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Key Personnel

Dr. Sell is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University (Phi Beta Kappa) and holds the M.Div. and Ph.D. Degrees from Duke University, as well as a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke. He is an ordained Minister of The United Church of Christ.

Jesse spent many years in the academic study of Religion, was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Duke University and has numerous publications in his academic discipline. He was a certified and licensed addictions counselor (LCAS; MAC; ICAC) and has worked as a chemical dependency counselor at Pinehurst Treatment Center, CHAPS Koala Center, Fellowship Hall, Inc. and the Clark-Dartmouth Clinic. He is a published author in the field of addiction treatment research.

Donald Comer was a career US Marine Corps Officer, retiring with the rank of Lt. Col. He currently serves on the Fellowship Hall Council and is active in many other recovery-related activities.

Wayne has been involved in countless recovery related projects over three decades. He played a very major role in the creation of RCS.

Mr. Powell is a graduate of Guilford College and Winthrop University.

Mr. Powell has 23 years experience in charitable fundraising. Hall has served as Executive Director of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation, 1991-1996. He previously had his own professional fundraising consulting firm (Powell, Stump & Associates) and was director of the Amethyst Foundation in Charlotte, NC. Prior to that Mr. Powell worked several years for the oldest and largest fund-raising consulting firm in the country, Kethcum, Inc.

Hall is a certified fund raising executive through the Association of Fundraising Professionals and was recently honored by election to the board of directors of that organization.

Mr. Powell served on the faculty of the School of Business at Winthrop University and has also taught in the Duke University Program in Nonprofit Management.

Harold recently retired as Executive Director of Samaritan Colony in Rockingham, North Carolina, an institution to which he has devoted a major portion of his life. He is also active in many other recovery related organizations and activities.

Steven C. Grambow, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at Duke University Medical Center and a Senior Statistician for the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care and the Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC) at the Durham Veteran Affairs Medical Center.

He was educated at California State University at Chico (BS) and the University of Kentucky (MS and PhD) and has been a faculty member at Duke University Medical Center since 1999.

Steve is a clinical researcher and serves as principal investigator or co-investigator on a variety of clinical, health services, and epidemiological research studies. He is actively involved in several intervention studies designed to improve aftercare adherence following inpatient addiction treatment and is a published author in the field of addiction treatment research. He has been actively involved in recovery related organizations and activities for the past 20 years.

Kevin S. Norris is a native North Carolinian and hails in his early years from Brevard, NC, and since 2004 from Hickory. He attended the Asheville Buncombe Community College Hospitality Program from 1983 to ’85, and worked in up-scale restaurants and hotels in Florida for twenty years. He returned to North Carolina in 2004, and worked at Corning Industries in Hickory for five years. He began working part time in the Substance Abuse Recovery field in 2007. He entered the Western Piedmont Community College Human Services Program with a concentration in Substance Abuse Treatment in 2010, and graduated in  2012. His college internship at Burke Council on Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency under his mentor and Executive Director Jim Van Hecke developed into the position of Program Director of the Flynn Recovery Community; a 90-day residential recovery program, in 2012, where he currently remains employed.

Wayne is Coordinator of Alumni Relations at Fellowship Hall in Greensboro, NC and is involved in many other recovery related activities.

Kathy has been involved with RCS for years and has served as a retreat leader several times.

James Van Hecke left a successful career in business to oversee the relocation of Pavillion International treatment center to North Carolina. He has served as CEO olf Pavillion and currently is Director of the Burke County (NC) Council on Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency.

For almost four decades Jim has held important leadership positions in the for-profit sector, the non-profit (recovery related) sector, and in education and politics.

He was National Retail Sales Manager for Union Camp Corporation and President of both Westover Products and Vanford Communications in Greensboro, NC. He was Executive Director of Pavillon Foundation, with responsibility for facilitating the move of Pavillon International from Canada to North Carolina, a task which included managing a Ten Million Dollar fund-raising campaign. He then served as Executive Director of Pavillon International for six years. He is currently Executive Director of The Burke Council on Alcoholism and Chemically Dependency and is Founder and President of the Addiction Recovery Institute.

He was a member of the Executive Team which built and endowed the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies at UNC-CH. He served on the Planning Team to rewrite the NC Mental Health/Substance Abuse Plan in 2002 and is currently a Board Member of Alcohol and Drug Council of North Carolina.

He has been an Adjunct Professor of Political Sciences at UNC-G and in 1986 – 1988 served as Chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party.