Five mental health specialists will work to support staff and guide program advances
Five mental health specialists have formed an Advisory Council to offer their professional services and insights to the leadership of Adult & Teen Challenge MidSouth (ATCM). Formation of the Council comes out of a new strategic planning process from which the need to provide ongoing training and support for staff counselors rose to the top.
The council will create a culture of ongoing excellence in staff training and support, as well as counseling processes and program improvements,” says ATCM president, David McNabb. “While our outcomes are exemplary, we know we can do more to support our staff counselors and residents,” he adds.
The key to organizing the Council was in finding highly skilled mental health professionals who love the Lord and the mission of ATCM, and have a passion to give their time to the ministry.
“A short conversation with Megan Grant, LPC-MHSP, Henegar Counseling Center, was our first and best step,” says McNabb. “She took on the rest.”
Grant will serve as the Council chair and will sit on the ministry’s Board of Directors. Grant graduated from Richmont Graduate University with an M.A. in clinical mental health counseling and is licensed in the state of TN as an LPC-MHSP. Following graduation, Megan worked in community mental health with a focus on teenagers, families and adults impacted by addiction. Megan currently works at Henegar Counseling Center as an LPC-MHSP. Prior to counseling, Megan worked at a local non-profit organization focused on coordinating activities for individuals with disabilities and coordinating volunteer programming.
Serving on the Council with Grant are Cary Bayless, Shelby Fryar, Lee Maclellan and Hillary Mossburg.
Cary Bayless is a therapist at Henegar Counseling Center specializing in trauma therapy, grief, psychotic disorders, and personality disorders. Cary received his undergraduate degrees from Auburn University in English, Spanish and Psychology. Cary completed his Master’s in the Art of Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a certificate in Trauma Therapy from Richmont Graduate University. Cary has spent almost a decade working in the social services field in Chattanooga with organizations such as Family Promise, United Way and ArtsBuild. Cary is excited to be a part of this advisory committee and looks forward to the growth and opportunity to serve his community.
Shelby Fryar graduated from Richmont Graduate University with a degree in counseling and is licensed in the state of Tennessee with an LPC-MHSP. Shelby has experience working at CADAS with adolescents and families fighting early onset of addiction using the 12 step model and motivational interviewing and trauma using TF-CBT. Shelby is passionate about helping her clients see a world in which they are capable of living independently from their DOCs. Prior to attending graduate school, Shelby spent time working with Youth for Christ in Chattanooga as the Parent Life Coordinator and has experience working with various non-profit organizations centered around being the hands and feet of Jesus.
Lee Maclellan graduated from the University of Alabama in 2010 with a degree in Criminal Justice. Following graduation, Lee moved to Boston where he worked as a marketing and sales intern with the New England Patriots and Boston Bruins. On his return to Chattanooga in 2014, he accepted a position with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes where he mentored and coached inner city youth through the game of lacrosse. Through much prayer, God led Lee to Richmont Graduate University. He completed his internship at Chattanooga Preparatory School. Lee provided therapeutic services to 6th and 7th grade boys dealing with trauma. Lee graduated in 2020 with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling with certificates in trauma and addiction.
Hillary Mossburg graduated with an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University in 2018. Mossburg currently works as a therapist in the Chattanooga area schools and Summit Counseling Center. Mossburg has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, working with children, adults and their families, as well as childhood behavioral disorders, trauma, anxiety, depression, relational/interpersonal issues, spirituality issues, and grief. She is passionate about working with caregivers. In each of these settings she has seen the devastation of addiction on children, adults and their families. Her experience has helped her see the need for organizations like Adult & Teen Challenge and she is grateful to be given this opportunity to help strengthen addiction support in the Chattanooga community.
Adult & Teen Challenge MidSouth (ATCM) is a residential, faith-based nonprofit headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, serving adults 18-50 struggling with addiction. Since its beginning by founder David Wilkerson on the streets of New York in 1958, the mission of ATC is to provide freedom from addiction and other life-controlling issues through Christ-centered solutions. The result is radical life- transformation. A 2019 study showed 78% of program graduates were maintaining freedom fromaddiction. For more information on Adult & Teen Challenge MidSouth, visit tcmidsouth.org or call 423.756.5558.