatment Center Director of MedMark Treatment Centers Chatsworth. In addition to serving on the Board of OTPG, Zac serves on the Credentialing Committee and Board of Directors of the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia (ADACBGA), the Southeastern Institute on Chemical Dependency (SICD), and the National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery (NAMA). Zac is also a Recovery Month Planning Partner with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Zac has spoken at various national, regional, and state conferences, and, along with being a provider committed to evidence-based practices, he continues to first and foremost identify as a methadone and buprenorphine patient advocate.

AATOD Delegate: Stacey Pearce

stacey-otpg-board-headshotStacey began working in the medication-assisted treatment (MAT) field in 1995 as the receptionist at GPA Treatment, Inc., an opioid treatment program in Doraville, Georgia. She later became Program Director from 1998-2002. During her time as Program Director in Doraville, the clinic was involved in the pilot project for national accreditation for medication-assisted treatment programs in the United States. In March of 2002, Stacey opened GPA Treatment of Macon Inc. and was the Program Director of the MAT program until October 2017. Currently, Stacey is the Chief Compliance Officer of Alliance Recovery Centers.

Stacey earned her bachelor’s degree in public and Social Services from Kennesaw State University in 2000 and is a Certified Addiction Specialist. At present, Stacey is on the Board of Directors for the Opioid Treatment Providers of Georgia (OTPG), is a CARF surveyor, and represents Georgia on the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) Board.